Thursday, April 2, 2009

Calling All Cooks! We're giving up take out/restaurant meals! Whatever will I do?!

I'm on a search for favorite recipes! I have made a goal for next week NOT to eat out AT ALL (save for a Starbucks run, perhaps) next week until Sunday. My Twitter & Facebook followers all say I can do it! I have to admit, however, that I am a little nervous...

Ideally, we need to be GFCF, but at this point I will start w/ whole foods and minimally processed stuff. For our bread needs we'd buy Food for Life brand items. They make delicious Ezekiel 4:9 bread & tortillas/wraps as well as other sprouted grain items.

I need dinner ideas (I can do leftover lunches!) and breakfast ideas. EASY is great, especially for breakfast. :)

So lay it on me! What are your tried and true family favorites? Leave a couple recipes for me in the comments and I'll try them out over the next week or 2. When we've tried everything, I'll post them all in a nifty new blog post w/ my family's ratings.

Thanks!! :D

Thursday, February 19, 2009

My husband's mom died

I guess my title says it all. My husband's mother died in November 2008. It kind of sucks. The woman drove me batty w/ her over-worrying and stuff, but I know she meant well and she loved my kids and me immensely. She did everything she could for us.

She had a heart attack on Tuesday, November 18, 2008. The night of my daughter's first talk. Her first opportunity, at 7 yrs old, to give a bible-based presentation in front of the entire congregation. She did beautifully, too. I was up there w/ her & our friend Jill. It went so well.

But my mind and my husband's mind were both on his dad, his brother, and his mom.

After our daughter's part, we left for the hospital. We told the kids as we were leaving so they weren't taken by surprise.

She had a heart attack that evening, fell into a coma, and never came out of it. Eleven days later she took her last breath w/ my brother-in-law and father-in-law present. My husband and I were finishing an early lunch when we got the call.

The funeral was December 3, 2008, a Wednesday. Our kids were excused from school for the week. We spent it cleaning up the house and organizing for my father-in-law. We've gone back a few times and really enjoyed the congregation. They have been so supportive and helpful. We can't thank them enough.

I guess we've all managed ok. It just feels strange. I'm sad for my kids. They were close with their Memaw. The baby won't remember her. I'm glad to have 2 pictures of her holding him.

Monday, January 19, 2009

A bunch of random thoughts

My son is playing his Nintendo DS while my husband plays the XBox. My daughter and baby are sleeping soundly. I sit here typing, wondering what I will type next.

1) According to my 7 yr old, we are PART WHALE.

Conversation follows:

Yellow Lark: Mom, what did you mean when you said, "We are part Whale"?

Me: Whale?! What? Whale?

Now I remember..... My grandfather's ancestors came from WALES. :roflmao:

2) I'd like to get my part-whale daughter into gymnastics. I'm currently researching cost and location of various facilities.

3) This week we finally receive a diagnosis (or not) for my 7 yr old daughter. We know she has Sensory Processing Disorder and Anxiety. We'll know for sure later this week.

*Update: Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, Dysgraphia, and possibly ADHD. (Some major signs of it that will come out more as her anxiety decreases.

4) My son is a wonderful and amazing child. The Asperger's Syndrome presents a few challenges from time to time but I know he'll be ok. He and my daughter are so intelligent it astounds me. Often.

5) I need to get Wolf Spider (oldest son) to play w/ other Aspie kids more often -- he had a GREAT day yesterday at my friend's house. Her son also has Asperger's Syndrome. Her son is 13. Both boys had a great time. They're both geniuses and have similar interests. She and I were both very happy to see our sons happy.

6) Yellow Lark played w/ the same neighbor's daughter all weekend and never had an issue. :)

7) The Baby (no Native American name yet) has just been a baby. I greatly enjoy that. I'm in no rush for him to grow up, though he is already 14 months old. He is a treasure, as are his older siblings.

8) I hope my other friend has good success w/ her new guy-friend. :) She's a good person and deserves the best. :)

9) My husband is a really good guy and I'm glad I have him. :)

10) I'm looking forward to many more years w/ my family. :D I just wish I could do it w/o the allergies. lol!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Native American Roots

I'm feeling a bit verbose tonight. I have a lot of stuff ruminating in my mind, so I'm going to just type and see what comes out.

I'm getting more interested in my Native American heritage. My grandmother is quite involved in the Tribe and it's matters. We're Mohegan. The Mohegan Tribe was once a conjoined tribe with the Pequot Nation.

