Thursday, April 3, 2014


I thought I'd do a post on food and what Gregory typically eats. I have not done a post on this in a long time. You may or may not know Gregory's dad and I have joint custody of him. So, I don't really know what he eats over there . . . but with me, it looks something like this:


~Plain bagel or toasted with dairy free margarine.
~Cereal with rice milk.


~Turkey sandwich (Bread and turkey have approved ingredients), fruit, fruit snack, juice box, and approved pretzels or chips.


~ Fish or chicken breast with roasted Brussels sprouts and potatoes.


~Ritz crackers
~Graham crackers
~Tortilla chips

~Dole chocolate covered bananas
~Coconut milk ice cream

Friday, March 7, 2014

New school.

Hi all! So A LOT has been going on with Gregory at school. I've been a little too overwhelmed to do a post . . . and new things keep happening. I will try and give you the readers digest version. 

Its been a little over a month now . . . Gregory has always struggled with some behavioral issues at school . . . they have just really escalated. After several meetings with his teachers and thearpists . . . trying new things . . . changing his IEP . . . a couple more meetings . . . we have decided he needs a more self contained classroom. His current school does not have something like this. Only 2 other schools in the district offer something like this for Gregory. One just happens to be right down the street from my house and its actually where I went to school K-6th grade. :) 

He will be in a classroom with one teacher and two aids. There will only be 10 other kids. It seems like a very contained, positive, strict, structured, fun classroom. They can deal with and accommodate all the things Gregory struggles with. The whole goal is to get them back into a main stream classroom. They get the behaviors under control first and when they are ready they let them back into a mainstream classroom little bits at a time. They also join another kindergarten class to go to specials and lunch with. One of his neighborhood friends is in this classroom. So, he already has a friend. :)

I think it will be really great. I'll keep you guys posted. Thanks for listening!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wanted: Wisdom & Guidance

Hi all . . . I'm going to try and keep this short and sweet . . . going through a hard time with Gregory again. His SPD/Behavioral issues have escalated lately. There are many things that can be contributing to this . . . but even with out these contributors, he still had issues. His therapy wants him to see a physiologist. So does his school. It is amazes me that these people who are around kids all day long can't figure Gregory out either. He truly is my Mystery Boy. 

I'm at a point right now where I don't really have any words. I feel kind of numb. 

There are 2 things I am certain of right now . . . 

1. Even though I know I'm doing the best I can . . . my mommy heart aches at the fact that there is something Gregory needs right now and that I don't know what it is. My heart literally aches. 

2. I don't want Gregory falling into the trap of thinking he is a "bad" kid. This makes my mommy's heart ache too. 

I want to remember how far he HAS come. That this too shall pass. 

I will sign off just asking for prayer. Prayer for:

Wisdom . . . being the best parent for him. 

Wisdom . . . for all his teachers/therapists. 

Guidance . . . on just what to do and what steps to take. 

Healing . . . of his sweet body and mind. That he would be in better control of his body and mind. 

Protection . . . over my sweet boy. 

Thank you to all of you out there listening.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Hi all. Just wanted to say hi. I haven't been posting a lot lately . . . not a whole lot to report on. No news is good news . . . I guess, right? 

Everything is still pretty much the same. 

Kindergarten is going good. 

He still struggles with sensory stuff and some behavioral stuff. His therapy place wants us to see a psychologist or psychiatrist. 

He is still my mystery boy. 

He is still is the sweetest boy I know. 

He still is hilarious. 

He is getting so smart. 

He has his first loose tooth. I almost cried! 

Hi is still full of joy.  

He still is in love with books, firetrucks, cars, racing, running. 

He still steals my heart every day.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy new year!

Happy New Year! 

We first met Papo and Mimi for dinner at Applebees. Gregory had the usual . . . hamburger, fries, and lemonade. 

Then home to do silly string of course! 

And sparklers. 

Followed by a quick shower and jammies. Then on to popcorn and champagne for mommy. 

The next day we did a 5k with Papo and Mimi! A great way to start the year! It was so fun and family oriented. Gregory did not make the 3 miles though. 


Celebrated with mimosas and sparkling cider! 

Here is to a great 2014!!!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Christmas 2013

This is a little late but wanted to say Merry Christmas! Here are a few snap shots of our Christmas Season! 

Our Tree! 

Talking to Santa at Home Depot. 


I finally gave in . . . meet "Chance". 

Snow (fake) at Tempe Market Place! 

Early Christmas with Papo and Mimi. Dinner at Z Tejas where he can have the hamburger, fries, and lemonade!

Gingerbread house. 

Polar Express night with Bobby, Poppy, and cousins! 

Mamo flew in on Christmas Day! So fun! 

Jesus' Birth. 

Snow at the Arizona Science Museum. 

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cream cheese

So, we are in LOVE with Daiya products!!!!! They make a cream cheese which is awesome because Gregory LOVES bagels. I asked him if he wanted to try this . . . preparing for him to say no because he is not good about trying new things. . . and to my surprise,  he said yes! And loved it! Yay! Another thing to help him feel more normal with his diet. (Well, he probably doesn't even care . . . its more his mama.)



Thanksgiving was very low key this year but very nice. The night before we went to dinner with Papo and Mimi. Had a yummy dinner at Olive Garden!  Gregory had the chicken tenders and spaghetti.

We came back and decorated their Christmas Tree.


And then Papo gave him his old hot wheels from when he was a little boy. So special. 

In the morning we made brownies for dessert. Galactosemia friendly dessert.

Of course play with trains.


Of course snuggle mama. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Parent Teacher Conference

Hi all! Fall is finally coming here in AZ.  Which means parent teacher conference time. Gregory's dad and I met with Gregory's teacher last week. She said for the most part he is doing better and progressing . . . but he is no where were he needs to be. She said he would benefit from a smaller classroom. She said he does much better one on one and she just can't do that with him as much as she would like to. She said it wouldn't be anything that would happen this year but maybe talk about it at his IEP for next year. Hmm . . . And more than likely he will need to repeat kindergarten. My mommy's heart got a little teary eyed hearing this. Its like you know your child's daily struggles but hearing it in a more formal atmosphere makes it all more real. After the meeting I asked Gregory's dad what he thought . . . he is always good about putting things in perspective . . . he said Gregory has come so far since August, who knows where he'll be at in May. And he's right. Another example of how I'm always reminded to just take life one day at a time. No since in worrying. Just going to work more with him at home. Going to look at getting him a weighted vest to wear at school. Do more heavy work. See what happens.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fundraiser Success!!!!

Our 2nd Annual Costume Fundraiser was a success!!! 

We raised over $3500!!!!!  Praise the Lord! 

All money is being donated to the Galactosemia Foundation .

Here is the night captured in pictures thanks to Birdiegirl Photography .  

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