A to Z Challenge – Day 7 – G



This one was a surprise!  Emily sat down at the table and wrote away while I napped on the couch and try to will myself back to health.  The flu that hit Jonathan than myself has to be the strongest flu out there!  Lucky for us, we caught it early in Emily and the medication has saved her from the worst.

Emily’s love of giraffe is not new.

When Emily was 7, she wanted to move to Kenya.  She learned about Kenya in 1st grade and was fascinated by the landscape, the animals and the culture.

January 1998, we offer her the next best thing, a trip to Disney with a room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  This is 9 year old Emily looking at wild animals from our balcony.

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Following is what Emily wrote about giraffes.  I believe google helped her with this!

She told me some of the key words she wanted to write about and she wrote about them.

My big win on this post is definitely Emily’s printing!  Look at it!

When Emily was diagnosed with Cri du Chat Syndrome, we were told that she would do nothing.  Not walk, talk, recognized us or understand us.

We’ve worked with physiotherapist and occupational therapist for every milestone Emily has achieved.  We’ve learned how to work with her to help her grow and developed new skills.  Her printing above is such a big win!!!


A to Z Challenge 2016 – Lessons from my Daughter (PR) #914


Lessons from my daughter is on Facebook!

You can also find me on Twitter at @plebrass

and on Pinterest: Lessons from my Daughter

Find more about about Cri du Chat syndrome at 5p- Society

Emily has a her own page in the family stories , you can find it here: Emily


Cheese, dipping oil and strawberry shortcake

Tonight I deserved some of my favorite food!

I try not to complain about my many aches.

My body hurts, all the time but not enough to stop me from moving along and finding my happiness.

For my 40th year (this year) I decided to start taking care of myself…

The physio helped my lower back than I went to a massage therapist for my arm and when my massage therapist said she wanted a chiropractor to have a look, I followed her recommendation.

I have visited the chiropractor 3 times this week.Β  Monday, I came out of there with my left side from my ankles, to my fingers, to my ear and my head hurting.Β  I was exhausted.

On Wednesday, I was tired but managed to get some work done after my 2nd appointment

This morning I woke up with a headache but went back this afternoon for more.

I think it’s working… I am not as tired and although my head and ear still hurts, the rest of my body is feeling different.Β  Not necessarily better but definitely different.

So why my title?

After 3 visits at the chiropractor, tonight, I deserved some of my favorite food.

So tonight, we ate grapes


And a baguette, some of it sliced and some of it diced πŸ™‚


Dipping oils.Β  I don’t believe Emily ever dipped bread in oil or vinegar before but she gave it a try tonight.Β  I love this about Emily.Β  This little girl who wasn’t supposed to be able to learn to chew and swallow food on her own due to her cri du chat syndrome, eats a more diversified diet than most kids her age.

Emily will try anything and loved almost everything.

Tonight, her favorite was olive oil infused with white truffle πŸ™‚Β  Quite a strong flavor, trust me!


I prepared some cheese (Boursin, Brie, Gruyere, old cheddar and marble cheddar) and veggies than made Emily’s favorite dip.

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Many of my favorites πŸ™‚

But a food fest wouldn’t be complete without an Angel food cake.Β  Tonight, I didn’t want to bake it so I bought it already made and got some strawberries and whipped cream.

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At this point, I got my secret ingredient out.Β  The home made strawberry jam that my little brother’s mother in law made this summer….



And now to grab spoons and dig in!


What about you?Β  What is your feel better meal?