I wish I was more familiar with my ancestral roots. I wish I knew more about things like Naming Ceremonies and other ceremonies important to my Tribe. I want to know where my grandmothers came from.

My grandmother, Ruth E. Sweet, is very much interested and involved in our heritage. Her Mohegan name is Magnolia Blossom. My name is Doe Eyes. My children are Spider, Lark, and the youngest is yet to be named. Chubby Bald Baby will suffice for now. :)

From what I can find online, our language is Algonquin. And the Tribe operate the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.

I fear when my grandmother dies. For, when she dies, so does much history and information.

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Hopefully GFCF Lunch

So it's no secret that I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed with the GFCF adventure. It doesn't help that the whole family has been sick (allergies, most likely) for the past week.

Last night we were feeling well enough to get some grocery items. We forgot cough drops, unfortunately. But I digress. The other day my lovely daughter (now 7 yrs old and very proud of herself!) informed me that she didn't really like PB&J for lunch, even if it was on Ezekiel bread and even if it was using Laura Scudder's natural PB. So last night I bought:
Rice Cakes
sliced sandwich meat
baby carrots
Envirokids PB Bumpers cereal

I think I need to investigate what other sort of names gluten goes by. If it's as prolific as MSG, it can be under seemingly innocuous names like "natural flavor."

But at least we're off to an ok start. It's taking forever for me to jump on the GFCF bandwagon. It's a little difficult to get started w/ all the different flours and stuff that we need for baking. I don't bake a whole lot, but I did promise my girl that I'd make her some GFCF chocolate chip cookies. :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Holidays and Kids That Don't Celebrate

We don't celebrate holidays. We're Jehovah's Witnesses and we do our best to live our lives in line with Bible teachings and by following in Christ's footsteps as well as humanly possible. We do ok. There's always room for improvement, but we try.

Holidays are coming up and that poses some challenges. I know my kids have a sense of being different. I know I did. So we try our best to teach them our ways as well as respect the beliefs of other people. So far, so good.

Some holidays are a little harder to avoid having a part in. Thanksgiving, really, is the only one. I say that because it's a historical event, not something rooted in Pagan customs. I think people SHOULD learn about historical events and I support that. But they don't have to say Happy Thanksgiving.

When my oldest was in First Grade he did the Handprint Turkey with the accompanying poem:
This isn't just a handprint
As you can plainly see
I made it with my hand
Which is a part of me!
It comes with lots of love
Especially to say
Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Now, since we give thanks to God EVERY day and do not choose just one day to focus on, we don't take part in Thankgiving Day celebrations.

I have decided that my kids can use the following, modified, poem:
This isn't just a handprint
As you can plainly see
I made it with my hand
Which is a part of me!
It comes with lots of love
Especially to say
Have a very happy day!

I hope that will solve the Thanksgiving issue. My daughter is her teacher's very first Witness student. I hope we are a good example and don't overwhelm her. :)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bullies and clothes: A Ramble

So we've had some busy stuff lately. I don't have a particular subject in mind today, so this might be a bit rambly.

I'm feeling kind of bleh lately. I guess that's the "malaise" part of my diagnosis. I also have been feeling very worn out - the "fatigue" part. :P

We've been more active, as a family, and it's going well. We try to walk every other night and we really enjoy it. We leave about 6PM and get home around 9. We go to Barnes & Noble, maybe pick up a few grocery items, and head home. The kids enjoy it, but our daughter gets tired easily. I've considered bringing both strollers so she can ride in one. I know it seems weird since she's almost 7 yrs old, but I think she just needs time to get used to it. Also, she tends to wear bad shoes. Flip flops and sandals have been her choice the last 2 times. I think tonight we'll have her wear sneakers and see if it helps.

Speaking of my almost 7 yr old daughter, she's been getting picked on by a girl in the neighborhood. I'm not sure how to handle it. I talk to the girl doing the bullying and I talk to my girl, but I don't often see the kid's mom and haven't had a chance to talk with her. I plan to, but I want to say it in a non-confrontational way. The mom has far more on her plate right now than most single moms do, so I want to be gentle, but also stand up for my daughter.

I think I'll also speak with the school counselor.

Today I need to go through my daughter's laundry. She has more clothes than she knows what to do with! I'm not kidding. So I intend to pick out a handful of outfits and put the rest away for next winter. She's petite, so she'll wear this same size for quite some time.