Autism recovered?

Medical experts say it's not possible to recover autism. We have living proof in the form of three children, that it IS possible. In my blog you will find recovery stories, along with information regarding health that I have learned over the years. And sometimes just snippets of life to give hope that yes, life can be normal after the hard work is done.

Sit back, enjoy, and be hopeful! RECOVERY HAPPENS!

**Kids names have been changed to protect the innocent and naughty alike. ;)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What do you do with the first snow of the season?

Well dance of course!!

And see how much you can catch in your hands.

And then see how much you can catch in your mouth.

Happy Winter everyone!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Our new fairy resident

So remember I told you that scuttlebutt in Fairyland had it that Grace would be getting something wonderful from them for Christmas? Well she did!

Misty, her very own fairy, has built a door in the wall right next to the fairy garden, making our house her house too! She and Grace have been exchanging letters daily and Misty signs her letters with glittery footprints. Such excitement!!!! Although Pawpaw built the door frame for Misty, when he left it was only wood. Over the course of the month, Misty sneaked into my craft supplies and decorated it just the way she likes it. Then she cleverly hung it up on Christmas Eve... we did wonder where the tiny hammering sound was coming from. She is an ingenious little thing!! She and Grace are already discussing plans for another garden.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My fav pic of hubby

I've been looking for this picture for a year! I finally found it and am putting it here so I won't lose it again.


Beauty in the silence

Tonight... or is it this morning... is the lunar eclipse. I have never seen one before and although I was not planning to wake up at 2:30 in the morning for it, I was still working in the kitchen at that time so I was already up. I tried peeking out the window but couldn't see it clearly as there were trees in the way. So I went outside to see it.




Those paltry words don't even do it justice.

I just stood there, blowing smoke out my nose (hey, it's freezing out there!) and had time to really be still. I don't think I've heard that kind of silence in years.

The ground is covered in frost making it look like diamonds sprinkled everywhere. Everything is silent and still. A little red fox went running across my neighbors yard. I look up and see a shooting star. Diamonds... diamonds everywhere in the sky. Constellations I haven't seen in years shining brightly in the darkness. So many stars I can't possibly count them all.

And I am struck by the majesty of it all.

God is big and I am small.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Best Christmas gift!

Earlier this week a friend emailed to ask if she and her children could come over and give my kids a Christmas party. She said that as she was going from party to party with her kids this season, it occurred to her that my kids never get to do that. Her initial thought was "They're used to it" but then she decided that didn't matter and they should have a party.

She has no idea how that touched me. Even my husband blinked that "WHAT???" blink he does when he can't believe his ears.

She also said that my husband and I should go on a date during the party. She has a teenage daughter whom we adore so it would be one grownup, one teenage helper and five little kids. Tony and 4 little girls. He was so in his element! She planned the whole day out for them and today she executed it. She brought over crafts to make and reindeer games to play. :D

After hugs and kisses, and instructions for emergencies, hubs and I took off out the door. ALL. ALONE.

So weird. We don't get to go out as a couple much so I say again... so. weird.

They played toss the snowball in the wreath, treasure hunt (she knows my kids well), and all the kids made me a Christmas present! I can't wait to see them! They also acted out the Christmas story, complete with costumes and props. They practiced it several times so they could do it right when we got home. The reenactment was hysterical as the little girls did A LOT of improvisation, not to mention "Mary" was not willing to get too close to "Joseph" due to cooties. ;)

Daddyman and I didn't really know what to do once we got out but we managed to enjoy ourselves. Although it's a weekday and not yet Christmas, the stores were crazy packed and mean people were already out of their caves. But we were just happy to be out together so it didn't really intrude upon our day. It's so funny how we quickly get in the habit of holding hands and goofing off like we did in the old days.

The kids have been bouncing off the wall for a bit now since their friends went home but it's all good. They had such a great time and both the big kids understood the gift they had given us by not JUST thinking of us and being sorry we miss a lot of fun, but acting on it and making the fun happen right here.

These friends made the love of Jesus shine bright and blessed 5 people in the process. Jesus' ministry on earth was to the poor, the sick, the weak; not to those who were perfect and had it all. I am so encouraged that there are people in the world who take time out of their busy schedule to give in such a personal way. They will never know what they have done for us with this single act.

