Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Here's Rebekah running ahead looking for and calling for her friend. When she realized her friend was up in the tubes, off she went like a rocket so they could slide together.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Nathan enjoyed the slide, the swings, the sand, the friends we knew at the park. He generally enjoys life to the fullest. Here he is holding the pinecone he found that looks a little like Santa Claus.
Rebekah...well, what can you say about that spitfire?? When she's not standing at the swings yelling, "Daddy, lift Bekah, push Bekah...Bekah swing?" we can find her on the slides. Or going up the rock wall or the really difficult climbers meant for much older children. It made Sean nervous, but she's determined and has mastered all of these things so I let her go. We did have to watch her as she deemed every sand toy in the park as her personal property. She kept trying to take shovels out of kids' hands. I've been digging in boxes looking for the long lost sand toys the rest of this week. We'll take our own next time so it will be less of a struggle.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
For the whole technical explanation, check out the post on my blog for 2E kids, www.coolestchildren.com.
The basics are we had safe travels and beautiful weather--Praise the Lord! We did allergy testing and the doctor started him on allergy shots. No diet changes at this point while we do more testing. Discovered a milk allergy. Not severe, but it's there.
We go back in two months to review how the allergy treatments are going and to review the findings from the additional lab work we are doing. Then there will most likely be a follow up visit right before school starts.
Thank you for your prayers!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Thank you for prayers for our safe travels as well as wisdom and discernment for the doctor. We probably won't have solid results today as there are some additional tests we'll need to have done while Nathan is fasting. We're hopeful to get some preliminary information.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Let's look at these definitions:
Gifted is defined as High Abstract Reasoning
Learning Disability... There's many ways to define a learning disability--IQ/Achievement Discrepancy (Autism falls here), Speech & Language, Mental Health Disorders, Behavioral & Developmental Disabilities, Other Health Impairments (ADD falls here)
In a nutshell, a 2E child (or adult) is one who is gifted and has a learning disability.
I am the proud parent of one confirmed 2E child, one suspected (albeit a high functioning) 2E child and one who is young and bright and very 2 (the age). On our journey learning about what this means and how it applies to us, I found very little support that was written in 'mom' language. There's lots of technical information out there...if you know where to search for it, but some days I wanted somebody to just understand and tell me it's ok to cry over my child and his problems. I often felt like a drowning person clinging to a life buoy of hope. I felt alone and lost and didn't know anybody else going through my struggles.
God has laid it upon my heart to start a separate site and try to provide information, support and a community for 2E parents everywhere. Check out http://www.coolestchildren.com/ when you have a minute.
Most importantly to me, if you know of a parent or child struggling with 2E issues, please send them my way. I'm convinced we 2E parents have to stick together. There really is comfort in knowing that at least one other person truly 'gets' what you're saying from having lived it, too.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
At Toontown, the evil cogs are trying to take over happy Toontown. The toons have to fight the cogs with seltzer bottles, horns and even cream pies. Nathan is known as Prince Wacky, the dog, on Toontown.
Yesterday, Prince Wacky--dressed as Nathan--got to sneak into school for a good time. Nathan raised over $100 for the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Every child in his school reaching that level got to throw a pie in a teacher's face. He chose our VP (who used to teach at our former school). I tried to talk him into the principal, but I think he found that to be inappropriate behavior. (Guess he really listens to all the respect your principal messages we give.)
Here's the video and photos of the event. He had an awesome shot! Remember to turn off the music at the bottom of the page before playing the video.
Getting ready with bags on heads and trashbags cut to cover clothes.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Free cookie in hand, precious Rebekah is going past the Gourmet Olive Bar (can you say YUCK...no olive fans in my house) and my sweetest darling says to her daddy, "I want one of those acky grapes."
Sean & I laughed so hard we had to leave the store before having an accident in our pants. He just taught her last night that if she finds any acky grapes in the fruit bin (over ripe or rotten) she should throw them away and not eat them. Imagine the confusion to see an entire food bar of what appears to be rotten fruit.
We're still laughing!
From Tide’s Loads of Hope program site:
Tide Loads of Hope truck:
- 32 high-efficiency washers and dryers stationed on the truck
- Can do 300 wash and dry cycles a day - equal to one year's worth of laundry for a single family
- Will wash about 9,000 loads of laundry over a four-week period
- Leveraged during massive disasters where electricity is unavailable in the region
Tide Loads of Hope vans:
In partnership with a local laundromat, the Tide Loads of Hope vans provide free laundry service at the same load rate as the trucks
Leveraged during disasters where neighboring communities still have a source of electricity
To date, Tide Loads of Hope has washed more than 35,000 loads of laundry for over 20,000 families. Most importantly, the Tide Loads of Hope program means we're equipped to take action whenever and wherever there is a need in our country.
Tide Loads of Hope Vintage Tees: Tide Loads of Hope can also be supported through the purchase of a Tide Vintage Tee. All profits go to support families affected by disaster.
Where it all started
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the need for clean clothing became critical, and Tide found a way to help. So in November 2005, the Tide Loads of Hope truck headed to Camp Hope in the Metairie, LA area and cleaned over 10,000 loads of laundry. The spirit of this first venture informs and inspires everything Tide Loads of Hope program does.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Our family! We are the winners!!
I forgot I had even entered the drawing from the Children's Museum. I enter their contest every month and promptly forget that I entered.
I got an email the other day letting me know I won 4 tickets to a kids concert coming to the really nice new theatre here in town. We ordered one more ticket and discovered they are $20 EACH!
I won $80 in tickets so the kids can to go the performing arts center! The concert should be a lot of fun and since only Andrew & I have ever been inside the new building, I know the rest of the family will love it. It's just beautiful inside and the acoustics (for my sound-guy, Sean) are beyond amazing. Not sure if we'll be able to get many photos. Some kids shows allow photos and some don't. I'll have my camera along...just in case I can use it.
Hooray for our family! We're the big winners!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
In the midst of your daily struggles today, remember...Mothering Matters!
Real Mothers don't eat quiche;they don't have time to make it.
Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox.
Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.
Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn't come out of carpets.
Real Mothers don't want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.
Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?'and get their answer when a little voice says, 'Because I love you best..'
Real Mothers know that a child's growth is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother...
The Images of Mother
4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 YEARS OF AGE - Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.
18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!
35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!
Monday, March 09, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
- 1. One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University study.
- 2. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
- Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
- A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen.
- Drinking 5 glasses of water daily & decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.