Swimming Holes and Copperheads

One Friday a few weeks ago, Darrel woke me up with the news that he had decided we should go swimming that afternoon. This was huge! My children have never been swimming in their lives. We’ve wanted to take them, but thanks to Epsom salts, we know Zac can have FPIES … Continue reading

A New Way to Fail a Food Trial

Last time I updated, I said that we had started a green bean trial on Zac. It looked so promising that first day (after we convinced him to try one). Sadly, the green bean trial has flopped. The second day of the trial, I couldn’t get him to eat any … Continue reading

Three Years on a TED

On August 8, 2015, I celebrated three years on a TED (Total Elimination Diet). If you had told me my TED would last three years back in August of 2012, I wouldn’t have believed you. If I did finally believe you, I would have curled up in a ball and cried. Nonetheless, … Continue reading

What Every New FPIES Parent Should Know (On Our 3 Year Anniversary)

Three years ago, on August 1, 2012, while standing in the hallway of the doctors office, we received our FPIES diagnosis. Three years. It seems like an eternity and a blink simultaneously. In honor of this dubious anniversary, I’ve been re-reading the early posts I wrote about our journey. Remembering … Continue reading

SoFi.com Saved Our Bacon

I hate credit card debt. It makes my skin crawl. It makes me feel like I have a boulder sitting on my head. For a long time now, Darrel and I have been drowning in credit card debt. How could people who despise debt end up owing so much to … Continue reading

The Wonderful World of Potatos

Do you know what I dislike? Working. More specifically, working so much that I’m exhausted while AT work, and so exhausted when I get home that I’m almost comatose for two days after returning. I took my computer to work with me last week, but, thanks to insane delays on … Continue reading

Ritz Cracker Non-Reaction

Last week was brutal. I’m feeling very off my game right now, so this might not be the best writing I’ve ever done. Still, I wanted to give an update on the tomato trial, since I announced it last week. The tomato trial never happened. Zac helped us pick out tomatos … Continue reading

Blueberry Picking With Preschoolers

A few weeks ago, I went blueberry picking with my preschoolers. We had to find some organic, fresh blueberries for Zac’s planned blueberry trial, and since I couldn’t find organic blueberries last year at the Farmer’s Market, pick your own seemed the solution! Honestly, I wasn’t sure how it would … Continue reading

Super Woman Needs a Vacation

If you follow my Facebook page, you’ll know where I’ve been the last two weeks. On vacation! Sort of.  June is pretty jam-packed for our family; my birthday, Jed’s birthday, Zac’s birthday, and Father’s Day all hit at once. We have a double birthday party for the boys in June … Continue reading

Why We Decided to Homeschool Part III: Food Issues

I wish food issues played no part in our decision to homeschool. I wish food issues were a non-issue in a multitude of places, but sadly, that is not so. When you have children with food allergies, considering their safety when outside of your care is a matter of life … Continue reading