Sunday, June 05, 2016

Let Summer Begin

The boys are finally out of school.  All three of them.  The oldest graduated 8th grade and will be going to high school in the fall.  I can't believe I'll have a child in high school.  How did that happen?

Middle Man finished 6th grade and will be in Jr High next year.  And the littlest son finished preschool 3 and will be in the preschool 4 class in the fall.

The boys are growing fast!  I wish I could slow things down, even just a little bit.

The spring was busy with baseball, end of the school year activities and every day life.

We road Thomas again.

Middle Man had one episode of asthma that needed ER treatment.  At least he didn't need admitted this time.

And in sad news, we lost my father in law to cancer on March 30th.  It's still so hard to believe.  He was always so healthy and so full of life.  Life is too short.  

So summer will be more baseball, scout camp and the big boys will be fishing in Florida at some point.  There should be some beach action for the entire family.  It will be fun and busy and hopefully allergy friendly.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Food Allergy Awareness Month and a lovely gift

Food Allergy Awareness Month was celebrated May 2016.  And we received a lovely gift from Love With Food Subscription Snack Boxes and our favorite food allergy friendly company, Enjoy Life Foods.  This was such a nice surprise!!

Love with Food is an organic or gluten free subscription snack box company.  And with every purchase you make, they make a donation to an area food bank.  How great is that??

We had various Enjoy Life Food Products inside our box.  The items included Plentils, cookies, muffin mix, nut free snack mix and more.  Visit Enjoy Life Foods Website to see all of their food allergy offerings (Free of top 8 allergens and made without sesame, potato, sulfites and casein).  

I left the box on Middle Man's place mat and he was so excited to open it when he got home from school.  He actually said "Sometimes having food allergies isn't so bad" with a big smile on his face.  I can not thank Enjoy Life Foods and Love With Food enough for sending us this wonderful box of food allergy friendly goodness.  You made a young mans day!

(The food box was sent to us at no cost for review purpose only)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday

1 Peter 2:24Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

24 Who his own self bore our sins in his body upon the tree: that we, being dead to sins, should live to justice: by whose stripes you were healed.

Need a refresher on what Strict Fast and Abstinence for Catholics on Good Friday means?  Click HERE

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A New Computer!

My old computer completely died.  It was sick for quite some time but I kept using it, and hoping that I could get it fixed but sadly it totally went out.

So now I have a new one (although I do not have it completely set up yet.  I can not remember my email password and need to call the company for help).

But hopefully the new computer will mean a new lease on blogging.  I find it too cumbersome to blog from my phone or iPad.

So what has been happening here?  Pretty much the same old stuff.

Since today is Maudy Thursday, I went through the entire Lenten season without posting even once (which makes me sad).  We are ready for the Triduum. I'm close to being ready for Easter Sunday.
Today is the first day of spring break and while I'm grateful to have them home, I'm not sure I'm ready for the chaos.

What's coming up:

Middle Man is having his tonsils and adenoids out on April 8.  Please pray for an uneventful surgery.  It should be pretty routine but things aren't always routine with Middle Man.

Older Boy is making his Confirmation on April 10.

And he has a school trip to DC at the end of April.

And on a sad note, we have a family member with end stage cancer.  Please pray that he is not in pain and that he is in peace.  While we knew about the cancer, he seemed to be responding to treatment, and things took a turn for the worse fairly quickly.  We are all completely heartbroken at the thought of losing him.

I hope to be checking in here more often and I hope that everyone has a blessed Easter.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sixth Grade Camp

A few weeks ago Middle Man's 6th grade class went to camp.

Yes, in January.  In Ohio.  They had a wonderful time (at least according to him).

When I first learned that they would be going to camp, I was less than thrilled.  And I certainly wasn't sure I was going to let him go.

At that time his asthma was not under control (but it seems to be now) and I just didn't want to deal with the food.  They went from Monday to Thursday and there was no way that I could go.  What would I do with the other two children?  And because we have boys, I could be with him during the day, but at night I would have to sleep in the girls dorm which was in a different section of the camp.  That was less than ideal.

A spokesperson from the camp came to school to speak to us and she assured me that they were very food allergy aware and that the chef could cook safely for him.  Well, we've heard that before and it did not work out so well.  One good thing about the camp was that they don't use nuts or anything with nuts in the dining hall.  But Middle Man has so many other food allergies that no nuts is only a partial bonus.  The woman from the camp gave me the number of the chef and told me to call and speak with him and he would put my mind at ease.

I did call.  But I wasn't exactly put at ease.  I have no doubt that if Middle Man had celiac disease, they could have cooked for him.  But he doesn't.  He's allergic to wheat, rye, barley, oat, egg, peanut and tree nut.  The chef was very kind but kept saying gluten free isn't a problem.  But when I asked if what they purchased was also egg free, oat free (thanks gluten free oats), tree nut tree (almond flour is used a lot in gluten free products), he just kept telling me that he hasn't had anyone have a reaction.  He gave me the name of the pasta he uses and it's made by a local company.  I Googled it and not only did I not see a gluten free one, but all of them has egg.  Middle Man eating there safely was just not going to happen.

So I offered to cook all the food and send it so it could be heated up in the microwave.  But the chef said they don't have a microwave.

So my next option was to feed him breakfast at home, pack lunch and dinner and drive him there every morning and pick him up every evening.  Less than ideal but Hubs works 1-2 miles from the camp so it would have been doable.  I just didn't want to make him sit out camp.

Right before Christmas, Middle Man's teacher called me with another option.  Both she and the school nurse have a small microwave that they weren't using and they offered to bring the microwave to camp so that I could send all his safe food and he would be able to stay.

So that's what we did.  I cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner and sent a safe snack box for the teacher to keep in her room and Middle Man was able to go and to eat safely.

Because Hubs works so closely. we also decided that he would work during the day but spend the night at camp so that he could monitor things and make sure that all was going well and Middle Man was safe.

So we sent 10 meals (9 plus an extra one to be on the safe side), a box of snacks, all his meds and I sent his nebulizer just in case his asthma was triggered.

All was well and he had a great time.  I'm so glad that he got to go.  This year is the first year for this camp and I had no idea what to expect.  This is also the first year that the 7th grade took a trip.  I told him that we will reevaluate that trip next year when it comes up.  I'm not sure I could send food for this trip plus Hubs would have to take vacation time off of work.  He already takes a weeks vacation for scout camp.  He doesn't get that much vacation time.

I'm glad he was able to go to this camp.  I hate to see him left out.  But unless we could make it as safe was we possibly can, he may not be able to do things.  It's just how life with food allergies has to be.