I spent the day with my son and his family and got the joy of holding my newest grandchild, Josie while my son and daughter-in-law cooked my dinner. I took my Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook with me and they made the Tilapia Veracruz that is available on page 70. Their picture of it is much prettier than mine because I just snapped mine with a cell phone. I am down 13 pounds now while following their diet plan and eating mostly meals from their cookbook. I am getting more vegetables than I have been eating for the last few years. I really needed their book to help get me back on the path of regaining my health again. If you haven’t gotten their books yet I highly recommend doing so.
Trim and Healthy Mamas Plan
Trim and Healthy Mamas Cookbook
This was so light and spicy. I can’t wait to have it again. As wonderful as this was it came in second to holding my baby girl!! Caleb is a perfect big brother and loves her so much. I am one blessed Grandma that they all share and let me hold her!!
I haven’t been able to get Caleb for the weekend in 4 weeks for several reasons. I have really missed this kid. I wish that Isaiah lived closer so that he could be here too. They would love spending time with each other.
Yesterday morning I went to Caleb’s last soccer game of the season. He loves to jump right into the game and to give it all he has! I love to watch him play.
Stephen and Kristin are wonderful parents and love him so much. I couldn’t be prouder of them.
Afterwards Caleb came home with me and we went to the pool for a couple of hours. Just enough to get a little bit pink. I always avoid getting a sunburn as best as I can.
Afterwards we went bicycling and we rode about 2.5 miles. Then he played on the playground with other children in the neighborhood.
Today we went to the Legion Fight Club where I take my karate classes and Caleb was able to participate in the boxing class. Doesn’t he look tough in my hot pink boxing gloves?
He said that he would love to continue going to the Fight Club and I would love to see him learn to defend himself. He didn’t complain about the healthy clean eating that we did this weekend either. This kid is so much fun to be around. He is always ready to go and experience new things. Being a Grandma is one of my biggest blessings.
I did very well this last week to stay on track and included joining a gym. I worked out on all of the weight machines and they have a wonderful inside track that is above the basketball court. I absolutely love this gym. With my low cost of only $25 a month I get 10 free classes too. They even have martial arts classes that I have always wanted to take. I have noticed that using the weight machine has strengthened my arm and shoulder from where I injured it in November. I almost feel back to normal.
I have my slow cooker ready to use it tomorrow to make a new soup recipe. I hope it turns out well. The picture on the other site looked fantastic.
Caleb came this weekend and we had an early Valentine’s Day dinner here with his parents. He made both of them presents and we made Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole, Sausage Dip and a fresh vegetable tray. We also made a fruit salad of fresh pineapple, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries.
Everyone enjoyed eating healthy and Stephen took the leftovers with him to eat at work tonight. He really does love to eat vegetables. That makes me happy. 🙂
Caleb made presents for his parents. He made his Mommy a necklace and his Daddy a painting. They were both very pleased with their gifts.
Yesterday I took Caleb to the library for National Take Your Child to the Library Day. He really enjoyed himself. He made a craft of a Curious George mask and won a Curious George book by finding all of the hidden pictures throughout the library. I love that he loves to read. His choice in books surprised me. He got one on Space and another on how x-ray machines work and what they see after they do an x-ray.
I seldom run across an item that I am so impressed with that I have to run to the blog and share it but this time I did. I bought this game for my own home to play with my grandsons. This past weekend Caleb spent the weekend with me and we played it for the first time. We played for over an hour and ran all over the house touching items with the musical potato. We haven’t laughed so hard in such a long time. This game is so much fun. If you have children you must get this game.
Mr Potato Head Hot Dash Game
With as much exercise as you will get playing with this game I think it is funny that it has a high carb name but you will be exercising and working up a sweat if you play it. You will love this game!
I finally have taught Caleb how to hike and geocache. I had so much fun with him this weekend. I picked him up yesterday and we had a weekend of fun. First I took him to a Halloween Party at the local fire department. I am not sure what he saw at this exact moment but we laughed so hard while there.
He loved getting to get inside the fire trucks too.
After the Halloween Party we went to a birthday party. With all of the parties and sweets that he consumed to say he had a lot of energy is an understatement. I couldn’t keep up with him inside the house so I took him on a 1.25 mile walk through the neighborhood to help him to burn it off. He was very good and he always notices everything around him. He was very impressed with the Halloween decorations in this yard.
This morning we attended church and when Caleb’s favorite song began to play I had to take his picture. Can you tell from the look on his face how happy he was to be singing this song?
After church we went to a local park and had a picnic. He insisted on taking a table cloth, napkins and real plates. haha He saw people on TV do it that way.
Following lunch we embarked on the trails and went looking for hidden treasures. I had never taken him into the woods with me before and he had no difficulty climbing over downed trees and he was so excited to look through the downed leaves. He never stopped smiling.
This was our first treasure and it only took us 45 minutes to find it in the woods.
Our second treasure was the easiest to find. It only took about 30 minutes and was on the same trail as the first geocache.
We even had enough time to play on some of the playground equipment before it was time to take him back to his Mommy.
I enjoyed showing Caleb different things through the woods such as lichen that was growing in several places and dried poison ivy to avoid. We found this orange fungus type of stuff growing in the end of a downed tree stump. Does anyone know what this is?
So this was my crazy busy weekend of fun with Caleb. I wish Isaiah lived closer. He is currently nursing a cold at his home with his parents. I love both of my boys. They are my reason for living.
I have thoroughly loved every age of my grandchildren. They are so great to watch experience new things. This morning Caleb played football and he was one big mud ball when it was over.
He got to play the Center position this morning and he really enjoyed it. He loves football and even the drizzle and cold temperatures didn’t stop the boys from having fun on the field this morning.
After the game he came back to my house to spend the night and I gave him a little lesson on Abstract art. He said he had seen it at the art museum when he went with his school. I had bought some canvas a few weeks ago so I brought them out and we did our own version of Abstract Art. First we taped off areas of the canvas.
Then we began painting in the areas.
After it had dried we used a stencil and some antique lace color of paint and added faint flowers to the top. Then we removed the tape and were very pleased with the finished project. At one point Caleb was not happy with his painting because he had mixed the paints so much on his canvas. In the end his painting was much prettier than mine. I need to take lessons from the six year old. 🙂
Don’t tell his Mommy about his painting. Monday is her birthday and he is giving her this as a present. 🙂
Isaiah went to the beach last week with his parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and even his great-grandmother on his Dad’s side of the family. He had so much fun. I was blessed that Samantha shared pics of his fun on the beach.
Orange is definitely his color!