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Hi mamas.

 

Mel, that is worrisome that the teacher is doing that. Sounds like they want to set him up for the ADHD diagnosis and meds (not that it's absolutely NOT the case, but that all other options should be exhausted -- especially ruling out other things that might look like ADHD but in fact NOT be.) Sigh. I have the evaluation meeting with the public school evaluators and ds' teachers/principal this week. They did not end up doing the entire evaluation, but only the FBA (functional behavior) and executive functioning aspects. For some reason my consent form addendum (which asked them also to do OT/Speech/Psych-academic) was not processed so we have to go back and do that again.

 

Jo, trip to India, neat! I have a dear friend whose husband is from India and they go every couple years. She has LOTS to say about it (both positive and challenging), traveling there, etc. I think they tend to go to Delhi and/or Mumbai though. 

 

Plady, that fire looked scary! I hope all is ok with you.

 

Geo, hope your trip is going ok.

 

I have nothing useful to add re: meal planning. I am more half-a$$ed about it than I should be. I already have to cook several different iterations of the same meal to deal with me (GF, vegan), and dd1 (vegan), plus the rest of the family who eat 'regular' food (but can be picky). Sunday is ALWAYS pizza night (homemade) -- half a pie for the vegan and the rest regular. I eat whatever strikes my fancy that night since I am not a vegan pizza lover. Friday night is Shabbat dinner so usually some form of chicken for the meat eaters, and side dishes (that everyone can eat) and lentil loaf for me and dd1. Or spaghetti with meatballs/tvp 'meat' sauce if that's what everyone wants (and is truthfully an easier meal to make, and now that Shabbat begins at 4:00 or thereabouts because of the winter, it is easier). I do a crockpot or pot pie style meal one night (add cooked chicken separately for the meat eaters in a separate pan after making the veggie/thick broth base), quesadillas or chili one night (easy to do no-meat and then the ones who eat cheese can add it), and pasta one night (with a veggie 'sauce'). Other than that, not so planned. Sigh.

 

Have to take ds for a haircut today, not a fun thing to do. Then we're off to the JCC where they have a new 'tween fitness' gym -- they took one of the racquetball courts, added a rock climbing wall and put in some cardio and weight equipment. they have hours with a staff member to help the kids, and then one night a week is rock climbing time (dd2 goes to this now). Dd2 has been willing to do this two or three times a week, so that works. There's an indoor track program sunday nights but it's an hour away, so I don't think I'll get to that reliably for them. Maybe.

 

RR: :cold 10 chilly miles today in the wildlife conservation area with my friend Mike. No wind, at least. Am I nuts for considering a late spring full marathon? Every time I think I commit to one, something goes wrong. :eyesroll 

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I pack lunches the night before, and try to do it without the kids watching so they can't complain. We started with a plan of kids making their own lunches 1 night/week in grade one and adding another night each year, but I ran out of time/patience in the evenings. I'd rather have them help make dinner and just pack the lunches myself. My oldest takes a sandwich or quesadilla and assortment of fruit/veggies/nuts/crackers. The youngest has crackers and hummus or chèvre, sometimes leftovers to reheat, various fruit, sometimes hard boiled egg, pepperoni, or salami.

RR- 5k on the treadmill, because it's too icy/snowy on the trails.
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Swinging by to report that after an incredibly slothly month, I went to the gym AND then hit the climbing wall this afternoon. My body may be tired tomorrow, but I'm hoping to end the year on an upswing.

 

Does anyone want to share fitness goals for 2014 (other than Gaye, who we already know is going to be amazing!). Nic, personally I would be worried about weather and lack of daylight getting in the way of training for a late spring event, but since I think you're tougher about rain/snow/cold than me, I think you could do it. 

 

I would really like to do a trail half in 2014, but don't know how realistic it is to put in the training time with my work/school load. There are usually two on the island that I would consider- one of the "long courses" in a trail run series is usually a half (likely July or August) and another in late October/early November. Both are very hilly- the first place finishers usually come in around 1:45 to 2:00, so I can expect at least 3 hours on the trail.  Another option would be to train and do it myself on a local flat trail that has a 7k loop- my husband did this a few years ago and I might be able to convince a friend to do it. 

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Nic - :dizzy  I admire your commitment to your nutritional ideals.  I just know I'd either cave in and eat with the majority or become a food bully and make them eat along with me.  And doing all that personalization on top of a full time job, it's mind boggling.

