Scavenger Hunt

During this past week, my daughter has been at church camp.  My son is old enough to go, however, due to his autism, he would need a personal counselor to help him get through the day’s activities and I think the boy would only want to stay no more than 3 days.  After that, he would be more than ready to go home and back to his routine.   So for the week that Heather  is off having fun at camp, Kylin is home, living the life of an only child.  In the beginning, this sounds appealing to those who live with siblings, however it doesn’t take long for the boy to become bored.  So Kevin and I try to add some fun activities to his week.  That way both kids can say that they enjoyed their weeks (hopefully).

When Heather was a baby, Kevin used to take the occasional business trip.  So I would buy a set of blank notecards and write a little note for him to read for every day that he was away from us.    Sometimes, he would do the same and sometimes, he would include directions to follow to find a surprise that he had hidden in the house, such as candy or toys for the kids.  When Heather started going to camp, I started writing notes for her.  She then decided that perhaps it might be easier for the week to pass for Kylin, if she left for him a daily note that included directions to find a little gift (and a picture that she had drawn of a favorite cartoon or videogame character).   So when she’s at camp, the first thing that he wants to do after breakfast is to open that day’s note and find the gift (this year, he also video recorded himself giving reviews of each item).

So, here’s day 1

The note

The note

















A "Wreck-it Ralph" action figure!

A “Wreck-it Ralph” action figure!

















Day 2: A Rubber Snake!

Day 2: A Rubber Snake!















Day 3: A "Cars 2" Paddle ball

Day 3: A “Cars 2” Paddle ball















Day 4: Hotwheels Emergency vehicle!

Day 4: Hotwheels Emergency vehicle!















Day 5: A new "Cars 2" with mini Reese's Peanut Butter cups (his favorite!)

Day 5: A new “Cars 2” with mini Reese’s Peanut Butter cups (his favorite!)
















His sister came home today.  She greeted him with open arms and he skipped/ran right to her.  He may not say that he misses her, but his parents can tell, and it really shows in his excitement when she comes back.  And he gained 5 new items to enjoy!

Elizabeth 🙂







Make Your Own Pizza Night

Usually, on a Friday night, we have pizza. Usually, it’s a homemade pizza, and usually, I make all of it.
However, tonight, I decided to change things up a bit to include the rest of the family in the “adding the toppings segment.  I’m hoping that this will prompt some interest in learning how to cook.

I prepped the toppings (and if I had thought about this earlier, I could have had the kids help with this too.   Well………next time they can!)















I’ve been craving a Margherita pizza for the past week.  So I have Roma tomatoes and fresh Basil






For the husband who loves BBQ chicken pizza









The kids decked their pizzas out first.  My daughter likes a little extra on hers, such as the tomatoes and olives.  My son chose only sauce and cheese, which is interesting that he’s ok with having cheese on his pizza, but he won’t eat it alone or drink milk.  But cheese on a pizza is ok.


IMG_3958Kevin decided to make his pizza 3/4 BBQ chicken and 1/4 using regular sauce, green peppers, red onions and sausage.






I may need to make extra dough for the next time so he can have two personal pizzas the way he likes.

Elizabeth 🙂

I Took A “Baking” Day

After a few busy weeks(family from out of town visiting, and resting from an ankle sprain), I decided to have a “Baking” day.  Some folks take a “Personal Day” or a “Mental Health Day”, mine was devoted to baking a few things to have on hand for the freezer.

My son had reminded me that we were out of baked oatmeal for “Oatmeal” day. (We have “oatmeal” day because my son isn’t fond of oatmeal, even though it’s good for him. So if I give it a specific day during the week, he can prepare himself for it ahead of time. Having it scheduled greatly lowers the risk of a meltdown or a half hour question and answer period of “Mom, why did you decide that we were going to have oatmeal today?” It’s just as much for my sanity as it is for his, I’m sure).

So yesterday, I was going to make some baked pumpkin/chocolate chip oatmeal (see recipe here However, I was out of pumpkin, and I really didn’t feel like going out. So I made pancakes and waffles, and filled them with chocolate chips. IMG_3896
I still need to make the baked oatmeal.
But I have until Wednesday 🙂