I woke up this morning to find Charlie at the kitchen table reading a book, the ever-faithful Gus sleeping at his feet. I asked him what he was doing up so early. He replied, “I had a dream that woke me up and Gus and I couldn’t go back to sleep.”
A dream? Excellent! This definitely piqued my interest. But wait… Let me back up and fill you all in on some things so you’ll understand why Charlie having a dream would get me so excited.
As most of you are aware, Charlie has had some pretty severe sensory challenges over the years. When he was younger, in the early days of his diagnosis, he would have sensory meltdowns whenever I ran the vacuum or someone raised or lowered the garage door. A few years later those noises didn’t seem to bother him anymore, but the sound of certain TV shows (mostly Nick Jr. type stuff) and any exposure to neon lights would bring on a severe sensory reaction. This reaction always consisted of screaming, crying, or the worst reaction of all… Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re craving something crunchy and delish, try these crackers! I used a combo of hemp seed and flax seed, which really gives the cracker crunch and a yummy flavor. Charlie gave them the funny name of “Hax Crackers,” (“h” from hemp, “ax” from flax, in case you couldn’t figure it out… lol) so that’s what I’m calling them.
For the seasoning with this batch, I went with spicy (see recipe below); but, you can season them many different ways! Try adding lots of garlic for a garlic cracker, onion for an onion cracker, or nutritional yeast for that old-school “Chicken Biskit cracker” flavor. The possibilities are endless! I’m even going to make a batch with cinnamon and honey for a sweet treat. Stay tuned for that batch.
Charlie is celebrating a Danish Christmas with his dad and grandmother this Christmas Eve. As a special treat for them, Charlie and I made a cookie kransekake. I used THIS recipe for the cookies (added xylitol and vanilla to sweeten). For the icing I just used palm shortening, powdered birch xylitol, vanilla and a splash of coconut milk. Charlie used THESE sprinkles and sanding sugars to decorate. I love that Charlie is learning about his heritage and starting to embrace some traditions. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you all!
Charlie had to write an essay about an important person in his life. He started to write about Steve Jobs but changed his focus to me. I was mightily honored to get a bit of edge above Mr. Jobs, as he is most definitely one of the most important people in my son’s life. Step aside Steve Jobs… Mama’s taking the lead! Not to worry friends, my ego is not experiencing any form of inflation. Charlie made sure to point out my shortcomings, “…you didn’t invent any kind of awesome technology Mom, but I chose you anyway.”
So something quite astounding just happened. My parent’s had to go out of town this morning. They had left and I was in the front yard with Gus and my mom’s dog Sammy. When I came in I looked all over for Charlie and couldn’t find him. I walked in the kitchen and found a note from him hanging on the back door.
“Dear Mom, I’m whining so I am hiding behind the cabana. Granny took her laptop on her trip and now I can’t play Roblox. I didn’t run away so don’t be scared. – Love Charlie.”
I walked outside and found him sitting on the ground behind the pool house. I hugged him and told him I was sorry he was upset and how much I appreciate that he left me a note – because YES, I would have been terrified and would have had flashbacks of the “old days” when he would run away. He said, “Well, I don’t do that anymore so don’t worry. But I needed to find a place to whine alone. I’ll go whine in the house now if you don’t mind… it’s a little cold out here.”
I love my son.
After receiving my copy of Paleo Indulgences, a new cookbook crammed with the most eye-popping, mouth-watering, inspiring food I’ve seen in a long time, I decided to take a few recipes for a spin.
Let me first say, I would love to lock myself in my kitchen and try every single recipe in this book, because trust me people… every single page looks AWESOME! But, I had time constraints today so I had to pick a few quick recipes.
I started with Candied Coconut Walnuts (I added pecans and sunflower seeds), then moved on to Mint-Chip Coconut Bark, and lastly moved on to Almond o’ Joys (I was out of whole almonds so I used slivers).
Lord have mercy! This is, hands down, one of the BEST cookbooks out there for Paleo recipes. Go get yourself a copy! You can thank me later!
Me: What do you mean? That was always your name… well, you were almost Harry, but Charles won out because of your great-great-uncle and Chuck Yeager.”
Charlie: No, no, no. You don’t understand. I mean before I was born in Tennessee I was born in Florida. My name was Tyler Majewsk.”
Me: How do you spell that?
Charlie: I lived a while but then I had to battle some robber dudes who were dressed funny like samurai and they killed me. I followed the angels and then I came back to the Earth as Charlie. THAT’S what I’m talking about.
My daughter just came to me and said, “Did you ask Charlie to apologize to me?” I said, “What? Why? What for?” She said, “For my cassette adapter being broken?” I said, “Nope.” But then I remembered…
Last week my daughter had come to me and asked if I had any idea why the cassette adapter in her car wasn’t working. I said no, which at the time was true.
Fast forward to today. Charlie and I were out running an errand. We were chatting about something and I noticed he ejected a cassette adapter in my car (which is also the car my son’s band uses when touring). I said, “Please don’t play with that bud, it doesn’t belong to us and I don’t want it to get broken.” Charlie said, “I won’t break it, I’ll be careful.” I said, “Well, your sister said hers got broken last week so they must be fragile.” Read the rest of this entry »
This morning Charlie asked if he could write a blog post for CharlieInWonderland. I was so excited I agreed to allow his guest post to count as his “Composition” class for the day. So without further ado… Heeeeeerrrreee’s Charlie! Oh, wait.. he wanted to make sure I typed, “And now for our Special Guest Star… Charlie!”