Monday, May 11, 2009
I made my mom laugh yesterday.
We have ongoing opinions about the music that gets played and sung in our respective churches. I think that my music director is not actually Catholic. He tends to gravitate toward traditional Protestant hymns and I have yet to hear a Mary song. Mom has a very modern music director who seems intent on forgetting that there is any church history prior to 1980. So after we sang another Easter themed dirge yesterday, I came home and discovered that if you can't get it at church, get it at iTunes! I found traditional and less traditional hymns, and Mary songs in English, Latin, and Spanish! I called my Mom and announced "I can't get it at Church, but I can get it at iTunes!" She and I both found this more amusing than it really is.
Now we can make our own list of songs we would have called up for Sunday, and sing them all we want. Our respective choirs can sing in peace and I can soothe my spirit with the knowledge that I can go home and pick out something that inspires me.
BTW, my DH absolutely loves our church's music. It reminds him of his childhood...as a Presbyterian
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Happy mothers' day to all the moms and kids out there!
We had a great day. We went to dinner and a long walk. We also found a new bike trail to try next weekend. I knew dinner would be a decadent one, but when I put the numbers in I still stayed in the guidelines! YES!
Thursday, May 07, 2009
This week is a big performance week for our family.
Sunday was an orchestra concert for DH. They played "New World Symphony" and it was lovely. Afterwards we went out with the orchestra and had dinner. We were so virtuous! We ordered 2 big dinners and split them so that everyone had a balanced meal. Great teamwork, great fun!
Tuesday was a band concert for DS13. He played brilliantly. (If I do say so myself:)Afterwards we decided not to go out for Chinese, but to order a thin crust pizza with light cheese. As virtuous as pizza gets. No damage to my daily counts, since I don't enjoy thin crust pizza. Kids and hubby did fine.
Then came last night. Chorus concert with solo for DD9. Afterwards, in the lobby the school music association was selling deluxe ice cream sandwiches. Dh bought one for the star of the show (that would be our daughter;) and we headed out to Dairy Queen. Uh oh. You can see the trouble rolling up slowly can't you? I ordered a DQ sandwich. Totally within my daily totals. DS5 got an all beef hot dog, not good, but not horrible.
Then DS13 ordered a Blizzard. I thought a medium Blizzard would be a reasonable snack. Do you know how many calories are in a medium cookie dough Blizzard? Neither did I until I got home and looked it up. Over 1000. That is more than half of his daily calories in one shot. Now he is very active, and will burn that off pretty quickly, but next time we'll at least scale back to a small and no more extra cookie dough!
DD9 had already had her 700 or so calorie treat, when DH offered her another dipped cone or Dilly Bar. I have no idea what he was thinking. I gave him the cease and desist look, it din't even phase him. I had to be "mean" and say "no more." He started arguing with me! Was I wrong? Am I getting too obsessed? I didn't think she needed any more ice cream. It isn't being nice to her to offer her something she won't turn down, but didn't ask for or need.
I think he didn't want her to feel deprived since I've been more conservative about what I'm allowing into the house. We've been reading "Eat This, Not That" and making choices from the "eat this" side. I brought home Slim-A-Bear instead of Breyers. I've been making salads. I have been bringing my family on walks more and eating out less. I even switched breakfast cereals. I think these things are going to be better for them in the long run, but I don't want them to reject or sabotage these things becuase they feel like food isn't fun any more. What to do?
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
I have to send out a big note of thanks to the ladies in our small suburb who made the farmers' market happen.
They moved here from Seattle and missed the fresh and organic produce they could get there. They decided our town needed a farmers' market and they jumped through hoops, organized the people and sacrificed time and effort so that we have more choices than just the local grocery.
My kids know when it is "Farm Day" and start asking about it days in advance. They get excited about trying new things. It has become a local gathering place, and when you see your friends and neighbors with fruits, veggies, breads, and lots of other yummy foods there is a positive peer pressure to try them.
I can't thank them enough for seeing an empty lot as an opportunity to make something great! Off I go to get some leafy greens (and purples, and yellows, and...)
Monday, May 04, 2009
In an effort to think of something other than food, I'll write about something fun that we've been doing. We call it practicing for Disney.
According to what I've been told, the average tourist walks about 8 miles every day they are at a Disney park. Now if I dragged my children (and lets be honest myself and my DH) out for an 8 mile walk, they would start whining somewhere around mile 2. In addition, they will have to sit still for 2 hours on a plane to get there and back. Don't forget standing in line, drinking lots of water and getting up early to get to some of the coolest rides and we have a nice list of activities they just aren't used to.
To prevent meltdown when we get there, we're using the couple of months to work up to those things that we don't usually do. We've started with walking (see Walking to School) and this weekend we took in a concert that lasted about an hour. We called it practice for the airplane. We learned that when you have to sit still for an hour, it pays to have something to read, listen to, or play with. I knew that, but it also became apparent that you need to choose well.
Anyway, it is really exciting to "practice for Disney" when just plain old sitting still, drinking water, and walking around the block just aren't that thrilling.
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