Aug 31, 2006

Meet n’ Greet

We had open house at the school tonight, I got to meet my Austin and Christopher's teachers, they seem so nice. I REALLY love Christopher's teacher's no-nonsense policy. As she said, "I have been teaching for what seems like over a hundred years and this new style praise-the-kid-for-breathing style just does NOT work... I am old school, and I teach old school. You do good, I tell you; you do bad, I tell you, punish you, call your parents, and won't take it again". And she does too! I got a call on Tuesday saying "Christopher messed up, lets work together to fix this". I love it when teachers call home. If my kid is being a turd, or a pain in the ass, let me know!

I remember in 1st grade, Austin was dealing with some heavy sh*t because of the head trips from his bio-mom and he snapped one week. He flipped off one kid, he pushed another into a bathroom, and hit a third child, all in the span of a week. He was not paying attention in class and mouthing off, and when did I get a call?? After the 5th incident, TWO WEEKS after the first problem. WTH?!? How do you expect me to fix the problem if I don't know it exists?

Austin's teacher... all I have to say is I hope he does not read my blog; he is one good looking man. Most importantly he has a great personality and really gets along great with the kids. Austin really enjoys being in his class and he is learning well. Did I mention Austin is in an all boys class?? It is so neat, the kids' test scores are higher, the classes are better behaved, and the kids excel in non-traditional subjects, i.e. the girls are getting better math scores and the boys are getting better english scores.

In other news, Amazon.com shipped my Zero 7 cd's today, good thing too because the half dozen songs I have downloaded have left me salivating and hungry for more.

Also, did I mention BOBBY IS COMING HOME TOMORROW?!?!!! Someone, please tell me how I managed to survive him being gone 6+ months a year when he was in the Army? My house is clean, all my errands are run, my bills are paid, and I don't think I have the patience to watch my two Netflix movies I have sitting here. How will I keep myself busy until 7pm?? I will have to invent messes to clean. I plan on washing diapers, and vacuuming tomorrow, but that won't take long. One of my movies has Johnny Depp in it, JOHNNY DEPP people, and I can't even get interested in it because I am so excited to see my man.

Meet n' Greet

We had open house at the school tonight, I got to meet my Austin and Christopher's teachers, they seem so nice. I REALLY love Christopher's teacher's no-nonsense policy. As she said, "I have been teaching for what seems like over a hundred years and this new style praise-the-kid-for-breathing style just does NOT work... I am old school, and I teach old school. You do good, I tell you; you do bad, I tell you, punish you, call your parents, and won't take it again". And she does too! I got a call on Tuesday saying "Christopher messed up, lets work together to fix this". I love it when teachers call home. If my kid is being a turd, or a pain in the ass, let me know!

I remember in 1st grade, Austin was dealing with some heavy sh*t because of the head trips from his bio-mom and he snapped one week. He flipped off one kid, he pushed another into a bathroom, and hit a third child, all in the span of a week. He was not paying attention in class and mouthing off, and when did I get a call?? After the 5th incident, TWO WEEKS after the first problem. WTH?!? How do you expect me to fix the problem if I don't know it exists?

Austin's teacher... all I have to say is I hope he does not read my blog; he is one good looking man. Most importantly he has a great personality and really gets along great with the kids. Austin really enjoys being in his class and he is learning well. Did I mention Austin is in an all boys class?? It is so neat, the kids' test scores are higher, the classes are better behaved, and the kids excel in non-traditional subjects, i.e. the girls are getting better math scores and the boys are getting better english scores.

In other news, Amazon.com shipped my Zero 7 cd's today, good thing too because the half dozen songs I have downloaded have left me salivating and hungry for more.

Also, did I mention BOBBY IS COMING HOME TOMORROW?!?!!! Someone, please tell me how I managed to survive him being gone 6+ months a year when he was in the Army? My house is clean, all my errands are run, my bills are paid, and I don't think I have the patience to watch my two Netflix movies I have sitting here. How will I keep myself busy until 7pm?? I will have to invent messes to clean. I plan on washing diapers, and vacuuming tomorrow, but that won't take long. One of my movies has Johnny Depp in it, JOHNNY DEPP people, and I can't even get interested in it because I am so excited to see my man.

