Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Where did the time go?

Just signed into my blog, and realize I haven't posted since AUGUST! I wonder if anyone even reads this thing!

Well, in case you do, I will update you on our lives. We have bought a new house, and will be moving in the new year. We have lots of plans for renovations, decorations etc. and I will definitely post before and after pics on the blog...stay tuned! Until then, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It doesn't seem much like Christmas around here, as there are boxes everywhere, and not a tree to be found! This is hard, I'm a person who puts up 5 trees in her house....to not decorate for Christmas seems a little odd to say the least, but at least we are going away for the holiday, and my Mom will do enough decorating for the both of us, so I'll get a tree after all!


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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Holy Workout Batman!


I just finished my first day of the 30 day Shred by Jillian Michaels.  I've been working out pretty consistently since February, with my personal trainer, Adam, who really kicks my butt.  Unfortunately, I lost my fabulous babysitter, one of Limefreckle Jr's teachers - she had to go back to work to get ready for school.  She was babysitting for me 3 days a week so that I could continue with my workouts...yes, I am that committed!!  

So now until September 7th, the boy and I are at home, on our own.   I have to get inventive with my workouts (aka do them myself, instead of paying someone to watch over me).    This morning I declared that I was going to do a video workout...next thing you know, Limefreckle Jr. shows up in shorts, tank top, socks pulled up to his knees, and a headband around his head circa Olivia Newton John in her "Let's Get Physical" days.....and announces "I'm going to be your trainer!"  Well Adam, you certainly have your work cut out for you, my new trainer, was pretty great!  He corrected me if I made a wrong move, fetched water for me, and set up my mat when needed.  And Jillian kicked my butt harder than I had expected!!  I think if I keep this up while I am "on vacation" I'll feel so much better about being away from the gym for so long!
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Where has the summer gone?

One of my 2 faithful readers pointed out to me the other day that I haven't posted in FOREVER!!! She said I must be having a great summer, and of course we are. The summer seems to have lasted forever, yet I also can't believe it's already the middle of August! One of Limefreckle Jr's teacher's has been babysitting 3 days a week for me, and that has been AWESOME! She's back to work today, so we are looking at 3 weeks just me and him....eeeek!! Can I handle it? He's a ball of energy, it's hard to keep up! But I've been busy arranging playdates with my friends and their kids, so that everyone is happy.

This has been the absolute best summer weather wise that we have had in a long time.....makes me wish we had a pool in the backyard! But no fear, I'm busy house hunting....that's right, the Limefreckle family has decided it's time to pull up stakes and make a change. I've mentioned before that Limefreckle Jr. goes to a private school for kids on the spectrum, it's about a one hour drive from home, so we have decided to move closer. We would like to be closer to school of course, but also closer to his friends from school, many of them live in that area....and it's an area that really seems to have a good grasp on Autism, there are many more services over there that we don't have here, the school boards over there seem to be a little more forward thinking than the area we live in now, we have to think about the future, highschool etc. There is no way we are going to spend all this time and money on a private school just to end up going back to the same schoolboard that let us down so horribly, for highschool. We need to be in an area that has real, qualified people that know what they are doing, and sadly, that's not the way things are where we live right now. So we have been busy house hunting, but haven't found the right place just yet. It's such an emotional thing, finding a house, falling in love with it, putting an offer in....having to pack up your home.....but we know it's the right move for our family, so we are going to jump in and see what happens! And rest assured, there WILL be a pool in the new house!! Limefreckle Jr. and I are not moving if there's not a pool (and a hot tub wouldn't be bad either!!)


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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

8th grade Autistic boy charged with Terrorist threats

Until this kind of craziness stops in the school systems, we have no hope for our poor kids!





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Monday, March 22, 2010

rollerbabies

Mr. Limefreckle came home and showed Limefreckle Jr. and I this....so cute!





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Thursday, March 18, 2010

A week at the gym - one woman's story

The owner of the gym I'm training at reminded me of this oldy but goody...


