Dec 20, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Craft

The Saturday PhotoHunt for this week is:  CRAFT.  This time of year crafts are something I like to do with the kids.  Here are some crafts we did together last year.













How??


The other day, I got a call from the developmental team, they wanted permission to share Little Prince's file with the preschool autism team (I assume because he is almost 3).  LOL, I don't care who they show the file too all I want is a diagnosis and help for my boy, so obviously, I gave them permission.

But the call did get me thinking.  When Princess Magpie and Princess Snifflefritz were each three, I was planning their preschool curriculum for homeschooling.  But with Little Prince, I have been so busy dealing with the present, it never even occurred to me to plan ahead. 

Actually when I realized that homeschooling Little Prince will be so much more complicated than homeschooling my girls, I had a mini panic attack.  How do you homeschool a child with a more classic version of autism?  And if he doesn't learn to talk before that, how do you homeschool a child who is non-verbal?  How do I do this? 


I know I want to homeschool him.  I know that no one will work harder for my boy and to educate him than I will.  And if my boy learns to use an I-pad or a keyboard to communicate, I will have to have taught him to read first.  How do I do that? 

I know I have time, but what I realized is that rather than delaying it later than the girls because he seems so much younger than they were at this age, I need to spend more time preparing.  I need to spend the next year or two learning how to go about educating a special child like Little Prince.  I will learn how to teach him, but right now realizing how much I don't know, I am a little panicked!


Dec 19, 2014

This Moment

A beautiful and fun Friday ritual. Inspired by SouleMama.
{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. – Amanda Soule



Italian Wedding Soup


Meatballs
  • 1 lbs lean ground Chicken1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
Soup
  • 6 cup chicken stock (broth)
  • 1 cup boneless cooked chicken breasts (baked & chopped into shreds)
  • 2 cup spinach (frozen or fresh), cut into small pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper 
Directions For Meatballs:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
  3. Form into very small balls (approximately 90 per 1 lbs of ground chicken). 
  4. Place on a non-stick cookie sheet.
  5. Bake about 10-15 minutes. 
  6. Turn them halfway through the cooking time. They should be browned on the outside but are still soft.
  7. Remove from oven and drain on a paper towel if necessary.
Directions Soup:
  1. Place all ingredients, except spinach, into the crock pot with meatballs.
  2. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours (Add spinach during the last hour).
  3. Remove bay leaves. Enjoy!
Low Carb, THM S

Dec 18, 2014

Leaving?


I have written about this before, but I was reminded how sensitive my Princess Magpie truly is.  Ever since Princess Snifflefritz was born when Princess Magpie was only 17 months old, Princess Magpie has been insecure about her place in our home.  I try to make sure she knows that she is special and loved.  But for some reason, she isn't always confident about it.


So today when Princess Snifflefritz came down crying because Princess Magpie was leaving, (after reassuring Princess Snifflefritz that no one was going anyway) we called Princess Magpie to come and talk to us.  She came down wearing a backpack as well as carrying a basket and a little suitcase.  She had decided that we didn't want her live here any more and she was going to leave.

On top of being a little sad she felt that way, I was also baffled.  She hadn't gotten in trouble, she was contentedly playing in the classroom when she went upstairs and packed.

We talked to her and asked her why she felt that way and she said because she gets in trouble sometimes.  I told her that she was six years old and every six year old gets in trouble sometimes but that we will ALWAYS want her and she can live with us forever if she wants.  I talked about how she was the only girl just like her in our family and how I waited a LONG time to have her and how special she was and how grateful I was to have her.
 

After lots of talking and hugs, she seemed to feel better and after cuddling for a while she carried
  • her backpack filled with her pillow and her teddy, 
  • her basket with her favorite dress 
  • and her little suitcase with a change of clothes, 
all back to her room.

I LOVE my girl, she is a sweet, funny, caring, tough, gentle, Tomboy princess and I wouldn't have her any other way.  I just wish she knew how special she truly is.

Throwback Thursday

Tots and Me

I went back to late December 2010 for my Throwback Thursday Post today.

Princess Snifflefritz turned one year old this year and she was sooo sweet!

Princess Magpie was 2 1/2 years old (a little younger than Little Prince is now) and she wasn't all that interested in having pictures taken. 


Princess Belle was an almost 9 year old dedicated big sister.

THIS is why I call her Princess Pout because nobody can pout quite like Princess Magpie.





#TBT 

Dec 17, 2014

Enough

It's funny to think that there is this person who:
  • never talks to me, 
  • barely looks at me, 
  • ignores me most of the time, 
  • routinely kicks my face when I am changing him
  • shows almost no affection
And yet, I absolutely and completely adore this little person more than I can ever express.  Little Prince means so very much to me and even if he can't tell me, I know he loves and needs me.


You know why I know?  Because:
  • when he wakes up crying at night, it is me he needs to help him calm down.
  • when he is scared, he grabs at my shirt and desperately clings to me.
  • when I touch his face or his head, he grins before he pulls away.
  • He is content to play and laugh to himself when he is simply playing near us. (I actually don't know if this one means he loves me, but I LOVE to hear him laugh)
This little person, who on the surface seems to want nothing more than to be left alone, shows me that he loves and needs me in the only ways he can.  And that's good enough for me.

Wordless Wednesday: Princess Snifflefritz

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Dec 16, 2014

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 1c natural peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 donks stevia
  • 1/2tsp baking soda
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 1tsp pure vanilla
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients well in bowl. 
  3. Dip out on lightly greased cookie sheet and press with fork. 
  4. Bake 11-12 minutes.

THM S
Makes 12

Naughty and Nice (or maybe . . . Good and Bad)


  1. Good and bad -- okay, so the plumber came and fixed the leak but now we have a giant hole in our ceiling with no hint as to when it will be fixed.
  2. Bad -- Someone else's stuff accidentally got charged to my bank account (not their fault) and now my shopping trip with the girls had to be postponed, *sigh*
  3. Good -- Little Prince has let me sleep a few nights in a row and I am EVER so grateful
  4. Good -- Prince Charming's lost friend was not only found but spent three days visiting with us and the girls.
  5. Good -- I have watched a bunch of different versions of "A Christmas Carol" and I love them all.
  6. Bad -- I tried to watch the Disney version and my DVR ate it or something and I couldn't watch it.
  7. Bad -- I lost Little Prince's favorite movie, Elmo's Christmas Countdown last year in the move and I haven't been able to find it airing this year.  :( boo
  8. Good -- I organized my fridge today and it looks great.  
  9. Good -- Prince Charming gave my little drummer girl Princess Snifflefritz a set of drum sticks.
  10. Bad -- I have had a headache for three days and I guess that may be making me grouchy and may be making the drum sticks a little less than fun for me.  
  11. Good -- I am experimenting with orange peels, cloves, and cinnamon sticks simmering in the slow cooker to make our house smell good. 
  12. Good and Bad -- I have been off my diet for this month as I haven't wanted to spend the extra money on myself and my diet but I am going back on Trim Healthy Mama in January and Prince Charming and the family will be at least eating THM friendly recipes for dinners.  
  13. Good -- Little Prince is a man of routine and likes things done the same way every time and he doesn't really like hugs.  But I am a smart mama and I have used his love of routine to work several hugs into each of our days.  Every time I change his diaper, I stand him up and hugs him and every time we carry him to bed, we hug him.  He is used to it and even wraps his arms around us in anticipation.  I LOVE those little arms and those hugs are precious.