Sign, Sign, everywhere a sign

So, we have been signing with Matthew for a few months (read: over 6 LONG months), and he is just now really getting it. At the store yesterday we were in the snack isle and he started getting excited and signing "hungry" so I asked him what he was hungry for and he starts signing "cheese" then "cracker". So we walk towards the goldfish area and he spots the Cheese-Its and starts going nuts, signing "more, more more" like a madman. So, into the cart it went. So I got to thinking this morning on the signs he knows, and he has added SO many, just this month alone.
This is him signing "milk" around 10 months. That was about all he knew. At a year old he picked up "dog" and in July started signing "more". In just August alone he has learned "banana", "cracker", "water", "hungry", "thirsty", "cereal", "cheese", "eat", and "cookie". Good thing too, because he can only speak the words "mommy", "daddy", "Austin", and "kitty".

Sign, Sign, everywhere a sign

So, we have been signing with Matthew for a few months (read: over 6 LONG months), and he is just now really getting it. At the store yesterday we were in the snack isle and he started getting excited and signing "hungry" so I asked him what he was hungry for and he starts signing "cheese" then "cracker". So we walk towards the goldfish area and he spots the Cheese-Its and starts going nuts, signing "more, more more" like a madman. So, into the cart it went. So I got to thinking this morning on the signs he knows, and he has added SO many, just this month alone.
This is him signing "milk" around 10 months. That was about all he knew. At a year old he picked up "dog" and in July started signing "more". In just August alone he has learned "banana", "cracker", "water", "hungry", "thirsty", "ceral", "cheese", "eat", and "cookie". Good thing too, because he can only speak the words "mommy", "daddy", "Austin", and "kitty".

Aug 30, 2006

At a crossroads

I probably don't need to be blogging this right now, as I am physically and mentally exhausted from all the sh*t that has happened today. I swear, I better get answers on the 18th about WHY Christopher is such a challenge. Today in the store it was opposite/argument day. I ask him to go lock my door for me (the automatic door lock has not worked for almost 6 months) and not only does he challenge my request, he ARGUES with me telling me the "better" way to do it (with the key chain) after I explain to him its broken. I had to bite my tongue to keep from saying "told you so" when I demonstrated that it DOES NOT WORK! I think I am coming down with something, I have not gotten a full nights sleep for 8 weeks since Bobby and I were together (my vacation in WA + his business trip), I did NOT need an 8 year old know it all challenging me. BTW, this is AFTER 90 minutes of him being a total brat in the store.

Ok, so with my vent out of the way.


Bobby and I have been talking of fostering a child for years now, probably close to 5 years. Reading Isaac's story puts great fear in my mind. We are finally at a place in life where we CAN foster, we have the time, the resources and the room (if we double the child up with Matthew). Well, part of me now is hesitant to let CPS into my home. I don't like the idea that somebody can come into my home any time they want to check up on the child we are caring for and judge me if I have not washed the breakfast dishes, or if I have no vacuumed the dog hair off the carpet that day. I want to help a child who needs a soft place to fall while they are transitioning through a difficult part of their life, but I refuse to sacrifice the well being of my own children to do that. If anyone out there wants to give me $26,000 so I can adopt a baby from Russia, I would gladly accept! ;)

At a crossroads

I probably don't need to be blogging this right now, as I am physically and mentally exhausted from all the sh*t that has happened today. I swear, I better get answers on the 18th about WHY Christopher is such a challenge. Today in the store it was opposite/argument day. I ask him to go lock my door for me (the automatic door lock has not worked for almost 6 months) and not only does he challenge my request, he ARGUES with me telling me the "better" way to do it (with the key chain) after I explain to him its broken. I had to bite my tongue to keep from saying "told you so" when I demonstrated that it DOES NOT WORK! I think I am coming down with something, I have not gotten a full nights sleep for 8 weeks since Bobby and I were together (my vacation in WA + his business trip), I did NOT need an 8 year old know it all challenging me. BTW, this is AFTER 90 minutes of him being a total brat in the store.

