16 years!

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Somehow, this young man turned 16 years old!

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Rebecca baked Christian’s cake from scratch, and Grandma brought delicious fresh strawberries to serve with our cake and ice cream.

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Several family members joined us in wishing Christian a “happy birthday.”

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I’m sure they’ve noticed, as we have, how much Christian has matured over the past year. During his sophomore year of high school, he has been working 1 day a week (~6 hours) as a computer technician / web developer. Christian has contributed significantly to the success of the robotics team. As a black belt, he often helps teach lower-belt students in weekly martial arts class. I’m also pleased with Christian’s progress through several difficult school courses this year: Chemistry and Algebra II / Trigonometry.

We’re proud of you, son!

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Thank you, family, for joining us in celebration of Christian’s 16th year!

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cotton candy!

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Valentine’s Day can represent a challenge for those who react to artificial ingredients. Most of Walmart’s red and pink candy aisle contains petroleum-derived dyes. Unfortunately, those dyes would cause my children to alternately freak out and space out for a week or more. Ugh.

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Although local stores sell a few safe candies, NaturalCandyStore.com sells some more exciting options. This time I surprised my children with some all-natural grape cotton candy!

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Golden begged while Becca fought with the package.

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Yummmmmm.

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P.S.  Most of you have seen/heard me mention the Feingold program before. If you’re interested in reading more about our Feingold experience, you may enjoy reading this earlier blogpost, and/or click on the “Feingold” category listing in my sidebar for all related posts.

P.P.S.  If you’re drooling to buy some healthy (!?) candy, NaturalCandyStore.com kindly indicates Feingold-approved options with F1 or F2 symbols!

P.P.P.S. Please note that I receive NO compensation for this blogpost. Nor am I a medical expert. The information in this post is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. I’m just sharing what works for us 🙂