Monday, December 29, 2014

The honest truth.

You know the saying "No news is good news." And that's the reason things on the blog have been quite quiet. I am happy to say that there isn't anything to report! 2014 has been pretty good to us. Theodore continues to thrive, and with the exception of one bloody trach incident (well 2 actually), there have been no hospital visits or illnesses worth mentioning. He is LOVING school and has a wonderful nurse to care for him there. 

And he is so smart! He is signing more and more and putting multiple signs together. For instance he'll sign "time to eat" or "all done please". He is also learning colors and animals, and really learning them! Tasting things has become quite common for him - he'll take my spoon or fork with the tiniest bit of broth or sauce on it and put it in his mouth and taste the food and, on a whole, he really likes it all. He is also starting to swallow. He's never done that before!!! He is certainly nowhere near proficient but I see him working at it and there's much much much less drool..... tmi? 

His favorite toys at the moment are the metal Hotwheel cars. He LOVES them. But they have to be metal, he doesn't want any of that plastic stuff. They'll keep him occupied for a handful of minutes. He is nearly running at times, although that usually ends in falling over. Walking up steps is becoming easier, however I still tend to have a slight freak out when I find him half way up the stairs at home because coming down has not been mastered yet.

Yeah, all in all, a pretty good year. The other kids are doing very well at school and even I have managed to somehow stay almost organized and on schedule. It's a miracle. 

Okay, so there was some stuff to report - thankfully all good stuff. The real reason I haven't written is because I haven't been able to sit down at the computer. Literally. *hides face in shame* Christmas projects, mail, things that needed to be moved to make room for Christmas things have all been piled up on my computer, my chair and all over the office in general. *whispers shamefully* I've barely been able to open the door. Don't tell my husband. But now it is time to get ahold of this mess (you can see I've already made progress since I'm actually typing something) and start fresh. 

Usually I'm ready to bid farewell to the current year and usher the new one in. However, this year has been one of small changes in the right direction and no disasters for our family personally. I can't say I'm hesitant for the new year to come; I have hope that the small changes will continue and we'll eventually find ourselves saying "Wow, when did we get here?" (in a good way) but 2014 was a blessed filled year for us in ways I could never portray. I look back on it fondly and am in no rush to rush out. 

     

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Look at him.

  
Oh look! Oh he's so sweet!


His smile is so great!


Peek-a-boo, Theodore!!



Is he sleeping with a package of wipes in his hand? Yes he is....isn't he adorable?


Isn't he just the most precious thi- NO!! No he is not. 

He is an egg breaking, stair climbing, freezer and stove opening, walking disaster.
He's been home all week thanks to a GI bug that whilst not leave.
Thankfully his mood is good; he doesn't have a fever and everything overall is going well. 
Actually, things are quite well. 
He is totally loving school and he is learning!
Really learning!
His nurse almost made me cry the other day when she was talking about some of the things he is now doing.
Let me share.

They have a bag in his class filled with a few items such as a pumpkin, a leaf, an apple.
They have corresponding posters placed around the room for each item. 
When someone pulls out one of the items the children have to find the correct poster on the wall and point to it. THEODORE IS DOING IT!!! He is purposefully looking and finding the poster to match the item in his hand. 
I AM SO PROUD.
This is seriously a huge step. 

He makes my heart so happy sometimes... you know, when I don't have to chase him down and pull the raw egg out of his hand. 
 
 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

FYI


The rest of the back to school photos are now on "The Fam" tab  if you'd like to take a peek :)

 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Conan the Barbarian.

A.k.a. Rambo the Destroyer

A.k.a. Theodore







None of these are a good thing. Okay, okay, okay, okay, okay. Yes, I know. Climbing the steps is technically a good thing but the living it out part is not going to be fun. As far as the glass...... I'm none too pleased. It's like the dog bowl situation. It doesn't matter how many times you tell him 'no' he is going to do it anyway. He broke the glass by throwing a wooden block because he. throws. EVERYTHING. 

Ugh. Both of these happened before 10am this morning. I can't wait to see what the rest of the day has in store. (Yes I can. I can definitely wait.)

Friday, August 29, 2014

New day. New year.

I woke up this morning to a call at 7:01 (Yes I was still in bed. I decided to forgo my morning run and stay in bed for an extra hour.) from one of Theodore's nurses telling me that she was in the parking lot I showed her and she didn't know where to go from there.

Uh................................................ 

You know as much as I do.

She tried several times to get me to understand, even after I told her who she was talking to, until she finally looked at her phone, realized who she called, laughed, said sorry, and hung up. 

Anyway.

We are getting ready to start school. Theodore's first day was yesterday and I think he had a good time. I'm really trying to keep my outlook up this year. It's interesting to me how much I fight homeschooling. I wouldn't want to do it any other way.... I just don't want to do it. But this year I have decided to accept my calling and get organized. I have a schedule for everything. EVERYTHING. Each child has a school schedule, we have a daily schedule, I even have lessons marked out through January so there should be little to no planning necessary, save for a few things that need to be done before a project. I think I picked out just the right curriculum for every subject and Tuesday is the big day. 










Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!