Mama OWL Blog: November 2011

Meal Plan Monday

Monday, 28 November 2011

Monday 28th November - Brinner

Tuesday 29th November - Baked Cannelloni

Wednesday 30th November - Chicken Korma with pilau rice, naan bread, poppadoms and samosas

Thursday 1st December - Toad in the hole with mashed potatoes and vegetables

Friday 2nd December - Fajitas, with nachos, salad and rice

Saturday 3rd December - Lasagne with garlic bread

Sunday 4th December - Garlic & Herb Roast Chicken with steamed vegetables, yorkshire puddings, onion rings, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes and gravy

#R2BC - Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

Friday, 25 November 2011

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

This week #R2BC is being hosted by Bod For Tea, pop over for a read & to link up.

Today is my youngest son's sixth birthday, and today my #R2BC are all about him.

1. Six years ago we welcomed our gorgeous son Harrison into the world. He was 10lb 1oz and 55cm long, born at 3.24 on a Friday afternoon. He has brightened our lives every day since his arrival and we love him so much! You know the kid on the John Lewis Christmas advert that everyone says doesn't exist? Well that kind of child does exist, and his name is Harrison. He would do anything to help someone else and loves to give to others and make people happy. He is an absolute star and I am so proud of him.

2. This evening we will be having family round to sing Happy Birthday and share Harry's birthday cake, lovingly made by me. He asked for a fire engine, and that is what he got. He's happy with it, that's all that matters! I also made some matching fire cupcakes for his party.

3. Tomorrow we will enjoy Harrison's first proper birthday party with his friends from school, he is very excited and can't wait to celebrate!

Ooh I've won!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

I never win anything so I am very excited to have won the Dino Bite game from Larger Family Life's giveaway a couple of weeks ago.

Dinosaurs are one of Logan's special interests, and we LOVE to play games together so this is going to be a big hit in our house. Thank you very much to Tania at Larger Family Life, and to Drumond Park Games.

[Christmas] Meal Plan Monday

Monday, 21 November 2011

I have finally completed my meal plan & grocery list for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day. Will sort out next week's meal plan and then decide on our New Year's Eve & Day meals so when the Christmas delivery slots open up I am ready and won't end up with rubbish days/times or loads of substitutes. Also, this way I don't end up just buying tons of food purely because it's Christmas, it's such a waste of food and money.

I am so excited for Christmas! We are putting all of our decs and the tree up on December 1st, which we do every year, all of us together as a family. The children and I are going to be making some new decs this year to add to the ones we have collected over the years. I love making things with the kids, they are always so pleased with their work and feel so proud of themselves. So as well as our baking and decorating biscuits and gingerbread houses, we have that to look forward to as well, I can't wait!

Right, on with the Christmas Meal Plan -

Saturday 24th December {Christmas Eve}
Breakfast - Pancakes & waffles with various toppings (syrups, sauces, chocolate chips, fruit & cream etc)
Lunch - Sandwiches with various fillings, crisps (potato chips) and fruit.
Dinner - It can only be Fajitas for Christmas Eve, a delicious Mexican inspired buffet with chicken fajitas, enchiladas and nachos.
Dessert will be jam roly poly served with custard, and after decorating our Gingerbread houses before bedtime we will all enjoy candy cane cookies with hot chocolate and marshmallows, freshly baked that day by me and the children.

Sunday 25th December {Christmas Day}
Breakfast - Pain au chocolat, crepes, and croissants with jam.
Lunch - Roast Turkey crown served with sprouts, leek, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, swede, two potato mash, cauliflower and accompanied by pigs in blankets, onion rings, sausage meat & stuffing and cranberry sauce, topped off with thick turkey gravy.
Our desserts are going to be Gingerbread cheesecake, and cinnamon whirls (all homemade).
Dinner - Leftovers, so basically everything we had for lunch, in the form of a sandwich, and probably lots of sweeties!

