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Thursday, July 13, 2006

WHOO HOO! Justification of my tea habit! If only I could convince my complexion that tea is good for me, too! (Oh, well, bad skin and no gall bladder cancer sounds better than good skin and dying at an early age.) Okay, I know that there are also the other negative effects of caffeine* to contend with, so what's a girl to do?

For now, I'm just going to keep right on with my tea, in moderation--it's my comfort habit, and much less problematic than the sugar addiction I once sported, so I guess it could be worse.

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Yesterday, Jude surprised me (as he frequently does.) We were in the back yard, observing a fluffy black-and-yellow-striped caterpillar, a variety that has been quite popular this year. Suddenly, Jude came out with "Catahpiy-ar like Hermie, right?"

I was taken aback, and said, "You remember Hermie?"

Jude said, "We don't have that one."

"Right," I answered.

Hermie is a caterpillar with an inferiority complex in the children's animated movie "Hermie, A Common Caterpillar." We borrowed the movie from Gospel Chapel about a year ago for three weeks, but Jude had gotten bored with it quickly and had only watched it a few times. (There isn't much action or anything in it, and it consists of a lot of dialogue--I'm not really sure he understood it at that point.) Anyway, the fact that his three-and-a-half-year-old brain remembered a movie he watched at two-and-a-half amazed me. Makes me want to be even more careful what I say and do around the kids--I no longer buy into that "he won't remember because he's too little" theory. I've been proven wrong too many times.

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Rainy weather is nice for a while, but when you have two little active boys going stir-crazy, it's nice to see the sun again. We took advantage of it's rays this morning for an impromptu trip to the playground, which turned into a walk, which was cut short by the fact that Jabin needed to come home and eat and nap. However, some rainy-day activities we have partaken of over the last week (not including movies:)
  • playing with playdough
  • colouring
  • painting
  • playing with balloons. It's amazing how time-consuming this can be (for the kid, not the mom!)
  • Cutting up papers.
  • Driving cars and trucks ALL OVER THE HOUSE! ("Noah, quit driving on the walls!")
  • Beating each other on the head with various and sundry toys (Okay, this is the one we try to avoid by coming up with all the other activities.)
  • Helping Daddy fix computers (his computer has been having some issues, so he's been playing "Musical Powerboxes" with it and two other towers we have kicking around.)
  • Helping Mommy clean up drywall dust. And clean. And clean.
Unfortunately, all the swords broke several days ago, so that activity got put by the wayside a little.

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Jabin sat up on his own last night! Okay, he had the help of his little duck pillow. But it was so cute to see him sitting there, proud as punch and so thrilled with himself.

Also, he has started rolling over at last. I was kinda surprised that didn't happen earlier, but that's okay. They all get there eventually, and it helps me keep track of him for longer.

Well, I guess that's it. Not much to report today. No wars, famines, or floods in our house. Stay tuned, though--if it keeps raining like it has been, the flood won't be far off. I think I better go look for some gopher wood, just in case...


* "Caffeine addiction is a serious problem for many people, even those who are health-conscious. But no matter how good your diet may be, that innocent little cup of coffee in the morning can wreak havoc on your health for the rest of the day. Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands, leading eventually to adrenal exhaustion and symptoms like fatigue, lack of physical endurance and stamina, impaired ability to deal with stress, depressed immune system, allergic reactions, weight gain, low blood pressure, dizziness and lightheadedness or blacking out when standing up. Caffeine also stimulates the liver to release more sugar in the blood stream and further stresses the body's delicate sugar-regulating mechanism. Besides creating major hormonal imbalances in the body, caffeine also impairs calcium absorption. This is a major concern for children who consume a lot of soft drinks while their bones are still developing." The Kitchen Transition

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7 comments

  1. Is that just Green Tea, or regular tea too? try saying that ten times fast, tea too, tea too...

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  2. I do not envy you the rainy days with toddler in the house. Yesterday we drove twenty minutes to get to the park and then had to make a dash back into the car after just 5 minutes in the sandpit because of a sudden shower. Ayaan was not amused in the least and cried all the way back...

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  3. Sounds like you've been managing to keep the kiddos entertained. I drink green and white teas most often, since they are lowest in caffine but I do also have black tea. I can't even remember when the last time I had coffee was.

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  4. Fence - Great, now you're going to make me do homework! ;-D Just kidding. From other studies I've read about, they all contain anti-oxidants, but green tea has much higher levels of it, that's all. And you're right, saying that ten times fast is really hard. (I did it in a whisper so my husband in the living room wouldn't start asking me penetrating questions about why I was doing that.)

    Rohini - It's so hard to explain to the little guys why some plans have to change at the last minute. I've had to deal with that a few times myself, and you always feel so bad, even when there was nothing you can do about it.

    Jenn - I've never heard of white tea. I don't care for green. I'll have to see if I can find some white. My tea addiction started when I lived in India, so unfortunately, not only do I like it strong enough to stand a spoon in, I also like it quite sweet. Although I use Rapadura (dehydrated cane juice, a natural sweetener) instead of white sugar, I am sure that this is the part of my closet addiction that actually bothers my skin more than the tea itself. My bad!

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  5. I'm all about the group participation ;)

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  6. KAWPHY RULES. All you crazy tea drinkers. There's just this lovely ritual to the morning cuppa. Do you still drink your chai, T? Hee.

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  7. Fence - *chuckle*

    Colleen - You and your coffee, you coffee maniac, you. Very punny, Colleen-au-lait.

    Mais, bien sur, I drink chai, but "cheater chai"--I use tea bags, brew 'em strong, reheat it 'cause I forgot it on the counter I brewed it so long, add a hefty amount of Rapadura and whipping cream, and occasionally a sprinkle of cardamom. Mmm, heaven!

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