Well, the Broncos are in the Super Bowl, and honestly, I don’t really care that much, I’m not into football really. I’m just hoping that if they win the fans don’t riot too hard (as Denver sports fans are known to do) because we’ve built up our city so nicely over the past ten years or so and I’d hate to see it trashed by a bunch of drunken sports fans who are so proud to be from the place they are for some reason destroying.
I’m pretty proud of this one.
Elijah wanted to do an experiment. He wanted to put food coloring in water. I asked him what he would be testing with this, what was the objective, and he said we should put salt in it too. I was pretty annoyed. He just wanted to mix random stuff together! That was no way to teach him the scientific method. But when I thought about it, really, did it matter that much? Did there need to be an objective every time? Maybe the point should just be to encourage his creativity, which, after all, is a crucial skill for scientific thought later on down the road.
But I still felt that at least we needed something to compare, so I agreed to do two cups, both with salt, both with food coloring, but one with hot water and one with cold. I figured it would be a lesson in diffusion, which one would mix all the colors better. We put the salt in the cups, then the water, then the food coloring, and guess what happened?
Denver is the home of the National Western Stockshow, an event I have never in my life attended because I’m not into the whole country western, cowboy thing. But as my interest in homesteading has grown, my interest in the Stock Show has slowly grown. When Elijah and I heard there was a 4H day at the Stock Show, we decided to go.
It was fun, and much less stinky than I anticipated. The best part was getting to spend a day just the two of us, something we don’t get to do super often. Also the petting zoo. Oh my God, baby pigs are so cute!
Here are some pics!
This week was a tough one. We passed the half way point of our diet, which was exciting, but I was out of the house and unable to cook meals for several days this week. I work as a birth doula, and I had two clients go into labor this week, both of them had very long, difficult births. That left Jeremy on his own to feed the kids, something he wasn’t entirely prepared for after a long day of work himself.
Elijah has been super into what he calls science experiments lately. This makes me feel awfully proud, since that was always kind of my thing as a kid, but it has at times been a mess when I find his stashed concoctions and potions made of toothpaste, body wash, Halloween candy he can’t eat because of his food allergies, and God knows what else. I want to encourage it in a more directed manner, but I often find myself at a loss when he says he wants to make a potion or do an experiment. “Sure, you can help me make laundry soap!” Is not usually the kind of activity he’s hoping for.
In addition to figuring out if Elijah has any more allergies than the ones we already know about, we are trying to use this time to establish healthier eating habits as a whole. Not healthier as in the types of foods we are consuming, but more as in the way we are eating.
We are officially at the half way point of eliminating dairy, wheat, and corn, and I’m happy to report that I’m not seeing much of a difference for Elijah. In fact, Jeremy and I are not seeing differences either (besides some weight loss, which I know I made a big deal out of that not being the point, and it’s not, but it is something that has happened since starting this). I’m happy because it gives me hope that maybe these foods will not be a problem. Of course, I realize that there are still some health concerns with some of these foods, and I am learning that we don’t need them, so I may be interested in still minimizing them in the future, but it will be nice to know that if we splurge on some noodles one night, none of us will be afflicted with any immediate bodily harm. I honestly don’t know why anyone would assume this lifestyle permanently without an actual allergy forcing them into it. It is isolating from society, and just kind of a bummer all around.
I don’t like New Years. It’s just not a holiday I get into. But worse than New Years is the time that come after it, resolution season.
Resolutions probably were a nice thing at one point, a time where you set a goal to grow or develop somehow as a person, but now it’s all about weight loss. Everyone starts a diet this time of year, everyone starts some new work out routine, everyone is talking about how much weight they’re losing, have lost, want to lose. And even if you’re not talking about those things, most people will assume you are thinking it.
Well, we’ve made it Monday through Sunday without any wheat, corn, or dairy. It hasn’t been as hard or miserable on any of us as I thought it would be. Except Elijah, it’s been exactly as miserable for him as I thought it would be.
I made our meal plans, I went shopping at three different stores, and we had our last hurrah,
and so tomorrow begins day one of our allergen elimination diet.