Saturday, April 24, 2010


I'm not even going to tell you when we bought a table and chairs for Izabel but it was way too long ago! It was unfinished so I bought paint and asked Noah over and over to paint it and put it together for her. Well last weekend Noah called Izzy into the kitchen. When we walked in he had her table set up for a tea party! She lit up like it was Christmas morning and it was so exciting. They sat down and had tea together. Then she "ate" with me. She spent the rest of the day asking us "Do you want to eat with me?" It's so cute and I'm so glad she finally has this table to play with and do art projects on!

This is so exciting!

House Rules

I just finished reading "House Rules" by Jodi Picoult. This was the first book of hers that I have read and I loved it. The overall story deals with the struggles of raising a child with asperger's syndrome. Asperger's is a highly functioning form of autism. The story is told from the points of view of the mother, the boy, his brother, the local police chief, and the lawyer. The boy gets in some legal trouble that you'll have to find out about for yourself!

This book is a little heavy. I have been thinking about aspergers, autism and a variety of other issues that children can deal with lately. All we think about before our kids are born is having a healthy baby, but that's not the end of it. There are a hundred things that could be wrong that don't even show up until 2 or 3 years of age. Luckily my children are still healthy, but you can never take that for granted. This book really showed the difficulties of having an autistic child and how the mother struggled with raising him. She had to give up so much but she wouldn't trade him for anything in the world. It made me think and I definitely recommend that you pick it up!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Firehouse Subs...Kid Friendly???

Now don't get me wrong - I love Firehouse Subs! If you haven't had it yet you should really go. The company was founded by firemen and they make great food! Noah and I both enjoy going there. On Sunday we were doing some shopping so we stopped by for lunch. This was the first time we went there with both kids needing kids meals. Big mistake! They have a variety of sandwiches for kids such as turkey, ham, grilled cheese and pb & j which was fine. The problem was the only side choices were chips or oreo cookies and the only drink options were soda or water. I don't know about you but I am pretty picky about what I let my kids have. Milk is a must for us but they didn't even offer juice! Soda for a kid's meal??? And why can't they have a fruit or veggie option for a side? If fast food restaurants and pretty much any other food place we've ever been to can offer healthier options for our kids, why can't Firehouse? I will still be visiting them every once and a while but we will choose somewhere else when the kids are with us from now on...very sad!