Ok, so with my vent out of the way.


Bobby and I have been talking of fostering a child for years now, probably close to 5 years. Reading Isaac's story puts great fear in my mind. We are finally at a place in life where we CAN foster, we have the time, the resources and the room (if we double the child up with Matthew). Well, part of me now is hesitant to let CPS into my home. I don't like the idea that somebody can come into my home any time they want to check up on the child we are caring for and judge me if I have not washed the breakfast dishes, or if I have no vacuumed the dog hair off the carpet that day. I want to help a child who needs a soft place to fall while they are transitioning through a difficult part of their life, but I refuse to sacrifice the well being of my own children to do that. If anyone out there wants to give me $26,000 so I can adopt a baby from Russia, I would gladly accept! ;)

Baby Isaac, may you finally find peace.

I finally went to bed last night at 4am, I was too busy reading/crying about this sweet little boy, Isaac L. The name is dear to me, my cousin has a son named Isaac F. who was adopted through the foster care system. But that is where the similarities end. The before mentioned precious child was not taken from an abusive family, but one where the family made some mistakes. The parents fixed them, but their children were still removed and their son was murdered because of the foster care system; one that was in place to protect children who are in harms way. I will not go into details, the above link has the details. My heart goes out to these parents. They lost their 9 children to the system sworn to protect them, but two of their children lost their lives unnecessarily, and suffered abuse. I have so much more to say, but I need to collect my thoughts before saying anything more, I am LIVID!

Baby Isaac, may you finally find peace.

I finally went to bed last night at 4am, I was too busy reading/crying about this sweet little boy, Isaac L. The name is dear to me, my cousin has a son named Isaac F. who was adopted through the foster care system. But that is where the similarities end. The before mentioned precious child was not taken from an abusive family, but one where the family made some mistakes. The parents fixed them, but their children were still removed and their son was murdered because of the foster care system; one that was in place to protect children who are in harms way. I will not go into details, the above link has the details. My heart goes out to these parents. They lost their 9 children to the system sworn to protect them, but two of their children lost their lives unnecessarily, and suffered abuse. I have so much more to say, but I need to collect my thoughts before saying anything more, I am LIVID!

It’s 1am, do you know where your life is?

You know, if I had a life maybe this insomnia would not be that bad. But no, here I sit, trying to make myself tired enough to STAY in bed by watching Discovery Health and listening to Zero 7. I read on the net today that Ani DiFranco is pregnant, and I am SO thrilled for her. She gave me so much inspitation for the last 10 years of my life, I love her music. Not much else going on, just finishing up email and chatting with a friend.

It's 1am, do you know where your life is?

You know, if I had a life maybe this insomnia would not be that bad. But no, here I sit, trying to make myself tired enough to STAY in bed by watching Discovery Health and listening to Zero 7. I read on the net today that Ani DiFranco is pregnant, and I am SO thrilled for her. She gave me so much inspitation for the last 10 years of my life, I love her music. Not much else going on, just finishing up email and chatting with a friend.

Aug 29, 2006

Don’t you just love kids?

So, last night I noticed Christopher's planner was on the floor on the kitchen, so I ripped off a sticky note and put it on the table where he eats breakfast in case I forgot to say anything in the morning. I also surprised the kids with a pouch of fruit snacks shaped like little smiley faces on the table with a sticky note on it that said "do all your chores and then after breakfast you can eat these". Well, last night I did not sleep until 2:45am, so this morning I said maybe a dozen words to them and headed back to bed. This morning when I woke up I came downstairs to check my email and there is a sticky note on my laptop that says "Thanks for the smiles mom. Love: Austin". What a sweetheart, I love how thoughtful he is!

Don't you just love kids?

