Wednesday, April 24, 2024

What's Been Happening

So many things going on around here lately. I'll try to keep them short so I can get everything in. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Diana and Peter bought Adelaide a water table and she loves playing in it! That girl has such a happy heart.

Sharaya sent us this picture of some crepes that my granddaughter Allison (14) made! We all decided we want her to make them for us when we're all together this summer!

The Junkos are expanding their family this spring. Built a great nest in the wreath on our porch again and have 4 tiny eggs!

Beth had a party at the bowling alley today. They have them about once a month and last night she and I were up until 10:00 dipping these pretzels. The leaders keep asking everyone to bring 'healthy' desserts and this was the easiest thing I could think of that didn't need to be refrigerated and would travel well on a bus.

I've been talking to her about the kinds of foods she eats. I truly believe she's addicted to sugar. Every single week she buys a large bag of marshmallows, the family share size of m&ms, two big bags of red vines, pop tarts, chocolate... she gets angry when I ask her to put something back. She's gotten so heavy and I'm concerned not only about her health, but also her stamina when we go to Disneyland this summer. I talked with her last week and told her my concerns, then asked her if I could help her learn to eat healthier. She said yes. I asked her, "If we're at the grocery store and you put something in your cart that isn't healthy, will you get mad if I put it back?" "No." So... a couple days later we're at the store, I put a small veggie tray in the cart and she did too. She put in orange juice, fresh fruit... and no junk food! I told her it's not Friday (we have a 'junk food Friday' tradition that has gotten way out of hand) so none today. I checked out first and I happen to see her put a candy bar on the conveyor belt. I told her again we weren't buying junk food today and I put it back. She was NOT happy! Walked about 20 feet behind me out to the car; s-l-o-w-l-y got into the car and just sat there. I asked her if she was going to get buckled, she shook her head. I said, "Okay" and I took off my belt, turned off the engine and we sat there about 30 seconds before she s-l-o-w-l-y got buckled... something has to change. For years I've tried to let her make her own decisions in life of course, with guidance and advice, (I wouldn't dare tell my other daughters what they can and cannot eat) but it's getting to a point where I'm going to step in. I'm going to try my best to teach her how to eat healthy. 


Pamela M. Steiner said...

Love the picture of Adelaide playing in her water table! Looks like so much fun! Those crepes sure look good too, and I do love pretzels dipped in either white chocolate or that white yogurt. I do hope you will be successful in helping Beth try to eat better. It may take some doing because she is so used to eating sweets, so maybe taper off rather than go cold turkey, but eventually by replacing the sugary foods with wholesome foods she will want less and less of the sugar. Praying for you as you cope with this situation for her health' sake. Going to Disney sounds like a wonderful goal! Take care and stay in touch. It's always good to hear from you.

ellen b. said...

Habits die hard. I hope she will be able to get on board. Those water tables are a load of fun for littles.

Billie Jo said...

Oh, the water table! I remember that! Hours of fun! Prayers for you, my friend.

Terri D said...

Good luck with the healthy eating lessons. I could use a refresher course myself! I hope Beth will catch on - especially when she starts to feel better. That water table does look like fun for little Adelaide! I love that the birds come back every year to your wreath to do their housekeeping!! Keep us posted!!

Susan said...

I got a water table for my grands to play with when they were young. Learning to eat healthy takes work. I am cutting out unhealthy carbs. There are lot of healthy choices. Pairing a carb with something sweet helps. Like peanut butter(no sugar kids) and apple slices. Nuts and low sugar fruits. No sugar yogurt with fruit and nuts. I think it is good to help her make good food choices so she can enjoy her Disney trip. Disney CA? When you going? said...

Water tables are such fun and refreshing on hot summer days. I sent my grandson one. It can also be used with sand as a sand box. Hope he will enjoy it again this summer. Sending him a bug catching kit right now to hopefully get him over his fear of bugs.

Those crepes look professionally made. Wow!! Would love the recipe.

I am sorry you have this struggle and worry for Beth. I think you just need to keep on her, easier said than done, of course. Maybe she could wear an activity tracker? And when she gets to X number of steps she can have a sweet? Or you could say it will take you X number of steps to work off this Snickers. And have her decide if she is willing to do that. I love sweets, too, and need to reach for carrots instead of chocolate. You're a good mama.