WEEK AT THE GYM: ONE WOMAN'S STORY

Dear Diary.

For my 50th birthday this year, my husband (the dear) purchased a week
Of personal training at the local health club for me. Although I am
Still in great shape since playing on my college tennis team 30 years
Ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.

I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named
Joe, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and
Model for athletic clothing and swim wear. My husband seemed pleased
With my enthusiasm to get started!

The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress. .

MONDAY
Started my day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was
Well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Joe waiting for
Me. He is something of a Greek god - with blond hair, dancing eyes and a
Dazzling white smile.

Woo Hoo!!

Joe gave me a tour and showed me the machines. He took my pulse after
Five minutes on the treadmill. He was alarmed that my pulse was
So fast, but I attribute it to standing next to him in his Lycra aerobic
Outfit. I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his
Aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!

Joey was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, all though my gut was already
Aching from holding it in the whole time he was around. This is going to
Be a FANTASTIC week-!!

TUESDAY
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door. Joe
Made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air -- then he
Put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I
Made the full mile. Joey's rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I
Feel GREAT-!!

It's a whole new life for me.

WEDNESDAY
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the
Counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a
Hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn't try to
Steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.
Joe was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club
Members. His voice is a little too perky for early in the morning and when he
Scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.

My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Joe put me on the stair
Monster. Why the hell would anyone invent a machine to simulate an
Activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Joe told me it would help me get
In shape and enjoy life. He said some other shit too.

THURSDAY
Joe was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin,
Cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn't help being a
Half an hour late, it took me that long to tie my shoes.

Joe took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran
And hid in the ladies room. He sent Muffy to find me. Then, as
Punishment, he put me on the rowing machine -- which I sank.

FRIDAY
I hate that dick, Joe, more than any human being has ever hated any
Other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anemic
Little cheerleader. If there was a part of my body I could move without
Unbearable pain, I would beat him with it. Joe wanted me to work on my
Triceps. I don't have any triceps! And if you don't want dents in the
Floor, don't hand me the barbells or anything that weighs more than a
Sandwich. The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and
Nutrition teacher. Why couldn't it have been someone softer, like the
Drama coach or the choir director?

SATURDAY
Joe left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice
Wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing him made me want to
Smash the machine with my planner. However, I lacked the strength to
Even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of
The Weather Channel.

SUNDAY
I'm having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and
Thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my
Husband will choose a gift for me that is fun -- like a root canal or a
Hysterectomy.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"Parenthood" is a hit with me!

I've just caught up with the first 2 episodes from NBC's new series "Parenthood" and so far I'm a big fan!  There are several actors in the show that I've always loved (Craig T. Nelson, Peter Krause and Lauren Graham) and a few that I'm not familiar with, but really like.....and the best part about it....they have a storyline featuring an 8 year old autistic boy.  They did a really good job of showing what it's like to have a kid with autism -- apparently one of the writer's has a son with autism, and you can tell, because this kid isn't some funny quirky character like other shows sometimes have introduced, this kid is doing a good job of showing the struggles and the difficulties of a boy that has autism.  I really applaud this show for having the guts to take on this storyline in a real, true way, because, let's face it, at a time when 1 in 100 children are being diagnosed with autism, you can't really find many people that don't have a connection to someone with autism.  I read that Asperger's syndrome topped Google's search list the day after the show premiered -- and that's a good thing!  Hopefully this show will continue to shed light on a condition that affects a lot of us, and hopefully they will continue to show ALL facets of raising a child with autism, and help those few people that really don't know anything about the condition understand it a bit more.



