Monday, December 13, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
So, all week I've been looking forward to making some banana bread with Korben and today we finally did just that. I brought Korbens step stool into the kitchen so he could reach the counter, and together we mixed up some homemade banana bread, and I put it in the oven. It was supposed to take an hour to cook. It was a little after 4:00 and the bread had been in the oven for just 15 minutes and I realized I hadn't eaten since breakfast and was starving. I was planning on making pasta for dinner tonight but Josh wouldn't get home for another 2.5 hours and I really didn't feel like "making" anything else before I made dinner so I thought I'd load up Korben and go and grab something small real quick.
We made it back home about 20 minutes later but I decided that since it was a nice day today, I'd take Korben to the park for a little while. So instead of unloading Korben and going inside, I drove back out of the driveway and headed to the park.... totally forgetting that I still had banana bread in the oven! We played and had a great time at the park, completely oblivious to the burning bread in the oven back home. I didn't remember it until I was loading Korben back in the car to come home and when we finally did make it home, I think the bread had spent somewhere between 1.5-2 hours in the oven.... oops!
So needless to say, there will be no yummy banana bread eaten in the Chaney house tonight. Such a tragedy!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Korben always loves the swings!
Big boy in a little swing! Even though there are "big boy" swings at the park, Josh opted to try out the kid swing and let Korben push him! :)
I guess Korben thought Daddy was a little too heavy to push and decided to push something a little bit lighter in the swing! If you look closely, you can see a couple of his pez toys in the swing!
Wednesday ended up being bowling night at Shenanigans! Everyone got their bowling shoes on and was ready to go!
Bowling with Mommy
Korben said, "Yay, ball!" after every ball he threw and even threw in a little happy dance every now and then! :)
High fives for Mommy!
I totally killed the first game! I lost the second game and barely even beat my 2 year old but I refuse to post the scores because I totally got cheated! I bowled a strike in the 10th frame but our time ran out seconds before the ball hit the pins so it never showed up on the score board! The guy at the front desk did give us 10 more minutes so I could re-do the frame but I didn't get the strike the second time around...boo!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
And for your viewing enjoyment, here's a sono pic we got today of our little bundle of joy!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Korben also had some company in the bath with him last week when we watched sweet Hannah for a few hours. As you all probably know, Korben is potty training right now and I guess when another kid gets involved, it becomes much more fun! After Korben went in his potty, they decided it would be fun to splash in it! I wasn't about to attempt to wipe them down, so in the tub they went! Both of them loved taking a bath together! Hannah is Korbens age and seems to enjoy rough housing just as much as Korben so he was thrilled to have a friend he could splash with in the water! :)
Monday, October 11, 2010
And then I started thinking some more... and I think it's safe to say that not just UC/Crohn's patients have digestive problems. Yes, their problems are much much much MUCH more severe, but in every grocery store you go to, there is an entire section with OTC medicines dedicated to digestive health. Even in the dairy section you see yogurt that promises to get your digestion under control if you eat it every day. Those of us that don't have UC, Crohn's, or any other IBD disease may experience a little discomfort, choose an OTC med, take it, and move on. But is that really supposed to be normal? Or are we just so accustomed to it that we've made it normal? I recently came across this website written by a woman who is living with UC and since her diagnosis, has left the corporate world of work and became a nutritionist. She talks about the incredible difference diet and nutrition have made in her life with UC. The site is mostly healthy recipes, but I came across this post from her site:
getting back on track with your digestion:
It doesn’t take Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys to see that the majority of people have issues with digestion. Just take a stroll through your local supermarket or pharmacy and you’ll find product after product to relieve constipation, others to aid those suffering from diarrhea, more for heartburn and still more options for gas relief. Digestion is something a lot of us don’t feel comfortable talking about, but it’s clearly something that causes a lot of discomfort, or there wouldn’t be so many options so easily accessible.
All animals, in fact every organism, has to digest the food they eat, so why is it so difficult for us? Is it possible to live in a world where you don’t need a box of pills (or that morning cup of Joe) to pass a bowel movement? That’s right, I just said bowel movement. No big deal.
The Standard American Diet (SAD) is to blame for our inefficient and malfunctioning digestion epidemic. Sorry, but there is no sugar coating or tiptoeing around this. Packed with processed foods and few fruits and vegetables, the SAD consists of foods high in lots of things the body really doesn’t need. The SAD is loaded with high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lacking in the basic essentials like vitamins and minerals. Packaged foods have little, if any, nutritional value. It’s no wonder our bodies don’t know how to handle them.
It is possible to have a happy and healthy digestive system. Although our digestive system is tied to many different factors including physical activity and mental health, what and how we eat plays a huge role in how we feel on the inside. Cleaning up your diet is the first step.
This is some of the stuff I work on with my clients. So many people that I work with think that it is acceptable and perfectly normal to constantly be uncomfortable and carry around at least one over-the-counter product that brings them relief everywhere they go. Trust me, this isn’t normal. Why live with unnecessary pain and discomfort?
