Our Crazy, Amazing, Intelligent Kids

So what’s up with those crazy kids of ours lately?

Well they are busy being adorable, of course!

I’m really loving being a #momof3boys these days, but I am also having those moments where I’m like, “Since when am I old enough to be at a school basketball game with my kids?” It’s surreal, but they are growing up before our eyes into such interesting and intelligent young men, even though I want them to be my babies forever.

school basketball game

For instance, while driving to visit family friends in Culpeper, VA we passed this adorable “barn” that searved real ice cream from real dairy farmers. Well, I can’t say we “passed” it… we stopped and had some ice cream, because it was a beautiful day and we are not paleo perfectionists. We think things like this are good for our kids (and for us) because even though we know the ice cream might not be “healthy,” its not going to make or break us, and our kids need to have some of these normal kid experience once in a while. So we stopped for yummy ice cream, talked about how the dairy was from real, local farmers (their pictures were hanging up), and that it was a super special not every day food.

moo thruice cream adventure

So we let the kids pick out a treat, and guess what? Cole decided on his own, after recent trouble with a dairy, that sorbet would be a better choice. Yes, sugar is sugar and never healthy. But I love that our lifestyle has taught him to listen to his body and intentionally choose on his own to avoid things that bother it. Meanwhile Wes who has zero reactions to foods (from a healthy gut from the day he was born) got brightly colored gummy bears. Matt got a shake and Finn & I split a sundae – both topped with REAL whipped cream!

sugar coma

As I anticipated, the kids succumbed to a sugar coma soon after. That means they’re insulin sensitive (a good thing)!

kid tire flips

I have to say that even though we have sugar from time to time, we do a great job of keeping them away from gluten as much as humanly possible. Since Stacy is Celiac it is possible that all or any of them. We’d emphasize the importance of being gluten-free, above all other food choices. Our kids’ life-long health is important to us, so that’s why we don’t allow gluten. That’s our #1 big rule. Hence, the Phase 1 of 3 Phase Paleo.

We also encourage them to do as much physical activity as possible. Whether they are running around the backyard, or having fun flipping tires as their Kids CrossFit class on Saturdays, they really can tell that they feel better when they get some physical activity in their day. All parents know that multiple snow or rainy days in a row are the kill joy of a family… there’s only so much you can coup active, healthy children up in a closed building before they become crazed lunatics! Recently we’ve taken away video games from the boys because they were relying far too much on them for creative play. We love to see their imagination at work, and they’re much less likely to do so if they can zombie out in front of Minecraft.

So, what are the boys doing if they’re not playing video games?

Matt reads to boys on PaleoParents

Hopefully, reading! Both Cole and Finian are full fledged readers, so often they read to themselves or when are feeling generous to their little brother, too.  Here Matt is reading one of our new favorites, Sweet Tooth, with the Mixed Up Chameleon on deck.

Wesley, 3 years 360 days old (almost 4)

 Baby Wes on PaleoParents

Wesley is our baby. I mean, he is seriously babied. And spoiled. Mostly because he’s adorable. Everyone says so… not that we show any favoritism or anything. Wesley really likes Legos. And superheroes. And especially superhero Legos.


He knows more about all of the super heroes, their secret identities, powers, original back stories, love interest, and villains than I know about paleo. He is almost never without a “guy” in his possession (action figure, stuffed animal, they’re all “guys”). His favorite foods are everything. No really, this kid just loves all the foods. For breakfast the other day he was bopping up and down with excitement about a leftover veggie hash Matt had made with asparagus, mushrooms, carrots and onions cooked in bacon fat. Of course, Batman approved.

Wesley eating greens on PaleoParents

Wesley is our paleo baby (only getting paleo breastmilk from birth) and has had an incredibly healthful life. He super rarely gets sick and doesn’t have any of the food sensitives or digestive issues the older boys have.

Wesley turns 4 in a few days but Matt and I are in total denial. We’re SUPER excited that Wesley is now potty trained, so we’ve requested he not turn 4 and stay our baby forever. He actually agreed to staying 3 forever, grabbing my face in his palms and giving me a juicy-with-teeth kiss.

