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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Still Waiting on that Fall Weather...

So it's officially fall but for those of us in South Florida, other than the pumpkin spice lattes that are available at the coffee shops, I feel like the season hasn't arrived yet.  The thermometer is still edging close 90 during midday at our house and the AC is still running most of the day.  I'm quite certain I've complained about this time of year in the sunshine state every year I've lived here and this year is no exception.  I'll be honest, I'm jealous of all of you northerners who get to wear sweaters and boots these days, or even just jeans instead of shorts being a necessity, and I'm especially jealous of your changing leaves and open windows.  Give me a couple of months though and I'll be one happy mama again.  I sure do love winter in these parts :-)  In the meantime, I'll suffer through the heat for a little longer and maybe crank the AC so I can sip a hot latte and pretend I'm somewhere cooler for a bit :-) 

On the flip-side, this part of living in Florida isn't too shabby...



...you'll never find this mama complaining about play-dates at the beach.  This is most definitely going to become a regular thing once the cooler temps are here.  Breezy days at the beach are the best if you ask me.

In other news, Mickey and I kicked off my second Whole30 (his first) this week.  I'm relaxing the rules just a bit for myself and allowing myself the occasional single glass of red wine.  I'm remaining strict (so far at least) about the rest.  Here's to hoping a little blog accountability keeps me on the straight and narrow.  Meals these days has been including tons of veggies, plenty of healthy fats, and a good dose of protein too...


...the thing I love about this plan is how it includes only real, whole foods and I never feel like I'm starving myself.  I'm on day 5 and haven't made it over the cravings hump yet but am definitely settling into the routine and feeling good about it.

We had a couple of fun story times this week.  Tuesday morning's group enjoyed stories about embracing our unique qualities and being a good friend...



...and Wednesday evening's group got to snuggle up with some cozy books about animals in those lovely, colder parts of our planet...


Thursday we got some great news from the Orthopedic doctor.  Mason's broken clavicle is healing perfectly and he's able to go back to being a "boy" which for him means riding his bike again...
  

...and jumping on the trampoline.  We're still waiting for the nighttime rain to quit so we can make it to a dry park one early morning in the near future.  You know us, we like the place all to ourselves and not too hot yet.

The return of all that energetic play must be wearing Mason out again because he's still napping these days while this guy refuses and insists on snacking instead...



...he even tells me he doesn't need a bowl cause he has two hands.  Of course!  What was I thinking???

Our weekend kicked off with an incredibly hot and sweaty stroller run...


...I sure do love my running buddies, but the extra weight of the stroller made me feel extra sluggish this morning.  Gotta do it more often so it doesn't tire me out so quickly.  Did I mention some cooler temps might help too??  ha!

The boys kicked off their fun at Lowes today building these lovely firetrucks...


I'll be honest.  There are no photos of the building process because this one was way harder than it looks.  I think I had to help the boys take it apart 3 times...times two trucks.  I'll blame my inability to follow directions on the excitement of everything else going around there while we were building.  

It was really a lot of fun there with all the vehicles they had brought in...


...we even got to test out the simulator for the race car.  I had to help out since it was designed for people larger than 3 feet tall and quickly discovered I'd never make it as a race car driver with my cautious driving skills.  Oh well!  Better safe than sorry...even in a simulator.  HAHA!

The firetruck was huge hit too...




We celebrated the completion of that big morning with some treats.  Giant lollipops for the boys...


...and a newly discovered favorite larabar for me...


...time to stock up on these delicious bars the next time they're on sale.  They are incredibly good and satisfying with only 3 ingredients...dates, almonds, and dried cherries.  Maybe I'll even try my hand at making my own.  

The rest of our day included some other errands along with some necessary entertainment for the boys in the form of Christmas wish-list making...


...and silly hat wearing :-).  It's not even October and the Thanksgiving stuff is out at Target.  Good grief!!


...makes me wish for cooler temps even more.  Come on, fall!!

Operation wear everyone out was successful, it seems, only for me.  The boys are still chock-ful of energy and I'm ready to curl up on the couch.  Time to help them burn off some energy :-)  Peace out!














Friday, September 26, 2014

"C" Week

It's "C" week over here at Planker academy.  Here's a glimpse into some of the C-focused activities we've enjoyed...

C is for CIRCLE...


...which we used to make COLORFUL CATERPILLARS...


Of course we couldn't stop with just one...


CUTE, huh?  Our alphabet books are coming along nicely.

We read the Hungry Little CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle tons of times this week too.  

C is also for CORK, which we used to paint fall trees...



....we had fun learning about fall trees as well.  There's a fantastic sesame street episode on deciduous trees which we enjoyed this week.  Made me want to get out of Florida for a bit this fall.  Anyways...

C is also far CAR.  We made a raceCAR of course and we've been playing with it all week...


Often the simplest things end up being the most fun.  Case in point...


...do you see that giant smile???  Love it!!!

