Stay tuned for pictures, results, and feedback from my little gluten free man!
What is everyone doing this weekend? Brent and I have a bit of house cleaning to do and then I will be BAKING!! I am so happy to be feeling better and able to cook and bake again. Today my new Babycakes cookbook came in the mail and I am SO excited to use it! I am headed to the store today to find silicone donut pans and the rest of the ingredients I need for a few of the amazing recipes in this book!
Stay tuned for pictures, results, and feedback from my little gluten free man!
We had a great time, I can't wait to share it with y'all! I feel like I am running in place today, so much to do and so little time. I will try and get a "review" post done tonight about our trip!
Jaxon did awesome, he actually behaved better than his little brother! He let a duck walk right in front of his face, seriously, like inches away without panicking (we have duck/bird issues). He had a "non- gluten free day" and I (nor he) lost my mind!
We swam, we shopped, ran all over Epcot... we had a great family weekend away! Now I just need the world to stand still for a few hours so I can upack, start laundry, start supper, work on my "work", pick up kids, babysit a friends kids, vacuum, shop for groceries, start cleaning the house for bunco...and a million other things!!
Here we go again! Another Tschikof family weekend out! Today I spent the morning making a “pile” of all the things that need to go into the suitcase. I’m sure I don’t have everything gathered up yet, but we are headed in the right direction.
This weekend, we are taking the kids to a “new edition” to the Marriott family (our choice of hotel when traveling) the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando. I am super excited, maybe more excited than the kids! I am going to relax by the pool (sipping non-alcoholic beverages) while my hubby and kids play and splash in the resort style pool all day!
The resort has multiple restaurants to choose from, they even have one poolside so we don’t have to worry about getting dried off and changing to eat lunch! I have also done a little research (yes, it wouldn’t be a Tschikof blog post, or vacation, without a little research) and there are quite a few places that deliver to the area if we decided to call it a day and eat dinner in our room while watching a family movie on pay per view!
Sunday we are headed to Epcot to enjoy the newly opened Test Track ride! Carter is finally tall enough to enjoy all of the rides at Epcot so we are going to open his eyes to what we are used to experiencing! We will finish off the day with dinner at the Rose Crown & Pub (with gluten free offering, of course), outside on the patio where we can see and enjoy the Illuminations show!
The resort is located less than 2 miles from Disney World, so if you are looking for a Disney friendly hotel without the Disney friendly cost :) this just might be your hotel!
Stayed tuned for pictures and updates when we return!
Jaxon has been working really hard on his reading abilities. We have quite a gap to fill between now and the end of the school year if he wants to move on to second grade. I am proud of him regardless, and would be happy no matter whether he moves on to second grade or stays in first grade one more year, but he really wants to move on. I found a really great guide that shows me what level book he is currently reading and then how each level goes from there.
Scholastic Reading Guide
A few of Jaxon’s favorite books (that he can read independently)…
I Do Not Want To
The Best Mud Pie
Do Your Ears Hang Low
Down On The Farm
If you are looking for some good books for your child to read check out the guide and then search for each individual book on Amazon, which is where I have found most of them at a decent price.
The dreaded day has come again, (luckily they don’t come to often) Jaxon woke up sick. At 3 AM his ear was hurting him enough to come and wake me up. When I couldn’t immediately take the pain away the tears started. After a dose of motrin (dye free of course) and his trusty rice pack, he finally dozed back to sleep. When I woke him up for school this morning he immediately started whining and crying that his ear was hurting…I knew that meant no school and a call to the doctor. Of course after another dose of motrin he is acting like himself again, but I’m fairly certain we are dealing with a good ole’ ear infection.
Just a few things we do when one of the kiddos is home sick….
*Lots of Orange Juice (or clear fluids if it isn’t a cold)
*Movies in Mommy’s bed.
*Lots of books in Mommy’s bed.
*Soup (Kettle makes a good gluten free chicken noodle that Jaxon likes).
*Naps (I like this one!)
*Learning games on the iPad.
*Motrin (I like the dye free version, and we don’t use any tylonel in this house).
Just a quick update for you! Neither of the boys had ear infections!!
Carter is getting over something viral (he has been on Olive Leaf and Core Berberine for about 5 days now) and Jaxon HAD A HUGE PIECE OF PAPER IN HIS EAR!! I couldn't even believe it when the doctor pulled it out (it took a lot of time, patience, and numbing drops to get the job done) and Jaxon has no clue how the paper got in there - go figure. Anyway, back to school for the boys, and hopefully a better nights sleep tonight!
