Saturday, December 20, 2014

Wordless Saturday

Saturday, August 9, 2014

My Boy Has A Lot Of Promise

My son started 5th grade 2 weeks ago. He goes to a school that has a short 6-week summer break and starts the next grade at the end of July. School is then in session for 9 weeks, followed by 3 weeks of break. We love the schedule for the most part. It's difficult in some ways now that my oldest child is in middle school and is on a traditional school calendar, but we wish that she was on the modified calendar still!

K Man has been diagnosed with dysgraphia, fine motor skill delay and short-term memory impairment. We have taken him for testing twice since 2nd grade. He tests with a high average IQ which, in Minnesota, disqualifies him for an IEP, but he still is able to have a 504 plan. (Don't know what they are? Please Google!)

We are very fortunate to have a principal that is willing to go the extra mile for the kids in his school, so he found a loophole to get K Man OT to improve his handwriting (it is better, but still hard to read) and extra help to develop his general writing skills. He's also received help with reading since 2nd grade.

The school uses a color system to level the kids for their reading skills. K Man was below grade level all of last year. Just today K Man almost tested at grade level. He was 2 vocab words away from testing AT GRADE LEVEL. This is HUGE for him and I am so proud of him. He has come a long way since 2nd grade.

I know the kid is brilliant in perhaps, non-conventional ways. He will find a niche and blow it out of the water. He continues to surprise and perplex me. I'm sure I'll never understand how his mind works. I'm excited to see his future endeavors.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Now There Are Two in Double Digits

Yes, it's true. K Man is the big 1-0. He started fifth grade on Monday, then yesterday he had his tenth birthday and it's a whole lot of growing up in two days.

 He's growing into such a handsome and smart guy. He's funny and loving (most of the time). He can also tick me off to no end, but that's not surprising considering he has two stubborn parents. Love this boy so much.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Now She is Twelve

 My beautiful first baby turned 12 on Monday. She's now 5 foot 8 inches...if I am generous with myself I am 5 foot I'm thinking she's going to be taller than I am. She outgrew the outfit I have taken photos of her in at every birthday so that tradition is, sadly, finished for her. The tree we've taken photos by for the last 12 years is not looking well. It was a very hard winter. Perhaps it will come back. Perhaps it will be another tradition that will pass us by.
 This first baby of mine is so fun to get to know. This last year has brought maturity to her, and we've gotten to be friends on a different level than before. She still thinks I suck though because I am her parent first and that's not so fun for her. She gets grumpy at me but I can still make her laugh easily.
I am so lucky to have her. I love my Miss M.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Random Thoughts Possibly #58 My Counting Sucks

  1. My kids are now almost 12 years, almost 10 years and just-turned 6 years.
  2. Miss M, my oldest, is pretty awesome. I can make her laugh these giant laughs even when she is trying to be a big grumpy butt. She also has a fabulous sense of humor and makes me laugh quite often with her intelligent wit. 
  3. K Man, despite being almost 10, remains an affectionate boy. I had worried that he would quit giving me loves by now and I am thankful he doesn't show signs of stopping.
  4. Ms. D is six and testing her independence more than I remember the other two doing, but I admit I am old and my memory is weak. This sweet, sweet, baby can be quite a sassy mouth these days. She is still choosy about which people she will talk to, but can certainly talk my ear off at home.
  5. Sometimes I feel the need to hide in my husband's and my bedroom just to hear the absence of voices and to feel no one hanging on me.
  6. Almost 12 years after having my first child, I still often can not use the bathroom in peace.
  7. Several years later, I am still only on Chapter 2 of that book I mentioned.
  8. One of my favorite things in life is making my mom laugh.
  9. I still haven't figured out what I am supposed to be when I grow up. IF I grow up.
  10. My husband got a new job at the same company and seems much happier. This makes me much happier. Less stress is always a good thing.
  11. D got her ears pierced a few days ago. She'd been asking for several weeks to have it done. She didn't even flinch at the piercings. The little girl after her said "ouch" and was visibly distressed after each ear. D has always been quite good at taking "shots."
  12. I'm disappointed in myself for failing at my attempt at weight loss with a personal trainer. I don't know what to do to reverse how fat I am. Some of my weight is because of medications. I wish I knew the secret to going back to being a normal weight.
  13. I try to ignore the number 13 as much as possible. Please to not be turning the volume to number 13.
  14. Someday I hope to be a productive member of society. I hope to be successful as a photographer, artist or writer. I will not be holding my breath.
  15. :Look at me. Look at me. I am the captain now.:
  16. "You are not alone."
  17. Inside jokes are fun.
  18. Who dat? Who dat? I.G.G.Y
  19. Don't act like it's a bad thing to fall in love with me.
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