Friday, February 22, 2019

fun food from February...

It's ok to enjoy what you eat.  Yes, food is fuel for our bodies, but it should also bring you pleasure.

fish tacos

Asian salad

fruit salsa with homemade cinnamon chips

Eating in a way that's healthy for your body and mind isn't just about the nutrients in the food.  It's about having a healthy relationship with your food. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

An open door

We love when friends or family come over and stay the night.  My kids look forward to it and love planning for it.  Then when it's time to go, I get ….when will they be here again.

It's truly great!
Telestrations was flipping hilarious.  I was dying of laughter.  The kind where you pee in your pants. 

Laughter is good for the soul.

adding to the Campfunk sign!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Reese Peanut Butter Cake

This is one of our favorite cakes to make for people.

Who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter?


Food is meant to be pleasurable.
You're not weak because you enjoy eating!

Monday, February 18, 2019

You see, just as we all have different voices, hair colors, thoughts and opinions; each of us has our own unique sensory makeup too. Think about it, We all have our favorite smells, tastes, and activities that “fit” with our sensory systems. Some of us love busy crowds, some of us can’t stand loud places. Some of us chewed our pencils as kids. Some of us were even biters in preschool. Some of us love spicy foods, while others can’t stand the slightest tingle. Some of us loved to be tickled, while others wouldn’t wish it on their worst enemy. This makes us who we are.
These are our “sensory preferences”.

To make things even more confusing, our sensory preferences can change depending on the time of day, our mood, how much we’ve had, if we’re sick, and for lots of other reasons.
Can you see how understanding these “sensory preferences” could change the way you parent? So the next time your child is banging on pots and pans and it starts to send you through the roof and all you want to do is scream… now you know why! They crave loud noises. Send them to a place where it OKAY to make those loud noises.

The next time your kid starts to smash and crash into everything, you don’t have to lose your temper and tell them to stop. Instead, you can recognize their sensory needs and suggest the trampoline or animal walks instead.

 It changes your perspective. It opens your eyes and allows you to see what your child needs, what they are trying to get out of a behavior, and more than anything it helps you understand the WHY behind so many of those baffling behaviors.

I bet when you had your first born, you read all the parenting books you could. Heck, you probably even read the book all pregnant first-timers read. Now that your child is older, it is no different. Learning about sensory processing and how it relates to all children can truly be a game changer for you and your children.

Can you imagine the empowerment you could give your child, if they could explain to you what they prefer and don’t prefer? What if they could tell you why they hate their socks? What if they could tell you why they can’t stand Aunt Suzie’s house? What if they could tell you why they can’t sit still?

All kids learn and play more successfully when their unique sensory needs are met.  And all kids benefit from having access to knowledge about the way their bodies and sensory systems work.

Thursday, February 14, 2019


Jonah's way of storing his CD's..

love his curls...

she started her own hair salon complete with colors and wigs

We've always been counter this life

Bacon wrapped meatloaf..delicious

Seriously..this girl comes up with the weirdest things

Schooling along

love this..

Gabriel has a lot going on here

gluten free pac man waffles


They just found out these opened....aaagghh 
this is amazing mom

Odin just finished studying mental health..I really love our health program we do.  I never learned about the things these kids learn about these days.  So many hard topics that parents don't want tot talk about. 
We are and always have been a very real/raw family.  We don't candy coat things.

Friday night chocolate chip pancakes and hot cocoa have always been a favorite

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Steeler Game

Jonah has always been a Steeler fan. We're not sure how or why it happened, it just did. The Steelers have been Dave's 2nd favorite team so it may have something to do with that but all we know is that Jonah LOVES the Pittsburgh Steelers and is a devoted fan.
Over 2 years ago Jonah approached us about going to a Steeler game.  He really wanted to go see the Steelers at their home Stadium in Pittsburgh to be as he said "with his people"  He sat down and figured out how many miles the trip would be in a car, hotel versus camping, paying for meals, packing lunches for the road trip, spending money, gas, tolls, tickets to the game, and misc.  He started saving and working odd jobs in the community saving some of the money for the trip.  He shoveled snow, cut grass, painted, helped people move things, any job he could find to make money.

In October he finally made his dream come true.  He was able to save $1500. He and Dave took off on a 4 day trip to Pittsburgh to see the Steelers play the Browns at Heinz Field. They had an absolute blast together on this trip. The Steeler fan club is one of the best in the NFL. They treated him so nicely and when they heard how he had saved all the money for the trip, they treated him and Dave to a tour of the stadium and on field access. It was great. I am not sure who enjoyed it more, Jonah or Dave? They also said what a great city Pittsburgh is and how nice everyone was to them. The Steelers won the game and even though it rained and was cold, Jonah and Dave said it was warm in their hearts. They had a great time.