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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Caramel Popcorn Ice cream

I know that I just posted about my new, healthy lifestyle, but one thing I can't seem to get off my mind lately is this dessert I had a couple of years ago, when we were at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. The place is really something to behold, you practically need a golf cart to get around, it is so big! The inside is like a city within the hotel, with a little lake running through etc., it's truly amazing! My husband and I spent the night there after Christmas when we were visiting my parents while they lived in Tennessee -- we don't often get away just the 2 of us, so it was a fun treat. We had dinner at this fantastic restaurant called the Old Hickory, and dessert was something that I still try to recreate to this day. It was popcorn ice cream, with bits of popcorn folded into it, topped with popcorn, caramel sauce, and sea salt. I've recreated it at home, using plain vanilla ice cream, microwaved popcorn (you need only about a handful or so) and any kind of caramel sauce you might like. I know, I know, it sounds wierd, but it tastes amazing.....give it a try and let me know what you think! Why is it that now that I'm dieting and trying to eat right, I can't get it off my mind?

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

suddenly I love working out!

I've started to train with a personal trainer, actually, I've been doing it now for about 5 weeks. Over the years, I've been in and out of the gym too many times to count. I've trained with a trainer before, I've been a total gym rat, spending 2 hours a day at the gym (those were back in the days when Limefreckle Jr. was just a baby.....free day care gave me my sanity back!) and then I've gone for months at a time, and I've not set foot in a gym, but one thing has ALWAYS been consistent, even when I was more committed to working out.....I've never really liked it! I've done it because I felt I had too, but I didn't like it. I would go home exhausted, and just want to spend the rest of the day sleeping.

This time around, something is very different. I don't know if it is my trainer, the gym, my attitude.....maybe it is a combination of all three - but I like it, I REALLY, REALLY LIKE IT! I'm even running again, something I vowed I would never do again (mind you, I'm not running too many minutes in a row just yet, still doing intervals.) I'm feeling fantastic, and I'm doing spinning classes at least once a week, more if I can, I really love to cycle, it's turned out to be my absolute favourite exercise!

So, this time I really think that my committment to exercise is going to help me to make changes in my life.....I have lost some weight already, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what more I can accomplish. I've started to see a dietician too, because I have a lot of eating issues....I'm a classic emotional eater, and I need to change that if I'm going to be successful in the long run....but I feel that this is the time in my life when I'm finally going to reach my goals and do it this time!  I'll keep you posted on my progress...


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Saturday, February 20, 2010

The sad state of Ontario Public Education

I've been so busy lately, I haven't been here to comment on anything....why am I so busy you might ask? Well, my days are spent driving a lot, approximately 84 miles a day, because a year ago, we enrolled Limefreckle Jr. in a private school in a different city, that specializes with children on the Autism spectrum. This has been a huge financial and personal undertaking, but has been the absolute BEST decision we have ever made for Limefreckle Jr., and I thank my lucky stars everyday that we have found this setting for him. However, often I think about the 100's of families that don't have this option, and are forced to deal with the public school system. I often read the stories at this website, I have so much respect for Linday Moir, he is an advocate here in Ontario, and I actually consulted him when I was having trouble dealing with our local school last year. I encourage all parents that have to deal with the special education department in their school board to educate themselves the best they can about what their rights are. Unfortunately, the government needs to do a lot more than just talk about what they promise our children in the schools, they need to start taking the steps required to enforce these changes, they need to step up and require our school boards to comply with the government initiatives, but I feel strongly that if you at least know what your rights are, you have made the first step. I recently read Lindsay's latest entry, and my blood began to boil. A parent of a child with high functioning autism was being told by the school board that their child may have "mental health issues"....so interesting to read that, because, dear friends, my school took the same tact with me last year.....they wanted further testing for our son, they felt "more was going on", and I'm so saddened to see that this must be the newest way of trying to get rid of the harder kids to handle... I hear more and more stories of schools that take a "we don't want these kids here" attitude, and it really saddens me. Whenver I tell people about what we went through dealing with the public system, people are normally shocked and appalled, the average person with kids that don't have any issues have no idea how poorly children with disabilities and their families are treated by the schools, the places that we THINK we can turn to for help with our children. While at least I've had the good fortune to be able to get away from that for awhile (the school Limefreckle Jr. goes to only lasts till grade 8 - eventually I will have no choice but to go back to the public system) I have vowed that I will continue to try and advocate for a better system, so that our schools can stop burying the heads in the sand with an "I don't want this child in our school" attitude, and start taking leadership and responsibility for the positions that they, as educators, hold in our society.
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Cleaning out the clutter

Well, I did it, last weekend I took down all the Christmas decorations -- goodbye Santas, for another year. Goodbye sparkly trees, silly signs, funny hats, etc. Why can't the house be decorated like that all year round? I guess it could, but what would we have to look forward to next November?

