I don’t know if everyone heard about the latest craze about trying different snacks around the world, but the other day I jumped on board and tried my first box. First thought it was smaller than I expected, but I believe they come into different sizes, anyways our box was Belgium snacks, which of course was basically chocolate lol… Nothing wrong with chocolate, but it was a little rich for our taste, there was also a snack size waffle with some type of sweet coating, wasn’t bad, but I hate waffles lol. I’m not going to give it a bad rating because I’m not really a sweets or chocolate fan, but my children loved it 😃. Not sure where next box comes from, but that’ll will be the deal breaker if I keep my subscription going. Stay tuned for November box, we’re thinking it’s coming from Turkey from the clues they left inside the box.
Since I’m working all weekend, and have a family of 7 to feed, thought I’ll share how I shaved time off spending it at home and not in the kitchen. While defrosting a roast, there was two in the package, so I cooked both, removed one and put in fridge for tomorrow. With the other one, I added gravy, potatoes, carrots, etc for the traditional roast, and tomorrow I will shred the other beef up and make beef stroganoff with it. I do this often, I’ll buy 3 pounds of hamburger, cook it all, use some for tacos, spaghetti, etc. The same for chicken as well, I’ll boil the chicken without seasoning, use some for chicken chili, chicken fajitas, etc…. My rule of thumb is buy bulk, cook bulk, save the rest for another meal….. hope this tip help others to spend more time with family/ friends and less time in the kitchen, especially those who are always in a rush like I am 😊
My youngest son (13 yrs old) was invited back to JrNYLC (Junior National Young Leaders Conference), he was invited 2 years ago and spent a week in Washington, tons of hands on experience and learning, and he loved it. They have different groups that learn about different things, this time he was invited for Gaming and Technology, which is what he wants to go into. So of course he jumped at this opportunity, he gets to spend the week at George Mason university, very excited child right now. So now I’m looking into more fundraising ideas, last time he won a scholarship to go, plus we had a few spaghetti dinners, etc to cover the rest…. but this time I want something more fun and little easier lol, if anyone has any ideas, please share with me, thank you. I like to make these opportunities possible for him, because he does try so hard at school and loves all the experiences he gets, plus they look great for college.
First, I’ll update on my little girl, she made it through surgery just fine, the doctor thinks she’ll need 1-2 more laser treatments for the scarring, her arm currently looks a little scary, but she’s handling it like a trooper…So the night before surgery, she managed to get ahold of scissors and cut her hair, of course it was when all salons were closed and surgery was scheduled early, so she had no choice to go to hospital with funky hair lol.. I took her this morning and had it fixed, so now her short hair is extremely short, but she rocks short hair 😎
So here it is, the night before my babies fourth surgery… the first 3 were for skin grafts on her arm from a burn, she pulled boiling water on her arm when she was one 😐. This is only the start of the laser treatments for the scars, but still makes me nervous because they have to put her under. I spent the day making chicken noodle soup and getting her simple snacks she can have once she gets home, I purposely kept myself busy so I didn’t have to think of it..but now I have nothing to do at work, except to think of it. I know she’s going to be fine, she’s a tough cookie and already has been through so much, this is a piece of cake compared to others, but I’m a mom, I wouldn’t be normal if I didn’t. I’ll be taking her by myself, I prefer it that way, I don’t do well being around nervous people, my husband was with me the first time, and as all my other children surgeries, I definitely need to be alone during that time.. that time is to focus on her and not on others feelings, etc. Oh and little miss sunshine had managed to find scissors and cut her hair tonight, my husband sent me the pic, so of course night before surgery, no place open to get it fixed, she’ll be at the hospital in the morning with some crooked bangs lol… Thankfully she just had her haircut really short, so hopefully won’t be that noticeable lol.. I’ll update tomorrow, maybe post all the pics from before to now, but I’m sure she’ll be fine..
just wanted to take a little timeout to wish my grandson a very happy 1st Birthday, can’t believe it’s been a year since I watched him come into this world, love you little man!!
So last night my husband and I were having a little spat over my 16 year old son who has ADHD, ODD, and little bit of other issues… my husband is strong believer that many are just labels to use to coddle children, and I’m a firm believer these issues exist. I’m the one who had all the testing done, I see the issues my child suffers from, and I work in mental health, plus I’ve had 3 rounds of psych (doesn’t make me an expert), but I do know what I’m talking about. Before I go on, I’m not saying every child or diagnosis is the same, this is my opinion, so need for judgment. In the middle of this argument he said he sees that our child has some mental issues, well duh, told him he needs to do some research on these issues and then he will have a valid point. Now onto our son, he isn’t medicated, we tried and he simply didn’t take to the meds, he follows a pretty good diet, he receives extra help at school, he still has his outbursts, but they’re not too often. When I ask him what it feels like, he says it’s like having a thousand things going on inside his brain and he can’t focus on one, and when he has his behaviors, it’s like think before you speak, he doesn’t think about consequences until after he does it, and many times he thinks he’s in the right, we’re the wrong ones. We encourage him to talk, to ask for help, now he doesn’t always because he’s embarrassed, but I tell him that’s what all the extra resources are for. He does work, he’s been working for our local teen center doing peer counseling since he was 14, he’s really good with children and helping others, I really wish he would go into counseling, he’s natural with it, but he says that’s not what he wants to do with his life. Okay so back to my husband, I know he will research and learn up on this subject, I think he needs to look more depth into this issue, I believe it will help everyone involved. Now I’m not saying he’s never realized our son has a problem, I believe its more of a parent denying there is a problem, he’s more of the coddler than he thinks.
As mention before I’ve been in a funk for awhile, I’m hoping writing it out can help. I wouldn’t call it depression because I am still happy and find joy in everything, but something just feels off. Could be season changing, lack of sleep, not enough nutrients, etc. I’m typically pretty good at diagnosing myself… thanks to my 3 round of psych clinicals in nursing school. That could be reasoning for my funk, I’ve spent the last 9 years in school, and this is my first year of not being in it, and I’m likely bored lol. Not being in school, no degree for the years I’ve spent at school, all that time I feel wasted, now the bills are starting to come in, it’s a little overwhelming. I do plan on reapplying to the nursing program next year, I felt the year off would help me get focused, have my life more stable, and just be more prepared… But maybe the break wasn’t the best idea, starting to feel a little useless, I really need to find something to do with my time during the day…. perhaps work on the pom poms lol…See, told y’all I was good at self diagnosing, and could help with my procrastination lol. What are other techniques I could try to brighten up my mood?
I know we’re all guilty of this, but here’s about my latest adventure with my project. A few months ago I saw the pom pom rug video and thought seems simple, a month ago I finally bought the material. I spent a couple days making pom poms, and that’s how far I got lol, they’re not hard to do, I just don’t feel like doing it, anyone else have that issue? I was hoping to have it done in time for my daughter’s birthday on Saturday, but doesn’t look promising, maybe I’ll go for Christmas, or maybe for her dorm when she goes to college in 14 years lol….Anyone else working on an unfinished project, what motivates you?