Wednesday, 30 May 2012

First Full Pattern! Sale!!!

After much work and much testing, I published my first full crochet pattern for sale yesterday! It's the nursing beanie redone! I've updated it, made it easier to follow, quicker to work up, and included sizes 0-3 months through child! 

The full pattern is now available on Ravelry and Etsy for $3.99 as a pdf download. Since I'm so excited to release my first full pattern, and can't wait to do more, I'm having a sale on this pattern on Ravelry through the weekend. Get it for $2.50 through Sunday June 3rd! Find it Here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-nursing-beanie-2.

I hope that this new venture of crochet pattern making is a success! I have a few more in the works, including my zebra hat!

After quite a bit of deliberation, I decided to remove my previous free nursing hat pattern from my blog. It was my first version of this hat, and it has been greatly improved upon. I don't want to offer a version that I feel is second best. I'm glad that some of my readers enjoyed it and were able to use it. I will continue to post free crochet patterns on my blog in the near future.




Monday, 21 May 2012

Sick of Being Sick!

After a double round of a stomach bug and a bad sinus infection that doesn't want to leave, I'm back to blog. It's been a terribly lazy couple of weeks and we've all spent a lot of time laying around, curled up in balls.

Now that the stomach bug is gone, I'm playing catch up in everything! Today, when the twins went down for their nap, B Bear and I went outside and picked some flowers from the yard. Fresh flowers on the mantle always cheer up a dreary house. B decided which ones to pick and arranged them for me in a vase. Didn't he do a good job?

If I can find some relief from this sinus infection, I hope to have a fun tot-school post tomorrow and a project lunch sometime this week. I also have a giveaway coming up soon, so stay tuned!


Thursday, 10 May 2012

Project Lunch Week 3: Rice and Bean Wraps

This week, I have done a much better job at not only eating lunch every day, but also at making better choices. To save time, I made a big batch of Healthful Mamas rice and beans. Yesterday I ate just that, with a banana on the side. It was super simple and super yummy! Today, I used the rice and beans in a yummy wrap. It was super yummy and I'll have it again soon.

Ingredients:
  • Healthful Mamas rice and beans
  • Tortilla. Please use a fabulous whole grain, HFC free tortilla. I used a plain white tortilla because it's all I had. White flour is really not good for you, so opt for the whole wheat. 
  •  Sliced cabbage. If you're me, just use a couple handfuls of coleslaw mix. (Yes, I am that lazy sometimes.)
  • Cojita, crumbled. If you're not familiar with this cheese, it's time to get to know it. I'm convinced that cojita is indeed the cheese of the gods. It's saltiness resembles feta, with a mozzarella like flavor. Yum!
  • Tapatio! (or whatever hot sauce you prefer)
  • Lime
Warm your tortilla in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds. Top tortilla with cabbage and rice and beans. Sprinkle cojita over it and top with tapatio and lime juice to taste. Enjoy!

Easy-Peasy. Filling. Healthy. My kind of meal.

Thank-you to my friend Gretchen over at healthful mama for blogging your rice and beans recipe! It's going to be one of go-to recipes now too!


Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Tot School Tuesday: Sidewalk Paint

Yeah, I said tot school Tuesday. I'm fully aware it's Wednesday. As you may have assumed, it's been a busy week and I'm a day behind. Oh well! Better late than never, right?

This week B bear and I had some quiet time (didn't even know that could exist in our house!), so I pulled up a project that I pinned a while back and threw it together. I followed the instructions from Smashed Peas and Carrots, but it's so easy that you don't really need directions.

Just mix one cup of cornstarch with one cup of water, separate that into sections of a muffin tin and add a few drops of food coloring to each cup. I gave B bear an assortment of brushes and let him go to work. I like to offer more than one type of brush, so that he can experiment them. We started out with some really bright and pretty colors, but in the end we pretty much had swamp green in every section. He likes to mix colors.


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Thursday, 3 May 2012

Project Lunch Week 2: Honey Soy Tofu Stir Fry

I'm doing a little bit better at making sure I eat this week. Let's see, on Monday I had some brown rice with leftover chicken and asparagus. On Tuesday I skipped lunch and was in a hurry all day (For shame! For Shame!) Yesterday I had the best of intentions to make myself a fabulous lunch, but when I found out we were out of garbanzo beans, that fell through and I had a bagel with jam. Yeah...I need to keep working on this.

