Thursday, May 7, 2015

Getting Ready To Get Away From Bullies

It's that time of year.  The kid is chomping at the bit to be done with school.  The parents are too for sure.  No alarms, no signing agendas, no dealing with bullying.  We are almost done with our public school experience.  I cannot complain about his teachers, principal, school, or special ed team.  They have all been wonderful.  His whole three years they have worked with him and cared for him tremendously.  He loves his teachers and he loved going to school.  But when one has to deal with kids like he has dealt with it becomes overwhelming.  Teachers have it hard.  They have 20 plus kids to watch and teach and take care of.  Kids who bully are sneaky.  They do things where they can't be seen or heard then they threaten the victim with worse if they tell.  They goad others into treating the victim badly with promises of the same treatment if they don't.  It is so hard to catch this happening.  Then when you have a son like mine.  Who has autism. It is even more difficult.  He thinks everyone is his friend.  He likes everyone and doesn't understand why someone wouldn't like him.  He takes what he gets and doesn't say a word to his teachers.  He comes home and is angry or crying or defiant and smart-mouthed.  This is completely unlike his normal personality.  So when this happens I know something is up.  The beginning of the year was the worst and there was a full blown investigation into the incidents occurring and it was found to be bullying formally and it was dealt with.  As the year went on there have been incidents over and over with the same kids.  I talk to him every time.  I tell the teachers every time.  I make sure he knows kids who do this are not your friend and to stay away from them but always keep them in your prayers because usually kids like this have a lot of sadness and anger inside.  We don't know what their home life is like and sometimes parents just don't teach their children to be caring and respectful.  It is really sad that kids have to deal with this. 

About a month ago Blaze started begging me to homeschool him.  I finally asked him why he didn't want to go to regular school anymore and he said," They say school is bully free but really it's not Mama."  That was enough for me to see he had some emotional scarring from the issues this year.  Also, the differences in Blaze will become more apparent as the kids age and his social skills don't really keep up with the other kids.  He is also the biggest kid.  Always.  Kids will target him to pick on so they can prove they are the toughest.  Blaze does not understand physical aggression.  We don't even play wrestle because he doesn't get it.  He has no concept of physical violence.  He doesn't get spankings because frankly they don't work for him.  Never did so after a few we didn't do it anymore.  He couldn't understand why we hit him when he is told not to hit anyone.  A rule is a rule. 

So starting next year we will be homeschooling him for 3rd grade.  Or I will.  He is so excited about it and honestly so am I.  I had a meeting with the IEP team yesterday and they all said he will do great and that he is an amazing kid and so polite and well behaved.  He is actually being promoted to 3rd grade instead of placed because he is at or above grade level in everything now.  That is thanks to the amazing teachers he has had.  They have done so well with him.  I am thankful that he had wonderful adults to look up to at school. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

52 Week Money Challenge

Wow.  The last time I blogged was June of 2013!!  It has been a long while.  I am hoping this year brings a lot less stress and a lot more positivity to my life.  We shall see how that goes. A lot of things happened in the time I have been gone and I will get through it one post at a time.  For right now though I am just letting you all know I am alive haha.  I started the 52 Week Money Challenge last week also!  If you haven't heard of it then you can check it out  HERE.

I printed my chart and marked off the first 2 weeks so far.  Yay me!  I am using an envelope to keep the money in.  Another thing Chris and I decided to do is when we have a little extra we are going to throw in an extra $20.  That way we will have even more at the end of the year.  We are looking forward to this year as the last mortgage payment EVER is this month and my car will be paid off next month.  Things are looking up and we have so many plans and dreams.  This is a whole new beginning and we are ready for sure!

So for now I am working on how to blog consistently and what to blog about.  The obvious is our life in general.  Food seems to be a very popular topic as I am still getting crazy traffic on my recipes.  Thank you Pinterest.  :)  Blaze is a definite as well.  You won't believe how big and awesome he is now!!  Until I am all set up I want to wish you all a wonderful new year.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Cascade Platinum Review



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I know a lot of people have had problems with their dishwasher detergent with the law changes a while back and I was one of them too.  I made my own for a while but it really started scaling up my dishes even when using water softener and rinse aids so I went back to commercial brands.  I have been using one particular brand for a long time now but lately I have had issues with left on bits of stuff on dishes and my dishwasher being dirty and dingy looking.  The gel pacs I have been using were also starting not to dissolve for some reason although I am not sure why.  So when I had the chance to work with Mom Central for Cascade I jumped at it.  I have been wanting to try the new Cascade Platinum packs in the dishwasher anyway!  I really wanted to give them a good test too so I let a glass baking dish sit for 2 days after cooking meat in it for supper.  I know.  Gross right??  But I really wanted to see if they worked!  And they did!  No kidding.  It killed me not to at least rinse this nastiness off but I didn't and I couldn't be more pleased with how Cascade Platinum performed for me.  
I don't have a fancy, schmancy, newfangled dishwasher either.  Mine is a hand me down but it does a great job and I am thankful for it.  So this was done in a basic machine and the results were awesome.  Check it out!
EEWWWWW!
 Ready to go!
 Done and sparkling!  The foggy look is from steam on the glass.  It is sparkling seriously!
This is all the results I need to prove to me.  I never can leave dishes not pretty much washed before i put them in there for fear of stuff sticking to them.  Now, I don't have to worry about that!  And on the plus side, the inside of the dishwasher itself looks and smells better too.  I am definitely a fan and will be buying Cascade Platinum from now on.

