Friday, April 30, 2010

Walking Feet

My daughter has an issue with walking feet.
Apparently, she has found great joy in running in the halls of school, much to the dismay of the teachers.
She has been warned.
She has been forced to hold one of their hands as the class walked down the hall. (I was told that she did not like this one bit!).
She has lost library privileges.
And she has had multiple notes sent home from school regarding this behavior.

The funny thing is that she snitches on herself!
"Running in school today!" she tells me.
Thanks for being honest, honey.

We have had talks at home about this behavior.
We typically have pep-talks in the car on the way to school.
"You will not run in the hallways today, right Kaitlyn?" I say.
"No running!" says Kaitlyn, as she skips into school with the teacher.
And after school, it is the same ole same ole.
More running in the halls.

However, Kaitlyn LOVES rewards.
And the staff knows this!
So they have come up with a social story and reward program for her good behavior (translation: no running in the halls).
With the use of Boardmaker, they have put together a "sight word" story as seen below:

And this is what came home from school today:

Seems like this reward program is working!
(Applause!!!)

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Through a Child's Eyes

This is so cute (yet mean in a way!) that I just have to share it.

Do you know a classroom that could benefit?
Do you know a classroom that deserves it?
I sure do!
Watch this!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I Am Pouting Today


See this picture of this lady here?
She is my hero.

This.Is.Cool.
If I lived in Michigan, I (we) would be here.
If Michigan was a tad closer to me, I (we) would commute here.
If it were possible for Kaitlyn to attend this program, she would be here.

But we don't live in Michigan.
Michigan is still in the same part of the country that it was in last night when I went to bed.
Kaitlyn won't be attending.

Words and Wiggles and Krayon Kids.

Now you can see why I am pouting.

Sponsored by Nancy Kaufman and her Kaufman Children's Center, this chick and this place rocks!
I could only imagine (um, no I can't!) what it would be like to work with such and amazing lady in such an amazing environment.
To even be in the same room with her would make me giddy!

Can you just picture the leaps-and-bounds progress that could be made here!

O.M.G!

(Insert sound of air slowly and painfully leaking from my balloon here...ssssssssss)

Instead, Kaitlyn will be in the ESY (Extended School Year) program.

Don't get me wrong, THIS IS GREAT!
It is a great curriculum with great teachers and therapists.
She will be able to hold on to the current level of skills which she has.
Maybe even pick up a few more!
It is four days per week for six weeks, three hours per day.
That is seventy-two hours of instruction over the summer, and this is really good for her.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tuesday Top Ten


10. A field trip on Monday to the arboretum for Kaitlyn. With allergies.

9. A second field trip on Wednesday to the Fire Department and a special lunch outing to Pizza Hut.

8. Kaitlyn dropping the "F-bomb". Not good.

7. Andrew "bathing" in the baptismal font at Church on Saturday evening.

6. My daring, risky decision of taking both kids to Church by myself on Saturday evening, and they did so well! Whew!

5. Counting down the days until the end of the school year.

4. Planning what to do with two easily-bored kids for the 10 weeks of summer vacation.

3. A morning of jumping and playing at a BounceTown Birthday Party. And the awesome naps that followed!

2. Kaitlyn knowing that "today is gymnastics" and "today I will see Ms. Janna". Yep, today is Tuesday, Kaitlyn.

1. I love my kids!

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Not My Child Monday


Another Monday, another Not My Child Monday is here!
Sponsored by MckMama, this blog carnival was developed to not tell everyone what you, your husband, or your children are not up to these days.
So head on over to her blog here, grab a button, and start telling us what is not going on in your house.

So this week is a doozy!
For sure!
This week, my daughter did not drop the "F-bomb".
Nope!
Not my daughter.
She would never say anything like that!
She has apraxia!
She has a hard time getting her words out clearly!
But she did not have a hard time telling me this at dinner on Friday night.
And she did not proceed to pretend to not know what she just said.
No! Not my daughter.
And I did not proceed to tell her that she would be eating soap and sitting in the naughty chair for the rest of her life if I heard that word again.

