This spinach drink is what we've been having for breakfast almost everyday since we've come out here. We got the idea from Ryan and Windy, although we have adapted it a little. We use 1 cup of frozen fruit. Our favorite is this Spectrum Blend from Costco, with peaches, strawberries, blueberries, pinapple, and honeydew. The 3 berry mix from costco is really good, too, if you don't mind the seeds. Then we add about 3/4 cup of any flavor yogurt, we use peach yogurt, and 3/4 cup orange juice, and about 2 cups of spinach. I just grab 2 big handfuls and throw it in. Blend it all up, and walah! It is really good and a great way to get a bunch of spinach into your daily diet. My girls love it and they drink it everyday too. Get this...Jared has lost 15 lbs since we moved!!! He's a hotty!
We went to our ward halloween party and had a blast this year. Brianna and Sydney wanted to where the same costumes as last year. Hayden was Quasimodo and I was Esmerelda. We also had our friend Theresah, from our apartments, with us. Hayden looked hilarious! We got all sorts of laughs with him. He just hung out in my arms, just content to sit there with his hunchback shoulders. He loved his BillyBob teeth. I only put them in his mouth for pictures or when people wanted to see it because otherwise he druled everywhere and they eventually would fall out, but everytime I would put them in his mouth he would smile and start gumming them. He really looked pitiful, though. People didn't know whether to laugh or cry. We did Trunk or Treating and our ward really got into it. They had all decorated their cars. It was quite the spook alley. At the end, Jared and I laughed so hard we cried when someone gave Sydney the scare of her life (poor Sydney). There was a huge spider remote control toy that someone had walk up to Sydney and it scared her so bad!!! I really felt bad that she was so scared, and yes, I did comfort her, but Oh My Gosh, it was so funny!
Here in Georgia, there are parks everywhere. We've been enjoying visiting different parks each week. They all have beautiful trails to walk, through forested areas or around lakes. The girls love trying to catch the squirrels along the trail, but just scaring them away. Hayden is chill, as always, just hanging out in his stroller. And then, of course, they spend a long time playing on the playground, too. We all get a bit of exercise, enjoy the scenery, and have fun playing. This is one of our favorite things about our new home in Georgia.
As we were driving our van and moving truck to Georgia, we started noticing a TON of smashed froggers everywhere on the road. Poor things! We decided to pull off and let the girls experience the change in environment. We had passed through the familiar Utah and mountainous area, drove through near endless cornfields, and then suddenly we are in a humid and green place totally new to our kids. So we woke them up and went outside to catch FROGS! They were everywhere. The noise of frogs and toads was so loud. The girls were a little apprehensive at first, but then they really got into it. Jared caught one and they got to touch it, then it hopped out of Jared's hands and I laughed my head off watching the girls freak out! They were jumping all over the place. We caught several different kinds of frogs, then hopped back into our vehicles and continued our four day drive to Georgia.
Jared gave Hayden a blessing on August 29th, 2010. One very memorable thing Jared said to him during the blessing was that Hayden came to us at a very important time and that we, as a family, needed him. I feel that is totally true. He is a special child of God, and I feel privileged to be his mother.
Our son, Hayden Michael Loo, was born June 9th, 2010, at 9:06 AM, in American Fork, Utah. He weighed 8 lbs, 10 oz and was 19.5 inches tall. We had a lot of family in town that weekend, and they all wanted me to go into labor and have the baby while they were there. Unfortunately for them, Hayden decided to come the day after they stopped trying to induce me and traveled back to their homes. Of course after they left, I got a stomach bug that put me into labor. So after hours of throwing up and having contractions, I went to the hospital and they gave me wonderful anti-nausea medicine and told me I was going to have a baby soon. After that, Jared and I had a quiet night in the hospital, thanks to an epidural, and our sweet Hayden joined us in the morning. Brianna and Sydney came a little later and fell in love with their new baby brother. Hayden was born with an amazing calm and content attitude. I have never seen a baby as quiet and happy as he has constantly been. It is a testimony that Heavenly Father knows us all and our individual needs! He knew that I have my hands full with my beautiful, vivacious, and very active daughters, and that a calm and quiet baby would be just what I needed in order to stay sane! And now we have three children! I am so grateful for all of them, and for a wonderful husband who just happens to also be the best dad in the world!
Why must my children take a couple bites out of every apple instead of just eating one whole apple??? I just cut them some apple slices, too, and they only ate a couple slices of that apple as well. You think it's a grass is greener kind of thing? Maybe they were thinking that the next apple just had to taste better than the one they were eating. I don't get it.