Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My love of music...

I have to say, one of my favorite things to do is dance with Hunter in my arms in the kitchen. A couple of days ago I was listening to the Soundtrack to French Kiss - which has a wonderful assortment of French music - it's so fun to spin and see his face smile and to just dance around and be silly. He resists it at first -- when he was smaller and younger, there was no resistance -- but then he gives in to the fun of twirling around in circles.  Dancing with him is one of the best things on earth!!!

My son loves music.  I've created his own playlist on the ipod.  He asks regularly if a particular song is his music, "is this my music?"  he'll ask.  His playlist has adult music, not kid music, the Beatles, U2, Jack Johnson, KT Tunstall.  All fun, upbeat music you can move to.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hunter's Artwork

I have a dining room table covered with Hunter's artwork.  I have read so many articles about how to only save a couple of pieces for every month.  I find that even hard to do.  I don't want to throw it out (oh the guilt!!!), but then how to save it and what to save becomes the issue. 

As we approach the new school year...I am left with the issue of last year.  I absolutely must get a handle on last year's artwork before he starts another year of making art every single day.  Now, mind you, I am not complaining about his artwork every day.  I love that he does it and walks in the door with such pride about what he's made.

So, I've committed that this is the week.  I am going to go to the neighborhood craft store and buy something that I can use to store his artistic creations by year.  Hopefully as he gets older, he can help me choose what to keep.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Things that make me smile

Everyone's kids do the funniest, cutest things.  It's the nature of children.  They are goofy as they are learning how to live life.  Lately my son, Hunter, has been saying "good job mom" to me.  It's really funny, he changes the tone of his voice and gets all serious.  I'm wondering who is saying good job to him -- I can only think it's at camp.  Not a bad thing to be learning at camp.  Yesterday he said "good job mom" and "way to go" as I was making a chocolate cake for a friend's birthday.  When he said "way to go" he did a little thumbs up.  Now, today, we've been doing "thumbs up" to eachother when Hunter accomplishes something - as a way to communicate "good job, way to go". 

I love this new learning he's doing.  It makes me smile.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

It can be overwhelming!

I am trying to be healthy, feed my family lots of fruits and vegetables, but what are the right ones to feed them? Do I buy Organic or do I buy conventional. I have just read two articles about fruits and vegetables and their nutritional values and pesticide levels ( and It's hard to manage all of the information. There is so much to manage, yes, it may be organic, but has it lost it's nutritional value because it is coming from CA and I live in GA and that's 3,000 miles and weeks on a truck being exposed to air toxins, gasoline fumes and has been picked before being ripe so that it will last a couple of weeks on the transport and not be rotten before arriving in the store and landing in my kitchen. And now, you need to eat 43 peaches to just get the nutritional value you used to be able to get from eating 2 and that same peach now has 4,000 some odd pesticides you ingest into your system.


So, I try to be a responsible mom and do what I can do.  Buy healthy food and wash it, peel it and get educated on the many ways to have non-toxic things in the house.  It's the whole picture and you do what you can without going crazy.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Breakfast for Hunter

Why is it that I think my 3 year old would want the same breakfast every day?  Yet, I am surprised and slightly annoyed when he decides he wants something different.  It is partly because he usually does want the same thing every morning.  In the winter, he ate oatmeal and raisins like it was going out of style.  In the spring, it was O's cereal with strawberries.  Then we added blueberries.  This morning, he wanted something else. 

He opened the freezer and was CERTAIN that there was something in there that he wanted for breakfast.  I was hoping he would not find something bad for him like the frozen blue popsicle I had not let him have back in late May (I don't yet understand why I have not thrown that away...I'm just asking for trouble I do realize).  However, much to my surprise and delight he found the one thing that I would be happy to serve him.  Frozen peaches from last summer.  They were sooooo yummy.  But what to make with them.  Hmmmmm.

Well, I had some 'on the verge of too ripe' bananas I needed to use (or freeze), I had some strawberries that were on the verge of being also too ripe.  I had a smidgen of yogurt left in the container that was also on the verge...  So, I thought, SMOOTHIE.  I turned to Hunter and told him I had a super yummy drink I was going to make with those frozen peaches!

He got super excited!  And boy did he have fun drinking it.  I just know that tomorrow, he is going to want another smoothie.  And I will happily oblige.  What more could I want than my kid drinking a smoothie in the morning for breakfast?  If only I could eat so well (which I did this morning as I shared in the smoothie drinking).

Monday, May 17, 2010

Wow! Already it's summer!

I feel as if Spring just flew by -- well, it practically did.  My parents came to visit for 2 weeks at the beginning of April... and then we had the Easter egg hunts...

and then it was Hunter's 3rd birthday, and the making of the dinosaur train birthday cake. 

I feel like I woke up and it was the middle of May.  This is the last week of school.  He has two weeks off, then a few weeks of "camp" and then two weeks off and then another 3 weeks of "camp".  I am "" camp because to me it seems like more of what he is already doing, but there are themes for each week. 

I am trying to be "the best parent ever" but I feel my life, and Hunter's life, is just flying by.  It's hard to just stop and catch my breath and see what Hunter is doing.  He's now 3 and it was a month already since his birthday!  It seems like just yesterday and so long ago.  Next thing I know, he'll be 18 and going to college. 

Breathe, inhale, breathe it all in, soon it will be gone.  How can I get it all on video tape?  Any parent out there yet able to download their brain's video onto a flash drive?  That's what I want to do -- save it all and be able to watch it again and again.  It's all too precious.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

More about sugar, this time High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Ever since watching Jamie Oliver's TED talk ( ) I have been completely re-inspired to feed my child/family well.  For the most part, we sit down every night for dinner with a good well, rounded home cooked meal (6 out of 7 nights cooked by my husband! Thank you, honey!)  When I am food shopping, I read ingredients and do not buy foods that have HFCS added (a problem when buying graham crackers for my cheesecake), and am just continually surprised and frustrated by how many foods contain HFCS (well, and just regular corn syrup too).  But HFCS is REALLY, REALLY BAD FOR YOU.  Here is a link explaining the reasons when compared to sugar:

It doesn't go into the chemical reasons why it's bad for you (like the process of creating HFCS leaves Mercury residuals). But it is still a very great eye opening study, and well grounded regarding the impact of HFCS on your body and fat.

Here are a couple of my reasons why I know HFCS is bad for you (it's my cynical reason - not grounded in any true factual evidence):  1.  Why would you believe the Corn Refiners Association and their evidence stating that there is nothing wrong with HFCS?  That's like saying not brushing your teeth won't lead to gum disease.  That's what we would call a non-objective study.
2.  Again, why would we believe Pepsi-Co and their study refuting there is any harm done to humans and obesity, etc by drinking soda.  Again, that's what we would call a non-objective study.  I don't care that they have a doctor (hired by them) to state on Nightline (watch the video at the end of the article) that he finds there is nothing wrong with HFCS.

Seriously, we are supposed to believe people HIRED by the people making these products that indeed, there is nothing wrong with them, contrary to a study done by doctors with no connection to anyone or any company?  Seriously?  My belief is with the evidence and the non-biased doctors.