Today however, I was craving tofu, and just happened to have a bunch of veggies that needed to be used soon. I threw together a simple marinade for the tofu and used some left over brown rice from Mondays leftovers.

Easy Soy Honey Tofu Stir Fry
You'll Need:
Extra Firm Tofu (I use about a quarter of a package for just myself)
Veggies (whatever you have on hand)
Cooked Brown rice
For the sauce:
1/2 c soy sauce
1/2 c water
1 T sesame oil
2T honey
small squirt of sriracha
2 cloves garlic
1 inch chunk of ginger

1) Press your tofu. I wrap mine in a kitchen towel and place a cast iron skillet on top of it. Leave it for 15 minutes of so and a great deal of water will press out. This will change the texture of the finished tofu and make it a little less mushy.

 2) While your are waiting, mix together your sauce ingredients. Mince the garlic and ginger, or just push them both through a garlic press. (Oh yeah...I am that lazy). Use the sriracha to your liking. If you like a little more spice, crank it up.

3) Slice your tofu into triangles. I think it marinates better that way. Place your slices in a shallow dish and cover with the sauce.

4) Let the tofu sit for about 10 minutes while you chop your veggies. I used carrots, broccoli, spinach, and some peas that were left over from the boys' lunch.

5) Heat a pan over med-high heat with a Tablespoon or so of oil.

6) When the pan is hot, add the tofu in a single layer. Check frequently and turn as they brown. Be careful not to let it burn. I like mine light brown and a little crispy at the edges. It takes about 5 minutes, turning a couple times throughout. Remove them from the pan.

7) Add veggies to the hot pan and stir fry for a couple minutes. Add a couple T of the marinade to flavor it and continue to stir fry until the veggies are soft.

8) Assemble veggies and tofu on the rice and chow down.


Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Tot School Tuesday: May Day Flowers

 Happy May Day! Today the boys and I made May Day baskets and delivered flowers to our neighbours and family. The boys had a great time decorating their baskets and thought it was so much fun to hang them on doorknobs and run away.

I wanted to keep this simple, since the twins are only 2 1/2 and B seems to have a short attention span lately.

To make May Day baskets you will need:

  • Construction Paper
  •  Markers/Crayons
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Flowers 
              I gave each of the boys a sheet of construction paper and some markers. They colored and scribbled to their liking. B drew flowers and bees on one of his baskets.

After the boys were done coloring, I rolled the paper up into a large cone and taped the side. I cut strips of construction paper about 1" by 6". I stapled these to the cone as a handle.

The boys helped me fill the cones with flowers, that their daddy picked up at the store. I would have loved to have them pick some wild flowers or flowers from the garden, but we still don't have much growing around here.


 L didn't want to go with us to deliver around our neighbourhood, but joined us went we went to take some to Grandma. L and A each picked one house in our neighbourhood to take their baskets to and they walked over, sneaking through our yard. Kids are so darn cute when they are trying to be sneaky.

They hung their baskets on the door knob, rang the door bell and ran off. They were so excited and kept talking about how happy the neighbours would be when they saw their surprise flowers.

I hope my little men made someone happy today. I know they made my day special, and I'm pretty sure it was a great day for them too.


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Monday, 30 April 2012

Letting it Go

Stuff. We all have it. Most of us have too much of it. We certainly do. We had so much stuff that we can't even park one car in our three car garage. Why? Why are we all so attached to our stuff? Aren't experiences and relationships the things that we should value? Shouldn't we be able to let go of our attachment to objects that clutter our lives? I'm absolutely committed to let go of my stuff this year. Of course, there are a few special items that cannot go. For the most part, if I'm not using it, I shouldn't be hanging on to it.

As I said, I want to place value in experiences and relationships. I have an opportunity coming up to follow my heart and become a birth doula. I feel myself called to this on a very deep level. It's almost unexplainable. It's just me, this is what I am meant to do. I can not pass up this opportunity. As a birth doula I will have experiences worth far more than any possessions, and will hopefully build relationships worth even more. I can not wait to go to training in June.

When this opportunity came up, we could not afford for me to go. Local(ish) training sessions are few and far between and I didn't want to wait for the next one.We are on a tight budget and working hard (with Dave Ramseys program) to pay off some past errors. I made up my mind that I had to go to training and it was easy to see that a yard sale was the way to go.

