Cooking, Health, and Homeschooling. Does that sound boring? It’s not, actually. Well, not to me.
- We had a dinner last night that was extremely satisfying. I must say, we haven’t had many of those the last couple of weeks, and I am gaining such an appreciation for simple meals. It’s just so hard to manage ALL of Fiala’s allergens, and make a semi-normal dinner that accommodates all of them. Yesterday, I slow-cooked some pork — kind of like barbeque without onion or garlic (seasoned with paprika, dry mustard, cayenne, brown sugar, blackstrap molasses, and a couple of cans of diced tomato). Martin said, “It’s barbacoa!” Not quite, but I appreciated his thumbs-up. Then, I shredded it, and we put it on tostada shells with refried beans (FINALLY found some garlic-free refrieds) and a veggie mixture of shredded cabbage, green chiles, red bell and yellow bell peppers. It was dreamy-good. Then, I ate more of the meat for breakfast. And lunch. Breakfasts used to be so easy, but it is HARD to find something — other than grits — that is rice-free, egg-free, gluten-free, garlic-free, soy-free, apple-, pear-, banana-, and peach-free, etc., to eat for breakfast.
- Today, I had a good homeschooling moment. It lasted for about 20 minutes, actually. I told myself, as I saw it unfolding, “Hold onto this, because when the times arise when everything is falling apart and stressful, you’ll forget that times like this exist!” So, I did. I took a mental snapshot. Grant was at the computer, doing typing. Wes was at the kitchen table working on math. Audrey was at the table, too, playing play dough. Fiala was napping. I was in the family room with Ethan, folding laundry and giving him spelling words. It was really pleasant.
- We did our annual spelling test with Spelling Power yesterday. I typically say that if the child tests two years or more above his grade level, he doesn’t have to do “official” spelling for the whole year (we then just do spelling correction as needed, when it pops up in other written work). Wesley, who is in 3rd grade, tested at 1st grade 3rd month, and frankly, I was pleased with that. The boy read an entire Hardy Boys mystery in an hour and 50 minutes yesterday, but when he went to spell “grab,” he tried it as “ga” and then was stuck. Hm. Consonant blends baffle him. Basic spelling rules don’t stick. Oh, well. We’ll keep working. I think a key for him is actually just going to be whole-word memorization, which goes against all of my phonics beliefs, but if that’s what we gotta do, that’s what we gotta do. Grant, ostensibly in 5th grade (though doing 7th grade math, and 80% of the rest of his school work with his 7th grade brother), tested at 9th grade 4th month. Ethan, my 7th grader, tested at 8th grade 2nd month, and was CRUSHED. Tears, sullenness, shoe-gazing, the whole nine yards. After I spent the last 24 hours trying to encourage him and cheer him up and point out his myriad of other strengths, and that, actually, testing at a year over his actual grade level wasn’t BAD… well, I swayed over into the, “Get a grip!” side of exhortation, and told him he needed to stop moaning over his “faults” and have the strength of character and perseverance to just meet with the challenge and DO IT. Ugh. Motherhood is about equal parts being as tender as kitten fur, and as tough as a boot camp drill sergeant.
- OK, well, Fiala’s yeast infection wasn’t quite cleared up in 12 hours. It’s been almost 48 now, and it’s still not quite gone. But, it is dramatically better than it was, before I started using gentian violet. But… I accidentally dumped — well, actually, it was more like a dribble, but when it is runny and darkly inky… well, it looks like “dumped” — some on her thigh, which then ran down her leg, then she bent her knee all the way up to her chest, and now a good 20% of her entire body is covered in gentian violet. The funny thing was, I was considering putting some behind one of her knees again, as a treatment and preventative against further impetigo, as it was looking badly again… and, well, the whole dumping thing decided it for me, because it’s now covered.
- After re-reading Pride and Prejudice a couple of weeks ago, I am now about halfway through Persuasion (again), with many thanks to my dear friend Kathy, who gave me copies of the books for my own. 🙂 It occurred to me yesterday that I was rather cleansing my literary palate with Jane Austen after my recent bad run-in with Charlotte Brontë. Hahaha!
Posted on September 2, 2009, in Allergies, Babies, Books I'm Reading, Character Development, Dairy-free, Family, GFCF, gluten-free, Homeschooling, Medical Stuff, Motherhood, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.