April 11, 2014

{this moment}

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{this moment} - A single photo capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special moment. A moment I want to remember forever. Last night Mom brought by some tulips for me. Julia has been talking to and kissing the tulips all morning. *swoon*

April 9, 2014

Sweet, Sweet Spring...finally!



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Saturday we were invited, along with other patrons, to celebrate Sweet, Sweet Spring at St. Brigid's Meadows Farm. After a tough parenting week it was wonderful to play outside as a family. We enjoyed a big breakfast of farm-fresh eggs and ham. We skipped the pancakes because we're a Paleo family but the girls did take shooters of fresh maple syrup. Julia really enjoyed feeding the steer and Rachel really enjoyed the rope swing in the hayloft. We all loved the maple candy. The hubby talked to the guys in the sugar shack and I loaded up with bacon, ham, and maple syrup to bring home. It was a beautiful morning on the farm. I encourage you all to know your farmers. It is truly a wonderful thing.

April 8, 2014

so, it's Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month

I started off the month freckling my Facebook page with interesting facts from Mayo Clinic about Autism such as:

Did you know that although someone with Autism may have a large vocabulary he or she may still have trouble understanding simple questions or directions?

Did you know...? Someone on the Autism Spectrum may have some or all of the following symptoms regarding social skills:
•Fails to respond to his or her name
•Has poor eye contact
•Appears not to hear you at times
•Resists cuddling and holding
•Appears unaware of others' feelings

Did you know...?
"Sleep disorders may be even more common in children with autism. Researchers estimate that between 40% and 80% of children with autism have difficulty sleeping. "

I even had a friend of mine who is a caregiver tell me this weekend that those little snippets of information may have helped one of her families decide to test their child for an Autism Spectrum Disorder. I had grand plans to continue with all the interesting facts because it occurred to me that before I knew anything about Autism I really knew nothing about Autism. This was that plan...then last week happened.

Maybe it was that my husband was in Seattle for the week after having worked from home for a couple months. Maybe it was because the weather outside screamed Winter even though the calendar read Spring. Maybe it is that Rachel has just outgrown her medication again. Last week was really hard. I was solo parenting for all kinds of really extreme behaviors: violence, inability to communicate, threatening to run away, soiling her self, and other forms of defiance. Thankfully I had my parents near. They watched my girls every night so I could go to rehearsal for Thoroughly Modern Millie. While I was out, Mom even folded my clothes and scrubbed my pots and pans.

It is so true that raising a child takes a village. I am lucky to have surrounded myself with friends and family who are so supportive. I would not be the person I am today without the support of these people. Thank you to everyone who has been there for step along my parenting path.  With my husband home and the sun shining, this week is off to a better start.

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -Aesop

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March 31, 2014

Back to the grind

This week,after working from home for a couple months, my husband is working out of town again. I've been spoiled. He usually lets me sleep in a bit because I'm frequently up with one or both girls in the night. He makes breakfast nearly every morning he is home. Now I'm back to solo parenting during the day. My parents have volunteered to watch my girls this week in the evening so I can be at rehearsals for Thoroughly Modern Millie. 

Because I am assistant stage manager my job is a little boring right now. The choreographer and musical director are working the cast hard. The director will start blocking next week and I think I'll have more to do. Learning the art of stage management will be a great thing for me and I am grateful for the opportunity. 

ThisMom is tired. I hope all the fresh air and sunshine the girls absorbed while playing outside this afternoon will have them sleeping well all night.  Good night all. 




March 21, 2014

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{this moment} - A single photo capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special moment. A moment I want to remember forever. Last night I saw Cipora Katz tell her story of survival at the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. Cipora Katz is a child survivor of the Holocaust. She currently serves on the Speakers' Bureau of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center and has dedicated her life to educating people about standing up against bigotry, intolerance, and hatred. Shalom.

March 17, 2014

Spring growth

It was cool but there was still the smell of Spring in the air today. The girls played outside peacefully all afternoon while I made dinner. They'd run in for a bite of Elana's Pantry Irish Soda Bread and then back out to swing. There is nothing quite so great as listening to the squeak of the swing set after a long, cold winter. My littlest even learned how to pump her legs to swing higher. My girls are growing fast and I reflect quite a bit on it in the Springtime. Rachel has already out grown her blue jeans and both girls needed new sneakers and rain boots. Besides physically growing, both girls are maturing emotionally and intellectually as well. 

Spring is a time of new beginnings and when I smell that intoxicating sweetness that is Spring I'm filled with hope and wonder for the growing season ahead. 


March 12, 2014

Shamrock cookies


This past week we splurged on some grain-free roll out cookie. I even made frosting!  I used Elana Amsterdam's recipe for Holiday Cookies and cut them into shamrocks. It was a wonderful treat. I love that her recipe is so simple.  She calls for almond flour, salt, grapeseed oil, agave nectar, and vanilla.  I subbed palm shortening for the grapeseed oil and honey for the agave nectar because that's what I had on hand.  Mmm.  I have to admit that this batch of cookies did not last long.  I'll plan to make them again for Easter.  I just need to find the perfect bunny cookie cutter.

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