Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I got this info out of our September issue of National Geographic. If you want more scores, go to onqi.org. (Overall Nutritional Quality Index) The things in parenthesis are my own thoughts!
- 100 Broccoli
- 100 Blueberries
- 100 Orange
- 100 Green Beans (Oh, good, we just got some from our neighbor!)
- 99 Pineapple
- 99 Radish
- 98 Summer Squash
- 96 Apple
- 96 Green Cabbage
- 96 Tomato
- 94 Clementine
- 94 Watermelon
- 93 Mango
- 91 Nonfat milk
- 91 Fresh figs
- 91 Grapes
- 91 Banana
- 89 Avocado
- 88 Oatmeal
- 83 Blackberries
- 82 Sockeye Salmon
- 82 Raw almonds
- 82 Raw Pecans
- 82 Arugula
- 82 Brown Rice
- 82 Snapper
- 81 1% milk (good, this is the kind we buy!)
- 75 Shrimp
- 72 Couscous
- 70 Raw Pistachios
- 69 Unbuttered, unsalted popcorn (we eat a lot of unbuttered popcorn, but unsalted? that might be hard!)
- 67 Canned tuna, in oil, drained (that oil surprised me too!)
- 63 Vegetarian split pea soup mix (oh, yum...just kidding!)
- 61 Instant oatmeal
- 60 Canned pineapple packed in juice
- 57 White rice
- 55 2% milk
- 53 Canned kidney beans
- 52 Whole milk
- 51 Scallops
- 50 Pasta (it doesn't say whole grain, which is what we buy, I'm assuming it's normal pasta)
- 49 Canned peas
- 45 Prunes
- 44 NY Strip Steak
- 43 Vanilla yogurt
- 39 Orange juice (this is surprising!)
- 39 Skinless Chicken Breasts (not as healthy as people think)
- 37 Canned peaches in light syrup
- 36 Lobster
- 34 Dried apples
- 32 Tomato juice
- 32 Condensed split pea soup with ham (what is it with the peas?)
- 29 Enriched white bread
- 28 Whole chicken with skin
- 26 Raisins (my kids love these, surprising they are low, I thought they were healthy!)
- 25 Hamburger -75%lean (extra lean has to be much better, right?)
- 24 Apple chips
- 24 Green olives
- 23 Bagel (my hubby is disappointed in this one!)
- 23 Condensed tomato soup
- 23 Peanut Butter (not as bad as I thought)
- 23 Sherbet
- 22 Reduced fat sour cream (might as well go for the regular if the reduced fat is this low)
- 21 Condensed cream of broccoli soup
- 21 Salted dry roasted peanuts
- 20 Instant chocolate pudding
- 18 Fried egg
- 17 Swiss cheese
- 15 Diet soda (hey, it fares better than the sugar soda)
- 13 Center cut bacon
- 11 Pretzel Sticks (they are not as healthy as people think they are!)
- 10 Dark Chocolate (also not as healthy as people think, darn!)
- 9 White bread
- 7 Salami
- 5 Hot dog
- 4 Cheese puffs (did anyone think these were healthy?)
- 3 Milk Chocolate (that's why people think dark chocolate is healthy, it's better than milk chocolate!)
- 2 Apple pie
- 2 Reg. cut bacon
- 2 Saltine crackers (wow, that's too bad)
- 1 Soda (sugar)
- 1 Popsicle
I thought this list was very interesting. I hope our store starts this rating system. It sure would make things easy! I figure anything above 50 is pretty good and below, watch it. Some things are surprising, some things are pretty much no brainers. (If you go to the website, the additional list is not long, but strawberries are 100, I'm pretty sure most berries are, which is why I pictured those delicious looking berries at the top!)
Monday, August 25, 2008
We went on to watch all seasons of Alias! I love Jennifer Garner and this show had the best/worst cliffhangers every time!!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
We all had such a fun time!! As you can imagine, the hostess had to remind us to sit down so she could seat other parties coming in...we were all so busy talking it was hard to sit down!! They served us an elegant lunch and 3 hours later we were finished! The time flew by.
Here are the bloggers: Margaret, Susan, Melissa, Paula, Tracy, Teri, (her husband's blog)
(bottom row) Laura, Me, Erika.
Look at this fancy place! Fancy chairs, tables, table settings, hats, gloves and beads to choose from and wear while eating, and many fancy women chatting!! I have to thank my husband for sacrificing and working extra hard to take off, so I could go without the kids. He really is a sweet, sweet man!
Friday, August 22, 2008
- Don't forget to bring your towels in!
- Put your towels and swimsuits on the table, so I can hang them all up!
- Where is your towel and swimsuit?
- I said put your towel and swimsuit on the table!
- Go get your towel and swimsuit!!