So, last night I noticed Christopher's planner was on the floor on the kitchen, so I ripped off a sticky note and put it on the table where he eats breakfast in case I forgot to say anything in the morning. I also surprised the kids with a pouch of fruit snacks shaped like little smiley faces on the table with a sticky note on it that said "do all your chores and then after breakfast you can eat these". Well, last night I did not sleep until 2:45am, so this morning I said maybe a dozen words to them and headed back to bed. This morning when I woke up I came downstairs to check my email and there is a sticky note on my laptop that says "Thanks for the smiles mom. Love: Austin". What a sweetheart, I love how thoughtful he is!

Aug 27, 2006

Mistakes

I am so thankful for mistakes. What is first and ooops, can turn out to be in your best interest.

Today I was freaking out about HOW I was going to come up with the tuituion for my Psych 235 class that I thought started TOMORROW without dipping into credit. With the adoption and Bobby using the other card on his business trip, I was not comfortable putting more onto those cards. I was scrambling thinking HOW I could pay for the class... I was about to withdraw from the class and start it in winter term, but I knew January would not be any easier since it's right after the holiday... well, imagine my surprise today when I found I accidently enrolled in an accelerated class! I don't start until October 2nd, and finish Dec 11, instead of Aug 28-Dec 11. It will be more work in less time, but I won't get bored as easily, I HATE 4 month classes!!

Thank goodness for Oops'! I don't have to drop my class now!

Mistakes

I am so thankful for mistakes. What is first and ooops, can turn out to be in your best interest.

Today I was freaking out about HOW I was going to come up with the tuituion for my Psych 235 class that I thought started TOMORROW without dipping into credit. With the adoption and Bobby using the other card on his business trip, I was not comfortable putting more onto those cards. I was scrambling thinking HOW I could pay for the class... I was about to withdraw from the class and start it in winter term, but I knew January would not be any easier since it's right after the holiday... well, imagine my surprise today when I found I accidently enrolled in an accelerated class! I don't start until October 2nd, and finish Dec 11, instead of Aug 28-Dec 11. It will be more work in less time, but I won't get bored as easily, I HATE 4 month classes!!

Thank goodness for Oops'! I don't have to drop my class now!

Aug 26, 2006

Diaperstock 2006

Inspired from http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b311/SumnerRain/untitled3.jpg.

Matthew is teething, which means he has some nasty acid poos that just KILL his poor little bum, leaving it wide open for yeasties. To make sure his diapers were not the culprit I decided to disinfect and strip this afternoon. I washed his covers with my regular routine, then turned up the water heater and stripped with Dawn and added some Grapefruit Seed Extract to kill anything possibly growing inside them. I then rinsed with vinegar and ran a couple hot washes without soap to make sure they were not holding onto any soap.

Well, the inserts are just hemp strips, so you can be brutal on them. I decided to boil them in groups of 6 for 10 minutes to kill any bacteria, yeast, or nasties. As I started draining pulling the inserts off the stove, I noticed the water left behind smelled like pee and was getting a yellow tinge to it. I called up Bobby and asked him "if you boil vegetables and then use the left behind water, that is vegetable stock, right? And when you pull the roast out of the pan and there are juices left over, that is beef stock, right? So, when I pull the diapers out of the water and it smell and looks like piss, that is diaper stock, right??" I swear I could hear him rolling his eyes from 850 miles away. He loves me!

So, diapers are all washed and smelling fresh and in the dryer right now.. hopefully his bum will be better soon as I don't want to risk re-infection he is just going to have to STAY in 'sposies until he gets the all clear from mama.

Diaperstock 2006

Inspired from http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b311/SumnerRain/untitled3.jpg.

Matthew is teething, which means he has some nasty acid poos that just KILL his poor little bum, leaving it wide open for yeasties. To make sure his diapers were not the culprit I decided to disinfect and strip this afternoon. I washed his covers with my regular routine, then turned up the water heater and stripped with Dawn and added some Grapefruit Seed Extract to kill anything possibly growing inside them. I then rinsed with vinegar and ran a couple hot washes without soap to make sure they were not holding onto any soap.