Finian, 6 years old

Finian 6th Bday on PaleoParents

Finian just turned 6! He is our middle child, and has much the personality traits identified for middle children. He craves attention, especially one-on-one with mom. He is always the first one to volunteer to run errands with me and is willing to stay hours at the gym doing nothing but petting people’s dogs, moving weight plates and cheering us on. He is incredibly enthusiastic but also extremely emotional when he’s not feeling his best. Although originally Finian had the most health issues associated with food sensitives, he is doing much, much better and can now have (moderate amounts of high quality) dairy without ill affect. He does eat a modified autoimmune paleo diet, mostly limiting nightshades. As a result his favorite condiment is mayonnaise, which he calls a pre-dinner snack. It’s definitely a testament to the healing powers of a paleo lifestyle to see his huge health recoveries!

As our middle child he’s always been precocious, from rolling over at days old to walking at 7 months. Par for the course, upon entering Kindergarten this year Finn wanted to do all the big boy things like learning to read, which he has mastered. He is also close to getting the training wheels off his bike and LOVES to perform feats of strength (like his mama), such as picking up and carrying around Wesley  who is half his body weight.

 Playing outside on PaleoParents

Finian likes his family to call him Fini, his friends to call him Finn and strangers to call him Finian. His favorite color is green and he loves wild cats (hence his tiger stripe Toms with a green outfit). He also wants to grow up to be a rock star, zoo keeper and scientist. All of them. He loves books more than anyone in our house, and he’s just thrilled to share that experience with anyone who will snuggle up with him.  Also, he rarely wears clothes, most of the photos posted of Finian on social media and the blog are of him in his undies because that’s just how he likes to roll.

Finian King of the Undies on PaleoParents

Finian, interestingly, does have emotional attachment to food that the other boys don’t have. He has asked us to hide treats that “tempt him”, like bags of chocolate chips and LaraBars. Over the years he has learned this about himself and we’ve worked with him to develop a healthy relationship with healthy foods, but even for a little boy self control is hard. Fini is my mini-me, from the emotional food issues down to the green eyes and facial expressions – he also LOVES to be strong!

Boys love being strong on PaleoParentsFinian carrying his brother, half his body weight

Cole, 8 1/2 years old

Cole is the leader of the brother pack. His is (usually) a kind, patient and understanding brother who likes to help the younger ones. He teaches them as much as Matt and I. He is usually a very quiet almost 9-year-old who often likes to brood.  You can catch a rare smile if you offer him a game of Munchkins or new graphic novel, like Axe Cop. His appreciation of potty humor is unlike anyone I’ve ever met, often times the only way we can communicate efficiently is if I find ways to fling the words “butt” and “fart” into the conversation frequently. He really enjoys playing outside with the neighbor friends who have an elaborate world devised that involves Star Wars. He also likes Pokemon, Minecraft, and Legos. The potty humor jokes in The Lego Movie were perfect for him. He also really likes working out StrongMan with me. It’s not often he can do all the movements, but he loves sled drag and sitting in tires for car deadlift.

Strong Boys on PaleoParents Strong Boys at PaleoParents

Cole’s favorite colors are decisively black and red. He became obsessed with them after riding in his grandfather’s speed boat 2 summers ago. He is the oldest grandson and has been spoiled as the most mature young buck in the family. He even got to go to the shooting range with grandpa, who is an avid marksman and usually brings the family back half a dozen deer a year (a huge financial savings for pastured meat that is in desperate need of population control).

Cole has blogged several reviews on the site and recently I told him I’d give him $5 for each post he wrote on here. Let’s hope that’s motivation for him to share some of his stories with you all! For example, his ground-breaking review of  Caveman Cookies where he declared them his favorite shelf stable in classroom treat.

Cole Caveman on PaleoParents

Lately he seems to have undergone a growth spurt and his face has changed, more mature. I can see him becoming a young man and try to remind myself how proud I am of the independent, healthy, handsome person he is… rather than being sad about the little boy he no longer is.


Easter Family Photo of PaleoParents

I just can’t get enough of all my boys!

♥ Tell us, what are you enjoying most about these true “real life” blog posts. What aspect of our daily lives interests you most? What do you want us to talk about next week? We love sharing with you, so that’s what we are gonna keep doing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ♥




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  • I loved this post so much! Thank you for sharing a glimpse inside your family’s life. Your boys sound hilarious!

