Saturday, August 07, 2010

A Saturday Morning List

1. I am thrilled that I was able to sleep late this morning! I don't know that I'll have the opportunity again for awhile and I usually wake up early so I was pleasantly surprised that I made it until almost 8am!

2. Woke up in time to see John and Sarah before they left for her horse-riding lesson. Sarah is excited to begin, but I think her daddy might be even more excited. That man really needs a horse of his very own. 

3. After indulging in sugary foods all summer, I decided it was time for another sugar fast. Yesterday was Day 5. I feel so much better when I don't have it in my system. When I do this, I cut out all forms of sugar--white sugar, raw sugar, honey, agave, high fructose corn syrup, etc, etc. I also try to omit things made with white flour like pasta and bread and stick to whole grain versions, but I'm not a total nazi about it. I do eat fruit (natural sugar) but only a serving or two a day. I slipped up last night at a party and I definitely felt the effects of it when I got home--bloating, headache, and a huge crash from the sugar high. Back to square one today.

4. I watched Food, Inc. this week. It's been in my queue forEVER but I just kept bumping other movies ahead of it because I knew it wouldn't be pleasant viewing. It wasn't. I've been pretty lenient lately about the kind of food I've been buying/serving to my family, but that all changed after watching that film this week. I made a huge grocery run yesterday and I'm back to buying high quality meat (my wallet is feeling it) and I'm on a mission to eradicate high fructose corn syrup from my family's diet. Thanks to a friend, I'm also looking into a local CSA (community supported agriculture) co-op for my veggies. This isn't new to me so I know it's possible. I'm taking it a few steps at a time.

I could write an entire post about this film and the things that have prompted me to change the way I choose to shop. And I probably will write a post about it one of these days.

5. Have I mentioned that school starts in four days? The next four days are beginning to feel very full too. Ugh. Do you hear me moaning and groaning? I'd really like another week or two of summer, please.

6. Will had an eye appointment this week. Several years ago he was diagnosed with amblyopia. His left eye didn't fully develop in utero and his vision in that eye is basically limited to shapes and colors. When I took him for a physical last spring he couldn't even read the giant letter at the bottom of the vision chart with that eye. He's learned to compensate over the years with his good eye and even though he has a prescription for glasses and has done vision therapy, there has been little to no improvement. Sigh. We were hoping he could get a contact for his left eye so he could play sports with a little more confidence but the doc told us that his condition isn't correctable. It's sad for me as a parent to know that there's nothing I can do to make this better for him. Sad to know that all the money for vision therapy made little difference too. Just sad in lots of ways. The fact that his eye didn't develop properly in utero stirs up all kinds of mommy guilt too.

7. My girls' room is a disaster. When Sarah gets home from riding lessons, she and Abbey are going to have to tackle it. I've threatened all week but it is happening today because I'm so tired of the mess, and I'm so tired of doing it for them. Do you clean your kids' rooms? I really think that a 12 and 8 year old should be able to do this without my help.

8. If they DO get their room picked up we're going to make a trip to Co Springs to drop off our recycling and walk around Manitou Springs. John suggested dinner at one of our favorite places and I'm certainly not one to turn down a dinner I don't have to cook! We also thought it would be fun to take them to the penny arcade that I've heard so much about.

I seem to have a knack for ending my lists with eight things lately. Not to worry. 10-on-the-10th is just around the corner.

Peace out, peeps. Have a great weekend.


Stephanie said...

The girls and I picked up their room this morning, too. They were highly motivated as they wanted to switch beds and rearrange and it wasn't going to happen without help as I can't even get up to the top bunk anymore. : ) They worked like troopers so I think we're going to get frozen yogurt or something this afternoon or something to celebrate their hard work!

Carpool Queen said...

I used to clean the kids' rooms, but I stopped last year. Now I just send them in there to do it and go in for 27,465 inspections until I'm happy with how it looks.

Some days I want to just be able to see the carpet and other days I want picked up, even the ones under the bed.

#6? I know all about that guilt.

OhioFamOf4 said...

