Jenny’s Gluten Free/Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Summer seems to be in full gear and the kids are loving every moment. Why does it seem that summer is even busier than any other season? Perhaps, it’s because our summer season seems to be so short each year and fall comes in the blink of an eye and you know what that means don’t you … snow. It’s an evil word around here, so I won’t mention it again!

This last week was a big week for Oliver. He finally has his hearing aid! It’s amazing to see him with it on … it’s almost like he’s a different kid. He’s hearing things that he’s never heard before. And, he’s excited to hear the loudness of the train down the street with both ears! It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be able to hear out of only one ear, but thank goodness, he’s got one ear with perfect hearing and this hearing aid is able to help him with the other. Everyone continues to be baffled with his one-sided hearing loss, as am I. I realize that we may never figure out what happened, but it’s hard when you don’t know … I’m constantly wondering about his good ear and if his hearing will diminish in it one day. Or, if his bad ear will get worse. For now, we’re just going on with life. And, trying to be attentive to his hearing, making sure we don’t miss anything. So far our experience with his hearing aid has been extremely positive. Although, if you knew Oliver he is a really easy going kid, especially these days for some reason. And, he’s super intelligent. So, that combined with being able to hear everyday conversation makes for a happy kid. I am excited to see him grow and adapt to using it. Continue reading “Jenny’s Gluten Free/Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp”

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Jenny’s Gluten Free Turkey Chilli

Summer is finally here! Sorry I’ve been out of the loop these last couple of weeks! Life has been crazy busy! Oliver has finished Kindergarten and is moving on to Grade 1 in the fall. He is really excited to be going into Grade 1 and he is excited to have to go to school every day instead of every other day. I am ecstatic that he loves school so much, but I know that when fall rolls around I will be sad to see him truck off to school everyday, all day. I’m not one of those Mom’s who does sommersaults when their kid goes to school, not yet anyway. Give me a few more weeks of summer break and then we’ll talk! I am so happy that Oliver’s Kindergarten year was a success all the way around. Like I’ve said in so many posts, his Kindergarten teacher was really supportive of him and she made it super easy too! I am hoping that his Grade 1 teacher will be just as great. But, on the other hand, as Oliver grows he also understands more as well. For him, it’s just his way of life. It’s his normal. Someone once said to me, I wish Oliver was normal, like other kids. Say what? Huh? Really, did you just say that? Yes, all those things (along with others) went through my mind. He is a normal kid. In fact, he’s so normal that he’s happy and most of all healthy. Isn’t that all anyone could ever ask for? That’s all I can ask for. I know that if we had not met our naturopath, this would not be our normal. He is so full of life. So full of energy. I have a hard time keeping up to him throughout the day. His mind is always working and he’s always coming up with amazing ideas and stories and questions. Both Oliver and Charlotte are bright, intelligent and amazing kids. I know I have my moments as a Mom, but at the end of the day I always know that I am blessed to be their Mom. Just because Oliver and Charlotte have allergies to certain foods … that’s all it is … allergies. It doesn’t change who they are. It doesn’t define them and most of all … it doesn’t make them abnormal. I know that. Hubby knows that. And, in the end that’s all that matters. Continue reading “Jenny’s Gluten Free Turkey Chilli”

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