FUN!!!

It’s a…

The day finally came!  The big reveal was this Saturday!  I can’t tell you how excited we are about our baby.

First, I want to talk a little bit about balance…we’ve posted a lot about living a well rounded life in the past and how important it is to ENJOY your life.  We were able to have a completely gluten free party while splurging on some of our favorite snacks, desserts, and beverages.  We had 3 different types of chili:  my mom’s famous original chili, turkey chili, and my white chicken chili.  We had Fritos, cheddar cheese, and sour cream available for toppings.  Haley made some awesome cornbread bake.  Adie made DELICIOUS “caramelitas” for dessert.  And Marta brought lots of hotdogs to mix in with the chili and for the kids to enjoy.

Fall fun with sisters

Fall fun with sisters

 

After our reveal (which I will get to in a bit), the night was spent enjoying beverages by the bonfire.  I bought GF graham crackers for some yummy s’mores!  Everyone was mingling, chatting, and snacking while the kids were running around and playing games with each other.  Later in the night there might even have been a dance off competition :)  My family is CRAZY and knows how to have a good time!

I have an amazing family and group of friends that I am so lucky and blessed to have.  We had THE MOST fun on Saturday…all because we live a well rounded life.  We don’t eat and drink like this everyday which allows us to enjoy ourselves when we do have get-togethers and not feel guilty about it.  None of us worry about eating 2 or 3 cookies throughout the night or drinking that extra glass of wine because we know our EVERYDAY lifestyles make it easy to get rid of those extra calories we splurged on at the party.  Our bodies are so used to functioning at the highest level, working hard in workouts, and eating “easy to burn” calories from clean foods, that a night like this doesn’t phase us.  You can be that way too!  Live every day clean with lots of movement, and your body will be able to respond quickly and efficiently when you have a cheat meal.

bundled up by the fire...after s'mores!

bundled up by the fire…after s’mores!

 

Now to the big reveal!  It was amazing!  We had a blast celebrating and sharing this surprise with the people we love.

We picked up the balloons (in a box) from our party store that morning.  About an hour into the party it was time to open and celebrate!

What's it gonna bee?

What’s it gonna bee?

Everyone gathered around us with cameras and watched as we cut open the box!

surprise!  BLUE!

surprise! BLUE!

It's a BOY!  I love Austin's cheering in this pic!

It’s a BOY! I love Austin’s cheering in this pic!

If you look at the bottom of our balloon strings, they had the ultrasound pic attached...with NO weight.  There is goes...

If you look at the bottom of our balloon strings, they had the ultrasound pic attached…with NO weight. There is goes…

 

I was MAD that they didn’t follow our directions about putting a weight so the balloons didn’t fly off.

And they're gone.

And they’re gone.

But it made for a good story…of course my family improvised and grabbed my dad’s BB gun.  The boys were shooting at the balloons trying to pop them in hopes it would fall out of the tree they were stuck in.  They popped the balloons, but the strings and picture never fell :(

I will definitely be asking for another pic at my appointment this week!

I hope you had a great weekend!  Don’t forget to live a clean and active lifestyle so splurging and having fun isn’t a big deal to your guilt or your body.

Thanks for stopping by,

Signature Maggie

 

Friday: Food and Children’s Behavior

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One of my favorite times of the day is right after lunch.  As you know, I am a kindergarten teacher, so after a much needed break away from my cuties for recess and lunch, I am always refreshed and energized and super-excited to pick them up after eating lunch, and anxious to start our afternoon together.  I also am a secret spy.  I love to check out what my students are eating – taking the opportunity to check out the trendy new snacks and goodies that keep kids happy and what parents are sending to school each day. 

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Cooper and Meade – such happy boys

With my oldest son’s diagnosis of Celiac Disease in July, I am even more aware and sensitive to the foods around me.  I am more sensitive to the allergies and needs of my students and super stalkerish about what my students are consuming on a daily basis.  My goal is never to JUDGE the choices of other parents either.  I totally understand why Lunchables are a big hit and why people pack the items that they do.  There are days when I WISH that were still an option for our family.  However, upon reflection, I am grateful for the opportunity to provide my kids each day with healthy nourishing food that no longer damages their guts and fogs their brain.

I have always been a big believer that food has a direct impact on SOME students behavior.  I also feel that SOME kids could eat whatever and whenever and have no effects at all.  Those kids and families are lucky.  I have been a kindergarten teacher for eight, plus, years.  In that time, I have had at least 20 students in my classes per year.  So I have had the great pleasure of teaching, mentoring and loving close to 200 different kids and their families.  As I have matured and learned as a parent and educator, I have come to be a true believer that foods can play a huge role in the behaviors of young children.  I have  seen the direct results of a diet change as a parent, and am excited to share my knowledge and beliefs with parents that are struggling with understanding their child’s struggles in the classroom or at home.  My fear is that people will think I am crazy.  I don’t want people to think that I want or believe that every child will be like my own.  However, I do want them to know that my child has had some pretty significant behavior and emotional changes due to the fact that we have removed ONE thing from his diet: gluten.

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Left: grapes, edamame, cheese stick and almonds Right: pumpkin pancakes with peanut butter, carrots, apples and raisins

Whether reactions are triggered by dyes, chemicals, gluten, or other ingredients, food is able to change a child and, in my opinion, alter students from their best and most capable state in which they learn and succeed in the classroom.  I have seen it first hand with my own son.  Food does make a difference.

With that being said, I wanted to share some lunch ideas that we use with our kids.  The trigger we have removed from our diet is gluten.  We do eat foods that are not organic, processed, or contain dyes in them, although we try to keep them to a minimum.  I feel strongly that dyes are another huge trigger for my son, and has been since he was very young.  We would love to have you share some of your favorite, kid-friendly and healthy meals that you send your kids to school with each day.  Log your meals on Facebook or Instagram using #hausofgirlsfitfamilylunchswap .  I want to be better about sharing my own meals as well.

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Left: grapes, melon, apples, and homemade trail mix, rice chips and an egg Center: blueberries, cheddar cheese, kiwi, banana, frozen yogurt, puffs Right: popcorn, peaches, carrots, cheddar cheese, homemade ice pop

 

We would love for you to weigh in on this topic and share your personal experiences with food for both yourself and your children.  We are anxious to hear and learn more information about how to continue to provide healthy lunch options for our growing boys and girls.

Wishing you all a great weekend and GO CARDS!!!!

Signature Adie