I pretty much eliminated all the HFCS in our house and I can tell when my son with aspergers gets it. He's been at camp all week eating their mass produced processed foods and his behavior has been out of control.

Stephanie Kay said...

The diet changes I've made this summer have been mostly to cut sugar and processed foods. So far I'm down 11 pounds! :) But I'm really, really, really wanting a glass of iced sweet tea. I'm resisting the craving (since I'd have to go to the store to buy tea) and planning that to be my treat when I hit my goal weight.

My Will (7) received the same diagnosis just this week. We've order glasses and hope that will be enough to help his eye improve. If not he'll be getting an eye patch. About all he could read with his "bad" eye was the giant E. But the other eye is almost perfect.

Release the mommy guilt! It won't help either of you. :)

lisa@littlesliceoflife said...

I don't know what "agave" is but if it's a sugar I probably like it. Also, I think I'm addicted to high fructose corn syrup. I'm a firm believer that anything derived from corn must be part of the vegetable food group and is therefore something I should eat.

I'm so sorry to hear about Will's eye condition. I know what you mean about the mommy guilt...I had a lot of that after Caitlin was born. Let it go, friend. It's not your fault!

Nancy said...

No, I don't clean my girls rooms. They are 17 and 14 so they are able to handle it on their own. I do have a tendency to "check-in" with them while they're doing it to make sure it is up to my standards:)

I'm home alone this weekend. First time since we've had kids that everyone has been gone. They're visiting hubby's family in WA state. I've been a busy bee. Just about ready to sit and do nothing else for the rest of the day.

dawn said...

The room battle is unending...but I make them do their own. I sometimes help by breaking it down into smaller steps when it gets overwhelming.

I have always wanted to try that penny arcade...was it fun?

His Girl said...

#6 got some of that guilt too. my son is moderately/severely hearing impaired. so breaks my heart that there's not one thing that I can do about it and that it'll be a lifelong struggle for him.

Kendra said...

I, too, do everything I can to eliminate HFCS from our foods. It's everywhere!

Rebecca said...

Meredith, I watched the movie this summer and it completely reinforced what I had been feeling/reading about our food. Have you read Toxic Beauty? Yikes! It will make you never want to wear make-up or color your hair...

I fight the room battle too, especially with my girl...she just plays hard and big. But she has a system for cleaning it all back up, thank goodness.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

I'm a little afraid of watching that movie (and I think there's another one I have in our Netflix queue, Super Size Me, about fast food). I want to get my husband to watch it with me. He always insists that "organic" and "free range" and things along those lines are just marketing tools. And that I should not buy into them :) I actually love most all meats, and I'm afraid after seeing some or most of Food Inc, that I might not be able to eat meat again :(

Wish we had a CSA here, but alas, it's the rural South! :) I do need to make an effort to go to the Farmer's Market and not just get veggies at Kroger or Walmart. Ugh.

Great post!

Angie @ Flibbertigibberish said...

I'm terrified to watch Food, Inc. I know I *should* but ignorance is bliss... and probably not healthy. Please write a post about it - it might give me courage!

Also, my girls are only 4 and 6 and I often wonder why on earth I still need to help them clean their room! (I should lighten up a bit, eh?) Your girls might be too old for this, but it helps them A TON when I make a checklist for them. I have to illustrate our list since Emma's not a great reader yet, but they do 20x better when they have a check list. (Me too, for that matter - and I know that goes for you too!) Would that work for your girls?

Gretchen said...

I would love to hear more about how Food Inc. changed your eating. (I'll have to add it to my own Que).

I'm with you on the rooms. I will help them with their closets, but the rooms are up to them. They've learned that they are happier with a clean room. So is momma! :)

Gretchen said...

I'm sorry about the amblyopia and all the feelings surrounding it, Mer. Hard for me not to slip into the "what if" game re: my son, too. What if the umbilical cord wasn't wrapped around his neck. Could I have done this or that on bedrest to position better?

Doesn't help. We have two strapping young men who will be amazing despite and because of their challenges.

I'll have to put Food Inc. on our cue, as well.