 

Jo - India!  My SIL spends as much time there as she can and plans to retire to Kerala.  I am getting really itchy to visit too.  Please go scout for us!

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Geo - on peanut sauce: take out the amount you need for a dinner, then freeze the rest in individual dinner sized servings (you dont want to freeze and then refreeze). I use this over stir-fry and my kids devour whatever veg. its on.... I think our family of 5 uses about 3/4-1C per dinner?

NRR: back from a weekend in Ogden UT for Regionals (NM, UT, AZ). Add missed connection and flying to Portland OR to get to UT, and a sick kid, and the normal high stress of a comp., and I could have had a better weekend. Its cold.gif here. Hope everyone is staying warm
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Nic - I admire your commitment to your vegan living as well. Not sure I could handle that much prep, especially with working too. My kids don't eat paleo at breakfast or lunch, but they sure do at dinnertime! Cause that's what mama makes!

MelW - fitness goals. I really should make some. I feel like I am perpetually stymied by injury these days. After the 5K on Thanksgiving, my knee hurt so much I could barely walk for the next few days. I'll say my goal for 2014 is to get back to swimming regularly, maybe 3x a week?

Cooking/lunches - one day a week, DH grills a huge amount of meat (chicken thighs, hamburgers, brats, sausage) and we have leftovers for lunch and easy dinner for at least a few days after that. My kids almost always have a wrap of some kind for lunch with fruit, raw veggie, and usually a Z-bar. I make lunches first thing every morning. DH always brings leftovers.

DS's Lego Robotics team was in the top 4 at their regional tournament, and will now advance to the state finals (actually, the Central Illinois finals). They also won the rookie award since this was their first year. It really was fun to watch and he loved it!
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Geo - on peanut sauce: take out the amount you need for a dinner, then freeze the rest in individual dinner sized servings (you dont want to freeze and then refreeze). I use this over stir-fry and my kids devour whatever veg. its on.... I think our family of 5 uses about 3/4-1C per dinner?

 

Long gone:

Sauted spinach in butter and garlic, dumped in the peanut sauce, tossed with home made noodles.  Heaven.

 

In SF.  This state forgot to turn on the heat.  I got to watch my niece play soccer.  I think folks in OH have it right - they quit outdoor soccer before it gets this cold.

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Nic, I thought the same when I took a look at your cooking arrangements. I am a total food bully by comparison. Case in point: park day gets us home late. Kids are eating leftover lamb and bean stew. I am eating leftover cabbage salad and sardines. 

 

MelW, I was thinking about giving the napping challenge a try, something making the FB rounds in the wake of the plank and squat challenges out there. :wink But more seriously, I need to get back into strength exercises, preferably before the new year.

 

JayGee, :thumb to ds and team! sparkle, I hope her climbs were good.

 

I am just so bummed to have had such a craptastic week for bureaucracy by yesterday already. I can get into these fragile states where it takes very little to throw me off, and I am veering. Tomorrow will be an early morning run, which should help. Reading Eckhardt Tolle and I'm not sure it's helping. Just finished an Annie Dillard book and her writing is just so deliciously excellent. And yes, I am doing all this reading in lieu of studying. I'll pick up the books again tomorrow. Today, dh is out of country, I miss my family and I want to run away.

 

Gosh, but all of the US sounds so cold! Stay warm, guys.


Edited by 1jooj - 12/9/13 at 6:35pm
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:cold

 

30 minute ski yesterday.

fitness goals?  thinking.

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RR: Checking in, still working out, gearing up for todays killer.  Actually, Saturday's workout was titled "killer", lol.  

 

NRR: life is busy trying to get things ready for bible study party, classroom party with one and a half parent helpers, teacher gifts, family Christmas shopping, DS2's concert tonight, and hubby goes out of town for 4 days next week which he keeps griping about.  I keep telling him~just enjoy it!! Free trip!  Although I understand that he has a lot of work to get done too. 

 

MIL kind of went off on me the other day due to my work schedule conflicting with her holiday plans and dh then got mad at me as well.  WTH?  (heck)  *rolleyes* I know, I know it's the first Christmas without FIL, I know what that's like because I lost my mother but we didn't stop time for me to mourn and I made it through.  I'm not trying to be callous.   His mom texted him that night asking if he was still going out of town and I was like "please let her know that I don't want company during the time you are away and that I am totally fine while you're gone" because I'm looking forward to the vacation time too and I don't want to have to "put on airs" so his mother can feel better about going off on me.  I want to be in my jammies and eat cereal for dinner, lol!  No, I'm not bitter, lol.  :)

 

Sounds like I need the work out!  :)

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Fitness goals~ Last night I thought about signing up for the Indy Mini Training Series.  They have a 5k in February, 10K in March, 15K (my fav) in April, and the half marathon in May.  That would add 4 medals in the first half of the year....Pondering....

