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Friday, January 20, 2017

Outside fun...

Why is it in the 70s in Winter!!!?














Etta is even more unique

Etta had her first dentist appointment today. She and Ben share the same caviety prone teeth. She has 4 cavities. 2 can probably be let go and 2 in some premolars may need some natural treatment. What is really unique is that she is missing two of her bottom baby teeth. Yep, totally missing. Not sure yet if she is missing any adult teeth yet. This is another reason I want her genetics looked at more closely. The neurologist called today but they need a new referral in order to get any brain imaging for her prematal brain cysts. My little elf child....



Elaina's tooth


Elaina had her dead tooth pulled today. She took a fall onto concrete years ago and after a few years the tooth gradually just died. Before it became infected we had it pulled. She sort of whistles now....

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Happy Birthday Ben

7 years!!!! This talkative boy with flaxen hair steals everyone's heart.
He never
stops talking, loves his stuffed animals, and can't seem to understand that he can't wear the same shirt to school all week. His birth was very easy and honestly he has been an easy child even though we aren't really supposed to say that. He is struggling in school a bit and we are working on getting him an IEP but he is such a special child. He is always remembered by all who meet him.




Monday, January 16, 2017

Etta's hearing test

Etta did well today but she has to go back. Their equipment wasn't working properly and she had to try the booth test but her developmental level just wasn't up to par for that. She just kept smiling. She had a lot of patience in the waiting room playing with her "Chucky" doll....










Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mistletoe

I was finally able to find a sourse of mistletoe that was easy to harvest on public land. It is always so high I got lucky. I try to collect at least one large branch each Winter.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Eliot cooking again...


Click on the link to go see the video...

Elias's bed



Evan and Eliot helped me set up Elias's bed that was generously donated to us. Jaynie is still using our other portacrib and Etta's full size crib is set up in the girl's room even though she doesn't use it much.

Of course Etta eanted to claim this bed too. Eliot added some LED lights just for show that will come down if someone sleeps there but it is pretty and Etta and Elaina had a go playing in the bed.

Thank you Evan and Eliot.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I made it out....

I was able to make it outside for a few minutes. Long enough to gaze and light one candle. My Winter Mother joined me. The moon was bright and beautiful. I just couldn't get a good picture but I couldn't miss the first full moon of the year.





Full Moon

I wanted to spend some time with the moon tonight. Maybe when all the kids are asleep I can step out for a minute at least. Elaina almost locked my keys in the car this afternoon. I really thought she did but one door was unlocked. She did it on purpose that is what is so frustrating. Yesterday at child care she screamed and misbehaved for over 2 hours just because she did not want to clean up. I was her teacher so I know the whole story. Today she was better but she lost out on a visit with Granny because of her behavior. Etta had therapy and Evan tagged along but Elaina was stuck with me. I taught in the Toddler Class today so she had a different teacher and she acted OK till we got home. This child has pushed my buttons more than even Danny during his worst Autistic fit as a toddler or Annika during night long seizures. I need to step outside and recharge....


Snow one day finding a lizard while barefoot the next

Well, there were a few days in between....

Alabama weather is so strange. Can Winter please just be here already....










Monday, January 9, 2017

Grade retention doesn't work...

I was expecting the automated call letting me know my children were not at school but I got a real phone call from Ben's teacher. She wanted to warn me that they were going to ask me to hold Ben back a year and paperwork would come home to that fact. I actually like Ben's teacher. That is really rare for me to like any of the kids' teachers. She seems to actually be trying. I quickly told her no, that retention does not statistically hold merit. Just holding a child back to repeat a grade doesn't fix any problems the child has. Ben is different. A year won't change that. I was asked if I wanted to still proceed with an IEP. I said of course. Ben needs assistance not just time. I refuse to allow him to loose a year of his life because it is the easy way out. We shall see how the second half of this year goes for him.


Always interesting to bring kids to work....
























I was pretty upset when school was delayed for 2 hours today. I don't mind bringing my kids to work at all. But, because the bus was going to be late and I work for myself I cannot afford to "just call in" or delay work. Other families depend on me to teach and care for their children. Of course I could have asked my mother to see the 2 school going kids on the bus but she already was helping with her great-granddaughter because her daycare was delayed. What upsets me is that the roads were fine. The temperature was cold but that is what coats and hats are for. There was ice and snow at my job because it was very shady in the one spot we explored. It wasn't very cold and I am sure all will melt by tomorrow. But those 2 kids have unexcused absences now. Something out of my control and they will have to pay for it.