Thursday, December 31, 2009
Christmas morning, Isaac slept in until almost 8, then insisted that I open my gifts first because he was so excited about what he had bought me. Isaac was really happy with his gifts, and is still playing with most of them a week later, so that is a good sign. Todd and I didn't buy each other that much which worked out great, nothing to put away!
Christmas break has been going well too, Isaac has been finally learning to sleep in. He has been keeping himself quite busy with projects around the house. I have really enjoyed having him home again.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I have been letting Isaac open a few of his gifts this week. It has been really fun. He is at the perfect age for this. He appreciates everything so much, and it has been making my week go a lot smoother. For example, on Monday when he was nervous about his holiday program that night, I let him open a movie from his Auntie so that took his mind off of his anxiety for almost 2 hours! On Tuesday he opened the Mad Libs from me and Todd, and that was an hour or so of fun and laughing for the two of us.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Mommy and Daddy are mad.
Stacy’s gettin' nuttin' for Christmas
'Cause she ain't been nuttin' but bad.
Destroyed a brand new Christmas wreath;
Somebody snitched on her.
Tried to knock down the Christmas tree;
Somebody snitched on her.
Did a dance on Mommy’s foot;
Ate the garbage and made a mess;
Somebody snitched on her.
Oh, Stacy’s gettin' nuttin' for Christmas
Mommy and Daddy are mad.
Stacy’s gettin' nuttin' for Christmas
'Cause she ain't been nuttin' but bad.
Then Isaac had a Christmas program at the church on Sunday so that took up most of the weekend. Saturday morning was practice, and then on Sunday he had his regular church school in the morning (it was my turn to teach) and then the program in the afternoon.
Saturday morning Todd worked on the fireplace and attached all the rocks to the wall, now he just needs to grout around them and the fireplace will be done.
Sunday evening Todd had the coop board meeting at our house so we also had to clean the house and fix some goodies for that.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
One tradition that I am sure most families have is watching Christmas movies. This past weekend, Isaac asked for the "Grinch" (the animated one) so I went to the video store and rented it for us. He has been watching it every day since then. Luckily we get to keep it for a week. This movie has always been a favorite of mine too so I sat down yesterday afternoon and enjoyed it with him.
Another movie that we have enjoyed every year as a family is the Polar Express. I rented that one too and plan to have a family movie night soon.
Lastly, it doesn't feel like Christmas without Ralphie. It is a must in my world to watch "A Christmas Story" at least once during the season. Isaac hasn't shown much interest in that one yet.
So that is our family, what are your favorite Christmas movies?
Monday, December 7, 2009
On Sunday, Todd started working on the rock around the fireplace in the family room. And I wrapped some Christmas presents and decorated.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The weekend also included swimming at the motel, visiting extended family that I hadnt seen for awhile, playing board games (my son discovered Battleship and absolutely loves it). My mom and I snuck away for awhile on Friday to do some shopping, we found a couple of good deals. We also made time to go and watch New Moon. We both really enjoyed it.
We came home on Saturday, which worked out well since Todd was "bored" on Sunday so he painted the last coat of paint in the family room. So that is getting closer to done.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Because so much of their day is activities that don't involve a "take home part", I wasn't aware of some of the work that they were doing. Let me just say that I am impressed with the level of work that he has been doing.
Way to go, Isaac!! And a big Thank You to his two wonderful teachers!
Monday, November 16, 2009
"Trust does not eliminate the bad things that may happen (in life)...Trust simply finds a new outlet for anxiety and a new grounding for confidence: God. Let God worry about the worrisome details of life, most of which are out of (our) control anyway."
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I got a call this afternoon from a really crabby sounding person asking if I just called their number. I said "no". He responded with but I just got a call from this number. "No you didnt" I say. So then he tells me a number close to mine but not exactly mine, and I say "that is not my number." He says, so what is your number? I respond with "the number you just dialed and I didn't call you," and hung up.
Idiot, if you are going to cellphone rage on someone for misdialing, maybe you should dial correctly yourself!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
This last weekend went really well. As some of you know the weather was just gorgeous. I was outside barefoot on Saturday cleaning my windows. I have also been grilling a lot with the nice weather. Todd picked out some stone for his fireplace. Todd and Isaac got the laundry room primered and put back together.
Besides for the football withdrawal (the Vikings had a bye week), it was a good weekend.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday morning I met with my circle group at church. They are such a great group of ladies. I was the hostess this month so I got up early and baked some coffee cake before the meeting.
Saturday afternoon, Isaac attended an animal adventure camp at the zoo. He learned about spooky spiders and had a great time. While Isaac was there, Todd and I enjoyed a walk around the zoo. It was so nice out this weekend. And all the animals were actually awake and walking around, it was fun. Then Todd and I ran a couple of errands before going back to pick up Isaac.
Saturday night, Todd and I attended a party for some friends of ours while Isaac stayed home with a babysitter. We all had fun.
