Avery finally pulled out the two teeth which had been holding on by a thread (and looking SO goofy!!) for forever!! She has now lost *FIVE* teeth!!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Here she is, all ready to hit the slopes!! And I was feeling nervous… I didn’t want that excitement and joy to be wiped off her face.
PS, If you happen to agree with me that this video deserves to be made public instead of unlisted, because Avery and Gabe are awesome, please "like" it on youtube :)
Thursday, March 15, 2012
A couple of weeks ago we signed up at MyJobChart.com, and Avery and Brogan have a new rule that they don’t play video games until they’ve checked off everything on their charts. The other day, Avery really wanted to play “Bolt” on the xbox, so she went and looked at her list and started going through all her jobs. She’s getting pretty good at making her bed all by herself these days:
She got to “Exercise” on her list, and said “Yeah! I can do that one!” and got down on the floor and made up her own little stretches. As she was doing them she was saying “Oh, yeah, I can feel that stretching right here!” and she’d show me where she felt the stretch. She’s great!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Luckily, all 7 puppies already have homes waiting for them, which made it a lot easier for me to say no when my children wanted to bring one home! Oliver wished the puppies would hold still long enough for him to pet them, but when they were asleep he didn’t like that either! And he didn’t approve of that one little puppy sniffing his diaper! He spent quite a bit of time running away from the puppies, and chasing the dog!!
Avery liked touching the chick, and Oliver laughed when I helped him touch one, but they didn’t actually want to hold them.
The bunnies were so tiny and cute! Their eyes weren’t even open yet. This little one was the tiniest one of all, and it was so sweet!! Also notice the one picture of Brogan. He was running around excited and happy for the first 20 minutes after we got there, so I couldn’t catch a picture of him, and then my camera battery died.
I don’t talk about it very often, but part of living with Avery’s particular type of cerebral palsy is learning how to cope with chronic constipation. Ever since Avery started eating food, I have been tweaking and modifying and creating recipes in an effort to keep Avery regular. I have several recipes now which my whole family enjoys, and while diet alone isn’t enough to control Avery’s constipation, these foods do help! And the rest of us are right as rain in the digestive department!! For a while now, I have been meaning to post some of these recipes, because they are quite tasty, and they are fiber-rich!!
So here’s one we all like. I have finally perfected this recipe, I think! When I made this batch the other day, my husband came home and grabbed one off the plate, and he was actually surprised when I told him they were full of fiber!! So that’s a good sign, right?!
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup milled golden flaxseed
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup oats
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Beat melted butter and sugars until smooth and creamy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in peanut butter. Add flours, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix until just blended. Fold in oats, and then chocolate chips. Use spoon to scoop onto cookie sheet, and bake for about 10 minutes, until the edges start to turn golden brown.
A couple of suggestions: I find that golden flaxseed really is a lot better than the non-golden variety. You barely even notice it’s there! Also, this cookie dough freezes really well, so I would suggest only baking as many as you think you might eat in 24 hours or so. The rest can be placed in scoops on a cookie sheet, frozen, and then kept in a ziploc bag in the freezer until ready to use.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
A week or so ago, my sister-in-law said that a big reason that she hasn’t blogged in so long is because her floors were not clean, so she didn’t want to post pictures. So here is a picture of what my children did to our family room yesterday. And I was too tired to deal with it last night, so this is what it looked like still when I woke up this morning.
So Jessica, it’s your turn!! I know I’m not the only one who wants to see pictures of your sweet little ones, regardless of the state of the background!