Monday, October 14, 2013
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls
8 oz. package of whole pitted dates
1 heaping scoop of chocolate protein powder
2 tbsp. ground flax seed
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
1/4 c. natural peanut butter
coconut and flax seed for rolling
Place dates, protein powder, and flax seed in blender or food processor. Blend until mixture reaches close to a powder consistency. Pour into mixing bowl and add peanut butter and cocoa powder. Add a few tablespoons of warm water. Mix until combined and it reaches a sticky consistency. Roll into golf ball size balls and then roll in coconut and flax seed mixture. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Makes around 12.
About 115 calories per ball.
Posted by Emily at 12:56 PM
Saturday, January 08, 2011
I had a friend who offered to take our family pictures. She wanted to practice on us because she is starting her own photography business. She was fantastic! They are the first professional pictures we have ever had taken. Let's just say we had a bad experience a long time ago at a cheap photography place and I've been scared ever since. It makes it a little tricker with Jordyn too! She can get irritated pretty easily. But she did great! The boys had fun too. Evan was such a poser and we really had to work to get Carter to smile! I picked out our outfits last minute, but I was REALLY happy with how the colors turned out. We were so happy with the results of ALL the photos. I think I've looked through the pictures about a million times. Enjoy!
Posted by Emily at 7:52 PM
Playing catch-up... again!
My little nephew, Clay, gave us the brilliant idea that we should have the kids be Mario Kart characters. I loved it! I worked on them for about a week, whenever I had a little bit of time. I thought the boys' cars turned out so cute. I thought Jordyn's would be the easiest since you could just wrap it around the wheelchair and she already has wheels, BUT that was not the case. It was hard to make it look like a car. But, it was still cute!
I think we ended up going to three different Halloween events. First was the library. We got some GREAT reactions from everyone, they loved the costumes! It makes all the hard work worth it. And the fact that the boys loved the costumes too! There were a few other Mario and Luigi's (wearing store bought costumes) and they kept staring at Evan and Carter. I could just tell they were so jealous of the cars! Then the next night was our church party. Then Sunday night we did a little bit of trick-or-treating around our nephews neighborhood. I would say this year was another success!
Posted by Emily at 7:11 PM
Sunday, November 07, 2010
All of the photos below are courtesy of Evan. He snapped a few photos while they were getting ready to leave. Evan and Carter call my Grandpa "Grandpa Grapes" which is supposed to be "Grandpa Great"!
Posted by Emily at 8:52 PM
Saturday, November 06, 2010
The weekend of Oct. 16, I ran my first marathon! Every year we try and plan a sister's trip. This year we planned it in Kansas City, KS, where Jenny lives, and decided to run a marathon the same weekend. This was Susan's second marathon. Our brother in law decided to run the half marathon too. Jenny has a beautiful 3 month old so we'll make her run with us next time :)
We flew into Kansas on Thursday the 14th. (By the way, my parents came and watched the kids for two days because Tom did not have vacation time - so THANK YOU to them for making it possible for me to go!) Friday we went to the Race Expo to pick up our race packets, with our bib numbers and timing chips. The girls did a little shopping that day too. (We squeezed in the "Sister's Weekend" events where we could. Shopping and eating out! I'm so glad we got to spend time with Jenny, Chris, and the boys! Love my sisters!)
Posted by Emily at 8:51 AM
At the end of August, Evan and Jordyn started school for the year. Evan is attending a pre-school provided by the local school district. It's a really great program to get the kids ready for Kindergarten and it's free! He absolutely LOVES going every day. I can already tell he is learning a lot too. I took pictures of him in his class, on the first day of school, BUT I can't seem to find them anywhere now! I hope they turn up some day, but for now, these will have to do! They were taken by my dad when they were here to visit for a few days.
Jordyn started 2nd grade this year. As most of you know, she spends the majority of her time in a special needs class room. She had switched teachers from last year and was back with her teacher, Mrs. Watt, whom she had the first year we moved here. Sadly, Mrs. Watt passed away suddenly from natural causes, about a month into the school year. I think everyone was very shocked and obviously very sad. I thought a lot about the kids... did they know and understand that she was gone? She was a great lady and taught MANY years for this school, all of which were with special needs kids.
Posted by Emily at 8:13 AM
Saturday, September 18, 2010
We played lots of Corn Hole (bean bag toss game if you've never heard of it!). Those guys are all TOO good at it.
Dallas and Katie's dog Sunny. Our boys were obsessed with making her fetch stuff.
Out on the lake! There is lots of flooding this year so you could see lots of trees sticking out of the water.
Krystal, Carter, Evan, Linda, and Cole.
Posted by Emily at 11:01 AM
Thursday, September 16, 2010
OK! Finally found the motivation to catch up on my blog...
Here is a great picture of the crew, below. We weren't in this photo because I think it was the morning I was running my half marathon!
Back row starting at the left, we have Jerry, Blazin, and Nelda Rae. Then we have Clay, Cole, Ninny, Linda, and Travis. Front row, we have Ike, Whitley, Denim, Ace, and Darlin.
This wasn't everyone that came, there are a few people missing.
Here I am holding Ace and Timber's daughter Darlin. Isn't she precious?!
Jordyn enjoying all the chaos!
Ninny and Nacona (Tom's cousin).
I threw this one in. I stole ALL of these pictures off Timber's blog! haha Crazy that I never snapped any pics while everyone was here. And I noticed she wasn't in any of the pics I used so... here is Ace and Timber! Ace, Nelda Rae and Jerry came to Billings when Tom and I got married. I was meeting everyone else for the first time. What a great family Ninny has. Everyone was so nice, fun, and great to visit with. Can't wait to travel to New Mexico some time and meet the rest of the fam!
Posted by Emily at 1:11 PM