Monday, January 18, 2010

FINALLY......Oh Man... Now I Have to Wait Again

I hate waiting in line. I think I am one of the most inpatient people ever. I have been waiting in the "Queue" for about a month and a half for this book from the library. I know that most of you are wondering why I did not just go buy the book, but remember I am the ultimate cheapskate. Why would I buy something if I can get it for free? I almost caved a couple times though. ( Just a side note I think Colorado Springs has one of the best library systems ever. I love that any book I want I can put on hold on the internet and just go pick it up when it is available. I know most people are thinking DUH that is how most libraries work, but if you grew up in small communities like I did where the public libraries selection was laughable at best and a new release meant that the book had come out sometime within the last ten years you would understand why I love the Colorado Springs library so much.)

Anyway I have been checking online everyday for over a month to see if I am any closer to getting my book and FINALLY it was my turn. I raced over to the library and had the book read that very day. It is kind of like being really excited for a great desert and when it comes you are so excited that you just scarf it down and than afterwords wish you had ate a little slower and savored it a little bit more because the next book doesn't come out until 8-24-10 That is FOREVER away!

I was really tempted to just end my blog there, but I know if someone did that to me I would be really annoyed that they did not even mention what the books name is. It is Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. It is the second book in a somewhat new teen series and if I had to point to a series that I could see becoming the next BIG thing this would be it. Although, part of me secretly hopes that this does not happen. I love good books, but find myself becoming a little annoyed when they become really really trendy. I think most people know to what books I refer. I still really like them. I just don't like to be bombarded by the fact that I fall into the category of the really really annoys me.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Seeking Motivation

I have always loved documentaries. The last few months it has just got a little out of control every time I have any TV time which is usually at night after kids are in bed and I have clothes to fold or have to clean the family room anyway. Thanks to Watch Instantly Netflix I have hundreds of documentaries to choose from. Over the last couple months I think I have watched a few to many documentaries on our food industry or weight related documentaries the combination has left me feeling guilty every time I go shopping or to prepare food because the cheap part of me and the want to be healthy part of me go to war with each other. I just can't convince myself to shell out twice or three times as much as I usually do on produce to buy organic. The main reason is that I just don't have the luxury of doubling my food budget.

These movies are the culprits to my current stress. If you are a documentary geek like me you should check them out.

Opened my eyes to realize that about 90% of what we eat is corn it is in so much of our food.

I watched this a long time ago, but decided to watch it again after talking to my niece who refuses to eat at McDonalds EVER! because of this film. I do think it is interesting that although she won't eat at McDonalds she will eat at other fast food chains....As if they are really that different. I hoped in re watching it maybe it would keep me from eating fast food FOREVER, but truthfully I eat fast food so rarely anyway that it really didn't do much except remind me why I so rarely eat fast food.

This movie really opened my eyes to the meat industry in the US. And kind of made me proud to say that over the last year about 70% of our meat consumption was elk because there is probably nothing more natural to eat than wild meat. I am now a little more concerned about wether or not the guys have success on their hunting trip.

This film was great. The surgeon general talks about obesity being the biggest killer in the US. It really made me think about the responsibility we have as parents to model healthy lifestyles and provide that for our kids.

This film made me feel guilty for all the times I have rolled my eyes at my dad and his daily regimen of vitamins and supplements. I have heard the argument for raw foods or power foods to help with about every type of illness or problem, but this film was very convincing in helping me realize that we really underestimate the power of nature and our own bodies to make us healthy.

Now that I have the eating right guilt down all I need is a few documentaries on exercise guilt and I might motivated to face the new year.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Christmas Post in January, because I'm that good.

The Holidays are always fun for us because Foote and I both live near our parents. So when everyone comes here to visit, we're usually here. The last few weeks have been full of family coming and going, which is always fun.

We had a great Christmas. We start all the festivities off at our own house and the girls get to wake up and see what gifts they were left. This year Grandma and Grandpa Hickman came over to see the girls excitement for Christmas morning. Aly has been requesting a toy cat for months, I was just so glad that it never occurred to her to request a real one that I was more than happy to make this wish come true. I found a great deal on Craiglist for a toy cat and was so excited when I brought it home because it is as real as you can get to a cat without it actually being alive. It snarls and growls when the girls pick it up by its tail and randomly meows when no one is playing with it, too funny. The best part yet I can just turn it off when I am tired of hearing it. Since Christmas Aly has decided she should of requested Santa to leave her a MAGIC toy cat that can be a toy, but can come alive sometimes. I am SO glad this idea occurred to her after Christmas.

Brooklyn was so excited to get a little doll that crawls, she spent the whole morning putting it in time out. I wasn't sure if that was a good reflection on me as a mom when Brooklyn's idea of playing mom consist of putting her child in time out over and over again. We then went to Footes parents for an excellent Christmas breakfast and had a good time opening gifts with Footes family. Then we headed over to my parents house for more gift opening and a great Christmas dinner with about half of my siblings. So Thanks to all the family that made Christmas excellent.

My sister brought her two girls who used to live in Canon City Colorado and wanted to visit some of their old stomping grounds. One place they went to visit was Bishops Castle, and it had been a long time since I had been there. It is constantly under construction and and all your exploring is done at your own risk. Aly loved it, she climbed the highest tower with no fear at all. I usually have no problem with heights, but I was even having a hard time keeping up with Aly as she climbed to the very top of the highest tower.

Aly was at the very top of the tower to the left.

My sister Jenice took her kids snowboarding and I decided to tag along and take Aly Skiing for the first time. We went to Ski Cooper which is one of the smaller ski resorts in Colorado. It was a perfect day it was warm and there was hardly anyone on the slopes. I was to cheap to pay for a lift ticket just to spend the whole time with Aly on the bunny hill and so I got my workout pushing Aly up the bunny hill and helping her ski down. Although she did a lot of falling down, she laughed and giggled for a lot of it and had a great time. We will definitely have to spend more time practicing so she will be able to take advantage of being able to ski for free until she is five. My niece decided she had enough snow boarding after a couple of runs down the mountain and so let me borrow her lift ticket for the rest of the day and I got a few good runs in while Aly hung out with Aunt Jenice.

Aly, Natalee, Taylor,Matt, and China ready to hit the slopes

Just a reminder of why I love Colorado

Me getting my work out pushing Aly up the bunny hill.

One of my favorite traditions we had when I was growing up in Wyoming was that my family and our friends would spend a whole Saturday going out to cut down Christmas trees. While our parents went in the search for the perfect tree we would spend the time tubing, sledding, and building snow forts. When they got back from we would eat hot chili and drink hot cocoa. My favorite part was when my dad would tie a few sleds and tubes to the back of our car and we would load up on the sleds and my dad would pull us on the snow packed mountain roads. It was so much fun. We would then go back to Saratoga hot springs which was a free hot springs pool and sit in the natural hot springs. The hot pool was right next to a river and we would dare each other to go out to the river and sit in the cold water and bring back a big chunk of ice to melt in the hot pool. Good memories....good times. So even though we don't live so close to great rural tubing roads we decided to take advantage of the snow pack and tie our tubes to the back of our truck and tube some of the local streets probably not legal...but it was a lot of fun.

Natalee, Brooklyn, Dan, and Aly having fun on the tubes

So to everyone that came to visit it was great to see you and we hope to see you all again very soon.