Well, the inserts are just hemp strips, so you can be brutal on them. I decided to boil them in groups of 6 for 10 minutes to kill any bacteria, yeast, or nasties. As I started draining pulling the inserts off the stove, I noticed the water left behind smelled like pee and was getting a yellow tinge to it. I called up Bobby and asked him "if you boil vegetables and then use the left behind water, that is vegetable stock, right? And when you pull the roast out of the pan and there are juices left over, that is beef stock, right? So, when I pull the diapers out of the water and it smell and looks like piss, that is diaper stock, right??" I swear I could hear him rolling his eyes from 850 miles away. He loves me!

So, diapers are all washed and smelling fresh and in the dryer right now.. hopefully his bum will be better soon as I don't want to risk re-infection he is just going to have to STAY in 'sposies until he gets the all clear from mama.

Aug 23, 2006

The two year curse

Oh man, where to start. I had a play date this morning at the park with Matthew, it was beautiful, but HOT (95 degrees after a week of 70's). Matthew kept climbing up on the playground equipment, and then getting stuck (and then mad at me for rescuing him). While I was there Bobby kept calling because he was bored, so I just shut the ringer off. Bad idea.
As I was leaving I was checking my voicemail and 30 minutes before the school had called to tell me Austin fell on the playground at 10:30 and scraped up his face and was complaining of a headache and wanted to go home. So I drove to school to see what happened since I only got voicemail, while I was waiting on him I talked to the school counselor about the bully situation. She said she and the police officer I called on the 6th to report the assult were playing phone tag, but she IS taking care of it. Austin came in and seemed to be in a decent amount of pain so I decided to take him home, though I initially planned to give him Tylenol and tell him I will see him at 3pm.

On the drive home I asked him what happened and he said he did not remember...? Red flag. I told him to tell me what he did remember and he said he was going across the monkey bars (the correct way, not on top) and then he remembers his teacher trying to wake him. HUGE red flag. I was on the phone with Bobby who had me look at his pupils to make sure they looked ok, he told me to call the ped even though he looked OK. So I call his ped and the nurse tells me to take him to the ER. I drove to a neighbor's house to ask if she can watch Christopher after school and we go to the ER. This is going on during Matthew's nap time, so he was less than pleasant the whole time. We also have new insurance, which means a new hospital and I had no clue where anything was.

Austin gets a cat scan within an hour of getting there and around 3:30 they call him back (we got there around 12:30). They do a vision test, which is fine, but after the accident he told them he could not focus his eyes (I guess I ask the wrong questions). They said he had a mild concussion and some kind of amnesia that relates to a short time before/after the accident. I almost wonder if he passed out while on the monkey bars which caused the fall & concusion.
We got home around 4:30 and I walk into a HOT house.. We had no electricity! So now I am freaking out, I paid the electric bill yesterday but it was late (one past due and one current) so my first thought is we got shut off. So now I am checking the breaker and about to call the utility company when my cell phone battery dies! Christopher finally informs me that the school lost power this afternoon... uhg. So power FINALLY comes on at 7:30. I had forgotten I could use my corded phone in my room so we ordered pizza and called the utility company to see what was up.

I plugged in Bobby's computer I got back from best buy yesterday after it took THREE months for them to get it back to us, and the damn thing doesn't work! It beeps multiple times and does not load... so apparently to replace a keyboard for a laptop it needs formatted and they could not even re-load it like it came. TOTAL BS so I get to take it back tomorrow.

I am so tired, I want to go to bed NOW, but Matthew who napped from 4:30-7:30 is no where close to tired.

Tomorrow WILL be a better day, it HAS to be.

PS. Have I mentioned Austin had serious injuries in August '02, and '04 also?? What is it with this kid and every other August??

