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Month: September 2013

Baked Pineapple Recipe

Last fall we where at a new Brazilian restaurant having the usual rodizio style dinner.  This  is when the waiters continuously bring barbequed meat, pork, sausage, and chicken around on big skewers and cut off pieces at your table.  In my travels I’ve also come across peppers, bananas, bacon, chicken hearts and many other types of food on these skewers.  However this restaurant had one of my favorite fruits on the menu, Pineapple! Yummmmm
The pineapple was covered in caramelized cinnamon and had been grilled for hours, I was instantly addicted along with the rest of the family.  Unfortunately we don’t have a industrial sized rotisserie oven so I had to copy there version in the oven.
1. Grab a whole pineapple 

2. Cut off the top and bottom and remove all the skin
3. Mix up some cinnamon and sugar, and roll and pat the cinnamon onto the pineapple so that it is completely covered
4. Put it in the oven, if your lucky you can fit it in right next to a small ham… double yummm
Cook for 45 minutes at 350, or at a lower temp for a longer period of time if you put it in with the ham.  The goal is to soften the inside of the pineapple and caramelize the outside.
If you grew up, like me, having canned pineapple and cherries on your ham,  you have to try it this way!

One IEP Done ~ Success!

Puma
We had another IEP meeting for Anthony, and I am relieved we came out with a plan I am excited about.
Last spring, I had rejected Anthony’s IEP plan and took him into Children’s Hospital for their full learning disabilities program testing.  After two and a half years with the same type of services (language and reading pull outs 2-3 times a week) on his IEP and no visible improvement, I was tired of the black and white meetings.
Once I entered the world of autism with Aidan, it really opened my eyes to what it takes to advocate for your special needs children.  Prior to last years IEP meeting I always blindly trusted the school system.  Big Mistake!  Don’t get me wrong, Anthony’s teachers have all been remarkable, especially his SPED teachers.  However they don’t get to make all the decisions on what services your child gets, there’s a bunch of people behind the scenes who may in fact care about what your child needs as a student but its also there responsibility to care about the schools budget.
Last year when I brought his education up to some teacher friends I was told “the squeaky wheel gets the goods” another words, if you don’t push for what you think your child needs, there’s a good chance you’ll get jumped over to the parent who’s making a fuss.  Well it definitely feels like I’ve become the squeakiest wheel in the city with the 3 kids.
The testing revealed that Anthony has a severe language disorder that will not improve with the education plan that the school had continued to lay out.  Anthony needed a smaller, language based program, comparable with an ESL classroom but in a sped setting.
When we reconvened last week, I was pleasantly surprised that the school already had their language class room’s teacher in the meeting and a plan to put Anthony into the program for a majority of the day.  I also instantly fell in love with how well his new language teacher advocated for him.  By the end of the meeting she had gotten him more services than I had even planned for.
All in all I am excited for this year because understanding fully what the issue is and having the right service plan in place gives me great hope that he will be able to catch up to his peers.

OMG! I’m THIRTY! – Family Trip to Old Orchard Beach ~ Traveling with Kids

For my thirtieth birthday, my mom booked a couple motel room’s up at Old Orchard Beach, Maine for Me, Antonio, the kids, Her and my father, along with 3 of my cousins and my Aunt!  Another aunt that lives in Maine came over for the day with 2 more cousins, and then another aunt drove up with yet 2 more cousins and stayed at a hotel in the next town over.  I had the BEST Birthday, my mom is AWESOME!
Slut Hats

Party With Sluts Hats

 

American Motel

 

The American Motel

 

Big Waves

 

Pirate Ship Ride

 

Father Daughter

 

Beach look Out

 

I hadn’t been up to OOB sense I was a teenager, I remembered it being fun, but I forgot how much!  It is an awesome place for a family vacation!  We booked this trip really late so it took calling over 15 motels to find one that had vacancy.  We finally found The Americana Motel.  We knew it probably wouldn’t be the nicest place, but they had availability and where walking distance to everything so we bit the bullet and mom booked it.  The motel was pretty clean, it was old, but the house keeping staff did a really nice job every morning cleaning and they were friendly.  This was not a renovated modern hotel, this was the epitome of an old beach motel.  Wood paneling, concrete porches, box televisions, seventies furniture, BUT it was clean.  The pool was nice, and very big, they had a swing set and grilling area, there was a large playground across the street, and it was a two minute walk to the amusement park, beach, and shops.  The front desk staff wasn’t the friendliest or most professional, but once checked in we didn’t see them again.
Now on to Old Orchard Beach!  LOVE! I’m not a big “beach” person, the waves scare me, the sharks scare me, and the sand everywhere annoys me.  However I like that its a two minute walk so the kids can build a sand castle and then go back and jump in the poopl  The amusement park is reasonably priced, and the kids loved just walking around on the pier.  The night life is great too, we hit up a couple small places that had different “happy hour” specials, and also went to the Brunswick which was really nice.  I love the whole go out for a few drinks, walk to get food, walk home, atmosphere.
Next summer I’m hoping to book a week long vacation up there, because there is so much to do we didn’t get half of it done in two nights.  However I plan to book early so right after the holidays I’ll be calling some of the motels I looked at to make reservations.  The Beachwood Motel looked really nice, I’ll be calling them first.
Old Orchard Beach Maine
Old Orchard Beach Amuzement Park

 

Family Camping Trip 2013 – Pine Acres Campground, Raymond NH ~ Traveling with Kids

Every Summer for as long as I can remember, my family has done a “family camping trip”.  My aunts, uncles, cousins, mom, along with Antonio, Me and the kids, all go to a campground in NH or Maine for a few nights and get a bunch of sites close to each other.
This year we chose to return to Pine Acres RV Resort in Raymond NH.  We have a long history with Pine Acres and each year debate back and forth on whether we will try it again that particular year.

I can rewind in my head to memories of camping there when I was Anthony’s age with my brother, parents, and sometimes aunts and uncles.  As a kid we used to spend almost every weekend swimming in that lake, canoeing up that stream, riding our bikes to the store for slush.  The same type of memories I hope I’m giving my children.

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