And to those of you who have friends who are mostly home bound due to medical issues or frequently excluded for whatever reason, remember that they want to participate in activities too and there may be a way YOU can bring them the same joy and blessings that our friends have given us today.

Thank you to D, K, J & M for giving the BEST Christmas party ever! xo

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fairies are ready for Christmas

While I was busy in another part of the house today, Tony and Grace decorated the fairy garden for Christmas. The paperclips are garland and Tony even used a paperclip to fashion a stand for the star on top. :D They were clamoring to use my paper shredder to create snow; fortunately for us all, I had a bag of snow in the Christmas boxes. So after a sudden snowstorm in Fairyville, this is what it looked like.

Notice the creek is now frozen and the bird has a little acorn hat on to keep him warm. The tree is bowing under the weight of the snow and star. I hope it stays upright-ish! lol

Rumor has it that there is a stir in Fairyville. I heard from a little bird that the fairies are thinking of setting up house here in a more permanent fashion. It was suggested that Grace will have new residents by Christmas. I can't wait! I'll be sure to keep you updated! :)


Thursday, December 9, 2010

I got an EASY button tonight!

I can't stop laughing about it. I was at a training session tonight for Juice Plus where we talking about new research and shared stories of how it's helped us. The EASY button was a door prize and I got it. Woohooo!! It's from Staples I believe and when I press it, a voice says "That was easy". Bwhahahahahahaha

As you know, I always call Juice Plus "my easy button". Thank God for something easy in this life of hard... and I do thank God for my JP. And now I can thank Him for my easy button too. :) This has made my whole night! lol

Now I absolutely HAVE to find a purse so I can carry this little baby around!

That was easy. :D

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

1 in 150

I was watching a really great youtube video earlier and stumbled upon a video where people were rallying for safer vaccines. While I will keep my opinion of that particular issue out of this, I suddenly found myself in tears. There in the rally was a sweet looking little boy, probably 7 years old, holding a sign that said "I'm 1 in 150".

*heart breaks*

Then shots of the crowd. Moms and dads holding up pictures of their children, pictures of children who had died, others who were so injured they couldn't be there, others who had recovered but the pain is still sharp. Moms and dads crying.

*heart shatters*

One in 150. Did you read that stat? 1 in 150?!?!?! But it's not just a statistic.

Autism is NOT just a stat.

Autism is a little boy.

Autism is a little girl.

Autism is a child who is missing...their bodies are there but THEY are missing. Damaged. Damaged to the point that they can't interact.

1 in 150. It's a parent sobbing their hearts out b/c their child cannot talk. Can you imagine going through life unable to communicate? Unable to express yourself? Unable to ask for a hug? Unable to say what hurts?

1 in 150.

It's my child.

My Tony.

My Grace.

My Kate.

They were 1 in 150.

They are 1 of thousands.

And the numbers keep climbing.

When will this stop??


Crafty little snowflake

We got the idea from this fellow homeschooling mom's blog. Her daughter appears to be a snowflake creating genius. Both Tony and I loved the uniqueness and thanks to her fabulous instructions, he made one. He was going to make more but somehow got distracted (shockingly lol) so this may be the only one... or he may get a wild hair to do more... who knows?! It was very fun to create. I hope he makes more b/c it's truly beautiful. :)

Thank you Jilly and Autry!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ice cream sundae... allergy style

Saturday is coconut ice cream day around our house. Because it has agave nectar (which I don't love), it's a once a week treat.

Today a lady at the chiropractors office told the kids what an ice cream sundae is. They were in awe listening. lol They obviously have never had one but we recently trialed bananas and they were ok with them. Daddy trialed them as well since he had an anapylactic allergy to them and thanks to Bioveda, he is no longer allergic! YAY! So tomorrow we will make our own unique ice cream sundae. The kids are so excited! :)

The ice cream will be coconut ice cream of course... no dairy. I'm going to make some strawberry ice cream just using the vanilla ice cream & blending it up with strawberries. I did something like that one year for Grace's birthday and it was a hit and since we're just looking for pink ice cream, we don't care what flavor it is! lol Daddyman will get some maraschino cherries for himself but we will not have those as they contain high fructose corn syrup... ick! We considered getting real cherries but I'm not willing to travel an hour to Whole Foods just for a couple of cherries. HA! Daddy will also get hot fudge and I think I will try to make some chocolate syrup for the kids... not sure out of what exactly. I have some raw chocolate... maybe some chocolate, xylitol and a little coconut oil? Hmmm that might work although the sweetness quotient of that makes me gag to think of.. No whipped cream of course, although I think Daddy might get some for himself but he didn't mention it so maybe he'll forget it's supposed to be on there. ;) I can't remember if that's all that makes up a sundae but that's all we're doing anyway. I am excited for them to try it! I'll take a picture if I remember b/c it's gonna be awesome!!! :D

Now don't you all feel like ice cream? :D

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas decorations

Daddyman made this years and years ago. Look at the details on the quilt. Please ignore the salt shaker. lol

He made these too.

