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May 22, 2006

Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)

It's not very often that a song will make me weepy, but today it happened. Godspeed (Sweet Dreams) by the Dixie Chicks played on my iTunes mix, and I listened to the words for the first time... and I couldn't help but think of my little Noey and the joy he has brought to my life.

Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)
by Dixie Chicks
(written by Radney Foster)

Dragon tales and the "water is wide"
Pirate's sail and lost boys fly
Fish bite moonbeams every night
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Sweet dreams

The rocket racer's all tuckered out
Superman's in pajamas on the couch
Goodnight moon, we'll find the mouse
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Sweet dreams

God bless mommy and match box cars
God bless dad and thanks for the stars
God heard "Amen," wherever you are
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Godspeed
Godspeed
Sweet dreams

Last night, while Noah and I were playing trains, a thunderstorm rumbled through. We turned off all the lights and just sat and watched (and listened) to the stormy weather. Every once in a while a flash would light up the sky, and we would listen for the thunder. The windows were open, so we listened to the sound of the rain falling on the trees. When the storm had passed, we listened to the sound of rain-water trickling through the gutters... as a lone frog croaked in the distance. And of course, being a 3-year-old, he asked lots and lots of questions. :-) I never wanted it to end...

May 17, 2006

0g Trans Fat

Right, so trans fats are the latest bad thing for you, and are now listed on the 'nutritional information' of food products sold in the U.S. Trans fatty acid comes from partially hydrogenated oils -- basically oil that has been turned into Crisco by the addition of hydrogen. Partially hydrogenated oils greatly increase the shelf life of food products, but they have a longer shelf life inside your body, too... not a good thing.

So you can avoid trans fat by looking for foods that list '0g Trans Fat' on the package, right? Don't be so sure... according to FDA regulations, anything less than .5 grams per serving can be labeled as 0 grams per serving, or trans fat free. If a product has very small serving sizes listed, you could very well get 1 to 2 grams of trans fat with a realistic portion -- not a good thing.

For the past few years, my morning ritual has been several cups of French pressed coffee, mixed with generous portions of French Vanilla creamer. I switched to Nestle's 'Coffee Mate' brand when they started putting '0g trans fat' on the label, only to find 'partially hydrogenated soybean oil' listed as the third ingredient (behind water and sugar).

So, in an effort to cut back on my sugar and trans fat intake (and to lose a little weight), I am quitting... cold turkey. No more coffee and creamer (except maybe on the weekends). So far I'm not really liking this coffee-less existence (my head is kind of in a fog), but I'm hoping that it will go away in a few days... we'll see.

May 10, 2006

Miss Emily Smiles

It's so much fun having your little girl give you a big, cheezy smile. Miss Emily has been doing that quite a bit lately, but I'm usually so mesmerized by her that I forget to take any pictures. Well, I tried to get some shots yesterday afternoon, with limited success...

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Noah's Garden

Every once in a while, Steph will bring home dinner and milkshakes from Burgerville. She and Noah always get the kid's meals, so we usually have a plethora of toys kicking around. Well, this time of year, Burgerville actually puts some useful items in their kid's meals -- like vegetable and flower seeds, along with little pots and little trowels.

Noah was very excited about having his own little mini-garden, so he helped his mama plant the seeds right away (I think it was about a week ago). He has checked on his plants every day, and he even talks and sings to them -- I think maybe it is helping...

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Sugar Snap Peas on the left, Marigolds on the right... I think.

It's too bad they couldn't have stuff like this year round, it is so much more educational than silly little toys... Noah just loves watching his little plants grow, and he is learning a valuable lesson... :-)