Sunday, September 26, 2010

I love my BIG car!

On Thursday of last week I was in a fairly bad car accident. Long story short, a woman was passing a truck when she shouldn't have been and I turned left in front of her because I couldn't see her around the truck, nor was I expecting her to be where she shouldn't be. Oscar and Hallie were with me.

It was a loud, scary, huge crash. Hallie was screaming, I was screaming and crying and I couldn't believe we were alright. But we are, alright that is. All of us are ok. I am so impressed with my huge SUV. The other car was completely totalled. The entire front end of her car was gone but my car really didn't sustain that much damage. The only reason it was undriveable is because the tire was turned and flat.

I will never drive a smaller car with my kiddos inside. Thank you Ford Expedition!

Oscars Evaluation

Last Friday Oscar had his evaluation from Early Intervention services through our county. The woman who came to evaluate him was wonderful and I felt like she did a wonderful job with him. She got right down on his level and went with him in play. She did direct him as well. He responded well to her and I was just impressed with the entire meeting.

After playing with him for about 5 minutes she turned to me and said, "Mom. This child is not autistic." I was pretty sure that he wasn't but having one boy who is can often mean that you have another. He does have some attributes that made us think he might be but the overall picture did not seem that way. Hearing it from the experts made me breathe a huge sigh of relief.

He does need speech therapy and they are adding a sensory component. Oscar is what they call a "sensory seeker." He wants to feel things in the extreme. He bangs his head on purpose, bites toys, pillows, and now his siblings, he slides down the stairs on his stomach as fast as he can. There are ways we can try and fill this gap before he starts doing these behaviors and hopefully stop them. One way is to get him a little mini trampoline with a handle. That is going on the Christmas list.

His language is coming along very quickly. He said three new words during the evalution. I think a few months of therapy and he will be right where he needs to be. His issue is only due to the problem with his ears.     

It was a huge relief that now he will be getting the help he needs.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Funny pics of Hallie

Trying to post from my iPhone for the first time. Let's hope it works.

I just had to post these hysterical pictures of Hallie. She had just gotten up from a nap and her hair looked funny. Then she started giving me the funniest looks. She is so cute and funny!


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Brief Family Update

Evan is loving first grade and being in school all day long. I miss him a ton! He is working on a "movie" and writing a script and everything. He said today that his movie needs to have a movie star. I told him that I always wanted to be a star and he said I could have a part in his movie! I'll post it when we finish.

This past weekend Evan had a lemonade stand. It was fine and he made about $5 in 2 hours. Not bad for a kid. We were in the car that night when he said he wanted to have a stand each week and sell different things and the next item  he wanted to sell was "chicken burritos!" I have no idea where it came from but it was hysterical. On Sunday as we drove home from church he told me that some stores aren't open on Sunday, like his store isn't open and he doesn't have to work on Sundays. Such a serious little guy. He kills me.

Griffin has had a great first week and so far so good on the second week. He had a few rough patches last week but nothing too major. I feel like he is doing so so well. He is supposed to be starting a new program soon called "stepping stones". They will come pick him up for a couple of afternoons a week and teach him how to socialize better and do skills like cleaning up toys and riding a bike and things like that. Skills that don't come easy for kids with autism. I can't wait. It is a highly regarded program and we were lucky to get a spot as early as we did.

Here are the boys on the first day of school this year. Both of them go just right across the street so we can walk them there. Saves us a lot of time, money, and gas! I love it.

Oscar is getting evaluated on Sept 17 for early intervention. His speech has come really far in the past few weeks but I still feel like he will need therapy. I also am not sure what they will say about his sensory issues and why he has them and how to help him. I'm nervous. Ok, I'm really really nervous. I am not sure I can take bad news. I don't even really know what I mean by that but I think another autism diagnosis would be extremely difficult for me to handle at this point. I am hoping that the Lord knows that and will not give me more than I can handle. Sigh. I love this picture of him helping Hallie. He did that all on his own. He is always trying to take care of her and calls her his "Baby Girl". How precious is that.

Hallie is just a joy to have around. She is exploring and just moves all the time. She wants to be the center of the action at all times. She is a great eater and since we have put her on solid food a few months ago she has just gained SO much weight. I can't believe this is the same girl that the doctors were worried about! She was at the doctors about 2 weeks ago with an ear infection and she weighed 19lbs! She is already 9 months old and I can hardly believe it! In this picture she is doing her crinkly nose smile which is my favorite! She has 4 teeth, two on top and two on bottom and is simply adorable. We just love her.

I am worried that she has had 3 ear infections this summer. I am getting a referral to the ENT. We have gone through this with Griffin and Oscar and both of them did not hear well for almost a year and then had problems with their speech and needed therapy. I'm not doing that again. I would much rather be proactive and get her in early just to get checked out.

Ryan is finally getting his sleep study tomorrow night and will have to stay the next day for naps. They are checking for narcolepsy and I am pretty sure he has it. He fits all the symptoms. I can't stand being afraid every time he is driving, even when it is the middle of the day and he is wide awake he can fall asleep at the wheel. It is crazy and scary and I've had it. The naps are to see how quickly he falls into REM sleep.

He just started teaching the early morning seminary class in our house yesterday morning. It is quite an undertaking for him considering all he has going on right now. He is a full time teacher who also does the extended day tutoring for extra money. He is a piano teacher. He is a boy scout camp director part time during the year and full time during the summer. He is also starting his Master's internship this year to finish out his program and now he is also the seminary teacher. Not to mention full time father of 4 small children and husband to a wife who works full time. Whew! I don't know how he does it.


Just a short while ago my grandmother passed away. I received this picture during the last days of her life. I love the tenderness of holding hands. Of saying goodbye without saying a word. It brings tears to my eyes each time I look at it. I am so happy that they had each other. I am so happy that I have someone to grow old with.

I loved my grandma so much and will miss her. Although I lived far away from her for most of my life I always knew that she loved me and I hope she knew how much I loved her.

I was unable to go say goodbye to her or to make it to her funeral. It was a difficult time for us. She was a wonderful grandma who loved us and my last memory of her is of her holding my baby Oscar when he was just 3 months old. How she loved that little baby. She kissed him and cooed at him and he cooed right back. I will always have that memory of her.

One of my favorite memories is when they came to visit us in DC and I took them to the WWII memorial. It was a wonderful day. I learned so much about both my grandma and grandpa that day that I had never known before. It was so fun to spend so much time with them.

I'll miss you, Grandma. Watch over us from Heaven.

I'm not fat for my height. I'm short for my weight.