Saturday, March 29, 2014

Interview with the Boys and other adventures

Cody scored this book for $1!

Today Charlie went to a birthday party of a class mate, so while he went to the party with Daddy. I took Tyson & Cody with Ali to the op shop and we came home with a bag full of books! And it only cost me $6. Bargain!

Interview with my boys.

Cody age 8.5yrs , Tyson aged 7.5yrs, Charlie aged 5.5yrs and Ali aged 20 months.

1. What is something your Mum says to you?
Cody: Clean your room Tyson: Clean!
Charlie: Clean your room Tyson right now! and tyson , charlie cody bed!
Ali: Bum

2. What makes Mum happy?
cody: us behavingTyson: no one goes in time out
Charlie: kisses... no one goes in time out or be told off
Ali: mine!

3. What makes Mum sad?
Cody: us hurting each other
Tyson: people going in time out!... if you say we have to clean our rooms we have too we have to listen to ya and not leave it messy,
Charlie: us hurting cody or alistair like this ...*hurts cody*... and we have to behaves
Ali: bum

4. How does your Mum make you laugh?
Cody: i don;t know
Tyson: She farts and jokes.
Charlie: tickling us.

5. What was your Mum like as a child?
Cody: smart
Tyson: like us...a school girl..nice
Charlie: i don't know..but i need to do something...

6. How old is Mum?
Tyson: 27

7. How tall is Mum?
Cody: 63cm or something... i don't know
Tyson:60....64cm tall

8. What is Mums favorite thing to do?
cody: I don't know

tyson: sit on your bum and be and be on facebook on your computer.
charlie: cook!

9. What does Mum do when you're not around?
Cody: go on facebook
Tyson: sit around till you have to pick us up from school
Charlie: play on your phone

10. If your Mum becomes famous what will it be for?
Cody:for being on facebook
Tyson: eating the most
Charlie: rockstar

11. What is Mum really good at?
Tyson: sitting on your bum and playing computer...
Charlie: cooking... and cooking when your sitting on your bottom

12. What is Mum not good at?
cody:i don't know.... cleaning...
tyson: pooping..
charlie: reading your room

13. What does your Mum do for a job?
cody:sit on her bum and do nothing
tyson: lay in her bed and fart
charlie: get a job!

14. What is Mums favorite food?
cody: stir fry
tyson: tacos
charlie: stri fry with meat and ham

15. What makes you proud of your Mum?
cody: nothing
charlie: stink butt

16. If Mum was a cartoon character, what would she be?
Cody: an idiot...
Tyson: a lady gaga
charlie: an oval face

17. What do you and Mum do together?
cody: i dunno
tyson: everyday we have to eat together!
charlie: we talk... we draw

18. How are you and Mum the same?
Cody: we are in the same family...
Tyson: boys are not the same as girls coz girls fart and have long hair..
Charlie: girls don't have bottoms..

19. How are you and Mum different?
cody: you are a girl I am a boy
Tyson: I'm a're a girl...
Charlie: girls don't have organs! organs are authors....and they are actually your rude spots...

20. How do you know your Mum loves you?
tyson: kisses..kiss.kiss...kisss
charlie: coz dad says..

21. Where is Mums favourite place to go?
Cody: hollywood
Tyson: sports centers
Charlie: shop and by some undies...shops like to buy bananas

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Adventures with a toddler

Yesterday Ali and I went to Playgroup In the Park , it is an annual event held in Geelong, Victoria. This year it was held at the Eastern gardens Play space. I hadn't been to the play space before and I was very impressed by it.
The play space is fully enclosed and is wheelchair friendly, it even has a swing for those in wheelchairs.

There was face painting, live bands, a puppet show, lots of craft activities and lots of thing to play with, and even a little petting zoo full of farm animals.

Today Ali and I have visited the Geelong Art gallery  and we checked out the "Chapter & Verse" exhibit and the "Ex Libris- the book in contemporary art" exhibit as well as "The Hard Times Dance " Exhibit.  The Gallery staff are lovely and friendly, they had a chat to Ali, who was very excited and yelling in gibberish and yelling "go go go".   It is a lovely place to visit, very peaceful and the gallery runs regular activities for children on school holidays. I am hoping to get the boys to go to some of the upcoming workshops.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Baking

Cooking the carrot Muffins.

The Carrot & Sultana Muffins

And now for a Recipe from me!

Today we made Carrot & Sultana Muffins (dairy free recipe),  Anzac biscuits ,  Gingerbread Biscuits and also Weetbix bliss Balls (sort of like Rum balls minus the Rum).

