Sunday, September 30, 2012

Do you Bento?

If you follow me on facebook you may be familiar with the after school snacks we do for Zane.  I've gotten lots of questions, comments and positive encouragement about them.  So I thought I'd share a bit more with you here.
We had purchased the Bento box to use for our outings as an easy way for us to carry inexpensive and healthier snacks so we won't have to keep buying junk and spending MORE money!   I started out doing one for him as a special treat on the first day of school since I already had the box.  I threw together some stuff we had on hand...peanuts, gummy bears, yogurt raisins, pretzel rods and peanut butter.  I added some of the cute food pics I had ordered to go in the bento box and presto.  Done.  Well when he got home he saw that snack and he was hooked.  To my surprise, my picky eater at it all.  Every bit of it.  Granted this is all things he normally eats (this time).  I saw this as my opportunity to slowly introduce new things into his diet and to keep his snacks balanced.  Since Zane struggles with weight gain I have to be on top of things like this and find creative ways to get him to eat.  I have to make food fun and interesting.  I had to figure out a way to make him enjoy his food...something he was not doing before.  My thought process was, if I can get him to experience his food then he will eat it and be more adventurous and hopefully keep some weight on.  After all, it was up to me.  I have no idea what he is eating at school.  When he gets home from school he usually can't even tell me what he had for lunch, this leads me to believe that he didn't eat it. 
Now, with these little hearty snacks...at least I know he has had this and it was healthy.  I've had some question why I spend so much time and effort on them (which really it takes minutes at most).  When you consider that sometimes this is my only shot to get some good nutrition in him without him knowing it.  If he didn't eat his lunch and may not eat very well for supper and I know he at his snack at least I know he has had something that will stick with him. 

The proof that it's working?  Well he has gained weight!  He is eating things he would have never eaten before.  He is eating food combinations and talking about them and enjoying his food experience (we referenced the animated movie Ratatouille in a discussion about flavor combinations during snack time one day).  Even his attitude is different.  You see Zane suffers from anxiety among other issues.  I've noticed some very positive differences in his attitude since we have started these snacks.  Like it's his little special thing.  One afternoon I was still putting his crackers in the container and had not put it on the table yet...when he walked in and he didn't see it on the table his whole demeanor changed.  He was a different child and was difficult all the rest of the day.  It was like I had forgot about him in his mind. 

Whatever the reason...it works for us.  On many levels.  And I hope our story helps you;)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Are You Ready to Play Dirty?

As most of you know...I'm sort of...well, more of an "indoor girl".  So when my friend Annie posted on facebook looking for friends to do the Play Dirty Mud run with her and her husband, I'm sure I'm the last person she though would respond!
 But we signed up...not really knowing what to expect.  I had every intention on going to the gym and preparing.  But that didn't really happen.  I just rolled with it.  When we got there we just went for it.  We ran.  We jogged.  We did our old lady in the mall speed walking thing.  We did a lot of laughing and surprisingly enough...not a whole lot of falling!  LOL!
 We climbed.  We we crawled.  We tunneled.  We did it all.  There was not one obstacle that we did not do.  I was so proud of myself!   I even went through the mud pit that had a snake in it!  Yes, there was a snake spotted off to one side of it and I quickly scooted through the other side while David stood watch!  LOL!
 The team work was awesome!
 We gave a helping hand when needed, a boost or a tug and we all made it through.
 And we even stopped and hammed it up for the camera;)
It was such a fun time!!  Something I NEVER would have though I would have done but I'm so glad we did!
 But the balance beam...I have to come clean...I tried...but had to step off and walk through the mud!  My legs were like jello by that point and I had NO balance left in them!

It was such a great team building exercise.  I truly recommend it for any couple or group of friends to do together.  It's a great experience!
 We had a blast and can't wait till next year!!
Here is a link to the video of what we did...we didn't make it in the video but it will give you an idea of what the event was all about!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Legomania

Zane's LEGO birthday party was a hit!  He loved it all!!
 I think his favorite was the lego board with the number "six"  that he got to help me make.  My favorite was the lego sugar cookies!!  I'm a sucker for a good sugar cookie and these were adorable to boot!  Even better...I didn't have to make these.  I ordered them from The Talented Cookie  on Etsy and it was SO worth it!!
 The favorite of the the kids was the cake!  They all had to pick which color they wanted;)
 
 I was kinda in love with the favors, the Lego shaped crayons...
 Then Zane and the boys did the Lego car races

 And there was lots of block building on the Lego table!




 Zane was so excited to have his BFF, Bobby there to celebrate his birthday with him;)
 So that's all for this year's party!! We had a blast!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Birthday Prep

Preping for the big Lego birthday bash tomorrow!!  Zane was outside with daddy today testing his Lego race cars!!
 I was inside tonight cake carving to make his big lego cake!  I pray it all comes together!

Saturday, September 01, 2012

He is 6 Today!!

My big boy is 6 today!!
 So we celebrated in grand fashion with daddy's famous pancakes with sprinkles!!

Then as he requested, we went get cookie cake and ride the merry go round!  It's the simple pleasures;)  I love this kid.  Happy Birthday baby;)

Party Is Done!!

Yep, the party was a hit!  And I'm whipped!
My boy loved it!  I'll post more pics later!