Game: Which Meal Is Restaurant-Made?

I’ve started a co-op placement for school, hence the blog-silence for the past month while I’m learning how to “do it all”. I figured I would come out of “hibernation” with a mini game, which I’m calling “which one is from a restaurant?”.

A bit of background…we went to a restaurant for a friend’s 60th birthday a couple of weekends ago. 5 people. 5 meals were wrong. Mine was the easiest of all meals ordered: nachos. Which photo below do you think is made by the restaurant?

Nachos A:

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Nachos B:

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Nachos C:

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Leave your answer in the comments section below…

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A $20 Fix Stopped My Son’s Frustrations (#Autism)

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My son broke the zipper on his winter jacket on Friday, right before I dropped him off at his dad’s for the weekend. I brought it to his dad’s attention when I dropped the kids off, with the hope he would be able to get the zipper fixed or replaced, or (depending upon the cost of that) replace the jacket itself. I was so worried about the 3 of them going to the local Santa Claus parade he next day with my son having a broken zipper…it’s starting to get cold here now for the winter.

 

I picked the kids up on Sunday and my son immediately started saying “zipper broken” as soon as he got in the car. He fidgeted all the way home, screeched, repeating “zipper broken” and “fix zipper”, then asking for my man because he’s the one who fixes everything that gets broken. My son was clearly very upset and just needed it to be fixed. When we got home, he threw his jacket on the floor, said “broken”, stepped on it and started his circuits around the inside of the house (hello stim!). I was shocked by this as he’s always hangs up his jacket.

 

Thankfully, I had foreseen this situation and was able to get a free (!!!) winter jacket from a friend of mine whose son had outgrown it so I sent my son to school today wearing that jacket. Then, my man and I went to a seamstress he has used in town a number of times, and she was able to make it next on her priority list so we dropped it off at 10:30am and picked it up at 12:30pm after running some errands. She even made sure that the zipper itself was big enough for my son’s fine motor skills ability. Even better, it only cost $20 plus tax!!

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My heart hurts with the idea that my son went for 2 full days with a broken zipper. It wasn’t overly cold this past weekend but he definitely needed a winter jacket that closed properly, especially if he was going to be standing outside in the cold for the parade (thankfully, they didn’t go because it was cold and raining). It hurts that they went to the park with my son’s zipper broken. It hurts that either the zipper or the jacket weren’t replaced by the time I picked him up again. It hurts thinking of the discomfort (both physically in the cold and emotionally) he may have experienced through during the weekend.

 

I am thankful though is that I have such awesome friends who immediately offered their son’s outgrown jacket so I could take my son’s jacket in to get fixed. I am thankful to get it fixed so quickly…and the icing on the cake was that it was only $20! He will be so happy to have his winter coat back when he gets home from school!

Things I learned this weekend

 

According to my son:

  • Toenails are called “footnails”
  • The logo on the front of a car is the “car nose”
  • The headlights are the car’s eyes
  • A car doesn’t have a mouth

According to my daughter:

  • She feels the need to ask my permission to attend a pretend party she and her playdate were planning
  • She has decided that she’s going to live with me forever, with her children (gulp AND yay!)

Other things I learned:

  • I don’t wanna do Grade 2 homework…stomping away like a 7 year old. 😉
  • Right now, the BEST feeling in the world is being able to take off the splint from my right wrist and “crack” it.
  • I have amazing friends who decided Friday they are coming to our place for 11 hours on Saturday to get all the “little things” done from the renos To Do list
  • my kids really do subscribe to the idea that it’s better to wake up really early on weekends and try to sleep in during the week. Ugh.

The power of friendships

 

I have been blessed with some amazing friends. Not only have they helped us move 3 times in as many years, they put up with our craziness, they learn and do everything they can to help me when my son and I are having bad days, and they even help us win a weighted blanket! Now we can add to that list that they love us enough to help us renovate! And boy did we renovate!

Some rooms only needed cleaning and painting but other rooms needed to be gutted and rebuilt. In the 7 weeks leading up to the kids moving in (a week after our stuff moved in), over a dozen friends helped us with sledgehammers, tools, muscles, skill, gardening, drywall, electrical, plumbing, building and rebuilding, painting, and just being supportive. Every time we tackled the outside “jungle” that had overtaken the backyard and the frontyard, our amazing new neighbours loaned us the appropriate tools (which at one point included a chainsaw!) and/or jumped right in to help us.

The house was very old and tired before renos started. As the weeks passed by, friends would say that it was coming back to life. I really believe that the more people who helped us brought more energy and love back into the house, which was desperately lacking.

So, I would like to “publicly” thank: AS, PP, RP, MS, SS, JR, NH, SN, JN, KT, BB, VR, M, DR, CP, PA, and JM.

Thank you for making our new house a real “home” that we will enjoy for many, many, many years to come!

The Wonder of a Weighted Blanket (#Autism)

In the Autism community, we are very well aware that Autism and sleep do NOT go together.  I can probably count on one hand the number of times my son has slept through the night more than 2 nights in a row. Some nights, he can get himself back to sleep fairly quickly (within a half hour) but the majority of nights, he’s up for what I call his “Autism party”, which means he’s up and playing in his room for anywhere from 2 – 4 hours, which also means I’m awake for that time too.  I’ve tried everything I could think of, including taking everything out of his room so there’s no incentive to play between 1am and 5am. My research brought me to weighted blankets, but honestly, as a single mom, the price (along with shipping costs) was too much.

A month ago, Weight on Me – Weighted Blankets held a contest on Facebook. It was so popular that initially the winner could win two weighted blankets, and quickly Jodi (the owner of Weight on Me) added a 2nd place prize of winning one weighted blanket.

Part of the contest was to have other people “Like” your comment, and “Like” Weight on Me’s Facebook page. I entered the contest, posted on my personal Facebook, moms groups, and other groups I belong to.  I was completely overwhelmed by the help I received from friends, online friends and friends of my friends. Over 200 people helped us win 2nd prize – HUGE thank you to each and every one of them!

My son surprised me by choosing a Spiderman blanket (there were other fabrics I thought he would choose over the Spiderman one, but at the end of the day, he’s still a boy!), I ordered it, and within a week, we had our blanket:

 

Most amazing of all…my son has slept through the night EVERY NIGHT (except for one where he got up to go to the washroom so that doesn’t count…he went right back to sleep) since receiving the blanket!! 

I’ve chatted with Jodi via email quite a bit since the contest and she herself has an amazing story so we’ll be sharing her story next week too. I just love that she sees every blanket as being a “hug”.

So, THANK YOU again to everyone who helped my son and I finally sleep!!

 

Thankful Thursday – 05/10

This week has been a tough week with my son and I being sick but there are still many things to be thankful for:

  • my son and daughter
  • the fun-filled weekend we had with wonderful friends
  • getting together with childhood friends, one of whom I haven’t seen in at least 15 years
  • being part of a moms group
  • my son and I being on the mend with our colds

What are you thankful for?