Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Giant Catch-All Post in which I madly attempt to condense 3 months into one post...

O.M.G.   I haven't written a blog post here since MAY..

Yeah, so life got a little busy..  Let's play catch up in as condensed version as I can manage.  Wish me luck...

June -

School ended which meant many things.  We had to say goodbye to Dimples' kindergarten teacher.  She was one that went above and beyond and you could tell truly cared for the kids.  The big kids said goodbye to another high school..  Most importantly - Drama Queen graduated, which meant a PARTY!  Ahh!! I have a high school graduate.  I'm clearly not old enough for this yet !

The kid cannot keep her hands off the giant tummy! :)

July - 

All of July was pretty much a blur.  I'm sure that things happened but for me, I spent the entire time on bedrest getting bigger and bigger..  And then, of course,  THIS happened.

August - 

August was a rough month for me.  The twins had been born and I spent the next two weeks basically back on bedrest recovering from the blood loss.  The week after the twins came began the great Move Out adventure.

I talked over the winter of this big opportunity that Attitude King had but never really went into detail.  I'm not sure if I didn't want to jinx him or if I didn't want to admit that he was actually going to leave home two full years ahead of schedule.  I think probably the latter.  So the big 'reveal' is that Attitude King was accepted into a residential Academy for the gifted & talented.  So he had to move two hours away and now lives there sharing a room with a roommate.  It's on a college campus and while it has it's own classes, the kids are also able to take college courses if they wish.  The academy's classes are all advanced - college level. By the time he is done with his final two years of high school, he should be able to start college as a Sophomore or Junior due to the credits ect that he will get.  Big Stuff.    I will say that when the opportunity came up, I was NOT supportive.  Daddy Chaos was the one that took him for the initial meeting to see the school and find out more.  He was the one that pushed me out of my comfort zone and reminded me that if Attitude King wanted to do this, we should be supportive and that we can't hold him back simply because we aren't ready to let him go.   Damn Daddy Chaos and his logical mind. *sigh*

So the week after the twins were born,  it was time to move Attitude King (Henceforth known as College Boy) into his new 'home'.  I think I did amazingly well with all the hormones coursing through me.   I held off until the very end before I started the water works.  Go me !

A few days later- it was time to move Drama Queen (henceforth known as College Girl) into her dorms to start her great college adventure.  She was much easier for me to let go of.  We had went to her college 3-4 times for visits, we've been talking and planning this for what seems like forever.  She is 18 and graduated from high school- it's a natural progression of things.  I've had years to prepare for his moment.  So when we parted, it wasn't with tears but pride.. My girl is going to do great things!   So what if she moved half the house in with her..

This tub is filled and Daddy is following with another cart..ha!!

A few days later, I was reminded why I had an easier time letting go of Drama Queen vs Attitude King..  DQ texts me daily - sometimes something as silly as a picture of her mini fridge after she stocked it with snacks, or the view from her room the first morning she woke up.  She TALKS to me and communicates things so I am more comfortable having her away from home.  AK, on the other hand, never texts first. He only responds if I text him and then it is normally with a one word response. "Ok."   Typical male. Not the best for Momma though.  It is like pulling nails to get any real response from him and not being able to corner him in a room and see how he is really doing, it's been a rough transition.

A mere 2 days after moving Drama Queen to college, the littles started school!  I told you that August was a rough month!!

 The annual 1st-day-of-school-couch picture is getting smaller.  Instead of cramming all 6 kids on the couch together, I ended up having to order the Big Kids to send me selfies for their first day of school. *sigh*  There might have been tears making that request.

 This year- we have a 1st grader, 3rd grader, 4th grader, 5th grader, Junior in high school & Freshman in College !!   They grow up way too fast :-(

I think that has us pretty much caught up.   School has been going well for all of the kids so far.  I think all except Dimples is enjoying it :)   Dimples, well he never really cares for school and getting into a new routine will take a little while.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

My Poor Precious Baby *Insert sarcastic voice & eye roll*

Fishing Pole is home with me from school today.  His class is heading off to a field trip where there are lots of magnets involved..  I had called the place myself to ask them if there were certain exhibits that he should stay away from due to his pacemaker.   I was given the list which I promptly sent to his teacher.    In the end, it was decided that it was too big of a responsibility for the teacher to be in charge of this ( insert eye roll). 

It was all good and fine.  Dimples had a field trip to the zoo today (which I was going along on) and Fishing Pole as given permission to attend that field trip instead. This way he still got a fun day out..  Well naturally mother nature decided to piss all over those plans.  It's a rainy day & the zoo trip is postponed until next week. 

And so this is how Fishing Pole ended up home with me for the day - apparently dying from boredom.

I have promised him that we can go out to lunch- anywhere he wants.  Naturally that is met with "Well I know you'll say no to where I want to go."..  Hmm, what part of anywhere you want does he not understand..

Still he insists on being as negative as possible about everything. There has been one rule today-  No TV (movies, netflix ect).  Apparently I have just ruined his world because now he has absolutely nothing to do.   Nothing except sit on the couch, put on his best "I'm dying here" face and give big dramatic sighs.

I have offered several options.  Go play with your micro chargers!   How about coloring? You love to color..   Go draw me a picture or write a story.  How about blocks? Build something cool with blocks.   Each suggestion is met with an eye roll.

Finally I have threatened to go print off some math work for him to do if he doesn't get off this couch and GO PLAY..    For the love of  pete !! 

Signs you know your child has too much stuff and is a bit spoiled 101.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

1, 2, 3 Strikes you're out..

I admit I'm a tiny bit of an over-protective momma..  It's in my blood.  I can't help myself. 

So when Fishing Pole (2nd grade) came home with a field trip slip to a baseball game (during school), I was leary of letting him go.  It's a bus ride about an hour away, going to be crazy busy..  The boy just had 2 surgeries a few months ago..   I have a hard time with all that he's been thru ,letting my guard down and actually trusting someone else with his care.   Eventually , Daddy Chaos & I agreed that he's old enough to speak up if he's having issues and that we should let him go. It doesn't hurt that he was recently cleared by the back dr & had a cardio appt today as well (cleared!).   So I signed the slip to let him go.  Tomorrow..

Yesterday I received a phone call from Dimple's teacher (kindergarten) that she didn't have a permission form for Dimple's to go on the baseball field trip..  Say WHAT?   Apparently K-2 are all going..  And then my peeps, I started to freak out.   No way was I letting the baby go on this field trip too.. I spent days agonizing over whether to let Fishing Pole go w/o me, sorry its simply not going to happen with the youngest.   Thankfully I mentioned it to Daddy Chaos who looked at me like I was crazy and said NO, he's not going.. lol.   

And then I sat trying to figure out how I'd keep him home w/o looking like that crazy mom who won't let her kids go anywhere with out her.  (Yes, I am that mom... but that's beside the point..).  My friend suggested I sign the slip, send it in today and then just call him in sick tomorrow for the trip.. lol.   Might have worked but I have a meeting before school tomorrow to discuss getting Autism added to his IEP and what all that entails (still makes no sense to me that  medical dx of autism isn't enough.. Stupid school systems).  So I have to be there bright and early which means I have to take all the kids with me.. ugh..

Dimples decided to solve it all for me last night when he announced his throat hurt..  Hmm, see he's getting sick, I guess he'll have to stay home.   Then he promptly puked all over my bed.  ugh.   And so he is home today with an icky tummy.  No field trip tomorrow..    Maybe I jinxed him??

Quite honestly, I don't think he would have enjoyed it. Sensory overload.  Too much noise, too many people  and distractions..   At least I'm not lying when I say he's sick now though. lol 

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