My son's behavior has been BAD of late. Like really bad. Fourth of July I was on the verge of tears most of the day. I had a short list of things I wanted to bake for the 4th and from the moment my son woke up, it was terrible. I couldn't do more than three minutes worth of work at a time before he'd be bashing his head into the nearest wall and screaming bloody murder. I'd have to scream at him to be heard above his screams and manage to get him into his bed so he could at least bash his head on something soft (thank the Lord for memory foam mattresses). My husband (thank goodness he's a heavy sleeper anymore) woke up in the afternoon and wrestled the son. I was able to make a mad dash to make a Fourth of July cake (I promised my daughter we were going to do something special and by God I was going to keep my promise) instead of the star shaped sugar cookies we'd planned and I made some graham crackers to make s'mores with. Overall, I was proud of what we got done (especially considering the circumstances) and my daughter was really proud of her "space cake" design. I then chuckled and reminded her it was the Fourth of July, so it shouldn't it be "fireworks cake". She looked at the cake, weighing her options and then just shrugged and said, "Okay, it'll be both. Fireworks in space!" I love the way kid's minds work sometimes *laugh*.
We went to the psychologist on Wednesday and I explained what I was seeing with Stritera (I'm PRETTY sure that's misspelled) and the improvements we were seeing on it with his ability to concentrate, but we really needed something for his outbursts and moods as those were BAD. She was actually pleased with his progress on the Stritera and prescribed him something for irritability and outburst type of reactions on top of it. Yesterday he was already doing better than he's been in a LONG time with a handful of outbursts and actually showing some happy moods. His outbursts were also shorter lived and not as violent. So far so good and we'll see how he does today. Because of the new medication, I was able to vacuum his room yesterday without him freaking out and beating himself off of walls and things and was able to get things like ice cream made and such. I nearly cried I was so grateful that the medication is working and with noticeable results right out of the gate. Now if I can get him to sleep better...we'll be on the road to "yay" with him I think :).
So, yeah, now that I can actually DO things again, I'll be able to work on getting the blogging and things done here, I hope (at least I'm praying we're over the hump here on starting to get the son leveled off). You can not imagine how happy and relieved I am to say things like that!
So, onto the menu plan for this week!
Wednesday: Crock pot cranberry pork roast (use last jar of cranberry sauce from pantry), rice pilaf (mix from pantry), salad with thick and creamy french dressing (this was quite good. I used a half tsp. of onion powder instead of the fresh onion so it would keep in the fridge better)
Thursday: Tacos (using left over hamburger from Fourth of July...husband wanted burgers instead of hot dogs, so I made both), use can of refried beans to pad out hamburger (works great doing that by the way).
Friday: Fauxtisserie chicken leg quarters (I'm going to try it and see how it goes), salad with buttermilk ranch dressing (we're out of prepared salad dressings around here...can you tell? By the way this stuff is awesome. My husband doesn't even LIKE ranch and likes this salad dressing...I do use powders instead of raw ingredients just to help it keep in the fridge longer), roasted root vegetables, home made multi-grain bread.
Saturday: Farmhouse stew (basically just throwing bits and bobs of left over meat scraps and a bunch of veggies into a pot and turning it into stew...hope it tastes good), home made rolls (use other half of dough to make cinnamon rolls...use left over cinnamon sugar left over from graham crackers that is in fridge for the cinnamon sugar).
Sunday: Leftovers (because I know we'll have some)
Monday: Chicken Alfredo (use jar of Alfredo sauce from pantry that needs to be used up) with Peas and bacon
Tuesday: Black Bean Burgers, salad with choice of dressing (note: Make Italian dressing too), fries (or chips or fried potatoes...depending on what we have in the freezer)
Desserts: Space Fireworks cake, s'mores (using left over Easter chocolate for chocolate part), home made ice cream with easy home made fudge sauce
Breakfasts: Cinnamon rolls, cereal, toast, English muffins
Snacks: S'mores (okay, not the healthiest choice, but still yummy!), apples, cheese slices on crackers (note: Make crackers), home made beef jerky
So there you are folks. Our menu for the week. How about you? Making anything good this week?