The Nap Clan Tales of Our Somewhat Crunchy Life

Fruit Bowl

October 10

Can you tell I have a toddler in the house? Look carefully!

 

What’s New? A Baby and A Road Trip

September 5

Hello to my sorely neglected blog.  I don’t have any grand excuse for being gone for so long.  It is life here as usual.  I would try telling you again that I have grand plans to stay more current (and I do) but you all have read those posts here before.  Instead I’m just going to fill you in on what is happening here at the Nap Asylum and let you know where I feel like this blog is headed.  First, let me indulge myself with some pictures of my oldest five blessings.

Let’s see since I wrote last, we have had an addition to our clan.  Little Lawson was born here at home on March 20th.  It was quite a long labor but well worth the effort.  Someday maybe I’ll share all my birth stories with you all.  He was 9lbs 6oz which is a little guy for me.  He came as an extra special birthday present for Declan.  They are now my birthday twins.  Four years apart, same day.  Random note…there is a beautiful woman in our church that has kids born on March 20th four years apart as well.  They are now in their twenties.  I thought that was crazy!!!  Here are some sweet pics of my baby and growing clan.


At five months, Lawson now weighs in at a solid 21lbs of exclusively breastfed awesomeness.  (I wish I could type that in the crazy MMA announcer voice that I used in my head)  He is rolling, scooting backwards, and trying to sit up on his own.  Where has the time gone!?!

Part of that time flew by in the form of adventure.  Ready for the quick version?  Two adults, 6 kids, a 15 passenger van, and a travel trailer pull out of our driveway on June 5th, 2013 on a month long road trip from Seattle to the Bay area and back.  We rolled down the Oregon coast to San Fransisco and then enjoyed all the touristy things San Fran had to offer.  From there, a trip to the phenomenal Napa Valley.  We were blessed to ditch the travel trailer for a couple days and stay in a gorgeous house with a salt water pool.  Seriously, that was the life.   I think I might need to live there.  Next up was Sacramento.  Spent time helping at an arts camp while surrounded by my amazing family.  Shout out to Andrew, Amy, Colleen, Carrisa, Cameron, Jonathan, and Cindy.  Thanks for the hospitality.  Lastly, back to San Fran and then the trip home through central Oregon.  We hit 110 degrees on the way home.  Now that is hot.  Overall, we had an awesome time and would leave again in a heartbeat.  Praying for another opportunity again soon. Why not give you a few photos from that while I’m at it.

Wonder if every post from here on out is going to be full of pictures of cute kids and anecdotes of our crazy life.  In one word, probably.  If you are only following me because I write amazing stuff about eating Paleo, you may want to take a peek at the about me page to see if you want to endure all that the Nap Clan has to offer.  Don’t get me wrong.  I will still write about nutrition and what we eat because it is a huge part of our lives.  However, I feel like I need to take a more balanced direction.  Our life is about so much more than food.  I have so much more to share than food.  I hope that you will join me for this journey of discovery.  It is going to be fun.  Hope to see you soon!!!

 

Happy New Year

January 4

Hello there everyone.  Greetings to my old friends and family and welcome to all you new comers.  With the big Whole 30 starting again on the 1st, many of you are joining my sorely neglected blog for the first time.  Where have I been you might ask?  Busy being a homeschooling, stay at home mom of 5 with another one on the way.  That’s right, I am pregnant with baby #6, 30 weeks pregnant today as a matter of fact.

I am so excited for all of you that are embarking on this road to health with the Whole 30.  Are you ready for a confession?  I have become a sugar addict since Halloween.  I am joining in on this Whole 30 a few days late but it is needed.  My mind is telling me I need to, my experience is telling me I must start, and my body is telling me now is the time.  All that said, my little addiction buddy is screaming “NOOOOOOO!!”  I told my man that I didn’t think I could do it and his response was, “Then I’ll make you.”  Before you go off on how mean he is like I did, this is a big deal for us right now.  It means the difference between a 10lb11oz baby and a 9lb baby.  I’ll have to expound on this more for you all and for myself later.  Maybe sharing my reasoning will help me mentally.  You see when I am eating sugar, I become an emotional eater and I need a good reason to kick it.  Once I’m off, it’s all good because the emotional issues resolve and I eat the way I should because I want to eat that way for health not for a particular cause.

So to all of you that are visiting and commenting, know that you are inspiring me and for that I am grateful.  You inspire me to get back on course and to continue to share my experiences and my story.  I have so much to share and just need to make it happen.  Thank you so much for continuing to support me, it pushes me to be my best.  Blessings to you all and I’ll be back soon.

 

 

Recipe Rolodex – 7.21.12

July 21

Here are some amazing looking recipes I have stumbled across the last couple weeks.  Many are from members of the Nourished Living Network.

Paleo Blackberry Bars

Creamy Paleo Cilantro Sauce over Baked Chicken

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies (Sub applesauce for the bananas)

Paleo Chocolate Cake (already made this and it was fantastic)

Red, White, and Blue Fruit Cake (With the frosting from above cake)

Grain-Free Granola Bars

Chocolate Coconut Bites

Chocolate Chip Coconut Macadamia Cookies (grain and dairy free with sugar and egg free options)

Paleo Berry Berry Muffins

 

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The Nap Clan

Hello all ~

My name is Sarah Nap and I am the author of this site.  While this isn’t my final draft for this page, I figured it will at least give you a little idea about who I am.  I hope to expound on it soon.  I am a…

Lover of Jesus

Helpmeet to Than (an amazingly talented, handsome, and loving man)

Mama to Teagan, Logan, Rowan, Declan, Dresdan, and Lawson (trusting the Lord in familysize and everything else)

Live in North Bend, WA

Homeschooler (of eclectic style)

Natural Living Enthusiaist (Home cooking, traditional whole foods, natural medicine, Young Living essential oils, cloth diapers, Shaklee cleaners)

Hobbies (crocheting, organizing, reading, sports)

I hope this gives you a little insight into me.  If you know me and I’ve missed something crucial, leave me a comment.  If you don’t know me and want me to give a little more info on something right away, leave a comment too.  May the Lord Bless your day.