And b/c she's just super cute!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving fun

So Thanksgiving was bigger this year than usual. I generally don't do that much food wise b/c finding substitutes for the traditional foods makes my head spin but this year I was feeling the groove. My husband has ALWAYS told me to just go easy with holiday foods b/c he doesn't care if it's the usual stuff. They generally have a party in his squadron anyway and he gets pumpkin pie there... and that's what matters. lol

First you should know my parents were here. Aren't they cute??

With my parents being here, we had more allergens to add to our list. BUT, I am very glad to add them to our list to have them here. Having them here makes all things sparkly and totally worth it!! :)

So we started off our morning with Wassail. Yumm yummm! We substituted the usual xylitol for honey and couldn't tell a difference. Let me just tell you, Wassail makes the house smell like holidays. Even if we didn't drink it, I would have it simmering on the stove all day just for the smell. We all sucked it down all day though even though it was hot outside and not really Wassail weather. ;)

I was supposed to give the kids pumpkin smoothies for breakfast but didn't have my brain during breakfast prep and made the usual smoothie. So a few hours later, I made them individual pumpkin smoothies. It's all the ingredients of a pumpkin pie (no eggs and there's coconut milk instead of dairy) complete with spices; so basically it's a drinkable pumpkin pie. :D

Then we decided to paint turkey place mats. But there was a twist, we had to pull names out of a hat (or in our case, out of a paint cup) and make one for whomever you drew. It was tons of fun and everyone got into it!! I was surprised b/c I did not think all the adults would enjoy it but they did.

Then it was playtime with Pawpaw. Kate got a GALLOPING piggy back ride. Then Pawpaw got mobbed by kidlets when he got too close to the floor. That's pretty much what they did for a long time.

Oh and yes, Pawpaw shaved his Sean Connery look off between paint time and play time. :D

I cooked a free-range turkey in the oven. It came out tasty-o! Then there was onion and garlic kale, potatoes (red and sweet) and acorn squash with cinnamon. Waaaay more starchiness than we eat normally but it's a special day so we lived on the edge. ;)

For desert we had what was going to be a raw fruity thing but I ended up cooking it and then topping with coconut ice cream!! That was the FIRST desert I have made for a holiday in at least 6 years. Daddyman couldn't remember me having ever done anything since the kids allergies hit so it might be as much as 11 years. HA! I forgot to take a picture but mushed up fruit isn't pretty anyway. The ice cream was pretty. :)

I think we watched a movie or something after that. I can't remember but I think it was Danny Kaye's "The Court Jester". Tony was laughing so much that it made Daddyman and I LOL. Just love that old movies are still funny. :D

On a side note, Daddyman was working that day (the military doesn't take days off ya know) but he got to come home early so that was very special. We had anticipated seeing him for only an hour or two before bed but he got to spend most of the day with us. Yay!

And that is about it. A normal holiday as far as I can tell!! :D

Monday, November 29, 2010

Autism, look what you've done to me

I generally try not to gripe too much. Well except to my mom b/c she's my sounding board so she hears some of the exhaustion and frustration, but mostly I'm upbeat about things. I'm a glass half-full kinda girl.

But the other day I was telling my doc how frustrated I was over all these allergies. Eleven years of food allergies that rule our lives and cause mind-numbing terror to our parently (yeah I know that's not a word) souls. Yeesh. He gently said "But look at your life now. Would you be this person if life had been different? Would your kids have their tight loving bond if your family had gone differently?" I blithely agreed that it was good but then came home and thought on that hard.

Before autism, I was all about the hair, makeup, clothes, shoes, cars, perfect house, perfect everything... all the shallow things in life. I was all about me.

After autism, those things just don't matter anymore.