And my son did not wash his hair in the Baptismal font in Church on Saturday.
No! Not my son!
He would never...errrrrrrr!

(Insert sound of screeching record here)

Wait!
That's not such a bad idea, is it?
My little boy with a temper and mean streak?
What everyone insists on calling the "Terrible Two's"?
Washing his hair in the Baptismal Font in Church?

I CALL THAT DIVINE INTERVENTION!

Maybe I should have handed him a cup and told him to drink up?
Maybe throw in a bar of soap and a washcloth and told him to go to town on an early bath?
No! Did I just say that?
Not me!
I would never think that blessed water would change my son's evil ways (AKA the Terrible Two's) and make him the altar boy that I desire him to be.
That thought would never cross my mind.
But it did.
And I did not just stand there and watch him as he kept dipping his hand in the font and wetting his hair.

OK, OK, I know.
Start praying that rosary again.
What is not going on in your house this week?

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The Perfect Cup of Coffee


For me, the perfect cup of coffee is "Boston Style": extra, extra cream.
And a lot of sugar, too.
And for me, that perfect cup of coffee can be found in many ways during my day.
Sometimes it is perfect as I drive to work at 5:40am to my other part time job (remember, coffee is a nurse's lifeline).
Sometimes, it is found at 2:00pm as Andrew sleeps and Kaitlyn is in school and I am finally able to sit down at this computer and check email, Twitter, and blog a bit.
And sometimes it is perfect when it is in the company of friends or family.

That perfect cup of coffee.

What other non-alcoholic beverage can bring people to a table for laughs, tears, and conversations?
What other liquid can you go through like water as you sit and listen to stories and re-hash memories?
What else can help you make a plan, decide on a goal, develop a mission?

That perfect cup of coffee.

Which brings me to the point of this blog entry.
Um, yes I do have a point here!
Where else can one go to share that coffee and talk about plans, goals, missions, laughs, tears, conversations, memories and so on?
And when you find a site like this one, you can't help but love it!
A place for all parents of special needs kids to come together.
Well, in a cyber-kind-of-way.

That perfect cup of coffee.

These ladies have really gone all out and developed a great site, catering to some of the most fragile out there: parents of special-needs kiddos.
Because face it, even though your family is so supportive and you have the best of friends and the greatest shoulders to lean on and cry on, they just don't get it 100%of the time.
And they aren't supposed to.
But these ladies do.
And they do it so well.

That perfect cup of coffee.

Admit it! It sucks to not be in the "normal" crowd sometimes.
Your child doesn't speak as other children do.
Your child requires braces and devices to walk.
Your child requires an aide to help them hear.
Your child needs a tube to provide their nourishment.
Your child needs a tube to breathe.
Your child has more doctors and specialists on board than the average eighty year old man.
Your child has a diagnosis list that is a mile long. Or longer.

Right now you might be nodding your head as you agree with me.
Or even shaking your head because you don't.

Which brings me back to those awesome ladies and their great website.
They have developed a wonderful way to vent and network, brag and cry, share and help.
A kind of cyber shoulder that we all need once in a while.
Check it out.
Look at their calendar of events.
Read their bios.
How I would love to sit across a table with any or all of those ladies.
With my perfect cup of coffee, Boston-style, please.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Apraxia Gifts


Googling on a cloudy, dreary Friday allowed me to stumble upon this site.

So cool.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

1.6 Percent!


Yup.
You guessed it.
Another quarterly eval from the SLP on Kaitlyn's progress with those 125 words.

1.6 percent increase in accuracy of sound production.
Can I get a "YAHOO!" out there?

YAHOO!

Thanks!

You can see from January 29, 2010's assessment entry entitled "Up and Up", that she went up by 1.6 percent.
And you can see from November 13, 2009's assessment entry entitled "8 Percent" that she went up a total of 6.3 percent.

Yet another example of how frequent, intense speech therapies help our children make progress!

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Walk This Way!


I received an email the other day that the Chicago area "Walk For Children With Apraxia Of Speech" walk will be held once again in October this year.
October 16, 2010, to be exact.