- Pick up your toys!
- Set the table!
- Clean up your room!
- Pick your clothes up!
- Put them in the wash!
- Go potty!
- Who pooped without using toilet paper?
- You have to use toilet paper!
- You have to flush!!
- Find something to do!
- Leave her alone!
- Stop bugging him!!
- Let him play!
- Clear your table!!
- Pick that up!
This is all said (by me) within an hour and the rest of the day is very similar! Wow, I'm a nag! I now know why my mom was a nag. Why am I like this? Why can't I just enjoy my children and look lovingly at them and stroke their hair and think only happy thoughts?
Don't get me wrong. I love my children. They are precious gifts from God and I truly love each of them with my whole heart. They are beautiful, smart, healthy and well, just wonderful sometimes! Hey, I'm trying to keep it real here! They fight, bug eachother and they don't listen to me.
I take them swimming, to parks, the library, read to and with them, do art projects and many other cool things. My mom never did any of these things. (which is fine, that's her) SO, I think I get this attitude of "Look at all I do for you!" and expect them to be perfect or something. Deep down, I think it's that I want to be appreciated by them, to feel appreciated by them. No, I didn't walk 5 miles to school up hill and back but I also did not get to do all the fun things they get to do!
I am such a "Martha" wanting to be a "Mary" sitting at our Lords side. Enjoying these beautiful, precious gifts God has given me and that are SO close to Him.
I have a million things on my mind and running through my head. Laundry, supper, (what will I make? When will I start it?), baths, watering flowers, housework, trying to exercise, trying to go to bed early and get up early, trying to follow a schedule, planning school, writing emails back to people, sending packages, my parents, and a ton more! All this is on my mind constantly.
BUT, life is not all about ME!! It's about God. It's about putting Him in the center and loving. Loving all. Doing it all because we Love. Being Love to others. Especially our children. The gifts He's entrusted us with.
Lord, help me to love my children with a pure heart, not a nagging heart. Help me to put my busy-ness aside and be more like Mary instead of Martha.
Lord Make Me A Saint! "Go ahead, make my day" kids, I love you!
6-7am Workout and shower
7-8am Computer time, read blogs, post etc...
8am Everyone up, prayers, breakfast, get dressed (by this time 2 are already up)
9am School starts (no phone, turn off til afternoon)
10:30 Snack and quick break (recess)
1:30 Outside recess
2:30 Finish any school work not done
Nap time for Babycakes
This all looks nice on paper, doesn't it? (well, on computer) This is the schedule I want to follow. I do believe it is impossible for a night person to get up this early. I have been practicing the 5:30 am thing, and going to bed no later than 11pm for the past 2 weeks. My alarm goes off every day at 5:30 and then every 9 minutes after that for the next hour. Then, I finally turn my nightstand light on and start my prayers. Leaving my alarm on just in case I doze off while praying. (who me? Yes me!) Then finally getting out of bed and putting my workout clothes on and down to eat breakfast, but by this time, everyone is up and I'm serving breakfast. I finally exercise around 9am, on a good day. Today it was 4pm. Yes 4pm!
My husband can set his alarm and just get out of bed the second it goes off, if he hears it at all, usually he wakes up before it goes off, way before and is out of bed, because he can't sleep. What? How do you people do it? My best sleeping time is from 5am-8am. Well, with the new schedule which will be official September 1st, my morning workout comes before blogging, so my blogging might slow down even more. Because that extra hour of sleep at the time feels so much better than the computer. We will see.
Then comes Thursday nights, I have my holy hour at 10pm and end up staying until usually 11:30 and come home ready to blog. (I'm usually in bed by 1 or 2am) I have a new energy after visiting with our Lord. SO, Friday mornings might have to be our day off, my day to sleep in!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
We follow NFP or Natural Family Planning. Yes, it is hard sometimes, well, it is hard every month for about a week. I love it though. I love knowing my body. I love when I do get pregnant I know the due date of my baby before the doctor. I love that I am doing it all natural both in the eyes of the doctor and in the eyes of God. I love that my husband shares in the responsiblity of abstaining if needed to do so. I am reminded how much he loves me every month in a different way than every day. (did that make sense?) It is a sacrifice sometimes. I think I love it mostly because it is God's way. After almost 12 years of marriage, we don't chart, I just know when it's wet, it's fertile, when it's dry, it's not. That's it in a nutshell anyway. Of course, I am regular every month, especially with the "dark factor" (if you darken the room you sleep in, covering all lights, even the digital alarm clock, you can read the signs of your body better). The hard part comes in when trying to not achieve pregnancy, the time the woman is fertile, she desires her husband in a sexual way, when she is not, she usually does not. God makes us women this way. It is a gift.
