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25/09/2014

Jack has been outside loads this week, mostly on the trampoline. At the weekend, out of the blue he asked for a basketball hoop and I found one on sale in Argos. Put it up and everyone has had a go. With some help from Andrew Jack has been able to get the ball through too. He struggled at first and seemed like his arms just were not quite strong enough to get the ball high enough. Switching to a smaller ball helped and now he can score with either ☺

Literacy Planet is still a hit which is great as language can still be a sore subject. He plays Scramble (boogle) any time he can too which is great for word recognition and spelling practice. We have a rough plan to make a giant Ninjago figure, maybe even as a costume. Avoiding paper mache this time though!

Just a Typical Day

The last couple of days I have been waking up around 5:30am and not being able to get back to sleep. Well, not until 10 minutes before my alarm is due to go at least, just typical! Then it’s up and wake my boys up, both are on the autism spectrum and really don’t like getting up and take so long over it. My daughter gets up before me to get ready and then go to her friends to walk to school. Coax smallest boy out of bed, get dressed, make porridge, shout upstairs to big boy (well, he is 15…) and make bento lunch and snack box – Pac man wheat free roll with chicken, grapes, jelly with peach pieces, dried fruit and some gluten free mini animal biscuits for lunch and stars cut outs of chicken breast, slices of egg white and sliced smoked sausage with flower shapes cut out.

It’s freezing out, small Boo hates the cold so much. I bought him a coat meant for skiing and still he feels cold :s but we get to school ok. My older son has a hospital appointment at the endocrine clinic so we walk to the hospital which is only ten minutes away. They had a Scooby Doo film playing in the waiting room. I’ve lost count of the number of these films I’ve seen, Boo LOVES Scooby (and so do I lol ;)) Appointment seemed a bit pointless in the end as we only went over what I already knew but everything is good on that side of things.

Come home to get on with uni work, which was a ton of reading on policies and services for children, post war welfare state, Sure Start… Read some and let ClaroRead do it’s thing, this is what I have it for, right? The rest of the day seemed to just vanish into nowhere with school pick up, adding some new aromatherapy oils to Elderberry Arts and listening too and singing too some music while Boo played Skylanders. He is not very tolerant of people singing in general, though he loves live music but is mostly ok if I sing. I wouldn’t say I can sing but I’m not terrible either lol My daughter had to go back to school for her school play (she is playing the flute in the orchestra) Before I know it, it’s dinner time and ‘doh, what am I going to cook with such short time?’ I love batch cooking 😀 I used to it a lot and keep saying I will again and never get round to it but on Monday I planned and cook and freezer draw full of meals. I couldn’t sleep and logged onto Facebook to see a friend had posted photos of her latest batches for the freezer so I made a menu and shopping list and the spent most of Monday during school time cooking. I like cooking anyway but it’s not as bad as you might expect. Now I have loads of prepared meals ready to go, kinda like healthy home made ready meals!

I made:

6 portions of chicken korma
2 portions of quorn chicken korma
4 portions of spaghetti bolegnase
6 portions of 100% beef meatballs
6 pitta pizzas
8 french bread pizzas
3 portions of shepherds pie
4 portions of mashed sweet and normal potato
6 portions of veggie chilli (quorn mince, mixed beans and carrots)
2 portions of sweet and sour veg with chicken quorn
4 portions of my secret veg pasta sauce
4 portions of ratatouille

Everything but the pizzas, meatballs and quorn meals just need defrosting and reheating so are perfect when we’re in a rush, have a ‘can’t be bothered’ day or if just one person is eating at a different time etc. I keep the quorn uncooked and cook it when I am eating as it cooks really quick anyway and it cut down on jobs to do.
So after picking up my daughter at 8:45pm I could very easily cook a set of mealballs, reheat the pasta sauce and cook some spaghetti and we all get a good, nutrition meal with minimum effort needed 🙂
Hoping to do a big batch of baking too very soon.

Everyone goes to bed and a while later Boo comes down upset but doesn’t know or can’t tell me why. He sits down on the floor next to me and says he’s sleepy but doesn’t want to lie down. So, at 10:30pm I find myself editing a graphic for Elderberry Arts and quietly singing Jennifer Juniper to him. (Awesome song!) He was asleep by the end and once he’s asleep he’s asleep. I have dressed and undressed him before now so getting him up to bed will be no trouble.