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We survived Spring Break

Hello out there! It has been a while since I last wrote….I was busy surviving spring break 2013. We had a good break. It was much needed by all of us. We did have fun, and I think we all enjoyed having some time to just be. Here are a few of our highlights:

1. We survived our trip to the city! We had a great time, and the boys did surprisingly well. They loved staying at the hotel overnight. We took advantage of the hotel pool, as did about 2o other families with children, but it was fun. The kids had a great time splashing and jumping into the water. Hubz and I did realize that we need to enroll Tate in some swim lessons, because, man, he’s getting long and it’s harder and harder to hold onto him in the pool!!

2. We turned the TV off more, and played. The boys really played together this past week. I loved watching them chase and run and scream in glee. My head hurt after a while, but watching them have fun was worth it.

3. Tate engaged in some fabulous pretend play this week. Doc McStuffins and Lambie had races and went to the zoo. They cooked a meal with Tate in our play kitchen, and they performed surgery on Mario (of Super Mario Bros. fame). Tate also had trains from Chuggington that went on a field trip and went on a trip. It was glorious to watch this development.

4. Tate was reading more. It was amazing. We went out for dinner, and before I even gave him options on the kids’ menu, he pointed at the “grilled cheese” and told me that he wanted it. He also pointed to “french fries” and said he wanted those, too. He was reading signs by elevators, “open” signs on stores, and more words in his favorite books, rather than just telling the story from rote memory. Also? He wrote the words “kitchen” and “Lambie” a few times for us on his dry erase board.

5. Jake rode a bike. For real. He got on the bike, and learned how to balance, and then took off pedaling. I am glad that I had my sunglasses on, because I had tears streaming from my eyes. He is 9 1/2 years old, and after 3 years of riding around on training wheels, he finally was ready and completely self-motivated to learn how to ride his bike on his own.

6. All 3 boys entertained themselves for a few hours while Hubz and I scrubbed the house in preparation for Easter company. And the TV was off the whole time. They really can find ways to entertain themselves.

7. I took all 3 boys to Old Navy with me while I tried on a few items, and they tolerated it. We went right when they opened and it was empty. And quiet. And Jake and Tate even sat down and colored pictures while I helped Cole pick out a new spring jacket. Who are these kids? They entertain themselves?!

8. We found out my sister is expecting again, and that the boys will have another cousin. All 3 boys want to know if it’s a girl baby. (I think they have decided we have enough boys in the family now.)

9. Jake read two chapter books over break. He was able to read them and tell me what happened. He didn’t WANT to read them, but once he started, he got sucked into the stories…it was fun to watch him enjoy reading so much!!

10. Hubz and I got a date night on Saturday. It was wonderful to have dinner and spend time catching up again. It was a much needed break from “the chaos”. We are incredibly lucky that his parents are so wonderful about taking the boys for us!!

 

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Random Thoughts

In roughly an hour and a half, both of my older boys will be on Spring Break. As if on cue, the weather got rainy and gloomy. Can’t complain, though, seeing as we had 8 straight days of record temps and sunshine…

This morning’s meeting went well. Tate is doing much better at school. Academically he is hanging in there, not too far off from peers. He does best when he is with a limited number of peers. Otherwise he tells his peers to “shoo”.

We all agreed that he should remain in “instructional” first grade. The hope is to mainstream him more as the year progresses, at least into a few of the classes. Like this year, he will be mainstreamed for specials….gym, library, art & music. The upside is that as of today, it looks like his class will be located at our home school. Both kids at the same school! No special bussing! Proximity to our house! I am trying to not get my hopes up…but at the same time, I am. Fingers (and toes) are crossed!

In addition to this, I was able to schedule Jake’s neuropsych eval yesterday. Insurance is going to cover 90% of the cost of the eval!! We got him on the calendar for July 24 and 26. They will let us know if we can get in sooner, but I doubt it. The office will send rating scales to be filled out, blah, blah, blah…not our first trip to the show…we know the routine.

I am relieved…I really want a clearer picture of Jake’s issues…ADHD, processing delays, sensory processing disorder, learning disability, auditory processing disorder…etc, etc…

We are staying home for break. I am looking forward to laid back mornings with coffee, pj’s and the kids. (Of course there will be wrestling, bickering, and bargaining over tv and video games, but it will be a nice break from our usual routine.)

Tate will get used to our schedule, just in time to go back to school. *sigh* He will still have ABA, PT & speech, so he isn’t going to be completely off kilter…and yet..

Oh, and we are going to run an experiment…we are going to let Jake and Tate share a room…for the week. Tate seems to want to have someone with him when he settles into bed…so, Jake agreed to try it out. If it works, we may try it again over the summer…and if that continues to work, we just may let them share a room….

So, that’s it in a nutshell…I’ll try to steal a little time to write next week, but we’ll see if my little men will go along with my plan…

Happy Spring!

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