WIAW Camping Edition!

I have slowly been getting back into the swing of things after camping for the last couple of days.  As I mentioned in this post I really wanted to try to continue eating healthy even while on vacation camping.  Eating healthy to change my lifestyle is a long-term goal that I am slowly working toward.  I didn’t want to let myself fall while on vacation.

I feel that I actually did pretty well.  I planned meals and snacks and took plenty of pictures of everything to document what we ate for a special What I Ate Wednesday Camping Edition!

Peas and Crayons

I did have time set aside to plan healthy meals and snacks for Hailey and I to take camping.  Plans changed a bit when Hailey became sick and came back home early from vacation with her dad.  A trip to the doctor, some wonderful TLC from my mom, and Hailey was all better and ready to go!

Grandma and Hailey

I want to pat myself on the back here.  Even though I ran short of time I still bought lots of fruits and veggies to bring along.

Healthy snacking for the car ride

We stopped at the grocery store right before leaving, and I chopped everything up at the campsite.  Yay me for not giving into “no time” and just buying processed junk.

I bought broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and carrots to cut up and eat raw with my homemade veggie dip.  Well, actually the recipe is from my Grandma Fran but I healthified (if healthified isn’t a word it is now!) it by using plain greek yogurt.  I love watching Hailey eat all of these veggies! It makes me feel so good knowing that good stuff is getting into her body.

I brought along chicken meat that I had mixed with taco seasoning.  It was leftover chicken that I froze purposely to bring along camping to make chicken tacos.

Ezekiel sprouted tortilla shell with chicken, spinach, tomato, avocado, cheese, and plain greek yogurt

I simply heated up the taco chicken in a tin foil pack over the fire, chopped up all of the toppings, and we ate!  Avocado is my new favorite taco topping!

While I did eat some unhealthy things like hot dogs, sunchips, puppy chow, chocolate, and soda, I really feel that I ate a ton better than what I would call “normal”  for camping.  I am super proud of myself and feeling great.

Even though it was super hot, we did manage to do a little bit of walking.  We also spent some time down on the beach.

The freezing cold lake didn’t bother Hailey much, but Jackson did not like it!

A typical meal for camping are “pizza things.”  I looked for a healthier way to make these and this is what I came up with.

I used this as the pizza crust

I used fresh mozzerella cheese but didn’t have time to shred it.  I tore it into chunks and it didn’t melt as well as it would have if it would have been shredded.  Still tasted awesome and Hailey loved them too!

I also had various healthy snacks for campfire time.  The munchies always seem to hit hard while sitting around the relaxing fire doing nothing.  I wanted to be prepared!

We also enjoyed delicious fresh grilled corn on the cob.  This turned out fantastic!

 All in all it was a nutritionally aware camping trip.  No rain, nice weather, lots of fun!  And I am super proud of myself for the way I ate!

Dance Competition – First Experience

Today Hailey and I experienced our first dance competition.  When I say the words ‘dance competition’ the images from the show Dance Moms comes to mind.  All the drama, pressure, and overbearing moms.  The fake spray tans, the fake hair, fake eyelashes.  Fake fake fake!!!However the studio Hailey dances at is not a huge promoter of competition.  For that I am thankful!  The teacher seems to be on the same page as me – competitions can easily get way out of control and she feels that while it is a good experience once a year for the dancers it is not a way of life.

I did put makeup on Hailey, but definitely not nearly as much as a lot of other girls were wearing.

After Hailey’s class performed we watched the rest of the dancers and then stayed for the awards ceremony.

While I was a bit disappointed our girls didn’t get something individual to bring home, they did win a High Gold trophy.  Each team that danced won either a Lightening Gold, High Gold, or Gold trophy to share with their team.

Our first experience with competition was definitely a positive one.  Hailey really enjoyed performing and watching all of the others perform.

She also had some personal cheerleaders in the crowd!  Aunt Debbie, Daddy, Charlie, and of course me!

Kids say the darndest things

Hailey has a dance competition coming up this weekend.  We hadn’t tried the costume on since we got it a few months ago but since she had pictures two weeks ago I brought it out.  The straps were a bit long, so I just pinned them for pictures knowing you wouldn’t see the back.  However with the competition coming up this weekend I knew I needed to get it sewn stat!

At the pictures I told her dance instructor that I would have the costume sewn in time for the competition.  She kinda laughed when I told her I was going to have someone do it.  She says, “Jaime, you can do it yourself!”

I might have mentioned previously that I am not a sewer.  I learned to sew from my Grandma Betty (Grannie B!) when I was little, but never did any sewing as an adult.  I still have the sewing basket we made together when I was a kid!

I decided that it couldn’t be that hard to sew the straps and decided I would give it a whirl.  I hauled out my sewing basket and told Hailey I was going to fix the straps on her costume myself.

Normally Hailey is supportive and positive and like me enjoys trying new things.  So when she said the darndest thing it kinda blew me away.  Hailey has asked me once or twice in the past to fix something sewing related and I told her I couldn’t because I didn’t know how to sew.  She knows a lady I work with at the bank (Bobbye) sews so a couple of times we have asked her to fix something for us.

After I had proudly announced to Hailey that I was going to do the sewing, she looks at me, tilts her head to the side shaking it ever so slightly and says “Mom, just have Bobbye fix it.”  I still laugh and shake my head when I think of how her face looked and how matter of fact she sounded.

I decided to ask Bobbye if she would help me with the adjustment.  I brought my sewing kit and the  costume to work so she could look at it and asess the situation.

Bringing out this sewing basket and going through it flooded me with memories from my childhood with Grannie B.

After we looked at the straps Bobbye said it would be best for her to just throw it on her machine at home to stich it up.

So even though I didn’t actually sew the costume myself, I was able to get someone to help us out, chuckle at my daughter’s unfiltered thoughts, and take a walk down memory lane with my sewing kit from Grannie B.

Kids say the darndest things!