Monday 26th December {Boxing Day}
Breakfast - Eggs & bacon, with sausages, hash browns, baked beans, fried onions, tomatoes and toast. Possibly a little bubble & squeak too depending on what is leftover from Christmas Day.
Lunch - Sandwiches with various fillings, crisps and fruit.
Dinner - Ploughman's - mashed potatoes, cold meats and salad.

Meal Plan Monday

Monday, 14 November 2011

Monday 21st November - Lasagne with garlic bread

Tuesday 22nd November - Toad in the hole with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables

Wednesday 23rd November - Brinner

Thursday 24th November - Oven baked potatoes with cheese, coleslaw, baked beans & salad

Friday 25th November - Harrison has decided he wants BIRTHDAY FAJITAS, given the option to have whatever he wants he still chooses Fajita Friday haha

Saturday 26th November - Chicken New York with homemade chips & salad

Sunday 27th November - Roast Beef with mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings, steamed vegetables, onion rings, stuffing and onion gravy.

#R2BC - Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

Friday, 11 November 2011

The host of #R2BC this week is the lovely Kate on Thin Ice. While you are visiting her page for the reasons to be cheerful blog hop, please read her fantastic entry about Armistice Day and The Royal British Legion.

I watched 'This Morning' and the two gentlemen who were on the show to talk about their experience as POWs in WWII moved me to tears. During the two minutes silence, I stood and held my sleeping toddler while listening to Big Ben chime 11am, and I sobbed my heart out. Today I remembered the fallen, and their sacrifice, and I thought of those still serving, and those left with memories that will be with them forever, and those with injuries that have changed their lives forever. I also stood in memory of my beloved Grampy Charlie, who always stood and bowed his head to remember his comrades. Today my reasons to be cheerful are actually my reasons to be thankful, and I don't have just three, I have hundreds of thousands of reasons to be thankful.

My reasons are every single one of the service men and women who have and who still are serving our country, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you.

“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.” ~ Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)


Swings & Roundabouts

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The title would suggest that this will be a lovely entry about visiting the park, having fun playing, enjoying being a child. But no, unfortunately this entry is about my anxiety about my middle child.

As I have mentioned before, Logan has A.S.D. which is Autistic Spectrum Disorder. This year he was also diagnosed with a condition called Persistent Femoral Retroversion, which is a deformation of the hips (think Charlie Chaplin) and tight hamstrings. Since his diagnosis I have been searching for further information on P.F.R. and as my luck would have it, it turns out that it is relatively rare particularly in comparison to the opposite problem (which is called Anteversion) and information is scarce.

We are currently trying to correct the hamstring issue, which we hope will also ease the pain he suffers in his hips. He is on his second pair of specialist boots, but unfortunately at our last review the physio told us she doesn't believe he is getting the 'heel strike' which means the boots are not doing their job, and now we need to take it further.

The physio has referred us back to the GP, who will now in turn refer us on the paediatric orthopaedic consultant. That is where the title of this entry comes in, not only is it a pinball machine of referrals, there is also a 20 week waiting list currently. In the meantime Logan will continue wearing his boots in the hope that they will help in some small way before the next round of treatment starts.

The physio does not believe that serial casts are an option due to Logan's A.S.D. as it is highly unlikely he will tolerate them, and she is quite right as he barely tolerates the boots. The other option we are looking at is injections. Neither of these options sound particularly great to me. I just want my boy not to be in pain any more, and to be a normal kid.

I want him to be able to run and play with other kids and it breaks my heart that it isn't just his Autism that makes that difficult, he can't even do the running bit anymore. His boots are heavy and cumbersome, and he has pain in his legs and hips from both the hamstrings and the P.F.R. which means he is reluctant if not unable to be as active as he or I would like. It is so unfair, like he does not have enough to deal with in his little world without this being added on top of it.

Luckily the children at school are largely understanding of Logan and his difficulties, his teacher assures me he is popular with the other kids, and also that he is making progress academically, albeit a little slower than would be ideal, but he is trying very hard and we are very proud of his achievements. The kids have told him his boots are cool, which has made it easier for Logan because he doesn't feel like even more of an outcast because of them, something else that makes him different.

