Friday, June 5, 2015

Little Happies

What's making you happy this week?  I have a few things.

1.  Apricots are in season.  They are one of my favorite fruits.  Their season doesn't seem to last long, and they taste awful out of season, so I try to maximize the month or so that they are in their prime.

2.  Finishing the Superstition Mountain trilogy with the boys.  It was fantastic.  If you have elementary school aged kids, I highly recommend it.  Mystery, adventure, treasure hunting, suspense, peril.  It has a little bit of everything!

3.  Chocolate herbal coffee.  It doesn't have the bitterness of coffee.  It's more like a tea.  But it kind of tastes like chocolate coffee.  I sampled it at the Earth Day festival in April, and promptly ordered myself a case.

 
 
4.  Watching Cort practice his breakdance moves.  I ordered him a used copy of How to Breakdance 1 and he watches it over and over and practices the moves.  It's pretty cute.
 
5.   Getting a grant to cover occupational therapy for one of my boys.  The school was providing it to work on fine motor skills for a while, but then decided there had been enough improvement that it was no longer needed.  I felt like he could use a bit more, but our insurance doesn't cover it, and at up to $200 a session it wasn't in our budget.  I applied for a medical grant through UnitedHealth for kids under 16 with private insurance that doesn't cover certain therapies.  When I got the email that we had received the grant, it brought tears of gratitude and relief to my eyes.  If you have a child that could benefit from a medical grant, you can go read about the process and qualifications HERE.  And feel free to email me directly if you have questions.
 
 
Readers, what are your little happies this week?
 
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34 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Getting the grant is wonderful news Lisa, I'm thrilled for you!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Love your happies- I have been journaling mine lately! I haven't heard of these grants- I think that is SUPER!

Slamdunk said...

Congrats on the grant Lisa--those can be very helpful to families. Breakdancing video, huh? My kids would love that. They watch all the dancing stuff on youtube already.

Out on the prairie said...

I looked at Apricots yesterday and thought pie.

Monkeywrangler said...

Great news on that grant! I hope your son continues to improve with continued therapy. I had no idea that UHC had such a program. Thanks!

Tanya Breese said...

oh i am so happy your grant came through! you'll have to video cort and his moves! the tea looks good! thanks for linking and have a great weekend!!

Sally said...

Such a huge blessing to have received the grant; United Healthcare is great insurance in so many ways. SO happy that happened!

I'm not a huge coffee drinker either, I make one cup of instant in the morning, and always half is left. Perhaps I'll try the chocolate/coffee tea; I haven't met a chocolate I didn't like. :)

Bless you all. Have a wonderful weekend.

Latane Barton said...

You go, Mom.... happy the grant went through. Our children are our most important thing in life. We need them healthy, happy and busy.

Linda E said...

I did not know about the grant either, and thankful you applied and got it. I love apricots but never think to buy them. Your dancer will be thrilled with the new video. My happies this week would seem weird to most, but to me....:-):-):-) My DIL moved all of her things; my son and grandson are on the beach at Gulfport, and Jim and I got a clean bill of health from our doc yesterday. Happy Friday!

Tom said...

Happies of all sizes are good!
#1 Apricots already? Yum!
#2 I'll have to see if my grandkids know about this. They tell me that they know everything.
#3 I'll stick with water, thank you.
#4 I'd like to see this.
#5 Aren't insurance companies just great.
Tom The Backroads Traveller

TexWisGirl said...

awesome news on the grant!! good for you for not giving up!

Linda said...

Congratulations on the grant. I'm intrigued by that coffee.

Maggid said...

thanks for showing a picture of the tea box - I'm going to find some . .

I'm thrilled you found the assistance you needed - sorry you had to scout around and grateful you are the special kind of human being . . . (you so totally rock)

Jeanne said...

Such a great practice to look at these little happies. So glad about that grant.

Marie C said...

I only eat dried apricots and we really enjoy them but I bet the fresh in season are wonderful! Love that you got that grant for your son...I'm going to check into that for our grandson and great-nephew for my daughter! Sounds like an awesome series to reads to the kids. I really enjoy reading to my grandson but he is 13 now and into a little heavier stuff, like The Maze Runner we just finished. It was a little dark for my taste. I don't get as much alone time with him as I used to though so I sense our reading time is over. :(

Really good Willy Nilly!

Karen Ann said...

My little happy is discovering that tea/coffee/chocolate on your blog! Thanks for sharing... going to see if I can find it for sale online.

Yum! And good for you, for being a great advocate for your son.

Have you read All the Light We Cannot See yet? WOW, what a great book. Unrelated..lol...


Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh Lisa I am so happy you got the grant it is a hard choice for many people. Chocolate tea sounds perfect. Break dancing oh I am sure watching him is wonderful. Hug B

Karen Ann said...

I found the tea on Amazon! $28 for 10 teabags I think. Will let you know what I think of it, looks delicious.

Rose said...

I had never heard of a medical grant, but glad you received it.

I like the photos in your banner....

Michelle said...

So glad to hear you received the grant!

Montanagirl said...

I know I would love that Chocolate Herbal Coffee! I have a lot of k-cups for my Keurig that have chocolate flavor in them. Congratulations on receiving the Medical Grant!!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Yay on the grant! I didn't know something like that existed. You are definitely a good mama bear to never give up. The tea sounds great--that's new to me too. I'm always on the lookout for a hot drink that isn't bitter.

SweetMarie said...

congrats on the grant! we're enjoying our beautiful weather here and our fruit smoothies made with our nutribullet. :)

Beth P said...

Hi Lisa, this is my first time playing in Tanya's Friday link-up party and so it's my first time visiting you. I big hello! :D The chocolate tea sounds interesting... but then how can anything with chocolate in the name be bad? LOL! Most importantly though, congratulations on no. 5 on your list. I hope it does the trick for your child!
Hugs for now,
Beth P

Enie Dub said...

I like the sound of the chocolate coffee!

Glad to hear that you were able to get the grant for therapy - that is some cost for a session :-(

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Heck, you had me charmed by the cute title;)

Lin said...

YES! So glad you got the grant. That is wonderful news!

alissa apel said...

I've been squeezing lemons in a container, and adding tea to it. It ends up tasting pretty good. That makes me happy.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

The chocolate herbal coffee sounds good. I would like it in an herbal tea.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Those are wonderful happys!!
Good job in getting the grant!!!

The chocolate coffee sounds yummy!

Your such a good mom!
love
tweedles

Ida said...

1. I'm not a fan of apricots in or out of season. Although I do like them in baked stuff.
2. Those books sound like something Coleen would enjoy. I'll see if our library has them.
3. Chocolate Coffee...hmmmm it sounds a bit odd.
4. I bet it's cute to watch him break dance.
5. That is great news.
I'm late with commenting due to company & the weekend. Here is my link: http://wishesdreamsandotherthings.blogspot.com/2015/06/friday-fun-june-5-2015.html

pattisjarrett said...

That's wonderful news about the medical grant!

Michael Manning said...

Yes, great news about the grant! I finished two books and that was satisfying to accomplish.

Ez Vina said...

I never try chocolate herba coffee before, sounds interesting. Must try if I can find one.