When I shared my yard sale idea with people and explained what I was doing, I was shocked when people started dropping off items for me. Once I saw that other people were willing to sacrifice a few of their things for me, it was so much easier to let go of my stuff. We let go of so many things and I have no regrets. We priced everything to sell, and accepted almost every offer. When the sale was over we hauled the left overs to another friend that is going to have a yard sale to raise money to go and do some valuable mission work.

At the end of the sale, I not only had made enough money to go to training, but also to pay for my gas to get there, my meals while I am there, and the remainder of my certification requirements! I feel so blessed to have so many people that care for me and to have had so many eager shoppers.

The lesson I learned this weekend is to let go of the things that are holding you back that you don't need, live simply, and follow your heart. You'll be surprised at what you can do and what joy will find you when you do.

*Some yard sale tips*



  1. Price to sell. Many of our items were a quarter a piece. At the end of the day we have over $25 in quarters in the bottom of our money bag. DVDs sold for $1, t.v. seasons for $5. Video games for $3-$5. Books were .50. Clothing .50/piece, shoes $1/pair, toys $1, little toys .25. Furniture ranged from $3-$25.
  2. Accept Offers. Would you rather go down a few bucks and get it out of there, or stick to your price and have to haul it back in the garage later?
  3. Baked good go fast! We served up some amazing cookies, coconut banana bread with lime glaze, black bottom banana bars, and vegan brownies. We actually had a little argument over the one full loaf of banana bread, which sold for $5!
  4. Price items. People would rather see a price on the item that throw an offer out with no guidelines.
  5. Have bags available. The week before the sale I actually asked for plastic at the grocery store and left the reusable sacs in the car. We used them all up at the sale really fast.
  6. Really consider what you are keeping. Do you really need it? If it's not bolted down, it's fair game. Ask do I need it? Does it mean something to me that can not be replaced? Is it replaceable if I decide I made the wrong choice? When is the last time it was used?
  7. Keep clothing organized. We spread out a blanket on each side of the driveway. One side was adult clothing and one side was boys clothing. At .50 a piece we sold a ton of it!
  8. Smile at your shoppers, make small talk and be happy to be there. 
  9. Short hours work! We were only out from 7am-noon on a Saturday. The afternoons are almost always so slow that it's not worth it and by noon most of the good stuff is sold.
  10. Advertise on craigslist, and create an event on facebook. Put up signs around the neighbourhood so that no one will have trouble finding you. We didn't even bother with an ad in the paper, and we did just fine.
  11. Don't do it alone. Make sure you have a helper. Find a friend, neighbour, or family member to help you out. I couldn't have done it without my awesome helpers. :)

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Project Lunch Day 1: Chicken Ranch Sandwich

I have a confession to make. I do not take care of myself. I have a feeling that there are many other moms that do the same. I rarely eat breakfast and ofter skip lunch. If I do eat lunch, it's whatever I can throw together, even boxed mac and cheese on occasion. For shame, for shame. I know.

I'm trying to improve my eating habits, so that I don't totally crash in the afternoon or have terrible headaches, hence "Project Lunch". I have three criteria for project lunch meals: 1)Healthy 2)Easy 3)Homemade (aka, not boxed mac and cheese).

Today I threw together a chicken sandwich that turned out to be so yummy! It's not particularly low cal, but it is made of real food, not overly processed ingredients, and is not boring!

Chicken Ranch Sandwich

You'll need:
Good Quality Bread ( I used Good Seed, from Dave's Killer Bread)
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast or Thigh ( I used a thigh because I had it on hand)
Slice of cheese (I used Muenster today, cheddar would be yummy too)
S&P
Lettuce
Tomato
Ranch Dressing (I make my own protein ranch using this recipe, but my own seasoning mix)

Place your chicken piece on a cutting board and remove any excess fatty lumps. (Don't you just love my technical terms?) Pound to an even 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Preheat a cast iron pan on med to med-high, and pop a couple of slices of bread in the toaster. Cook the chicken in in the pan for 3-5 mins per side, being careful that it is cooked through, but not burned.  Place the slice of cheese on the chicken and let it melt. Assemble the sandwich with lettuce, tomato, chicken, and drizzle the sauce over it. Serve with fresh veggies and enjoy!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Crochet Swiffer Cover Pattern and Tutorial

Happy Earth Day everyone! In celebration, I decided to come up with a pattern for a reusable swiffer cover, to prevent excess waste from using disposable liners. It's very easy and a beginner should be able to manage it.

