Izzy has had a good week…
Monday we picked up her new afo’s and hatchback shoes. They were made at a 90 degree angle and we weren’t sure they would work (at all!). She was able to wear them for 30 min at school tues. and 45 min at school wed with minimal discomfort or red marks. We are working up to more time in them.
Wednesday I picked up her cool new carseat. It’s a recaro monza. It came with an mp3 player and speakers in the sides.
Izzy hasn’t appeared to have pain in her hips this week which is a huge blessing! She has been communicating a lot and has been getting rewarded at school.
Last Friday Melanie let her “buy” a purse with her tokens for communicating. (It’s orange. And furry!) She put a dollar bill in her purse. Matt put another in her purse. Camilla put a dollar in her purse when she did so well in her afo’s. Matt told her she gets a dollar at home when she gets one at school. She has been sleeping with that little purse clutched in her arm. Maybe because Emelia teased her about her money. It’s great that she is inspired to work hard by the rewards that are offered to her. Melanie has a cool valentine box (that’s furry… I think Melanie really likes fur 🙂 ). It has fun bracelets and treats for rewards.
Emelia is practicing basketball again today. That’s a good thing… I was beginning to think she wasn’t interested at all. She did pretty good at her game Saturday night. She got two fouls so she was in the game… and seemed to stay focused.
Amanda started classes this week. She is already talking about how hard they are… but we all know she’ll do great. She is taking calculus, spanish, psychology & (can’t remember other class)… She was telling me that her calculus class was in a really ghetto classroom. She defined ghetto as having to use old fashioned projector rather than the fancy computerized screens most classes have now. She has class everyday this semester.
Bailey is staying busy with his friend Christian who is going to school now at the junior high right by Izzy’s elementary. So… I am bringing christian home (to our house) everyday. He stays most nights until six, and some nights later when his mother has class. So far it is going well… just keeping these teenage boys full! Bailey is in competitive drama and is rehearsing some prose material for competition.
I went to lunch with Melody yesterday at the Museum Cafe. It was really nice and I think would have been pretty good, but I bit into a metal clip type thing in my grilled asparagus panini. The manager told me it was a grill brush. IT looked like a hair pin. They offered to make me something else, but I declined. They didn’t charge us for lunch and gave us both cards for another free lunch. I don’t think either of us are in a hurry to go back, even free. But it was pretty good up til the point of the metal pin. Maybe a good cholesterol treatment…
Today I met Mendy in Stroud. She has been my friend since fifth grade and she lives in Sand Springs… we don’t ever have time to see each other. She suggested that we meet half way in stroud for lunch to exchange Christmas presents. I still had her birthday present too and her birthday was in October! We ate at a bbq place that wasn’t bad at all. I had a baked potato, green beans and corn on the cob. I enjoyed visiting with Mendy. We are going to try to do it monthly. It was really only an hours drive and wasn’t bad at all.
I’ve been making Matt pizza’s almost nightly. He is on a pizza kick. I buy those whole wheat crusts at the store and then add sauce and tons of veggies. I have been eating normal lunch and then making sweet potato fries every night for me. We will get tired of this soon I think. The sweet potato fries are delish! My favorite thing right now! I have to make extra because Matt always wants some too.
I cut two sweet potatoes into strips
Mix 2 t evoo with a sprinkle of red pepper and some kosher salt
toss the potatoes in the mixture
sprinkle brown sugar over them single layer in pan
bake at 425 for 40 min.
(stir a few times)
I made them with a little cinnamon last night, and tonight I think I’m doing cinnamon and paprika. They were too hot last night (went a little crazy with the red pepper).
I went jogging yesterday but didn’t make it yet today because I spent the day driving to Stroud and then back etc. But will def. go tomorrow! I have got to get back in shape asap!