life according to a six year old

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Turning six was a pretty big deal around here. All weekend long Hayden was celebrated. Presents and so many treats. Singing and laughing and dinner with family and friends. Cupcakes were made to be eaten with classmates. Oh, and that pesky last front tooth finally came out. Opening the door for the cutest lisp to creep in. All leading up to the big day. She woke up this morning to be officially six.

I got a chance to have a one on one with her and really get a look into what it’s like these days to be six.

Your now halfway through kindergarten. So tell me, what’s your favorite thing about school? If there was one thing they told you that you could for a solid week, what would it be?

 Writing. I love to write. With a big pencil and a big notepad.

What’s your least favorite?

Math. No wait, the pyrethrum board. Because there is a timer and you have to just sit there and it’s like 100 minutes long. Let’s move on!

You get home from school and you love to do what?

Play with my friends and build a snowman.

What if there is no snow?

I’d still play outside of course. Hopefully with no coat and shorts on. And flip flops. Gosh I love summer.

Your all done with school. You graduated and now you have to go get a job. What do you want to do?

Work in a donut shop.

What do you see yourself driving?

Something with sliding doors. I don’t like opening doors. So I want one that does it for me.

So a mini van?

Sure.

What’s your favorite color right now?

Pink. Not just hot though. Light too.

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Let’s talk about family now. Do you like having a little brother?

Yeah. I like feeding him. And he’s so little and I can take care of him. He tickles my back too. And I like it when I eat his chips. And when he has more chips. So I can steal them.

Do you like living in Alaska?

Yes.

If we didn’t live in Alaska, where would you want to live?

Hawaii. I mean Disneyland. I see a lot of commercials. I’ve been wanting to go for years! But you never take me. You’ve never taken me to Hawaii either. You also won’t let us get a new dog. It’s 3 against 1 you know! You should just move to the forest with Sharky. Then we could get a new dog. I’m not kidding….

Who knew that was such a loaded question. Moving on. What makes you the happiest?

Presents. I mean summer! No, cupcakes. Summer cupcakes.

What are summer cupcakes?

They’re green.

One final question. If there was something that you could do that would make everyone happy and make the world a better place, what would it be?

Shut the door on them.

What? Why is that going to make everyone happy?

Then people will be like “Hooray, it keeps all the babies out.”

Why do we need to keep all the babies out??

Because they mess all your stuff up.

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If you couldn’t tell already, she’s full of life and spunk. She’s always been my cautious one that questions everything. She is thoughtful and creative and in so many ways pushes the limits. She’s six going on sixteen as the saying goes and if she is half as determined and outgoing as she is now, then I’ll feel like I’ve done it somewhat right by her.

Happy Birthday Hayden Evelee.

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if you haven’t heard

If you haven’t already put your smoothie in a bowl and eaten it with a spoon then you are really missing out. I think similar to avocado toast some foods are just super trendy. Not that it really matters ( because I’ll continue to have a love affair with avocado toast whether it’s cool or not)  but it does make it so that it’s constantly in your face on social media and makes you really want to try it.

I’ve never been able to eat right when I wake up. Probably why I love brunch so much. So with these bowls, I prep my smoothie ingredients while I get the kids fed and ready for the day, and pop them in the freezer. The fruit, not the kids. Though some days I might actually end up putting them in the freezer just for some peace and quiet.

By the time the house is calmed down and everyone else has been tended to, I can mix up my smoothie and make a fresh cup of coffee and eat without interruption. Ha. Yeah freakin right. But a girl can dream. This is my favorite mix up so far.

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In a jar that I put in the freezer for about an hour was:

a handful of grapes

a few sliced strawberries

1/2 banana sliced

1/4 of a mango, diced

I blended all that with some diluted orange juice, a heaping spoonful of plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 of a green apple diced up, and packed the rest full of fresh spinach. Then topped it with granola, unsweetened coconut flakes, banana, mango and strawberries.

I made it longer than I anticipated before I was found out and the rest was gobbled by a girl still in cow print footed pajamas.

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You can easily search on Pinterest for smoothie bowl recipes but here’s an easy link to get you started.

And if you aren’t already following Minimalist Baker you should be. Whether it’s here or here.  She has some fantastic smoothie bowl recipes and just about anything she makes looks so delicious. I’ve tried a few of her recipes out now and have yet to be disappointed. Falafels anyone?!?!?

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Time to break out the baby stuff and stock up on some zzzzz’s. We are expecting (!!!) and our newest family member is joining us this July. I haven’t shared much on it though. For no real reason other than procrastination and failed attempts at maternity photos.

I have a few wonderful friends that have done beautiful maternity shoots and it’s not uncommon to see people you follow on social media share their spread of gorgeous pregnancy photos. Here is where it got tricky. I’m quite certain they aren’t the ones behind the camera, and as I found out it’s difficult juggling being the photographer and the subject. Throw in a handsy toddler and lighting issues and you find yourself really flailing. I easily became disheartened and put the project on a back burner and thus never got around to writing this post. You need really great photos to go with a big announcement right?!? Thanks Beyoncé. 

After a conversation with MachoTurbo this week where we spent some time discussing family, it became clear to me that taking good pregnancy pictures right now isn’t the hard part. Everything else is. The struggles of raising a family far outweigh whether I have perfect photos documented along the way. I’ve so far been very fortunate to have uncomplicated pregnancies and easy deliveries. I’ve been able to stay active and keep up with our two other little people. We’ve taken home healthy babies and survived those fragile first years without many hiccups. Not everyone can say that, and I try my very best not to take those things for granted. Choosing to have a family is a big responsibility and incredibly rewarding. It’s at times much bigger than me and sometimes you need someone else to put it in perspective for you.

 I’m humbled a little more by each pregnancy and have come to value every part of this journey. Which then makes me feel silly to get so worked up over pictures. Anything can be dressed up and surrounded by props and made to look perfect. But life has flaws and things aren’t always pretty. Sometimes it’s blurry and grainy and not focused right and stuff just doesn’t go as planned. The fact of the matter is that I’m lucky to be able to do all of it. To give someone life. Three times over. It’s an amazing accomplishment and a special privilege and there isn’t really anything comparable. Besides maybe finding your favorite ice cream. On sale, and discovering it’s actually really healthy and you can eat it every day, all day. Which isn’t real, so basically nothing compares to it.

16 weeks and counting. In a few weeks we find out the gender of this little avocado and then we can really get down to business. 🙂