Swiffer Cover Pattern

You'll need:



Worsted weight cotton yarn (I used less than one ball of Lily Peaches and Cream.)
H hook
Yarn needle.

Abbreviations:
HDC: Half double crochet
SC: single crochet
Ch: Chain

Make a chain that measures 15 inches long. For me this was 57 stitches, but it will vary based on your gauge.

Row 1: Hdc in second chain from hook. Hdc in each remaining stitch. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2-14: Hdc in each st across. Ch1, turn. Repeat this row, until you piece is 4 1/2 inches tall.

When it measures 15 inches by 4 1/2 inches, you are done repeating rows.

Fold over each end by 2 1/2 inches.



Putting hook between both layers, sc to the edge. 3 sc in corner stitch. Sc down the side and 3sc in next corner. Working through both layers again, sc all the way along the long side. In the middle you will only be going through one layer. 3sc in corner, and sc up side. 3sc in corner and again sc through both layers. Sl in first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Happy cleaning, and Happy Earth Day!!!






Friday, 20 April 2012

What a week.

What's with the low post count this week? I don't know about you, but every once in a while we have a string of days that are less than fabulous. This week has been a non-stop *bleep* storm of craziness.

My kids have been bouncing off the walls, and obviously have gone deaf, because they don't seem to hear a thing I say. L is having a bit of an aggressive streak.

Then to top off the awesomesauce week, B Bear swallowed a screw. Yep, a screw. Apparently it was one of the connector pieces from a hand made train set. Lesson learned: inspect the toys from time to time. The good news is, that it didn't do any harm and will pass on it's own.

I sure hope the craziness slows down soon. Until it does I just keep telling myself to take deep breaths and try to smile.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Crochet Apple Slices

My little boys have been having so much fun playing with their kitchen to cook up all kinds of goodies. Carrot and cupcake soup anyone? We have a really cute handmade wooden kitchen, that we found at a yard sale. All the food that we've bought for it is either wood (Melissa and Doug), felt, or crocheted.

Last night I whipped up some apple slices to add to their fruit bowl. They were super, duper, easy and the kids like them. Here's the pattern I came up with.



Apple Slices
You'll need:
Worsted weight yarn in white, brown, and red or green (or whatever funky color you want your apples to be)
Size H hook
 Tapestry needle

 **the white part is worked in the round. Do not join at end of rows. You may find it helpful to use a stitch marker to keep track of your work.**

1) With white yarn, make a magic ring. I may be fantabulous, but I'm not even going to attempt to explain a magic ring. If you need instructions, youtube has some awesome videos. 8 sc into ring and tighten the loop. (8)

2)  2sc in each st around. (16)

3) *2sc in first st. 1 sc in next st*. Repeat around. (24)

4) *2sc in first st. 1 sc in next 2 st* Repeat around. (32)

5) *2sc in first st. 1 sc in next 3 st.* Repeat around (40)

     Sl in next st and fasten off white. Making sure that the center is tight, weave in the both of the ends.
Using brown yarn, thread two strands through the needle and stitch 6 "seeds" onto the slice. It may be helpful to fold it in half and stitch 3 in each half.

6)(no longer working in the round) Attach green yarn and sc 10. 2sc in next st. sc 20. 2sc in next st. sc the rest of the way around. Sl st to first green st. ch 1. (42)

7) sc in each st around. sl st to join. (42)

8) fold the piece in half. Working through both sides, sl stitch along your green or red edge. You should have a half circle. Fasten off and weave in ends.
 

Friday, 13 April 2012

Hunting Bugs

Hunting bugs is one of my go-to preschooler boredom busters. This little game keeps the little ones busy for a long time. Mine keep hunting until I'm tired of hiding them, and then they start hiding them for each other.

All you'll need is some plastic bugs (these bugs are cute), jars (we used old peanut butter jars...reuse y'all!), and if you're a bit fancy, some pipe cleaner magnifying glasses.

Send your kids to a different room and hide the bugs. Here's a hint: count as you go. This prevents forgotten bugs that pop in awesome places like your shoe or in a book, to scare the living daylight out of you later.