Right now, Cascade is partnering with Top Chef judge and and editor of Food and Wine magazine, Gail Simmons, for an Instagram contest!  The contest is a 4 week Instagram contest encouraging fans to upload photos related to the weekly contest themes.  Show off how your dishes and your dishwasher sparkle and shine!!  You can visit the contest page HERE.  The prizes are amazing and anyone would love to win.  It could be you!  Each week, two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher.  AND a grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen makeover!!  To win, users have to both register and upload a photo with the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade.   Get more info on Cascade's Facebook page and on Cascade's YouTube channel.




 



 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

End Of The Year Teacher Gift

I wanted to post the special gift I made for Blaze's main teacher as she was so wonderful with him this year.  I don't know if you have seen the poem When You Thought I Wasn't Looking or not but I took that and switched it up to make it personal for Blaze and his teacher.  Then I used a cheap frame, scrapbook paper and stickers, and cork letters to make a plaque for her.  I am posting the poem and a photo of the plaque.  She sent me a letter telling me how much she loved it and how much it meant to her.  So sweet.



































When You Thought I Wasn't Looking...
When you thought I wasn't looking,
you put faces on the chart for me,
and I finally understood what it meant.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
You displayed my art,
and it made me want to make more.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you kept my routines the same for me,
and I knew school was safe and fun.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you explained things to me more simply,
and I knew that I could learn too.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you smiled and hugged me, but not too tight,
and I knew you cared for me.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you cared,
and I wanted to do my best for you.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you made kindergarten amazing for me,
and I knew that I was smart.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I looked,
and I want to thank you for all the little things you did,
when you thought I wasn't looking.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Italian Spinach Tortellini

Today I tried a new recipe.  I saw it somewhere but I cannot remember if it was Pinterest, Facebook, or a blog or something.  So I am going to post it here so I won't lose it first of all, but also so you can try it if you want to!  It was super easy and so worth trying.  We will be having it again I am for sure.

Italian Spinach Tortellini
1 bag frozen tortellini
2 cans Italian diced tomatoes
1 block cream cheese
1 carton chicken broth
1 small bag fresh spinach
salt and garlic to taste ( I just added a tad)

Put all ingredients in crockpot (cut cream cheese up in cubes) and cook on low 5-6 hours.
Done.  Easy peasy.  I served it with cheesy garlic bread.  This is very filling too so there will be leftovers I am sure!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Gift and Poem



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It is so hard to believe that my baby boy is almost done with kindergarten.  I have no idea how it happened so quickly.  But it did, and he did so well.  I am so proud of him and how far he has come since school started.  He couldn't say a full sentence clearly when school started and now he never stops talking!  He has also been below grade level all year until this last progress report.  At his end of the year IEP meeting everyone was in agreement that he will be promoted to 1st grade (ON grade level for math and reading!) and that he has made amazing progress and reached all of his goals.

I have his teacher to thank mostly for this.  Or a few of them really lol.  But his actual class teacher is wonderful.  I knew she was before he even went because she was my kindergarten teacher too!  And Chris'!  And several of our nephew's and niece's too!  She has made a world of difference in Blaze's life and I am so thankful he had such an awesome start to his school career.  SO for her end of the year gift I made her the apple cozy you see in the pic above and will put an apple in there.  I also changed up the When You Thought  I Wasn't Looking poem and made it personal from Blaze to her.  Let me know what you think about it.  I am going to type it out on pretty paper and frame it for her.


When you thought I wasn't looking,
you put faces on the chart for me,
and I finally understood what it meant.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
You displayed my art,
and it made me want to make more.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you kept my routines the same for me,
and I knew school was safe and fun.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you explained things to me more simply,
and I knew that I could learn too.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you smiled and hugged me, but not too tight,
and I knew you cared for me.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you cared,
and I wanted to do my best for you.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
you made kindergarten amazing for me,
and I knew that I was smart.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I looked,
and I want to thank you for all the little things you did,
when you thought I wasn't looking.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!


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Happy Easter everyone.  Remember that OUR Redeemer Lives!  Thank you Jesus!