Somewhere along the way autism did something weird to me, it made me grow up.

I stopped caring about hair, makeup, clothes, cars, frivolous things. Not that I don't take care of myself but now instead of scheduling an every 6 week hair appt to keep the color perfect, I get a haircut a year if I'm lucky. Makeup? It happens sometimes but generally only when I have a speaking engagement. Clothes? I shop at goodwill now and am happy to have clothes without holes in them. I don't even know what's in style! Cars? I have one, husband has one. We'll drive those things into the ground before we think of spending a dime on another vehicle. Shoes? I'm still wearing shoes from 10 years ago. I did buy a pair of sandals last year but it was a necessity.

My perspective has changed 180 degrees, to say the least. My house is nice but definitely not perfect. Rather than spend my hours making things just so, I spend my hours in the kitchen making sure those kidlets have good nutrition going in. I still have tons of pictures that should be on the walls. The walls are in desperate need of painting. Instead of trying out the latest restaurant, I spend time figuring out how to make my garden grow. Instead of googling to find the perfect gift this year, I'm on chat boards and forums, reading the pain of others still in autism and trying to help... feeling helpless and wondering if I'm making a difference. Am I giving someone hope? Is someone encouraged by my words? Instead of trying to make the world revolve around me, I am thrilled to know it doesn't.

At many points during autism recovery, I didn't get haircuts. That money was necessary for supplements, testing, procedures, doc consults, food. I WANTED a haircut, there just wasn't justification for it. Now, it's different. There is so much more to life than trying to look perfect (no one is anyway so why pretend?). I enjoy a nice hair style. I like looking nice, it's just not my everything. My car isn't perfect but it's not a big deal. My clothes are far from lovely but it's not important. People are important.

And I think that's what I missed before autism. When it was all about me, people didn't matter. It disgusts me a little to think of the level of selfishness back then. Double yeesh!

But you know what is amazing?? When autism found us, people EVERYWHERE jumped in to help. Looking back, it is astonishing to see how many hundreds of people rushed to my aid. Yes, many of them were virtual helpers known only to me by their sign names on chat boards. Many others were real life people who went above and beyond to help us. A community of people I never knew existed jumped at the opportunity to help complete and total strangers. And I will always be indebted to each one of them b/c they taught me to give unselfishly of myself in the pursuit of even just a single child.

That's what autism did to me. It introduced me to a whole group of warriors. It made me leave behind all the selfish & vain pursuits of an empty life. It made me put aside my southern belle gentility and become someone completely real. Gone is the self-absorbed woman-child and in her place stands a warrior-mom who loves her family fiercely and sees the world through completely different eyes. I get to marvel at my children's achievements. How many parents don't see the wonder of their child's laughter, their sparkling eyes, their beautiful toes, their wonderful brilliance? I'm sure many parents appreciate these things but before autism, I was so wrapped up in me that I often didn't appreciate the miracles living under my own roof.

So autism although I still hate what you did to my kids, for this I thank you. Thank you for causing me to grow. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to reach one more family and extend a little bit of hope.

And thank you Lord Jesus for allowing autism to teach me.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Butterfly (the puppy)

Remember my post about my fur sisters? Well I forgot to take a pic of Butterfly before my dad took her home but she's back so I took this pic of her. Isn't she a cutie pie??!!?

This sweet puppy now lives with my parents but before she came to live with them, she was severely abused and neglected. When she was returned to the breeder, she was horribly ill, a complete mess and very gross but the worst thing was the maggots living on her. Truly, I cannot imagine allowing a dog to be so mistreated. Thankfully she was returned to her breeder who worked very hard to help her. However she still struggles with major health challenges. She has to wear the collar b/c she tries to chew her tail off. It's in horrible shape right now and she stinks. Not the smell of a dog needing a bath but the smell of sickness. Poor thing, she just moans and cries sometimes b/c she itches so badly. My dad will rub her to help but her skin flakes off so it can't be done too much. We know her sickness is inside her body and we are just seeing the symptoms on the outside.

My parents have her on a raw diet which is THE diet to heal animals. Dogs are supposed to eat raw. Dogs were wild long before they became domesticated and in the wild they don't cook their food after they catch it. They eat it raw. That's the ways dogs stomachs are designed. Fortunately many forward thinking companies make raw food prepackaged... which is perfect for my parents. :)

She sees a holistic vet who has given her a few homeopathic remedies. While she has improved some since coming to live with my parents, she still suffers terribly. The vet said her immune system is shot and it will take a long time to heal it.

