Monday, February 13, 2017

Lars & Townes, I love you.

On this Valentine’s Eve, which Bob and I never really celebrated until we had babies and then you take any reason you can to celebrate, I want to write a letter to my boys…my beautiful, awe inspiring boys.

Being your mother is a gift; a true gift.  A gift that sometimes gets disguised in messes and middle of the night waking’s, in dark circles and short tempers, in miscommunication and frustration.  I never knew a gift would include all of these non-gift like characteristics. But that my loves, has been my greatest lesson learned since being your mother.  The gift of complete and unhindered love that I have for each of you.  I love you through these messes and dark circles, through the tantrums and frustration. I love you while I’m cleaning the endless pee off the bathroom floor.  I love you when you need me 4,000 times during the night….for the fifth night in a row. I love you when I’ve asked you countless times to do something and it doesn’t get done. I love you when I lose my cool.  It’s never hard to love you because it’s who I am now, it’s part of my being.  I am here to love you forever, no matter what.  I’m here to support you and believe in you.  To let you fall but help you up, to watch you cry but hold you tight.  I am yours. 

Lars, thank you for making me a mother.  You are the light of my life; the funniest person I know and often times the smartest.  You are witty and curious and so captivated by knowledge.  I tell myself daily to appreciate your strong will and determination because it will serve you well. It’s just hard to see that when your strong will and determination is keeping you from doing what I ask, but nevertheless I appreciate it and I know exactly where it comes from.  You are the most wonderful and caring big brother in the world and you have been since day one.  Honestly, I had my doubts but they quickly diminished once I witnessed you and Townes for the first time.  I love you Lars, more than you could ever imagine. The day you were born was the  most epic day of my entire life and you’ve continued to make most of my days pretty epic since.

Townes, my precious Townesy...another light of my life. Never did I think I could love another as much as I love your brother and then BAM!! you arrived and my heart just about burst with love. You are always the calm to my storm.  When things have been hectic or crazy, you snuggle your precious face into my neck and all feels right. You are so cuddly and squishy and I love nothing more than holding you.  You make everyone happy with your laugh and your sweet little face. I love how much you adore Lars…when y’all are together life feels pretty perfect.  I love that we are still figuring you out but yet we have endless love for you.  You complete the circle, my sweet Townes.  You are what we were all wanting to make our family full, so thank you for being born; for choosing me as your mother and us as your family.  It’s hard to imagine life before you.  I love you sweet baby.

And to the guy who started this whole love fest in the first place….Bob!  I love you plain and simple.  I couldn’t do any of this without you.  Thank you for supporting me, for putting up with me (goodness…that’s a big thanks!), for being so calm and logically all the time, for being my balance…

Friday, January 27, 2017

Food, Food and Food

If I had to sum up my current life in three words it would be: babies (Lars is still a baby, right?), Bob (because I love him and couldn't do this without him) and food (because someone is always hungry and sometimes I feel like we work to pay our grocery bill).

I've said before that we cook every. single. night. and it still holds true. Some nights I wish we didn't have to cook but we live so far out that 'picking something up' is like an hour ordeal or going out to dinner is a 2+ hour ordeal...with a 4 year old and a 9 month old (no thank you).  Our little town has some great food but nothing quick that's for sure. So we cook and we cook a lot. We cook breakfast, lunch for the kids and dinner, so there's a lot (A LOT) of food and cooking going on in the Authement-Keates household.

Our food bill is our second highest bill for the month next to our mortgage and Bob swears sometimes our mortgage comes in second.....I won't divulge what we spend a month on food but buying organic, healthy and when available local is important to us so it's a big expense.

We obviously don't buy meat, except for when Lars thinks he wants to try halibut, crab, shrimp, turkey hot dogs or some other ridiculously expensive meat item that I cave into buying for him because I want him to try food and be adventurous even though I know the cat will end up eating it or we'll give it we don't have (usually) have that expense. But don't worry....I tend to make up for the cost.

I've found that we do best and spend less when I make a weekly menu that includes dinner, lunches for Lars, snacks, any treats we may want to make and food for Townes and then make my list according to the menu.  Otherwise, we're at the grocery store a few times a week and we end up spending way more money than necessary. When I'm on track and get this done, the total when we get up to the register is a hard pill to swallow but I know if we don't plan we end up spending more.

When I'm scrounging the interwebs and cookbooks for recipes I generally look for vegan recipes.  We're not 100% vegan but I find vegan recipes to be more plant based and nutritional than a lot of vegetarian recipes. I would guess that roughly 4 out of the 7 meals we have a week are vegan.

Also, sorry for the crappy phone pictures of all the food.  There's just no time after dinner's made to take pretty pictures....maybe one day :)

Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Oat Crust (vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free)

Spicy Pesto Pasta with Roasted Veggie and Goat Cheese  (it's a spin off of this recipe)

Chili Cheese Nachos (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

my lunch one random day. garlic quinoa, spinach, cucumbers, olives, tomatoes and avocado with a spicy tahini sauce. no recipe. 

Creamy Vegetable Curry (vegan, gluten free) I would make this every single night because I love curry but Bob hates curry. So I make it when we have company that also enjoys it. 

Thai coconut curry sweet potato soup with roasted tamari almonds (vegan, gluten free)  (curry for the win!! bob was cool with this soup for all you curry haters)

Nachos Supreme. (gluten free) chips, topped with cheese, roasted veggies, Spanish rice, homemade refried black beans, veggies and chipolte cream sauce. 

banana nut bread (vegan, easily made gluten free...this one isn't, refined sugar free)

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