Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Starting the List

I have yet to organize my list yet (#21) but this right here is the first attempt at blogging the list (#79.) I picked up Clutter Last Stand at the library yesterday and am going to practice #73...feel free to change the list. I am going to change that to read organizing books.

I did flip through the book...yep... i know..I collect... and I'm not as bad as some people and worse than others. I didn't think the book was organized well for someone who needs help organizing. I apparently hold a much higher record in the number of cookbooks collected and perhaps that will change when I attack item number #56; Consider getting rid of a few cookbooks. I meant that as a joke actually. My sister once said that with all the money I have spent on cookbooks I could have gone to Hawaii and back....probably. But I've been everywhere with those cookbooks and the trip has lasted much longer. I have given away some but I probably won't budge much there.

Today I did #92 and #93; Investigate SCD and use kitchen appliances. These are ongoing goals. I made some sweet potato muffins an I'll blog that on my 'food and organizing blog' aka: Settings of Silver. The muffins did not turn out completely as planned but Andrew did enjoy them and I just ordered four 16 oz bags of almond flour on amazon. MUCH cheaper.

I also, of course, completed #2...make a 101 things in 1001 days list!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

101 Things in 1001 days

I first found this idea over at Our Crazy Adventures in Autismland. I thought it sounded great! Here are my 101 Things I want to complete in 1001 days. As another blogger said, as a Christian, God can and probably will change some or all of these goals as He see's fit. It has been fun putting it together and one of the 'things' is to organize the list. It contains a variety of items from vacations, to ministry, to many organizing desires. It also includes some 'stupid' stuff such as buying disposable coffee cups that folks can take from the house because I am always saying "I need to get those." But I don't go get them! (#84) I may group the organizing into another mini 'thing' and add some other items at a later date but this is a good start. I plan to put this on my sidebar as well. I should have put that as one of the 'things.' LOL! (There are X's on some that are a tad more personal.) There are also probably some repeats...let me know if you see them! (For some reason when I publish the '#'s" turn to bullets. any idea why?? anyone???)

101 things in 1001 days
  2. Work on the 101 in 1001 days list
  3. Increase Andrew’s independence. (Working on specific sub goals here..)
  4. Outline better meals for Breakfast, Lunch and dinner that can feed us all and are more balanced.
  5. Plan weekly for menus and shop accordingly
  6. Weigh myself (done...12/27/08)
  7. Plan a weight loss program / eating program
  8. Start a woman’s Bible study
  9. Read The Organized Homeschooler and implement. (It is NOT a deals with heart issues.)
  10. Go to Disney or Disney cruise
  11. Begin Scrapbooking again
  12. Meet a Cyberfriend in person
  13. Have friends for dinner 2X per month. Nothin’ fancy…
  14. Play ‘people’ with Andrew daily.
  15. Prayerfully consider options for external activities before committing. (just because everyone is jumping off the bridge doesn’t mean you have to.)
  16. Go to the dentist- soon- and yearly
  17. Get to the girly doctor - soon and yearly
  18. Have a mamoghram soon- and yearly
  19. Do monthly breast exams
  20. Start a Thankful jar and keep it up.. Daily. Review monthly.
  21. Make a plan for the list…. ABC and when / categorize / time frame etc..
  22. Find a way to minister to others at church.
  23. Pray about the list- what is on it and how to accomplish it within God’s will / plan
  24. Go thru school stuff weekly and file.
  25. Take a break from school stuff- plan this out.
  26. Marvel at all that God has done- journal
  27. Clean out my email box and consider switching providers
  28. Go to Plummer’s cottage
  29. Go to Tawas
  30. Begin OT with Andrew and follow thru with plan
  31. Visit sister in St. Louis
  32. Visit with EJ’s family more often
  33. Research special needs adoptions
  34. Read Clutter’s Last Stand from library
  35. Daily do a to-do list- do the to do list
  36. Start ongoing shopping lists for Costco, TJ, Plum and WF..keep on the fridge
  37. Prayerfully consider bilaterals for Andrew. Proceed as directed.
  38. Learn how to make my own gluten free bread that is eatable.
  39. Attend ehub support monthly
  40. Plan monthly family nights with another family using the Heritage builder books.
  41. Read Brennan Manning book
  42. Basement
  43. Furniture for Andrew’s room
  44. Clear kitchen table nightly before dinner
  45. Make and do a ‘control journal.’
  46. Reconnect with an old friend
  47. Go out with a girlfriend for dinner one time a month
  48. Go out with hubby at least once a month
  49. Buy holder for Bible memorizing cards
  50. Keep track of seasonal stuff like wrapping paper stock so as to not overbuy
  51. Find quite place to pray several times during the day- if only for a few minutes
  52. Clean out poolroom so that we can play pool.
  53. Go thru past journals and note thanksgiving.
  54. Start writing my book
  55. Participate in NaNoWriMo 1009
  56. Consider getting rid of a few cookbooks;) LOL!!
  57. Convince Mark we need an RV so I can achieve goals 10 and 12 and more! (This actually is somewhat of a mini-miracle that I told him this and he was NOT Yea God moment.)
  58. Learn to drive an RV
  59. Try new recipe 1X month (or more!)
  60. Make a long range goal plan for Andrew
  61. Make a short range goal plan for Andrew (Iep type.)
  62. Write a will
  63. Find a new breakfast
  64. Clean the fridge…and keep it clean once and for all
  65. Clean out car weekly
  66. Review Andrew’s supplements monthly and make changes as needed.
  67. Track supplements and progress in a journal
  68. Watch a Netflix movie just for me 1X a month.
  69. Establish a good playgroup for Andrew. Try and meet weekly or bi-weekly
  70. Buy a part of a side of organic beef
  71. Rent a cottage and vacation for a week during the summer
  72. Have an RDI cyber friend reunion
  73. Revisit the list on a monthly basis. Don’t be afraid to change it!
  74. Get away with Mark once a year for a night
  75. Take Andrew to a Tiger’s game.
  76. Go camping
  77. Meet Leslie and Mike in Chicago
  78. Clean up address book and make a list of emergency and important numbers
  79. Blog the list
  80. Organize an emergency kit including flashlight and candles
  81. Get important papers in order
  82. Go through the 3 feet of papers I have accumulated, sort, scrap and find a system that really works for me.
  83. Investigate online buying for foods we use on a regular basis
  84. Find to go cups for coffee…with lids.
  85. Make a first aid kit for home
  86. Make a first aid kit for car
  87. Make a car ‘storage’ area
  88. Introduce Andrew to a new food weekly
  89. Give away and throw away 20 things a month (or more)
  90. Get downstairs house in ‘visitable’ order..with 10 minutes.
  91. Make bedroom a haven
  92. Use one of my kitchen appliances at least bi-weekly
  93. Investigate SCD for Andrew (and me)
  94. Research chelation
  95. Juice ‘more.’ (I’ll blog on this one for sure.)
  96. Learn to make homemade chicken stock
  97. Figure out some really good vegetable sides that I can serve many times a week
  98. Memorize longer passages of scripture monthly
  99. Buy flowers
  100. Get yearly pedicure
  101. Try my hand at knitting
  102. Participate in Shoebox Christmas giving program- put on Calendar for October!
  103. XXXX

