Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The blue vase, the plant pot, the lamp, one of the ratan chairs with it's cushion and pillows, the pillow on the black chair (two of those), the set of two bamboo in vases...
Yeah we made out. There's more fun stuff I haven't gotten situated too... I might have to throw on a picture of the guest room after I finally get to it. Unless I have tomatoes thrown at my blog by then for gloating. Please don't think I'm gloating... I'm just SOOO grateful.
Monday, March 26, 2007
So I won the lottery this weekend. We went down to my sister, Melisa's house in Encinitas (San Diego) to "help" her with her big moving sale... and by help I mean to take anything she didn't sell. We were EXtremely helpful. This is the sister I've mentioned before who has a beautiful house decorated even more beautifully. I've always loved anything and everything she picks out... probably a combination of factors: she has a degree in Interior Design, she's artistic and just has REALLY great tastes, and she's my big sister... so she's inherently cool to me. So when she said they were selling their big house and "downsizing" to a super cute little house across the Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach (walking distance from the beach!!! Can you imagine?!), I definitely had my hopes. It pays to live close to GENEROUS, stylish siblings.
So she had already made us a deal: a couch and armoire for some babysitting.... not bad eh? We had scheduled a Uhaul to get those back home, which came in pretty handy as we bought a few more things from her before the moving sale, and then of course cleared her out post sale. I'm sure some pictures of my fun new decor might find their way to the blog in the near future. THANK YOU Mel and Mike!
Friday, March 23, 2007
(Permission to stop reading if you are actually going to read the articles, are already educated in the matter, or are just un-interested... because here is my attempt at a brief summary.)
Hydrogenated oils (oil that has been heated with hydrogen and the chemical makeup is changed in the process, now containing hydrogen bubbles and becoming a solid, like Crisco) contain tons of Trans fats. They are literally poisons. In the same way that arsenic is a poison because it restricts oxygen from getting to your cells, hydrogenated oils restrict nutrients from getting to your body's cells. They also allow tons of bad things through, allergens, carcinogens, and other toxins. Carcinogens cause cancer. I didn't know that.
Saturated fats have always sounded like the culprits-- they are nowhere near as dangerous as Trans fats. While they are not "good" for you, the essential fatty acids in fat ARE, and they are at least able to be burned. The trans fats bind themselves to cell walls in your body, because as a once essential fat (i.e. good oils that haven't been over heated) they are supposed to have a function in your body (acting as guard at the cell wall, letting in the good stuff, keeping out the bad.) However while the side that binds to the cell wall remains unchanged, and so still binds, the side that is supposed to do the work is ruined in the hydrogenation process. So instead of letting in the good and keeping out the bad, it does just the opposite. It allows the toxins to pass through while keeping the things out that help your brain, immune system, metabolism, heart etc... to function properly. The articles I read describe adamantly that hydrogenated oils are just like tobacco, they will kill you over time. They lead to allergies, cancer, auto-immune disease (your body attacks itself), diabetes, obesity, and more.
"Until the 1970's, food producers used coconut oil to get that buttery flavor and texture. The American obesity epidemic began when it was replaced with partially hydrogenated vegetable oil -- most often soybean oil." It is a much cheaper fat, which of course is reason enough for the food industry to put it in just about EVERYTHING processed. We all know the less processed the better, but make exceptions for plenty of foods. I sure do. I love the idea of a completely healthful, whole food diet... but love treats far too much to ever really be a health "nut" (as you can tell from my slightly more than rail thin frame ;)) However, I just feel like there should be no place in my home for this particular evil, and especially no place in Sophia's diet.
I will say I was shocked when I looked a little more thoroughly at my labels. I knew to watch out for them in anything packaged in my pantry like snacks for Sophia, crackers, chips, cereals, bars (granola/protein/"fruit"). I didn't really think they used them in ice cream. I mean I never thought ice cream was good for you, but I've been addicted to Dreyers Light Mint and Chip for a while now, and thought it was a lesser evil. So sad to say it has them, as do Skinny Cow's. I think it's worth eating the full fat Breyers with all natural ingredients. At least then it's just a matter of not over-eating, but not a matter of poisoning yourself.
Wow this might be the most boring post ever. But I couldn't stop reading about this stuff last night and thought I had to share, just in case somebody cares like me, but also hasn't found the time to actually learn the dangers. The articles of course say SO much more than I did, SO much clearer than I did.
