Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin Carving, Cookies, & Fun

This Halloween we created a new tradition...
We carved our pumpkins and then finished the night off with the first of many Halloween Treats! I hope as my boys grow so will their love of family traditions. I'm looking forward to many more fun and fantastic days to spend together with them! I take photos to remember them the way they are right now.

Me and the boys:)

He did almost all the carving by himself! 


Ending the night with Cookies for a carving job well done!

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Halloween Past

I love Halloween.  I loved it as a kid and I love it now as an adult.  The fact that I get to dress my kids up and take them Trick-or-Treating just brings a smile to my face. 

I love that my father, step mom and mil all get in on the action too.  They love the decorations and the 100's of kids that stream by our front door in the adorable costumes.  They like to say our neighborhood looks just like the one in ET, you know Kids in Costumes EVERYWHERE!

Even before I had kids I couldn't wait to carve a pumpkin and sit by the front door with a huge bowl of candy just waiting for the princesses, goblins, and spidermans to ring my door bell. 

Here are my guys last Halloween...aren't they sweet?

Here is Muffin with honestly the best costume ever!

Here is Puck, on a mission for loot!
I love the whole month of October it's my favorite.  The weather, the leaves, the colors, the sounds...Pumpkin Patches and Hayrides...Love it!

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Diet Day 3 & Potpourri

-Hopefully you are up to speed and read my "Fat Jeans" post from the other day.  It's only day 2 of calorie counting again but so far I'm doing great.  I'm not trying to pressure myself by exercising too all at once when honestly there just isn't enough time in the day for me to do that.  I figure, get my food intake under control this week and next week I'll start walking again.  The last time I started on this weight loss adventure I went too hard too fast and then I burned out fast too.  So this time it's slow and steady wins the race...hopefully.

-Pucks 6th Birthday Party is in T-Minus 2 weeks.  I'm super excited about the Darth Vader Lollipops I ordered off Etsy today.  That place just makes me want to be creative and crafty, but I'm not, so I buy things instead!  I considered making the pops myself but then I thought it better to leave lollipop making to the professionals!

-Which leads me to the cake, which I SHOULD be leaving to the pros but I've decided to attempt  a 3D R2-D2 cake all on my own.  I promise to document the  triumph disaster every step of the way.  I'm sure Puck will love it, even if I think it looks like a@#!

-Have you seen the Mr. Potato Head Pumpkins?  Uh, why don't I think of these things?  Take your Mr. Potato Head parts and stab them into your favorite pumpkin and TAAA DAAA:  Halloween Awsomeness!  Seriously, brilliant!

Hope all is well with you out there in blog land.  Thanks to those ladies who continue to read and comment, it means so much.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fat Jeans

I've been slowly gaining pounds now for over a year now. I have also started and stopped various plans to lose that weight.

Yesterday was my last straw.

I put on my last pair of jeans that fit and by fit I mean barely able to pull them over my backside and hips. I'm still amazed I got them zipped up.

The fact that I got them on is far from a triumph. I looked like if I bent over the seems would split and my fat would just flubber out in relief.

As a woman not being able to wear jeans and feel comfortable is a huge disappointment for me. I have jeans in sizes 6-12. My body does not feel comfortable in a size 12. It's harder to move and bend and be active. I think lots of women look great as a size 12, after all I think that is America's average. I do not like the way I look as a size 12.

I refuse to buy any new clothes.

Thank God for my yoga pants:(. Counting calories begins again today...

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Creating a Sensory Diet

I found this article this morning while researching the internet for any and all information on SPD, specifically "Sensory Seeking."  My Muffin in clearly a seeker and not an avoider, except in the case of food.   Don't let me confuse you, a Sensory Diet has nothing to do with food.  Rather, it's a menu of activities to help your child get through the day.

I found this article HERE on how to implement a Sensory Diet at home.  Muffin is working with an OT once a week so I think it's really important to continue that work on a regular schedule in between his appointments.  It's also FUN!  He enjoys all the activities that are suggested.

I'd love to hear how you are using Sensory Diets in your home.  Can't wait to get started, and of course I'll be posting photos because I LOVE photos, especially ones of my boys!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fluctuating Hearing Loss - The Challenges Keep on Coming!

Muffin failed his hearing test.  I went into the Audiologist's appointment fully expecting Muffin to pass with flying colors.
He failed.
I was told that he has "unhealthy ears" and that his level of hearing is drastically compromised.   They told me sounds are muffled and it could sound to him like everything is under water.  I was so shocked.  This could be a huge contributor to his delayed speech issues.  There is one more test they would like to do but he wouldn't tolerate wearing the headphones.  They want to retest him in a few weeks.  Then it's likely he'll be referred to an Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor for Tubes, I'm guessing. The test that he wouldn't allow them to perform would tell us if there is a deeper issue with his hearing that tubes wouldn't help.
Once again, we wait...
Cade seems to be doing well with both Speech and OT.  Life with Muffin is exhausting.  Everything is always extra fast, extra high, extra low, extra loud...
I am now a member of the SPD Network.  It's an amazing place for parents of children with SPD to support each other.  If your child has issues associated with SPD, please check it out!