Monthly Archives: September 2015

Our First Official A.R.D. Meeting Here

The busyness and the novelty of the new school year has become more of a well orchestrated routine, and Autumn has now rolled in. I am hearing a few less “school is awesome,” and a few more, “can we please home school,” as I had come to expect.  Homework is being done, progress reports have made it across my table of things to sign, life has become the thing home-schoolers dread.  Monotony.

In so many ways, monotony is exactly what a child craves and needs. I am no schedueler of things, as I said many times before.  Things come and things go.  The only constant is that somehow, I am standing in the middle of it all.

Last year’s school year was a disaster.  I remember that first A.R.D., the teacher coming in, defeated, stating she did not know how she would be able to teach Matthew in her class.  She did not know how to do her job.  I threw out the ideas every teacher before had thrown out, use manipulatives.  We worked out the idea and still had a horrible year, a bullying problem, and we ended up in the home-school situation once again.  I do not mind teaching my children, I am just really not properly educated to take on the task.  Neither was that former community.

Today, I walked into another A.R.D., in yet another school, and I felt welcome.  I felt my concerns were taken seriously.  I felt a genuine warmth and concern for my children by the people I leave them in the care of every day, and a genuine positive glimpse into a hopeful future.  Not once did I hear an “I cannot.”  Not once did I hear a “they cannot.”   What I heard was my boys were coming into their own personalities, and growing into regular pre-teenage boys.  They have regular pre-teenage peers and regular pre-teenage friends.  I heard a teacher tell me that they are struggling but he was going to do his best to keep them up with the class.  I heard ideas about futures and career choices and things we had at one time never really considered.  I heard my boys no longer need therapies.  Not even speech.

We have come so far as a family.  It finally feels as if we got somewhere, and we are complete.  It finally feels like all the wondering if they would continue melting down and screaming and all of the fits and all of the rocking and self harming, all of that is something we went through to get where we are.  Where we are is looking, finally, at a hopeful future.

I am pretty sure I could write all day and words could not express how I feel right now.

Shame on you to the principle who once told me they only hold back children they have hope for, and they had no hope for Matthew based on an I.Q. test.  Shame on you to the teacher last year who did not want to put in the effort.   They got where they are not because of, but in spite of educators like yourselves who are impediments to the children who are not disabled, but different.

All I can say right now is, I am proud of my boys.

Congratulations, Matt and Sam.

Apple cake that tastes just like cobbler

I have been experimenting with different simple recipes and the simplest one o have come across is still the one box of cake mix, one can of pie filling, three eggs.

I made another one, and I am pretty upset I did not take pictures.  I used a yellow cake mix and apple pie filling, mixed it with the three eggs, and baked it at 350 for 45 minutes.

It tastes exactly like cobbler.

You’re welcome.  🙂

Smiley 360 Centrum Vitamints

  
Honestly, when I received these products for free to review for Smiley360, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I certainly didn’t think it would be a good combination.

The vitamins do not smell like vitamins.  They are rather small and have a pleasant odor.  When you taste them, there is not an overwhelmingly mint flavor, it is pleasant, and no vitamin after taste even exists.  I would recommend these to anyone who, like myself, hates to take vitamins because of the taste and smell.  I am pleasantly surprised.

Next time I buy vitamins, I am buying these.

Buzz Agent-Crest Pro Health Advanced 

  
I received a free sample of a product to review for Buzz Agent.  It was Crest mouthwash.

Over all, I like the mouthwash.  I do not, however, care for the foamy texture.  I have to rinse my mouth out a few times to get rid of that feeling.  

What I do like is the results after seven days.

  
So, I would definitely overlook the weird foam feeling for the results.

Over all, it is a great product.  I would buy it and recommend it to friends.

3 Ingredient, 5 Item Cake

I read online about people making these simple dessert recipes, so I decided to test one out and share our results.   

 
I even got the boys involved.

So your 3 ingredients:

1 box of cake mix, any flavor.  We used white.

  
1 can of pie filling, any kind of fruit. We chose blueberry.

  
And 3 eggs.

First, you preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Then, you put the cake mix in a large bowl.

  
After you beat the eggs, add them to the mix.

  
When that looks well stirred, add the pie filling.

  
Stir it again until it is well mixed.

  
Grease a cake pan.

  
Dump the batter into the pan.

  
Take an awkward selfie.  Okay, maybe not.

  
Bake the cake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.

 
It looked as good at it tastes.  It is very similar to a blueberry muffin.

  
We loved it.

I know most of you are probably wondering why we didn’t do chocolate and cherry.  We did that first and forgot to document it, so we tried this.  Let me tell you, chocolate cherry is absolutely to di for.  It makes an almost Black Forest cake.

Well happy baking, from our home to yours.

BuzzAgent Product Review

I got this in my mailbox today!

  
Now, I love receiving mail, so you can imagine my surprise.  I did an inboxing of the product in my YouTube channel this evening.  When I inboxed it, something I really wanted to review was inside.

  
My kids use a Creat mouthwash, so I am excited to be documenting the days as I use it to see if it does, in fact, whiten my teeth.

I am 40 years old with a bad soda and ice tea habit, so I am very hopeful.  

  
So, this is what we are starting with.  

Let’s see the end result really soon.