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Ramblings

I read a poem that was an adaptation of The Night Before seen from the perspective of a parent with autism. I saw so many parts of the poem are some Christmas ramblings...

We got a Wii. Andrew had four items on his gift list and one was DeBlob Wii video game. He did not understand that we had to get the Wii game FIRST. He was a tad disappointed but later said to himself something along the effect that "that's OK. God will take care of me." He did get DeBlob later from Aunt Cheryl. He also showed GREAT JOY in the shirt that went along with the video game. He went upstairs after saying, "excuse me for a few minutes" and changed his shirt. So the jig is up.... he CAN dress himself.

I found a Sock Monkey for him. I didn't KNOW there were different types and therefore the one he wanted didn't have hair on the top of it's head. We are hoping that cousin Morgan may like it.

He was so sweet before we went downstairs in the morning. He was savoring the anticipation. WOW!!! Isn't that cool!!!

Andrew tried a carrot on his own. I know some of you will not consider this a highlight...and some of you will;)

Andrew just adores the interaction with his cousins . He loves them...they love him. It is a great gift.

Mark got a good nights sleep last night. (Those of you that know what has been happening see the blessing in this.)

Mike liked his cookbook! Anyone ever cooked blood soup. It was a Swedish cookbook. Apparently in Sweden reindeer meat is considered a staple as it was not listed under 'game' but in the regular meat recipes!

Amy kicked Andrew's butt at video games!! Not kidding...but it won't last.

Andrew kicked his teenage cousin's butts at bowling. And it was fair play. Everyone was surprised but Andrew was only mildly interested.

Amy could actually eat some of the Costco items she bought! I'll update that in another 'food' post.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wordless Wednesday...Who needs store bought toys??!!

OK i can't make this completely wordless. Andrew made a hockey stick from a wrapping tube and a sock. He then proceeded to grab a bowl for the puck... who needs Wii?? (OK- maybe I really wanted that for Christmas!)

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Christmast Story

As presented by Andrew. Some of the words are hard to understand but I think he's got it pretty much right! I just love the way that I have a 'Fisher Price Manger" but he'd rather use Jumba, Lilo and George Sanderson (from Monster's Inc.) He did manage to get the wise men involved.

Merry Christmas to all!

So we went to see Santa at Henry Ford Museum. I was a tad 'concerned' for several reasons. First, I did not want Andrew to blow it for other kids. I could not continue the Santa charade fully when he started putting Santa above Jesus. We have read the REAL stories about St. Nicholas. Andrew wanted to know if St. Nicholas was still alive and I told him no. He wanted to be a St. Nicholas to other kids...such as Dr. Susan's patients... Which is of course the way you want a child to think.