I realize that perhaps, like a smoker, I won't be able to completely quit overnight (I mean I do have half a carton of light ice cream in my freezer waiting :0) but also, like a smoker, I see no reason to share my addiction with Sophia, with her tiny, pure body. I'm all for home cooking, baking, and enjoying splurges, but they never HAVE to include this crap. (Had to call it what it is.) Sugars, fats, carbs.... in excess, yes dangerous, but in moderation, burnable. Trans fats- pure poison.
I will now step down from the soap box.
(High Fructose Corn Syrup, second evil---- but a blog for another day. :) )
Thursday, March 22, 2007
So did I say how much I love cloudy days? We had another one yesterday... a few rain drops even! It felt like Hawaii to me; moist cool air, slightly warm breeze (a little contradicting I know) , palm trees, thick puffy clouds... I just can't believe what the weather can do to my mood! It felt so good to be outside, after running some errands and having to turn my windshield wipers on for a minute on the way home, we ran around the backyard until Ross got home from work... and then we ran around some more. It was so obvious that Sophia loved the change as well. After witnessing her flushed cheeks on the 100 degree day, I have to believe she feels like me and will always be more comfortable in cooler temperatures. She is so her mother's daughter.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
And this is our first, tiny step toward a more organized little play area in the family room. We have our couch at a diagonal which leaves a corner of the room to hide Sophia's mess... but it would be great if it didn't always have to BE a mess. This little Home Goods book shelf is step one.
So the 18 month shots were officially the worst! FOUR shots. Two in each leg. It was horrible. She was just so aware of what was happening, I couldn't keep her from watching him stick her the first time and then she just cried the saddest cry through the rest. It killed me. I always think the doctor must think I'm a nut, frantically singing the itsy bitsy spider intermixed with a shaky "I'm soooo sorry punkin" through watery eyes. Gives me the shivers just remembering. Luckily we don't have to go back until she's 2 and that's only for one shot. She can handle one. She's been super tough in the past. But four was just torture.
She woke up before 9 last night inconsolable, don't know if it was the shots or the cold. So we let her hang with us in the love sac for an hour or so while we watched American Idol. (That's what this picture of her and Ross is.) We've really only done that once since she was like 6 months old, and secretly (well not so secretly since I'm blogging it), we LOVED it. It's one of those tiny silver linings to sickness. She's way more cuddly. This morning she was the same way and we snuggled on the couch watching the Disney Channel for like an hour (she never sits with me longer than a few minutes.) When she finally got up she walked really funny, almost limping, so I'm thinking maybe her thighs actually hurt from the shots. :( So sad.
Hmmm.... anything else to blog about since there's obviously no recognizable theme to the post... I really hope Sanjaya goes home tonight. (American Idol.)
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
18 month shots today. Yuck. We'll see if they still want to do them even though she's getting sick. I HATE shots and feel the WORST empathy watching my little girl get pricked. Yuck. Did I already say that? Yuck.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
-Paint cabinets white
-Finish painting bathroom (it's been sporting blue tape for months now, since one quart didn't cut it.)
- Paint bathroom cabinets white
-Organize hall closet
-Organize end-of-hall closet
-Organize guest closet
-Organize Sophia's closet
- " Master closet
- " Garage
- " Tupperware cupboard (got the cheap set from walmart where all the lids match and it comes with a little case. It's ABOUT time.)
- Organize Pantry
- dejunk bedroom drawers
- create play space for Sophia
- Finish painting baseboards (another unfinished project from.... 2 years ago now!)
- Collect at least 6 months worth of food storage
- Finish wood floor transition pieces (of course another very old unfinished project)
- Finish and order digital photo album for 2006
Boring post- but thought it might motivate me even more to finish the list.
