Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tacos, IMA, and Football...already?

Taco Night! Thanks to Food for Life tortillas and Daiya cheese, we can have gluten free, casein free, egg free, soy free tacos! I like to sneak in some chopped organic spinach and black beans.
Top with organic grilled chicken and Daiya cheddar cheese.

Cook in the skillet with a bit of olive oil and voila!

The past week has been filled with play dates, trips to the library, gymnastics, drum lessons, swimming, doing puzzles (Haiden's newest obsession), coloring, reading books, turning our couch into Jump-N-Play, watching movies, playing doctor (Ella's new favorite make believe activity), going to the park, and visiting the IMA (Indianapolis Museum of Art). Whew, and I don't think that is all! I love the IMA and they now have 100 acres of outdoor art. We didn't get to see all 100 acres but here are a few pictures of what we did see. (And yes, I planned their outfits.)

Someone wasn't too thrilled with taking this picture. Can you tell who it was? (Mom, didn't I have that similar pouty face?) :)

Anytime I turn the camera on Mason gives me a HUGE smile.

Two weeks ago we signed Haiden up for football. Tonight we went to pick up his gear. This is big stuff folks. When we got there and signed in they confirmed he was in the Rookie Tackle League (up to 80lbs), then they weighed him (a whopping 48lbs), then I said a little prayer that went a little something like...Dear Lord, please don't let my baby get hurt. Then he got pants, fitted for shoulder pads, and then fitted for a helmet. We were informed that the "draft" would take place in a few weeks and our coach would notify us. Then we will start practicing the last week of July, there's no playing around here, which consists of 2 weekly practices and a weekend game. Oh what have we gotten ourselves into?! Haiden could barely carry his gear out to the car :)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Gluten Free, Casein Free, Egg Free, Soy Free Pizza

We can have Friday pizza night again! Thanks to Namaste pizza crust, organic pizza sauce, and Daiya cheese, our kidos can enjoy a gluten/casein/egg/soy free pizza! Our little guy had pizza for the first time recently. Can you tell he really liked it?
Playing peek-a-boo and smearing pizza sauce all over his face.

A fantastic find at Target? Oh yes! These are Ella's Kitchen Organic Baby Food pouches. (Ella thinks they are all hers since it has her name on it.) These are great for when we are out and about and Mason needs a little snack.

Our little princess before gymnastics!

Haiden started drum lessons this week and loves it! He is looking forward to going back next week. He did so well at his lesson!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

We've had an eventful two weeks here in the McKinney house! Now that Haiden is on summer break, we are even busier (I didn't think that could be possible.) During Ella and Mason's nap (which use to be my quiet "me" time) Haiden and I read books, do math activities, puzzles, and play games. I do take about 20 minutes during nap time and let him watch TV so I can warm up for Round 2, lol. Even though he is very independent and plays well on his own, he wants to talk to me all the time...all day long. I just remind myself that it wasn't that long ago that his main form of communication was grunting, yelling, and crying. I have to laugh sometimes...we worked so hard to get him to talk and now he won't stop :). I should say he worked so hard to talk! Another BIG event that we celebrated was Mason's 1st birthday! I can't believe my little man is already one! (Time for another one, right honey? hehe) This past year has just flown by way too fast. He now says Dada, Mama, done, and signs more. He is cruising along furniture, throwing things (not always a ball), climbing up stairs, waving bye, giving high fives, dancing, and singing (aka yelling just to hear himself yell). The past year he has had 3 illnesses (compared to Haiden and Ella's 12) consisting of a runny nose and cough. (I think two of those illnesses were from me eating cheese and him teething. He already has 8 teeth!) Oh and have I mentioned no vaccinations?! He is such a healthy boy!

No, this is not an organic, gluten free, casein free, egg free cake. About 12 hours after eating this cake he got a runny nose. Food sensitivity? Not for sure but I do not think my kids are ever going to handle cows milk, which is just fine. There are plenty of other ways to get the calcium they need.
He loved it! I wonder if he was thinking, "Why in the world do I only get to eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains? This stuff is great!"

He just melts my heart!

I can't leave out my little princess!

Ella started gymnastics and loves it. It is also a fun Mommy and Ella time. We also found out that maybe all of her emotional breakdowns are from sleep deprivation! Her tonsils touch her little hangy thing (I know, there is a medical term for it) in the back of her throat. So our doctor thinks she may have sleep apnea. It makes sense, she wakes up a lot during the night. We have an appointment the first of July with our ENT and are hoping to get some answers.

I also want to give a shout out to my husband! He got a promotion at work and I am so proud of him! We are so blessed!