I’m back!! I’ve been MIA for over a year, and a lot has changed. First, we relocated from Cheyenne, Wyoming to the desert heat, Las Vegas, Nevada. After serving for 6 years, my husband decided he wanted to leave the military. Honestly, I was a little sad we were going back to Las Vegas. Wyoming was our home for 5 years. I know it’s not the city, but there’s something simple yet beautiful living in the Midwest.
Most of you know, we welcomed our second daughter, Everlee almost a year ago. Yes! We are a family of four now. One of the most amazing things I’ve experienced as a mom is seeing Sofia grow up to be such a helpful big sister to Everlee. She helps me change Everlee’s diapers, makes her laugh and occasionally brings her to me when Everlee crawls out of the living room. But it isn’t like that all the time! They fight over toys and are still learning to share. Even when one is crying they do seem to be concerned about each other. It’s unbelievable how early on I noticed the differences in both Sofia and Everlee’s personalities. When I was pregnant with Sofia, I went to my first sonogram at 11 weeks, so she was the size of a fig. Immediately, we could see her kicking her little feet, and that persisted for another 6 1/2 months. My ribs definitely got a beating, but with Everlee, it was different. She didn’t move as much, I mean I got a kick in the rib every now and then but not like Sofia. It’s mind blowing how my pregnancy with each of them translates to today. Everlee is quiet, observant and shy while Sofia is outgoing, goofy and loves being the center of attention. They’re polar opposites, and I love it! Honestly, what would I do if I had two rambunctious little girls? I wouldn’t get anything done.
Sofia doesn’t start school till next year, so we have her enrolled in a couple of activities. One of which is ballet. She watched the movie, “Leap” once and decided she wanted to be a ballerina. It’s a cute movie about a little girl who runs away from an orphanage to Paris to pursue her dreams as a ballerina. So, for an entire year, she would spin and prance around the house like a ballerina. When we relocated to Las Vegas, I figured why not? She’s been talking about it for over a year. So far she loves it! Another activity we want to enroll her in is an art class because this kid loves to draw! It’s by far the most I’ve seen her focused.
Another significant change in our lives, we are Vegan! I’d like to think I’m 90% vegan, 10% cravings. Realistically, it’s tough for anyone to go on a diet and do it with discipline. I’m not here to tell you, you should be vegan nor is my blog going to be ONLY vegan dishes. I’m fully aware of the environmental issues with eating meat, but honestly, that’s not what convinced me. Personally, I wanted to cut animal products from my diet because I was tired of feeling bloated every day. It wasn’t just that, but I had indigestion. Within the first week, the discomfort I usually felt went away, and surprisingly, I had more energy. Trust me! If you’re a mom, you could always use more energy. The crazy thing is, vegan food taste delicious and most of the time you can’t tell the difference. As you can see, a lot has changed in the last year and a half, but I’m excited to be back! Sharing with you all new recipes and my experiences as a mom. Thanks for reading!