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I am a very lucky woman with a husband and son who are smart, witty and entertaining. Our son, B, attended public school for two years, and then we embarked on a new adventure in the Fall of 2010 - homeschooling. We don't have all the answers, but we know B and this has been the best thing for him. I blog to preserve our stories and our memories, share recipes, vent and ramble on about our crazy, yet blessed, life. Would you care to follow along?

Monday, July 12, 2010


Over the last couple of months, we have been trying to identify some intolerances in this house to make all of us look and feel better.  The hubs has had success removing a couple of things from his diet.  By removing olive oil and gluten containing skin care and makeup products, I have eliminated most of my dietary and skin allergic reactions.  No more welts and my cheekbones have reappeared - yeah!  I did not realize I had facial swelling until it went down; I thought I had just gained weight in my face.  Hello again, cheekbones.  I missed you!

We brought almonds into the house last month.  B is not allergic to tree nuts anymore, just peanuts.  However, most tree nuts are processed in the same plants as peanuts so he could not eat them due to cross-contamination.  Blue Diamond does not process peanuts nor share  processing equipment with peanuts.  It is so nice to be able to eat nuts!  We have offered them to B and he knows they are there whenever he is ready, but he won't eat them; he says he is afraid.  I don't buy it.

To further eliminate dietary issues that B and I have had for years, we are trying to go gluten-free.  There is no celiac disease, thank goodness, so it is not a life or death issue.  I can't believe how good I feel on the days when I don't eat any gluten and how fast gluten effects me if I do eat it.  B is having to adjust to his body functioning differently without gluten, but he is doing well with that.  However, he is starting to push back as we are cutting out more and more gluten containing foods.  His response to the hubs and I telling him something has gluten in it is, "I don't care!"  *sigh*  Work in progress...

Different topic...I have to vent about something that bothered me during the end of the school year but I never got around to blogging about it then.  I wish the cafeteria workers would not let your child buy snacks when there is no money in the lunch account.  The balance is $0 for a reason - I don't want my son buying snacks and ice cream!   I can understand if a child does not have a packed lunch and needs to buy and there is no money b/c the parent forgot.  But when the acct is at a $0 balance and a child goes through the line to buy chips or ice cream, they need to be told "No" instead going overdrawn on the account and sending a message home that the account needs to be brought into the positive.  ERRR!  It takes a village people!  7 year olds are selfish by nature and no matter how many times I tell him he is not to buy anything w/o previous permission from the hubs or me, he's going to go for it sometimes.  I feel better now that that is out.

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