Monday, August 15, 2016

Bread and Braids!

Things have felt a bit out of sorts lately!

I have been getting Eloise and Dinah's homeschool stuff organized...
(First Grade and Pre-K!)

As well as general upkeep at home, Cory with back pain from 
a herniated disc, medical appointments (good news, thankfully!),
a few custom sewing orders (HERE is my shop!),
and then my mom getting thrown from her horse a little over 
a week ago!  It's really put a kink in things, but thankfully my
sister's family and aunt (who live much closer to my parents than
me) have been taking the brunt of caring for my mom now that
she is home from the hospital.  Instead of taking the time to 
write it all out - you can read about the Horse Mishap HERE
(on my sister's blog).  My mom is healing and resting!
That's all we can ask for right now... and are grateful it wasn't
much worse!

Here is a little of what we've been up to...
The girls love to help me bake!

Delicious blueberry bread, made with coconut sugar, 
no eggs and whole wheat flour (and more!).

 Eloise and I enjoy making weird "squiggles" on paper 
and then seeing what we can create from them!

She creates a picture from my squiggle and I create one from hers!

We attended my cousin's wedding a couple of 
weekends ago!  The pictures from inside were 
pretty grainy... but here are a few from outside!
It was a beautiful day!

My parents gave me an Instax Polaroid camera for my birthday...
and I had fun taking some photos at the reception!

And I taught Eloise how to braid!
She was a quick learner!
(I'm talking, maybe.. 30 seconds!)

It has been wonderful having her want
to braid my hair all of the time!
Does anyone else love having their
hair brushed and played with?
So relaxing!

I think she's doing a pretty good job!
Summer's almost over!
Hard to believe!

Friday, August 5, 2016

A Celebration!

Last month Audra turned 20 months old!

And I turned 33!
I had a nice day out with my sister (a rarity!)...
and a nice evening with my little family.


We had homemade chocolate pudding pie...

And I got a few presents!

(Cory knows me so well!) :)

Hooray for birthdays!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer Days

Holy Moly! 
It's been a month since I posted!
Time has flown.

 Eloise finished up Kindergarten and is enjoying 
spending her days playing with her sisters!

Audra turned 18 months old!
She says all sorts of words and phrases.
She is still a fire cracker (exhausting)!
And is very interested in the potty - woo hoo!

Dinah enjoys "reading" books, writing her letters and playing.

We got Eloise and Dinah bunk beds (but we're keeping them as singles for now).
Out went the old crib and toddler bed!  :(  It made me sad to see them go, but
we were able to get a little money back for the bed and the crib went to my cousin
who was in need of one.  

Audra is using the old crib/toddler bed that Eloise and Dinah have both used.  
They are all three sleeping in the same room now... which means Cory and I 
have moved out of the living room after 10 months!

We've been enjoying the cool, breezy days here with the windows open!
It's been nice to be able to go outside in the comfortable weather.
I also introduced Eloise to the game of LIFE (my old one... not sure what it's like
these days).  It's been fun playing when Audra naps!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Food Allergy Awareness Week

I know I've been MIA lately... 
Honestly, I have a separate private blog for friends and family 
that isn't censored on personal information like this one is (for the most part)... 
so I spend most of my blogging time over there!

BUT, I wanted to share a few things today!

If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know that 
Eloise has severe food allergies to eggs and peanuts.  
I am continually surprised by how much people don't know about 
food allergies, but then... I was once that person also, 
so I'm not sure why I'm so surprised!  
My life has become totally engulfed in avoiding El's allergens
 that it's just second nature to me.  Though even at home, where we 
live in a nut-free environment, any little hive or sneeze makes me
 jump into action to make sure she didn't accidentally come
 into contact with something she is allergic to.

Normally I am not all about assigning special "weeks" or "months" for things.  
But, of course, this one is near and dear to my heart... 
so I can understand why some people are passionate about 
other specially designated days, etc.

Here is a little graphic I made with some information...

(Someone lost their first tooth!)
Did you know that 1 in 13 children now has a life threatening food allergy?  
That's roughly 2 in every classroom!  (Thankfully we homeschool - last day 
of KINDERGARTEN!!  Hooray!).  I took El to a library program this 
spring and in just the small group of children and adults that attended there 
was peanut and egg allergy (Eloise), a boy with red dye sensitivity and 
shellfish allergy, a little girl with wheat allergy, a little girl with gluten allergy, 
2 adults with several food allergies and a librarian who learned she was all 
of a sudden allergic to peanuts and milk in her early 60's!  
(Food allergies can develop at ANY time in your life!)  
That's a lot for just a small little town and a small little library!  
It's more common than people realize.  Research shows that 
allergies DOUBLED between 1997-2007.  Of course, I can speculate on 
reasons why... but I am no medical or scientific professional, so I won't 
get into all of that!  

As a mother who deals with the anxiety of food allergies every time we 
step foot out of our own home (and sometimes while in it), I would urge you 
to think a little bit about those around you when you're out and about.  
Don't touch people's babies or offer them food without checking with 
a parent first (not saying any of you do!) and if you're hosting a party 
or get-together for children, maybe inquire if there are any allergies to be aware of.  
Trust me, it will be appreciated by the parents!!  At Halloween time, 
maybe look into the Teal Pumpkin Project.  You put a teal pumpkin 
out on your porch so Food Allergy kids know that they can get safe 
(non-food) treats at your house!  (But please, don't mix them in a 
bowl with food items as even the outside of wrappers can be contaminated 
just from being in a factory with allergens).

Also consider things like bird seed that usually contain or are manufactured
around peanuts and tree nuts.  Garden/Potting soil often has peanut shells
as a filler.  And also know that company's are required by law to list
any allergens that their food products may contain, but they are NOT
required to disclose if the items are made in a nut free facility or even
manufactured on the same production lines as allergens.
If you are trying to get information just from a label, it most
likely is not complete information.  The allergy community often are
making phone calls and sending inquiry emails as to the safety of food items.
I recently learned that there are lighter fluids that many contain peanut oil
due to the fact that they use "recycled oils" from restaurants and
can't guarantee that peanut oil or other allergens weren't in the mix.
Never would've thought of that one, would ya?
Me either.

In other words, Food Allergies are not so cut and dry!!
 Taking time to educate yourself, even a little means so much!!

This summer, Eloise plans to trying to raise enough money to buy 
some Food Allergy Awareness Children's Books to donate to our local library!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016