Leaf's birthday was 3 weeks ago. Acorn's was just 2 days ago. And it's been busy.
Acorn's final few days of special ed preschool were this week. We've had lots to organize, including making sure he'll have access to his communication device through the summer - a recent trial shows that while he uses PECS at school willingly, he flat out refuses to use the pictures at home. I guess the fact that he uses them at school is a testament to the communication difficulties he's had with them all year - as soon as they gave him something that they actually wanted him to use, he took off in telling them his needs.
I've been working with several others on a Pagan set of PECS images. I'll have to figure out where we put them on Acorn's device, but they will make having even a basic discussion with him about Sabbats and altars much more useful.
After last year's experience, we're skipping ESY. Knowing how many families fight for their summer hours, it makes me a little skittish about the whole thing, but it's just not a good setup for Acorn. It's a short day, and only a couple days a week. Instead he can hang out at daycare (who is really geeked about using his communication device), and play in the sprinklers and make friends.
Leaf is finally walking, so we're suddenly finding that she's into everything - she's tall enough to see over the edge of the dining room table, so not even the table is a safe place to put things.
And while we're again missing what I'm told is an awesome local Pagan festival this weekend, we're just not in a position to swing it with Leaf's gear this year. Maybe next year...maybe we can do a day trip next year. It's hard to get out and be a part of the community this way, but we will have plenty of time in future years.
Karli has been working so hard at her gymnastics skills. We were so excited when her dance teacher decided she could do a tumbling pass the beginning of the jazz routine! This upcoming dance year Karli wants to try out for competition dance, but I’m still a little torn. I mean I want her to do competition dance and have the experience, but in 3 years when she enters into 7th grade she really wants to cheer for the junior high and try out for their competitive cheer team. At that point you can’t really do both – dance and cheer. Honestly though it’s hard to know when you are almost 9 years old what you might want to do throughout junior high and high school. So we are just going to take it one year at a time and see what happens. Hopefully at some point she will be a lot better at one or the other and we will know that it is what she is meant to do.
As I sit in this old haunted house
surrounded by boxes
I can't help but stop and think,
assess the sitaution
mull it over, reflect
this house is cursed with sadness, sickness and tears
I got sick here
really, really sick
I went blind here
I lost my hope here
and I learned to be strong, stronger than I ever imagined I'd have to be here
that my move coincides with the end of a custody
When I was a very young girl
I watched an old black and white movie that terrified me
what I remember is
a man was mistaken for dead when he was really alive
and he woke up while in a coffin in the ground
As a young child unaware of technology or the functioning of the human body
I worried I would fall asleep and wind up buried alive
This year sort of felt that way
the weight of
Last week was one crazy, wild ride
it was G's last week of school
I had a meeting at the school for him, which is never fun
I had a meeting Monday with his therapist, which can be emotionally intense
and I had court on Thursday
phew, a lot in one week!
But that wasn't even it
we were waiting on the edge of our seats
to find out if the renters at Chris' house found a place
or if we were going to
Have you ever looked at a title of a book, website, movie, TV show, etc and immediately *think* you know exactly what the person behind the concept is thinking? Come on, you know you have. One of the reasons I chose the title of my blog was because it was something I actually said… a [...]
if I had to describe the last 2.5 years of my life in one word
that's how I'd describe it
I think the friends who've known me forever
might be surprised
change, fear of the unknown, not having the exact details
of what might happen tomorrow
always created issues in my past
I was speaking to a friend from childhood on the phone
explaining all the craziness that is my life
This summer we are moving
we'd actually hoped to stay for one more year
but the landlords need to sell
Chris and I initially wanted to rent somewhere else
but my friend turned real estate agent turned us onto a few houses in the area
so we were also touring houses to buy
essentially our plans were up in the air, which is maddening to me
I prefer having a plan and a goal to move toward
I awoke in the morning with this song running through my mind
in Chris' arms,
he was talking, and I was in and out of it
the result of impending flare tired
I think he was trying to ease me awake for awhile
but like the old cocktail fueled nights of younger years
everything is foggy
just soft talking, I hear my name
someone gently sweeping the hair off my face, stuck in slumber
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