Wednesday, January 31, 2007
I am feeling guilty over my lack of posts. I wanted to post all about Sam's Feeding Screen (fascinating-he is having a scope done next Tuesday morning to check his cords for damage as well as to see if his tonsils/adenoids are swollen) and about Ted's SID Screen (very interesting too-I think he will be just fine-he didn't seem to have a problem with anything they were doing.) All 3 kids are having 'issues' that make them oh-so-frustrating at times. Actually, Sam is doing well-he is just so sweet and cuddly and has been through so much. Ted is obviously experiencing some sort of emotional stress and I can't figure out what it is. Mae has been tantruming like crazy, but she is being tortured at swimming daily, so there may be a link. All in all, we are all exhausted from dealing with them at the end of the day.
So, I promise I'll be back with more regularity soon. But for now, we are just getting through each day!! Here is a random pic of Mae and Ted having a pretend picnic. I have to say, in spite of all our problems, my kids really do like each other. Thank goodness for that!
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Now that the holidays are officially here, below is the photo we used for our card this year. Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
And the other one, which I used for my parents' 2007 Calendar cover:
I don't love Mae in either of these shots, but she wasn't too keen on the experience as a whole. I can't tell you how fun it was, though, to finally have all three of them on the card. We were so bummed last year when we didn't have our referral yet. And to those of you waiting, I know it's infuriating to hear, but it really is the truth. You forget. You forget the agony that was the wait and just enjoy the present. Well, maybe I should say, 'survive' the present! It's worth the wait. Hang in there!
Monday, January 22, 2007
This is one of Ted's favorite "Renee Songs." You can't really tell, but he is holding his Twinkie holder (Twinkie the Kid, I believe?) and having it do all the actions. This is a crazy 'movement' song and one that cracks him up. Without pics to download, I'm going back into my drafted posts for fun stuff to try and keep the blog interesting!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
We spent Saturday birthday party hopping and today it snowed...again! Lots of snow, more than they predicted but not enough to shut things down. I spent the day cooking up a storm and doing about 8 loads of laundry (I can't seem to get the laundry done during the week. I think it's because I usually start a load every morning. Since I am up and out of the house by 7am to get Mae to swimming, I skip that and then don't get around to it the rest of the day.) It was a perfect day to spend just hanging out with the family while delicious smells waft through the house. Mmm. I'll post a review after dinner!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
- I can't post Mae's swimming video from today, but we are making progress. She is a really TIGHT kid and arches her back, which makes turning over difficult! A sweatshirt helps weigh her down so the arching is less severe and today we put her in shoes and tied them together with a shoelace so she can't open her legs as widely as she does, making her kicking much more efficient. Good stuff! I'm not sure when I'll be able to upload today's video, but look for it on the right side eventually!
- Tomorrow night is Mae's naming at Har HaShem. It will be a small affair with our chavurah and close friends with us on the bimah. After the quick Tot Shabbat service, a member of our chavurah is having her conversion ceremony (she married a Jew and they are raising their children Jewish and she decided to convert...I guess after all these years of 'doing Jewish' she figured she might as well!) She is a great friend and I am so happy we are able to share our simchas! The oneg afterwards will be a fun affair with all of our friends. Then Saturday is birthday party day...everyone has one, at different times and places and no siblings are invited to them...what a run-around kind of day! Oh well. It will be fun too!
- I am on such a cooking high. This afternoon Ted and I baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins for snack tomorrow. The Pre-K Wolves are going on a Field Trip to a dinosaur museum at CU (?) and they will need a good snack upon their return. Apple slices will round out the snack. The muffins are RIDICULOUSLY healthy...and somehow DELICIOUS. How is that possible? I've never seen so much flaxseed and whole grain flour in one recipe. SO good. Sam wants them for his snack day too.
- Along those lines, I am planning a scrumptious meal for Sunday dinner just for fun (Paul is in heaven. Magic Loafs aside, I think he is pretty psyched at the food being prepared each night.) Here's the menu, all from the Vegan Lunch Box cookbook, of course. Massur Dal & Carrot Soup, Spelt Biscuits, Best Brussels Sprouts and Cherry Chip Brownies for dessert. Mmm. I also plan to have the boys help me whip up some 'Eat Your Oatmeal' Waffles or Pancakes, probably with the required 1/4 cup chocolate chips that somehow morph everything into a delicious treat.
- Ted did great at his swim class today! Judy wants to move him out of the class he's in and into a Strokes class once he masters the side stroke (the 3rd stroke they learn, he's got 1 & 2 down) so we have some 'out of the water' homework to do this week to help facilitate that. He is just too nuts in the water to be with those timid 3.5 year-olds and is doing really well with Kim, his (male) instructor. Hooray! This is the ONE sport I want to keep him in, to help with his asthma, so I am thrilled that we are making progress.
