Monday, December 8, 2008

Do you want to supersize that?

First, I am not sure to what I owe to honor of being featured as a Saucy Blog this week. If you are visiting from SITS, welcome. Pull up a chair, get comfortable, and stay awhile.

Our household has been fairly health conscious in our eating habits. By our household, I mean unwillingly and under duress. Craig would survive on Doritos, Nutty Bars, and Mountain Dew if I let him, but I don’t. As a result of my desire to rule the earth, errr, my house, we have subsequently raised a toddler who is a good eater. It isn’t unusual to see her eating salmon, asparagus, or feta cheese. To appease all of the haters, I am not saying that we don’t allow her indulgences; they have just been exactly that – occasional indulgences.

However, life has sort of thrown us for a loop over the past six weeks. Are you sick of hearing about how miserable life has been in our household? Poor me, call the wah-mbulance, right? Since I am sick of hearing myself whine, odds are that you are one step ahead of me. As a result of all that nonsense, our decent eating habits pretty much went MIA. When the decision on the line is your sanity or fast food, fast food doesn’t seem like that bad of an option. Although my blog might be more entertaining had I opted for the other route and ended up with a case of The Crazy.

During this time of No Boundaries, an amazing phenomenon happened; Kate acquired a taste for garbage. I mean seriously, it is a pandemic. Give a kid McDonald’s once and they are jonesing for their next fix. Bribe a kid with a cookie and they expect a subscription to cookies-on-demand.

I didn’t realize it had gotten so bad until this weekend. Two things happened this weekend. First, upon discussing lunch on Saturday, Kate said, “let’s go get something to eat.” I said, “sure, we will pick up lunch on our way home.” With a look of disgust on her face, she replied, “NO, I want to eat lunch at a RESTAURANT.”

Gulp.

I didn’t realize I’d let it get that bad. What’s next, no make-up and sweatpants?

Second, she awoke on Sunday morning, convinced she was having ice-cream for breakfast. While I may have been slightly less Hitler than usual about breakfast choices, I can assure you that I had not allowed ice-cream for breakfast to happen. After some intense debate, Kate quickly learned that ice-cream was not an appropriate breakfast food. Without missing a beat, she looked up at me and said, “I think just a bit of ice-cream would help my little cough. Actually, it would be perfect.”

My brain should not get this much exercise from a not-yet-three-year-old.

41 comments:

C. Beth said...

Ha--she is waaaaay too smart for your own good! :)

Congrats on the SITS honor!

AndreaLeigh said...

Oh, she's becoming a little manipulator. Better warn the grandparents! :) Congrats on being a saucy blog!

The Rambler said...

I keep wondering who's laughing at me through the TV when my little 2 year old and I are having our "NO", "Yes, Mama said so", "Go Way", "No, Mama is NOT going away, please come here, please, PLEEEEASSSEEE"

((sigh))it's tough, being us :)

Blicky Kitty said...

Congrats on your sauciness. I look forward to coming back when I'm not busy procrastinating...

DESJ and Company said...

I buy yogurt and spoon it into popsicle molds. My kids love having frozen yogurt for breakfast.

Melanieshea said...

Congrats...Have a great week!

KC Mom said...

You had me cracking up at the sweats next comment...cause, yep, that's what's next!! Just ask me! The addiction is just too hard to fight. Checking in from the sauce..

Lynette said...

Good Tuesday morning SITS-er. Hope today brings some cheer to you!
You have a great post here. Love that you had the ability to cut your own tree. What a memory. And the cards are the best ever. CLAP CLAP CLAP

angi_b72 said...

Manioulation...isn't is fun? lol

Random Hiccups said...

lol! That is just too funny!

Foud you through SITS and I am so very glad I did! Great Blog!

The Tildy Spot said...

Manipulation is an essential tool in the arsenal of a 3 year. So, she got her's a little early. Have fun! :)

Liz said...

Oh man! She sounds like my Teagan!! I buy organic suckers from Good Earth (I feel less guilty since they are organic and all) and if she doesn't get a sucker every. single. day... you'd think she was being bound and locked up in some princess tower in the forest!

Sturgmom said...

I feel your pain. My youngest just turned 2 and if she doesn't get her "mummies" (AKA gummies, AKA fruit snacks (minus the fruit)) everyday you would think her world was coming to a devastating end.

Congrats on being a saucy blog!!

ella said...

Excellent blog. Keep on the straight and narrow with the food. My kids used to cry for the "cheesburger house" (McDonalds) too. It's like they make those burgers with crack...

Sera said...

That is hilarious about the ice cream helping the cough. Congrats your saucy blog!!!

Becky said...

Oh, I can so relate. I just posted about this within the last week. I feed my kids healthy stuff almost all the time, but the almost-3-year-old is constantly begging for junk food. We don't have much in the house, but what we do have, he'll go to any lengths to get ahold of. I blame it on daycare, because what they consider "snacks", I consider junk food (cheese puffs, graham crackers with frosting, etc). I think it's made my Sammy into a junk-food-addict. It's a hard battle to fight.

April said...

You are SAUCY!