L particularly likes this hunting bugs. Anything that becomes a task and is a little repetitive is a hit with him. It's a bit of a task to find activities that all the boys can enjoy together. L is very particular and has to have things a certain way. When things don't go his way, he becomes very aggressive. One of our big ASD (aka autism spectrum disorder) struggles right now is the aggression and total lack of understanding that other people don't like it. This activity was really good for him and he actually was very cooperative and kind to his brothers. The only thing that caused a small problem, was that L wanted to have ALL the bugs. Eventually that worked out because his brothers lost interest much sooner than he did, and they ended up hiding bugs for L.

Happy Bug Hunting!



Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Easy Brown and Wild Rice Pilaf

This recipe pairs so well, with so many different meals, and is so simple. It's becoming a staple side dish in our house.

Easy Brown and Wild Rice Pilaf
  • 2 T oil or butter
  • 1 diced carrot
  • 1 diced stalk of celery
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/3 c uncooked wild rice
  • 2/3 c uncooked brown rice
  • 2 cups broth (chicken or veggie)
  • 1/2 c water
  • salt and pepper to taste
Begin by melting the butter (or heating the oil) in a medium saucepan over med heat. Toss in the veggies and season with a little salt and pepper. Let them soften up for a few minutes and add the rice. The rice will crackle a bit. Let it brown for about a minute, then add the broth and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a light simmer. Simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes to an hour. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Tot School Tuesday: Muffin Tin Meals and Outdoor Art

 Today I decided to bust out the muffin tins and serve lunch in them. We used to do muffin tin lunches all the time, and we kind of fell out of that routine. It worked out well, because the novelty of something new was fun for the kids.

Today we had chunks of avocado, carrot sticks, cubes of mozzarella cheese, sliced strawberries, kitty cookies from Trader Joe's, and a mini PB and banana sandwich.

It was a hit! B and A cleared their tins, and L ate most of his. The texture of the avocado seems to be a no-go for him, but he did attempt the carrots, which he normally has trouble with. He also insists on having his food separated, so that nothing touches, so this worked well for that too.

The weather is just so beautiful today, so B and I ventured outside for some playtime, while the twins napped. I've been eyeing something I saw on pinterest of a chalk board piece attached to a fence, for the wee ones. I don't have the er...energy to actually tackle that project right now, so here is my redneck version. Oh yeah, that's a cut up paper bag, crappily stuck to the fence with tape. He doesn't care and had a great time drawing spring flowers.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Natural Egg Dyeing

Yesterday, I spent some time in the kitchen dyeing eggs with the boys. After reading the latest issue of Kaia, I wanted to try some natural dyeing methods this year. We went through the pantry and tried to get creative. This was our method, very similar to the one in Kaia.

1) Put raw eggs in a saucepan and add enough water for the waterline to be about an inch above the eggs.
2) Add in the dyeing ingredient and a good glug on vinegar. We used regular old white vinegar.
3) Cover pot and bring to a boil. Once the water starts to boil, reduce heat to a simmer and simmer, covered, for ten minutes.
4) Drain, and set eggs on a towel to dry and cool.


We used a variety of kitchen items as dye. Some were more impressive than others. From Left to Right as pictured:
  1. Turmeric: This was the most vibrant result and was achieved with only a couple of tablespoons of the spice.
  2. Chili Powder: Pretty unimpressive. It made it possibly one shade darker, but still white.
  3. Yellow Onion Skins: This was by far the most impressive dye job. I only used what few skins were left in the bottom of the onion bag and it came up with that deep orange-brown.
  4. Spinach: Also completely unimpressive.
  5. Grape Juice: The eggs were boiled in grape juice and a little water. I expected a purple or pink, but came up with a fairly ugly brown, which will wipe right off the egg if you touch it. Bummer.
  6. Green Tea: About ten tea bags in a small saucepan produced this light brown-yellow. I was expecting this one to come out greener, but at least it changed the color! 
Other failures were cranberry juice and paprika. I would like to try it with red cabbage, beets, or red onion skins, but didn't have any on hand.

Friday, 30 March 2012

One in Fifty-Four.

                                                                                                                                                                    See this little sugar bug? He is autistic. If you read my blog you know this, but did you know that he is 1 in 54? That's right the CDC released a report yesterday estimating that 1 in 54 boys are autistic. The report estimates that 1 in 88 children are autistic, 1 in 54 boys, and 1 in 252 girls. We're part of that statistic. L is the one in eighty-eight and the one in fifty-four. 

