february 2013 instagram

Recapping February with Instagram:  Heidi’s 40th birhday, a visit to see Allison in Idaho in the winter, park day for Slater with school friends, new hot tub, outtakes because it’s the only way to get Dallon on here, slater starts karate and LOVES it, visiting with Christianne in San Clemente for a day, Slater’s school field trip, teens hanging out at our house, Slater’s creativity with magna tiles, valentines, annual ski trip with neighbors and friends (15 kids and 11 adults in one house), cooking more, kite day, and kitty who likes to fit in small uncomfortable places.

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Update on no starch diet and AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis)

It’s been just about three months that I went no starch for my diet.  I decided to try the no starch because I really didn’t want to be on anti inflammatory drugs forever and ever.  Maybe one day I will have to but it was worth a shot to see if I could get rid of my inflammation through diet.  You can read my intro about starting a no starch diet here.

It took two full months for me to start to notice I was feeling better.  During the first two months, the pain seemed to move to different parts of my back and hips that I hadn’t even had issues with before.  It felt like the inflammation was cycling through my system.  I thought I was getting worse at times.

And then all of a sudden I noticed I was sleeping (on the couch) in all positions.  I even caught myself sleeping on my stomach which I haven’t been able to do for seven years (realized that in hindsight).  I decided to move back into my bed and see if I was able to tolerate that.  There were a few iffy nights but I am back in my bed with minimal stiffness in the morning.  I have had a few hard nights in the last month but now I am almost certain it must be something I ate because it goes away throughout the day and then the next night is better.  It’s weird to think that diet could “fix” the pain I was enduring.  But it certainly seems to be helping.

I’ve added back cooked vegetables and I still have too much sugar… but not nearly as much as I was having with all the bread products I used to have.  There are times that I miss bread/cookie products.  But, I have slowly been figuring out alternatives and I actually really like them.  One surprise is squash cut like spaghetti (used this tool) and used with meat sauce.  SO good and I don’t have that heavy feeling I used to get after eating pasta….even rice pasta.  I’ve found a great chocolate chip cookie recipe that is so good. And I recently made coconut flour strawberry shortcake which was really good.  That recipe can be found here.  It was a tricky one but I think I was 90% successful.

There are so many alternatives now and so many good cooks have figured out ways to make grain free alternatives.  I’m so grateful for people who have paved the way and figured things out because it is a radical change.  I am so happy to be feeling better and have actually been able to start working out again.  I will continue with the no starch diet and continue to figure out and add to my alternatives.  It’s definitely not easy but it certainly not as hard as I thought I was going to be.   It’s a process.  grain free dessert

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First grade art ~ fauvism

fun kid self portraits

This is the first art project we did this year.  The portraits were up for Back to School night.  I came across this project somewhere… I can’t find it in my Pinterest folder… but the style is Fauvism.  I thought the kids would really get into creating their self portraits using non traditional colors.  They had a lot of fun with their blue and green faces.

I put all the colors of paint in ice cube trays but clean up was not so easy. I like using acrylic paint rather than tempura.  A better way to save pain in the future is to have each color in separate jars or bowls so the extra can be dumped back into the bottles.  Teaching art is a learning process.

The first thing I had them do was draw with a pencil a big circle for their head.  Getting kids to “fill the page” is never easy.  This is probably the hardest thing to get them to do.

Then we drew the neck and then shoulders.  It made the most sense for first graders to do a big rectangle across the bottom.

Once we had the basic shapes down, I had them paint their heads and neck any color they wanted to.  We moved onto the shoulders next.  And last, I had them paint the background a different color than their heads.  I was hoping that this would give the color for the heads time to dry and it did.

Next, they started on the details of their faces and then added hair once the background was dry.

The last step involved adding any extras they wanted to like patterns on their shirts.

I think they turned out pretty cute and the kids loved creating them.  They really brightened up the room on Back to School night too.

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the Evans family, Carlsbad

Teanna and I go way back to the days of living in Mission Beach.  We were pregnant with our firsts and due a few months a part.  Lots of memories with this family.  And oddly enough, we added a boy to our families around the same time too.  Cain and Slater are 7 months apart and we have had many Legoland and beach get togethers just like the old days in the 90′s. Our first borns are both off to college this fall.  You can see this family here, here, here, here, and here (that was a fun trip down memory lane).  Today we are at a park in Carlsbad at the end of the day with beautiful light.  Can’t get much better than that.

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