My Baby is Six!

It’s hard to believe that my original reason for “losing weight after baby,” my Ethan, is six years old now!  A full-fledged first grader, it’s amazing to see him learn and grow.  From riding his bike to school to Spanish vocabulary words, he’s a super champ of a kid.  I love being a mother more than I ever thought I would.

For Ethan’s party, we had all his favorites:  Doritos, salad with balsamic vinaigrette, cheese pizza, and ice cream cake.  Yup, they are my favorites too!  We played games like bean bag toss and basketball free throws.  The culinary highlights were my husband’s ice cream cake which rocked as usual, and my dad’s carved watermelon that showcased a Hot Wheels car.

Celebrations are fun and once again I’m reminded…I’m so thankful for my baby weight because otherwise, I wouldn’t have my awesome kids!  (Of course, I was also thankful when the weight came off too!)

Biking With Ethan

My first grader has a real deal bike now with gears and everything!  His dad is teaching him to ride and they have been biking to school everyday now for about 3 weeks.  We’re in year round school.  I’ve biked with him once and I must say biking or walking your kid to school is a great way to have fun, bond with your child, and stay active all at the same time.

My husband is pretty much reaping the physical benefits of biking to school with Ethan, but I try to jump on my spin bike and ride sometimes while they go to school in the morning.  It makes me feel better when my husband comes home after riding that I’m sweaty too from my “home ride” on the spin bike.

Plus, isn’t it true when you actually use your exercise equipment you feel so much better about life?  We have a monstrous total gym in our bathroom and last week, it honestly just served as a giant towel rack.  I used it for about 5 minutes this morning before breakfast and that made me feel great!

Baby Socks in the Laundry

Okay, laundry isn’t really a beloved subject among moms.  But I must say that as I was sorting this laundry, I was really happy there was a tiny sock in the mix.

I imagined the day – not too long from now – when there are no more tiny socks to wash and lose and find again.

For now, I fully enjoy each little sock, onesie, and outfit for Lucy.  The time is coming too quickly when all her clothes will be supersized.  Treasure those baby socks mom because it means you’re blessed with a bundle of joy!

This Is Not Your Kid’s Lunch

I picked up an issue of Parents magazine and had to laugh about one article.  It was “11 Easy, Healthy Brown-Bag Ideas” – nutritious lunches from the top chefs that taste great too.  Always in need of a good, easy idea, I turned to p. 224.

Here’s what I found…

  • Whole Grain Hummus Sandwich with Veggies (cucumber, sprouts, arugula)
  • Tropical Turkey Spring Rolls (cabbage leaves filled with turkey, mango, avocado, and pea sprouts)
  • Crunchy Baked Mozzarella Sticks
  • Grilled Chicken Salad with Herb-Sherry Vinaigrette

Where to begin?  First, any adult would be privileged to have such a fine lunch but I think it might go unappreciated on a 5-year-old.  Next, what mom is rolling veggies in a cabbage leaf in the morning?  What has time to dip cheese in panko breadcrumbs and bake before breakfast? 

I had to chuckle at this brown-bag list of recipes.  For my son, it’s back to a cheese sandwich, apple, banana chips, pretzels and water!

Fun at VBS!

Just wrapped up a week of teaching the kindergarten class at VBS day camp.  The theme was “Sonquest Rainforest.”  We were the MIGHTY MONKEYS!  I had 23 kids in my class including my daughter Noelle.  We had a blast!

Here she is with her “surprising bread.”  You take milk and add a few drops of food coloring.  Then paint the bread with the colored milk.  Then toast and voila!  Surprising colored bread!  Too bad it was white bread but as you can imagine, the kids loved it.  I think Noelle had 3 pieces.  She’s not on the losing weight after baby program!

My 1st grader was unable to go to camp that day, so I tried to recreate the colored bread for him by allowing him to put drops of food coloring on bread then toasting.  I was trying to skip the whole mixing it with milk and painting on, etc.  Well, the food coloring was so strong on the bread that it colored his lips and tongue a dark indigo color.  Oops…this is why I write books and not lead crafts!

Healthy Lunch

My son started 1st grade last week.  He attends a year round school.  I visited him at lunchtime for a few minutes.  Another mother who is a good friend was there also to celebrate her daughter’s birthday.  She said, “It’s kind of surprising to see what these kids are eating for lunch.”

I asked, “Surprising in a good or bad way?  And people who buy or bring?”

She said it was a little of each.  Many kids who were buying lunch chose fruit and veggies which seemed surprising for 1st graders who were away from their parent’s guidance.  On the flip side, many kids had a lot of junk food in their brought lunches.

Imagine my happiness when she said, “Your son has one of the healthiest lunches.”

He had a turkey sandwich, grapes, apples, pretzels, applesauce, and water.  I must tell you though that the apples and grapes came back home, so it wasn’t as nutritional as planned – ha ha.

I do my best to give my kids healthy food but they are normal kids.  They love cheeseburgers, pizza, crackers, and ice cream.  (And I do too!)  But I think the strategy of giving your kids healthy food at home, and allowing them to eat treats at parties, when out to dinner with friends etc. – that’s a workable strategy.  We don’t have soda or juice at our house and I believe that’s a small thing that makes a big difference in a kid’s nutritional life.

And when we take baby steps to giving our kids nutritious meals, we take baby steps to feeding ourselves better food too.

Walking to School!

My son has completed week two of first grade – wahoo!  My husband has been biking in with him to school and back.  It’s been great and Ethan is so enthusiastic about riding his bike.  I’m so happy that he’s getting exercise in every day in a fun and productive way!

Today my husband had some appointments and couldn’t pick Ethan up, so the girls and I walked to school to get him.  Lucy in the stroller and Noelle running a few steps ahead of us the whole time, singing a made up song.  She is very funny.  It’s a 15 minute walk and to my surprise, Noelle did not complain one bit.  And then the other surprise – no complaining on the way home either.  No “mommy hold me!”  Instead she raced home with her brother and Lucy and I were always trailing them.

It felt great to get out and walk with the kids.  I look forward to the time we have to do it again and thankfully in San Diego, it’s still pretty cool for the summertime.  If you have kids that are school age and you live near enough to school, think about walking together.  It’s a great way to lose weight and have fun with the family!