I would love some tips on how you get your family to eat healthy...it is so hard! we have cut out the fast food and added lots of fruit...but my kids do not like green veggies...no matter how much Ranch you put on them.

Lyndsay said...

Becky - Oh my gosh, we blame daycare too! I have such issues with the food choices there, but we LOVE everything else, so we make-do. When Kate was little we'd send her snacks, but it doesn't work so well now that she's old enough to see all of the crap the other kids get!

Jenners said...

Yay Saucy Girl!!

My son recently discovered McDonald's cheeseburgers and is now obsessed with them. But when I tried to make tiny little hamburgers at home (with cauliflower hidden in it) he complained that it didn't taste right like the ones at McDonalds. Plus I didn't provide a toy.

You are in big trouble as your little one sounds just a bit too clever ... she'd outwit me in a second! Good luck!

Irene said...

Congrats on being "Saucy" this week from another "Saucy" SITSA (isn't this fun!)

My kids are the same way...."What , no cookies for breakfast???" I think my spoiled (did I say that?) kids believe they have the meanest mother ever. period. LOL!

The Acting Mom said...

Congrats on being saucy!

Whitney said...

Congrats on your "saucy-ness" ha!
This is hilarious! It sounds just like my childhood!

Call Me Cate said...

I think sanity is pretty much optional in most cases. Especially when you consider how good McDonald's fries can be when they're fresh...

Congrats on your sauciness!

Lyndsay said...

Beth - Yes, yes indeed!

AndreaLeigh - Unfortunately she's been in manipulation land for quite some time now ...

Rambler - I understand completely!

Blicky Kitty - I excel at procrastination, enuff said!

Lyndsay said...

DESJ - LOVE it! I am totally stealing that idea.

Melanieshea - Thanks for stopping by.

KC Mom - No, no, no, say it isn't so. Please. Anyone?

Lynette - Thanks for the perspective. I guess I take the tree-cutting down liberty for granted :)

angi - I am not sure that is it fun ... but it sure keeps my mind sharp!

Random Hiccups - Thanks for visiting. Hope you come back!

Tildy - I know, I know. Was it unrealistic to hope she'd skip that part?

Liz - Yes, yes, yes! You can't win, can you?

Sturgmom - We have the same battle! She calls them her "chewies" though, yet another thing I'm blame on daycare!

ella - It's the crack, always blame the crack! Kate started calling it Donald's house, as in we are going to Donald's house. Lovely!

Lyndsay said...

Sera - Thanks for stopping by!

April - I wish I had some suggestions. I knew how hard it would be to change bad habits, so (up until now) we only really introduced her to healthy food, period. It's amazing what they will eat when there aren't any other options :)

Jenners - In our world it is hamburgers, ugh. I am fairly convinced she'll be smarter than me in about 18 months, not sure what I'll do then ... get her a job?

Irene - Around our house we like to say that spoiled is DIFFERENT than spoiled rotten!

Acting Mom - Thanks for stopping by.

Whitney - Thanks for stopping by too!

Cate - Good point, sanity is overrated, no?

Anonymous said...

Hi Lyndsay- I just found your blog and love it. We share a similar sense of humor- uh, oh!
Teresa (fellow Jan. '06 mom)

Dream Girl said...

Ahh! It's unbelievable how fast it takes hold. I'm convinced there are addictive substances is in all semi-unhealthy/fast food/overly preservative laden foods out there.

Your daughter sounds like trouble of the best kind =]

Christy said...

Congratulations on the saucy blog. I found you through Jenners, I believe. Your daughter sounds hilarious. I can totally see mine trying to manipulate me the same way. I look forward to your future posts. Keep it up.

Jennifer said...

HA, lol!!! That's funny.

Liz Hibbard said...

Aren't kids great at that age. I have TWO two-year-olds and they gang up on me. cute blog.

Michaela said...

Congrats to being so saucy - I'll be back to check out more of your blog :)

silverdot said...

congrats on being saucy. your blog is great fun to read. your daughter sounds like me niece - too funny. they are so smart aren't they?

Schafner said...

Mmmmmm, McDonalds ...

I'm so hungry, and all the posts today are about food. Sorry I'm not contributing to the conversation -- I identify more with your daughter right now than with my instinctual (did I make that word up?) parenting.

Great post.

Grand Pooba said...

Ha! My chocolate cake for breakfast habbit was put to an end by my cat. He ate it. No cake for me.

Came by from sits...wish you were in Utah so we could have some wine tasting parties!

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Congrats on being saucy!!

Jeanne said...

Came over from SITS -- what a great blog!

I'll be back.

Nicki and Mathis said...

Congrats on your SITS feature this week! Cute story!!! :)

Tranquility said...

Hahaha...
That girl is learning how to work the system (and her mama)!
What a smart little girl you are raising - it's probably from all the salmon and asparagus you've fed her in the past!

Karol said...

She's definitely got your number! Good luck with that!

*have fun being 'Saucy'!

Blue Castle said...

Your daughter sounds like my son. His logic makes my brain hurt. :)

Congratulations on being Saucy this week!