Sunday morning, Isaac and I went to church school while Todd stayed home to sleep. He was not feeling well. Sunday afternoon Todd watched the football game, while Isaac and I attended a birthday party for one of Isaac's school friends. It was a lot of fun. It was at a gymnastics place and the kids got to run around and jump on all the trampolines and such. It wore them out!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Also while there Isaac decided to pick out some paint color. Well he picked an orange that he just loves. Later at supper, we were discussing paint colors for the basement. I gently tried to tell Isaac that we may not use the color that he picked because it is up to the mom and dad to pick the color. I told him that when he got older that he and his wife could pick the colors. Todd added, "actually Isaac it is usually the girls that get to pick the colors." Of course Isaac didn't like that idea and said the he would just tell his wife "the way it goes." So I just had to ask. "really how will it go?"
Isaac then explained to me that he and his wife will have 28 rooms and they will each get to pick 14 colors. Wow that will be a big, colorful house.
While I learned a lot of strategies on how to handle my son's behavior, I felt the most important thing that I learned are easy to remember and understand definitions of SPD so that other people in my son's life can also begin to understand him and his behavior. The more people in his life that can understand him and his needs, the safer it will be for him to have his needs met.
One definition is as follows: Sensory processing disorder is when the brain mutes or magnifies sensory messages inappropriately.
Another thing that I learned that I would love everyone to know about sensational kids is that on the inside SPD causes chaos, so they really need constant on the outside.
Yesterday's conference is just one step in that understanding. I hope that all the social workers, teachers, occupational therapists, and parents that attended it will have more understanding next time they work with a sensational child.
A Thousand Splendid Suns was written by Khaled Hosseini. (He also wrote Kite Runner which was also a very good read.)
I thought this book was so good that I have in fact read it twice which is not something I do often. It is not only a heart breaking story about a couple of women and their families (the things these women have to endure are just awful), it is also full of the history of Afghanistan which I personally did not know much about. After reading this book, I have a renewed fear of the Taliban and terrorists. The power that they have had (and continue to have) in Afghanistan is terrifying.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Anyone else thinking what I am thinking? Yeah, why was the frog on my kitchen rug? Todd said that it was too dark to take a good picture outside! LOL
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
We decided to "rough it" this weekend and went non-electrical so Isaac could be closer to the playground. He really enjoyed that. And Todd and I enjoyed being able to see the playground from our campsite.
Isaac has also become quite efficient at setting up the campfire. Both nights, he got the "fires" ready so all Todd had to do was light it. He is also very interested in stars and constellations. He can identify a couple of them.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Isaac: I am a turtle, here is my shell. What are you?
Friend: I am a fox. This is my house. I am going to take a nap in my house.
Isaac, the turtle, also found a house.
Friend: I am coming out of my house now to find something to eat.
Me: What do foxes eat?
We all cracked up at that!!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Stacy has always known a lot of tricks, but it is just recently that Isaac has been able to get her to do them. Here is one of the harder ones to get her to do....I know it is hard to see Stacy by the blue chair but Isaac is putting a piece of dog food on her nose and she has to wait until he says ok to eat it.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Me: Isaac, where is your front tooth?
Isaac: what do you mean, mom?
Me: Umm, it is gone. Did you lose it at school today?
Isaac: I don't know, maybe. I think I did outside, but I was running too much to notice where it landed.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
In the meantime....
Sarah stayed home and had a crafting weekend with her mother. We had a wonderful time. It has been years since the two of us have been able to spend time together like this.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Way to go, Isaac! We are so proud of you and your hard work!
And Thank You so much to this great speech therapist and the wonderful program that she works with. Without them, Isaac would not have been able to recieve the therapy that he needed! Isaac totally loved going there, and was in tears today when he heard that he would be "done" now.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Here is mom and Isaac having some fun on the bumper cars.
Going for a swing ride...
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
In the afternoon, Isaac got some fun playing time with the neighbor. They flew kites until the kites were either tangled up or on the roof...and then headed to each of our back yards for a while and then into the neighbors house since it was getting hot out. So I got a little bit of quiet time, even though it feels odd to be able to let him just go and play in the neighborhood on his own (with a couple of rules, of course.) However, it is completely awesome to live in a neighborhood like ours.
In the evening, I had a great and much needed moms night out. We did a scavenger hunt and then had ice cream. It was a blast even though my team didn't win.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I was listening to my Blondie CD and doing the dishes, Isaac was dancing around the living room. As I was singing along with a song, it hit me...I have known the words to these songs since I was Isaac's age now. Hmmmm...
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Me: Isaac, you should wiggle that tooth. If you get it out, the tooth fairy will come and leave you money.
Isaac: Or maybe a new monster truck? (he is all into the hotwheels monster trucks)
Me: I don't think the tooth fairy drives a monster truck. Besides how would she get home, if she left her monster truck here? (Sometimes, I can't resist teasing him.)
Isaac: Mom, she doesnt have to drive it, she could just drop it off. She is too big to drive it anyway. It is just a toy.
Me: I bet she could drive it, she is small enough. I think she is the size of Tinkerbell or something.
Isaac: Really? I want to know what she looks like, show me a picture.
Me: I don't have any pictures. I haven't really seen her. I am just guessing.