Once again, we will be there.
Walking.
Supporting our daughter with apraxia.
Supporting our son with his speech delay, not yet diagnosed as apraxia.

Once again, we will be there.
Walking.
Asking for your support to help finance and fund research.
So that other children don't have to fight to have their voices heard.

Once again, we will be there.
Walking
And we will walk every year until our kids become effective verbal communicators.

Once again, we will be there.
Walking.

Walk with us this year!
Support us!
Donate to our cause (to be posted at a later date)>

And thanks, again, for your support!



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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Car Magnets


You see them everywhere and on every car.
Cancer support.
Military support.
Animal support.

Now, apraxia support.
Click here to order yours today.

And remember...EVERY CHILD DESERVES A VOICE.


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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tuesday Top Ten


10. The look of absolute surprise on my daughter's face when I told her she was getting gymnastics lessons for the next ten weeks. Priceless.

9. Seeing her in her element in her first gymnastics class in eight months.

8. A great week of 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party! Great new blogs, great new friends!

7. A great night painting with the kids.

6. Threatening to dunk my son in the Baptismal font in Church. In front of the priest, no less.

5. Hearing two giggling voices on the phone that always brightens my day at work.

4. Two field trips in one week for my daughter.

3. Sending my daughter on one field trip. To an arboretum. When her allergies are acting up. Not good.

2. A small boy without a nap makes for a small boy who doesn't want to listen in his Monday night class. He only wants to be loud.

1. I love my kids!

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Not Me Monday!

Once again, here we are, telling everyone what we, our husbands, and our children are not doing this week.
This blog carnival is sponsored by MckMama.
Browse her blog site, grab a button, and start spillin' the beans about what is NOT going on in your house!

Hmmm?
What do I say this week?
Kaitlyn was good.
Andrew was good.

GASP!

Can you believe it?
So this "Not My Kids Monday" is actually about...me.
Yes, me!
Prepare yourself, because here goes nothing.......

I did not run into Church this weekend with two kids in tow with less than one minute to spare.
Nope! Not me!
I am always on time for Church services.
And in the process of running towards the baptismal font with two kids while trying to corral Andrew by grabbing the hood of his jacket I did not meet up with the priest who warmly greeted us, only to have me not respond that Andrew needed to BATHE in the Holy Water!

Nope! Not me!
I would never speak without a filter on my mouth in a Church and in the presence of a priest like that!
I would never cause a priests' jaw to drop like that.
Nor would I cause a priest to look at me like he thought I was crazy.
Or that I just insulted the Church and the baptismal font.
Not that I would seriously bathe any of my children in Holy Water (although the thought has crossed both my mind or my lips at one point).

Oh dear!
Please tell me that my comments are NOT my one-way ticket to hell.
Please let my kids act up next week so that I could write about them and not me again!

OK, now I have to get back to that rosary that I have been praying since my "sinful" comment.
What has NOT been going on in your house this week?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Huh?

Ever get confused with all the acronyms you are reading about on this blog?
Well, thanks to our friends at www.apraxia-kids.org, you don't have to be anymore!
Click here for a pretty concise list!

Now maybe I can type away and not have to worry about explaining?
Nah!
I'll still explain!

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sensory and Painting

Last night, I had a moment.
What in the world am I going to do with these two children this evening?!
They were bored.
Bored beyond belief!
We went through the entire arsenal of "things to do".
We played with chalk.
Did bubbles.
Flew a kite.
Colored.
Rode bikes and scooters.
Anything else I suggested just flew out the window.
Then. A light bulb.
A very bright light bulb went on.
Packed the kiddos in the car.
And off we went to do some "sensory play" at the mall.
Found a great little shop called the "Painted Penguin".
This could have had catastrophe written all over it.
Throwing two sensory kids into a room with paint.
But like it or not, they were going to paint!
And paint they did.
Two sensory kids.
Armed with paintbrushes and six different colored paints.
Kaitlyn's masterpiece!

Andrew's masterpiece!

For the next 30 minutes, two sensory kids, armed with paintbrushes went to work.
For the next 30 minutes, there was silence as they perfected their works of art.
For the next 30 minutes, not a peep, but an occasional glance at the others progress.