The two year curse

Oh man, where to start. I had a play date this morning at the park with Matthew, it was beautiful, but HOT (95 degrees after a week of 70's). Matthew kept climbing up on the playground equipment, and then getting stuck (and then mad at me for rescuing him). While I was there Bobby kept calling because he was bored, so I just shut the ringer off. Bad idea.
As I was leaving I was checking my voicemail and 30 minutes before the school had called to tell me Austin fell on the playground at 10:30 and scraped up his face and was complaining of a headache and wanted to go home. So I drove to school to see what happened since I only got voicemail, while I was waiting on him I talked to the school counselor about the bully situation. She said she and the police officer I called on the 6th to report the assult were playing phone tag, but she IS taking care of it. Austin came in and seemed to be in a decent amount of pain so I decided to take him home, though I initially planned to give him Tylenol and tell him I will see him at 3pm.

On the drive home I asked him what happened and he said he did not remember...? Red flag. I told him to tell me what he did remember and he said he was going across the monkey bars (the correct way, not on top) and then he remembers his teacher trying to wake him. HUGE red flag. I was on the phone with Bobby who had me look at his pupils to make sure they looked ok, he told me to call the ped even though he looked OK. So I call his ped and the nurse tells me to take him to the ER. I drove to a neighbor's house to ask if she can watch Christopher after school and we go to the ER. This is going on during Matthew's nap time, so he was less than pleasant the whole time. We also have new insurance, which means a new hospital and I had no clue where anything was.

Austin gets a cat scan within an hour of getting there and around 3:30 they call him back (we got there around 12:30). They do a vision test, which is fine, but after the accident he told them he could not focus his eyes (I guess I ask the wrong questions). They said he had a mild concussion and some kind of amnesia that relates to a short time before/after the accident. I almost wonder if he passed out while on the monkey bars which caused the fall & concusion.
We got home around 4:30 and I walk into a HOT house.. We had no electricity! So now I am freaking out, I paid the electric bill yesterday but it was late (one past due and one current) so my first thought is we got shut off. So now I am checking the breaker and about to call the utility company when my cell phone battery dies! Christopher finally informs me that the school lost power this afternoon... uhg. So power FINALLY comes on at 7:30. I had forgotten I could use my corded phone in my room so we ordered pizza and called the utility company to see what was up.

I plugged in Bobby's computer I got back from best buy yesterday after it took THREE months for them to get it back to us, and the damn thing doesn't work! It beeps multiple times and does not load... so apparently to replace a keyboard for a laptop it needs formatted and they could not even re-load it like it came. TOTAL BS so I get to take it back tomorrow.

I am so tired, I want to go to bed NOW, but Matthew who napped from 4:30-7:30 is no where close to tired.

Tomorrow WILL be a better day, it HAS to be.

PS. Have I mentioned Austin had serious injuries in August '02, and '04 also?? What is it with this kid and every other August??

Aug 21, 2006

With good news comes bad

Went to the attorney today and submitted the background check... they already filed without it, thinking they had all the papers, oops! The paralegal called the courts to see what the status was and left a message, so hopefully we will know some more in the next few days.

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I got a call from the school today, the counselor called the mom of the boy who was bullying Austin. The counselor had the date wrong, so the mom was super defensive saying we were lying and such because he was with her all day. The mom said that her son was too small to do anything like that. The average weight of a normal 10 yr old boy is between 60-70 lbs, Austin is the smallest boy in his grade and below the 5th percentile for weight and height (50 lbs) so that is not a far stretch by any means. The counselor is going to call back with the correct dates and the police report and hopefully after talking to the witnesses to see what the mom says THIS time about her precious baby being unable to be a bully .

PARENTS: PLEASE GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND! Any child can be a bully!! Instead of refusing to think that little Johnny or Sally is capable because they are a perfect angel who can do no wrong; listen to the facts and DEAL with it!! Please talk to your kids, do not put anything past them, and deal with the problem instead of thinking your child is too good to be bad! Austin is a GOOD boy, very good, but he has had problems in the past and we worked through it because no child is immune to having behavior problems. Ok, stepping off my soap box now.