If those numbers don't have an impact on you, think of it this way. If you are pregnant and expecting a boy, you're odds are 1 in 54 that he'll be autistic.                                          
                                      
These statistics disgust me. Not enough research is happening to determine why autism rates are increasing. The truth is, we still know very little about the causes. The numbers are alarming! There should be more concern. I plan to write to my congressmen asap. I encourage you to do the same.  In a couple of days I will post a letter that can be signed and forwarded to your congressmen. Keep your eyes peeled for it.

Unfortunately what tends to happen when new reports come out, is that people get upset. They donate. They write their letters. Then, they forget about it, and before long it's old news. I encourage you to stay involved. The chances are that you know someone who is affected by autism.

For more information visit Autism Speaks.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

It's that time again!

Spring has sprung and it's time to share our newest addition! Meet the third member of our chicken gang, Daisy. Isn't she adorable?

She's a Rhode Island Red and is a good dual purpose breed, meaning she will lay nice large eggs and also make a yummy meal when she is past her prime. Don't worry, this little girl will have a couple of back yard bliss years before then. Her breed lays XL brown eggs and will have a pretty red coat. She is supposed to be an easy going hen, which will work well with Minerva and Louise, who are possibly the most friendly chickens ever.

In case you're curious about our other chickens, we have only two more. Minerva is a black sex link. This is a cross between a Rhode Island Red and Barred Rock. It's also dual purpose and we sure like her a lot. She's really good at finding roly poleys in the garden.

The other, Louise is a white leghorn. She is super friendly and lays a ton of eggs. White leghorns are a very choice for egg production. They lay upwards of 300 eggs per year. Ours laid through the winter! Louise is a favorite of A, who absolutely loves animals. She is definitely his chicken.

If you are wondering about our name choices, yes, our boys love these books

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

We Were Right!

I don't know how else to begin this post, so I'll start with "we were right". We went to the appointment with the specialists at the children's hospital. They saw the same things in L that we see everyday. L is autistic. He now has a diagnosis.

Here's the weird thing: I'm not upset with L being diagnosed with ASD. I'm not upset about the diagnosis, because I already knew it. I was upset about it months ago, when my husband and I realised what was going on. We went through a very emotional process then. Now, the diagnosis is validation. I AM a good mom. I do KNOW my kid. I've let other peoples opinions make me feel crazy and doubt the doctors. Now I know that I can trust my instincts and our doctors, and I will learn to stand up for myself.

The best part of the diagnosis is that now we know where to go from here. We have referrals to some new therapy programs. The people at the autism center were amazing and so informative. We left there with such a positive outlook and so many ideas on how to help my little boy.

Now I have to be an advocate for a minute. We were told that if we hadn't started early intervention therapies with L, we would be in a very different place. I have a small request of my readers. If you notice any delays in your child, or if your gut tells you that something isn't quite right, talk to your doctor. It could make a huge difference in your child's life.

Friday, 6 January 2012

A Bundle of Nerves

After more than six months of waiting, we finally got in, and will be taking sweet little L for his official autism assessment appointment in just a few days.

I'm so nervous about it that I could just scream. The last year has put us through all sorts of things from twice weekly therapy to an EEG. He has shown so much progress with the early intervention that we have made such a priority lately. All along this appointment has been what we have been waiting and hoping for.

Now that the appointment is here, I'm so worried that it will not go as we expected. They will tell me that he is one smart little man, a hilarious little firecracker, with his own way of doing things. Maybe they'll laugh at us for thinking anything was off, after all, every child is different. They'll tell us that we've wasted their time and that there are kids with real problems waiting to get it.

I know I'm probably nuts. I know this little guy so well. I know he has something special going on, that needs extra special attention. If it's not autism, I don't know where that leaves us. Deep down I know how this will probably go. I just need a giant chill pill. Deep breathes, mama.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Tot School Tuesday: Bird Nests


 This week in tot school, we are learning about birds and I put together a little bird nest craft.


You'll need:

Construction Paper
Glue
scraps of yarn
magazine clippings of birds

1) Cut out one nest and a bunch of leaves from brown and green construction paper. (mommy did that part)

2) Have the kids glue the nest and leaves to the paper, followed by gluing the yarn bits all over the nest.

3) Ask the little ones to pick their favorite bird and have them glue it in the nest.



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