Isn't it strange how they "alike" they look?
Choice of colors?
Final product?
Once again, my two kids are two peas in a pod!


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Friday, April 16, 2010

Make it Work!


As you probably know by now, special needs and special education are not easy roads.
They are bumpy.
Twisty.
Turny.

But there is one thing and one thing only that is so important in making it work and work like a well-oiled machine: the teacher.
Get to know him/her.
Let them get to know you.
Form a partnership.
Get involved and stay involved in your child's eduacation.
It's a two-way street: there is a lot of give and take.

To read more about the things you can do to make this part of your life easier, click here or here!



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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round


More like the wheels in my head when I read stories like this.
This can be a touchy subject.
I know that there are many of you out there that do not have the choice and rely on the school district bus service to transport your child to and from school.
However, here is yet more information to back my decision as to why my child/children will NOT ride the bus.

Click here to read the story and things you can do to help prevent this from happening.

Let's all just do whatever we can to keep our kids, both general ed and special ed, safe!



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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Annual IFSP Meeting


OK, we Mommy Bloggers really like to party it up! Day #5 of 7 here of the 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party 2010. Click here to read my party invite, sign in on my guest list via MckLinky, and start party hopping with us!

OK, back to blogging..........


This is late, I know.
We had our annual IFSP Meeting for Andrew this past Monday morning.

Once again, a typical meeting with the typical attendants.
Me.
EI Coordinator.
SLP.
PT.
OT.
DT.

It was a basic, general, annual meeting required by the State of Illinois.
Goals were revised.
Approaches and techniques were tweaked.
Speech services will remain the same at three times per week.
Now they want to add OT once per week to fine tune some of the sensory stuff that he is showing.
Fine with me.
Oh, wait a minute!
There's probably a six month wait list for OTs in our area?
Hmmm? He ages out in five months.

Guess who won't be getting OT to fine tune some of those sensory issues they picked up.
Ugh!
Love EI, Hate EI.


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday Top Ten



Here we are, folks! Day #5 of 7 in the 2010Ultimate Blog Party sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom! And what a party it has been! Read my party invitation here, sign my guest list via MckLinky at the bottom, and join the fun!

Now, onto today's Tuesday Top Ten blog entry:

10. Continuing 3 days per week for speech therapy for Andrew in EI.

9. Adding one day per week of OT to "fine tune" some little sensory issues he has.

8. Finding out that there is probably a six month waiting list for an OT: he "ages out" in five months! Oy!

7. Andrew being put in his place by a five-inch tall dog. Oh, to see that again would make me laugh all over again.

6. Kaitlyn putting my Dad in his place and making him question his priorities: Kaitlyn or The Masters golf tourney. And Kate's eye lashes win every time!

5. A successful first week of Kaitlyn's increase in inclusion time.

4. Hearing even more words from Andrew, both imitated and spontaneous.

3. Noting the increased clarity in Kaitlyn's speech.

2. A great week on 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party since Friday.

1. Being so appreciative of intense therapy for kids!

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Not My Child Monday!


Here it is! Day #4 of 7 of the Ultimate Blog Party sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom! To see my party invite and read a little snippet about me, click here. Now, on with the blogging.......

Monday is Not Me! Monday. Sponsored by MckMama, this blog carnival allows you to tell everyone what has NOT been going on in your house, with you, your kids, or even your husband. So go to her site here, grab a button, and start spillin' the beans!

So this week, my daughter did not put my Dad (her Grandfather) in his place and make him question his priorities.
He was recording The Master's golf tourney.
Recording it because we were at his house visiting on Saturday.
And he wanted to watch it so badly.
So badly that he was pacing through the home like a caged animal.
So badly that he said to my daughter, "You're going home soon, right?"
And my daughter did not say "Not Quite!", causing the entire room to break out in laughter, silencing my Dad!

