Jul 16, 2018

Gone Again

Prince Charming went back to work for a few days today.  The kids and I just had a quiet day relaxing.  We are doing everything we can to keep the heat out and so far we have been successful, thank goodness.

Jul 15, 2018

Amazing

Little Prince has gotten really into wooden puzzles.  He puts three or four lined up on his bed and puts all the pieces in a pile.  Then he does all the puzzles at once.  Now each puzzle only had three or four pieces but I am still impressed.  He amazes me sometimes.  He really does.

Jul 12, 2018

New!!

The little girls moved on to a new grade today.  Princess Snifflefritz is now a grade ahead of where others her age are and Princess Magpie has caught up.  They are so proud of themselves and I am proud of how far they have come.  It is nice to be teaching them both at the same grade level.


Little Prince keeps falling asleep during the day.  I  not sure why but he sure looks cute!


Jul 11, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

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Jul 10, 2018

Challenge

My biggest challenge with regards to Little Prince is his diet.  Every day is a guessing game of how much food I will be able to get to eat and what kind of food he will tolerate today.  He is do sweet but I would love it if I could get him to eat more.

Jul 9, 2018

Language

Little Prince finds his own ways to tell us what he wants.  He isn't conversational, he can only ask for things.  His language is limited and he can't always find the right words.  But even when he hasn't got the words he wants, he tries.  However, it can be frustrating when we don't understand.

For example, yesterday, he was crying.  He wanted us to get him something and we didn't know what he wanted.  He just kept crying for "red bottle, blue bottle, yellow bottle" and then "Brown '0'".   We had no idea what that was.  The whole family was wandering around the playroom searching for ideas.   And we finally realized that he was asking for the kids' bowling set.

Interpreting his requests can be tricky even when he uses actual words.  The words may not actually mean what he means them too.  But he is sweet and we usually figure it out.


Jul 8, 2018

He Called Me Mommy!

OMG, my boy heard me upstairs and came upstairs to look for me and called out, "Mommy!!"  He called out to me by calling me Mommy!!!!  I could cry.  He wanted me to pick him up and cuddle him.  I love this little bundle of sweetness so much!!  I am so lucky to be his mommy.

I think it was also the excited way he called out and the way he smiled and wanted me to pick him up that also filled my heart.

Jul 6, 2018

Thank Goodness

It is POURING down rain and I am SO glad!!  I really hope this means we get a break from the heat.  I am from Newfoundland, I am not used to these crazy high temperatures.

We went to the store to pick up a couple of extra fans and there was NONE in the store.  Apparently, we were not the only ones with that idea.  LOL

Jul 5, 2018

Summer Days

It is still swelteringly hot today.  I am finding new ways to avoid cooking.  Today it is hotdogs and sausages with fruit and veggie trays.  I am trying to be a little creative.



Jul 4, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

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Jul 3, 2018

Decision

We have made a decision. Given our the recent problems we have had with black bears in our yard, as well as the major tick issues we have.  And considering the fact that I have been having anxiety issues, and would love to have family or friends nearby for support, we are NOT buying this house.  This can't be our forever home if I feel isolated and my kids aren't safe in our own yard.

Jul 2, 2018

Cooked

It is swelteringly hot today.   Prince Charming left for another few days at work and other than that, we are doing as little as possible.

I am not sure what kind of foods to have for supper when it is this hot.  I hate turning on the oven and heating up the house.  I am certainly open to any ideas you guys might have.

Jun 30, 2018

Weekly WEIGH In

I am now down a total of 10 lbs since starting keto after having a full year of a stall and fluctuating weight.  I am thrilled!!!  I was beginning to think I would never get back o  track!!!  73 lbs down over all and 27 left to go!!!

Jun 29, 2018

Diet

I am doing really well on the keto diet.  I am never hungry, I don't have cravings and the weight has finally started coming off again.  I keep it simple as that makes it easier for me and my bulletproof coffee is the BEST way to start the day.  I am doing so well that Prince Charming is considering joining me.  I even have plan for maintenance when I get to my goal.

Jun 28, 2018

Appointment

I had a great doctor's appointment today.  He wad pleased with where I am now and happy with our plans.  I have to say, I love my doctor.  He is totally worth the two hour drive to see him.


Jun 27, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

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Jun 26, 2018

Crazy.

I was in the grocery store today and they were discussing more bear sightings. A local business has a nuisance bear and a car grazed a bear cub. This is crazy.

Jun 25, 2018

Dot Art

We are continuing on with some homeschooling all summer and today we finished our lessons by learning about aboriginal dot art.  The kids thought it was beautiful. It was their favorite craft project for a while.


Jun 24, 2018

From A Distance

It is funny how things are so different when viewed from a distance or as a theoretical concept.  All my life, I have loved the idea little cabins in the woods and farmhouses in the country.  Pictures of big, beautiful, country getaways and cozy cottage were my ideal.




But for the last two years, I have been living the reality.  And having grown up in actual towns, I have learned something . . . the country includes nature.  Shocking, I know!  And nature isn't always pretty and pleasant.

Nature and farms bring rodents, insects, and animals.  Some animals are pretty to look at (like the deer) but some animals are terrifying (like skunks and black bears).  And don't let's even discuss the wide variety of insects you can discover when you are feet from the woods (ticks, fleas, and flies were invented here I swear!)


And the funny thing about living in the country is that you can sit on your front step drinking coffee or tea for years, you won't meet a neighbor.  You will go back inside alone except for the dozens of ticks who are now calling you home.  And if our car breaks down, we are completely sunk!  We have to drive for everything.

Living here has ruined those pictures I used to like so much.  Now I see a house in the woods and I see a house infested with vermin and invaded by wild animals.  It isn't idyllic in my head anymore.

Now I long for people and friendly chats with my neighbors. I long for corner stores and coffee shops.  I long for the freedom to let my kids play in the yard without worrying about them becoming lunch for something wandering around out there.  I long for family and friends to be there to lean on when being a homeschooling, autism mom of four becomes a little too stressful.  Sometimes being so far away from everything and everyone I know is tough.

Jun 22, 2018

Games

It is fun to watch my kids play games.  I like to hear their laughter and the way they enjoy each other. 

Jun 20, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

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Jun 19, 2018

Scary

I was talking to neighbors and there have been more bear sightings.  Bears in people's yards, in people's garbage, bears and bear cubs in people's driveways.  It is really scary! I check for bears before I leave the house.


Jun 18, 2018

So Sweet

My little girls are always telling me that I should open up a restaurant.  They have even come up with a name for it.  Today when I got up, I saw this in our window.  I laughed out loud.


They were so funny and cute, I made one of their favorites, taco salad bar for supper.

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