He never asked for any of this, he didn't cause it or bring it on himself, nothing he or I did made him this way, and I hate that he has to deal with all of this when he is still only eight years old.

The school has been fantastic, moving the boys there was the best thing I ever did and they are thriving there, I cannot even bear to think what would have happened if I had left them where they were. I am trying not to worry about the future, and what will happen when Logan moves up to secondary school but it is something that worries me, that I think about on an almost daily basis.

I just have to keep it together and keep fighting his corner, getting him everything he needs and preparing him (and myself) for when the hard times come back around. Because they do, over and over again. We deal with one issue and then another comes along.

But - what doesn't kill us will make us stronger, I won't let this defeat me or Logan. This isn't ideal, but I what I keep telling myself is "It could be worse". Logan is a cracking kid and I am so lucky to have him, and I wouldn't want him any other way.

Meal Plan Monday

Monday, 7 November 2011

Albeit NEXT Monday... Here is next week's menu:

Monday 14th November - Baked Cannelloni

Tuesday 15th November - Egg, Chip & Pepper Bake

Wednesday 16th November - Rigatoni alla amatriciana

Thursday 17th November - Cottage Pie

Friday 18th November - Fajitas, enchiladas, savoury rice and nachos

Saturday 19th November - Baked Potatoes with baked beans, cheese & salad

Sunday 20th November - Roast chicken served with steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, onion rings, sage & onion stuffing and yorkshire puddings, with gravy

Just because.

Monday, 7 November 2011

#R2BC - Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

Friday, 4 November 2011

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

As Mummy From The Heart is taking a break, this week's #R2BC is being hosted by A matter of choice, pop across and take a look!
Next week the host will be Kate on Thin Ice.

My reasons to be cheerful this week are fun ones!

1. Monday was Halloween. I love Halloween! Every year the kids and I have such fun, we decorate cakes and cookies, watch scary movies (like Hocus Pocus, Monster House, The Haunted Mansion) and bob for apples! We carve out our pumpkins, and [they] get dressed up to hand out sweets to any ToTers who might call.
We have made it in to a fun activity day which is all about the children and we look forward to it every year. Our big four chose the designs for their pumpkins and helped carve them out. Alicia's pumpkin was an owl, Joshua had a ghost, Logan wanted King Boo (from Mario Kart) and Harrison had a skeleton, and this year I made my first pumpkin cake, which I have to say was delicious. I also made some ghosty meringues, and some gingerbread skeletons. We had a special dinner of pizza, potato wedges and chicken dippers which they all gobbled up before digging in to the cakes and biccies!

2. Tomorrow is Guy Fawkes night! I love bonfire night, and watching fireworks. We've stocked up on burgers, sausages and bacon and lots of rolls to have with fried onions and some chips, and got the sparklers ready for the kids. I think I am more excited than the kids!

3. My kitchen is nearly completely decorated. It looks lovely, all fresh and clean with new paint, new doors, my wall art is up, my shelf for all of my recipe books, the new family blackboards... I can't wait until it is all finished, I will share pictures. The husband has done an awesome job!

Meal Plan... Er, Thursday

Thursday, 3 November 2011

I have booked next week's shopping already so here is next week's menu.

I got a bit over excited as my new kitchen blackboards have arrived and I wanted to use them straight away. My darling hubby has been redecorating my kitchen all week so it is looking super cute, I love it. I have my menu written up on my little window blackboard, and the big one is up on the wall for our family notes. It's all coming together, I will share pics when it is all done! Anyway -

Monday 7th November - Brinner

Tuesday 8th November - Spaghetti Bolognese

Wednesday 9th November - Sausage Casserole

Thursday 10th November - Chicken Korma, pilau rice, poppadoms, peshwari naan and vegetable samosas

Friday 11th November - Fajitas, savoury rice & nachos

Saturday 12th November - Deli Pizza from Sainsburys followed by some cinema sweet popcorn for movie night

Sunday 13th November - Roast Lamb served with steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, onion rings, honey roasted parsnips, sage & onion stuffing and yorkshire puddings, with gravy

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