When I ended the blog last time, I found myself sitting in the office of a pediatric rheumatologist with my 4 year old daughter, whose knee was the size of a softball, wondering how in the world we ended up here. We had been through knee aspirations at the surgery center, specialists, testing, etc., with no answers yet. Did kids really get arthritis? Or--was it something worse?
This time of year stinks

This time of year stinks.

It is long. It drags. Oh, does it ever drag! It is cold. It plays games with us with its occasional fifty degree days then right back to a harsh thirty degrees that feels like zero with that wonderful wind chill...and perhaps I have a touch of that Seasonal Affective Disorder, who knows. I can, however, say with full confidence that I have a case of the end-of-winter blues.
Our eating habits are no where near perfect so instead I am working to be more intentional with all of our eating. My kids are pretty good eaters but can be picky at times (especially dinner). At snack time, you know they would prefer something from the pantry and generally carbs. So, we’re trying to make a few changes…
We call it “Not your Grandma’s Chicken Salad” since we’re replacing the often-used mayo with savory avocado.
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Making it through those first couple years made Steve and I feel like we were superheroes. It was winter 2011, and our twins, Lily and Aubrey, had just turned 4 years old at the end of January. One night, as I was drying Lily off from her bath, I noticed that her knee was bulging. I had her stand up, back away from me, and as I sat there, 5 months pregnant with our 3rd child, I stared at my daughter’s knee, which was the size of a softball.
Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom I worked in a Preventive Cardiology clinic where day in and day out I helped patients set goals to better their own health. The typical method I used when helping people set goals was to make a S.M.A.R.T goal. To explain this further, here is the product of taking my resolution and making it into a S.M.A.R.T. goal:
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In an attempt to become more present in my life and to bring consciousness to my daily cell phone use, I limited my use to only the times that my children were sleeping or out of house. For an entire week my phone remained out of sight during family time. The results of my experiment served as a much needed reality check.

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