Tuesday, October 31, 2006
I actually did this yesterday, but I'm counting for today. I washed and waxed my car. This was the main item on my "wish it were done list". Since tomorrow is November 1st, I felt like I was running out of time. I know the snow is coming and there is no way that I wanted to be out there in 30 degree weather washing this car. So yay!! It's done and I couldn't be more relieved. Now it's not like my list is complete. Something else is moving up to #1. I'm too tired tonight to figure out which thing it is....But it's probably finishing the screens.
Monday, October 30, 2006
At the outlet mall:
I will be back tomorrow of Tackle it Tuesday...Unless I can't get out of bed tomorrow.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
The Power Rangers:
Tomorrow is Older Boys Halloween parade at school. I love seeing all the kids in their costumes....And tomorrow I'm sure I'll have more pictures.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
The chicken soup was easy. I just needed to make sure that I had gluten free chicken broth and rice pasta.
The corn bread is a recipe I got off of HillBilly Housewife and adapted it for Little Man's allergies: Recipe- Ener-G egg replacer equivalent to 2 medium eggs (3 tsp. egg replacer mixed with 4 tbs. of water); 1 1/4 cups of soy milk; 1/4 cup oil or melted safe margarine; 1 1/2 cups cornmeal; 3/4 brown rice flour; 1 tbs. baking powder; 1 tsp. salt, 2 tbs. sugar; 1 tsp. xanthan gum; 1 tsp. dough enhancer.
With a hand mixer, mix together the egg replacer, milk and oil or margarine. Mix until completely blended. Add cornmeal, rice flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, xanthan gum and dough enhancer. Mix with a whisk or spoon until combined and smooth. Turn batter into oiled or greased 8 inch square pan. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.
The pumpkin muffin recipe I got from The Food Allergy board on BabyCenter. It was submitted by calikathy. The recipe made 48 mini muffins and I made 24 plain and 24 with chocolate chips. Pumpkin muffins-1 1/2 cups sugar; 1/2 cup canola oil; 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree; 1/3 cup water; 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour (I used 1 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup arrowroot, and 1/2 cup white rice flours); 1 tsp kosher salt; 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda; 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder; 2 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the wet ingredients and the sugar. Mix until they are fully incorporated. Sift dry ingredients together and add to the wet mixture and mix until incorporated. Add chocolate chips (if using-and I usually use Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips). Put the batter into greased mini muffin tins. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. These are very yummy!!
These recipes were adapted for my sons allergies which are wheat, rye, barley, egg, milk, and peanut. All ingredients used by me are gluten free....Happy eating!
Friday, October 27, 2006
Happy Halloween!! The boys had a blast today at the hay maze with their cousin and friends from school. Unfortunately my camera ran out of batteries, so there aren't a lot of pictures.
Since Little Man was diagnosed with food allergies/allergies, I haven't gotten any new scented candles, but I used to love sented candles. I'm not sure of any new scents, but how about "McDonalds French Fries".
Soup: Name one way you show affection to others
Lots of mommy kisses for my kids. I like to smother them with kisses several times a day.
Salad: What is your favorite writing instrument?
The computer. It's fast and has spell checker.
Main Course: If you were given $25 to spend anywhere on line, from which site would you buy from?
www.toysrus.com I'd like to get more Christmas shopping done :D
Are you dressing up for Halloween and if so, what are you going to be?
I am going as a crazed mommy of two wild boys. It's the same costume I wear everyday.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
We went to my parents today so the boys could Trick or Treat at their house and I think that makes me tired too. Who would think that two little boys would need to have so much stuff? 2 Halloween costumes, 2 Halloween buckets, diaper bag, safe food for Little Man (gluten free pizza, cookies, juice, candy, apples, etc), 2 green frogs (for security reasons), 2 binkys, 2 boxes of cookie dough (from fund raiser at Older Boys school) and shampoo for my mom. By the time I get all this stuff in the car, I need a nap. I'm glad the boys had fun though. They enjoyed fooling Grandma in their Power Rangers costumes and they have been eating their loot all evening (I hope no one gets sick).
Tomorrow we go to a pumpkin patch with my cousin and her little girl and some of Older Boy's friends from school. It's 10 minutes away so at least there is no drive time involved. I hope Little Man's medicine starts working and he is feeling better tomorrow....And I hope I don't get up at 4:30 am again.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
2....An annoyingly loud Wiggles microphone.
3....A pair of Bob the Builder sunglasses.
4....A big, stuffed green frog chair.
5....A green monster that sings "Monster Mash"
6....A Little Tikes bulldozer.
7....2 yucky sippy cups.
8...A blanket that has pictures of penguins.
9....A hippo flashlight.
10....1 green Power Ranger with vehicle.
11....A Wiggles pillow.
