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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009
A busy weekend
Yesterday morning, I took the girls over to a strip mall in my town for their annual Touch a Truck event. It was our first time going and the girls had fun. There were tons of trucks, buses, cars and even a helicopter that they could look at, sit in and play with. It was brutally hot so we only stayed for an hour which worked for them because Alysa was freaking out over all the kids honking the various horns – my little on has very sensitive ears. I was never so thankful for my pool as I was this morning when came home and jumped right in.

Then yesterday afternoon we headed out for my food allergy support group’s first annual picnic. I’ll bet you’ll be shocked to hear I was the planner and organizer of said picnic. I know, that is so out of character for me. We had 8 families with about 35 people including 15 kids. Here is our list of allergens:

Tree Nuts
Chocolate - Cocoa Beans
Sesame Seed
Red Dye #40

My goal was to make the picnic 100% allergen-free which of course was no easy task. And not included are other allergens since my one friend’s son’s list of foods he can eat is smaller than what he can not. His includes things such as sunflower and safflower oils, etc. She was a huge help in coming up with a menu because what it boils down to is if her son can eat it, anyone can. We were initially going to go for some chicken hot dogs but since we are having the picnic at a public park and have no easy/safe way of cooking them, and the picnic is mid-afternoon, we figured snacks are more than enough for the kids and adults.

So here was our picnic menu:
Popcorn – air popped with canola oil and sea salt
Wegman’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips
Rita’s Water Ice
Allergen-Free Candies

It was brutally hot but we lucked out with a gazebo and plenty of shade. The picnic was a great success and everyone had a great time. The best part was all the parents were relaxed and the kids could just eat and eat without worries.

Then last night, J and I headed to the shore for dinner with his boss and coworkers. The best part of this outing was we were treated by his boss.

Today we spent the horrendously hot day at Storybook Land for Kayla’s birthday. It rained on her b-day so it was our reschedule. I’m about done with being outside for a while but it was a good day.

posted at 7:27 PM  

At 3:25 AM, Blogger Blessed said...

I know I would do the same things if it was my children with the allergies - but you amaze me with how you put allergy-free get togethers together! Your daughters are blessed to have a mom like you.


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