Sometimes I would just love to include my version of the House of Hope letter in our Christmas cards…but for fear of alienating our friends and family, I resist. But if I did, I think it would go something like this..
Hi everyone! We hope you are having a great holiday season. This year, we thought it would be so cute to have Tate write the letter, but seeing as how his expressive speech is delayed, we couldn’t get more than, “Ew, diapers” out of him. We tried a second time, and were promptly told to “shoo”. He is now busily vacuuming the family room while watching the kitchen fan spin on “bonky” speed. (That is middle speed for you and I.)
Jake is now in second grade. Can you believe it? Because he is shy, slightly immature, and dealing with some slow processing issues, school is not that easy. He isn’t in any gifted classes or reading above level…but he’s a happy kid who enjoys Angry Birds, Pokemon, and books about animals. We are having him evaluated by the school district to confirm our suspicion of ADHD. Between Tae Kwon Do once a week, swimming lessons, and Cub Scouts, he is pretty busy.
Tate was diagnosed with Autism this year. We saw it coming. Why else would a 5 y.o. be more interested in watching a fan spin than play with kids his age? He is a kindergartener!! I know- crazy, right? He not only goes to school, but does about 15 hours of therapy a week. Tate can print his own name, can last through a birthday party without a meltdown during “Happy Birthday”, and gives hugs and kisses without prompting!! Bonus for us is that he actually has told us he’s scared, appropriately, and he’s learning how to answer “what” and “where” questions with almost 100% accuracy. We are sooo proud of our Tater-Tot.
Cole is 2 going on 8. While we want him to be the baby for a little while longer, he is ready to rock. He is rough and tumble, loves wrestling with his brothers, and loves Mickey Mouse. His expressive and receptive speech are above average! Yay! He can run, skip, jump, and climb like a pro. He’s feeding himself with a fork, and drinks well out of a cup. He is answering questions about the stories we read with 80% accuracy. Kid is smart! He also is sport-obsessed. His favorite sport is baseball.
Hubz is working hard. He avoided more layoffs, and actually got a merit increase for the first time in 3 years!! He is still managing a few people, and he seems to be hanging in there. He has started getting more involved in Jake’s Cub Scout den, which will hopefully motivate Jake to stick with it.
I am still a SAHM…but between therapy, activities, teaching religious ed, and being a shauffer, I am rarely home. I often wonder how we get it all done.
Despite all of this, though, I am actually relatively happy. WE are relatively happy. The kids are healthy, are making progress, and we have each other. There’s something about listening to them laugh together that lets hubz and I know that they are ok. We are ok. We hope 2011 was a good year for you all, and here’s to bigger things in 2012.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and have a Blessed New Year!
Lisa & the guys