Boy, we know all about that! We have the kid version of that here. :(

So my parents spend much time, money and brain power trying to help this little girl. If anyone knows something that will help her, please email me or post here. It's hard to watch her suffer and we are on a steep learning curve with homeopathic and natural dog treatments. There has to be more for her than Elizabethan collars and misery. She has a sweet spirit (really!! which is surprising considering her past but I think she knows she safe here) and we really want to help her achieve health. Please, if you can help, let me know.

And thank you. :)

Successful food challenges so far

I'm writing this here for me to remember but also so others who are interested can see our progress. We have been doing Bioveda treatments for about 6 months now. It has not been the FAST magic bullet I was dreaming of but it is helping. So far, hubby has seen ALL of his allergies disappear. Well, he has to challenge bananas Monday but all the others have gone. He was allergic to tomatoes, grapes, raisins and eggs. With eggs, he still has to limit himself to about 3 a day but otherwise he is good on all these foods. Very impressive I think! For me, I have seen more emotional healing than anything else so far. Although it's a post for another day, I will say when I saw "grief" pop up as my #1 emotion, it really brought me to my knees in admitting that I had shoved that particular emotion aside for years; and once I dealt with it, there was some serious physical and emotional healing for me. Yay me! :D

I can also now eat gluten without needing an immediate and serious nap. I still don't WANT to eat it b/c of the problems it CAN cause, but now I won't have trouble driving if I accidentally get some cross contamination. I feel asleep at the wheel once b/c of gluten. That scared the crappola out of me and I haven't had gluten on purpose since; other than to challenge my body after my gluten trial.

For the kids we have successfully challenged the following foods:
Tony: beans (pinto & black) -- hallelujah for cheap and easy protein!
Grace: potatoes and rice
Kate: coconut (hello coconut ice cream!!), carrots

Shoot, I think there are more. I will come back and note them as I remember. The doc has it all written on his paper but I don't have it written down.

Although this has been a long time and people generally don't take this long, the doc said that my kids are rare in that fact that their bodies (aka: immune system) has tagged multiple foods as death bringers multiple times and it will take multiple treatments on each food to calm the system down enough to assure the body that these foods are ok. Although the kids have been treated for eggs (once), nuts and gluten and I think even dairy, I am not willing to challenge those foods yet. I know at some point I will have too but I am truly terrified of those foods for them so I will have to see all the minor allergens go away before I will trust the biggies are cleared enough to challenge.

The doc said he anticipates treating them for a minimum of a year. I didn't realize treatments could take that long but knowing how damaged and hyper their immune system is, I can understand why.

My mom also stayed with us for about 2 months to get treated as well. She is so allergic to corn that if she SMELLS it, she will have trouble breathing. Target is definitely a store she cannot go in. lol After several treatments, she was able to be in the presence of popcorn without trouble... that may seem small but it's really huge for her! She still cannot eat it but at least it won't kill her to smell it. :) She has to go home but will get treated again next time she comes so we'll see if we can't knock that corn allergy out a little further.

Hmmm so that's it for now. I will update as we lose more food allergies. Pray for us that it happens soon. As Tony gets older and nears puberty, I really worry for him the most. I want him to be able to do guy things and at this point in his health, guy things are out. But God is the mighty healer and I believe He will honor our efforts.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Count your blessings

Our pastor has been working his way through the book of John and this week we were encouraged to count our blessings. We actually ended the service singing that song. Now I have to admit that having a tired/bored/restless/whatever 5 year old in church with me every week keeps me from hearing and/or concentrating probably 90% of the time. I get snatches of stuff here and there but never a full sermon; so I have learned to grab as much as I can out of the snatches. Kate can't help being 5 and I am training her but the very act of training her to sit and listen consumes the majority of my brain space during that hour. But today when we sang Count Your Blessings, she was being good b/c she knew it was almost over and I got to really listen to the words instead of just mindlessly singing & keeping her from goofing around. I grew up singing this song, none of the words were a surprise, but sometimes you just get used to songs and don't HEAR them when you sing. As the pastor was saying, we can get comfortable with Christ and forget his glory & awesomeness... the same happens to songs when we get comfortable and forget the glory and truth of them. In fact that same happens with many things... marriages, relationships, blessings... we can get so used to them that we forget to be grateful for them.

