Friday, June 25, 2010

What every mom needs to hear periodically

"You are doing a good job mom!" from a stranger. I love when this happens. It happens quite often with my kiddos.

 Today because A~man got a certain amount of tokens this week ( a token system I started mainly for daycamp but also for reinforcing positive behavior at home) we went "downtown" for a soda and to play in a very cool old time arcade. (I'm dating myself...hubby and I used to play in arcades) When we were leaving the lady that was running the place came up to me and said "you are doing a good job mom!" plus a few other things that made me say thank you with a huge ole sappy grin on my face. : D

It couldn't have come at a better time as I was in tears last night. A~man stole a friends cell phone out of her purse yesterday and the little miss has been very sassy to me...but only at home. *sigh* I do my best but sometimes it gets exasperating. But to have people see that my children DO have good manners, they are not afraid to speak to adults at all...that makes it all worth while.

My two puzzle me though. At home A~man (for the most part) is respectful, helpful, cooperative, and affectionate. Z-girl? at home she can be sassy, disrespectful and She is hardly EVER  this way in public...A`man well he has most of his issues outside of the house. Go figure.

I love them so much though....I love being mama!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

appreciating the ups

Isn't that what life is about? Life would be so boring if we got everything we wanted, when we wanted it, how we wanted it. Fortunately that is NOT how God works. But it is important to sieze the good moments to give you strength during the difficult times.

It's funny...the pic of A`man on the beach examining something...I have a very similiar picture of him at 3....doing the same thing. Mr inquisitive! The last picture reminds me we forgot to take a picture of my little mermaid with a sand tail....we have done this for several years...a good excuse for a trip to Charleston later on!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bittersweet holiday...

I am very thankful I had a hardworking dad that enjoyed spending time with me. It has been 6 years. I wish he could have been able to know my children as big kids but I'm glad he met them as young children. This picture is one of my nieces, great nephew, my dad, Z~girl, and my mom. I need to scan some pictures of my dad and I. The last one is A and Z with their grandma and grandpa E.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Our trip...our adventure!

Keep in mind...if you have read my blog at all...things hardly ever go as planned. That is just how it is.

We arrived at isle of palms midday on Tuesday. It was hot. I was warned. It was hot. Where I live it was maybe in the 80's. There? it had a heat index of 112. It was like a hot moist oven. Now I remember why we normally go earlier in the year. We ate lunch, watched cartoons (a treat...we do not watch tv) and in the evening we went to a nice restaurant and then went to the pool and beach. Well Z girl went swimming. With prader-willi syndrome their body has a hard time regulating temperature. A~man got really sleepy...he slept a lot.

On Wed morning he was still very sleepy in the morning but it was much cooler...only about 90. ;) The hubby and I took turns taking Z out while A~man stayed inside. My favorite moments of the trip were Z and I riding bikes on the beach...taking breaks ever so often to go in the ocean. It was such special time just her and I. In the afternoon we went to Boone Hall Plantation . We really enjoyed this. I would like to go back when it is cooler so we could spend more time. I especially loved the Gullah presentation. That night? mmmmm crablegs!

Thursday morning we had planned to wake up and go next door for bluecrab omelates..and then go explore downtown Charleston for souviners. .mmmm....but wait what really happened? it was 8ish....the kids were starting to wake up. At 8:30 I heard ds in my suitcase but told him to go back to bed for a little bit. DD starts yelling he has something in his mouth.What? childrens tylenol. I go looking for the wrappers to figure out how many he had (turned out to be the dose for his age) when I find an empty bottle of benedryl in the trash. OH CRAP. I know there was a bit over half so we called poison control...if it would have been half a bottle the recommendation would have been to let him sleep it off. We were not sure so we packed up FAST and went to the ER. Meanwhile he keeps falling asleep. It took a bit to explain about the PWS and the autism as they were asking if A`man said WHY he took it. Everyone was so nice. It took awhile but he drank the charcoal...we had to sit for a couple hours...he was NOT happy as poison control said no food until he was seen by a dr. He is fine. I am fine...I guess. At home we keep meds locked up or out of his reach.I just figured he wouldn't get into the suitcase...or the med. Next time we will get a lock for the suitcase. MOMMY GUILT ugggg.

I do have a lot of nice pictures to share later of the funner moments. :)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Going on an adventure...

to one of my favorite southern places...well south/east. I am so excited!! Of course I need to wake up in 5 hours and I am still packing. I'm hoping to share some awesome pictures and tales of our adventures!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Here I am!!

I am still alive and well in NC!! I survived my BFF from high schools visit. Was my house perfectly clean? no. Heck I am still dealing with the fact that the drain in the master bath (we gave them our bedroom) was more plugged than I ever imagined and the "new" light hubby put in our bedroom (after putting our light bulb in ds's room the night before) was wonky. yada yada yada.  Did I enjoy the visit immensely? YES! We went camping and it was so much fun!! This is the second time our girls have met ( my dd is about 1.5yrs older) and they had a blast. Z has declared Miss O in the top 3 of her friends. (she's the only girl in the top 3...A~man is in number 1 position ;) She also has two sons H who is 3...and so funny and cute and J who is 11. J was beyond bored when we were at our house...with no TV...and A-man was getting on his nerves in a big way. But I enjoyed the visit so much! I hope we can meet up with them again soon inbetween our states.(AL/NC)

Next week I am doing our homeschooling tests. CAT tests from seton. In years past we have had a former SN's teacher do Woodcock Johnson but for this year we will do it this way. After that we will take a couple months off. Of course it won't be completely "off". For A~man I will have him work on the reading program we signed up at the library for. Our O/T is not able to work this summer but I will continue with that in "fun" ways-writing letters/postcards to family and games.

For Z~girl I just bought two cookbooks that are recipes, manners, and games from the 19th century (the time period I am a wee bit obsessed with ;) I hope to share some of it here in my blog. Tonight Z and I made chicken soup with homemade noodles. I have made chicken soup before but this time I didn't use any short cuts. (well I guess I did as I didn't pluck the chicken) Z made the noodles and also made us a salad using the lettuce we are growing. It was soooo good. I'm hoping that her and I and maybe A~man will try out a recipe a few times a week. Also I will be teaching Z how to sew with a sewing machine. (she has her own!) I have taught her some handstitches but now on to bigger things!

As far as reading for Z...we signed up for the reading program on Wed and she is already done with the requirements for all the prizes. I wonder what the librarian will say. A~man on the other hand will take the whole two months...and that is perfectly ok.

OH I'm going to add a picture. I found a distant relative on FB that has posted tons of pictures of my grandparents and great grandparents on my dads side. Most came from Dennmark. Seeing the pictures makes me even more interested in the pioneer days!! This is my great grandmother and grandfather in the late 1800's. My great grandma looks so young!