Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Our Homeschool Journey: Sensory Friendly School Room

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Our Special Needs Journey:Part 22 - Post-Holiday Happenings

Happy New Year!

No "year in review" post (although in reflection I am proud of all our progress) or "resolutions" to share. Just an update on what I love to talk about most - my kiddos.

So if you're following our crazy-chaotic life you'd know it is not odd for me to go so long between updates.  Because, well, I'm crazy-chaotic-busy. I'm falling back into life after the holidays and wanted to share some pretty wonderful things happening in our lives!

[Side note - even when things are NOT wonderful I still share them. No illusions of perfection because God is at work in ALL times and ALL things. He is glorified in our suffering as much as our blessings. He promises perfection in Heaven and that there WILL BE affliction in our sinful world. I'm not complaining when I talk about the burdens. He may not bring every issue to a perfect resolution in THIS life (although at times He does and it is SO encouraging) but I am assured that He will ultimately. He is always at work.]

Bruce has had an eventful month! His crazy-cool purple cast is gone and he has re-acclimated himself to walking without it on his leg.  We returned to the allergist to do skin prick testing for almonds. The good news is he is NOT allergic to almonds and has a milk option for his sippy cup! The bad news is he hates it and refuses to drink it in any form.

For the most part I LOVE nursing, I do. There are a few times breastfeeding is physically painful. I'm not sure how to convince him to eat or drink other foods until he is fully weaned (which he is no where close to doing on his own). I'm not a fan of the whole slapping me in the face if I say no to boob. And I'm REALLY REALLY not a fan of the reactions of others and lack of support. I'm appalled how comfortable people feel saying hurtful things to me or telling me "it's past time to quit nursing."
[Here's a photo from this Fall. Breastfeeding a toddler is beautiful, not creepy. This is my photographic evidence of that!]

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cran Apple Salad

I love a good salad but definitely like to experiment with ingredients - a change from the basic lettuce, tomato, croutons, dressing... This salad was so good I ate it every day for a week!

Romaine lettuce, chopped
Fresh spinach
Candied walnuts
Dried cranberries
Crumbled bacon bits
Crumbled goat cheese
Buttered croutons
Sliced Granny Smith apple
Topped with Pomegranate vinaigrette

So simple, soooo good!