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November 7, 2010

some recent pictures

Jr's purse

little butterfly
little butterfly

Happy Halloween!!
Daddy and our little witch

Gram and Magoo at bedtime

Rachel's "dragon" boots and dress
Magoo declared these her "dragon" boots and dress

Rachel tries on my hat and gloves
getting ready for the cold

Julia's hat and mommy's shoes
Jr's hat and Mommy's shoes

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November 5, 2010

Magoo turned 4

Okay, I'm a bit behind in posting this. Her birithday was really three weeks ago.

asleep in her BIG big girl bed
She got a big-girl bed for her birthday.

happy birthday Rachel
birthday ring and silk crown

toadstool cupcakes
toadstool cupcakes

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September 3, 2010

September 1, 2010

Julia had her 12 month check-up


The stats
weight: 22lb 4oz
height: 30in

taking baths
drinking from Mom's cup
playing on Sister's bed
her Pup

sitting still for a change
crawling on the grass
anyone else getting Mom's attention

Some accomplishments
some new signs: help, bath, horse, phone, bear
some new words: uck, some, dat (that), neigh neigh
She is cruising and climbing and just got three new teeth in the past month. She initiates games like peek-s-boo and chase and likes to "honk" your nose.

Some recent pictures

corn of the cob

at the pool

worn out

love you Papa

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August 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Julia

brand new baby
brand new baby

first birthday

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August 3, 2010

This week in Health News - How are our Kids?

Over the last week, a few articles have hit the news wires that have left me in a seething, ranting fit, culminating today in a discussion sparked by an "article" on FoxNews (of course).

A Weighty Issue: Mass. Schools' 'Fat' Report Cards Crossing the Line?

So, first of all, the school district shouldn't be allowed to classify a child as obese until they can prove that it's not their deadly food and lack of physical education that are the main contributors.

In it's current accept usage,  BMI is improperly referenced as a measure of obesity rather than an observational starting point for individual data collection and analysis. To suggest that BMI is the MEASURE by which a child is called "fat" is scientifically improper as it describes a scale along a statistical norm and NOT the basis of individual measure. The only way I would accept BMI as a data point is if it was corroborated with correlating individual data, eg. Body Fat % and Lean Body Mass. "Because Shelby's BMI was observed to be on the high side of normal for her age group, we tested her body composition (caliper method) and determined that she was 23% body fat, which is high for a child her age[...]" 

Personally, I would argue to tell the school nurse (who should know this already) that BMI is irrelevant and useless without corroborating, individually unique data. The only body composition numbers that are important for measuring health and fitness for an INDIVIDUAL are Body Fat Percentage and Lean Muscle Mass.

While everyone SHOULD be upset with this gross misconduct, the story is pomp and bluster, and I believe that they are 'angry' for the wrong reasons. While the patterns for healthy eating habits and fitness start at home, our children spend 80% of their time at school, and the environment is toxic and sedentary. IF FoxNews and the parents were REALLY upset there would be a LARGE outcry against the irrelevance of the measurement and the environment that put them all in this situation, instead of politically charged BS about 'who's invading/violating whose rights.'

I would say that a healthy country (in just about any sense of the word) starts with a healthy family. Our schools should not be the enforcers regarding our kids health, but they should definitely be the primary benefactor. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%. [1]

What's the financial impact on our Health Care Industry when there is a pediatric load on the system with adult issues (High blood sugar, type II diabetes, high cholesterol, and all the other hyperinsulinemia induced diseases)? When the cost of a patient over a lifetime can almost TRIPLE because of the childhood onset of obesity related diseases (which doesn't even CONSIDER the rise of 'elective' treatments related to obesity on the rise with teens) , I think this is actually one of the easiest to solve issues taxing the entire system, and America is to much a coward to fix it.

Americans dig their own graves with their teeth.

Consider it's national security impact.  ABC news carried a story about an opinion from Mission: Readiness (a think tank of retired military officers)called “Too Fat To Fight” (check out the Counter Think Comic) detailing a new report that says that more than 9 million young adults, or 27 percent of all Americans ages 17 to 24, are too overweight to join the military. Now, the officers are advocating for passage of a wide-ranging nutrition bill that aims to make the nation's school lunches healthier.

All this to say that while I don't think a school should be testing kids for obesity without being a MAJOR contributor to the solution, I also think we all need to take responsibility for the health and wellness of our children, lead by example and stop killing our kids with bad information, poisonous food and no motivation.

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July 26, 2010

My daughter

She is a blazing ball of energy, constantly in motion and at odds.  She is the pool, the swing set, the slide, the way-way far down park.

She needs a hug, needs a favor, needs to go to the bathroom, absolutely needs to go nudie-feet.  She's finicky, strong willed, strong tempered and strong headed, and when she falls, she's “all right!”

She loves her bobby (her silky blanket), her buddy (her eeyore doll), her sister, her momma, her daddy, and the neighbor, Tyler, who just moved in. She puts EVERYTHING in her mouth, but won't eat her lunch, she'll run to her bedroom because she needs to go pee and will pop into a headstand on a whim. She's all butter fly wings and lightning bolts

She call's the song “She was the prize” “Daddy's Girl” because I changed the words to describe her. She's pink, powerful, blue eyed, brown haired and mine.

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July 14, 2010

three and three quarters

So as Rachel struggles past three and a half and moves toward four years old I finally have some time to think about all she has become this past year and all that makes her my Magoo.

She has several good friends that she "loves."
She can dress herself and is finally potty trained. Whew.
Rachel sings "Right Into Love" while she brushes her teeth.
She's been having bad dreams. It's really sad.
She loves to go "nudie feet." In fact, she loves to go nudie buns too.
Rachel enjoys playing outside every chance she gets and has been known to escape the house without permission.
I think she spends half the day in a headstand.
She loves it when I tell her stories at night.
She LOVES her Lisa.
She sits on the toilet backward to go pee.
Rachel can climb the cupboards, open all the childproof locks, and even open childproof caps on the medicine (that was scary to find out).
She's excited to go to school in the fall.
Rachel loves going to the pool and the splash park.

self portrait


summer cute
ready for the pool

Rachel and her Lisa
Rachel and her Lisa

summer fun
my Magoo

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June 20, 2010

Fathers's Day

I love you, Chuck. Thanks for being a good father to our beautiful, smart, charming girls.

Rachel and Daddy

daddy kisses

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June 14, 2010

busy as usual

The girls keep me busy as usual so I don't get to post as often as I'd like. In fact I should really be in bed already instead of blogging but whatever. Today after Julia's morning nap we packed up and headed out in the rain to Cutie Patootie for the nursing moms' group. Rachel brought her camera to keep her busy. Of course she found plenty there to keep her busy. We came back home for lunch and Julia was not going down for her afternoon nap. I think she's working on a tooth because she was extra droolly today. My eyes were not staying open so I packed up the girls again to go out in search of coffee and a nap for Jr. Both were accomplished. I put Julia in her bed and Rachel and I stepped out into the rain for a splash. This was the highlight of my day (and her's too she said). A parent educator from FR came over to observe and give me some advice and perspective on Rachel and her current stubbornness. We had a great talk and are meeting again tomorrow morning to discuss it more. Just as she was leaving my parents backed up the driveway. They joined us for egg salad sandwiches and Mom stayed to read Rachel a couple of bedtime stories while I nursed Julia to sleep. Mom and I talked for a long time. We played around on the computer with anniversary invitations for the big 40th party coming up and chatted about food and flowers and such. As I wrote, I should be in bed so I'll leave you with a few recent pictures.

me and Rachel

playing with her baby

rainy day girl





bathing beauty

standing tall

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