Isaac: You really don't have a picture? Maybe the internet has one? I know, when I loose this tooth, I will hide and take a picture of her.
Me: I don't think she will come if you are awake, kind of like Santa Claus.
Isaac: Then I will sneak-attack her and take a picture. Or a video.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Isaac loved the Science Museum in Minneapolis. Here he is using the steam engine machine.
Sarah and Isaac in Duluth watching a 1,000 foot cargo ship head out into the lake. There is a bridge there that has to raised up to let the ship out.
Here is Isaac at the wheel of a huge ship that we took a tour of. Lots of ladder type steps on it...Isaac did fantastic.
Sarah and Isaac walking over a bridge by High Falls.
Sarah and Isaac at the top of the Split Rock Light house.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
When school was on, Tuesdays were always stay at home days. But since school got out we have only had one stay at home day! And that was 10 days ago...so when Isaac was asking for a stay at home day earlier this week, I got out the calendar and scheduled one right away! Good idea, Buddy!
I think his biggest problem may be sensory related, and I am not sure there is much he can do about it. He is trying so hard, staying focused on the teacher and practicing when it is not his turn with the teachers instead of splashing and goofing off like last year. I hope he gets passed to Level 2 next week. But just in case, I have been praising him up for his hard work and focus!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
things I am looking forward to
1. a vacation to Minnesota
2. Seeing my nephew on the above vacation
3. To be chosen by a birthmother
4. Todd finishing the family room
5. Going camping again
6. MNO next week
things that I did yesterday
1. Read books to Isaac.
2. Brought Isaac to Speech
3. Talked on the phone to my sister
4. Brought Isaac to Swimming lessons
5. Cleaned up the yard
6. Played outside in the yard
7. Read a book on the deck.
8. Planned out some of our vacation
things that I wish I could do
1. International Adoption
2. Win the lottery to fund #1
3. Get my house more organized
4. Work as a teacher again
8 shows I watch
1. Law and order
2. Law and order:SVU
3. How I met your Mother
4. Rules of engagement
5. Desperate housewives
6. The office
8. Two and 1/2 men
I know I didnt do 8 for each category, but oh well...And I am not going to tag anyone else since I dont know that many that Megan didnt already tag.
Monday, June 1, 2009
The idea was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.
First off, I did not pack only one bag of potato chips for 4 days of camping. I mean that is only 8 meals. And of course, my husband did not eat most of that before mentioned bag of chips in our first meal.
Being a super mom, I most definitely did not forget the antibacterial wipes and did not use a mushy paper towel to wipe up the skinned knees that are inevitable while camping.
Of course, I did not forget 1/2 of our blankets. And I would never dream of getting up in the middle of the night to steal a blanket from my sweet, innocent sleeping child. (Hey, if he was sleeping, he didnt need it, right?)
I definitely did not teach my son a "Dead Milkmen" song around the campfire. (If you love somebody, set them on fire...")
Of course, I would never encourage Todd and Isaac to take a tour of the nearby power plant just so I could get some uninterupted nap time.
Being married to Todd, I would never, never dream of smuggling a portable DVD player into the camper. I did not let my son watch movies.
And finally, I did not give in and let my son bring home some flies that he had caught and put in his "bug box". Yuck, flies? why couldn't they catch less dirty bugs?
Actually, when it was all done, I think the trip went very well, and we all had a great time!
Monday, May 25, 2009
By Grant Colfax Tuller
My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me,
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow,
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I, the underside.
Not ‘til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.
For the dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver's skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who choose to walk with Him.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
At the end of the show, they sang a song about being a big star now, so of course,they had their shades on.
Here is Isaac in line to get his diploma. He went across the stage too fast to get a picture of him actually getting it.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Today at the other speech therapist, she decided to retest him to check his progress. He has gone up from 51 errors to only 23! That is a jump from the 3rd percentile to the 19th percentile! Wow! Way to go, Isaac!
So we set some goals for a couple of more sounds and then maybe Isaac can be discharged from this speech therapy in the fall!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Umm, ok, just stay in the backyard....
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Thank you so much, ladies!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
He can drink out of a "glass" glass instead of a plastic one.
Write his name small "like a grown-up"
Brush his teeth all by himself.
He can listen to his mom at the zoo and not run off. (which was a very, very difficult thing at 4)
He is not too scared to go on the "spin-y" thing at the playground.
And now that he is 5, he doesnt need to run around the room and yell when mom vacuums. This is a very big thing with his sensory defensiveness. I was totally shocked by it....
I must say that Isaac has come so far in the last year. He is so much more mature and "grown up". This is not to say that the 3-year old version doesn't visit every once in awhile!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
After we had some breakfast, the boys headed out to shop for garden stuff and I went down to my craft room. Well, my boys take a long time to shop so I was able to get some scrapbook pages done, some cards cut out for Isaac to stamp, and a bracelet made before they were back again.
Then they went outside to do some gardening. I went out for a little while but the wind sent me back inside to read a book.
I feel like I have had a vacation!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Isaac wanted chocolate cupcakes. He brought some to school too.
Wooden models from Uncle Curt....