Thursday, January 30, 2014

Snow days...

Where in the world did January go? Can't believe tomorrow is January 31st already! I have to admit the last 3 weeks got a little crazy. SOOOOOO much happened and I am not even sure where to begin. Or if I even want to begin. Ha! Part of me just wants to put it behind me and let it go, but I know that isn't going to be able to happen. All of it is still going on, just at a simmer at the moment.

Oh my, where to begin? I guess in an attempt to make a very long story as short as humanly possible...I am fighting with the school system. This won't be the first time here. As a matter of fact, I feel like from the moment we moved here and started attending the developmental preschool here it has been a fight. I have been so very patient. Or at least tried to. I have tried to be proactive with my children's needs and the school has fought me over every little tiny request. Seriously, even something as simple as an individual picture schedule for my children or velcro under their desk. Nope, couldn't make any "accommodations" for various reasons (excuses). Well, a few weeks ago they pushed this Mama a little too hard one time too many and I am fighting it. Now I am taking the legal road, first with an advocate and will get an attorney if I have to. So far though, the advocate route has gotten me further in a week and a half than I got in the last year and a half. Very sad to me that just the presence of someone sitting in a room makes such a huge difference!

I guess later I will get into the whole ordeal. Tonight I am just enjoying the last of our snow days and about to get ready for the boy's short day tomorrow (they have a delay still but are going for a few hours). And trust me, this Mama needs the quiet for a few hours tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Getting back into the swing...

Yep, it's that time...time to get back into the swing of things after all the holiday craziness. To top it off, this year we are having some extremely cold temperatures so schools have been closed or delayed. Not good when you have child with Autism. Really not good.

Most children thrive on routine and predictability. But children with Autism must have this routine and predictability or their worlds seem to fall apart. And let me tell you from first hand experience...this is NOT a pretty sight.

To be honest, I have actually come to kind of dread the holidays. The change in routine, the visiting different places, all the people. All of these things create utter chaos for my children. Little Bit more so than Hurricane. But I am coming to realize Hurricane internalizes things WAY more than we realize. I'll have to post soon about my revelations over this past summer with him.

So, in an effort to make things a little more routine I have started creating different ways for them to do their homework. Not to mention what a HUGE struggle homework is in our house with Little Bit. And strangely enough it is also becoming one with Hurricane as well. Sigh. But I am one determined Mama so I WILL figure this out. And we WILL be successful at getting things done around here. WE WILL! So last night I stayed up making pages like this to try and get my kiddos to work on their sight words for school.

Monday, January 6, 2014


It is only 9 degrees outside at the moment. Houses in the South were NOT made for this kind of weather! But it's just a few days so I won't complain. Just wish it would snow if it was going to be this cold. I really do miss Indiana.

For some reason I can't comment on my own blog from my phone. That kind of cracks me up for some reason. I have tried responding to several comments on the posts and I have no idea what happens to them. Must get on my actual computer soon and figure it out. Technology is a wonderful thing but can really be a pain in the rear at times!

Hope everyone stays warm and make sure to take care of the pets too and check on elderly neighbors, friends, etc. :)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Rough day

Today was just one of those days. I wanted to spend more time hiding than anything else. The kids were loud, I was tired, just ready for the holidays to be over. Changes in routine are sooooo hard for Little Bit. I think Hurricane outwardly fares better, but they take a toll on him too. Just thankful today is coming to a close. I went in to read to Hurricane and tuck him in and this is how I found him.
Sleep well my little men. You are both so exhausted and need rest. Mommy does too!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Out with the with the new

I debated for some time as to if I was going to go back to my original blog (A Day with Twins) or just keep going with this one. After much consideration and hemming and hawing I decided it was best to go with this one. My life has changed so very much over the last several years and I felt this was the best path to take at the moment. Always go with the gut! That has truly been one thing I have learned the hard way these last several years.

So much has happened over the last seven years I am not entirely sure where to begin. And strangely enough, so very much has happened over the last three to four months to make sense of all the craziness that has taken place over the last seven years. Really over the last twenty-five years in some instances! But I think that is a story for another time. Right now it's time to start laying out my plans for the wonderful 2014 year ahead.
There are a few things I have truly missed these last several years in particular. When I sat back and started figuring out just what was missing in my life, I noticed a recurring theme. Creativity. I miss all things creative in my life. My scrapbooking, my blog, sewing, projects around the house, making things for my kids. So this year is about getting back into my creative self and enjoying life and all it has to offer.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Project 365 anyone?

Yep, Project 365 is back on for me again this year. I have realized this last year how much I truly miss looking back on pictures from the year. So this year I am getting back into it. Not to mention how much my photography skills improved! I am really looking forward to getting back into documenting our daily life as well as seeing the boys grow through pictures each year. Time goes so fast and I don't want to forget a single moment of it all!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hello blog...why yes, it has been a while thank you very much.

Wow. Seriously can't believe it has been several YEARS since I have blogged. I have missed it tremendously but have several reasons for not blogging anymore. I used to keep telling myself it was because of the time involved. In reality it truly boiled down to not feeling like I could truly say the things I wanted to say on my own blog anymore. Sad. But I have made the decision to just do it. Let it fly. I have to have an outlet again. I miss being able to just put my thoughts down and then go back and look at the year online.

It's actually kind of funny, a lot of the time when I go back and read things I actually wrote I can't believe I wrote them! I have always thought I was a terrible writer (long story I think as to why). But I actually enjoy putting my thoughts down. It helps me process things and make sense of it all.  And I get to chronicle our lives in a different way.

So hello blog...I am back!