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jo, the napping challenge sounds like something that would be genuinely good for the body and soul. I hope this week is a better one for you.

 

Geo, our local rec soccer league's motto is "run, sun, hail or snow". I think this is mostly to let parents know that they don't cancel for the 200 days a year it rains, but I've seen the kids out in pretty nasty weather.

 

JayGee, congrats to your DS!

 

RM, I hope your family clues in to your needs and you have a terrific few days to yourself. The training series sounds like a great way to build up through the Spring. I could use something like that to keep me motivated.

 

I made this roasted squash salad last night, and it was terrific. I subbed kale from the garden for spinach. For the vegan and paleo-ish dingoes, the honey in the dressing could easily be omitted if your squash and pears are as sweet as mine.

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Uh. I signed up for a triathlon today. :down JCC Superbowl Indoor Triathlon (Feb. 2).  1/2 hour swim, 1/2 hour on the spinning bike, and 1/2 hour on the mill. Winner is the one who goes the farthest I guess. 

 

D'oh. Now what?! (What do I WEAR?! :Sheepish is of course my biggest concern. Of course, I should probably put in some time on the bike too.)

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RM, hope you enjoy some breakfast for dinner while dh is away. I'm planning on pancakes tonight since someone here mentioned it and got me craving it. smile.gif

Thanks for all the menu ideas, especially for lunch! MelW, I love that you pack it w/o convo the night before. Kerc, I like your mini-meatballs idea. Recipe? JG,
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Cooking/lunches - one day a week, DH grills a huge amount of meat (chicken thighs, hamburgers, brats, sausage) and we have leftovers for lunch and easy dinner for at least a few days after that. My kids almost always have a wrap of some kind for lunch with fruit, raw veggie, and usually a Z-bar. I make lunches first thing every morning. DH always brings leftovers.
we are all meat eaters and your grilling idea is perfect for us! Dh loves to grill. I'd love to have lots of good meats on hand. Does he do this in the winter, too? I wonder if we could also roast a variety of meats on Sundays for that week's lunches. Brilliant! Nic, Kudos to you for being so accomodating. I'd be a food bully, too, or cave.

RR: Ran/Walked 4 miles around the track, more running than walking ... thumb.gif LIke Mel38 said, I think I need to do something every day, even if it's a a simple walk or shooting hoops with the boys.

Running plans? Thinking...

Mel38, You've got great advice here from moms experienced with diagnostics but I just want to caution not to label too fast. My oldest son didn't "grow into his eyes" until around age 9/10. The right hemisphere fully develops around ages 4-7; the left brain's reading center and the connecting bridge between the two hemispheres develop around ages 7-9. Girls may develop earlier; boys may not develop till 10 or 11. There is a growing community of thought that forcing reading before their eyes and brains are ready may be counter-productive. This may not be the case at all for you! I just like to mention it b/c I have one son who clearly fits that description. Good luck!
Edited by loftmama - 12/9/13 at 5:21pm
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Yay, nic!!! I'm so excited for you! As for what to wear...indoor tris like that generally don't have true "transitions" per se...it's usually more that you have x number of minutes to get to the next place. So, most likely, you can wear whatever you would normally wear for each and change in between.

I can't even remember the last time I checked in, it's been so long. bag.gif Life. Who knew? In good ways, though, so it's all good! My first week of labor orientation was last week, and it went really well. Three or four really nice births, and I learned a lot. The charting is really what's killing me...I think I can handle the patient care (mostly), although I still have a TON to learn. It's the darn charting! C got back from Mexico on Thursday, and we went up skiing on Friday. It was COLD. cold.gif Single digits. We skied three runs, went in for a drink/snack/warm-up and then decided not to go back out. And then, geniuses that we are (ok, mostly me)...we went to the parade of lights Friday night. Wherein my phone said that it was -4. Holy cow, that was cold. It was fun, we weren't too miserable until the very end, but man, that was a lot of cold for one day! And then DS and I went to see Frozen with friends on Saturday, and the stinking mall and movie theater were freezing, too! I mean, I know it's December and all, but I'm kind of ready for the cold snap to end. I'm just not ready for this long of a cold spell without a warm-up. Blech.