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When I was driving to the attorney's office today I saw a man on a Honda who was trying to look cooler than what he was. He was wearing a helmet and a windbreaker that matched his motorcycle and BRIGHT white shoes (my dad calls them Honda riding boots). I giggled a bit because he was trying to look like a mean biker... Later, I saw him again in the parking lot of Safeway and it reminded me of a comment that Christopher made when he was 6.
Austin and Christopher and I were at the mall where we saw a motorcycle being given away as a prize in a drawing. Chris went up to the gas tank and read the logo, "Hon-da" he read out loud, then said to me "mom, does that Honda want to be a REAL Harley Davidson when it grows up?"
So, today at Safeway I giggle to myself and tell Matthew that when that Honda grows up, it wants to be a REAL Harley and I go on my way shopping. After shopping I was unloading my groceries and looked over and in the spot where the Honda was, and in the same spot was a Harley Davidson motorcycle! I about peed myself laughing, I guess it really DID want to grow up to be a Harley!

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We have some new baby tricks. He climbed INTO the playpen today, the pictures below were after the fact. The playpen, which was resting against the recliner had some toys in it he wanted, so he climbed onto the recliner and then lowered himself into the playpen and then threw out all the toys. Somehow it became my job to save him from the situation he got himself into. *UPDATE* I shot and added pictures of him climbing in, shown below.

Monday, August 21, 2006
Proof My Child is a Monkey, Part One and Two.




He also learned a new word. "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-tiiiiiiiiiiiiii" which is Matthewism for "Austin". He was standing at the bottom of the stairs calling for Austin to come down. Maybe we yell for the boys too much... oops! He still is not saying more than a half dozen words or coppying what we say, so I will be bringing that up at his 18 month checkup. Christopher was slow to talk too and I just got papers from the school to continue speech therapy. Both were/are tongue tied, but I am not sure how much of a role that plays in it.

With good news comes bad

Went to the attorney today and submitted the background check... they already filed without it, thinking they had all the papers, oops! The paralegal called the courts to see what the status was and left a message, so hopefully we will know some more in the next few days.

***


I got a call from the school today, the counselor called the mom of the boy who was bullying Austin. The counselor had the date wrong, so the mom was super defensive saying we were lying and such because he was with her all day. The mom said that her son was too small to do anything like that. The average weight of a normal 10 yr old boy is between 60-70 lbs, Austin is the smallest boy in his grade and below the 5th percentile for weight and height (50 lbs) so that is not a far stretch by any means. The counselor is going to call back with the correct dates and the police report and hopefully after talking to the witnesses to see what the mom says THIS time about her precious baby being unable to be a bully .

PARENTS: PLEASE GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND! Any child can be a bully!! Instead of refusing to think that little Johnny or Sally is capable because they are a perfect angel who can do no wrong; listen to the facts and DEAL with it!! Please talk to your kids, do not put anything past them, and deal with the problem instead of thinking your child is too good to be bad! Austin is a GOOD boy, very good, but he has had problems in the past and we worked through it because no child is immune to having behavior problems. Ok, stepping off my soap box now.

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When I was driving to the attorney's office today I saw a man on a Honda who was trying to look cooler than what he was. He was wearing a helmet and a windbreaker that matched his motorcycle and BRIGHT white shoes (my dad calls them Honda riding boots). I giggled a bit because he was trying to look like a mean biker... Later, I saw him again in the parking lot of Safeway and it reminded me of a comment that Christopher made when he was 6.
Austin and Christopher and I were at the mall where we saw a motorcycle being given away as a prize in a drawing. Chris went up to the gas tank and read the logo, "Hon-da" he read out loud, then said to me "mom, does that Honda want to be a REAL Harley Davidson when it grows up?"
So, today at Safeway I giggle to myself and tell Matthew that when that Honda grows up, it wants to be a REAL Harley and I go on my way shopping. After shopping I was unloading my groceries and looked over and in the spot where the Honda was, and in the same spot was a Harley Davidson motorcycle! I about peed myself laughing, I guess it really DID want to grow up to be a Harley!