Morning can be a little tough around our house. Some days we get up extra early to take Brent to the bus and some days Brent drives back and forth to work and we get to sleep a little longer. On the mornings when we get up early I am much better at making homemade (or mostly homemade) meals, sometimes I make things in advance and put them in the freezer, and sometimes I rely on quick ideas.
Carter loves to have cereal, probably because it is one of the only foods I loved when I was pregnant with him. I am fairly picky about his cereal, or at least I try to be. On occasion I buy a box of “junk” and we all (except Jaxon) enjoy it while it lasts. Most of the time I stick to organic cereal that is stripped of colors, artificial flavors, and HFCS and Carter is just fine with that.
Jaxon on the other hand, doesn’t like cereal. He prefers things like cinnamon rolls, donuts, waffles, yogurt, smoothies, pancakes…anything with sugar, fruit, and flavor. I try to swap things around as often as I can so that he doesn’t eat the same thing over and over. It is my goal to get him converted to a healthier breakfast soon, but with this terrible morning sickness I have been having it just doesn’t work.
Udi’s, Kinnikinnick, and Vans are our normal “go to” brands of breakfast items. However, I did get some delicious Katz donuts at Whole Foods the last time I was there. For yogurt, I only buy Stonyfield Farm brand, for both he kids and myself. The kids like the yogurt in a tube and I keep them in the freezer and they eat them just like that. When I make smoothies I add whatever fresh or frozen (fresh then frozen) fruit, a banana if we have one, some vanilla yogurt, some honey, and a little juice, either apple or orange, ice, and blend it up. Jaxon will usually drink a glass full and then I pour the left over’s into my smoothie tubes and put them in the freezer for lunches or breakfast in the mornings to come. Breakfast doesn’t have to be hard, and it can be healthy if you make it. Here are a few of our typical breakfast items in case you are looking to change things up a bit in your home.
*Udi’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread (add butter, cinnamon and a hint of sugar)
*Udi’s Muffins (Jaxon likes the chocolate or blueberry, I like the lemon)
*Udi’s Cinnamon Rolls (I make my own frosting with a little powdered sugar, almond milk, and vanilla)
*Udi’s Bagels (I mix some cream cheese with fresh strawberries and honey, put in little containers and freeze what I don’t use)
*Van’s Gluten Free Waffles and Pancakes (Jaxon doesn’t care for the cereal or French toast sticks, he LOVED the mini waffles but those aren’t available anymore…make sure to add peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter for protein, our favorite is Peanut Butter Company).
*Katz Donuts (We have only tried the sugar donuts but want to try more).
*Kinnikinnick Donuts (We buy the chocolate, vanilla, and sugar).
I try to fix a piece of bacon or two from time to time and I also serve him Canadian bacon when I remember to buy it at Whole Foods (NITRATE FREE on both of those).
I always serve some fruit on the side, grapes, banana, strawberries, oranges, or apple, and I always serve organic orange juice with breakfast. I hope this gives you some good ideas! Oh, and breakfast items make great lunches for school too!
I didn't have as many pictures of our breakfast items as I thought I did, I will have to add some later.
Happy Valentine's Day from AutismDeal!
Jaxon woke up to heart shaped pancakes, oranges, yogurt, and juice! He will open his lunch to heart shaped quesadilla's, a heart shaped brownie, strawberries, corn chips, and juice. Heart over kill...maybe, but it's not often that a mother gets to go overboard with her 7 year old and not completely embarrass him.
Carter and I are off to pick up a cold stone cake for my dear husband, some strawberries and organichocolate to dip for the boys, a few balloons and any fun coloring books that are Valentine themed, and few odds and ends of things we need for the house. We will also stop by starbucks and have a little "date"!
Brent is picking up some take out from PF changs and I rented a movie on ITunes for us to watch tonight after the kids get in bed! We are looking forward to a relaxing Valentine's Day! What is everyone else doing?
I am one of “those” parents who prefer that my kids don’t give out extra candy with their Valentine’s cards since I know they will be getting enough as it is. And as a mother who doesn’t allow a lot of candy in the first place, especially dyes and colors it makes it hard to find suitable Valentine’s in my boy’s eyes.
