Playing Catch-Up

Life has been crazy busy lately. Between starting to wrap up our school year (yes, we'll have all our days logged by the end of this month, yay!) and lots of appointments (can't believe one of my kiddos got braces, *sniff*, growing up too quick), time is just flying by. Oh yeah, and I guess there this thing called having a baby like next month too! And I can't forget my favorite time of the year, gardening season, woohoo!!

I even picked my first spring onion this weekend. Cool thing is, when you plant the bulbs in the fall, you'll have onions coming up before you even till or prep your garden!

Speaking of produce, I've been drinking green smoothies for quite some time now but recently got interested in juicing. Through research and some friends sharing their knowledge on the subject, I've learned quite a few neat things about what sets juicing apart from smoothies. Not that green smoothies aren't good, they are. But some nutrients are more quickly & readily absorbed by the body when juiced & separated from the fiber. Plus juicing is a great way to get a condensed amount of fruits and veggies all at once. 

I shared on facebook how I was looking to find a used juicer and was fortunate enough to have a friend who was looking to sell hers so I got my latest kitchen toy and I love it! I played around with different combinations of fruits & veggies as soon as I got it. One of the kids favorite combos was kale, parsley, cilantro, cucumber, celery, carrot, lemon, apple & grapes. Yes, it sounds weird but the fruit really sweetens it up.

My favorite (so far) was making a homemade version of V-8. After I juiced everything, I added some hot sauce, horseradish, a slice of pickle & celery. Yum!!! I look forward to when my garden is producing so I can use my own fresh veggies with my juicer!

I realize Easter was a few weeks ago already but I thought I'd share a picture of Olivia's first egg hunt we went to. She's at a fun age where she knew what to do with the eggs though she's such a sweetheart that if another child came near her as she was picking up her egg, she'd hand it to them instead.

Ah yes, the bunny costume! Years ago (yikes, has it really been that long?!) when my older 4 were little, I had matching bunny costumes for each of them (I don't even remember how I came across them). So it was tradition to wear them every year for egg hunts. Hey, it made the kids easy to spot in a crowd which is needed when you have 4 little ones running around! I was sad when they finally outgrew those outfits, though I did joke about getting ones in a bigger size so they could keep wearing them! ha

Though I admit, as I dug out the bunny costume this year, it was bittersweet as I should've been digging out 2 costumes, one for Noah as well. Oh how cute he & Olivia would've looked together! And what fun he would've had at the egg hunt no doubt. I can only imagine what his Easter celebration in Heaven was like! Definitely one of the many things I look forward to someday finding out!

So what about you, what in life has kept you busy lately? Are you gearing up to plant a garden by chance? I'd love to hear what you are planting!

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