And my son, my dear son, did not get put into his place...by a dog.
A 5 inch tall yippy, yappy dog, for the record.
One that barked so loudly that it caused my son to not do his best Fred Astaire impression as he shuffled his little feet from the left, to the right, and to the left again like a cartoon character in absolute fear as he was looking for my lap to jump into.
And no, I did not laugh about it.
Not for the next fifteen minutes about it.
No, not me!
I would never laugh at my children!

Well, I giggled a lot about them and their antics this weekend!

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

/w/ Questions?


Day #3 of 7 of this awesome blog party sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom! You can still read my party invite here, and you can still sign my guest book with MckLinky at the bottom of my invitation!
So read on, and let's have a great time!
Now.....onto your regularly scheduled blog entry:

Who?
What?
Where?
When?
Why?

Of those five, Andrew uses two of them very effectively and appropriately.
And I'm lovin' it!

"What happened?"
"Where it go?"
Hmmm.

Well, that last statement doesn't belong, but it continues to be part of his daily lingo.

Like I said...lovin' it!
Go, speech, go!



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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Week #1 Of Inclusion

The party continues from April 9th-16th! Sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom, you can read my party invite here! And when you read my invite, don't forget to "link up" with MckLinky at the bottom of the invitation. Thanks!

In the meantime, the posting continues....

Kaitlyn's first week of increased inclusion time (see original post here) is done and what a week it was!
I was a little leery of the whole thing and worried that she may become nervous, intimidated, and retreat into a little shell.
Every day, I would think about her class schedules.
Every day, I would wonder (with a twinge of anxiety) how she was adjusting.
Was she enjoying herself?
Was she scared?

And then I get reports from the school such as:

*"...Kaitlyn did great in increased inclusion..."
*"...She interacted, participated, and really enjoyed herself..."
*"...I am so proud..."
*"...Kaitlyn did a great job in Mrs L's class for circle time.."
*"...minimal cues provided to maintain attention..."
*...Kaitlyn continues to do well in inclusion...she enjoyed game group and worked well..."
*"...Kaitlyn had a good day today..."
*"...did well in inclusion..."

Maybe I should relax a bit.
Exhale. NOW!
It appears as though she is enjoying her new schedule!




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Friday, April 9, 2010

It's A Party!!!!!


(cue the music.............)


"Well, my friends, the time has come.
To raise the roof and have some fun..."

I am so excited to be part of the 2010 Ultimate Blog Party,
sponsored by 5minutesformom.com!

My name is Pattie.
I have only been a "Mommy Blogger" for just over one year.
What started out as a way for me to keep friends and family posted on the happenings with our little family has turned into a lot more.
I have become an advocate and voice for the voiceless.
And I am loving every. single. moment.
My kids mean the world to me.
And given all of their struggles.
And all of their "differences" from other children,
I can honestly say with my whole heart that I would not change ONE THING ABOUT THEM!
Their "uniqueness" makes them who they are,
and I love everything about them!
Even their IEPs!!!
Now, onto the good stuff: prizes!
If (and I stress the word "if") I were chosen to pick any of the prizes here,
I would chose these (in no specific order, just numerical): #7, 11, 18, 32, and 39.
Thanks for visiting!
Don't forget to sign in under the MckLinky link below!
"...all night long, all night....."
(Yes, I love Lionel Richie music from the 80's!)







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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Got It!


Funny how these kids pick up on things, isn't it?
Sponges, I'd say they are!
Case in point:

The other day, as we were driving to Church, I hear my daughter in the back seat say "No laughing in Church!"

"You are right, Kaitlyn. No laughing in Church."

This just allowed for MORE things that one should not do in Church:
NO laughing.
NO silliness
NO crying
NO farting
NO noise

At that point, I turned around to face the two small children in the back seat, reiterating what was just discussed and clarifying that there weren't any "gray areas" or loopholes or fine print in the rules. After realizing that the two sets of wide eyes were following me, I said to Kaitlyn "So you're going to behave. Got it?"

Kaitlyn replies with an emphatic "Got it!"

Then I turn to Andrew.
The future altar boy (yea, I wish!)
And before I could even say anything to him, he belts out a fearful and traumatized "Gah-det!"

