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I love Halloween

I LOVE HALLOWEEN. I don’t know if it’s the rush of getting spooked. Getting to dress up as anything you want or all the candy. Every year since we’ve had Gage I’ve tried to make the boys a duo. The first year it was the magician and bunny.

I don’t know if it gets any cuter than that.

The second year they went as the hunter and the deer.

I was so proud of pulling these costumes together without buying much. Again, so cute.

This year was a little harder. Gage now has a bit of an opinion and the ability to throw a fit if he doesn’t want to wear something. Charlie has the ability to change his mind a thousand times. So when Charlie saw the dragon costume at the store and totally had his heart set on it I figured our Halloweens of being a duo were done. Gage told me over and over he was going to be batman. We have a batman play costume. So that was fine. Batman and a dragon. 😦  Then it hit me. I had seen a warrior type costume as we were leaving the store and thought oh the knight in shining armour. So I grabbed Gage and we went to the store. I tried to get him excited about getting something and it worked. We bought the costume which actually turned out to be some sort of Mongolian warrior but we changed it a little and borrowed some gear and poof he was a knight. They of course wanted mommy dressed up as the princess but I didn’t have anything that would work and I wasn’t about to go blow some money on an old prom dress to be a princess for a night.

We trick-or-treated for 2-1/2 hours. Daddy and I each made a cup of Halloween spirit to take with us and sip on while walking. We had one costume change and potty break at home. Gage had to put on batman. We also learned that Gage on sugar is like a crack head that ran out of money. This boy went crazy. We obviously don’t give them much sugar. Now I know I never will! He was walking up and down the street making funny noises, walking funny and yelling for MORE CANDY MA!  Lucky mommy gets everything they can’t have. Which I am surprised they had a huge pot of stuff they can have. I don’t eliminate everything processed around peanuts since our peanut allergies aren’t that sensitive. But I do still get all the Reece cups. mmmmm 

Three cheers for Halloween!

November 4, 2010 Posted by | daily life | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The dinner that almost did us in.

Ham and bean soup. Simple. Right? Well, yes for the average family. We don’t fit that category. I made a batch for Nathan and myself in the crock pot and another safer batch for the boys on the stove. I was so happy this day. Easiest dinner to throw together. No huge mess to clean up. Easy peasy.

I feed the boys before Nathan got home. They both loved it. Charlie ate his so fast I was actually in shock. So once Nathan got home I told him how much they both like it. Nathan said “Charlie can’t have legumes”. Oh crap I totally forgot. We don’t have beans or legumes on Charlie’s do not eat sheet on the cupboard. Since he is allergic to so many things in the legume family the allergist said we should stay clear of all of them. One strike for mommy on the dinner. Once Nathan got home I made the corn muffins. I started making corn muffins with milk. Nathan asked what I poured in there and reminded me he can’t have milk . Already bummed about the legumes I asked if he would finish making them with soy milk. That’s two strikes on mommy. Ding, out the muffins come. Gage is yelling for a muffin. Since he can now have corn I handed Gage a muffin. Well it wasn’t until the muffin was gone and probably an hour later it smacked me in the face GAGE IS ALLERGIC TO SOY! Three strikes, mommy’s out. I just turned a great easy dinner into an almost horrible evening. Thankfully no one had an outward reaction. Still upsets me though knowing that I could have caused some damage inside their bodies. So no more navy bean and ham soup in this house! That meal will haunt me forever. How fitting for Halloween.

I added beans to Charlie’s list on the cupboard right after I had a beer.

October 27, 2010 Posted by | What's for dinner | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Food Allergies Don’t Get Us Down

It’s fall! Halloween! TIME FOR PUMPKINS! Oh, wait, we’re allergic to pumpkins. What do we do?? We carry on as if nothing is wrong. How can you go through a holiday like Halloween and not let your kids get a pumpkin? Charlie is the only one allergic to pumpkins. He actually has a contact reaction to the pumpkin guts. But that doesn’t stop us. We picked out some great pumpkins this year!

When heading to the pumpkin patch we know there’s going to be a hay-ride, corn maze and lots of other itchy outdoor irritants. Both boys get their daily allergy medicine. I pack the Benadryl just in case. Right before the  hay-ride Charlie gets a shot of his inhaler. We are always a little stuffy and itchy when we get done but it never seems to bother them. They never complain because the fun totally overrides the allergy reactions. I would never want my kids to miss out. If it got to the point that they are miserable then we wouldn’t do it. 

Pumpkins home, it’s time to make jack-o-lanters. This is daddy’s job. The boys always like to help get the guts out. This year we just taped plastic bags on Charlie’s hands and he was able to do his job. Of course Gage wouldn’t touch the guts so he wanted bags on his hands too.

Daddy did an awesome job this year.

Cheers to Charlie for getting to be part of the pumpkin process.

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Gage's allergies | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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