- I probably won't be able to post pics (they upload from the camera to the Mac) or videos for a while. What a bummer. But I hope to continue posting and I'll go back in and put any relevant pictures or videos up, once I get a computer back again.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
A sobering book I read recently is Lunch Lessons. It speaks to the abundance of processed food in our children's diets and the resulting health problems that are rampant in our society. I am appalled at the hot lunch program at Eldorado, even in the healthy "Republic of Boulder" school system. Nachos for lunch? COME ON! It's easy enough to pack a lunch for my kids but it's the REST of the kids I'm thinking about. I went to school every day with a healthy lunch (+ a fun dessert) every day. Always a healthy sandwich and a fruit. And I always drank my milk first, followed by my sandwich (egg salad was my favorite), then any extra fun foods. At home, even when a busy high school student, I had to tell my mom if I wasn't going to be home for dinner, because she prepared meals per person. There was ALWAYS a vegetable...every time. How can people spend tons of time and money researching the best car or carseat or specialty clothing but feed their children junk every day? I don't mean to get up on a high horse-my kids eat their fair share of (fake) chicken nuggets and french fries, but not every day! I think we may join the Boulder Co-op, so they can really see where food comes from (OJ does not come from the grocery store; it comes from an ORANGE!). The problem with co-ops is the overabundance of ONE seasonal product (radishes, for example!) but I may give it a go. There has to be a better way to educate kids about eating healthy foods because they are GOOD. Just had a bite of my loaf and it's really yummy-better than the last one, but then, I love lentils and sunflowers seeds, so that's easy. The broccoli is good too, but I'm happy with it steamed with a squeeze of lemon; this sauce is a bit too...goopey for my taste.
I also added a "Labels" section, on the right beneath the Archives. I labeled all posts beginning in 2007. Gradually, I hope to label all posts, as I find that very helpful in other peoples' blogs. Hope it's helpful!
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
For a 3rd lesson, I think she's doing pretty darn well! Here she is swimming (i.e. kicking) to her teacher, Kyla. This program is about 6 weeks long.
Thought I'd add some more info about the program. Each lesson is 10 minutes long, Monday through Thursday. It usually takes about 6 weeks for the child to master the Swim-Float-Swim sequence. Mae is rocking on the Swim and will start the Float next week. There is another part that entails swimming to a 'wall' and pulling up on it. She is having a tough time with that because she won't hold onto the wall; rather she tries to use her feet to climb up. This is primarily a survival program-the 'Final Exam' is performed in a snowsuit and boots. The week before there is a "Fully Clothed" test. Both my boys did this program and still participate in the weekly swim classes to keep their skills up. Ted LOVES swimming and Sam could take it or leave it. I suspect Mae will really enjoy it once she is more confident. She is much quicker and more focused than the boys were, and is progressing nicely. I'll try and post a new video from each Thursday lesson to track her progress. To see Ted and Sam's videos, click here.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wonder when they discover Hostess...1st grade? Wish they made a Ding Dong kit...mmm...
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
1/2 cup walnuts
2 TB olive oil
One large carrot, peeled and grated
2 cups cooked garbanzo beans, partly mashed
1 cup wheat germ
1/4 to 1/2 cup tomato juice, as needed
1 heaping TB flaxseed meal
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 TB nutritional yeast flakes
2 TB ketchup
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tsp. celery salt
Preheat the oven to 350º. Spray a loaf pan or 8x8 square baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside (an 8x8 pan makes a crisper loaf).
Grind the walnuts into a coarse meal using a food processor or spice/coffee grinder. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Sauté any vegetables you've chosen in the olive oil until soft. Add to the large mixing bowl along with all the remaining ingredients. Mix and mash together well, adding only as much liquid as needed to create a soft, moist loaf that holds together and is not runny (you may not need to add any liquid if the grains and protein are very moist). Add more binder/carbohydrate as needed if the loaf seems too wet.
Press mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until cooked through.
Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then turn out onto a plate or platter and slice. Serve with potatoes, vegetables, and vegetarian gravy, if desired.
Cold leftover slices of make a great sandwich filling.
Yum!! I served it with roasted fingerling potatoes and more raw carrots. I think I'll be trying a new loaf each week, just to try out different bean/nut combinations. FUN! Tonight I'm baking pumpkin bread with all the nutritional yummies packed inside and disguised with help from chocolate chips! We'll see if the boys fall for it; they have with my homemade banana bread, so this should be similar!
