Monthly Archives: April 2012

Happy Friday!!

It’s finally Friday!!  Can I hear a WOOT, WOOT!!  Actually the week went really fast and I am happy that work is officially done until Monday.  Why oh why can I not win Lotto Max or something???  I want Freedom 42 people!  I guess if I want even a chance of winning it might help to buy a ticket?

I am happy to report that Andrew had an AWESOME day yesterday.  He performed in his school concert, not once, but twice.  Both times he was great, sang both songs, sat quietly while others from his class were doing their speaking parts.  It was all about spring and he made a terrific butterfly!  Charley was in the show too, but wasn’t in the evening performance that I saw L (but Amy got to see her in the morning –morning Kindy classes did the day show, afternoon classes did the evening).  The concert itself was great and the highlight was another special needs student…his class was doing a spring “fashion” show on stage and when it was his turn he was dancing, and singing and hamming it up for the audience.  He was enjoying himself so much, and soaking up the applause, that he wouldn’t come off the stage.  His ERF had to come get him and the audience clapped even harder. 

We have a fairly busy weekend ahead.  Here’s what’s on the to-do list so far:

  • Bowling tonight (3rd last week, *sniff*)
  • Grocery shopping
  • Weekend to End Cancer Crop (1 to midnight tomorrow)
  • Visit to the consignment store (owner is interested in my hats)
  • Visit out to see my cousin
  • Shopping for Aaron’s 7th birthday on Thursday

I honestly don’t think I am going to be able to fit it all in! 

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

This and that…

First off…big shout out of thanks to all the commenters on my last post.  I felt the love!  Amy and I have both been stressed out big time over this, so just getting it out felt better.  I reached out to someone that I know has a lot of knowledge and Amy and I are going to visit her soon. Hopefully she can help us get a handle on what is bothering the poor boy.  These outbursts  are his way of saying “hey!! there’s something wrong in my world here!”.  

I have been making more hats too!  A consignment store here in my area has asked me to bring some of my work in…might be able to put a few items in her store.  I will let you know how that turns out.  This is perhaps my favourite hat so far.   I made a couple, one for a girl and one for a boy and I am so lucky to have some beautiful models to show them off on.  This pattern is courtesy of Playin’ Hooky Designs.  I am thinking of selling these for about $15 to $20.

Side view

This weekend Amy and I are attending a charity scrapbook event.  12 straight hours of scrapping to our hearts content.  Amy has been busy getting our photos ready.  We are really excited and the money is going to the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.

Tonight we’re off to Beavers…it’s Pirate Night…ARRRGGGHHH!!  Have a good one!

Sigh…

Things have been rough around here.

As most of you know, my 8-year-old, Andrew, is on the autism spectrum.  Life on the spectrum has it’s ups and downs, but right now we’re having some very serious downs. 

Andrew’s behaviours are getting a little out of control, lots of outbursts, lots of self-injurious behaviour, negative self talk (I hate myself, no one likes me, I’m stupid, etc).  He’s charged at other students, tried to hit them and his TA.  He hits himself, a lot.  It’s not fun. 

Most of all, all I can think about is how hard it must be for him to not be able to communicate how he’s feeling.  Andrew can talk, in fact, he’s pretty articulate, but he has real trouble figuring out exactly what emotion he’s feeling and more trouble putting that into words.  When he gets this way, I want to pull him close and hug him until he feels better.

Today I got hauled into the principals office with the Principal, VP, Andrew’s TA and Andrew.  We chatted about his behaviour and Mr. F. tried to get him to understand the “ripple effect” that his behaviour has on others.  Not sure if he got through.  Andrew doesn’t have a lot of empathy…he’s fairly self-absorbed (which is in total contrast to my other kid on the spectrum, who has empathy running out his pores, lol).  They tried some different strategies and helped him identify when his anxiety is rising, and he had a better day at school.  Unfortunately he has had a tumultuous afternoon here at home.  I am at a loss at what to do.  We’re starting some positive affirmations, working on his PACE  (positive, active, clear, energetic) activities, but I am not sure if that is going to help.  I am looking into other things that we can do to help him.

Sorry for the whining…I am just feeling stressed out lately because of all this.  It’s written all over my face in a rosacea outbreak.  I don’t normally post about the negative of autism, because well, we are inundated with the negative from the media, etc.   I like to shed more positivity, but today…

Today, I just needed to vent. 

Thanks for listening.

Hodgepodge…

Catch up post!!  So many things going on!

First, I would like to direct you over to Carla’s blog for a great charity giveaway.  For every $5 you donate to her two chosen charities, you will be entered in a chance to win this lovely bag, handmade by Carla herself!  Click on the pic and it will take you to Carla’s blog.