I have a bone to pick a little with the way NFP is portrayed to couples getting married. It is portrayed as another form of birth control. It is not meant to be used in that way. it is meant to be used in extreme cases of poverty and in matters of health. Am I wrong? I think it is abused. I do realize Health reasons can be many, they could be spacing children with enough time for the mother to care for each child in the way God wants her to, her mental health, her physical health, weight/size, a number of reasons. The father also comes into play, is he healthy? Some men need bigger spaces between children too, for their mental health. Small children are exhausting. I do believe in our society today, with the cost of gas and groceries rising, poverty can be an issue. I'm talking about people who use it to not achieve pregnancy for no reason at all other than they are done, they do not want any more of God's gifts. Isn't this wrong? Yes, it is the acceptable way of the Church, but isn't it abused and not used in the way it was intended?
Babycakes is now 2 and every day she is talking more and more. She is growing and learning new things. She is starting to want to see her poop after every diaper change now, which means potty training is coming soon. She is getting easier. I can understand how people say "we are done" when their youngest gets to this point when they don't have that "open to life" mentality. I guess it's such a gray area and not clear black and white as to the reasons people use NFP. Her getting easier makes me have this desire for more children. I love seeing the new personality that God gives us. I love being completely open to that new gift of life. I want a baby!
I have been a type 1 diabetic since I was 10 years old. It makes for slow weight loss, it makes for tough pregnancies but it is worth it in the long run. I also have had 4 c-sections. Being open to life means being open to hard things, struggles, pains, sacrifices. But it is our duty. For a good and not too long read, please read Humane Vitae . It will describe the beliefs of the Church on this subject.
This is my opinion on this subject. I meant in no way to offend anyone. I probably said too much and at the same time did not say enough. It seemed a good time since other bloggers were giving their opinions on the subject! I also believe it is only up to God to judge and for whatever reason people are using NFP it is between them and God. I just hope it is for the right reasons. I hope it brings them closer to God.
- Egg whites, any way, merange, egg salad, eggs in potato salad, etc.
- apple pie filling (basically cooked apples, although, I like applesauce)
- Angel food cake (are you getting it's a texture thing kind of so far? No spongy things for me!)
- Carmel flavored cereal or granola bars
- nuts in brownies or cookies or cake or ice cream
- Most fish unless breaded and covered in tarter sauce
- Tapioca pudding
- Cinnamon flavored candy or gum
- Root beer, root beer floats, root beer flavored anything
- Brats (I like plain old hot dogs)
- Any fat on any meat
- Fruit flavored lotions (I know you don't eat lotion, but it does make me gag)
- Sugar pop
- Plain, unsweetened tea (come on, don't you have any sweet-n-low?)
- Popsicles/Mr Freezies
- Chocolate covered cherries
Well, that is just about it!! It's quite a lot when you actually write it all down. Maybe the next meme should be Top 20 Foods we DO like? Tag, you are it!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I have kind of dreaded posting about what I've picked because everyone else who blogs about their curriculum does such a nice job of linking and posting all their plans. I'm just not that organized.
This year I went with CHC for the main meat of material. I am doing Voyages in English for English and using Saxon math. I am going to try this Little Saints preschool for Mary, it looks like a totally "Jamie" kind of program. With themes and units every week. (thanks to my good friend Sarah)
Last year we got PACE (Program for Achieving Character Education) and Catholic Mosaic. We only did PACE one month, loved it, but nonetheless, only did it one month. Catholic Mosaic, well, I didn't really do it until following Jessica on her blog, so I didn't use our book but Jessica's blog and other resources on the computer. My plan is to be more organized this year and actually plan when we will do these and fit them into a schedule. I REALLY like both of these programs.
I also got Spelling Power last year and it is still sitting on my shelf. I thought it was going to be a book but it is a book with DVD's to watch first and it just seemed like too much to get started. Maybe some year I will use it....
I have lots of Art books of course, I love art and it interests me, so I did order more, in which I probably did not need, but it's a great thing to do in the winter and well, anytime. I didn't really learn about art when I was young so I think my kids are very blessed to learn about artists and different kinds of art.
Saxon Math. I know a lot of people do not like it. Including me. But Jedi LOVED it last year so it is a offering up for him. It is a little time consuming, but in the end, I actually did like how it all came together and learned what to skip and do or not do. Basically it comes with a script to use, well, I skip most of it except the actual lesson of whatever new he is learning. We'll see how it works this year for Ballerina Rosie for 1st grade. I might have to use that script a little more. I am hoping they can do it together at the same time and a lot of the meeting book stuff can be done together, we'll see.
I like color and bright things. Last year I ordered Seton curriculum and felt it was a little dry for me and ended up ordering History, Health and Science from Abeka and supplemented Religion (Confession and First Holy Communion) with CHC. So this year I tried to not supplement as much.
