Friday, November 9, 2012

Kaiden's 5th Birthday

Kaiden turned FIVE!  Yes, he's FIVE!  But it didn't happen yesterday.  Or last week.  Or even a few weeks ago.  He turned five October 2nd.  And I am just now blogging about it.  Ho hum.

Mother of the year.  Please stand up.

For real.  He's five.  And, like, all of a sudden he seems all grown up.  The way he talks.  The things he does.   It's really hard to look at him and not think, "who are you and what have you done with my little boy?"  I mean,  just yesterday we were here in the NICU waiting for this little bugger to come home:

And today we are here watching him score goals in his soccer games.

The great part about Kaiden's birthday this year is that we splurged and had his birthday party at a local gymnastics center.  Best. Money. Ever. Spent.  I just couldn't even begin to think of how a party would look in our little townhouse.  The party was amazing.  They took care of everything from the invitations, the decorations, set up and clean up.  I showed up with my cake and they took care of the rest.  All the kids had a blast and birthday boy did too!
We decorated party bags for all of our guests a few days before the party...
...and stuffed them full!
The kids climbed the big rolly tube and jumped into the foam "cheese" pit
So cute!
They bounced in the bounce house and slide down the blow up slide
They pretended they were airplanes
And scaled some gym apparatus.
They crawled through the blow up caterpillar (in the back) and  played on some more equipment
We had cake and ice cream in the party room (complete with music and disco ball) 
And opened presents in the birthday chair
What a great time!!!
Happy Birthday my big boy!  You are the best little bubby a mom could hope for.  Love you to pieces!! 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Meal Plan-11/4/12

Here starts another crazy week in the life of us.

I am going to attempt to restock my freezer with some muffins and breakfast foods by baking up a few batches of each of these recipes.  It's always nice to have them on hand for quick pulls for breakfast, snacks and, heck, even to pull for some quick lunches or dinners!
Vegan pumpkin muffins
Vegan Chocolate zucchini muffins
Vegan whole wheat waffles

Always on the look out for new salad ideas for lunch, I thought I would try this three bean salad recipe from Oh She Glows.  I love her recipes!

And I can't forget dessert so I'll probably make up a batch or three of Dreena's vegan chocolate chip cookies.  Oh. My.  I'll try and get some into the freezer before I eat them all.  They are sooooo good.  But a quick note if you decide to make them, it calls for a 1/4 cup of sugar, but honestly, I cut that in half and it is still sweet enough.  Follow the other directions to a "T."  You don't want these babies to dry out.

Mish mosh of left overs and smoothies.

Vegan ravioli with veggies.  Found these at Wegmans and thought I'd give them a try since I have yet to find a pre-made vegan ravioli!!!

Salmon and quinoa/rice blend with veggies

Grilled Cheese and Soup

Black Beans and Rice

Veggie Pizza

Hopefully out to dinner