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 Blockbuster.com 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.