Friday, March 26, 2010

Give yourself a ONE BITE Rule....

Kids can be picky eaters.  Try introducing a one bite rule.  For new foods--that the child is NOT allergic to-- require that they try at least one REAL bite... not the itty bitty can't really taste anything bite.

Admittedly, I have different taste buds than most kids.  I think we've mentioned it here before.  You just don't know what you're missing until you give it a try.  This past weekend I tried lobster and crab legs-- and liked them both.  Plus, crab legs give you an activity to do while eating... you gotta get the meat out. Our friend Tonya, showed me how, because my mom had never tried them before either!  It was fun for everyone.

If you're not quite up for seafood yet.  Another suggestion I have is mango.  It's a little tricky to get the seed out, so have your parents get the mango ready for your to eat.  Once my mom gets the seed out (by cutting the mango in half and cutting it out.  She then cuts lines through the mango "meat" in both directions and we end up with little squares of mango. I prefer it cold, so we store mango in the fridge. 

Another favorite is mango smoothies
For these, we buy frozen mango chunks,  approximately 1/2 c. citrus seltzer, 2 small scoops of sherbert or sorbet, and a banana. 

Here is a picture of all the ingredients we use:

Mix it up in a blender or smoothie maker:


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mom, can I stay up late to watch the news?

This was the first story done about Tanner attending the Manufacturers Expo.  It was shown on the 10 p.m. news on 23 WIFR.  I love that Tanner was already asleep and didn't even realize what a few minutes talking to someone with a camera could become. I think the reporter did a great job finding a new angle for this event and still keeping the focus on the importance of the Chamber and the Manufacturers in this area.

Click the play button to watch the video.  It is just under 2 minutes.


One year ago today....

(From Tanner's mom)

One year ago today, I needed a babysitter. Lucky for me, our friends take Tanner to do some really excellent activities. Our dear friend, Steve called the Rockford Chamber and got permission for Tanner to attend the Annual Manufacters Dinner and Expo. Steve thought Tanner would enjoy hearing the speaker talk about the Mars Rover(s). He was correct. He had no clue what would become of simple idea to entertain and educate my little boy while I had to work.

Over the next couple of days, I will share the incredible series of events that took place this time last year. I hope you enjoy our little trip down memory lane....

This photo appeared on the Rockford Register Star's website:

Before the speaker, Tanner got to experience the Expo portion of the event and learn all about the skill and talent that call the Rockford region home.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Computer Illness has kept us away.

Sorry we've been away.  We've been busy..... but, we've missed you.... just a few minor computer issues.  Now we are back up and running and to tell you all about the fun stuff we have been doing.