So, now I'm in my usual, January "Clean Sweep" mode. I totally cleaned out the kitchen cupboards, to make way for the great new dishes Mr. Limefreckle bought for me on New Years Day --- Bowrings was having a sale, a set of 4 dishes normally $80 was down to $25 -- gotta love deals like that! We also purchased an electric fireplace/tv stand to put in the front room, to accomodate the new TV I got for Christmas -- just waiting on delivery of that, as well as a new HD PVR -- so I can watch everything in HD on said new TV. You really can see such a difference, you can see every little mark on a person's face etc. (Is that a good thing?) I'm liking it, I couldn't live without my PVR, how would I know what happened to Snooki and the Gang at the Jersey Shore, or what was going on with those crazy housewives in Atlanta? And thankfully Stacey and Clinton are FINALLY back.....I love "What not to Wear".

So, today I'm continuing on my declutter mission, and tackling my bedroom closet -- although truth be told, I'm pretty good at keeping that baby decluttered --- I go in and purge every 6 months at least....I just need to have a major ironing session with my steamer!

We also convinced Limefreckle Jr. to move his tent back up into the playroom -- it's been sitting in the middle of the family room for the last couple of weeks. What? Not everyone has a tent set up in their family room? Well here at Casa del Limefreckle we do....and it's a great place for a family snuggle on a Sunday afternoon! Not the most comfortable option, but fun, non the less.

After rearranging the family room back to it's former glory, I noticed some marks on the carpet from the table set up to hold Limefreckleville, our Christmas village. Today while reading Thrifty Decor Chick, one of my favorite blogs, I came across this post about reorganizing, and specifically, how to lift those lines out of your carpet. I tried it, and the icecubes worked like magic! What a great tip --- I have a ton of spots around the house that I can use this on!



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Monday, January 4, 2010

Can't let go of Christmas!



Everytime I mention the idea of possibly starting to take down the Christmas decorations, Mr. Limefreckle quickly vetoes me!!  And, because I need Mr. Limefreckle and his muscles to go down to the basement and bring up the 100's of rubbermaid containers that house said decorations, I feel like I'm a little stuck here!  Plus, I don't know why, but I really am not quite ready to let go of Christmas this year either.  I don't know what has gotten into me, normally on January 1st, I'm ready and raring to go, out with the old year, in with the new (maybe because my birthday is December 31st, so I am LITERALLY starting a new year in my life).  But this year, I'm not ready....there are still tons of opened gifts under the tree, not yet put in their new home -- toys are spread all over the family room, from one end of the room to the other.  School starts today-- that I AM ready for!  But I guess we will leave it all up for one more week --- if anyone asks, we will celebrate the Ukrainian Christmas! 



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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Autism Mom's suffer same kinds of stresses as combat soldiers

When we were in Florida recently, I read an article like this one which talks about Mom's of children with autism and the levels of stress in their daily lives.  They likened it to combat soldiers -- and this really struck me -- we are combat soldiers in a way -- constantly battling behaviours, our schools, society in some cases -- it's never ending.  I often joke with my friends that my experiences battling with our son's public school has left me with post traumatic stress disorder -- but hey, I guess I shouldn't joke -- that is probably EXACTLY what I have!  I highly doubt this condition applies just to Mom's of kids with autism -- any Mom with a child with a developmental disability basically endures this kind of stress on a daily basis.  What I found the most interesting about this article that I've linked to, is the paragraph at the bottom which talks about resilience:

"The new findings also reveal a thread of resilience. Compared to mothers of children without a developmental disability, mothers of children with autism were just as likely to have daily positive interactions, serve as volunteers and lend support to others within their social networks."

