Sep 22, 2008


I went with my sister down to Layton, Utah where my baby sister just had her first baby. But, before I left, I wrote down everything that needed to be done for Bill to take care of the kids and get them to bed, fed, school, meds, lunches made, orthodontist, etc. I was only going to be gone for 24 hours. I hesitate to proceed in my blogging at this time because I am so flaberghasted I don't know if I have anything nice to say!

Well, I did have a good time. That is something. It was fun to hold a newborn babe with thick black hair and a bow on top. (Madalyn Mae, cute as can be) I was able to spend the night in a hotel with my sis and we had a good night's rest. That is something. We ate out, that is something. And we traveled home.

On the way, I decided to phone Bill and see how everything was going. He had gotten everything ready for school the night before, like picking out their uniforms and making sack lunches. Ok, I thought, that was something. Now, for the frustrating part: He didn't wake up until 8am, decided that it was too late to take the kids to school, so they should just stay home. According to Mercedes he slept until 11am, then ate breakfast, took a dump for 1 hour, then got on the computer! What?! So, by the time I got home, two kids were still in their pajamas (it was 3pm) and they were all playing video games. When they saw me they were all hungry, and hadn't eaten lunch yet. I'm not trying to get my husband in trouble here, and yes, he did hear from me, boy, howdy...but what I'm trying to get across is that the Asperger mind is very different...He didn't even THINK about calling the school or me, or take the kids to school a little late, even...he figured that they would have to miss the whole day of school since they were late. (???) I shudder to think what this teaches the kids. No wonder breaks are few and far between.

He's seen the error of his ways, I must admit. Now he is doing "double time" and cleaning, bathing the kids, etc. Well, that is something.

What annoys me to no end is when people think he is "normal" or "neurotypical", and expect alot out of him, like a regular guy, but then he doesn't live up to their expectations and he is then viewed as "lazy", "irresponsible", or just plain "doesn't care". Story of his life. And here I am doing the same thing. I need to remember that.

Sep 14, 2008

GFCF Gingersnap Recipe

This recipe is very yummy. I must have had a craving for cinnamon and ginger--autumn spices--because these hit the spot!

GFCF Gingersnap Cookie Recipe (You can't tell it's GFCF!)

¼ cup gfcf shortening

½ cup sugar

1/3 cup molasses

2 egg yolks

1 ¼ cups cornstarch

¾ cup potato starch

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ cup oil

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

For Topping:

1 Tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven to 350*. In large bowl, cream together shortening, sugar and molasses. Add remaining ingredients, mixing well to remove all lumps.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Sprinkle well with sugar. Bake 8-9 minutes. Dough will be just set, with no wet spot in the middle. Do not overbake.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Sep 9, 2008


I have to give a plug for two movies that we saw recently. They are both modern day fairy tales and are great family movies. Sydney White with Amanda Bynes (Snow White and the Seven Dorks,) and Penelope with Christina Ricci. They both have a good moral and made us laugh. Even Bill got into it.

Sep 8, 2008


The older kids are in school now and I breathe a sigh of relief. Today, it's just me and Ryder at home and four wild tabby cats that we caught in the garage. I called animal control and they came over with a trap. Last summer we were infested with mice, now this summer it is cats. Something doesn't seem right here. Story of my life. :D

Tomorrow Ryder starts school. And once again I send my baby off into this crazed world we live in. The first day of school is always bittersweet when they are little.

Mason was baptized and confirmed last Saturday. Or should I say "bath-tized" as he calls it. It was really nice to have family and friends there. Afterwards we had a potluck picnic at the park.



Ernie and Oscar learn they like different things-great for kids on the Spectrum!