1. Michael took the kids to an adaptive adventure day last weekend for children with special needs and their families. It was amazing. There were pony rides, face painting, games, crafts, and volunteers with loads of different specialties. Everyone they met or talked to was kind, understanding, gentle, and helpful. Michael said of the experience “my faith in humanity is restored again.” There are so many great people who helped by donating time, materials, experience, or their presence to this event, and we hope that in future years we can volunteer at something like this.
2. This week, we checked off several different 101 Things to Do in 1001 Days list items. We made the Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day recipe. I was very impressed by the recipe, though I still need to make it a few more times before I get the technique down. Gluten free bread baking is SO different from wheat flour baking! I also finished my Photo 101 class, AND WE PAID OFF OUR CAR!!! It’s been a hard row to hoe to get Josefin (our car’s name) paid off while we’re in school. We have absolutely needed that car and loved it, but we’re so happy and relieved to be DONE paying it off. Thank you tax return and thank you Michael who files our taxes in February!
3. We also crossed off #13: Try homemade play dough. We used this recipe from Modern Parents Messy Kids that uses Jell-o of all things. We made it gluten free by subbing 1/2 cornstarch and 1/2 rice flour for the wheat flour. So far, it’s held up beautifully–a full week without getting dried out or funky. We’ll toss it later today to be on the safe side, but I was very impressed. So were Sophie and Milo.
4. Sophie is signed up for her first dance class! I’m unbelievably excited about it. I really think she’s going to love it. I have my fingers and heart crossed that her teacher will be kind and understanding. I also hope that she LOVES it. I can’t wait to buy a leotard, tutu, and ballet shoes. Anyone have favorites?
5. Oh, the twos. Milo has had a ROUGH case of the twos the last few weeks. I feel like I’m at my wits’ end of ideas for ways to help him. We are consistent and firm in the boundaries we set, we try to provide him lots of loving attention and positive reinforcement for his good behaviors, and get him to release as much physical energy as possible throughout the day by playing outside or going to the park.
But we also can’t seem to find anything that helps us get through to him. As much as I’d like to ignore his negative behaviors (so as not to reward them with attention) or let natural consequences follow, most of the things he’s doing are NOT things we can ignore or allow natural consequences to follow (like smacking Sophie over the head with a block) or pulling on electrical cords. I feel my patience wearing t-h-i-n and my usual sanity standbys (going on walks, praying, playing soft music, etc.) are *not* doing the job. Mamas, what do you have for me? What’s helped you?