Weetbix Bliss Balls 
These balls have weetbix and flax meal in them because  I like throwing flax meal in stuff (Check out this link for why flax meal is good for you)

Recipe: 10 weetbix, crushed
1 cup mixed fruit or sultanas 
3 tbsp cocoa

1/4 cup flax meal
2tbsp coconut + 1 1/2 cup extra for rolling in
1 x400g tin condensed milk

Crush weetbix, then add flax meal , cocoa and fruit and 2 tbsp coconut mix well. Then add condensed milk. Mix well. Then roll into balls and roll in coconut and pop in fridge or freezer to set

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Talking Tuesday: 2 days late !

I do find the humor in post this on a Thursday. I really should schedule posts. But I am disorganised.

Essentially, Talking Tuesday will focus on Speech therapy, what my boys are doing  at home.  All my children are doing some form of it.

Cody- is working  on things such as Pragmatics and sarcasm, and emotion recognition skills.
Tyson- is working on Pragmatics, sarcasm, emotion recognition skills and also some pronunciation of sounds.
Charlie- is working on pronunciation of sounds and word meanings etc.
Ali-  is working on speech development 

Cody- is working on learning to recognise emotion via facial expressions, his homework was to look at pictures and I ask "is the person happy, sad, mad, etc" and ask him why he thought this.
Tyson had the same homework. 
Charlie gets homework from his oral language program that he does at school, he often comes home with an activity that involves colouring in, and a reader from his oral language program. So far he has worked on things like "the chair is UNDER the table" the ball is BEHIND the chair , etc. and in his reader books  he has covered rhyming words and  sorting.   He also does his regular readers that all school kids bring home. 

At home the boys also do Reading eggs and Reading eggs Express. I have found this has helped Tyson and Charlie really well with certain sounds. 

Ali - is working on learning new sounds and words.  So far we just use lots of games and reading and turn taking to encourage him.

Mommy Speech Therapy is a great Blog on speech therapy by a speech therapist.
Charlie's Oral language book on Sorting.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday afternoon Bulk baking.

Today, we spent the afternoon baking up a storm.  I had 3 little helpers in the kitchen.   I made a few changes to a few great recipes to make them dairy free.

Today we made  Bulk Savoury Muffins,  I simply didn't put cheese and used a dairy free milk and it was dairy free!

Also made Banana Bread with 1 Banana , I used Nuttelex and dairy free milk and voila! dairy free banana bread that uses up that one lonely banana that was on my bench ! haha!

And I also made some Cinnamon Apple Cookies I simply used Nuttelex to make them dairy free, I also didn't put the nuts in so mine are nut free.

My kitchen smells so divine right now. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Life with ASD

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? 
11 myths about Autism
10 things every child with Autism wish you knew

I make no secret of having Aspergers (High functioning Autism) and ADHD in my house.  It makes life interesting, sometimes stressful.  Cody was diagnosed quite late, he was 8 years old , he also has Auditory & Sensory Processing Disorders and ADHD. He didn't speak until age 3.  Now he is about to turn 9 years old next month, you wouldn't realise he had been non verbal.  He does see the world differently to how I see it.

Tyson is now at age 7 years old, currently being assessed for Aspergers, he has ADHD. You wouldn't think either of my boys, were in some way  "special needs'.    My calendar is filled with appointments  for things such as: speech therapy, psychologists,  occupational therapy.  I have meetings often with the school, to discuss progress and setbacks, the latest reports etc.   My day may be different to yours.

On Sunday 6th  April it is World Autism Awareness day.  (Check out some of the events being held to celebrate World Autism Day)

What not to say to a parent of a child with Autism

Want to support places who help those with Autism? Here are a few in Australia :
Autism Spectrum Australia
Autism Support

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Nomination for Kidspot voices of 2014

I opened my email inbox, to discover I had been nominated. After the shock wore off, I was excited. Someone out there, likes me (or my blog) enough to nominate it.
So thanks whoever you are! 

Stay tuned for some awesome blog posts I brainstormed up tonight. I'm planning themed posts for certain days if the week as well as the usual blog posts. 

Dairy free choc chip cookies

We made some dairy free choc chip cookies.
Before I start  I didn't create this recipe it's from a cook book I purchased a few years ago called "Edan's Kitchen" 
It's a great cookbook.

Recipe is as follows: 
125g dairy free margarine (I used nutlex but you could use coconut oil) 
1 cup sugar (any type of sweetener will do even things like stevia etc)
1 egg replacement (or 1 egg)
1 1/4 cup self raising flour
1 block of dairy free chocolate, chopped

Preheat Oven To 180c. Cream dairy free margarine and sugar until light in colour. Add egg replacement and mix well. Sift in flour, stir until all mixture is moist and add chopped up chocolate. Place teaspoon sized balls on a tray lined with baking paper. Lightly press. Bake at 180c for approx 20min or until just turning germ brown.
Makes approx 3 dozen.
Tips: these cookies spread while cooking, so allow plenty of room between each ball of dough for baking.