Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mimi and Audrey come to visit

Mayumi and Emiko's Mimi (Nate's mother) and Auntie Audrey came to visit and take care of Mayumi during my week in New York. We had a wonderful time and Mayumi still hasn't stopped talking about it.

Audrey was the best Auntie ever. While she is here she spends hours playing with and holding them. When she is away, she sends Yumi and Emi postcards. We love you Auntie Audrey!
Mimi is a champ for spending a week of nonstop fun with an emotional toddler. THANK YOU Rosalie!

Project Fresh

Thanks to Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defence of Food, Nate and I have really tried hard to eat more 'responsibly.' I won't even attempt to summarize Pollan's argument (get the book!) but basically the idea is this: 'cheap' food actually has many hidden costs: health care (cheap food causes heart disease, diabetes, some cancers) and petroleum (shipping the food across great distances) to name just two. Pollan urges us to know where our food comes from and pay a responsible amount for it (a larger percentage of our income than we currently are). He definitely advocates farmers' markets.

I frequented the farmers' markets in our area last year but only picked up random things to supplement our primarily grocery-store-based diet. My goal for this summer was to only purchase foods grown locally for ONE WHOLE MONTH. Nate and I have decided that July--starting tomorrow--is that month.

Now I need to say here that we will have to be reasonable about this. There are just some foods that we really 'can't' go without that aren't grown locally. I still have a lot of research to do, so I may find out otherwise, but we assume that grains are not grown/sold locally. And olive oil! We can't live without olive oil. There are a few reasons we've decided to name a few exceptions to our goal.

So we've decided that 1) we will continue to eat 'taboo' foods we already had on hand in the cupboard or the freezer throughout the summer, 2) prepared foods acquired out of the home (e.g. restaurants, friends' houses) are permissible, 3) when we have dinner parties (which we do often) that we'll use supermarket foods so we don't break the bank (local foods can get pricey!!) and 3) items we just MUST have (e.g. grains (old fashioned oats for cereal) and olive oil) may be purchased from the supermarket. But we'll give up sugar when we run out, nuts (other than what we can get locally--and Virginia does have peanuts!!), etc., and ONLY eat dairy, fruits, and veggies that we can get locally.

I've told a few people what we intend to do and one or two asked if I'd keep a log of it. So--to the best of my ability, I'll keep that record here. I am not an avid blogger and I do not enjoy time in front of the computer. But I'll do my best.

Wish us luck! And Mr. Pollan--if you google yourself and have found my blog--we love you!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Dylan Gard Stansfield!

Happy Birthday Dylan, born 12 June 2010 at 5:13pm, 6lbs13oz (I think!).

Here is Baby Dylan and proud parents Lindsay (my sister) and Danny.

Way to go Lindsay!!!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010


Happy Second and Six Month Birthdays, Mayumi and Emiko!!!

Here is a short clip taken at Mayumi's Second Birthday Bash. Thank you to all who came and especially to Mayumi's Grandma Mimi and Aunti Audrey who brought raw tortillas all the way from El Pasa, TX for us to cook on the spot and serve with our sweet pulled pork tacos.

Yesterday (one day early if you follow the Americn Pediatric Association recommendations) was a big day for Emiko; not ONLY did she get her first taste of rice cereal, but we weaned her from the Kiddapotomas (swaddling blanket) AND started sleep training (she used to be a great nighttime sleeper but has gotten in the habit of waking every four hours). The cereal was a success, she didn't seem to miss the Kiddapotomas at all, and she only cried for 35 minutes in the middle of the night before falling back to sleep--making it a 7 hr stretch total without a feeding.

WE LOVE YOU GIRLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!