Month: August 2008

Lots to update on

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So lots has happened since the last time I posted.  On Aug 18th Craig and I had a lovely visit with a psychologist at the Children’s with Special Health Care Needs Clinic.  He was a very nice man and we got some questions answered about Craig’s increasingly interesting problems.  Craig was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the appointment (just like I have been suspecting the problem was since about April).  What is Asperger’s Syndrome you may ask??  It is an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Follow this link for more information (this is one of the websites I like the best) http://www.aspergersyndrome.org/ .  Now we can continue trying to get the evaluation process started with Craig’s school district so that he can have a more successful transition into school.  We have met with Craig’s kindergarten teacher twice now and are excited to have her as Craig’s teacher.  She seems very informed and willing to work with us so that Craig can be successful in her class.  His kindergarten evaluation already shows that he is behind most of the children coming into his class this year so she is in the process of trying to get the school district to give her all the needed papers for a special ed referral so that we can get Craig the appropriate resources to deal with his Asperger’s Syndrome and help him catch back up.  She is have the same difficultly I did over the summer even getting the forms to start filling out from the district office but we are loving her willingness to work with us already.  If only that would begin to carry over the school district office. 

On August 19th we tackled the scary task of staring at our first non family member run daycare.  Craig did wonderfully and Callie has been having some slight transition issues.  (Who new?!?  I thought it was going to be the opposite given Craig’s problems with new things/situations.)  Craig already has a new four year old friend (a boy who likes Star Wars too).  They have been having all sorts of fun together.  There are several girls Callie’s age that love princess stuff too and they are all tackling potty training together.  Callie has fun after the first five minutes but has taken to crying for the first few minutes when we get there.  She has started doing this anytime I leave her so it is nothing personal about Beth and Carmen (our new daycare ladies).  They both tell me that she starts to have fun about five minutes into the day and is generally good for them.

Craig also had his birthday and tells me “You were right Mommy.  I am five years old now.”  I guess he did not believe me the first part of the day on his birthday or something.  He got some great presents and had a fabulous day.  Thanks to everyone that got him things.  Here is a pic of Craig and Rob doing Craig’s new “big kid size Lego’s” together.  Daddy is excited about the upgrade to the smaller size Lego’s now that Craig is getting a little older.  I am not sure which one is having more fun playing Lego’s each night. 

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We also did a round with the stomach flu the last two weeks.  Callie had is for three days last week and Craig woke up this morning with it.  Hopefully he recovers more quickly then Callie because he starts his first official day of kindergarten on Wednesday. 

Rob is starting to make some good progress on the deck as well.  Yeah for Rob.

Happy Birthday to me…

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So I am the proud new owner of pink kitty princess PJ pants and a pink and black tinker bell shirt thanks to the fashion styling of my two year old.  I know you are all out there just waiting for me to post a picture to confirm how fabulous I look at this very moment (yes, I had to wear them to bed tonight so as not to offend) but let me just say… never going to happen.  Callie took me shopping this morning for new clothes and we picked out some cute ones that I will be wearing in public as well as my favorite new pajamas.  Craig also went shopping with me later to get some ice-cream for the celebration and he had to get me so PJs as well (can’t be out done by the little sister) so now I have a pair of mickey mouse PJs as well.  I am set for a while in the sleepwear department.  Craig (with Daddy’s wallet and driving skills of course) took me out to a shrimp lunch.  Craig has been looking forward to that one for over a week now.  We went to Joe’s Crab Shack and had buckets full of shrimp.  Very yummy.  The kids loved it and Craig quite possibly ate more shrimp then both Rob and I did.  Callie, of course, opted for the chicken nuggets because she thinks shrimp are nasty.

Rob has been making progress (not as fast as he would like) on the new deck as well.  It should look good once he is done sometime in the hopefully near future.  It remains to be seen if we will get some BBQ time in on the new deck before it is too cold outside to do so but Rob remains optimistic that we can finish it this year.

Yeah, Yeah, I know I am a slacker with the posting stuff

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So we made it through the hell that was July.  Always my favorite time of year.  This particular July not only was there lots of mandatory overtime for Jessi (usual work-a-holic schedule for Rob), but a  new system at work to enter things into (full of unplanned for bugs and problems–maybe I would be more patient for things like that if I was not married to Rob and know the lack of testing/forethought that was used here), a family emergency (glad Brandon’s recovery is progressing), and a nice little search for new daycare thrown in for good measure (yeah for Jeanne going to Texas, Dallas Mission in September).  I am not entirely sure why I am not completely crazy right now.

So we think we found our new daycare providers today.  They are two sisters that run an in-home daycare together about 6-7 minutes drive from our house.  Craig and Callie both liked them and we are going to see how it goes starting August 19th.  (I think my kids are close to causing Jeanne to have a breakdown since Callie has a monster-sized two-year-old attitude right now.  Thank you Jasmine for all the lessons Callie has learned.  I think the student has surpassed the teacher now so we can quit while we are behind.) 

The kids had some fun times with various swimming parties at Uncle Scott and Uncle Clint’s houses, lots of play time with Kaitlyn (Callie’s new favorite person in the universe) and Iron-man Ben Wochnick (can you hear the power in Craig’s voice while he says it ?!?), some short trips the park for my sanity (breaks for overtime done at my home office), some fun movies Craig and Callie worked hard to earn (both kids liked Space Chimps more the Wall-E go figure), and way more happy meals then I usually let them have in the eleven other months of the year.

I did manage to read Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer on August 3-4 and loved that.  Nice way to get back some of my sanity once July was over.   So that is basically the reader’s digest version of our July.  I will try to post more pics of the kids soon.