At 3:45 tomorrow afternoon, summer vacation officially begins. While I am totally excited about the prospect of not having to get up and gently encourage (yell at) my kids to get dressed, having my Celiac first grader home for the summer means no more cheating while he’s at school. I’ve got a two year old and a four year old at home with me, and although we try our hardest to show a united G-Free front when my CD child is around, we definitely “cheat” heavily when he isn’t. Which means I have to seriously think about how I am going to revise quite a few of my routines. For example…the first day of vacation is a Friday. On Fridays, we go to yoga in the mornings and then either drive through McDonald’s for happy meals or get five dollar pizza before meeting up with a group of friends for a play date. So, what to do? My G-Free child obviously can’t eat pizza and happy meals are off limits as well. I could pack lunches, but then I would have to 1) actually make three lunches and 2) listen to my kids whine about how their lunches suck in comparison to all their friends’ lunches. All of you parents out there know that younger kids aren’t exactly the most understanding…I’m pretty sure if we deviate from the standard pre-play date drive-thru routine they will declare that having their G-Free brother, Ethan, home has “ruined everything”. So after checking out G-Free Foodies Guide to Fast Food, I’m thinking I’ll either try to convince Ethan to have a salad (perhaps by bribing with ice cream). Or there’s always the Sonic drive-thru….we could get a hot dog, and just bring our own tapioca bun (we buy them from Central Market in TX – they have hamburger buns as well and they aren’t too bad). So here’s a thought….I need all of you G-Free veterans out there to give me some ideas and suggestions…..because you know what they say about raising a G-Free child…..it takes a G-Free village!
G-Free Mommy Hilary