This year I made it a little easier on myself, instead of taking Jaxon to the store to pick cards out I showed him pictures of homemade Valentine’s online and let him pick the ones he liked best (thank you Pinterest). Jaxon ended up choosing the paratroopers and homemade card that came with it. This was the easiest task ever. Paging Supermom, had a template for the cards, all I needed was cardstock (I didn't have white so we used yellow) and a printer, and I ordered the paratroopers on Amazon (free 2 day shipping with my prime membership)…DONE.
Carter had Valentine cards left over from last year so he used the rest of them up this year. Toy Story cards with stickers! This was such an easy year for Valentine exchanging, no fighting, no arguing at the store, and no red dye #40!
The boys also decorated their own boxes to take to school and collect their Valentines in. Jaxon went with a pirate theme (of course) and Carter went sticker crazy! They were very excited to do the project themselves and needed minimal help. Jaxon even wanted to write “mailbox” on his box, so cute!
I hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday! We went to Outback last night to celebrate early! The boys will get some chocolate covered strawberries and a couple balloons and Brent is getting a miniature ice cream cake from Cold Stone! We have a ton of weekend trip coming up so we plan to keep celebrating throughout the month!
The kids were out of school last Friday andmy husband took the day off so we could spend it as a family, doing something fun. I narrowed our choices down to the beach, the zoo, or Busch Gardens (we still have a free military pass to use). My husband decided on the beach, it was supposed to be a really nice day (and it was) and we hadn’t been to the beach in quite a while.
Wow, I forgot how much work it takes to just “go to the beach for the day”. I’m sure that I over-pack, over-plan, and over-extend myself, but I do it with the kids and my husband in mind. I want them to have everything they need, have a good time, and not have to worry about everything. This trip I borrowed a wagon from a friend so that we could bring all the “stuff” without my husband having to make four or five trips from the car to the sand. I also planned for a spot that rents beach chairs and umbrella’s so that we didn’t have to bring our own this time. I do have to say, renting was a very good idea since we planned to stay all day.
Taking a child with sensory issues to the beach is always going to be a challenge. I don’t want to say that I do it on purpose, but I do make Jaxon come along because I know it is good for him to get dirty once in a while and I know that overall, he will have a good time. Yes, the first hour or so had a few moments of panic (on both of our parts) not only because of all the sand, but also because of the annoying birds! But when all was said and done, Jaxon spent over an hour building a sand castle, digging in the sand for sea shells, and enjoying himself. I do have to say, pushing him out of his comfort zone from time to time can be good for him. If you are in the Tampa area, I highly recommend going over to Clearwater (near Pier 60) and renting from the Hilton, they have a cabana with drinks and snacks for sale, bathrooms, renting equipment is a lot easier than dragging your own if you plan to stay for the day!
A few weeks ago we took a small family trip down to Orlando to enjoy some time at the Magic Kingdom. As annual pass holders last year we got the scoop on some of the new additions in Fantasyland and took advantage. We made reservations to dine at the Beast’s Castle (Be Our Guest) for a random day in January (when the crowds are lower and the weather is nice) and that day had finally come!
The boys were very excited as we walked in and saw the beautiful ballroom, the snow out the back doors, and the Beast’s very own “Rose Room”. It is always neat to eat somewhere (especially at Disney) for the first time and just take in the atmosphere. We looked through the menu, talked with the Chef (regarding Jaxon’s gluten intolerance) and then placed our order. I took the kids for a much desired tour while my husband waited at the table.
I have to say, they did a wonderful job decorating the restaurant and making you feel like you are really dining in the movie itself. There were a few different choices for both adults and children (at lunch it is quick service and sit down service for dinner) and the prices followed along what you would expect at Disney. The Beast made an appearance a few times throughout our dinner experience and he would greet guests in his library after you were done with your dinner.
Overall, we definitely enjoyed our time at the Beast’s Castle. Just an opinion (of course) but our family still prefers Cinderella’s Castle (which would be very similar in price but offers characters) followed by the Liberty Tree Tavern which offers a family style all you can eat dinner at a slightly smaller price.
Of course I forgot to take a picture of my cupcake because I ordered it "to go" and ate it the next day...it was delicious! You can see a picture of some of the cupcake options HERE.
As a mother of three, I feel like I am getting a second degree in "google researching". I love my children more than life itself but sometimes the nights get longer than the days, and mommy feels a little overwhelmed! However, life is supposed to be about the journey so I will buckle up and enjoy the ride.