Sunday, June 26, 2016
Bread, books, Matariki and marbles
here. For the 3 cups flour I use 2 1/4 cups rice flour and 3/4 cup tapioca starch. I also increase the xantham gum from 1 1/2 tsp to 2 tsp. We also use coconut oil instead of olive oil.
Although Ruth didn't have many food sensitivities, she is quite low in a few vitamins and minerals and has a few toxins that need to be cleared out. M also spent quite a bit of time trying to find the source of Ruth's inflammation, but was not able to on this appointment. She is hopeful that after this first remedy, her body will be functioning better in general and then we can hopefully find out where the underlying problem is.
(NOTE: Through the week Ruth developed inflammation pain in her one ankle. This may well be a "healing crisis" as the drops start doing their job. By Sunday it wasn't hurting her any more.)
Hezekiah started coughing really badly this morning, so we decided he should rather stay at home. Asher went off to preschool and had a good morning - although she was much more quiet than normal.
Hezekiah is really loving having Noddy read to him lately. We have a whole set of the books. Nana bought it for Brendon's older sister and brother, so the books are over 40 years old.
At 4:45pm Asher had a 1 1/2 minute Tonic Clonic seizure. Her temperature was up as well,at around 38, exactly what Hezekiah's went to over the weekend. So we suspected she was now coming down with the same thing. Also perhaps explaining why she was so quiet at preschool this morning. She hasn't been coughing and we wouldn't know if she had a sore throat as she can't tell us.
Ruth brought these two reading reports home today. They were done in May as an assessment of her reading level. She first did 9.5 - 10.5 years, receiving 99% on Oral Reading Analysis and 90% on comprehension. Then she did 10 - 11 years and got 99% on Oral Reading and 60% on comprehension. With her only turning 10 in July, we were very impressed with her results. We have always known her reading level is excellent, but it is nice to get conformation like this. And it boosts her confidence wonderfully too.
Asher's ears and chest where fine with just a bit of a red throat. He did take a swab to be sent off to make sure it wasn't more serious.
Her temperature did get up to 38 again in the evening and she had a 1 minute Tonic Clonic at 6pm. Again the fever broke overnight but the coughing got really bad. So another week of missing Champion Centre.
Wednesday 22nd: We finally got to see Ruth's ballet creation today. She has been telling us about each step of it's formation. She did a really great job of it.
We have finally decided that Ruth is not going to be able to continue with Guides. Not in Culverden anyway. She may to it "by correspondence" through the Aotearoa Region (what used to be called Lone Guides).
Thursday 23rd: Ruth enjoying a game of checkers with Dad after her ballet lesson this evening.
I was a bit frustrated with my phones photos today (this was the best one I could get of them), so have decided if I ever need to take photos indoors - I need to take my proper camera with me.
The production was thoroughly enjoyable. I wasn't sure how much Hezekiah would enjoy it (being so young) or Rachel (being that bit older) but each one of us enjoyed it so very much (and we learnt a lot too). One of the things that I enjoyed the most was watching Hezekiah laugh. He understood everything what was going on and I was really impressed with his comprehension. We talked through a few things on our way home and I was amazed at how much detail he picked up.
At the end they taught us the start of one of the songs that they sang and Hezekiah learnt the words really quickly. He sang the whole thing to me on his own not long after we left.
I dropped the girls at school on our way home just before lunch and then Brendon and I headed back to the school at 2:20 for their primary assembly. It was nice that Brendon could join us today. Hannah and Brooke got to show the poster they created over the last weeks. They have been doing a Topic study of the Pacific Islands and these two choose to learn a bit more about Gospel Day. Hannah always loves spotting me during assembly and so it was really nice for her to have Dad there too today.
Again - sorry about the poor quality of photo. Lesson well learnt after this second fail in one day (again this was the only usable photo of the half dozen that I took).
And then later I took Rachel for a physio appointment. Rachel had tried to do some of her ballet lesson on Tuesday (after 2 weeks break from the injury). She didn't do anything that was on the injured leg only, she didn't do any spins or jumps and no point shoe work. She didn't have any pain on Tuesday evening, but on Wednesday she had so much pain, and the pain continued through the week. We have learnt that with a tendon injury, it can take a good 8 weeks to heal. So we have made the decision that there is just no more ballet for this term (2 more weeks) and then no practising in the holidays (2 more weeks). Hopefully the physio work will help recovery happen more quickly, but we know we just have to give it time. Rather rest and get good healing than have continuous problems with it.
Rachel even allowed the physio to use 2 acupuncture needles. A really courageous effort from Rachel who has never had a needle prick before (she has never had to give blood and didn't get immunised). The needle going in wasn't so much an issue for Rachel as the sensation when the needle is "tweaked" to make sure it's doing it's job properly. I told Rachel afterwards that I actually like that feeling when the needles are in - because then I know they are really working. Rachel also had some ultrasound - a more relaxing way to end the treatment.
Saturday 25th: After their hair cuts, Brendon and Hezekiah headed off for some time at the park.
They had so much fun and came home smiling from ear to ear. Hezekiah is so imaginative and Brendon played along so much today, creating such a fun and exciting adventure for them.
Sunday 26th: We ended up missing church again today as there were a few people struggling with runny noses and coughs. Asher's energy levels have also not gotten quite back to normal yet. She has been taking herself off for a nap well before lunch and often going for a nap in the afternoon too. Today she managed to just have her one normal nap after lunch, but if we had been in town for church, she would have gotten overtired on the trip home. So I'm glad we just took it easy today.
I bought Brendon this Chinese Solitaire board for Christmas and he finally decided to google a solution this week. It wasn't the same one his Dad taught us (we remember basic ideas of that solution but could never work it out fully). This one is really easy to remember and so Brendon taught the girls this afternoon.