Getting Behind in Life

by Caroline on November 6, 2012

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I haven’t posted anything besides macro photos in three weeks, and that’s just because I had several weeks’ worth of macro posts in the queue. I feel like I’m getting behind in my own life, not to mention my blog. (It’s been so long that I’ve almost forgotten how to use WordPress, and I just hit the “publish” button instead of the “preview” button. So I apologize if you got an email saying there’s a new post but couldn’t find it — that’s because I yanked it back.) There’s no use trying to catch up. So watch out, because I’m going to ramble.

ADHD, PDD(NOS) & Learning Disabilities

Several things have happened in this area. One is that M-bug was finally assigned a case worker from Easter Seals/Goodwill who will oversee her developmental services and budget. So I get to … guess what? … fill out more forms. Yup. Joy.

Also, today Bubbles had her all-day neuropsych evaluation. I spoke with the doctor for almost an hour before the testing actually started, and she said it could be that Bubbles won’t fit into any category or label, so we’ll just have to get as close as we can and see what, if anything, can be done to help her with school and social difficulties, not to mention her ADHD. I haven’t been expecting her to get any kind of an Autism diagnosis, so this doesn’t surprise me. We have an appointment to discuss the doctor’s observations and recommendations on November 20.

And what, you ask, did I do with myself all day while she was testing? I … wait for it … filled out more forms! Woohoo! Story of my life this year. And I swear, they try to trip you up on those assessments by asking the same question five different ways. It’s hard to keep it all straight.

Homeschooling, Virtually

Life in the virtual homeschooling arena is in some ways good and some ways not. Good? Bubbles is getting better about being able to do science and social studies lessons on her own. She’s sending her teacher a quick summary of each lesson by email, and after working out a simple system of things to look for in each lesson, she’s been able to do it mostly by herself. She still takes too long to get through each lesson, but she’s progressing.

The not so good? In Language Arts, Bubbles is not progressing at all. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Her teacher is concerned by the lack of progress, especially since she’s working at almost two grade levels down. I’m hoping that the neuropsych eval can help us find out what is going on here.

M-bug is doing pretty good with school and her educational therapy. She’s just plugging along, and that’s fine. She’s also not doing well in Language Arts, even considering that we have her difficulty set at more than a year below where she should be, but that’s really to be expected.

We haven’t yet attempted another lapbook. The ones we did were very time intensive, and I felt we were getting too behind, curriculum-wise. Maybe we’ll try one again after Christmas. I’m still planning to show you what the girls did for the lapbooks they turned in a couple of weeks ago. Promise.

Daily Chaos

Living Christmas Tree

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … I took this with my phone, so it’s not a great picture.

Here’s where things start to fall apart. This time of year is extremely busy for our family, mostly due to our involvement in our church’s Living Christmas Tree. I work on it all year long (yes, I start listening to Christmas music in February), and this, of course, is crunch time. Soon I’ll be spending most evenings at church, working to program the Tree’s lights (all 110,000+ of them) to be coordinated with the music of the program. Also, I’m in the orchestra (second clarinet and penny whistle) and I’m trying to get some practice time in every day. I often don’t succeed. Add to all this the fact that we start selling tickets next Monday, and I’ll be helping with that when needed, and I’m more than a bit snowed under.

I mentioned going away to the mountains with friends for the weekend a couple weeks ago, and I had a great time, but I always get behind on the house when I’m away, and this time it really snowballed into a huge mess. Type-A girl that I am, I have been completely stressed out at the state of the house, and when that happens, I just shut down. And I shut down pretty badly. Last week, instead of getting work done on the Tree or housework or paperwork for therapy, I was in bed reading almost whenever I could get away with it. It was the worst it’s been since 2007 or so, when I had a huge battle with depression. I’m relieved that I seem to be back to normal, for now. I pray it stays that way, but this time of year … it’s soooo easy for me to get overwhelmed. I’m really going to have to work hard to keep up with things so that I don’t just give up.

