As summer winds down for us, I am trying to tie up all of the loose ends that have been dangling down around here. I never realized how many we had!!
One thing I have notoriously avoided around here is going through my boys’ old clothes. Last Saturday, my in-laws took the boys for an overnight. While they were gone, I went through 10 years worth of boys’ clothing. I had gone through some of it in the past, but there was so much of it hoarded away. In the boys’ closets alone, I had the equivalent of 12 bins of clothes. I need help. But, after that weekend, I got it all organized, threw out the really junky items, and donated the items that were really dated or not really in style any more. I still have about 10 bins-worth of clothing. Mostly in the 3T-5 range. Yikes.
We also converted Tate’s old bedroom into a homework/study room. Since the older two boys are in bunk beds and sharing a bedroom, we had a nice big space that was becoming another “crap catcher”. So, Hubz ripped out the carpeting, installed some laminate (with the help of our brother-in-law), and then we got IKEA office furniture to make the space into a functional, organized, dedicated homework space. Everything I have read about ADHD/Executive Functioning disorders indicates that individuals who have these disorders really should have a good place where they know they can do homework and study. Done. Boo-yeah!
I confirmed that Cole was able to be switched to a morning preschool class in our school district preschool. I feel so much relief with that knowledge. Also, I cancelled his spot in the park district preschool. I know we’ll miss some of his friends, but I think this is the best place for him right now, to get him ready for kindergarten next year. (gasp!)
I got the pile of paperwork necessary for proof of residency figured out. I will go prove we live where we say we live tonight once Hubz gets home. Once I give the district 3 forms of proof, I will get teacher assignments and other random papers. Usually, we get a letter from their teachers, too. And extra supply lists.
The boys are all registered for their fall activities. We are going to be busy, as always. But they need to have some fun stuff in their lives.
I got Tate’s school schedule, so I am able to schedule ABA tutors for the next 9 months. Luckily, his classes stayed mostly the same, so we should be able to keep our same therapists on the same days, even though we are using a different provider this year. The transition to the new ABA provider starts this week. I am nervous and excited. Tate is somewhat oblivious to it..and that might be a good thing. Of course, for him, not much is changing. His therapists are remaining the same. The programs will likely change a bit, and the consultant is going to be different, but she sounds very approachable on the phone, so I think he’ll take to the switch just fine.
My presence will be somewhat spotty over the next 2 weeks….but once my boys are in school on August 26th, I’ll have weekday mornings to myself…five days a week.