Amy and I spent last weekend with all our girlfriends up in Muskoka.  What an amazing time, as usual, and we’re already looking forward to going again.  The girls surprised me with a belated birthday celebration…very sweet.   Amy and I were doing dishes and they girls started acting oddly (well, more oddly than usual).  After I dried the last dish, I was led over to a lovely red velvet cheesecake and a few gifts!  I am truly blessed.

I have also been busy making hats.  I am going to rent a table at a couple of craft shows in the fall, I think.  Excuse the fuzzy pictures…sometimes Meri is not the best model cause she’s ALWAYS moving.  Click on the picture for a bigger size photo.

I get a lot of my hat patterns from Playin’ Hooky Designs

It’s been a busy week.  Both Andrew and Allen are attending ABA social skills classes.  Allen’s are Monday nights, Andrew’s are Wednesday mornings.  Then of course we have all our other curriculars (swimming, Beavers, Scouts).  On Friday, the big boys are out at an “environmental camp” with their Scout troop.  They will be learning about birds, trees, and wildlife and they are super excited.

Off to take the little boys to Beavers!!

Sunday Night Chit-Chat

It’s that time again!!

Charlotte with her bounty!!

Reading?

Still reading “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”

Watching?

The Masters Golf Tournament.  We had it on while my parents were here for dinner (they are avid golfers).  Bubba Watson just won the tournament in a playoff.

Listening to?

Meri whining about something, Austan starting the dinner dishes.

Cooking/Baking?

I baked sugar cookies this afternoon, made a big Prime Rib dinner with all the fixings!  We had my parents over and they brought wine, which I am enjoying as I type.

Happy you accomplished this week?

Got through Easter weekend and did a TON of stuff.  I feel like I accomplished way more than I usually do.  I made 3 more hats to sell in the fall at a craft fair I might be renting a table at.

Looking forward to next week?

My yearly getaway with my girlfriends!!! So excited to go away.  We let loose with no husband, no kids and just relax…oh yeah, and drink like fishes!

Thankful for today?

That we got one year of the company of our dear hamster, Lucy.  She brought the kids a lot of joy.  Sadly, when we went to clean her cage today, Shane found her curled up and in full rigor-mortis.  She died in her sleep some time this morning.  Aaron was inconsolable for quite some time…poor little guy.  It’s really the first time he’s had to deal with death (well, 2nd, but when Daisy died, he was really little and didn’t understand).  Shane dug a 2 foot hole in the front garden and we prepared a little coffin out of a cardboard box.  We buried her and each of the kids took turns putting some dirt in the hole.  Sigh…hard day for them and us.

On a happier note, I hope everyone else had a lovely Easter, however you celebrate it.  Please go and see what everyone else is chatting about at My 1/2 Dozen Daily

Happy Easter!

Joyeuses Pâques

Frohe Ostern

Buona Pasqua

Feliz Páscoa

I hope everyone is having a lovely day!  I got almost everything done on my list for the weekend and of course I have added a few more things.  I baked my braided Easter bread last night and it turned out fairly good (although, I need a bit of help on joining the ring)

The kids had a blast this morning with their baskets and the egg hunt.  They got way too much candy and junk of course!  They also got some spring toys and something to wear.

We had a last minute menu change yesterday.  We found hams at Metro, but we also found Prime Rib on sale for $3.98 a pound!  We got a lovely 8.5 lb roast for just over $30.00 (prime rib is usually anywhere from 7.99 to 9.99 a pound, so it was a great deal).  So I am making that, yorkshire pudding, gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower.

We’ll be decorating eggs soon and I was able to bake the sugar cookies, so tomorrow while the kids are off school, Amy will decorate them with the kids.

I am exhausted and haven’t had a ton of sleep.  I am hoping to catch a quick nap before I have to start prepping for dinner. 

I hope everyone has a joyous and blessed day!

Long Weekend Plans…

 

We don’t practise any particular organized religion here, but we do celebrate Christian holidays.  We talk about what Good Friday and Easter are all about and why we observe the holiday.  On Sunday we’ll have an easter egg hunt, see what the big white bunny brought, decorate eggs and then we have a big dinner.  My menu plans consist of Ham with Raisin Sauce, Scalloped Potatoes, broccoli, carrots, and deviled eggs (made from the dyed eggs).  We still have to grocery shop tomorrow, and hope that we can actually find a ham…haven’t found a single grocery store that have them on sale this week!

I am also going to try and make this:

Braided Easter Bread

Doesn’t it look scrumptious?

Our to-do list is fairly extensive this weekend:

  • take kids to the YMCA for a swim
  • make banana bread
  • make sugar cookies
  • make Easter bread
  • bowling tonight
  • groceries
  • scrapbooking Saturday afternoon
  • finish Easter bunny preparations
  • finish birthday present for a friend

We wanted to go out to St. Jacob’s, but we decided against it because of the price of gas (holy cow!) and the fact that we’ll spend, spend, spend in St. Jacob’s!  LOL.

What are your plans for the weekend?

I will be back tomorrow to post our menu plan for the week!  Hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!!!