I know I've been absent. I've been spending all my time (seriously, all of it) over here, checking up on my niece Ro* (she likes the star there, just go with it) who just had the first of 2 major spine surgeries. I have lots of blog fodder but have not been in the mood to chronicle any of it.
But I want to mention this before it slips my mind. I've devised a game for the girls (well, Kate mostly, because Sarah doesn't give a damn) to help them learn about the food groups (holy crap, there's 5 now?) and how to choose what to eat. More on the details of this game later; it's going better than I expected. I will say this - the game involves earning little tokens for servings from each food group. Before I started, I worried that paying my kids to eat would make them crazy later. Naturally, I turned to the best child psychiatrist there is, Dr Eloise Haun. I emailed "am I going to ruin my children forever by doing this?" She sent back several very helpful suggestions and did not say that this game would make them crazy, which I took to mean "something is bound to make them crazy, why over-analyze it".
One of the things Eloise suggested was explaining what different foods do. Greens make you strong, orange veggies make you see in the dark, corn makes your poop chunky (OK she didn't say that one), etc.
Kate was refusing to even try the sweet potatoes I'd roasted for them and I was attempting to gently coerce her into sampling them. Sometimes I'm shocked at what she won't eat. Seriously. Roasted sweet potatoes? It's practically dessert! So I pulled out the super powers card. "If you eat your sweet potatoes they'll help you see in the dark!" I exclaimed happily. What a boon! Kate heaved a sigh and said "I'd rather just use a flashlight."
I wouldn't describe every day as a victory.