And I'm back in nanny not-quite-but-pretty-close-to hell again. Sigh. My nanny is a grad student and has her student teaching coming up in the spring. Which we knew all along, but she was convinced that she could make it work with my schedule. Turns out that her placement is at a school that is 40 minutes away from where we live and she has to be there at 7:30 am, when I don't get home from work until 7:45 or 8. I looked into the before school care at school, but there's a waiting list and it's 10 people long. So now my current dilemma is do I just look for someone new altogether, or maybe just someone who can do the mornings that I would need? irked.gif

rr~Climbing back on the wagon after the holiday/work/mexico/work interlude. Spin class on Saturday. Went out for a group run yesterday morning that only had 3 people (because it was 8 degrees! cold.gif) and we went for an hour, somewhere around 5.5-6 miles (my garmin putzed out, boo!). Hamster wheel hill workout/spin class double today. Feeling a little better about myself after working out three days in a row!
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And I'm back in nanny not-quite-but-pretty-close-to hell again. Sigh. My nanny is a grad student and has her student teaching coming up in the spring. Which we knew all along, but she was convinced that she could make it work with my schedule. Turns out that her placement is at a school that is 40 minutes away from where we live and she has to be there at 7:30 am, when I don't get home from work until 7:45 or 8. I looked into the before school care at school, but there's a waiting list and it's 10 people long. So now my current dilemma is do I just look for someone new altogether, or maybe just someone who can do the mornings that I would need? irked.gif

IMO: student teaching can be intense. Look for both. If your nanny is great and you can find someone the few mornings a week you'd need someone, do that. In general our university tells folks not to have an outside job during student teaching.

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1jooj--any decisions in the trip planning? I need to live vicariously. wink1.gif

Nic--sounds like a fun triathlon! I've sort of hoped my gym would do one, but they haven't yet.

RM--ugh on the MIL. Hope you're able to enjoy the holiday just the way you like it.

tjsmama--was it pretty empty at the Parade of Lights? It looked like it on the TV shots--there were tons of seats open on those bleachers in front of the City & County Building. Brrr! Also impressed that you decided to see Frozen when it was that cold. We went last weekend when it was in the 50s. On the nanny--ditto kerc.

Speaking of Frozen, I found it very difficult to watch because I was watching my two girls on the big screen (minus the magic snow powers, of course). R spent a lot of time talking through it afterward. Without giving too much of the story away, it's fair to say that Elsa's anxiety mirrors R's, that the struggle to cope is very real, and that J is much more like Anna in terms of being outgoing and reasonably anxiety-free (though hopefully not quite as impulsive). It's really well done and we enjoyed the music and all of it, but it also hit very close to home. The girls loved it.

geo--so it was cold in SF too? Hope you're back and Ohio is warmer.

fitness goals--hmmm. I've been debating whether I want to sign up again for the Colfax Marathon or a different one or none at all. I'd kind of like to break that 4-hour mark, but this week's arctic cold and illness combo reminds me of why this year may not be the best year for it. One I am sure of is that I want to really put in some miles on my road bike this year and do some sort of longer bike event (Venus de Miles?). Maybe actually get through all six weeks of the Jillian Michaels 6-week 6-pack abs video too. (Got through three-ish weeks and then last week trampled my fitness goals.)

Not sure if I mentioned that J was waking up at 3 am and barfing all over the bed/me for a couple of nights in a row. We weren't sure what was up because she acted fine during the day. Saturday night she did it again but wasn't feeling well in the morning either, making it clear it was a bug--which she helpfully passed on to me Sunday night.

I hate stomach bugs. Also, arctic cold. I'm so ready for it to be in the 30s or 40s again. This happens every December, but it's usually just for a few days.
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In good news, so I don't just sound like a me-me-me whiner, I picked up a quick editing gig for a student's paper over the weekend. That went well, except for the part where I kept leaving the computer to throw up and then return to keep combing through references. (I'd designed a flyer and some business cards and those got posted about a month ago. This was my first customer, but she seems pretty happy with the outcome the stomach bug and altered plans notwithstanding. I spent about three hours on it again this morning, despite a raging headache, so that probably helped.)
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Mel38, You've got great advice here from moms experienced with diagnostics but I just want to caution not to label too fast. My oldest son didn't "grow into his eyes" until around age 9/10. The right hemisphere fully develops around ages 4-7; the left brain's reading center and the connecting bridge between the two hemispheres develop around ages 7-9. Girls may develop earlier; boys may not develop till 10 or 11. There is a growing community of thought that forcing reading before their eyes and brains are ready may be counter-productive. This may not be the case at all for you! I just like to mention it b/c I have one son who clearly fits that description. Good luck!