My friend Lizzie's heating her new pool today (since it's 88 outside- hot sun, still a cold pool) ... so Sophia and I are going to put ourselves, winter chub and all, into a couple of swim suits! Woohoo! I hate heat with no water, but I do LOVE the smell of chlorine, the cool water in the hot sun, and that tight feel of sun-kissed skin on a warm day. I can feel it now.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Saturday we played and Ross set up Sophia’s new trike (see picture of little Ryon riding it) and tried to start the daunting task of organizing our garage. Sunday we struggled through church (ok well only through part of it, both babies had runny noses which means no nursery—screamed through Sacrament due to lack-o-nap, so Ross took them home and Savannah and I stayed so I could teach my lesson.) Monday our friends John and Marnie (she's 5 months along and expecting a BOY!!!) brought us dinner (SO sweet… I promise someday I’ll be able to handle three children AND cooking dinner, but I was happy to accept it). We all ate outside (see pictures with lots of bodies outside), played soccer and football and enjoyed the benefits of daylight savings- and the ONLY time of day when my backyard has shade. That was a fun night.
So they took off this morning and of course we have a normal day of errands planned as running around town with 3 very bored children did not sound like something I wanted to be responsible for. So we did our little morning run (it must have already been 90 out there at 9:30 am.) And on the agenda is shopping for some new, bigger tees for Sophia (see picture with chasing Daddy and protruding belly), some new wall shelves for Sophia’s books in her toy corner (eventually really want to copy my friend Missy who decorated a whole perfect play nook for her daughter- check it out), and the regular: some groceries.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
And pretty unrelated... here are a couple of videos from Sunday play with Daddy.
(First: as always, my voice is SO loud... I hope for your sake that you can tune it out.)
What happens after you spin a little girl incessently in the air? (No don't worry, no sign of sickness... just dizziness.)
And maybe that makes her a little crazy?
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
-Current favorite foods: cucumber, broccoli, kidney beans, tomatoes, grapes, avocado, chicken nuggets, pizza, eggs, oatmeal, berries (straw/black/ras/blue- she doesn't discriminate), yogurt w/ cottage cheese, toast, apples, clementines (only a good sweet batch- she's picky), pirates booty, ... and of course, she is her mother's daughter... icecream. We try to only pull it out after bed time. But sometimes, on a particularly long afternoon... who could blame me?
-Vices: 1. Binky, 2. fan, 3. TV (ahhh- Like all of us, I swore I'd never be a TV mom. Any suggestions?)
-Words: "Woah", "Wow", "mama", "daddy", "ball" (only a couple of times so far, sounds more like "bow"), "dog" (also sounds like "bow"-- don't know), "Jesus" (occasionally only after we've pointed at His picture and are walking away at her insistence, then she points back and says Cheesa), "uh-oh" (all day long), "no" (it comes out more like "mo"), "hi-ya!" (every time we go to the gym she takes out her vice #1 to say it to the front-desk girl), "amen" (only when we're really lucky and it's actually pretty spot on), "plane?" (Maybe. She points up every time one goes over and utters some syllable- probably sounds like "bow"... we'll call it plane).
-Super cute habits: 1. Every night after her bath she runs naked straight to the love sac, while patting her knees like the Little Einsteins (proof of vice #3), then rolls around in it like the happiest little naked baby in the world. 2. She stands (yes it's terrifying) on the arm of the couch and counts (in her own language, but in a melody that sounds like our counting) to three and then jumps into the love sac laughing whole heartedly time and time and time again. 3. She puts her finger to her lip a little like Austin Powers (no we did NOT teach her that) and says Hmmmmm babble babble babble, hmmmmm..... babble babble etc.... very cute. What is she saying?
-Loves: climbing, climbing, climbing, eating, jumping off of things, reading, singing, giving kisses, piggy back rides, playing in the dirt, being chased, baths, and high daddy-tosses in the air.
Monday, March 05, 2007
When I went to get my white paint, I had it in my head that all I needed was a can of pure, sitting-on-the-shelf, ready-to-be-purchased, white paint. It didn't help that I had Sophia on her 3rd errand in the afternoon, with a newly diagnosed ear infection, squirming and fussing on my hip... so I figured I didn't exactly have the luxury of being picky. After finishing the paint job, we looked through a Pottery Barn catalog to see where to place the hardware. We were then confronted with many a beautiful kitchen or bathroom with a much creamier set of white cabinets. Hmmm. I didn't say anything at first for fear that Ross would laugh (or worse) at the idea of fixing our JUST labor-intensively fixed cabinets.... but last night it all came out.
He's on board. Who'd have thought my husband would want the creamy Pottery Barn cabinets at the expense of another night of slave labor in the kitchen too!? Yay! So until we have the "after" after pictures, here are the before and after pictures (backwards for the blog's aesthetics).... with one thrown in of Ross in action.