Thanks Christin!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

That's how we roll

I have had a feeling of angst as of late regarding our dietary standards. It seems that it is much less expensive to eat crap. I even got fast food for the kids the other day. I gave them the processed, pressed and shaped excuse for chicken, went home and cried. I hoped that these recent lifestyle alterations, however temporary, would not have my children mislead on what their nutritional values should be. Today in the car Kaitlynn had a very small smoothie recipe book in her hand. It was a gift and most of the selections are ways to conjure up an adult beverage, but seeing as how she can not yet read and would not be aware of what vodka and rum were she has more or less taken it over. So she sat in her car seat making pretend smoothies. This is her recipe:

-one egg
-a scoop of peanut butter
-a little bit of sugar
-a big scoop of protein powder
-some nuts
Blend, blend, blend(but don't forget to smash the nuts first)
At that moment I had renewed hope that just because she had a chicken nugget all was not lost.

"Mom can't Christmas just be about presents?"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas songs, snow, thoughts of the Savior of the world being born, gifts, lights, Santa. It's a lot to take in if you think about it. It's times like this, times of overwhelming holiday delights, that you want to make sure to maintain some perspective. For example tonight, after one of the worst days in a very long time, I watched "Family Man". You know that movie? Yes the movie, not the crude cartoon guy on TV. Anyway, I watched it and I got my perspective back. I'm not sure it's the same however with children. I have really tried to make sure Kaitlynn understands that Christmas is not about what you get but more about giving and love and Jesus Christ and many more drawn out explanations of the true spirit of the season. I really thought I was getting through. I even gave myself a little mental "pat on the back" if you will, which always leads to trouble so I should know better than to jinx the situation. The other day at the introduction to another one of my speeches, Kaitlynn cut me off with,"Mom, can't Christmas just be about presents?! It would just be easier!" I was crushed. I failed. However, being ever mindful of her mother and sensing my dismay she made another pass to rectify the situation. "Ok, It can be about love, but can I still just get a present?" Apparently I had mislead her to believe that having to true spirit of Christmas in you heart means no gifts for you. Your on the nice list but you don't get so much as a lump of coal. It's amazing she had been such a good sport about it for this long really. That's quite hard pill to swallow for an almost five year old. After a simpler explanation on how it all works she perked right up with a very cheerful, "I love Christmas time!" and off she went. Then we ate French toast. It was delicious and I was happy to have finally given her some guidance that wasn't confusing. That's what I get for trying to be a good mom. Some day she'll grow up and just be able to watch a movie.


Friday, December 11, 2009

From: Kaitlynn

Here mom

Saturday, December 5, 2009

This is as close as I could get you to the Rockstar Unbirthday Party of 2009.