As I previously mentioned, Kyle and I were in Nor Cal (Elk Grove) for a family reunion this past weekend. It was for Kyle’s mom’s side of the family…and over 50 people (!!!) made the trek. Part of the reason I had been waiting to share my pregnancy on the blog was because we wanted to tell people in person at this reunion…and you know how once things leak online they make their way to facebook two seconds later and then the whole world knows (not that that’s a bad thing, we just wanted to have the pleasure of sharing such fun and exciting news face to face). So that’s what we did! As you can imagine, the love we felt was incredible.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Back to the start of the weekend.
Kyle’s parents rented a van so we could all carpool up on Friday…they had been babysitting the girls for a week (helping my brother and sister in law out after the arrival of their new one). I think they had planned on leaving San Clemente early-ish in the morning…but things don’t quite work out as you plan them when a 3 and 4 year old are involved.
I had time to eat a relaxed breakfast.
Uid’s GF hamburger buns were on sale last week, so I have been enjoying them instead of toast in the am. They were way cheaper than the bagels and basically taste the same. Plus they don’t have holes in the middle. More carbs for me! I added Earth Balance and fried eggs to the breakfast plate.
I choked down my prenatals with a greek yogurt an hour later (I didn’t want to have to deal with the hassle of taking them on the road).
I had a big bag of snacks for the road (never know what I’m gonna be in the mood for). I had ordered a shipment of goodies from Swanson Vitamins the week before and they arrived just in time to make the snack bag.
The company reached out to me recently, and after checking their products and prices online I was so excited to order some items right away. Because I was a first time customer I got 10% off (everyone does), so this entire order cost me $25.
- Glutino GF pretzels (I love these but they are always so PRICEY in stores)
- kaia foods sea salt & vinegar kale chips (impossible to find in stores)
- Swanson organic sunbutter (so cheap for organic!!!)
- Arrowhead Mills organic peanut butter
- MaraNatha no stir creamy almond butter
It was a treat to buy nut butters since I really only make my own nowadays, but the sunflower seed butter was too cheap to pass up…and it’s hard to find organic no stir (healthy pure nut) nut butters in the store for a reasonable price. All the quality natural store bought kinds separate and cost a ton (except for at Costco – but we cancelled our membership).
So I made a AB&J for the road with the Maranatha almond butter and my mom’s apricot jam (on Udi’s GF buns).
So delicious. I love Maranatha almond butter. I can’t wait to bust into the sunbutter next.
The road trip was exactly how you’d expect it to be with 2 toddlers.
I don’t think Braelynn has ever met a food she doesn’t like. She’s also photo friendly. Ferrah, on the other hand, is beyond camera shy and about as picky of an eater as they come.
She’s also in the “why” phase…which makes for some interesting (and often repetitive) car conversation. They were good sports though, and aside from a short term melt down (caused by a million flies entering the car at a gas station/rest stop), they did really well while being cooped up in the car for 8 hours.
For dinner we went to Nugget Market in Elk Grove. I got vegetarian sushi rolls and a seaweed salad. The avocado looked so good.
Balloons for the girls.
Kyle and I spent the night at Kyle’s grandmother’s house but Kyle’s parents took the girl to a hotel.
The next morning was the reunion. We hit up Starbucks for breakfast on the way to the hotel. I got a (way watered down and therefore not very tasty) iced tea. The sugar in the raw didn’t dissolve so it was basically unsweetened water with soy milk and chunks of sugar. Not so great. I got the oatmeal and ate it slowly over the course of the morning (they ran out of oatmeal bowls so it was in a tall cup).
Now that I tihnk of it, I should have used the extra brown sugar from this in my iced tea…maybe that would have melted better?
Anyway, after Kyle finished eating, we met up with his parents at their hotel.
We played with ponies and watched creepy children’s programs on TV while waiting for the rest of our posse to arrive.
And then we got to meet Scarlett!! Can you believe she is only two weeks old?? She’s gained over 2 pounds since birth already!
Ok ok ok…since I haven’t posted any of ME yet…here I am with my big baby bump.
Not really. I’m still waiting for a true bump to arrive. This photo is from the day I announced we were expecting, so I’m 16+ weeks. Yes, I’m in bigger clothes, but they are still non-maternity clothes. I can tell the difference in my body and how it’s changing, but others may not be able to notice. Naturally this leads to plenty of (well intentioned but slightly annoying) questions about if I’m getting enough protein, nutrients, etc. (I am).
Here’s a side shot.
I promise there’s a baby in there!
Then it was off to the reunion!
B sizing the other kiddos up. Then rocking the water wings.
Sipping some Juicy Juice.
If you’re wondering about the haircut, it’s her own doing.
I got an arm workout holding all the babies. I seriously think I’m going to have to start pumping some iron because holy moly my arms were about to break off after just a few minutes with each kiddo!
As for the food… In addition to the fruit and veggie platters, there were four different layered bean dips (great minds?). I avoided the sour cream and cheddar cheese portions and dipped some Trader Joe’s veggie flax chips into the refried bean and guacamole layers. I’m finally able to do Mexican food again now (after our vacation in Cabo – which was at the height of my morning sickness – the very idea of it made me pretty nauseated).
Lunch! Aside from the obvious (hummus and veg), someone brought a delicious vegan quinoa salad. Hooray! I almost finished this whole plate. An hour later I went back for more fruit. I also consumed 6 water bottles over the ~4 hours we were there. It was HOT and I was getting a headache so I was trying to keep myself plenty hydrated. Too bad it meant I was making trips to the bathroom every 15 minutes.
On the way home my headache went from bad to worse and I knew the heat had triggered me. Unfortunately I’m all too familiar with the resulting symptoms…usually a banana helps, but the hotel didn’t have any. Kyle rested with me in the air conditioned lobby so I could get myself together and then we went to the shopping center across the street in search of something.
Jamba to the rescue. After a few sips I felt a million times better. I only had half of it because I get reflux when I have too much fruit or smoothie. Kyle helped finish the rest.
Once back at his grandmother’s house we had an impromptu second reunion (this time with Kyle’s dad’s side of the family).
Everyone wanted to meet Scarlett (and see my baby “bump”).
Kyle’s dad BBQ-ed for dinner. I had snacked on bread and roasted edamame leading up to dinner, so I wasn’t starving. As a result, I only had a little bit of salmon (and gave half of mine to Kyle). The salad was superb thanks to the fabulous lemon goddess dressing. I MUST find this Drew’s brand in Santa Monica.
After such a crazy day, I could hardly keep my eyes open past 8:30, so I showered and hit the sack.
On Sunday morning we went to Sprouts for breakfast. Having never been to a Sprouts before, I was really excited to see what they were like. I’d heard them compared to Whole Foods before, but I have to be honest, this store is no Whole Foods.
Kyle unsuccessfully avoided the pic.
There weren’t any ready-made vegan options. I got a box of almond milk and decided to get the oatmeal from Starbucks again instead.
Yes, I actually bought a carton of almond milk just for my oats and Chai tea. What can I say, I like Almond Breeze?!
The road trip home was WAY different since we didn’t have the girls. We made such great timing that Kyle and I got home with enough time to go for a walk before dinner.
I watched football while enjoying vegan pizza and salad from the co-op. Best Sunday night activity.
After dinner we had our first fantasy draft and it went SO well. Our team is gonna dominate.