Thursday, April 19, 2012

Last day of Second Grade

IMG_4005e1Time is passing way too quickly and I just want to stop the clock and keep my little Maisie Miao Miao my little baby girl but she’s not cooperating.  Here it is, her final day of second grade and she’s all excited and giddy already calling herself a third grader!  How is it that she’s getting older and flying through all these grades yet I haven’t aged but a few months since she was first placed in my arms  ;-)

IMG_9901e12Before I get all the questions, I’ll try and answer some.  School hasn’t officially ended, that happens in three weeks.  Today though was Maisie’s last day as she and I are heading off on a bit of an adventure so we’ll be finishing up her school work while we travel.

IMG_7281e1[2]Not only will Maisie be away from school for the next three weeks but I’ll also be away from the computer so you’ll have to come back in a few weeks to see what we were up to.  There will be a really fabu recipe posting over on Cook Lisa Cook on May 7 so please jump over there and check it out when it posts. 

IMG_2169b[3]In other news, Maisie did well with her surgery and the first day after awoke to tell me that she could breathe.  Unfortunately though each day since she has become more and more congested and has daily complained of sinus pain and headaches.  Her doctor says that it’s common to have headaches and congestion for one to two weeks after surgery but today she felt unwell enough to call me from school.  I was able to get her in to see her pediatrician who drew blood and determined that she has a viral infection, poor little girl just can’t catch a break. 

P5130035a[1]With the virus, it’s just letting things run its course and with the infection in her sinuses, she’s on day 20 of her antibiotic so ten days to go.  Hopefully by the time she finishes the antibiotic her headaches and congestion will be gone.  I really don’t want her to have to endure another more invasive surgery.  We return to the doctor on May 15 where we’ll hopefully have the culture results and more information.

First day of 5K[3]Second grade was a really good year for Maisie and she finished out the year with a fun field trip with her classmates. 

photo (7)e Tuesday the first and second graders visited the Tellus Museum.

photo (10)eThe children all gathered with their leader to hear about the program they would be attending.

photo (11)eThey didn’t get to visit most of the museum as their program was only in the Big Backyard gallery.

photo (8)eThe children got to be Jr. scientists with magnets.

photo (1)e Maisie got to partner with her favorite classmate, Sean. {said in a sweet little voice, with a flip of the hair and an eye flutter}

Maisie had a wonderful year, loved her teacher Miss. Lisa and all her classmates.  She’s going to miss her friends over the summer but will hopefully have some play dates and come August she’ll be excited to see everyone and return to school.

As I mentioned above, don’t forget to check out Cook Lisa Cook at noon on May 7 when all the Crazy Cooking Challenge participants post what they think is the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.  I’ll give you a hint on mine, it’s totally outrageous, hot, cheesy, creamy, bacony, buttery, crispy over-the-top deliciousness and there’s no way to tame it down so please check it out.  A new recipe posted today, Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars which I made for my Improv Cooking Challenge.  These bars are truly delicious and if no one said anything you’d never know that they are Maisie “safe”, gluten-free, vegan and don’t contain any processed sugar or high fructose corn syrup.  Just click on the picture to be taken to the recipe.  

Also, if you don’t want to miss any of my recipes on Cook Lisa Cook or updates about Maisie on this blog, become a follower, the links are in the side bar of each blog and you need to sign up for each blog separately.  Thanks for reading and have a great few weeks.


