Friday, September 26, 2008

Funny Blog

Hey Everyone- My parents are in China for a year teaching English. They have a blog that is pretty funny. Check it out:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Passing the time

First off, Brennen rolled over for the first time today. He just turned five months a few days ago, so I was starting to wonder if he was ever going to roll over. Well, today he did it. He is just the cutest little guy that ever lived. He is WAY off the charts for both height and weight... Brandt calls him "Chunka Monka" quite often. I stick with "Thunder Thighs" most of the time. We are used to big babies though. But poor Brennen has a very flat back of his head. We had a CT scan at the beginning of this month and have been referred to a Neurosurgeon. He might need a baby helmet- sounded scary at the beginning, but now I have talked to a few other moms who say it is not that big of deal (as long as your insurance pays for it). You can kind of see the flatness in some of these pics- and don't mind the socks... I am behind in laundry.

With it being so hot outside, I have been having a hard time finding fun activities for us to do here at home. We made a Costco trip on Saturday and had a bunch of diaper boxes... so we made robot costumes... which turned into turtle shells... then Cinderella's coach... then jail- we got a lot of use out of these boxes! We decorated them (colored them with markers and crayons) first of course.
I was out of fun ideas after the boxes, so we played with the camera and took funny pictures...


BrennenLastly, I am on a bit of a health kick. I actually hope it is not a kick, but a lifestyle change. It has been a lot of work, but I am sure it will be worth it. It all started when I began reading my old BYU teacher's blog: She talks about eating more healthy, blah, blah, blah. Then I read a book she recommended, and it changed my life. It is called "China Study" and I recommend it to everyone.

So since then I have been trying to feed my family way fewer animal products (meat, milk, eggs, cheese) and more whole foods (whole grains, fruits, vegis, legumes). We could be a LOT better, and I still get my favorites when we eat out... but I actually do feel better when I eat healthy. Since we stopped drinking milk, Oakley is not wheezy and buggery all the time (yes, you can get ALL the calcium you need without drinking milk- those dairy gurus have us all brainwashed). Kalle the other morning Cracked Brandt up with this conversation before I got up:

Kalle: Dad, milk is bad for you

Brandt: Why is that?

Kalle: Because it has animal protein!

I found this online that I thought was pretty cool:The first of the six vials in this set contains whole wheat kernels, recognized throughout history as the "staff of life." At the opposite end is bleached white flour... as gleaming and nutritionless as industrial science can make it. The four middle vials showcase the nutritional riches that today's commercial millers sacrifice on the altar of unlimited shelf life: The bran, middlings, wheat germ, and wheat germ oil, where virtually all the goodness of the whole grain resides. None of that goodness remains in white flour.

To end, here are some fun facts about dairy that I got off my teacher's blog:

Asians have little or no osteoporosis. They also (until recently) have been nonconsumers of dairy products. (Besides eating much less meat and almost no dairy products, they also drink few sodas, get lots of exercise, and eat more vegetables.)

The huge nurses’ study (75,000 subjects) by Harvard School of Public Health found that women with the highest dairy consumption had substantially more bone fractures than women who drank less milk.

The highest dairy-consuming countries are Finland, Sweden, the U.S., and England. The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are Finland, Sweden, the U.S., and England.

Black South Africans consume 1/10th the amount of calcium that African Americans do. But African Americans have 9 times as many hip fractures! (Our obsession with eating massive amounts of calcium is unwarranted. We just need to eat bioavailable sources of calcium. These foods high in calcium include greens, nuts, grains, etc.)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mesa, AZ Temple

My Sister took some pictures of the Mesa temple that I LOVE. Check out more here.

PS- My favorite is the third one