The second verse is what really struck me today.
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,

And you will keep singing as the days go by.

Am I ever burdened? Oh my gosh, am I ever!! For the last 11 years life has been incredibly difficult. Not just inconveniently difficult but almost unbearably difficult. I know I've said it before but I will say it again... knowing that everything outside your own house could kill your child is stressful beyond words. Autism was terrible but we're done with that now. But still... the food allergies... ugh. Sometimes I just want to run away from it all but of course I could never do that. As I tell my kids, I'd be bored out of my mind without them around. :D But burdened? Oh yeah. Every time my kids get left out of something every other kid can do, every time they look sad but try to tell me "It's ok that we can't ...", every time they throw a fit b/c they're tired of being left out, every time they feel unsafe and afraid, every time my kids hurt b/c of the choices that were made for them before I knew what I know now. A burden on my heart is an inadequate description really.

Does this cross seem heavy to bear? Well yeah! If you have kids, you know nothing hurts you more than the pain your kids endure. Sometimes I feel downright picked on in all of this; which is of course a very selfish view as this isn't even about me. But I am the mom and my heart breaks when they hurt. Every dream I ever had of doing all the typical little kids things has been dashed repeatedly through the years. Is that hard to bear? Yep.

Count your blessings every doubt will fly. That sounds so trite... count my blessings. Not always an easy task but when done, I have to say doubts DO fly. Hope is renewed each time.

And I'll keep singing as the days go by.
Really? Hmmmm maybe so.

So let's count blessings...

*Doctors who understand the true root cause of the kids problems and work tirelessly to help repair the issues
*Husband who brings home a paycheck every month and doesn't squawk over the amount of money going to medical issues, supplements, alternative docs and other things that most people don't spend money on
* Parents who help me ALOT, both financially, emotionally and spiritually
*A church where they work hard to include my kids in many of the childrens activities
*Kids who connect with me and talk to me
*Autism is gone
* I get to home school
*Kids who think I am Wonder Woman (or at least think I'm a hero of some sort)
*Friends who pray for me
*Friends who pray for the kids health issues
* A father who lends my mom to us for months at a time although he REALLY misses her badly each time
* A mom who listens to me cry, rant, rave, squawk, yell, go bonkers... and loves me anyway :)
*The ability to feed my kids healthy foods (not everyone can afford real food unfortunately)
*Again, a husband who doesn't pitch temper tantrums over how much of his hard earned money goes to the alternative medicine and kids healing... I probably can't say that one enough
* Hope
*The ability to educate myself for the betterment of my families health
* A nice house
*A nice vehicle
* The ability to pay all our bills and live in comfort
*Freedom to worship
*A house full of STUFF with the only goal of making our lives easier
*Epipens so when an emergency happens, there's a solution
*A GOD who loves my kids more than I am capable of doing

I think that's the biggest one. God knows the suffering. He knows. He sees the struggles, the heartbreak, the danger, the stress, the fear; and He gives me the tools every day to face it all.

Now THAT is something to sing about.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fairy gardens

Today Grace was telling a friend of ours about fairies. I mentioned that she could see them all here and then I got home and realized that she couldn't... I only have one picture posted! So this is a collection of all our gardens so far. There was a recent thread on The Well-Trained Mind forum discussing fairies so it's been on my mind a bit extra as well. :)

Very first garden ever... created from the clippings the nursery gave her

Kate rearranged her garden so many times that I didn't get pictures of most of them. Hers was mostly a few plants and alot of dirt. By the end of the day, it was just the fairies. lol

Tony didn't want to miss out on the fun but wasn't the least bit interested in fairies so he made an army fort.

First indoor garden... sorry about the lighting
Tony actually made this one for a friend's birthday present

Our second indoor garden

Yes, this is a fairy house made of legos

Happy Halloween fairies!
I didn't get any pictures of the beach scene she created. We'll do that one again in the summer.
Here is the indoor garden as it looks right now

Grace already has a bunch of handmade furniture made for the next house. She has grand plans for all the houses she will build in the park once spring hits. She's also hoping like mad that it will snow this winter so she can create a snow fort. :D

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tony's birthday present

Zero VOC paint...isn't it pretty?!? He said it was the BEST present ever. :)


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