Here at the Rocking Homestead we get a visit from the Switch Witch every year on Halloween. We do this not because we don’t want our kids eating candy, but because Elijah’s soy allergy makes most candy inedible for him, so it keeps the holiday fun.
We made it 30 days without dairy, wheat, or corn! If you had asked me a year ago I would have thought it wasn’t possible. There were plenty of times Jeremy and I talked about cheating, but we didn’t. We hung in there in solidarity with Elijah!
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.
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.
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.
Our family is comprised of Halloween fanatics. Jeremy in particular is an artist when it comes to Halloween displays and every year grows our display. This year’s display is particularly impressive not only because he’s been working on it since April (yes, April) but because most of what we’ve used to expand our display has all been reclaimed and repurposed. Most of the material was left over garbage from Jeremy’s work that he saved from the land fill.
Here are some pre Halloween night pics: