pita pit date // the henrie cousins, minus salmon arm kiddos
sometimes ollie hangs out in the tub while i get ready // overnight oats
party prep // sometimes i buy baby girl clothes and hoard them away
the day before his first birthday
visiting the fish at the library // up to his usual business
enjoying his birthday cupcakes // the cupcakes!
the very hungry caterpillar // maple dijon chicken that was so delicious
baby boy is over 20 lbs and just under 30 inches at one year
celebrating pi day // chicken pot pie & bumbleberry pie
the cupcakes for rachaels baby shower // mustache cake for the baby shower, too
ollie & olyvia at miriams // the centering babes, one year old
ollie thought it was really funny to put his dinner down his onsie instead of eating it
visiting daddy at work // hanging out in our grubbies
BP came to babysit ollie; he loves her // my pom-pom headed road trip buddy
somebodys sleeping in my bed
playing with the toys at grandmas // playing with the pots at grandmas
reunited with some old friends at kellys wedding reception
my brother, the lawyer/artist. talented guy!
twinners at the family dinner // ollie is fascinated with peoples mouths
twister with the ryan, nadya & grandma 
browsing the books at value village. so grown up!
how grandma baths her babies // napping in the car
nursing my cold // our parking lot was a lake
bow tie baby for easter!
envious ollie // good thing tadeo is good at sharing


the best granola bars

i've been making these granola bars fairly often lately. they freeze well and are a go-to snack for me when i'm busy during the day. full of nuts & seeds and sweetened with honey, these bars are just as healthy as they are delicious!
¾ cup tahini (i've also used a mix of tahini, peanut butter & almond butter. i'm sure any nut butter would work.)
1 tsp vanilla
¾ cup honey
1 cup rolled oats (large flake)
½ cup flax seeds
½ cup pecans
½ cup sunflower seeds (unsalted)
1 cup slivered almonds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup coconut

mix the tahini, vanilla and honey in a large bowl. add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. press into a greased 8x12” pan. use plastic wrap (or your greasy hands)
to help press in firmly. bake for 15 mins at 350 degrees c. let cool, cut and remove from pan.

enjoy! even ollie loves them.


one year of centering babies

the centering babies are a year old! which means i've known all these ladies for a year and a half. time flies. i am so glad to know all of them, including the ones who didn't make it for the picture. love all these ladies and their sweet babies!


party time!

on ollies first birthday, he celebrated by taking a three hour nap. it was awesome. 

we had calls from family throughout the day, wishing our little guy a happy birthday and remembering the way things were this time last year. i absolutely cannot believe it's been an entire year (plus more!) since my life changed so dramatically. later, when bri came home from work, we had a yummy dinner all together and then video chatted with grandma & grandpa thomson and uncle daniel. great birthday for the boy!

the next day we had a party for ollie. i had been getting ready for it throughout the week, so i was excited when it finally arrived! we had a shrine of ollie pictures on the wall with his birthday poster, homemade vanilla & chocolate cupcakes and some of ollies favourite treats for our guests, including garlicky white bean dip with pita chips, veggies with hummus and fruit skewers. i loved having some family and close friends here with us to celebrate his birthday. we wished we could've had everyone come, but many miles and a lack of space stopped us from inviting more people. ollie stayed up late playing with his gifts (hot wheels!) and coming down from the intense sugar rush he got from his very first cupcake. it was a great party!

party prep!

the cupcakes, all ready to go.
having a staring contest with the cupcakes.
the party spread!
"stop! no more pictures, mama!" (admittedly, i do take a lot of picture of this boy.)
singing happy birthday to my sweet boy.
he was very "ollie" about his first cupcake. he just stared at it for a really long time. then he started touching and poking it, looking at me for approval every time he did. when he worked up the courage to pick it up, our friend mike would cheer. startled, ollie would put the cupcake back down. it was cute; he was so cautious & careful. when he started tasting it and realized how delicious it was, he looked at me like i'd been holding out on him for too long. 

sharing with mama.

joviah was really excited about ollies presents. ha!
daddy & ollie playing with the hot wheels.
happy birthday, baby boy!