1st day of 11th grade

Yesterday, my really positive self was having a hard time and I wasn’t allowed (by my computer) to tell you!  Somehow my app crashed when I tried to publish my post.

I am not often down but last night, I was.

After dinner Emily wanted to do a puzzle, she started to divide the pieces than called me.  She needed help.

That’s when it hit me.  My beautiful, talented, smart, determine, courageous daughter needed help with a 100 pieces puzzle.

24 hours later, I realize it was never about the puzzle.

It was about the list of everything left to do before the beginning of school:

  1. Verify Emily’s school supplies
  2. Pack her bag
  3. Make sure she goes to bed at a reasonable time
  4. Get up earlier than usual
  5. Get the 2 of us ready for our day… and I mean that literally.
  6. Make sure Jon packs a healthy lunch and snacks
  7. Take Emily to school and walk in with her
  8. Confirm that all is in place for her
  9. Go to work
  10. Go back to school mid-day for our first IEP meeting
  11. Go back to work
  12. Go back to school a third time to pick Emily up at the end of the day
  13. Drop her home
  14. Go back to work

I don’t mind all of these things… but out of nowhere last night I remembered the summer I was 17, I had a job than moved away in the fall to go to college.  By this time, I was living on my own in Montreal…

Verify school supplies, pack her bag, help her get ready, ….

This sucks

Not for me…  ok, maybe a little bit for me but mostly for her, even if she doesn’t feel it.

This f***ing sucks!

So… because I don’t like being down and quite frankly don’t have time for it, I’ve been finding reasons to be happy.

My gorgeous daughter on her first day of 11th grade.

When we were ready for me to leave her at school this morning, she gave me a hug and tried to kiss me with those bright pink lips

My girl loves me and doesn’t care who’s looking.  That makes me super happy!

The school agreed to make an exception for us to drop and pick Emily off in what we feel is the safest way for her.  Most people don’t realize that she has mobility and balance issues because they see her in an environment that she knows.  Emily only uses one eye at the time, her depth perception is not there and when she doesn’t know her surroundings, she can’t tell if the ground is flat or not which makes it really dangerous for her…

Try imagining the challenges this presents!

The fact that the school understands this, makes me happy!Emily’s friend B is in 9th grade, after 6 or 7 years in different schools, they are reunited.  Today… they had lunch together 🙂  Emily who some people say is difficult to understand when she speaks and her friend B who uses sign language spent lunch “talking”

Those two are awesome and that makes me really happy too!

What else…..?

In a week, I am going to feel like a teenager again as Jon and I are going to see The Scorpions live in concert!  50th anniversary World Tour!  I don’t care how old they are, I am going to have a blast!

I finally got my dogs a new pillow and it hasn’t been destroyed yet!  Here’s to hoping the chewing is done because that would make me really happy!

Back to school

Emily is starting grade 11 on Wednesday!

I can’t believe my baby is 17 and going into grade 11…

So as of today, we need to get into our school routine and one thing we absolutely need is food!

Homemade meals for lunches and dinner.

So today, we cooked…

Before we tackled this cooking, we had to eat so hubby made us breakfast

Toast with bacon, egg, fresh tomato and avocado covered under mozzarella.  You gotta love a man who can cook!


I made one of Emily’s favorite.  Shepperd’s pie!  Only corn, no peas and carrots….  If you make yours with peas and carrots, it’s perfectly fine with me.  Should you invite me for dinner and serve Shepperd’s pie with peas and carrots, I will eat it and love it but mine is made with corn.


Last week, I discovered Shake N Bake…  How did I go 40 years without knowing I could do this with chicken is puzzling to me…  So today I made chicken fingers.  Easy to make, good on their own with dipping sauce and succulent in sandwiches.


Jonathan made his biscuits…. yummy delicious and oversize biscuit.  Good with fresh jam, nutella, peanut butter and bananas or with soup…


Speaking of soup I made a yummy Potage Parmentier.  Mine is a really simple recipe.  Leek, a little garlic, potatoes and vegetable broth.  Once it is all cooked, it goes in the blender.  No cream required!

Today we added a small amount of mushrooms because they were chopped 🙂

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I can make many yummy meatloaf but today, Jonathan decided he was making a meatloaf inspired by a recipe in his new cookbook:   The Ketogenic Cookbook

I say inspired as we didn’t have all the ingredients…

I call this, his caterpillar meatloaf…


Regardless of the look of it, it’s delicious.


I made my zucchini-banana bread loafs (minus the nuts) into muffins so Emily can take them to school!


I also have chicken salad for sandwiches, lots of veggies for crudites and dip, a variety of cheeses, some fruits and many snacks for the lunch boxes.

Oh, and I still have everything I need to make another one like this!


Today was a good day, except for the part where we hit 30 degrees celsius which is 86 degrees farenheit and we have a tiny AC unit that didn’t quite cool down the kitchen, even with a fan on…