She’s Moving to Australia

As I stated in my previous post, Norah chose to wear a dress today because Savannah was coming over and Savannah loves dresses. Norah took the dress off for nap because she had leggings and a shirt under the dress.
After her nap as she was putting on her dress and having issues, she says, “I’m leaving. I am not coming back and where I’m going they have lots of dresses. I’m going to Australia and I can wear whatever dress I want to. Good-bye – I will not miss you!”

A few minutes later, Kevin called and asked what was going on. I told him that Norah was moving to Australia. From the other room she yells, ” I am not moving to Australia because don’t have food there. They have NO food there and I am hungry.”

Thank goodness there is no food in Australia or I might not see my daughter again.

I think she looks cute in her dress. I would post a picture, but I don’t think I can with this crazy computer – maybe Kevin can do it later.

Fun with Friends

Yesterday, the girls and I went to play at my friend, Alisha’s house. She has a little boy Micah – he’s about 9 months. The girls had fun and Micah seemed to get a kick out of them. Norah let Alisha see her nasty side – she had a couple of fits while we were there. Yes – I said Norah, my almost 4 year old – not Lucy as some might expect.

Today, the Morrison’s came over for a couple of hours. I told Norah on Wednesday that Savannah might come over on Friday – since then Norah has been talking about what she is going to wear. Savannah loves to wear skirts and dresses, so Norah often wants to wear a dress when she is going to be with Savannah!! LOL!

How Colorful is Your Diet?

I’m using the old computer, so we’ll see how this goes. (I actually started this on Wednesday – in case the computer shut down on me or was too slow!)

My Thursday Thought is about nutrition. This is a subject that I feel quite passionate about because as Americans – we are horrible eaters. Everything is supersized or fried. Our country is significantly overweight – more kids than ever are obese. Parents often teach their children to “clear your plate” – encouraging children to over eat. Then we have the opposite side of things – young girls starving themselves, detox diets, misuse of diet products for quick results.

Also – this may be a passion of mine – but that doesn’t make me an expert. I enjoy reading books/articles on fitness and nutrition. I have as big a sweet tooth as anyone I know, but I try to eat in moderation and I try to live a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. I enjoy finding new ways to cook something to make it healthier and I enjoy learning new exercises that challenge me. I love that feeling of being so sore I can hardly move – knowing that a new workout that I tried challenged me that much.

Anyway, I could go on and on and even get a little fired up about things – so I am going to ask one question.

How colorful is your diet? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that for the average 2000 calorie diet you eat 2 1/2 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit. Do you regularly follow this suggestion? Also, our fruits and vegetables should take up about half of our meal. We have so much produce available to us, but are using a variety of them in our meals?

What are your favorite foods that are colorful?

I try to make colorful meals. I am trying to encourage the girls to eat a variety of fruits and veges – it’s a little hard because Kevin is not a big fan of vegetables (he likes corn, green beans, and lettuce). I also try to add extra vegetables in certain recipes/foods. I make my spaghetti sauce with shredded carrots and zucchini. I buy vanilla yogurt and add fresh pureed fruits. My girls do like their sweets, but we are trying to teach them “everything in moderation.” Norah knows that too much sugar is bad for her body and teeth and she reminds us of that regularly (like last week when Kevin brought donuts home one morning).

We always have a fruit with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We have vegetable with lunch and dinner – sometimes 2 at dinner (salad and something else). I should probably try to get another serving of vegetables in and maybe not as much fruit. Although, for me, eating the extra fruit is better than filling up on carbs or extra meat.

I LOVE berries, pumpkin, green beans, tomatoes, zucchini, and squash.

Blogging Vacation

Well, it looks as if I will be going on a vacation from the blogging world. Kev’s laptop has officially died! He was able to get an old computer working temporarily, but it is SO SLOW that I don’t think I will be wasting time trying update my blog. I may try to read and comment if I can – we’ll see. Kevin is thinking of sending the computer to my brother, Rick, in Chicago to see if he can fix it (he does that sort of thing – builds computers, fixes them, etc). I think he will be getting a new one – we’ll see!!