Yep, I think he's got it!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

No Cookies in Jail?


It's funny, the way your child talks with strangers in stores.
It's funnier, though, when those strangers talk back and forth with the child and understand them.
Take for example this following story that happened the week before Easter.
Let me give you the setting, then the dialogue:

I am running around, last minute as usual, looking for Easter shoes for the kids.
Andrew, who is 2.6 yrs old, wears a size 10W (W as in "wide").
Yes, the kid has a big foot.
And Kaitlyn has the foot of a ballerina.
She is a petite 10 narrow.
Just like a pair of ballerina slippers.
Not an easy task.
Luckily, the stars aligned for me as I walked into Payless Shoe Source.
I found the perfect fitting shoes for both kiddos.
Now, onto the register to check out and to where the "conversation" took place.

The store owner, who appeared to be of Indian descent and with a strong accent greeted us.
Man: "Will that be all today?"
Mom: "Yes, that's it."
Man ringing up total cost.
Kaitlyn: "No pay today."
Mom: "What?"
Kaitlyn: "No pay."
Man raises eyebrows and nicely says to my daughter...
Man: "Yes, dear, you have to pay for your shoes or you can't wear them."
Kaitlyn: "No."
Now, at this point, I am in a hurry. I don't have time to argue with a six year old about ethics and morals, and the man needed to get back to stocking his shelves.
Mom: "Kaitlyn, we had this conversation before. Do you remember what happens if you take something from a store and don't pay for it?"
Kaitlyn: "The Police come."
Mom: "Yes, the Police come. And where will the Policeman take you?"
Kaitlyn: "To jail."
Mom: "Yep, you're right. And what is a jail?"
Kaitlyn: "It is a cage."
Mom: "Do you want the Policeman to put you in a cage?"
Kaitlyn hesitates for a moment, like she was really thinking about her options here.
Kaitlyn: "Is it like Jewel?"
(Note: for those readers who don't know, Jewel is our area grocery store.)
Mom: "Nope, not like Jewel kiddo!"
Kaitlyn: "No cookies or cheese?"
(The Jewel deli and bakery counter give out complimentary cookies and slices of cheese to the kids to keep them occupied while Moms shop. Very nice of them to do, I might add!)
Man: "No, jail is not like Jewel at all."
(Was he speaking from experience??? I was in too much of a hurry to find out. Or did I really want to know the answer to that question?)
Kaitlyn: "Fine. Pay."
Mom: "Good choice."

With that, we left the store.
Oh, and I did pay for the shoes, too!

So the man behind the counter understood my daughter.
And my daughter understood the man with the strong accent.

And apparently the Department of Corrections does not supply cookies and cheese.
I learned a lot that day.


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday


10. Relishing and enjoying the three days of 80+ degrees. In March/April. In Chicago. Yes!

9. Getting the chance to color Easter eggs not once, BUT TWICE, this year with my kids.

8. Feeling the ache in my heart when my son walked down the stairs in a Chicago White Sox baseball cap. Thanks, Mark. I'll get you for that one!

7. Switching hats really quickly back to the Chicago Cubs! Yes, the kids and I bleed Cubbie blue! That makes us a 3-1 household when it comes to Chicago baseball. Who cares if we are known as the "Lovable Losers"! Go, Cubs, Go!

6. Seeing the joy on my kids faces when they opened up their Easter baskets filled with non-candy items (coloring books, crayons, bubbles, wind-up toys, flashcards, Uno game, Matchbox cars, kids travel mugs, etc...). Trust me! They will be on a sugar high when we get home on Sunday night after visiting both families.

5. The shock and horror on my face and in my mind when Kaitlyn told me AND showed me how to pee standing up! Eek!

4. Enjoying a week off with Kaitlyn on Spring Break, even if she didn't sleep in very much.

3. Finalizing the paperwork for Andrew's preschool intake in May. Wow. Preschool already!

2. Seeing Kaitlyn and Andrew dressed alike and so darned cute for Easter (pictures forthcoming soon!)

1. Celebrating the season of Easter. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


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Monday, April 5, 2010

Not My Child Monday


Surprised by all of the new words (both good and not so good) that your child is picking up lately? Appalled that your child flirts with every woman he sees in a store? Well, fear not! We have all been there, done that! This blog carnival is sponsored by MckMama. Go to her site here, grab a button, and play along! And tell us what has NOT been going on in your house this week?

