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1 year of Mathias Eden October 18, 2011

Filed under: Mamahood — lovepaintingrainbows @ 10:59 pm

Today is a tad bittersweet. My firstborn child, my first son, my baby turned 1 year today. This is so amazing because it seems as though it went by faster than any other year of my life. And, we were not planning on having a baby this early in our lives, so saying we have a 1 year old makes me feel older than I am.

However, Mathias is a complete blessing. A perfect example of God’s love. He teaches us the love of God, how to be soft and patient, how to watch our own actions and words, and how to smile with our hearts. He does all of this and doesn’t even know it.

It’s also hard to believe I gave birth one year ago. Now that I am a mother and am experiencing my child’s birthday, I am realizing that all these years I should have been giving my mom all the presents! She went through the 9 months of carrying a growing life, and hours of labor (done naturally, as did I) so that I could enter the world. What the heck was I getting the presents for?? (But, I will still take them if you want to give them ;))

At birth, Mathias taught me perseverance and that I am a strong woman whose Creator loves and has made amazing.










At one month I was trying to stay alive. He finally started sleeping through the night completely and I was learning to have a routine.

At two months I was getting out much more and enjoying watching his eyes watch mine.










At 3 months he was awake more. I remember thinking, “What am I supposed to do with him?”. He just wanted to take in the world. (from a “big person” seat too… always more content on the couch or recliner)

At 4 months he started to hold his head up to see his toys and play. It was fun seeing him do something other than lie around and be cute. And, he got to go on a rock climbing trip with his Poppa and Mama and friends.









At 5 months his personality was becoming more noticeable.








At 6 months he was making us laugh.

At 7 months he knew he was cute! Sitting up so well and playing with his toys.

At 8 months he knew how to put on a show. He started scooting around and was (is) happiest outside.

At 9 months he got his first hair cut— from Poppa! He loved his jumper! Until it broke while he was in it…












At 10 months he was walking back and forth from the furniture to mom and dad and smiling big cheesy grins.

At 11 months he became a cruiser! I had to baby-proof way earlier than I was expecting. He loves getting around like a big boy!

Now, as an official 1 year old, he is keeping us busy playing, teaching, learning, loving, laughing, and being awesome. We are excited to be on this adventure and to see what each day holds. As far as when will we have another one? DON’T even THINK about asking!! 🙂 Someday.

Love, Alisha



Monday Munchies October 17, 2011

Filed under: Recipes — lovepaintingrainbows @ 2:22 pm

I have been wanting to start a food day blog where I share recipes, but my procrastination has gotten the best of me once again. And I was waiting for the perfect alliteration to hit me. Then, while sitting here on this glorious Autumn morning, sipping my hot chai tea, listening to the Fleet Foxes (if you have never heard of them, you must check them out here; they are one of my “soul’s music”) “Monday Munchies” smacked me in the face with all of its Autumn-day-inspired glory.

I have been looking for the perfect pizza crust recipe for a while now. One that doesn’t require yeast (because I try to avoid yeast, and I am lazy). I have a pretty good recipe that is basically flour, oil, and milk that works well, but it just doesn’t cut it when you want that really good slightly crispy, slightly doughy texture. Then… it happened. On accident. A wonderful accident. It was SO so so good. The crust was perfect, and I used the pizza sauce that I canned a couple of months ago. I of course didn’t get a picture because it was so good we just ate it all up before I thought to. But, I will try to get it next time. However, I have put a picture up of the one that came from a recipe that inspired mine.

It is a soaked crust, which means you soak it for 7-12 hours using a fermented product such as buttermilk, yogurt, kefir, or whey, and water. This helps to start breaking down the flour so that it is easy for your body to digest. It works great and we do it for pretty much all of our flour products like oatmeal, waffles, pancakes, or bread. Check out my food bible Nourishing Traditions for more awesomeness like this!

Check out the blog where I found this and lots of other cool stuff!

Soaked Pizza Crust

1c. Spelt Flour (or Whole Wheat Flour)

1/2c. Flaxseed Meal

1c. Water

2T. Kefir (or buttermilk, yogurt, or whey)

Mix all of these together, cover, and leave set out for 7-12 hours.

Preheat oven to 375*F, then add the following:

3/4t. Baking Powder

1/2t. Sea Salt

1 1/2oz. Olive Oil

1/3c. Milk

Mix well. This should be the consistency of a thick, ball of dough that you can work with your hands now. Use as much extra flour as needed to knead the dough without it sticking to you. Knead for about a minute. Roll out onto floured pizza stone, or baking pan. Roll out over edges and then fold the edges over for crust (optional). Bake for 20min. and then poke holes all over with a fork (to release the air) and bake for another 10min.

Throw on your toppings and bake/broil until cheese is perfectly melted!

I hope you enjoy this as much as we did! Enjoy these beautiful Autumn days while we still have them!

Love, Alisha


My Brother October 13, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — lovepaintingrainbows @ 11:24 pm

So, I have not posted on here for quite awhile. I think I was waiting for inspiration to smack me in the face. (That and I am some what of a procrastinator.) Well, I don’t know if you can say that I was “inspired”, but I decided to write a little something for my brother as he begins a new stage in his life. And, he is an inspirational person. 🙂

This is Preston.

Preston is my favorite brother (not to mention my only brother). He is 21 years old and about to move to Louisiana. Why? To become a stunt man! Yeah, that’s right, like in the MOVIES!!!

See? Superstar already.

He just got back from stunt boot camp a few weeks ago and has already been offered two jobs! He took one of them and will be moving down at the end of October. Guess who he’ll be working with?? Will Ferrell! I can’t remember what the movie is called though. My family and I are so proud of him and happy that he is chasing and catching his dreams.

With Ben and I last Christmas

He is a great brother, son, uncle, friend, and young man. I know he will do great and have a great time doing what he loves (jumping off of buildings, getting set on fire, hit by cars, shot, and fake fighting).

Uncle and Mathias

we had a little photo shoot so he could have pictures to take with him

Preston, we know you are awesome and you will be awesome! We’re so excited for you! Don’t forget us when you get all cool and famous and stuff. (:

Love, Alisha and family