Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday Thirteen 10/06/2011

Aaaah, Autumn is already here.  Unbelievable!  Times flew, and I wasn't always having fun!  Still, this is my absolute favorite time of the year.  Let's get this blog rollin':

1.  First, please pray for my brother-in-law.  He is battling cancer and the past couple of years have been difficult for both him and his three young children.  Please pray for complete healing over his body and for guidance to get the assistance he needs.  Please pray that no matter what, his children are protected and nurtured.  Thank you.

2.  My son started school.  He has a new behaviorist and it seems to be going well so far.  It's still the "honeymoon" phase, but I'm praying that this is a year of growth, development and maturity for him.  We've read that with Williams Syndrome, ages 9-12 are the most difficult and we're experiencing some of those difficulties.

3.  I've been eating Paleo now for almost 3 months and I'm still loving it!  In my last post I forgot to mention a couple of my favorite websites that are a great source for information and/or recipes.  These are my favorites right now:
Awesome, easy recipes with the occasional f-bomb drop.
Recipes are great even if you don't
eat like a caveman.  Hee hee.
Great resource and tips for parents
trying to get kids to eat more Paleo.
Kid-friendly recipes as well!

I have a few more that I like, but I'll share those the next time I blog.  I don't want to overwhelm you.  Don't forget to check out Mark's Daily Apple as well.  It's a great resource for someone who wants to know a little more about eating Paleo but doesn't want to invest in the book just yet.  Also, every Friday he shares a success story of someone who's taken on the Primal challenge and the difference it's made in their lives.

4.  Speaking of eating Paleo my husband has lost 22 pounds!  He doesn't go by the scale very much, as I've learned not to do, but both of us can tell he's losing inches.  I'm very proud of him!  And just to clarify, eating Paleo is not "just another low-carb diet".  By default it ends up that way, but the emphasis is eating whole, UNPROCESSED foods.  Here's a great summary of the available books out there:

5.  A week ago after my daughter's gymnastics class, her coach approached me and asked if I would be interested in placing her in the Advanced Gymnastics class.  This class is strictly by invitation only.  She's doing really well and since it's an advanced class she's learning a lot more technical stuff.  It's pretty cool to watch.

6.  As a Farewell To Summer dinner my son chose to go to Lawry's Prime Rib the Sunday before school started.  I know, pricey place to choose, but we had certificates since we racked up so many points when we had my hubby's birthday party there.  Anytime we're there we're treated like royalty.  We had several employees stop by our table to say hello and ask how we've been.  My son loves it because he gets to be extra social. Everything I had was Paleo right up until dessert.  I can't resist their chocolate cake, so I had some and it was goood!  If I'm going to indulge it has to be worth my while and that cake definitely was.   

7.  My daughter and I took a baking class.  We made Ham and Cheese Croissants, Fresh Blueberry Muffins, Smoothies and Fruit Skewers.  She was such a pro!  I pretty much just stood by and watched most of the time because she wanted to do it all by herself.

September 17, 2011

8.  There's a girl in my son's class that has a little crush on him.  Since school started she's given him a little something to take home.  The first week was a book.  The second was a little stuff Keroppi doll she clipped to his backpack.  The last thing she gave him was a picture she drew knowing how much he loves dinosaurs.  Wanna see?
From Bianca

9.  Four weeks ago my hubby announced that Friday nights will now be Karaoke Night.  We missed last Friday since the kids were sick, but otherwise have had a blast doing it.  Yes, it's cheesy but we're cool like that!  The kids love it and really get into it.  Unbeknownst to me my husband was competing with me!  Our system scores the person singing when the song is done.  One night I happened to score an 85 so my husband kept singing, trying to find a song to beat me!  He finally sang one and got an 88.  When I caught on to him I found a song that I knew I'd do pretty well (I am not a great singer like my sisters) and I scored a 90!  Neener neener! 

10.  My son started a basketball skills clinic.  He loves playing basketball at school and his previous behaviorist at school (a guy) used basketball as a way to give him a break and diffuse meltdowns and teach him good sportsmanship.  He has a new behaviorist now and I don't think basketball is her thing.  Here he is taking a shot: 

11.  My son's social class had another bake sale.  They have one about every 3 months.  I look forward to it because I get to bake!  Which is probably why I LOVE this time of the year.  All the cooking and baking I get to do!  This year I get to try my hand at Paleo dishes for the holidays.  I'm super excited!

12.  Occasionally, I have an "off meal" where I give myself a break and indulge in non-Paleo foods.  Recently (like this past Sunday) my hubby and I went out to dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant in our neighborhood.  There I had:  2 glasses of wine, 2 pieces of bread, a small serving of pasta and tiramisu.  Now, the wine isn't completely off limits, but I don't drink often anyway, so no big deal.  The tiramisu IS non-Paleo, but this was the treat I was looking forward to.  However, the bread and pasta I have not had since July and the day after this indulgent meal I felt AWFUL.  And truth be told, after having the bread and linguine, I realized I didn't miss it much.  I had been looking forward to the meal because I hadn't had those things for so long, but really, it was just okay.  I've gone this long without it and didn't miss is as much as I thought I did.  Now that I've had it, I can go another a few months before having it again.

13.  Last but not least, one of my favorite Paleo sites (see #3) is coming out with a book!  Recipes are dairy-free, grain-free, legume-free, gluten-free!  On their website they recently shared a recipe for FLOURLESS Fudgy Brownie Bites (yep, no flour) that are awesome!  "Eat Like a Dinosaur" is what I've said to my kids since discovering Paleo Parents and now there's a book to back that up.  Check it out:

That's all for now.  Have a great weekend!

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