I’ve had the whole week off from school, it’s been so nice to sleep in and take the days slowly again, but I’m ready to go back and finish out my semester! One (almost) down, three to go…
Thanksgiving was a success despite my slightly dry turkey. There weren’t many leftovers, and my face was sore from laughing so much, I call that a win.The star of the show ended up being this chocolate cream pie I made for dessert. Although I have a strong love for pumpkin pie, it doesn’t even come close to the chocolate heaven of that pie. I think it was Ali’s favorite dish as well. She ate a giant piece, then proceeded to do this for about an hour straight:
Gotta love the sugar highs 😏
In other Ali news, the discipline approach is totally working. She’s still very much a 2 year old, is still a daredevil and willful and throws epic tantrums when things don’t go the way she wants, or if she skips nap, but she listens and obeys most of the time now. (I’m sure all you hippies are gasping at the word ‘obey’, but how else should I put it?) Speaking of hippie stuff, Ali’s winter skin problems are starting to flare up so it’s time for me to make her special winter lotion. She gets these awful, eczema like patches on her shoulders and upper back every winter, they look horrible and must be uncomfortable. Once they start, we have to slather her in hydrocortisone a few times a day to get it to go away, then we can maintain with a combo of reduced dairy, home made laundry soap, and lotion I make from coconut oil/shae butter/aloe gel. I would turn into a giant, greasy pimple if I used the stuff, but it works well for my girl. Poor little thing, I actually forgot about her skin problems until I saw her patches today while getting her dressed. I wish I would have noticed it before the sores popped up, but she’s always so battered and bruised from constantly ramming around that it sort of blended in.
Nothing new is going on with the foster care thing, we are just clicking along, getting the paperwork wrapped up. Our first home visit is in a few days, so that’s pretty exciting. The nursery is almost done, I’m doing this alphabet thing I saw on Pinterest and I have about 10 letters left to buy. This is my inspiration:
I think I’m going to have the best luck at the dreaded Hobby Lobby. Darn bigots, making me feel guilty when I shop there. Maybe I should make it a day and enjoy a nice chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A while I’m at it.