I am excited for Jedi to have an Independent Work chart to follow on his own. I am ready for him to work a little more independently. I like how CHC introduces this in his 3rd grade lesson plans.
I'm not sure how this blog will fit into my schedule once school starts! I will have to sacrifice my reading time a little more (blog reading). I started exercising last week and have only missed 1 day. I plan to keep that up once school starts. I think 6 extra hours per day would suffice all I want to get done. Do you think God will give me 6 extra hours per day? ha! It will all work out, with balance. Balance is the key. Prayer is the key to balance. God brings it all together.
Well, there you have it. I'm sure I've forgot plenty to tell you, but there's my plans as of now.
It's not written down, it's all in my head. (and on the blog now)
Fall is beautiful here in Minnesota and I know soon these beautiful green leaves will turn a beautiful yellow. We have so enjoyed our summer. We have swam in our local pool at least 3 times a week, we have gone to parks, visited friends and played, played, played. We've been to the zoo, we've been on vacation. We do not school in the summer. I figure the kids need a well deserved break and so do I. Summers are so short here in Minnesota so we take advantage of as much as we can. I want the kids to remember their summers as filled with fun! Enjoying this outside world God gave us. The other day when ordering my curriculum, I told Jedi school would be starting in a few weeks and his reply was "What do you mean? September is still summer?" Wouldn't that be nice? Don't you just wish you could freeze time for a year? It would be fun to have a whole year of summer, a whole year of flowers blooming, kids staying the exact same way they are. This morning, when I was on the computer Babycakes was standing on the back of my chair, hugging me and kissing me and playing with my hair. I just wish I could keep her like that forever. Fall brings the promise of kids who have grown 3 inches over the summer months, fading tans, shorter days and time filled with running to soccer, music, dance, Little Crowns and getting up early and hitting the books trying to get as much done as we can. Oh, it's exciting, but kind of sad too. It has it's blessings, blessings of new things to learn, cooler weather, leaf looking, raking and running through leaves, picking apples and pumpkins.
I guess what I'm trying to say is every season has its blessings, we need to love where we are right now. We need to be in the present. Embrace it and love it...even when winter comes.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Nerm, if you lived closer, I'd bring you some for your birthday!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
So when clean up time comes, usually before we leave to go somewhere or for sure every night before bed, she disappears and we are left to pick up. We try to get her to pick up, but she really only helps with a few items and somehow disappears. Oh, we call her back and make her come, but not without tears and screaming. The big kids are the ones who end up picking up the majority of it all. I feel kind of guilty for this, but at the same time, when they were her age, they did the same thing, so what goes around, comes around. Last night we did "everyone helps" This worked pretty good, but it took 4 of us (Babycakes doesn't count, she takes out as we put away) 20 minutes to clean up! My perfectionism just can't let me leave it alone. I want them to clean up, to have the fresh start in the morning. I need it cleaned up, so when they go to bed, I have that feeling of some organization.
This past year, during dance class, I met another mother who had the kids pick up after school (she was not a homeschooler) so the mess was only cleaned up for a few minutes before they played and then it was messy from the time they played until the next day at 3pm when they cleaned up and then played again. (messing it up) Now, this just did not make any sense to me. Why would you clean up and only have it clean for a few minutes? It got me thinking though. How do people clean up toys in other families? I thought most people do what we do. I do know lots of people who never clean up though, I guess, their toyrooms are always a mess, nothing goes together, nothing on shelves. I, personally could not live like that. It would drive me crazy.
We never had a toyroom until we moved here last fall. We had toys wall to wall in every room, our living room was the toyroom. Now we have a toyroom, and you can see Mary is gradually going through those glass doors into the living room to make her house. She takes out all the blankets and sets up everything on the couches and behind the couches and under the side table. Then she will take all our board books and lay them all out accross the floor, kind of like the yellow brick road. Fun, imaginative, yes, but a LOT to pick up!
How do you pick up toys? When do you pick up toys? How can I make it fun? We have tried the clean up music..."I like to move it, move it" That's a great one! Is it fair to make the older kids help with what they did not take out? If I don't, I end up picking up most of it "teaching" the little ones. What do you do?
Monday, August 4, 2008
Well, Tom, my husband is gone fishing in Canada. He called today and caught 76 fish in 5 hours. Mary told him "that's too many shish, daddy!" While he is having fun fishing, I get to watch "Jamie"movies. This was one of them! I loved it! I am going to let the kids watch it this week. It was really good! It was serious, funny and cute too. Kind of a fairy tale, kind of reminded me of Shrek, only not a cartoon. It's a movie about liking yourself, just the way you are. Enough said, now go rent it!