12....A Wiggles accordion (must have been a
13....A Spiderman comic book from Sundays
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My question is....WHO'S GOING TO PICK ALL THAT STUFF UP :)
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I saw this today on Stray Thoughts and it gave me a boost to tackle a project on my wish list (my wish it were done list). We put together our little mans big boy room at the end of August, but the crib was still in there. We left it up "in case he needed it". Well, he's never needed it so it was time it came down.
Here's the progression:
I am so glad that this task is over, but it is very bittersweet. No more babies at our house. Of course the boys will always be my babies...Even when they don't want to be.
Monday, October 23, 2006
1. I have watched Flava of Love. Yes, it's that awful show on VH1 with Flava Flav and a bunch of women trying to become Flavas love interest. I've seen almost all of them. It's like a car wreck. You know you shouldn't look, but you just can't help it.
2. I have taken the book "How To Behave So Your Preschooler Will, Too" by Sal Severe out of the library 10 times, but have never gotten a chance to read it. It's sitting on my computer armoire right now (in week 2) and I still haven't opened it. I should just buy it.
3. When I was pregnant, I craved onions. I would cut up a whole onion, put it in a bowl with Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese and eat it as a snack. No, I don't still do this.
4. I am on a perpetual diet, but I never lose any weight.
5. My arms are double jointed.
6. I do my hair and full make up everyday (unless very sick) even if I'm not leaving the house. What if someone stops over unexpectedly (no one ever does)?
7. I am afraid to fly and haven't flown since 9/11 and don't want to.
8. When my husband is out of town on business I sleep with the TV on all night because I don't like to hear the noises in the house.
9. I can fish and I can bait my own hook, but I won't take the fish off of the hook because I'm afraid I'll hurt it.
Ok, now everyone knows I'm weird. I'm tagging Sue
, but I don't really know of anyone who reads my blog. Hopefully they do and will participate.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
This blog will remain silent until Monday in honor of...
Please pray for Carla and her family. My heart breaks for them...
Origionally posted by Laurel Wreath
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Hubby took Little Man and he had a blast. Older Boy was sad and cried, but he and I had a Halloween filled evening. We watched videos that I got from the library, made Halloween cookies (with wheat since Little Man wasn't home), did lots of Halloween crafts and played Halloween games on the internet. I know it wasn't the same, but hopefully he had fun anway...And hopefully next year, everyone will be healthy.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
1. I am a child of God.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006
I pulled this from another blog and thought I would share it. Reminds us to not believe everything we see and to be happy with what we have and what we look like. No one (not even the models) can live up today's standard of beauty.
Below you will find a link providing phone numbers and e-mail addresses for both of your senators:
What The Bill Does
Helps assure that schools can safely manage students with life-threatening food allergies
Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, to develop and make available to local educational agencies a voluntary policy to manage the risk of food allergy and anaphylaxis in schools.
Directs that such policy address: (1) a parental obligation to provide the school with information regarding a student's food allergy and anaphylaxis; (2) communication strategies between schools and emergency medical services; (3) strategies to reduce the risk of exposure in classrooms and common areas; (4) food allergy management training of school personnel; (5) authorization of school personnel to administer epinephrine when the school nurse is not immediately available; and (6) creation of an individual health care plan tailored to each child's risk for anaphylaxis.
Provides for school-based food allergy management incentive grants to local educational agencies to assist such agencies with adoption and implementation of food allergy management guidelines in public K-12 schools.
Why The Bill Is Needed:
An estimated 2 million school-age children suffer from food allergies, for which there is no cure.
A recent study published in the Journal of School Nursing showed that 94 percent of the nationÂs schools have students with food allergy.
Reactions often occur at school including severe anaphylactic shock, which can kill within minutes unless epinephrine (adrenaline) is promptly administered.
Deaths from anaphylaxis are usually a result of delayed administration of epinephrine.
There are no consistent, standardized national guidelines to help schools safely manage students with the disease.