The second reason I was concerned is that Andrew told me he wanted to tell Santa several things such as he wanted a 'butt kicker' for Christmas. (Don't ask..I don't know where it came from.) He also wanted to tell him that he 'he was just an old man.' I didn't know WHAT Andrew might say.

So I grilled him, drilled him...and prayed. And here is what happened.

Before we were in line I was praying for just God's protection and blessing and will over the whole situation. And then while standing in line Psalm 19:14 came to mind and I prayed that the "words of his mouth and the meditations of his heart would be pleasing to God." And they were....

First Andrew says in the sweetest voice you have ever heard, "Christmas is not about getting, it is about giving." Santa did not quite understand Andrew and said something along the lines that he heard Andrew say giving and so he gave Andrew a little plush that they have there for all the kids. Then Andrew says again, "noooo... Christmas is about GIVING; not getting." He also told Santa that he is very special and I think at one point must have said "God loves you." As we were leaving Santa says..."Remember, Jesus is number one and Santa is number two." Can it GET any better than that????!!!!!! There was more but I was too busy listening to video tape it. While walking away Andrew continues to shout...."you are a nice man Santa!!" What I think Andrew meant to emphasize was....MAN. But thankfully it just came across as a 'nice man' so as to not blow it for the other children.

So Thank you Jesus....for coming to this earth to save us. And for answering the words of my prayer as it could not have been any more sweet than that. It was an encouragement during what is currently a pretty difficult time for us and yet another "whisper from God."

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

DIA....the highlight

We went to the Detroit Institute of Arts last week. The HIGHLIGHT....riding in the CAR (vs. a van) and sitting without a car seat. Andrew is fine to be out of one now but the car seat keeps him confined and 'secure' in the van. But he said this was like a roller coaster...WHEEEE!!!!!! (That's Aunt Nancy next to him.)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Jesse Tree

A few days ago I posted that we were doing a Jesse Tree. In that post I put a beautiful picture of a Jesse Tree I found online. Here is ours. is about the PROCESS not about the PRODUCT. This was one that Andrew and I are doing TOGETHER. And....we will probably not finish by Christmas...because hitting it EVERY DAY is sometimes NOT possible. I am also skipping stories I do not care to cover in detail with Andrew at this time. I am using the rNIV and listening online at Faith Comes by Hearing. I have a link to that always on my sidebar and you can get FREE downloads of the Bible online.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Butterfly Award


Kris at At Home Science awarded me with the Butterfly Award. Thanks!!!! The blog is an incredible resource for ...well...At Home Science.

Here are the rules for this pass-it-along award:

1. Link to the person who gave you the award.
2. Post the graphic.
3. Pass the award on up to ten other bloggers whose blogs you consider cool

Aut-2B-Home will be my forever favorite for her ongoing efforts to pass along all her God given wisdom. I first became aware of her several years ago through her listserve. She is an incredible example of "do not be weary in doing good for at the proper time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up." (Galatians 6:9)

Cochlear Kids is another favorite. Val's tireless effort to educate the world on what a Cochlear Implant can do is incredible. Her stories are heartwarming (and funny sometimes) and her blog educational.

Two other favorite autism / homeschool / RDI bloggers are Our Crazy Adventures in Autism Land and The Black Pearl Academy. There is always something there to think about and I feel closer to these folks than I do many skin friends. Our Crazy Adventures also has a GFCF blog called Loving Gluten and Casein Free. "ChefPenny" is a pampered chef consultant too and just reading about her creations makes my mouth water. (hint hint on the PC. If you are going to give your money to anyone for PC.....order from her! She spends it on therapy for her kid;)

New to Homeschooling (but not new to autism) is another homeschooler/RDI/autism blogger. She is involved in a review program of homeschooling materials which she 'trials' on her daughter. A great blog to peek at especially if you are new to homeschooling.

Monday, December 1, 2008

My December Plan

Here's the December Plan...

A Jesse Tree! This involves daily scripture and you can google Jesse tree to see what I am talking about or click here for one example. I will post our own pictures which will involved nothing fancy...but here is one I found online. I can't tell you how much simpler you can make it... all we did was put up a vertical trunk and horizontal branches with butcher paper and I found some printed color 'ornaments.' The key is to tie in the scripture. And with the simplicity of ours, you can focus on the 'process' vs. the 'product.' I will upload a new picture of ours in a few days.

I am going to continue to work on MathUSee. Most of the upcoming lessons are review but we never did subtraction so need to do plenty of practice there.

We have a boatload of library books that are not really Christmas related but would like to read them so every day I'm just going to grab one and read. Today we read How to Make an Apple Pie and see the USA. And of course we mapped it.

I am going to 'try' and do a Christmas Lapbook but I am not sure on that one. We have done three already this year and I'm a bit lapbooked out. I will upload our Thanksgiving lapbook. Maybe next year I will be able to post some pictures BEFORE the actual holiday so folks can get an idea of what I'm talking about.

I am planning many outings including:

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