Their favorite line is "Ladies and Gentleman, start your engines!"  


I see a trip to a race track in their future :-)
C is also for CUPCAKES, which we made for our dear friend and music teacher's birthday... 


These boys sure do love using the mixer...


...we made some banana muffins while we were at it too.  C is for CUP which we used to do our measuring.  Fractions were a bit advanced for us but we sure had fun dumping. :-)

C is also for CLOUD painting (just mix glue with shaving cream and have at it)...


...which we tied in with the book Little CLOUD by Eric Carle... 


And last but not least, C is for COTTONBALL races... 


...which we highly recommend.  SO FUN!!







Thursday, September 25, 2014

Things I'm Loving Thursday

A glimpse into some of the things that are making my days brighter these days in case you're interested...

1.  The return of visits to the pond to feed the turtles....


...and the chicken duck (who now has two little friends as well :-) )...


We'll be getting there by bike again now that we got the all clear from Mason's dr.  Clavicle is healing PERFECTLY!  Praise God!

2.  Finally, a positive pediatric dentist experience...


...after 3 visits to another dentist with tears and fights, we finally found a dentist who is perfect fit for our kiddos.  Dr. Bendeck and her staff were fantastic with the boys.  In a weird sort of way, I'm grateful their other dentist incorrectly said that Mason had a cavity that needed filling.  Without that misdiagnosis, we never would have sought out this wonderful place.  Thankfully, all he needed were some sealants on his deeply grooved teeth which they were able to do without an ounce of sedation.  

3.  The opening of Trader Joe's in Palm Beach Gardens...


...which conveniently happens to be around the corner from the dentist :-)  Score!!  It's the source of my  next two favorites of the week...

4.  These greens from Trader Joes...


...I ate the entire bag in one sitting on Wednesday morning.  They were delicious just sauteed in coconut oil and served alongside my scrambled eggs.  I should have bought a case.

5.  Organic Yerba Mate tea from Trader Joes...


...I've been fighting a cold this week and this stuff has been so delicious and soothing for me.  Hard to beat the price too. 

6.  These guys...


...Colton has been especially cuddly this week which I am absolutely ok with...


...how cute are they??  Fighting one minute and best buds the next, just like brothers should be. :-)


7.  Spray Balsamic and Olive oil...


...Abigail and Scott brought this back for us from Greece and it is the best thing ever.  The spray bottles make it so easy to lightly flavor every single bite of your salad.  YUM!

And last but not least...

8. Yogi Green Tea Kombucha Tea...


...I know, I know, another tea!!?? I told you I've been fighting a cold this week and this lovely find from the fresh market has been another tool in my arsenal to fight it.  Seriously delish whether you're sick or not.  Go get some!

It's almost the weekend...hope yours is lovely.  Happy Fall by the way. :-)



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Self-Proclaimed Long Weekend

We kicked off our weekend right a little early with dinner out on Thursday night...nothing like getting a head start, huh??  Dining with these two goofballs never ceases to be an adventure...


...I'm pretty sure that cranberry juice was chock full of high fructose corn syrup cause the boys were bouncing off the walls.  Check out Mason's dancing hands...haha!

Friday's mellow mood carried over into Friday night...I wasn't kidding when I said we started our weekend early.  It was a lazy day with a post-flu shot stop at the coffee shop, a visit with a good friend, and a quiet night at home with my boys.  This is how one of our boys chose to watch his show... 


...oh my!  They sure do love being naked.  

Saturday got off to a rainy start so I ditched my plans for a workout and had some crafting fun with the boys instead.  Check out our monsters...

 

...fun, huh?  

We finally got motivated to go get some breakfast and run a couple of errands, which included picking up the mugs we made with Abigail last week at Stuart Ceramics...



...they're a big hit with the boys and I have to admit they turned out pretty well...


...we're looking forward to going back closer to Christmas to make some ornaments.

We spent most of the rest of our day around the house.  I tackled some piyo and did a little more crafting with the boys...ghosts this time...


....can you tell we're excited for Halloween?  

I finished out my night with a girls night out to celebrate my birthday.  It was fun to get out and chat it up with my girlfriends.  They're such a fun group...


...never underestimate the power of fellow mom friends.  They are an incredible support group and a ton of fun too.

This mornings better weather called for a morning run with the boys.  I may or may not have bribed them with a promised stop at Dunkin donuts.  :-)  I got my sweat on while my boys ate donuts...I know it's not the healthiest thing for them but I'm pretty sure we all had a great time.  

Don't worry, they got their exercise too later in the pool while I kicked up my feet and watched them :-)  Now it's time to curl up on the couch with my man and watch the Dolphins game while chowing down these wings and blue cheese...


....our last hurrah before we tackle the whole30 tomorrow...I guess you could call it a whole30 eve :-).  This time, my man's along for the ride too.  Fingers crossed we make it.  Happy football Sunday!!