seeing big boys in babies, blue eyes, and money well spent

Do you ever look at your baby and wonder what they'll look like when they get bigger? I feel like I can kind of see Zane as a big boy here:


How is my baby 9.5 months old? Crazy town. That's almost a year. {!?!?!}

Also? My baby girl is almost 5 and riding without training wheels as of this weekend:


It's a little sad, I won't lie. All of my children keep growing up. :( Good thing I have a hard-working DIY painter man to console me with flowers:


That giant magnolia he pulled down lasted two days! :) And the orchid was my Mother's Day present. So far I haven't killed it, though I do have to water it precisely with one ice cube per week. {Which reminds me I need to water it since last week...urgh.}

the bird ring was from Holly Lane Designs. I still love it. :D

And the children are loving summer Lego time. I think we can officially toss all of the rest of their toys because Legos are the best pieces of overpriced plastic out there. And they are completely worth every penny. :)


Another thing worth paying extra for? Running into Braum's for basics instead of Walmart. I bought bread, chips, and very expensive half and half but I was so happy not to have to go in the store with the littles at 8:30 at night. That was a win. :)


And you probably already know this about me, but zucchini "pasta" = another huge win in my book. :) {I love it in this Raw Italian Casserole!}


You can't beat it sautéed in olive oil and topped with a little avocado!


And I think this book^ is going to help me ease back into vegetarian eating again. It's adorable {as is the Forest Feast blog!} I can't wait to leave meat behind once the baby is done nursing. It might be weird, but I loved being vegan most of the time.


In the meantime though, I will happily maintain my diet of protein and dairy to keep these baby rolls:


:D I can't stop with the baby pictures, I'm sorry. Those blue eyes kill me.


That was the look he gave me when I told him no crayons. 

We're in trouble, aren't we? ;) 


How has your week been so far?

Are you/ have you ever been vegetarian or vegan? 

Eyes: blue, green, hazel, or brown in your family? 
Rob's are green, mine are blue,  and so are all 5 of my kiddos. They all come out blue and stay that way! :) I wonder if they'll turn colors as they age?



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19 comments

Lauren said...

The Forest Feast blog has some great vegetable recipes. We're not vegetarian or vegan, but don't each very much meat, so I think our family would enjoy that cookbook too!

Kreative Kidd said...

I've had a good week so far!

I've never tried vegetarian because I tend to like chicken...a lot!

Mine are green, my husband's are a light brown, my oldest has dark brown, the third has hazel, and the other two have super bright baby blues.

Aliesha Caldwell said...

I love that first picture of Zane... he does look like a big guy! I have green eyes but my husband has blue, so all three of our kids have blue eyes too!

Sophie from France said...

Five blue and one hazel, here! Mine are blue and my husband has green/light brown...
We don't eat much meat, and I ( and my kiddos too) prefer vegetarian food, although I'm not very strict with this ...
Hooray for your daughter! This is a big step!

Jonathan, Amy, Addison, Bennett, Garrett, and Malachi said...

I have brown, my husband has blue and we have a girl with green, a boy with blue, another boy with brown and my youngest has big blue eyes too. He is 7 months and I take a bunch of pictures too.
I would love to try to eat more vegetarian, but my husband is not having it, maybe one day.
Love all the pictures!

Jody Dake said...

We live on a beef cattle farm so, no, we are not vegetarians. Gotta love the beef! Sorry.
We are eating the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle at the moment, and thankfully we still get our beef, yay!!!

My husband's eyes are brown and mine are hazel, so 2 of our daughters and our son's eyes are hazel and the other daughter, a twin, her eyes are brown.

A side note, I know you love thrifting, so IF you have a chance :) go over to my blog, faithfamilyfarm.blogspot.com, where I am going to be posting our wonderful thrifty finds as well! My daughters got me started and they are oh, so good at it!

Always Experiencing Him,
Jody

Kim Sullivan said...

Oh my gosh...I was a Vegan for over two years and have never felt better in my life....then my boys took me on a camping trip (as in dirt, tent, no power). Well someone forgot to tell this mama that I could not bring my Kale and juicer. :( After several days, I gave into eating meat and unfortunately it was a trend that stayed when we returned from our trip. I have since gained over 40 pounds and am anxious to take control of my health and diet again. After all "I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me." I am so excited to check out The Forest Feast! BTW-I love your blog. It's my absolute favorite!! You have provided me with so much encouragement over the years. You are a true blessing! I thought I'd finally comment today and say hello! Have a blessed week!