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We have some new baby tricks. He climbed INTO the playpen today, the pictures below were after the fact. The playpen, which was resting against the recliner had some toys in it he wanted, so he climbed onto the recliner and then lowered himself into the playpen and then threw out all the toys. Somehow it became my job to save him from the situation he got himself into. *UPDATE* I shot and added pictures of him climbing in, shown below.

Monday, August 21, 2006
Proof My Child is a Monkey, Part One and Two.




He also learned a new word. "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-tiiiiiiiiiiiiii" which is Matthewism for "Austin". He was standing at the bottom of the stairs calling for Austin to come down. Maybe we yell for the boys too much... oops! He still is not saying more than a half dozen words or coppying what we say, so I will be bringing that up at his 18 month checkup. Christopher was slow to talk too and I just got papers from the school to continue speech therapy. Both were/are tongue tied, but I am not sure how much of a role that plays in it.

Aug 20, 2006

Baby OCD & School

I have decided Matthew has a touch of baby OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). He CANNOT walk by an open door or cupboard without closing it. This rule even applies in public; this weekend he was going nuts at the optometrist because the exam room doors were OPEN and they NEEDED to be CLOSED!

He also has learned where the trash can is and was picking up garbage off my desk piece by piece and throwing it away. He would open the cupboard under my sink, throw the trash in the garbage can, and then close the cupboard door (no way was he going to walk away with it OPEN), then repeat.

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Austin and Christopher are glad to be back in school. Austin LOVES being in a boys only class and really likes his teacher. Christopher is also liking his teacher despite Austin's insistence that she was mean...LOL Apparently 'mean' to Austin means taking away recess from kids who don't do their work.
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I also just enrolled in the local community college; I am trying to decide if I want to take Psych 235 - Human Growth and Developement, online. It's the 3rd of 6 prerequisite I need for the RN program, the last three are Anatomy & Physiology 201 & 202, as well as a Microbiology course; classes I will NOT be doing online.

Baby OCD & School

I have decided Matthew has a touch of baby OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). He CANNOT walk by an open door or cupboard without closing it. This rule even applies in public; this weekend he was going nuts at the optometrist because the exam room doors were OPEN and they NEEDED to be CLOSED!

He also has learned where the trash can is and was picking up garbage off my desk piece by piece and throwing it away. He would open the cupboard under my sink, throw the trash in the garbage can, and then close the cupboard door (no way was he going to walk away with it OPEN), then repeat.

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Austin and Christopher are glad to be back in school. Austin LOVES being in a boys only class and really likes his teacher. Christopher is also liking his teacher despite Austin's insistence that she was mean...LOL Apparently 'mean' to Austin means taking away recess from kids who don't do their work.
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I also just enrolled in the local community college; I am trying to decide if I want to take Psych 235 - Human Growth and Developement, online. It's the 3rd of 6 prerequisite I need for the RN program, the last three are Anatomy & Physiology 201 & 202, as well as a Microbiology course; classes I will NOT be doing online.

Aug 19, 2006

Background checks… check!



It's official! I am not a hardened criminal and I have the documents to prove it! So this is it, all my paperwork is done and will be turned into the attorney on Monday! Hopefully he will file it promptly and we will get a court date soon! I don't know how long it will take to:
A) be notified of our court date and
B) how long of backlog there is and how soon they can get us in.


I will update as soon as I know more!

Background checks... check!



It's official! I am not a hardened criminal and I have the documents to prove it! So this is it, all my paperwork is done and will be turned into the attorney on Monday! Hopefully he will file it promptly and we will get a court date soon! I don't know how long it will take to:
A) be notified of our court date and
B) how long of backlog there is and how soon they can get us in.


I will update as soon as I know more!

Happy Anniversary to http://sumnerrain.blogspot.com!

Happy Anniversary to http://sumnerrain.blogspot.com!