My 6-year-old son is obsessed with animals. He loves watching animals, playing with animals, reading books about animals, learning new things about animals, drawing pictures of animals, and teaching other people about animals. A couple of weeks ago, we had the idea of starting our own website about all the animals we see. So here it is: Raymie’s Zoo!
Raymie’s Zoo is a blog about animals. It features lots of pictures, stories, and videos about all the animals he encounters everyday. So far, we’ve been really good about adding a new post almost everyday. He’s already got 15 different animals featured on the blog (so far mostly birds and bugs). Here is one of my favorite photos from Raymie’s Zoo. It is a giant water bug:
If you like what you see, you can subscribe to Raymie’s Zoo on Facebook, Twitter, or even subscribe by e-mail. So check it out!
We’ve been on the Maker’s Diet for a day now. Raymie is intrigued: he likes the idea of us eating “superfoods” and not junk foods. Anyway, Raymie and I had a lot of fun making a salad last night. He was so excited everytime we found something new to put in it, and he was a little disappointed when I told him we didn’t have anything else to put in it. Of course, he didn’t actually try the salad when we were done, but I did, and it was very good. I told him we’d post our recipe on the website so that other people could try it. So here it is:
Healthy Avocado and Nut Salad
- Baby romaine
- Raw almonds
- Raw sunflower seeds
- Raw pumpkin seeds
- Feta cheese
I topped it off with Bragg Ginger & Sesame dressing, and it was very tasty. If you try it, let Raymie and I know what you think.
We’re gonna do it.
Because of Leanna’s recent diagnosis of a very mild case of Crohn’s, she and I are going on the Maker’s Diet starting today. I was on this diet for 6 weeks several years ago with a group of people from my church, and I was pleased with the results at the time. However, it is fairly restrictive when compared to our standard American diet, and I fell back into the habit of junk food pretty easily. Now, however, we have a new reason to improve our diet.
The Maker’s Diet is based on the idea that our bodies were designed to eat natural food and have problems eating modern processed food. Organic fruits, vegetables, meats, and fish are encouraged, and anything artificial is not allowed. Cane sugar, corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners are not allowed; honey, maple syrup, and stevia are the recommended sweeteners. Most conventional bread, pasta, and cereal are to be avoided; instead, sprouted and sourdough breads and spelt pasta are encouraged. The diet also follows the dietary laws found in the Bible, which means that pork and shellfish are not allowed. There are a lot more details, but those are the main points.
The purpose of the diet is to improve digestive health, and the book specifically claims to help with Crohn’s. (The author had severe Crohn’s, and was helped by this diet.) We are hopeful that between the Maker’s Diet, taking fish oil and probiotics (both recommended by both Leanna’s doctor and the Maker’s Diet), and prayer, Leanna’s health will improve quickly. We’d like to avoid the prescription medication, if possible. Although weight loss is not a primary objective of this diet, I did find that the last time I was on the diet I lost weight quite easily. So we’ve got that going for us. Which is nice. Even if you don’t believe that the Old Testament dietary laws are worth anything and you don’t buy the organic hype, there is little doubt that this diet is much healthier than what we have been eating.
I must admit I’m kind of excited about changing up my diet for a while. I like trying new things. Leanna is a little nervous about all this, though. The hardest part of the diet is the first couple of weeks. So if you see her, say something encouraging. She’ll appreciate it!
A super-special edition of a beloved classic.
Starring (in order of appearance):
Ben, Raymie, Leanna, and Evie
The Strange Maps blog has a map of the U.S. that is very interesting. A yellow dot indicates more grocery stores than bars in that location; a red dot indicates more bars. I bet you can imagine what the map looks like….
The Super Bowl has come and gone this year. As soon as the Packers get knocked out of the playoffs, the football season is done, in my opinion. But I usually watch the Super Bowl anyway, just to see if the commercials will be any better than the year before.
Here are my 3 favorites from this year, in no particular order:
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My uncle Mark Miller designed and built a really neat Christmas light display for his community of Staunton, Virginia a few years ago, and it has become an annual favorite. The display covers an entire baseball diamond, and features an animated home run. I helped him out with the wiring and programming. Here is a news clip that aired last night in Staunton interviewing him about the display.
Update: It now works in Internet Explorer! However, I still recommend that everyone install a better browser.
I would like to apologize to everyone whose name and/or face I have forgotten over the years. I think there are a lot of you. Perhaps this will explain things:
From Jay Leno last night: Click here to read more »
I am writing this post from an iPodTouch. Ain’t I cool? It’s not mine, unfortunately, but maybe my mom will end up not liking it and give it to me.