Sunday, June 29, 2014

Father's Day

I had been waiting to post our Father's Day gift ideas because I didn't want Lance to see what we were sending him BEFORE he got his Father's Day package. It took a lot longer for our package to reach Belgium than we had anticipated!
 
We had a lot of fun putting together his package.
 
I didn't take a picture of everything... I am forgetful like that. We put in protein bars, Batman Legos, a Batman towel (everyone knows Lance is obsessed with Batman, right?), lots of pictures, and the tie that is pictured below.
 
We had a lot of fun making the tie. We went to the LDS Distribution Center and got their cheapest tie (I would have gone to the DI and looked, but of course I waited until the last minute so I went somewhere I knew they'd have a white tie.)
 
Jade thought this craft was so fun! She loved getting her hands and feet painted.
This tie was inspired from here. We basically copied it exactly except we didn't put any words on our tie.
 
We also loved the note (shown below) that we found on Pinterest here.  Lance is a superhero fanatic so this was perfect for him! (We made a cheap copy on regular paper-since we were mailing it, but you can order a nice canvas sign from the lady responsible for this cute idea at the link above!
 
 
 
We sent Lance a pic of Jade in her "Daddy's Little Sunshine" shirt jumping on the trampoline. (Fitting right?)


For the Grandpas, Jade made a little handprint goldfish. She absolutely loves "feesh" and making handprints, so we had a lot of fun making this craft.

(Please excuse the dirty window in the background!)
 
I'm really glad Lance got his package, even if he did get it late! (He even wore his tie to church in Belgium.)
 
 
 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Lance's Protein Pancakes

Food for the GO!
 
If you are like most of us, time to cook is hard to come by. Making meal after meal and trying to eat healthy can burn you out. Here is an idea and a recipe to help you “on the goers.”
 
 
Ingredients
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1 TBS flax seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Chuck all the ingredients into the blender. Fire it up for a few seconds to get everything good and mixed and then pour out the batter onto a pan or griddle.

What is so awesome about these pancakes is you can quadruple the recipe, make a few dozen small pancakes and then just put them in a ziplock and put them in the fridge or freezer and then when you need to have a quick on the go meal just pop some of those babies in the toaster and ta-da!
Depending on what your goals are (gaining/building, toning/tightening) you can make some quick easy modifications to the recipe.
For me, I am trying to build and gain so I use high protein, high calorie yogurt.  I also throw in a scoop of my favorite protein powder to the batter and I cover the pancake in almond butter for my topping.
 
If you are trying to lose weight or tone down. Use non-fat greek yogurt and top it with blue berries and agave or honey and cinnamon.  (or just eat them plain, they’re quite good.)
Flip Out! Get Fit!
LANCE

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Monkey Party + A Fishy Party

Before Lance left for Belgium we decided to throw Jade an early birthday party so he could be there. Jade absolutely loves Curious George so we had to have some monkey decorations at this party!
 
She loved helping Grandma decorate the cupcakes.
 
 



We had our party at a local pool and just set up our stuff in the little party room.




Since it was a swimming party, Jade had to have a monkey swimming suit!

Almost all the decorations came from All A Dollar - so that was awesome. And some of our monkey ideas came from this site here.


On Jade's real birthday we had a small celebration with just the grandparents. Jade's 2nd current obsession is fish. We spent the day hanging out at the new Aquarium.

 

We had a great day, but I did miss having Lance around! Especially since his birthday is the day before Jade's!
 
 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2 Years Old

It is so crazy to say it, but I have a 2 year old.
 
I have been so blessed to have this little girl in my life. I love her so much and am trying hard to enjoy every moment I have with her. Sometimes I really wish time would slow down...