Thursday, April 28, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
You can't take me down. Bring it on. If I have to unload every tool in my arsenal this week I will. I am not afraid . You may of got the best of me last week but a new week has dawned.
It was a long last week. I had a challenging child. Someone said you are only as happy as your saddest child. I think they were onto something. I found these two posts that inspired me (Teacher Tom and Adrienne) and I wanted to share. All I can do is help myself find the work arounds for this child and occasionally I get pissed off, too.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
I was asked the other day if I was an extreme couponer. I just laugh. I use coupons and yes, I currently have a small stockpile of cereal. This is very small compared to these extreme couponers. Way back in 2009, I discussed my coupon philosophy. It still pretty much the same. WHAT IS REALLY SAD is I still have the same duct taped coupon clutch. There are certain seasons in my life, I have needed to save more and I amp up the coupon clipping . Other times, I am a little more laid back about the clipping of coupons.
The thing is that you don't have to use coupons to save big. The biggest money saver is to plan your meals and plan your meals around the sales. If you never cut a coupon this in itself will save you big bucks. Life as Mom had a series which focused on Eat Well, Spend Less. Food on the Table had interesting chart with the top things on sale in March and their rank. Check it out. Guess what I will be buying this week - HAM. Just in case you haven't noticed it's on sale and cheap. No, I won't be buying 50 hams.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
I did cheat on the tool part a little. The container I let my dough rise in is a plastic 5 qt ice cream bucket. I also was on someone elses blog and they did their rise in a plastic shoe box. I don't have a pizza peel. So all my last rise I did on my slipat mat dusted with cornmeal. Then I slid the dough onto my heated pizza stone. However on my last loaf, my pamper chef pizza stone died a horrible death. It broke into about 5 pieces. I loved that stone and it was well seasoned. I had it for about 5 years and I use it every week for one thing or another. Someone told me though you don't need a stone just parchment on a cookie sheet. Don't let the equipment stand in your way from giving this bread a go.
King Arthur also has their own 5 minute technique for artisan bread.
At Survival Mom bread making was the skill of the month in January. I would love to branch beyond the 5 minute bread and my bread maker. I think bread making is a great skill to have and there are a great number ways to be successful at it.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Bottom Picture - #1 Son as a Reindeer
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Part of me is WHY BOTHER? and even LARGER PART says, " What if we have been looking at this ADHD/anxiety all wrong?" You find yourself questioning," What if we had known he had Aspergers in 1st grade? Would we have done anything different? Is he mislabeled?" I just don't know. That is the honest answer. These long waits for appointments just give me time to ruminate. It would be lovely not to second guess yourself.
Labels in my son's world guarantee services that he will or will not receive from school. He is in Middle School and his current labels have garnered him some protections in Middle School. He is fully mainstreamed and has no academic accommodations. He does attend 1 behavior class and has access to behavioral teacher whenever he needs her. I really can't say enough positive things about the individual teachers who have really worked to make it a successful year for him. Some of them were a complete surprise like the gym teacher. Despite and because of his abilities, he is doing OK and really great academically. He is excelling academically on the honor roll but not excelling in his personal relationships. In so many ways he has proven me wrong. By the way, Middle School is hard on parents too.
Changing my son's label/diagnosis will not grant him additional accommodations in Middle School. The only reason to bother with getting this evaluation is because anything that opens a door or window into knowing what is in my son's world makes it worth it. Anything that improves his quality of life, I want to do that thing. I want him to know that his abilities are gifts and not crutches. I want him to live his best life. I want him to be successful in the real world. Isn't that what all parents hope for? Somehow from that perspective, the labels don't matter. Because the only important label is son.