Thanks for that input, because I do hope and sometimes believe that he just needs more time. So this kind of hits on one of the reasons K-4 and early childhood classroom teaching is being pushed (I feel) on kids these days. I have seen references to studies that kids who go to preschool do better in school, and I wonder if that might have more to do with socio-economic reasons why the kids are there and not a result of the actual program on the child.

 

And he loves the BBC typing site :thumb

 

Congrats on signing up for the tri, Nic!!! You will rock it, and it's a great way to get started with triathlon. I hope your DS's eval goes well.

 

:hug Jo, how are you doing today?

 

Gaye, I agree w/kerc, too. It will be way less stressful for all involved if you find someone who will not have to rush out every morning before you get home.

 

You guys, I would love to participate in the 2014 planning game, because I can not get motivated! All I really want to do is my little 3 miler every day lately. No yoga, swimming, weights, biking... nada. I even reached out to my old running coach to see if he might coach me to a half (tri) this spring. I feel like swim and run could be ok, and I could focus on the bike. He said he would do it, and now the thought of it makes me feel very anxious. How in the heck am I going to fit in any more things when I already feel that I am behind on my family?? GAH! Thank goodness only 8 more days of this ridiculous work-load and then I am going to be suzy homemaker until 2014. dishes.gif

 

Stay warm out there!

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Mel38 - I so hear you about adding anything more for me to my already full load!

 

I've been thinking about goals too and all I really want to do is hold steady.  I'm at a pretty comfortable weight. Even with the pudge around the middle I can cinch it in with "foundation wear" when I need to.  And I feel strong and like I've got decent aerobic capacity.  I guess I should strive for better flexibility and try to get into doing yoga but.... I guess I'll keep watching what you ladies come up with to inspire me and then I'll copy someone!  :mischief

 

Real - Hope your cold snap lightens up for you.  We had about 10 days of freezing and below temps and although the pipes threatened to freeze a couple times I'd take that over our usual high 30's to low 40's.   Once it's above freezing the damp chill just goes through me (and it tends to be more overcast).  Interesting review of Frozen.  I forgot that it was here this weekend and didn't take the kids and now it's leaving as of Thursday :irked.  I guess it will be one of those we'll rent and watch at work on the big screen.

 

Geo - I hope the SF conference has had some nice down time for you to enjoy the city.  Any chance of a poppy meetup?

 

I'd better head out to box, my dad sent us a heavy bag for Christmas!  I'm not sure if it's for me or for dd but I'm pretty excited!

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I'm reading, but not much to say lately

Here is a sort of cool video of the comp. I went to this past weekend with DD1. It was sent by the dad of one of DD1's competitors who I've become friendly with b/c our daughters tend to be close in ability. My DD1 is in the red short sleeve over the black long sleeve, with black capris, and pony-tails. She is shown climbing for about 4 seconds, and then for a few seconds here and there at other parts of the vid. (like when the two older boys, and then an older girl, are being interviewed; she is behind them). The dad sent it out to his "friends" b/c his DD is in it, but mine is in it kind of a lot. His DD, not incidentally, is the little ripper in the hot pink capris.

Feeling the usual post-competition let-down. I get bummed that our team isent better, that the coaching isent better, that DD1 has more potential than she is fulfilling, bla bla bla. She did make it to the next round, although this year's competition is SO dense and deep (she just went up to the next age category, and this group of girls is the deepest in talent of all the categories, and she is with them every-other year) that Divisionals will be low-expectations. I told Dh over the phone that she qualified and he said "does she want to go?" lol.gif Because neither of us particularly does redface.gif But since she wants to, and Im neurotic mom, I think she needs to amp up the training for the next month, and since her coaches dont seem inclined to push for that, its up to me. Bleh. I'm too exhausted from my own personal year-long melt-down to train my daughter faint.gif

Dh is home sick, which means lots of diarhea and near vomiting and sleeping between shifts at the hospital disappointed.gif

13 degrees this morning cold.gif

Fitness goals: I wish I felt awake enough to life to even want to do anything besides get a massage redface.gif
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