Saturday, September 25, 2010
When Carson was diagnosed with food allergies last week I immediately started scouring the internet for waffle recipes. This boy loves waffles and was none too pleased when he didn't find his morning waffle waiting for him the next morning. The egg free waffles that I made over the week end were not fit for a dog and we obviously couldn't feed him his normal waffles. I mean they don't call them EGGO waffles for nothing! I was stumped. I just kept searching and then.....Victory! I came across this wonderful lady's site, Food Allergy Mama. She specializes in baked goods for kids with food allergies. And she lives in a suburb outside of Chicago which is where I grew up so I knew she was "good people." And what's more she has this amazing recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Waffles. I made them on Tuesday night and I ate one and the first thing I thought was, these are too rich to give to Carson. Yes, they were that good! The trouble with using Chocolate chips is that #1 they usually have milk in them and #2 they are usually made in a place that produces peanut products. I found these wonderful chocolate chips made by Enjoy Life! at Sprouts that are free from all 8 common food allergens AND are produced in a dedicated plant that is peanut free. And the bonus is that they taste like the real thing! No lie. My greatest triumph this week was when Jared sent me the following text the next morning, "All I can say is Carson devoured that waffle! He loved it! Good job Mommy!" I cried little happy tears at my desk. I had solved the waffle challenge. Side note: I substituted the soy milk in the recipe for Almond milk which he loves and is drinking straight from the glass (never did that before with Cow's milk!). He also loves the substitute cheese that we are putting on his quesadillas. It is rice based and made by Daiya. It is shredded and melts like the real thing. I am discovering that with a little research on the internet,a little creativity, and a little help from Sprouts (love that place!) eating well with food allergies is definitely doable.
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Friday, September 24, 2010
My husband Jared just started a blog very aptly named Just Roughnecking It! He plans to write about his experiences working on a rig and living half of his year in lovely West Texas. Go HERE to check out his first post. Love that guy!
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
My kids love the self time function on my camera. They hear the beeps and then the race is on to get in place. They think it's a very fun game and always want to check and see how the shots turned out. Here are some takes from our photo session yesterday. Some turned out quite good and then some illustrate my point of the race.
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No they are not in a line up. These are some pictures Jared took on their first day of YCW. These make me laugh so hard. Especially Carson's expression. He looks like he is posing for a mug shot. Despite their look here they are loving it and adjusting very well.
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Can you tell that Kate has started school? Yesterday she sat on her little pink bench and wanted us to sit in front of her. Then she would "read" a page of the book and then flip it around so that we could see the pictures. I loved it!
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Thursday, September 16, 2010
This past week end was a really good week end. We went to Austin for my sister in law's baby shower. Kate and I play this game about people we have seen that day or people we are about to see. She will say a name and then I will say "And..." and then she will fill in the next name. I was smiling ear to ear as we ticked off the people that we would see. Mimi (my mom), Bear (my Dad), Honey (Robin), Brig (bro) Burke (bro) Caden (nephew) Tabor (nephew) Kelly (sis in law) Stacey (sis in law). My oldest brother and his brood were not able to make it but there was something about this week end that was very special to me. I noticed a shift in our family. A good one.
My parents have been divorced for 8 years this December. Divorce stinks. I always say that and I don't mean to make light of it. I don't care if you are 5 or 35 it just sucks. For a long time my family has had this sort of awkwardness about it. Only seeing my Dad with out my Mom and vice versa is just plain weird when you have been used to seeing them together for almost 30 years. But last Saturday night it was different. We all met at Dave and Busters after the shower for dinner. We all sat down together at a huge table and talked and laughed and had a great time. My mom, my dad and his wife Robin and all of the kids and grand kids. Besides my brother Benjy and his family who were unable to be there, we were all actually together. I looked around and had this feeling of contentment that I hadn't had in a long time about our family. Don't misunderstand, it was never that contentious. My parents rarely played games in their divorce. Never tried to pit us against either one. They always made it easy on all of us. My Mom has been especially graceful about this. I realized just how graceful on Saturday night. There she sat talking to Robin, who is an extremely kind and gracious lady herself. They shared a dinner and played cards together. Something about that just struck me as being so kind of both of them. They have never had a cross word between them but I think it's fair to say there has been awkwardness. But Saturday night it was better. In a divorce the parents take the control no matter how old the kids are. They can choose to make things easier for the kids or they can choose to be selfish by constantly bickering. I'm so blessed that my parents took the high road. Last Saturday I sat back in my chair and thought, so this is a blended family. This is our family's future. This is what my kids have to look forward to as they grow up. And then I thanked God for making this possible. For seeing us all through on this journey. For loving us all through our anger, tears, guilt, blame, hurt, and sadness. For seeing us all through to the other side so that we could have a night like last Saturday night.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010
So even though my sewing time has been greatly diminished (oh how I miss my nap sewing time everyday), I have still found time to create. I have to definitely limit myself. I used to have 4 or 5 things going at once but now I have to prioritize. Here are some things that I have managed to complete.
I created this quilt for my friend's little boy that was just born. I appliqued his initials on it and barely got finished with it before he was born.
Next up I am focusing on a quilt I have wanted to make for a long time. I found the idea on HERE. I am just hoping I have the patience to follow it through to the end. I also really want to make a brown dress for Kate with some white contrast. I am pacing myself but still love the relaxtion that comes from sewing and so thankful that I found this hobby.
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