Frankly, I'm starting to agree with her. I think that maybe foods affect us more that we realize. I think that we were perfectly designed for the natural resources that The Creator gave us, not for manufactured stuff made in bulk in a large factory and then shipped 100's of miles away. Now I know that eating foods full of junk is not nearly the same and as unhealthy as smoking, but bear with me during this analogy. Smoking is bad for you, right? We all know that it causes lung cancer, emphysema, and other health problems. But not every person that smokes develops any of those problems. Some smokers live perfectly long and relatively healthy lives. So does that mean that smoking is perfectly healthy for some people and not so for others? Or that smoking wasn't the cause of emphysema in a person who does smoke? Of course not! Had that person not been a smoker, they would not have developed emphysema. And just because some people are lucky enough to avoid such problems, doesn't mean that smoking is a perfectly healthy thing to do for those people. I think the same thing can be applied to the foods we consume. Just because some people don't experience any major problems from eating junk all the time, doesn't make it a healthy thing to do.
As far as the UC thing goes, I'm not necessarily saying that a bad diet is the main factor for the cause of it. There's no medical link suggesting that and I know that plenty of people who lived very healthy lifestyles still developed the disease. But it's hard to imagine that food and diet don't play a role at all in the cause of a digestive related issue, especially when diet plays such an important role in the effects of the disease post diagnosis.
I'm also not trying to be "preachy" and tell anyone that they need to stop shopping at regular grocery stores and only shop at Whole Foods from now on and only eat organic foods. I am probably one of the worst examples of "healthy" there is! In fact, I may be the queen of unhealthy! I was just at the State Fair yesterday and ate a ton of the worlds unhealthiest foods ever made! ***bows head in shame*** And the fact of the matter is, we live in a society where it's nearly impossible to avoid highly processed foods that's full of manufactured stuff and not so full of nutrients. And frankly, it's none of my business what you eat. The subtitle of this blog is "the stories of [our family]" and this just happens to be what's going on in the thought process and life of Cassi Chaney right now. I have a sick brother who has to look at food differently and that has caused me to also look at food differently. That is all.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Enjoying some ice cream after playing at the hotels playground with Daddy
After we checked out of the hotel, we headed over to Josh's brothers apartment. Joey and Jeni had just moved from Rowlett to SA and they were gracious enough to let us crash with them for a couple of nights during our vacay! We were with them when Josh celebrated his 30th birthday and we had a really nice evening with just the 5 of us. We went out to dinner and then had cake at their apartment. Jeni make a delicious chocolate cake and then she and Joey gave Josh a "30's survival kit" for his birthday filled with a ton of cute gag gifts! They also gave him a bottle of Josh's choice of liquor, Crown Royal, so don't feel too bad for the old man! :)
When Josh took all of his gear off and Korben saw it on the floor, he decided he wanted to wear it!
We spent a day at Sea World and had an absolute blast! This picture was during a 4D pirate movie. The movie was in 3D and it also had water effects. Whenever someone got splashed or wet somehow in the movie, so did the audience!
Sea World had lots of spots to cool off with water throughout the park, but they also had a complete separate water park....not something that was there when I was a kid! Korbens favorite thing was going down this "whales tail" slide tummy first at the toddler pool!
Getting some grub to feed the ducks
Giving the ducks their food
One of the splash pads inside the park. This was not inside the big water park area and was pretty central in the park so we stopped here a couple of times to cool off after the shows!
During certain hours of day, you can buy a tray of fish and feed the dolphins! It was really neat. I wish Korben had been awake for this because I think he would have enjoyed feeding the dolphins but of course it happened while he was taking his nap!
The dolphin show!
The sea lions ended up being one of Korbens favorite "fishies!" Yes, everything at Sea World was considered a fish to Korben! I think he liked this show so much because it had props and an actual story to it! It really was cute!
We rode one single solitary ride inside the main park area at Fiesta Texas. We soon discovered that they had an entire childrens area dedicated to one of Korbens favorite group of people, The Wiggles, and once we got to that area, there was no going back! Poor Josh kind of got the short end of the stick this vacation with a toddler and a pregnant wife who couldn't ride anything fun with him! The Wiggles area put on short shows with a few of the characters from the show. Korben was in heaven getting to see them!
Josh and I got a bit of a kick at the nice dark tan that the Fiesta Texas version of Captain Feathersword acquired! :)
Wags the dog making his appearance
There were Wiggles rides all over the place. Josh and I took turns riding with Korben. This was the Fruit Salad ride.
One of Korbens faves, the Big Red Car!
We spent the last night of our vacation in Austin with my aunt and uncle. Their names are Lori and Steve and Korben calls them Gus and Gal.... GUS for Great Uncle Steve and GAL for Great Aunt Lori. :) I wish I had pictures with them but my camera was dead by that point and I didn't think to get any with my phone! We all had an absolute blast with them! We ended the vacation by a show with the real live Wiggles in Austin! Korben was completely beside himself getting to see them in real life! He just kept saying, "Mommy Daddy, that's Jeff! (his favorite one) That's Anthony! That's Murray! That's Sam!" And of course we walked away with a TON of Wiggles memorabilia! Since my camera was dead and I forgot to pack my charger, I had to result to the use of my phone and a disposable camera for The Wiggles pictures, none of which turned out very well. But at least have some none-the-less. All in all, our first real family vacation was a success!