August 06, 2012

Mommy/Daughter Night {or Caffeine & Cereal}

Heading to Starbucks tonight with my daughters, I realized that the chai I had been thinking about all day was probably not going to be a good idea. Glancing at the clock in my swagger wagon, I saw it was 6:57. If I have caffeine after 7:00 PM, it becomes insanely impossible for me to get to sleep at a decent time. I'm a night owl anyway, but add some caffeine, and it's a party! Did that stop me, though? Nope! Life is too short. So I got a tall.

The girls and I had a great night, with treats at Starbucks, then an hour at our favorite park. Daddy had to work, so here's a picture of him and Katie at the park from a different visit. He was still there in spirit. :) Our park has no playground, which suits us just fine. We love watching the fountain, rolling in the grass, running, climbing, playing Barbie and The Three Musketeers with sticks, throwing our frisbee, then running some more. It was so much fun to see the girls running free and wild, without a care in the world, using their imaginations. As parents, I think when we give our children too much in the way of TV or toys or playgrounds or even our own ideas, we take away their freedom to imagine. And wasn't pretending and running free what being a kid was all about when we were little? I don't think any of those things are necessarily bad, but I do think we need to at least give our kids just as much free imagination and nature time as we do the rest of it. And we need to actually play with our kids.

Annnyway...we finished off our mommy/daughter evening with a quick stop at the grocery store for some long-awaited cereal. We have recently started eating a whole lot healthier, creating almost all of our meals at home from scratch, focusing on good fats, protein, fruits and veggies, very little grain. It's amazing just how many incredible meals and treats you can make with real food! And believe it or not, fat will not kill you, if you eat the good kind and allow your body to work the way it was intended to. Eating real food has mostly been great, except that poor Chloe has been missing her morning cereal something fierce. She'll eat eggs and bacon with the best of 'em, but sometimes you just want a bowl of cereal, you know? I thought we could just ignore the cereal requests until they stopped, but a couple nights ago at dinner, Chloe actually prayed that God would "make mommy say yes to getting some cereal." How can you say no to that? I don't really believe in total depravation anyway, as long as you can keep indulgences infrequent. I feel so SO much better eating real food, but if I really want a coke every now and then, I'm going to have one. Keep in mind, though, that I'm talking once or twice a month, not once a day, and we try to avoid HFCS, food dye, etc. I know, now you're wondering how that works out with Coke. Two words - Mexican Coke. But yes, a treat can be a wonderful thing. So tonight, Chloe got her cereal. And the angels sang.

And with that, I'll say goodnight. Or is it morning?

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