Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Parenting Hit to Parenting Win

My daughter has been doing Kuk Sool Won™ for 8 months. In that time, she has tested twice. Both times she jumped up a full belt level. From white to yellow and then to blue. She has also competed in the World Championship and brought home two medals. Better yet, she has the skills to defend herself and it has really driven up her confidence and helped us focus on her health!

Kuk Sool Won™ TrainingKuk Sool Won™ Training

She has excitedly received a Student Textbook (quite the investment!) and we really enjoyed our travels together to the tournament. She is looking forward to her next tournament in a few months. So imagine my surprise when she told me she felt like she got herself into something and didn't know how to get out, that she wanted to "take a break" from Kuk Sool. I should have seen it coming, she's been getting belly or head aches right before class for weeks.

But I wasn't ready to just fold.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

What's the Opposite of Germophobe?

The most convenient sickness to hit our entire family was right after we moved into a government subsidized, 3 bedroom, 2½ bath house. Literally within a week, we all had the flu. With 5 of us, I was very thankful for those 3 toilets! Prior to that move, we lived in a travel trailer and tried to only use the on site facilities for such "movements," rather than our own toilet (which required dumping about once per month).


Gee, I have no idea how Ronni got sick!

I've tried to keep my kids apart when they're sick, but... it just seems impossible. Who is going to turn away a pitiful sick child asking to be held and snuggled? Not that big brother!


Lots of random naps throughout the house as we all had the plague.

We all managed to rest a lot, lounging and napping all over the downstairs of the house, mostly. This certainly made it easier to keep an eye on everyone and provide sustenance. We had almost zero furniture at the time, so we just napped where we landed.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Tonsils, Adenoids & Turbinates, Oh my!

Sleep studies are a common screening done for kids with Down syndrome, especially if they snore. They can often have tiny mouths (and not so tiny tonsils). Spencer had his first Sleep Study when he was 3yo.

In May 2018, Spencer was snoring badly, so he went for a new Sleep Study. Through that he was diagnosed with Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It was so bad that the Pulmonologist called me on Mother's Day! He was very concerned that I follow up ASAP. Our ENT (Ear Nose & Throat doctor) said that a Tonsillectomy (the usual treatment for this) was contraindicated because Spencer has a Bifid Uvula. That means his uvula was splitting into two. Think of a Y hanging upside down in the back of the throat. So... we went with CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy). That involved going for another sleep study.

Child Sleep Study
Child Sleep Study with CPAP
First comes the Sleep Study.
Then a month later...
another sleep study to determine
the appropriate CPAP pressure.

Friday, December 3, 2021

I'm not an "Anti-Vaxxer"

Vaccine

I have written here in the past about my choice not to vaccinate my children. I wrote about my mother supporting me through that decision and in that decision. So I really struggled with deciding on the Covid-19 Vaccine. First, how could *I* be vaccinated when I've been against vaccinating my children? How could I trust this vaccine? But some friends helped talk me through the decision and be alright with it, honestly. So... while not the first in line, I did get vaccinated against Covid-19. In fact, I just received my booster this week. My side effects were severe (by MY standards), but I will do another booster as soon as they tell me I am supposed to.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Bank of America - Clarification?


I just sent this email to Bank of America's President, CEO, and Chairman Brian Moynihan:

Please clarify whether funds Bank of America is providing are being used, in any amount, to pay for the heavily militarized response to the Standing Rock Sioux, including the attack dogs, sound-cannon trucks, heavily armed officers.

Why is Bank of America sinking so much money into maximizing the amounts of oil and gas that can be brought to the surface and burned at a time when climate science is clear we have to maximize what we keep in the ground instead?

As a customer of your financial institution, I reject the notion of my money helping to support your investment in the Dakota Access pipeline, an inherently dangerous and unjust oil pipeline that threatens air and water quality in many states, and violates sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. I urge you to give up your financial stake in the Dakota Access pipeline immediately.

Until then, I am currently looking into moving my family's several bank accounts to a credit union.

If you would like to see if your bank is supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline, check this list.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

In Two Words...


As our last Fitness Challenge Group recently came to a close, challengers were asked to describe, in TWO words:

  1. What being part of this group means to you AND
  2. How you'd feel it was gone tomorrow


Here are some of the responses received:
1. What being a part of
this group means to you
2. How you'd feel if it
was gone tomorrow
    Sanity    Lost
    Purpose    Empty
    Support    Unsuccessful
    Outlet    Loss
    Connection    Disoriented
    Accountability    Mess
    Necessity    Alone
    Everything    Abandoned
    Acceptance    Unappreciated
    Validation    Fail
    Motivation    Unmotivated
    Connection    Uninspired
    Team    Sad


I am so thankful for all of the support, motivation, and accountability that my challenge groups have provided me this year! If this is something you would like to learn more about, please contact me at Momma Jorje, Fit Hippie.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Stuffed Zucchini Boats - Gluten Free

Stuffed Zucchini Boats on Plate with Pasta and Sauce Stuffed Zucchini Boats

4 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
fresh spinach (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced (at least!)
1 small onion, chopped
2 medium, ripe tomatoes - chopped
salt & pepper
½ C Parmesan, finely grated
½ C mozzarella, shaved or grated

Preheat oven to 400°.

Scoop out the flesh from the zucchini to make "boats." Place zucchini boats in a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Chop the zucchini flesh and set aside.

Brown your ground beef (or turkey) in the olive oil with garlic and onion. Add chopped zucchini flesh, tomatoes and some salt & pepper (plus optional spinach) - cook until softened (about 4 minutes).

In a medium bowl, mix Parmesan & mozzarella.

Fill boats to a mound with beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese mixture. Bake at 400° until cheese is golden (20 minutes)

Optional: Top with tomato sauce and other favorite veggies, such as peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, etc.


If you enjoyed this recipe and would like to learn more about clean / healthy eating, please join my FREE 7 Day Healthy Eating group, starting on Sunday, July 24th. Just click the image above to get to my Health & Fitness page.

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