Cynthia Bolt said...

Oh goodness I was Vegan for a season too but for me I felt not so good so now I eat beef and chicken and just make sure its all grass fed and organic non gmo. I love your blog and watching your precious family grow I can't believe how big Zane has gotten time goes to fast lol. Hey I was curious what did you wear while pregnant did you do maternity clothes and if so from where and would you do a Mandy's Closet and sell some ?

Amber said...

My husband has dark brown and I have blue. Our first child has brown just like daddy, second blue like me and our third has hazel!! Loved reading your blog as always :)

Breanne said...

I LOVE meat. There is nothing like a perfectly cooked steak ;)
I am, however, trying to eat more vegetables, and I think this would be a great book to check out :)
My babies both have bright blue eyes...just like their mama. You have a BEAUTIFUL baby boy!

Kristin said...

My eyes are green and my husband's are blue, but we have 2 blue-eyed kids, 2 green-eyed kids, and one brown-eyed kid!

agoconnor said...

It always makes me a little bit sad to hear people think they can't nurse and still be vegan/vegetarian. Everyone has to live their own life, but I know it can be done (and healthfully, too). But enough of my soapbox.. :-) I always enjoy reading your stories and how your weekends go. You encourage me, inspire me, and -sometimes- make me wish I lived in TX. Thank you for being so open and honest and human.

Alicia

Maggie Baker said...

Oh goodness... those blue eyes are gonna be trouble!!

SBlair said...

I have a question completely off the subject... I'm trying to get in better shape physically. I've always walked, but I'm thinking of trying a dvd workout to add to my exercise. What do you recommend for a beginner that's 49? There are so many dvd's to choose from it's overwhelming! :)

Mandy said...

oh thank you for your encouragement Alicia! Texas is the best. :D We'll wait for you! haha! I didn't realize it came across that way- I know many people can do it well, I just lose body fat {and then my milk} very quickly when I'm vegan because I eat mostly vegetables and very little else. :) It may be my mesomorph body type or it may be that I'm just not very good at balancing vegan proteins/carbs yet. :)

agoconnor said...

I don't know that you sounded like that to everyone, maybe I'm just a bit touchier on the subject because so many people have razzed me over the years for being vegetarian. We haven't been able to have children, so I don't know what women go through when they are nursing. (Thank you for your graciousness in overlooking my lack of manners.) Every one of us is wonderfully made, but that doesn't mean we are made the same! :) You are quite right though, that if your body doesn't make as much fat, then eating only fruits, grains and veggies may not produce the quantity/quality of milk that other women might. I have tried to be vegan (for health and religious reasons) and I just cannot seem to do it. I lack willpower.. cheese gets me every time. :/ And I also can't seem to get enough veggies into my day. I tend to think, "I just ate that yesterday/last week!" Ah well. :)

Ariane said...

I've been vegetarian for five years and vegan for six months. I love it, won't go back!

JoyBelle said...

I sometimes can see my kids' adult faces! They grow oh so fast. My oldest is halfway to 18 already, how on earth did this happen?! She was a baby yesterday!

As for eyes they can change later in life for sure.
My eldest had green eyes as a baby; they're light brown now.
My second oldest has had dark, dark chocolate eyes since babyhood. No change.
My third girly had BLUE eyes as a baby and they're changing to green-gray at age 4.
My fourth baby is 2 and his eyes were this weird camo green color and now they're brown.
My youngest is only a few months older than your littlest. His eyes are still very blue.

Daddy has dark brown eyes and I have green eyes. Though we both have lots of blue-eyed family on both sides.

Eyes just rock! I love all the colors.

Anonymous said...

I was a vegan for over ten years and have now been a vegetarian for about the past eight. I had one child while vegan and one while vegetarian, both breastfed. It's definitely doable, but everyone's situation is different. You obviously have a good handle on your health, so continue to do what is best for you and your little one! Love the blog and all the daily encouragement!