Who Supports Improved Management of Food Allergies in Schools:
The importance of managing life-threatening food allergies in the school setting has been recognized by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nurses, and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
For more information, please contact Washington Representatives of The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network:
Courtney Gray Haupt (Courtney.GrayHaupt@whaonline.org)
Peter Banks (Peter.Banks@whaonline.org)
Just dealing with our pre-school, I see how needed this bill is. There is no set standard in the school for dealing with food allergies, and they take their cues from the parents of the food allergic children. The problem with that is every parent has a different comfort level for what works for their child. Where one mom may say it is ok for a child to eat something made in another moms kitchen as long as she is assured that no peanuts were present, I say no home baked food at all (due to cross contamination issues). Some parents may think that I am too strict, while others may think that I am not strict enough (and vice versa). This bill gives us a good starting point to work with. At least it addresses the issue of food allergies and epinephrine. When we started at the pre-school last year, the teachers weren't even familiar with how to use the Epi pen and there was no action plan in place in case of an emergency. Please take a minute to contact your Senators and help possibly save the life of a child...Maybe even my child.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I tried their Halloween costumes on the boys today. Older Boy was thrilled to be the Red Ranger. Little Man's costume was WAY too big, be he was equally as thrilled to be the Green Power Ranger. I will have to figure out a way to make Little Mans costume smaller, but it shouldn't be too hard. He's two, and I don't think he'll be too big of a critic. Since I feel I have the costumes under control, I thought what better time than to start some Christmas stuff. I have a recipe I got off of the internet for homemade French vanilla cocoa. I just need to get the ingredients and the mason jars and that should be a snap. I also started doing some stamping for the Christmas cards. I waited too long last year, and it was very stressful. I don't have a lot of work space, and we usually send out somewhere between 60 to 70 cards. I want to start writing out the addresses too. I think that takes the longest for me. I know it's only October, but no matter how early I start doing these things, I'm always in a last minute crunch right before Christmas. I think I have a handle on everything now, but come back on Christmas week, and my blog will be full of Christmas stress....Hopefully I'll be writing about more joy than stress this year, but we shall see.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Poor Older Boy was so sad today that he had to miss school. It was his day to be "Special Me" and he brought home a special bag last week to fill with all of his favorite things to share with the class. He included his Power Ranger phone, his talking Red Ranger doll, his swim goggles, a dinosaur from his BC Builders, a small suitcase of frogs, and a seashell from vacation. We filled out a sheet with his favorite color, favorite things to do, and family information that included a photo of the whole family (that was a difficult task since I'm usually the one taking the pictures). He has asked me for weeks when was his special day. The look on his face this morning was so sad. We went to school but only to drop off the snack (it was our day for that too) and the "Special Me" bag so the next student could use it for Wednesday. He cried all the way down the hall, through the parking lot, in the car and all the way to the store where we went to buy cold medicine. Little Man was sad too because today he was supposed to go to gym class and due to illness, this is now the fourth week (maybe fifth, I've lost count) we've missed. The only thing that cheered them up was a new Power Ranger action figure (yeah, that didn't make the budget this month - oops!). Older Boy will get to make up "Special Me" on Wednesday and Little Man will make up his gym on Friday providing everyone gets/stays healthy. Now I'm off to relax and to bed....Hopefully Mom stays healthy.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
My second flash forward was when I had to tell Older Boy that he couldn't go to his friends Halloween party because he was grounded due to his behavior in school the other day. He was very unhappy and cried and begged me to let him go. I told him on Wednesday that he wouldn't be going because he got in trouble and I had to stand my ground. Boy was that hard. I flashed forward to him being a teenager and me telling him he could not go out with his friends because he was grounded. I pictured my son, only older, arguing with me and begging me just like he was doing today. The difference was, it sure is a lot easier to deal with a 4 year old and his disappointment. Maybe if I stick to my punishment now, I won't have to worry about this at 16 (wishful thinking). The irony is, that as soon as he calmed down and we discussed the situation the phone rang. It was his friends mom saying that his friend was sick and the party had to be cancelled. Hopefully we didn't go through all of this for nothing. Hopefully he learned a lesson anyway... Before the teen years.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Little Man had school today too. He did well. He got is picture taken and played with all the toys. They used wheat-free playdough, made pumpkins with glue, and painted pumpkins with orange paint. It is so cute to see them do these things. Two year olds doing crafts is like watching clowns at a circus. There were a few meltdowns in class today, but thankfully Little Man wasn't the worst (for a change). Now we are having some quiet time. Hopefully Older Boy is in his room thinking about why he behaved so badly today and how he will never do it again....Wishful thinking, I know.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
We are continuing with the Little Man's breathing treatments and I thought he was improving with them until the last one we did. You would have thought I was killing this child. The screaming is heart wrenching. The worst is when he starts yelling "NOOO, MOOOOMMMY". Breaks my heart every time. It is definitely helping his breathing and the coughing is a lot less today. Older Boy has been behaving badly with me, but he's been a prince trying to help out with the Little Man. I'll let the behavior issues slide for now. All of the screaming probably gets him out of sorts too. Well now its bath time for the Little Man. Hopefully we'll have a quiet evening....One more breathing treatment to go.
Monday, October 09, 2006
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Saturday, October 07, 2006
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Thursday, October 05, 2006
So far this afternoon is a normal afternoon at our house. Older Boy is playing in the basement and getting ready for swim lessons and The Little Man is watching Nemo and yelling "pick a video please....". I'm hoping for a relatively quiet, relaxing evening. I'd like to get some cleaning done (never seems to end) and maybe do some scrapbooking. We shall see....