Well April was a great month for us… and it started on day one. Yes, I mean April Fool’s Day. This wasn’t a joke to us, we had our second child on April 1st. He was a perfect 6 lb 13 oz bundle of joy that entered the world in a hurry. Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes, we really appreciate all the kind words! Hey guys, it’s Lucy here to recap The Green Swan life in April. Get ready for my take this month…basically on kids and food (what is better in life?)
Let me start out by talking about our oldest child. He turned three years old on Good Friday this year and I can’t believe how fast time has flown with him in our world! The timing worked out perfectly to have some family in town to meet the new baby, celebrate Easter and to throw a dinosaur birthday party fit for a three year old. He’s really into the show DinoTrux on Netflix. Have you ever heard of it? It’s basically a little kids dream… a show that includes dinosaurs, trucks and building things. Bonus for the parents, it’s not all that bad to watch.
My mom and sister-in-law did most of the party planning and they went all out! Ok let’s be honest, they did all the planning. But hey, I was due to have a baby 2 weeks beforehand! They both understood my situation and loved pitching in. It started with the invitations. My mom is very crafty and whipped these up herself. She even sent them all to me in a big package so I could mail them out on behalf of our son. Love you mom!
The duo designed a toddler friendly obstacle course for the back yard (equipped with obstacles that required jumping, crawling and a little bit of balance). My son loved this and ran through it multiple times. Let’s just say some of the adults had some fun with it too.
The cake was probably the most impressive part. My mom came up with a great idea that was not only keeping with the DinoTrux theme, but a cake that also didn’t overdue the sugar for little kids. She called Dunkin’ Donuts and ordered 4 dozen cake donut holes without the glaze. We then piled them high, added some “chocolate rocks” and frosting to help glue them together and we had ourselves a pile of ore which is the DinoTruxs’ favorite food. It was perfect for a DinoTrux figurine to sit atop and others to surround and carry out the theme. We ate that “ore” on some DinoTrux Plates and DinoTrux Cups as well. I meant it when I said my mom and sister-in-law went all out!
Killed the Recipe Goal
I really thought of all months April would be the hardest for me to achieve my recipe goal. Not to beat this excuse like a dead horse, but I just had a baby! In reality all the extra time I spent at home gave me the opportunity to browse Pinterest and come up with some new recipes to try. JW went in depth about our new vegan journey last week. Needless to say I’ve been searching for some good vegan recipes lately and have found some healthy, easy and most importantly, delicious ones! For now here are a few of the meals we’ve made from the Forks Over Knives sample meal plan. I’ll report back next month on how our vegan journey has treated us in terms of finding more and more yummy meals. For now, here are a few pictures from the meals we’ve made.
You probably know that we’ve fans of the meal delivery service and have tried out a few different ones over the past year or so. I talked about our Blue Apron and Hello Fresh experiences in my October Swan Life post. In April we got a coupon in the mail to give Sun Basket a try for $35 (off of the normal price of $69) so we thought why not? It counts as new recipes, am I right?? We opted for the vegetarian options so not totally vegan (recipes still included some cheese and egg), but pretty close. The egg was actually meant to be soft cooked which I can’t stand so we (read, me) decided not to cook them at all. There were actually 2 recipes out of the 3 that I would totally try again. Saving these new recipes is perfect for our vegan transition.
One main difference between Sun Basket and other meal delivery services (mainly Blue Apron) was the amount of prep work. Blue Apron always included some great vegetables in the meals, but you always have to spend time cleaning, chopping, dicing, mincing, you name it. Normally I don’t mind this work as it’s somewhat therapeutic (I like to cook with a glass of wine nearby), but with now 2 kids around the house I’ll gladly accept the assistance that Sun Basket offers. Yes there is still some work, but vegetables come chopped and ready to cook and the menus definitely come together quicker which helps keep our family fed and happy.
Baby Makes Four
As the intro briefly explained, we are now a family of four. It’s crazy to me even when I type those words. I’m also officially outnumbered by boys in this household. That’s perfectly fine with me though, I’ve always pictured myself a mom of all boys. Speaking of which, that’s the fact that will save us the most having a second child. This means there’s no need to purchase new pink clothes or toys and such. Little brother has already been showered with plenty new clothes, but the rest of his wardrobe will be supplemented by what big brother has grown out of. Don’t get me wrong, little brother will still get some new items, just no need to buy everything brand new. It’s perfect!
Thank you again for all the well wishes! I look forward to keeping you all up to date on our vegan journey and how our lives have changed with a new member in the family.
How was your April? Play any pranks on April Fool’s Day? What creative ways have you celebrated a birthday? Have any good vegan recipes for us to try? Or how about any great vegan websites with recipes for us to check out?