Other recipes posted on Cook Lisa Cook inclued: Mango Lassi, Stir-Fried Asparagus with Water Chestnuts, Ginger & Cashews, Curried Roast Chicken Pieces with Spicy Sweet Potato & Carrots, Grilled Corn & Bacon Pudding, Oriental Chicken Salad, Potato Salad with Bacon, Coffee Crusted Steak, Home Style Chicken Curry, Watermelon FrostyMango Gazpacho, Toll House Double Stuff Oreo Brownies, Long Beans with Walnuts, Blacksmith Pizza, Rhubarb Crisp, Laksa, Math Book No Bake Cookies, Aloo Gobi, Mint Lassi, Red Curry Chicken, Lamb Curry, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Baked Egg Cups Two Ways, Thai Peanut Salad, Holy Guacamole, Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, Wallaby Darned, Piggy-Out Cookies, Wicked Good New England Lobster Roll, Long Beans with Garlic, Super Simple Summer Shrimp Salsa Salad, Grandma’s Teriyaki Steak, Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho, Red Chinese Long Beans with Peppers & Red Curry, 24-Layer Crêpe Cake, Fig & Watermelon Salad, Grilled Chèvre & Fig Panini, Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad, Grilled Prawns, Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, Kicked Up Piggy-Out Cookies, Pesto Pita Pizza, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Nutella Crêpes, Mango, Lime & Chile Spiced Ice Box Pie, Roast Beef & Garlic Herb Cheese Sandwich, Layered Crespelle with Bolognese, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, Jamaican Jerk Meat Pies, Nutella No Bake Cookies, Velvety Mac & Cheese, Welsh Cakes, Tom Yam Ghoong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Lime Jewels, Southwest Pasta Salad, Walnut Roca Squares, Uncle Bubba’s Shrimp & Grits, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps, Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Copycat “KFC” Coleslaw, Happy 6th Birthday Maisie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies, Thin Mint Irish Coffee, Caramel Apples, “Rotisserie” Chicken, Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Mummy Hotdogs, Mango Upside Down Cake, Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens, Aloo Tikki, Pink Strawberry Cake Balls, Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Dumplings, Rum Cured Salmon, Apple, Cranberry & Rhubarb Crisp, Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Sour Cream, Crunchy Oat, Almond, Cashew & Pebbles Granola Bars, Texas Chicken with Lime Butter, Biscoff Fudge, Eggnog Popovers with Cranberry Butter, Creamed Corn with Cheese and Cilantro, Potato Crusted Pork Chops, Oatmeal, Cashew & Chocolate Granola Bars, Texas Chicken Sandwich, Seared Scallops with Creamy Pesto & Lemon Pepper Pasta, Thai Chicken Noodle Soup, Glazed Lemon Squares, Chang-Style Brussels Sprouts, Maisie “safe” No Bake Cookies, Ponderosa Lemon & Sour Cream Tart, Pork Dumplings with Rice Wrappers, Sweet & Spicy Apple Pork, Dark Chocolate Dipped Candied Lemon Peel, Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites, Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake, Malted Pretzel Crunch, Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing, Apple Pancakes, Baked Egg & Avocado, Health(ier) Peanut Brittle, Crab Cake Stuffed Mushrooms, Broiled Sushi, Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter, Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Slow Cooker Chicken Curry, Slimmed Down Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Baked Meatballs, Skinny Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins and Fruit, Nut & Poppy Seed Chicken Salad.



  1. Oh My Word!! Look how much Maisie has matured in just a few short months! I can't believe the difference between the first day of school picture and the last day!

    How exciting, a three week adventure! I can't wait to hear all the details! I hope you have a wonderful safe trip!!

    I'm sorry to read Maisie has a virus now on top of everything else. I sure hope it passes quickly.

    I'm going to have to try the peanust butter and jelly bars. I think Z would love them.

    I'll miss your posts. Have a wonderful three weeks!!

  2. I cannot believe how grown up your little sweetie looks in today's picture! Love the longer hair. (And your great new/moved cabinet!)

    Have an AMAZING time on your trip! always have such great trips so it will be fun to hear all about the adventures you share together!

    We'll keep praying that the doctor's get to the bottom of what is challenging Maisie's sinuses. So sorry it's taking so long for them to figure this out!

    Have a great trip friend! Enjoy, enjoy and we'll catch up when you return.

  3. Safe travels!!!

  4. Maisie does look so grown up and pretty! Lovin' her tan too. :) I hope M's congestion goes away.

    I noticed the new cabinet too! Must get over to your house soon to see it!

    You know Miss B LOVES Tellus. She could live there!

    Have a fun trip! Can't wait to hear about it!!!

  5. She sure has grown! Holy cow. I am so sad she is sick, but I really am keeping my fingers crossed that it is just the virus. Maybe when it is gone she will be a-okay!?!!!

  6. Anonymous5:35 AM

    Are you guys ok? There hasnt been a post for a while...

    1. We have been away on an adventure so posts to come, thanks for you're concern.


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