And my MOST successful story from today: WE HAVE MAE'S SS#!!!! This was not easy. After finally getting all her documentation from Boulder County, we sat for about 2 hours waiting to apply last time in October. After waiting more than the 2 weeks it should have taken to receive the card, I called, and found that the card could not be delivered because the name (Xiang Huai) did not match the address. Apparently it is illegal to deliver government mail to the wrong address. So it was returned and I had to apply for a REPLACEMENT card. *sigh* So we went back today and not only was the wait only about half an hour (with a sweet little 22-month old named Sophie to play with!) but they are going to mail the replacement with a C/O Ellen Moeller on the address AND the kind man gave me a printout WITH her SS# on it. HUGE sigh of relief...that is what we need for taxes. Hopefully her citizenship papers will arrive sometime this year and then we get to RE-apply for a name change and another SS replacement card. *whimper* Oh well. WE DID IT! Yippee!! And swimming went well again today. She put up quite a fuss but was awesome. Tomorrow I don't have to get in so watch for a video of my little fish tomorrow night! She may be vocal but she is very strong and very physical. She and Ted are going to have a blast this summer! Sam and I can hang out and eat bonbons.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Oh, and the sushi was excellent. I tried pressed sushi (with unagi-eel) for the first time and I think it's going to become a potluck favorite. Yum.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Tomorrow night our sitter is coming at 5 so we can go out to dinner (we're going to try a new sushi place near us - ssh! don't tell Ted!) and then we will attend a 'Kingergarten Round Up' at Eldorado, our neighborhood school.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Posted By Joel Fuhrman
Dr. Fuhrman's Anti-ADHD Plan
From Dr. Fuhrman's book Disease-Proof Your Child:
Nutritional excellence combined with classroom and behavioral modification for rewarding positive behavior is a promising approach for treating ADHD. Often family therapy is necessary as well to address behavioral, emotional, and self-esteem issues. Combined with a vegetable-based, high nutrient diet, great results are the norm, not the exception. The essential features of my dietary approach for ADHD are as follows:
* A high-nutrient, vegetable-nut-fruit-based diet
* One tablespoon of ground flax seeds daily, easily added to oatmeal, shakes, and desserts
* At least one ounce of raw walnuts daily, with the addition of other raw nuts
* DHA supplement of 100-600 mg daily
* No processed foods, no dairy fat, no trans fat
* Little or no oils; essential fats are supplied from raw nuts and seeds and DHA supplementation
* Some children also must avoid gluten (from wheat products) and/or casein (from dairy products), as they appear to be bothered by these frequently difficult-to-handle dietary proteins
Flax seeds and walnuts are rich sources of beneficial but hard-to-find short-chain omega-3 fats, plus they are rich in lignans, minerals, and vitamins.
Until recently, the primary source of DHA dietary supplements was fish oil. However, new products are available that contain DHA from algae, the fish’s original source. Unlike fish oils, the algae-derived DHA, grown in the laboratory, is free of chemical pollutants and toxins that may be present in some fish oil-based brands. I recommended favorable DHA products that are designed for purity and are suitable for children. Neuromins is a common (non-fish-derived) brand of DHA sold in most health food stores.
To feed DHA-rich oil to a child is not difficult; just slice open the capsule with a serrated knife and mash it into a banana or mix it in orange juice or in morning oatmeal to disguise the taste. The dose may vary from 100 to 600 mg daily depending on the age and condition of the child.
--and I just want to add: I am in NO WAY suggesting that poor nutrition causes ADHD, or that ADHD is a 'made up' condition. I have taught kids with ADHD and it is fabulous that there is help for these kids (who are often the most brilliant in the class). But I do think poor nutrition and possible other influences are leading to a diagnosis of ADHD for many kids who are NOT really ADHD at all. Ted's play therapist has said that we will undoubtably be asked to screen him for ADHD when he is in elementary school. So, doing all I can to eliminate unnecessary factors that cause this behavior can help. I think the SID diagnosis has been so helpful. While I thank my lucky stars that his 'condition' is so very, very mild, I am still glad for it, because it's given us the tools we need to attack it head-on and help him NOW. And it's working.
Sunday, January 7, 2007
Mmmm....I'm looking forward to my lunch tomorrow of leftovers!
Oh, and Mae begins her Infant Aquatics Survival swim lessons tomorrow. Wish us luck!!!!
One of the benefits of these lunch boxes is how easy it is to just toss leftovers in their lunches while preparing dinner. I had gotten in a rut, however, and was OVERJOYED to stumble upon this FANTASTIC website this morning. I got a giggle that she uses the same lunchboxes and am THRILLED with her lunch ideas. I'm going to try them. Ted only likes 'kid food' but Sam, I think, will love 'real food' in his lunch. Thank you thank you, Vegan Lunch Box Lady!!!!!
Here's the rut I was talking about:
Friday, January 5, 2007
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Monday, January 1, 2007
In 2003, Ted was 10 months old. As the only child for almost 18 months, we had lots of fun together. I was still finishing up my doctorate, so Tara and Paul split the babysitting when I was away. He was an easy baby and a delightful toddler. He adjusted amazingly to Sam's appearance and has been a terrific brother to him, as he is to Mae.
In 2004, Sam was 4 months old. He was in the throes of colic. 2004 was a tough year.
In 2005, life was good. Ted had started preschool and Sam was turning into the delightful little monkey he is now. We also began the incredibly detailed process of adoption.
In 2006, Sam joined Ted at preschool and we waited eagerly for a first glimpse of our daughter.
And now, in 2007, we are complete as a family. Here's to the fun 2007 will bring!