All my Holiday Project 2014 pages are being posted here.
Today I'm catching up with 2 more pages in my Holiday Project! Simply adding photos and words and calling it GOOD for the most part.
Day 17. I gathered a number of photos of our resident elf from Ella's phone and told the following story:
Sam. Our resident Christmas elf, arrived as expected the day after Thanksgiving by finding his way through a window in Ella’s cardboard project haunted house Ella had been anticipating his arrival for a few weeks prior of course. Luke , on the other hand doesn’t say much about Sam, but both he and even Dad have taken greater interest in him this year. We found him painting his nails and hiding in the wreath in Ella’s room, but he’s definitely been involving himself in more boisterous and masculine activities this year, like bumping the angel off the top of the tree, driving an army vehicle, playing video games in the basement. It’s definitely been fun to sit back and observe his antics on a daily basis. Go Sam!
Traditions are the best, and though Sam has been late to join the line-up, he’s certainly been one of our most entertaining traditions. As we go through this process of making memories, I’m always wondering which ones they will remember when they grow up. I have a feeling Sam might be one of them :)
Day 18. This page covers a number stories about health, the way and how we eat, all of which fall under the theme of *food.*
Food. You are what you eat! We continue to learn as a family what our bodies can tolerate and what they can’t. I added another intricacy to our already dynamic way of eating this year, AIP. We’ve been doing gluten, dairy and color-free for some time, as well as Paleo, but after suffering chronic back pain and migraines for most of the year, I was intrigued as to whether the Auto Immune Protocol would help, and it did. Within 3 days of eliminating the inflammatory foods, my pain went away. Unsuccessful food re-introductions has meant I'm still eating this way, and for ease of meal preparations, Eric and the children have been very supportive. The result has been that we’re all eating more veggies and less sugar, for a cleaner way of living. Dinner time is my favorite time of day, when we all sit down together to reconnect. We felt Eric’s absence most this year at the table. So happy to have him home and sitting down with us again.
Who needs sweet treats when you have #meattreats? We’ve converted fully to organic, pasture-raised, and non-GMO meats, where possible. We order from several local farmers and our #meattreats arrive in big boxes packed with dry ice, and you can bet my 2 1/2 children will always want to play!