In my case this is true -- I wasn't much of a volunteer until Limefreckle Jr. came along, now I'm involved in a Variety Village program in our community that offers a gym program for kids with disabilities, I volunteer at the school, I try to help other parents, especially those with newly diagnosed children, with information about support, advocacy etc. that I have learned over the years -- I'm busier than ever and now is the time I feel the need to volunteer!  I have a great support system, and I like to think that I'm also a support system to those in my "social network".   I'm pretty sure my daily interactions are as positive as the next woman's....my life is very fulfilling --- I'm enjoying life so much more than when I worked fulltime--- I find this whole role as Mom was one I was built to play.  So maybe constant daily stresses are good for us in some ways, maybe they spur us on to do things we might not have otherwise have had the confidence or the know-how to do.  Whatever the case, this is definitely food for thought!
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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Alvin and the Chipmunks THE SQUEAKQUEL




We went to see Alvin and the Chipmunks yesterday --- I don't think it was quite as good as the first one, but it was cute -- Limefreckle Jr. and I can't stop singing "Put a ring on it" since we got home...

And of course you've probably seen this one before, but in case your are one of the few people that haven't....


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Friday, January 1, 2010

Welcome 2010!



Wow, another year come and gone!!!  We celebrated last night fairly quietly, Uncle Limefreckle came over, and our good friends from down the street --- we feasted on crab legs, Beef Wellington, coconut shrimp, jello shots and sparkling wine....you can see how excited Rufus is!  He's not used to staying up so late.....Mr. Limefreckle and Limefreckle Jr. were in bed before everyone left, and Rufus kept coming into the room every few minutes to bark at me....this was his way of saying "Daddy and the boy are up in bed....kick these stragglers out and let's get up there!!"

So here we are in 2010, and of course my mind turns to New Year's resolutions.  Of course, it wouldn't be a new year unless the first resolution on my list was to lose weight!  Why oh why, do I constantly struggle with this year, after year, after year?   I guess I can console myself by reminding myself that if Oprah can't do it.....what hope do the rest of us have!!!  But I continue to try, try, try again.....and this year will be no different....I'll be tuning into Oprah next week to see if she feels the same way.....but then, what's the alternative???  Better to try and fail than to not even try...so I resolve to get this extra weight off, and more important, stop skipping trips to the gym.

The other resolution that I am making this year is to concentrate more on my jewelry business.  I want to carve out more time to create new pieces, and really focus on getting things photographed, and online to sell.  I've been wanting to devote more time to Limefreckle for so long now, and I firmly resolve to do that this year.  I'm even planning to have some jewelry give aways here on the blog, so stay tuned!  I would ALSO like to get into my basement workshop and create a few mosaic pieces....it's been a very long time since I've done that, and I'm itching to get back at it!  I have stacks and stacks of dishes that I have collected over the years, I want to go through all of those and weed out what I won't use.

The last resolution that I'm making is to get organized.  I'm actually a fairly organized person....I love, love, LOVE to organize things.....I should have been a professional organizer for a career....nothing thrills me more than to go into the messy space and clean it up.  (I'm not talking about basic housework here.....I HATE that....)  I'm talking about finding ways to organize, cleaning out closets, that kind of stuff.  So this year I'm going to concentrate on the house....going through room by room, going through the basement (eek!) and getting rid of anything that we don't need.  I love to read Jess LC she inspires me with her gorgeous jewelry, and her philosophy on de-cluttering.  I like the term "makeunder" and I'm going to keep that in mind as I go through this place.

So that's it, I've posted it on my blog, now it's out there......hopefully that will help me keep these resolutions, and make them a reality!  Happy New Year to you and yours, may 2010 be the year to make things happen!

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