Saturday, December 29, 2018

Happy Advent-turned-Christmas!

refabulous christmas, big family, mantel with stockings
It seems like I was just about to sit down to write a quick little DIY for my super-easy Advent candles, and then *BOOM* Advent and Christmas are already over!

What just happened?!  Seriously!  Although it flew by at record speed, I hope you all had a wonderfully blessed holiday.  Here are a few highlights of our season, in Seven Quick Takes. . . .

1. Matthew's first art show. . . .

refabulous, homeschooling art show

Matthew, an aspiring artist and graphic designer, has been taking art lessons for a couple of months now.  His art instructor recently hosted an art show for all of her students, and we're already looking forward to the next one. . .

refabulous, homeschooling art show
 discussing his work

refabulous, homeschooling art show

refabulous, homeschooling art show

refabulous, homeschooling art show
 a sketch of his room.  we all agreed that it's never this clean, 
and this is an artistic interpretation.

2.  There is hope.

If any of you are migraineurs or cluster headache sufferers, then you've probably heard of the new class of drugs called CGRP inhibitors.  And if you've followed my blog for any amount of time, you know I've suffered for decades from this fresh hell.  Lately, even my trusty Topamax has failed me, and I spent over 20 days in a cluster headache in November, and kicked off December with 10 days in hellish pain.

I've been researching CGRP inhibitors, reading reviews, even joined a facebook group. . .  and finally asked my neurologist about them.  He has a handful of patients using them, and they've had stellar results.

He started me on Ajovy that very day.
I was in that 10-day cluster.

CGRP inhibitor, ajovy, migraine cluster headache, migraineur via refabulous

I woke up pain-free the next morning, which I haven't done in MONTHS.
Now, I know that I'd still be in the middle of that cluster headache, because I still had the weird symptoms that go with the headaches and migraines.  With more time on the medication, those should disappear, too.  But the pain itself has been gone ever since!  And I am so, so grateful.

I've had only one breakthrough migraine since starting this medication (from interrupted sleep,) so I took my emergency medication = gone.  That is MAJOR.

It's only been a couple of weeks since receiving my first injection, so I'll keep you posted.
But I'm hopeful.

3.  Another semester: DONE.

I finished another semester, and really enjoyed it.  I'm not sure yet what I'm doing next semester. . .  but I'm excited to move this process along!

4.  No real Christmas Eve Mass photos.

I rode home from Christmas Eve Mass with the older girls.
Big mistake.
My kids were SO excited about Christmas, that as soon as they got home from Christmas Eve Mass, they had changed into their pajamas before I had even gotten home!
So no pictures, other than these. . . .

Me, trying to annoy my kids in the backseat, on the way to Mass, with this selfie. . . .

refabulous, christmas eve mass, big family, catholic

And a photo of the back of our heads, that someone took during Mass, and posted on facebook. . . .

christmas eve mass

5.  Christmas was a blur.

A loud, amazing, lovely blur.

christmas, refabulous

christmas, refabulous

6.  Christmas dinner (rolls). . . .

adapting recipes with multiple food allergies, via refabulous

I tried my hand at some dairy-free dinner rolls (if you look closely, you can spot them in the photos above and below.)  Honestly, I wasn't sure they'd turn out, or even rise.  ha!  I used my old stand-by Better Homes and Gardens Dinner Rolls recipe, and swapped the milk for unsweetened coconut milk, and the butter for Earth Balance soy-free vegan "butter."  The only difference is that I had to let the dough rise for about half an hour longer than usual.  But it worked!  They were light, fluffy, and really good.

adapting recipes with multiple food allergies, via refabulous
like I said, Christmas was a literal blur
(sorry about the poor quality photos)

7.  Aaaaand, The SHELF. . . .

thrift store find turned coffee mug station, christmas decor via refabulous
all decked out for Christmas.

All in all, I feel incredibly blessed.
No one was sick (amazing!)  No migraine (miraculous!)  It was loud and chaotic, joyful and happy.  We had almost all of my children home for Christmas, so it was almost perfect.
I pray that you had a wonderfully blessed Christmas as well!
Talk to you soon!

*Linking up at Kelly's Seven Quick Takes on This Ain't the Lyceum.*


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