  • Erin

    I love this post! As the mom of two boys (2 and 4.5) I can relate to so much of what you said about their personalities ..Legos and potty humor are big in our house..ah life with boys!

  • I get amazed when I see my daughter (7) pick up her brother (5) and carry him around. They are only 5kg (11lbs) difference between them.
    BTW I love ikea and we have the same bowls too.
    Potty humor is always a winner with kids, yep, my daughter loves fart jokes too.
    Like in one of your podcasts recently you said most people say that you are real, and this post really reflects that. You are a real family, keeping it real.
    What I also love, is what a great influence you are on your kids. Kids learn by example, if you set a good example, then they are going to follow it.
    I love running, and because of that my kids love joining into the local run club event on the weekends.
    So thanks for sharing.

  • Jess

    I love this post. So nice to ‘meet’ your boys. And I totally get the underwear thing Finian, my son loves being nudie whenever he can!

  • Miranda

    Wow. They’ve grown up! Thanks for sharing. We read to our kid all the time. We’ll have to check out the books you mentioned.

  • Margaret

    It is great to read how your lifestyle positively impacts your boys — one who is my son’s age — and is encouragement to continue making choices that go against the norm in our community. Saying “no thank you” to the endless (truly nonstop!) offers of fruit snacks, lollipops, goldfish crackers can be draining.

  • Chelsea Hartweg

    I love reading your “real life posts” because, to me, that’s the difference between a blogger and a “writer”… bloggers are just people doing their thing and sharing as much of themselves as they dare with the world (and, honestly, I really prefer bloggers because I just love people and hearing their stories!). Your “real life posts” also do such an amazing job of inspiring me to just be real – that life isn’t always easy, but we should fight to see the awesomeness in the everyday and the beauty in family. To sum up, I love reading them! Thanks so much for sharing your life (and wisdom) with all of us!

    • Thank you so much! Your sweet words just made my day <3

  • Laura Kenlin Meiser

    I *heart* your new style of real life dialog. I’m the mama of two girls, 14 and 8 (who absolutely shock me with potty humor every blessed day) so the boy thing is very different to me and I enjoy that perspective. But, you know, I’m living life down here in the trenches trying to get a moody teen to buy into a paleo/primal lifestyle, to convince my husband that he will not perish without soda and to figure out where in the blessed world my sunshiney 8 year old continues to find contraband candy and it’s hard. So many bloggers give us their highlights reel and that leaves me feeling somehow “less than” and discouraged. I want to know the nitty gritty about people and I love knowing that just like me, some days, some seasons of life are better than others. And add to that the science of paleo minus the perfectionist preaching and well, I’m just in love. Thank you!

    • Thanks for you kind words Laura. We certainly aren’t perfectionists, because that just never really works. It is a process for every family and some parts of the transition are easier than others. I’m so sorry that you read some posts that make you feel less than and discouraged. We try to be transparent about the areas that we are still learning in because we don’t want people to feel like if they can’t do everything all at once, they can’t do it at all. Giving up soda can be really really hard if you have been a life long soda drinker, and same thing with candy. Personally we like bubbly Kombucha and that kinda makes it seem like soda to me, but I know that it can be expensive to buy in the store, and some people just don’t like it, so that’s not a solution for everyone. We also have a soda stream that we use to make our own flavored carbonated water. I even drink the flavored pellegrino mineral water (lemon and blood orange) from time to time which might not be strict paleo, but it is a huge step up from soda, so that might be an option. It can take family’s a long time to transition, which is why we wrote our 3 Phase Paleo ebook. Even if you can’t do all the steps, it offers some great easy switches for regular junk food and comfort foods. (http://3phasepaleo.com) Best wishes, Stacy

      • Laura Kenlin Meiser

        I just want to be clear, Stacy…I *never* got that vibe from your blog, but I’ve definitely found that around the web. As a fairly new follower of your blog, I definitely appreciate what you are working towards here. I have to say, too, I’ve been listening to your podcast, many days while I’m making dinner, and I feel like you and Sarah are my new bffs since you’re hanging out in my kitchen. 😉 Really having fun listening to you both. Thanks for the great suggestions up above. I’m going to tell my husband he *must* try them since you took the time to suggest them. 🙂