Our memories start now!

My mom has always kept handwritten journals for each member of the family so that one day we can go back and read her thoughts. I've always wanted to that but have never started it. So I thought I would start by writing a blog so there would at least be an electronic record of what happens in our crazy lives each day!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Well, its 2011!  I cannot believe it.  I am so thankful for the new year and I want to start it off right for our little family.  I've decided to start this blog so that I can record our daily activities and hopefully get some comments and advice from my family and friends that may read my posts.  So much happens on a day to day basis that I forget most of it and its all precious memories that I would love to come back and read when I'm an old lady. 

Today, on the first day of 2011, I tried to start introducing more healthy foods into Landon and Marlee's diet.  I am the project coordinator for a childhood obesity prevention grant and I know all the statistics and facts there are to know about how important it is for our children to eat healthy.  I've decided to practice what I preach and not only encourage them to participate in physical activity (which I've always been good at) to trying to get them to eat more fruits and veggies.  Sooooo, a while ago I bought a cookbook called Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld.  Its a great concept that involves mixing vegetable purees into your kids favorite foods and they're supposed to never know they are there.  Well, they haven't met my kids!  They eat based on appearances and this stuff definitely didn't look like what they are used to.  But, I'll keep trying and I'll keep blogging about it.

It was very sunny today so we headed down to Cherry Lake to see my dad.  He lives in the house that my family has owned down there for years.  We spent many weekends there when I was a child with all of our extended family.  We would fish all night in the freezing cold and play cards.  No TV, just family.  I loved it!  Each time I go back there, those memories come flooding back.  I so much want that for our children.

I hope that each day I can post something that is meaningful to my family as they read this over the years.  I love to write and I'm hoping that ending the day with a blog post will help to relax me and clear my mind. As for now, I'll be watching Golden Girls until midnight because this is my last night of Christmas vacation!!


  1. So, we're riding home in the pouring rain and I'm telling Scott about your blog. I want to do one now, too!
    I'm so glad we are friends and neighbors, and that our girls will grow up together...maybe Marlee will have a calming effect on Kenn! :)
    love you guys--enjoy GG...they're the best!

  2. Yea! Welcome to the world of blogging! Journaling is so important even if you are the only one that reads it. Looking forward to keeping up with the McDaniels :-)

  3. Thanks to you both! Julie, you should do it. Your little family has so much you could share. Mrs. Pam, you're my inspiration for this. I love your blog!