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Loose Ends

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.


I haven’t written in a week. Nothing incredibly major has been going on, but I just haven’t found, nay, made the time to write. I feel pulled in several directions these days, and getting my thoughts down on “paper” has been pushed down the priority ladder. I miss writing. It helps me process everything that goes on in our lives.

Last week Jake had his MAP testing. Forgive me as I cannot recall what MAP stands for, but the kids take the tests in math and reading three times a year–once in fall, once in winter and once in spring. Jake’s reading test was last Wednesday. He went up 14 points since last spring. That is huge. The average is 8-10. He is making gains!

We had Open House at the boys’ elementary school on Thursday. Tate was incredibly excited to go this year, which is new because in the past he could barely make it through the doors of the school. This year he came in with us, and practically ran down the hall towards their classrooms. We went to Jake’s classroom first. Jake was excitedly showing us his state poster project, and his writing samples. (We need to work on punctuation. Oy vey!) We also talked to his teacher, and she was praising his independence as of late, as well as his progress over the year! Tate kept pushing us to be done so that he could go to his classroom 3 doors down the hall. We finished up with Jake’s room after about 10 minutes.

We made our way to Tate’s classroom. His teacher and favorite aide were there. He got all excited and started to do his “white man” dance in the hall. He totally, without a doubt, inherited Hubz’s moves. As he was dancing, we all entered the classroom..except Tate. That was just a bit too weird…I mean, going into his classroom at night?! What was wrong with us?! Hubz went outside into the hall to try to encourage Tate as I looked through his work. He really had some impressive pieces to show off that night! I loved that his teacher had a slideshow of the year so far. The kids are obviously enjoying their teacher, aides and each other.

We tried to engage Tate to come into the classroom via a video on the iPad. It was a video that his class had made about One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. (Hence the soliloquy about it the prior week when he wasn’t feeling well.) He was game until he saw a little kid in the hall beeline for Tate’s locker. The younger child (preschool-age) opened Tate’s locker and started opening and shutting the door repeatedly. We lost Tate. That was NOT in the plan. It was HIS locker. He kept standing guard at his locker and would not come into the room. Every time he’d get close, I swear that preschooler was watching, because that preschooler would make another beeline for Tate’s locker.

In addition to these activities, I got suckered into helping with a few PTO committees. As with most schools, the same 20 people volunteer all the time. Last week I was concurrently running a spring fundraiser, helped out with the school book fair, and helped organize 2 classrooms for Teacher Appreciation Week. Oh, and Tate’s ABA team had a team meeting, and I was given a couple of action items for that, as well.

Additionally, we had some lovely weather last week. After an incredibly cold and wet spring, we had 3 back-to-back days above 70 degrees (two were in the 80’s!!) and were sunny. I had the kids out and about so we could enjoy it all.

Hopefully I can better juggle the craziness that is the end of the school year and also manage to write more in my blog over the next few weeks. There is a lot going on….so I will definitely try!

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