Well, I hope I didn’t bring you down too much. This definitely hasn’t been my usual well-planned, thought-out post about a particular subject, but that’s OK. I’m way too much of a perfectionist, and that’s in part what’s kept me from posting these last few weeks, because I couldn’t work on blogging the way I wanted to. So I let it go, and then it would weigh on me and I’d ignore it (I’m really good at playing ostrich) and it would bother me more, and I’d ignore it more, and … you get the idea.

I’ll try to worry less about having well-written, informative posts, and more about just staying in touch with you, and telling you how I really feel. That’s what this blog is really supposed to be about, anyway.


Chaos In Review: Week of September 30

by Caroline October 8, 2012
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I think I’ll start posting a quick review of how things went in our household the week before. Sometimes I get so stuck looking at one big problem in our lives that I miss the successes in other areas, so it’s good for me to look at the big picture.  Also, that way I can […]

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Communicating with a Child with PDD-NOS

by Caroline October 2, 2012
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My daughter, M-bug, has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS, which stands for Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified. It’s a really big name for a disorder on the austim spectrum. Children who have PDD-NOS usually have trouble both communicating and relating socially to the people around them. It can be tricky to diagnose, because it […]

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Is Behavior a Matter of Perspective?

by Caroline June 25, 2012
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Right now the girls and I are visiting my family in Colorado (Decoder Man had to stay home), and I’m struck anew with the realization that how you think about or react to things/people in your life all depends on your perspective. Case in point: Both my girls have ADHD. M-bug is more the inattentive […]

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The First Step Down the Homeschooling Road

by Caroline June 5, 2012
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The school year is over, and I’ve been taking a look at how our first year of homeschooling went. The girls attended a public virtual homeschool, rather than us doing traditional homeschooling. So it’s somewhere in between traditional classroom education and homeschooling. Why did I choose virtual homeschooling? Well, the easy answer is that my kids’ […]

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We All Think Differently

by Caroline May 18, 2012
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I mentioned a week or so ago that the girls were doing projects for their school’s science fair. I’ll go into more detail on that next week (hopefully — it’s the last week of school, and bound to be crazy), but I observed something interesting while they were doing their experiments. Both girls’ projects had […]

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Spring Fever (or, Thank Goodness it’s Almost Summer Break)

by Caroline May 15, 2012
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Holy cow. Man alive. Good grief. Great Scott! I cannot believe how out of control Bubbles has been these last few days. It’s like she hasn’t taken her ADHD medicine at all. She is literally bouncing off of the walls. M-bug isn’t quite as hyper, but more excitable than usual. They definitely have spring fever. […]

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Therapists, Testing, and Neuropsychologists. Oh, My!

by Caroline April 5, 2012
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These last couple of years have seen a lot of changes for our family. After being a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, I went back to work at my kids’ new school. The school didn’t make it past its first year, and I’m not sure we would have stayed anyway. It wasn’t a good fit […]

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Making Math Fun

by Caroline March 28, 2012
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M-bug still struggles with place value. She often gets her tens and ones mixed up, and numbers with more than one digit in front of the comma stump her. One game that her therapist, Miss Tammy, uses with her at the Idaho Learning Center is called the Math Place Value Game. (I know–pretty predictable.)   […]

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Skinny Jeans and Swimming Don’t Mix

by Caroline March 4, 2012
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Part of being enrolled in a public homeschool is ensuring that your kids still have access to “specials,” which are enrichment classes such as P.E., music, typing, health, etc.  I don’t particularly love exercise, and I hate stopping in the middle of the school day to go for a walk.  It might be good for […]

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Mr. Squishy and Fluffy

by Caroline March 1, 2012
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It’s snowing today.  It’s only the third time it’s snowed this winter, so this is a big deal.  The last time it snowed, Bubbles made a snowball that she wanted to save in the freezer.  For reasons known only to her, she named said snowball Mr. Squishy. Mr. Squishy has curiously gotten smaller and smaller […]

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