So this week, my daughter did not shock me right outta my socks and inform me that she was going to try to pee standing up!
Whaaaa?
No! Not my daughter!
She is always Ms. Manners.
And she did not proceed to stand in front of the toilet and did not pretend to hold an imaginary "male part" and pee!
Aaahhhhh!
No, not my daughter!
Please, not my daughter!
Looks like there have been to many community trips to the bathroom in school lately.
Guess what shocked Mama will be emailing the teacher first thing Monday morning??
Moi!!!!!

And this week was spring break.
Typically, Spring Break = sleeping in, right?
Catching up on lost rest, right?
Refueling for the last eight weeks of school, right?
Well, not for my daughter!
She chose to be up with the birds, the sun, and the garbage truck everyday at 7:00am!
My daughter always takes advantage of a day off of school to sleep.

*sigh*

At least my son, AKA "The Slug" slept in as ordered!

So what is NOT going on in your house this week?

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

What do you get when you take two kids,
Wake them up at 7:00am,
Drive 70 miles,
Sit in Church for one hour,
Eat two (yes, TWO!) Easter meals,
Throw in a lamb cake, a chocolate bunny, two large (no XLARGE!) Easter baskets,
Add two Easter egg hunts, one indoor and one outdoor,
And many handfuls of jelly beans?

It's called the "Easter Crash"!
Note the look of fullness on their faces as their bodies mold into their carseats!

Happy Easter to all, and to all a good night!!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Medial /l/ and Legos


So what, you ask, do legos have to do with the medial /l/ sound?
A lot, if you ask me.
And thanks to some creative techniques on behalf of Kaitlyn's private SLP, she is getting better in her attempts to achieve this specific sound.
This is how it works:
1. Gather some legos.
2. Stack the legos in a step pattern.
3. Make your first step two or three legos high.
4. Make your second step four or five legos high.
6. Make your third step the exact same height as the first step.
7. Use the highest (middle) step as your enunciation step for the sound that you are working on.

So when you start to work on the sound by using the legos as a visual cue, your pointer finger would land on the highest lego step, giving both the verbal and visual cue. Therefore, the medial /l/ sound that we have been working on would go something like this:

elevator would be worked on as "el-LA-vay-tor"
celery would be "cell-LA-ree"
police car would be "po-LEECE-car"

Sounds silly, but it is working.
Eventually, you can remove the verbal cue while keeping the visual cue, and then slowly fade away the visual cue.

Whatever it takes...even if it takes Legos to do it, we'll take it!


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Friday, April 2, 2010

And In This Corner......


Welcome to the fight!
A fight to the finish!
Who will prevail?
Who will come out on top?
Who will take the title of "first to arrive"........

The Easter Bunny......

or

The Tooth Fairy.......

With the look of the bloody right central incisor today, my bet is on the Tooth Fairy.

(Although this photo is not showing the true amount of blood that my daughter seems to have around that darn tooth lately...blech!)

Which really sucks, because she is not prepared for another lost tooth!
She just got her act together for Easter baskets!


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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Hmmm?


Andrew's got a new word!
Wanna know what it is?
Hmmm?

Uses it a lot nowadays.
Hmmm.

Puts so much emotion into it.
Hmmm.

Uses it a bit too much nowadays.
Hmmm.

Have you guessed what it is yet?
Hmmm?

Mommy: "Andrew, where is your juice cup?"
Andrew: "Hmmm."

Mommy: "Andrew, do you want to play with Play-Doh now?"
Andrew: "Hmmm."

Mommy: "Andrew, let's go pick up your sister from school now. Where are your shoes?"
Andrew: "Hmmm."

Either he is pretending to be a miniature version of The Thinker, or he is just making this sound to tell me that he is acknowledging me and for me to go away and leave him alone!

Hmmm.

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