September 11, 2014

Luke's first day of preschool

Luke had his first day of preschool today! And even though his teacher said he was "weepy," I think he had a good time and enjoyed himself. (Expressive language is still a challenge for Luke, so it's really hard to get any information from him!) I'm hopeful that the year will go well and I can't wait to see Luke grow and develop with the addition of preschool!

And what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't include the token "first day of pre-k" chalkboard photo?!

But let's be honest, those were the only two remotely good photos I got. 
The other 36 were more like this:



 I still haven't found that one thing that makes Luke look at the camera. 
Maybe by the last day of pre-k we'll have mastered that all too important life skill. :)


September 5, 2014

instaFriday

I love Instagram. If you follow me there, you already know that. I admit I'm a chronic over-poster, but I'm okay with that. For those of you that don't use it, Instagram is a social media app that allows you to share pictures (and captions) with your followers.

For the fall I'm hoping to take daily photos of each of the kids. I'm hashtagging Luke's photos #LukesLookBook and Georgia Kate's photos use the hastag #GKeveryday. I'll share these photos on the blog on Fridays so the grandmas can see more photos of their favorite grandkids. :)


August 31, 2014
A top button and mama's specs ... next up, chess club!

After spending just a few minutes together everyone always tells me, "She is ready to GO!"
Georgia Kate may not be mobile yet, but girlfriend is in perpetual motion from the moment she wakes up! Also? That smile melts me!
 
September 1, 2014
What do you mean it's the last day of summer?!

Tonight we tried steamed carrots, sweet potatoes, peas and apples.
GK still isn't a fan of solids, but she sure has fun trying!
 
September 2, 2014
Luke was extra cranky this day and refused any sort of pictures.
Welcome to the season of the THREEnager.

This picture is terrible but it had to be shared.
I can't remember the last time she fell asleep in my arms.
 
September 3, 2014
It's like Where's Waldo trying to find Luke in here.
Our house is a constant maze of trains and tracks.
And I love it.

She may not be mobile, but this walker is the new favorite toy!
 
September 4, 2014
"Mommy! I don't wanna take a peeechuuur!"

She always has to have at least one foot through the rails.

September 4, 2014

Hokie babies

John and I love college football. If you see us on a Saturday between September and November you can bet we'll be watching college football decked out in our orange and maroon. Now that we have two more cheerleaders in the house Saturdays are family matchy-matchy/Hokie-color days. Good thing our kids look so good in orange & maroon. :)

family "tailgate" at Mom and Dad's for the season opener,
VT vs. William & Mary

Luke on the left, 2012
Georgia Kate on the right, 2014

September 2, 2014

fall bucket list

Now that school is starting and all the stores are carrying Halloween costumes, I think it's okay to admit that fall is almost here! (even if the weather isn't on board just yet) The arrival of a new season always brings such excitement for me. I get busy making lists of things to do, clothes to wear and foods to eat!
 
In efforts of squeezing the most out of this beautiful season, I decided to make a family friendly fall bucket list. I included things we do every fall (visit a pumpkin patch, carve a pumpkin) along with things I always want to do in the fall! (make a bonfire & roast smores!)
 
 
What would you add to the list?
What is your favorite fall activity?

September 1, 2014

Make it Monday

Happy September friends! Fall is on it's way and I couldn't be more ready. I love the summer and it's carefree schedule, but the teacher/mom side of me is beyond ready for a regular routine!

I'm beginning fall with a new routine myself. I start my day around 5:00am with some "me time." I used to wake up early and go straight to work. Now I make my cup of coffee and sit down at the computer to blog. I love this little space and I am determined to spend more time here. So stick around for a fun, blog-filled September!

Enough jabber, let's get to blogging. To kick things off I have a yummy and healthy Make it Monday!

I'm always looking for something relatively healthy, protein-packed and fast for my breakfasts. This gluten-free, sugar-free pin fit the bill. They're equally easy and tasty. This recipe will definitely be on repeat in our house!

Power Muffins
Ingredients
2 cups oats (I used old fashioned oats)
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
2 bananas (mine were ripe but not overly ripe and still worked well)
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
optional add-ins: anything else you choose!
(I just happened to have a cup of white chocolate chips hanging around. Yes, it slightly defeats the whole 'sugar-free' thing, but I couldn't resist!)

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix all of your ingredients together.

(I first mashed my bananas with a fork before adding the remaining ingredients. 
This recipe is a great one for those of you with little helpers!)


3. Divide the mixture between twelve regular-sized muffin cups and bake for 12-15 minutes. (13 minutes seemed to be just right in my oven.)


 4. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.


A Few Notes
* I lined my muffin pan with paper cups. BAD IDEA. Though the muffins release from the pan easily, the muffin itself sticks to the liners terribly. We had to scrape the muffins from the liners with a spoon to eat them! Next time I'll spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray instead.

*Due to the high moisture content of these, they spoil quickly. We found that it was best to keep them stored in the fridge.