Life Lessons

Tuesday’s and Thursday’s are very busy days for us. On those days my mom, my little one and I take care of my grandma. We do all of her shopping and running around, go through her mail, and basically take care of anything that is needed. My little one also has gymnastics for two hours each of those days. On those days we don’t get a lot of book work done, but learn a lot about life.
My grandma has the onset of alzheimers and is very forgetful. Being exposed to that I feel is a learning experience in its self. Learning to answer the same questions over and over, to help her find things that we found just a few minutes a go, and learning how to be helpful but not too helpful. That is one are we are working on. She likes to be too helpful and sometimes grandma gets upset with that. I feel she is also learning that family should take care of each other and that you can’t always put yourself first.
On another level she is learning a lot of school type things in our weekly adventures. When we go shopping she helps to compare prices between name brand and generic items. She helps to see if it is a better deal to buy the bigger or smaller quantities of merchandise. We work on rounding skills, and estimating. With the produce she has learned all about how to read the scales and how to pick good fruit. One day the manager of the produce department saw her weighing the apples and she read the scale wrong, so the lady helped her read it and explained what everything meant. Ever since that day she loves to weigh the produce.
As far as socialization, she talks to everyone. She has conversations at the store with the cashier and other employees. She talks to the waitresses at the restaurant we go to for lunch with my grandma. She talks to people so much that when we walk into the restaurant they all tell her hi. It kind of reminds me of Norm from Cheers. She pays the bill at lunch and figures out how much change we should get and has learned how to figure out what we should leave for a tip.

After we take care of grandma we head to gymnastics. On top of the physical benefits she learns many things here as well. She learns team work, respect, and dedication. She has learned to take turns, and how to get along with kids that are not exactly the friendliest. She has learned to get up when she falls and to cheer for her teammates even when they fail. There are countless lessons that she has learned at the gym.

We are in the car a lot going from place to place and when we are, my little one loves to play her Leapster. She has logic, math, and science games and loves them all. We also practice spelling words or multiplication facts as well. We have to do extra lessons throughout the week to ensure we stay on task, but I feel she learns a ton on our busy, on the go days.

Summer = More time in the Gym

Now that it is summer my little one will be spending more time in the gym. She has been doing gymnastics since she was two and loves it. She has been on the competition team for a year now and enjoys competing. Competitions are over until September and now they get to learn new skills and perfect some ones they have been working on. She will be at the gym 4 to 5 days a week for about 3 hours a day. Hopefully her arm strength will improve and she will have a lot of fun. With the extra classes she gets to be with more girls her age and I think she really enjoys that. Right now her goal is to move up to the next level before September, I don’t think that will happen but if she works extremely hard it could.


This is my little one in the blue. It was at the gym’s summer show.



The only downside to more practices is that I am away from home longer and have not been able to do all of the things around the house that I would like to. With my foot being hurt it makes it hard to do a lot at a time. Sitting in the gym can get boring day after day as well, but she likes us to watch. I couldn’t come home anyways being as the gym is about 40 mins from our house it would take way too much gas. Overall it is worth it, she gets some exercise and gets to do something she loves.

Corn Free

 

 

Now that I have a corn allergy, I have to be careful what I eat. Ignorance is bliss until that ignorance gets you into trouble.

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I have been trying to live a corn free life for about a month now. I thought it would be fairly easy, until I realized a corn free diet means more than just no corn. I can’t eat anything made with corn syrup, corn sugar, corn meal, corn oil, or anything derived from corn. I never realized how may things contained corn. I also had no idea how many names there are for corn. I guess ignorance is bliss until your ignorance gets you in trouble. I am intolerant to corn not allergic, so for that I am lucky. I do have severe side effects when I eat corn but as of now it is nothing life threatening. I am learning new things each day and by no means am an expert. I plan on sharing my experiences but as everyone is different please don’t try something just because it was ok for me. If you have a problem with corn make sure to check the labels and use your best judgment. 

After realizing how many items I eat that contain corn I decided it was time to get a cookbook. I use to cook everything out of a box, but most of those boxed or canned things contain some type of corn. Days of Hamburger Helper and boxed cake mixes are long gone. So is jelly, pudding, jello, and numerous other products that I never thought had corn in them.

I purchased the Betty Crocker Cookbook at Walmart for a little under $20. I have not tried too many recipes yet but plan to try many in the future. 

So far I have tried the baked macaroni and cheese which turned out good, twice baked potatoes that were way better than anticipated, homemade croutons that were better than any I have bought in a store, and the glazed carrots. The recipe for glazed carrots called for orange zest and I didn’t have any so I just left it out. The carrots came out decently, but I think the orange zest would have made them better.
I also found this wonderful website that has a lot of recipes and tips for eating corn free. www.cornallergens.com Tonight I made the banana bread and it turned out really well. I plan on trying more recipes soon.

There are a lot of foods that I am adjusting on my own too. It is a learning experience and I have lost a little weight because I can’t eat very may processed foods. It is getting easier, but will be a life long adjustment. Do you have any food allergies in your family?