Posts from ‘Parenting’
These two kiddos begged me to learn karate for at least a year before I gave in. And you know what? I’m so glad I did.
For a year now they’ve been attending classes twice a week, sometimes three, through National Karate. They’ve each grown so much taller they’ve already had to increase their uniform size once during the year. They’ve gone from no belt to white belt to gold belt to green stripe to green belt to green belts with purple stripes…. in other words these kiddos have kicked some serious karate butt.
And yesterday they participated in their first tournament. And it was amazing. Look how bright and shiny they were first thing in the morning! Seriously they’ve been practicing for so long!
What I’m about to share with you is a game changer for the world of food allergies. Seriously.
If you or your child or partner carries an EpiPen for severe allergies, ask yourself if you have you ever:
- left home without your emergency medications and not realize it until you’re far away?
- worried that your medication got too hot or too cold when you accidentally left it in your car?
- had anxiety about your child at school or daycare and want to make sure you are alerted immediately if they have a reaction?
- tried to remember when the medication expires, but it’s at another location and you can’t check it?
We went to see Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Musical at the Stages Theatre in Hopkins last weekend and had a wonderful time. You can see Avery was grinning ear to ear sitting next to Rudolph and Hermie after the show. It runs through January 3rd, and if you or your kiddos love the annual TV movie classic of Rudolph, the musical is nearly identical to it. Definitely go see it!
The play was super special for my family, as a certain almost-7 year old has been practically obsessed with Rudolph for about 5 or so years. Here are a few of the fun pictures of her with Rudolph over the years.
She brought Rudolph with her to go see Santa!
She drew this picture for Rudolph and left it with carrots and granola for him to eat when Santa brought presents. You can just barely see her little handwriting that said Rudolph across the top.
And here she fell asleep one night holding Rudolph and wearing antlers on her head. I just can’t… my heart… and then here’s her little voice just 3 years ago… talking about Rudolph being a love story.
There are also Rudolph books and ornaments and multiple pairs of Rudolph pajamas she has already outgrown. Maybe the fact that her birthday is on Christmas Day has influenced her to embrace the season.
And I may have picked up a couple extra secret things at the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Musical last weekend…
Hope you are all finding joy and moments of peace this holiday season.
Note: We are regular patrons (and donors) of the Stages Theatre in Hopkins. These opinions and photos are my own, this was not a blogger review as we paid full price for our tickets!
For the last few years, I’ve majorly stressed out over Halloween. There was this post Oh Halloween… you stress me out where I detailed all the ways the holiday freaked me out… and then this one where I worked on empowering my little one before she could read: How to help kids with food allergies on Halloween.
This year, somehow in the business of it all, I decided to just roll with it… to keep the emphasis on fun and not on “staying safe.” Of course I worked hard to keep her safe – but it was all in my head, something I took accountability for and let her focus on the fun. And I’m happy to say it worked.
Maybe it’s because I’m older and wiser… or because she’s older and wiser… we’ve both been doing this food allergy thing for nearly 6 years now. And this was the best Halloween we’ve had yet!
Wow, to think just a year ago I was a complete bundle of nerves waiting for my little one with food allergies to start Kindergarten. And WHAM suddenly the year flew by and we’re getting ready to begin first grade in just a few days.
Some of you have asked for updates on Avery’s first year in school and how things went with food allergy management. We had a successful year – there were no food allergy reactions at school or after-school care the entire year. I never received the “dreaded phone call” and my daughter was able to focus her energy on learning to read and making friends.