Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Relay Races at the Park

Today was a wonderful day. The four younger zildren and I went to the library to the story time and arts and crafts time after that. After that we met up with the older 3 zildren who had been practicing their typing at our new home school teacher's house. They found a good deal and brought corn dogs, chips and sodas. The zildren enjoyed the geese and ducks coming up to them begging for some chips and our teacher friend, Mrs. Holmes, showed them how to take their left over crusts from the corn dogs off of their sticks and give it to the ducks and geese.

When everyone had finished up with their food the games began. The children were paired off to have some different races: hopping skipping, relay and obstacle course. Each one was great fun and rewarding because Mrs. Holmes, brought some chocolates and candies to reward the winners with.

I got tired but the pain wasn't bad. God is so good! I've been doing some theraband exercises every morning and other exercises through out the day to keep me more flexible. I do have pain through the day and a lot at night when I am trying to sleep but I am enjoying the improvements.

Crazy face I had on that one!

Funny Faces!

"Not yet Mom, we aren't ready."

Mid air skip!

This relay didn't happen.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Battle With Pain

I wanted to write a little bit to let you know that I am working on recovery from some pretty mean arm pain. I do good at times but at others I have to rely on the methods that I am learning. I am applying cold packs and alternating with hot packs. I am also learning to use a ten's unit device to control pain. I am not able to do much work at all so I am now writing with one hand and today I went on a walk to help keep the movement that I have left in my arm; I don't want it to totally freeze up. We are looking into inexpensive insurance so that I can see a specialist. For now when the pain gets too much I am resorting to the medicine that was prescribed by the ER doctor. I have taken off of piano again which is hard but I will do anything to get better. We are also looking into a therapy that we have heard about. I will let you know how that turns out.

The kids are learning some home economics with their homeschool teacher this week and having fun at it. That's what we decided would be a great addition to the homeschooling. God sent us just what we needed in our sweet teacher. I thank the Lord daily for the blessing she has been to us!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Music, Meals and Medical

Things are going good with the kids new homeschooling situation. They are thriving now that we have another teacher in the house 3 times a week. We each take a table of children broken down to the four younger ones and the three older ones. I help her keep the kids on track and answer any questions they may have while she works with the other group. So far this has been working although it is not fluid yet. We are moving along with that and once a week, usually on Wednesday I focus on Music. I have a class and then I have each one practice a simple song on the piano. The class is for learning the letters and theory of music while the piano part is the practical application.

Meals have been a bit of a challenge for me so we have done a lot of meals with boiled chicken and then a lot with family meals that I find at our local grocery store plus a salad or side of veggies.

Chicken and Rice Tex-Mex

1. Boil your chicken (whole or several parts)
2. Cook your rice (basmati) in a rice cooker.
3. De-bone your chicken and take the skin off and dispose of this. Keep the chicken in a large glass casserole dish.
4. Add your cooked rice and an inch layer of chicken broth from your boiled chicken.
5. Add about 2 cups of picante sauce.
6. Add onion soup mix.
7. Stir all of this up thoroughly.
8. Add a thin layer of Mexican cheese mix or your favorite cheese on the top.
9. Bake on 400 for about 15 minutes no preheating.

Serve with your favorite condiments and sides. We like ranch or sour cream and hot sauce. Guacamole would be nice as well.

Recently, I have changed Chiropractors and this one is farther away. I have a ride right now but my Chiropractor really wants me to come more often to get better results and to be able to work with the massage therapist and the physical trainer. This is something we would like to do but we are praying for how God would work all of that out for us.

For now we are going once a week and are taking it step by step.

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