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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Still Working Out the Kinks

I'll try to make this short and relatively sweet.  We're juggling doctor's appointments and dance classes, homework assignments and softball games, as I'm sure most of you are.  Honestly, I think we've dropped a ball at least once every day this week.  

Emma missed a homework assignment, I failed to include Lily's homework in her backpack, showers are being skipped, homework is being put off. . . we just haven't quite gotten on top of the schedule yet.  We still just haven't worked out all the kinks.

But during the infrequent lulls there are still moments where we can look around us and watch as other parents around us deal with the same sort of stress and disorganization that we do and take some comfort in our solidarity.  Three days ago, waiting for the bus to come pick Lily up I observed this on the neighbors' sidewalk.  Booster seats.  In the rain:
Please ignore how shitty my lawn looks right now.
So I guess it's not just us.  

Lily has had a relatively spectacular first couple weeks at school.  We get a communication log back daily that highlights the various segments of her school day: lunch, recess, specials, circle time, bathroom breaks, etc.  It's been nice to see the good comments coming back.  In the past three weeks she's had a total of two accidents.  Contrast this with kindergarten last year at this time, where you might see two or three per day on a bad day, and none or one on a good day.  

She's attending to task better.  She's better behaved (tenex at work?). . . now we just have to capitalize on that increased attention and get some book learnin' in her!  

I took this picture yesterday before school.  
Continue to ignore the shitty lawn.
Leslie generously commented that perhaps they were drying in the sun from the previous day.

Lily got a note back from school last night.  


S&M today!  YAY! (nice double entendre in the title, right??  RIGHT???  See what I did there?)
Is it just me, or are kids growing up WAY too early these days?  And is this really appropriate?  A friend asked if this is the sort of thing we put on our IEP.  It is not.  

I'm sorry I have the sense of humor of a 12 year old.  But really. . . S&M today!  This sheds new light on the controversy of whether or not restraints have a place in our schools.  Probably I still won't bring it up at our meeting though.

I took this picture today before school.  


I cropped out the shitty grass.  
Heh. . . yeah, it's not just us.

49 comments:

  1. Well, it seems that Lily's teacher is one of those women really into that 50 Shades of Grey book. Apparently that is the "book learning" Lily is getting.

    I now wonder if my neighbors have blogs where they take pictures of our yard. Like the patio chairs we still have sitting in a circle in our back yard, from the party we had in August...hmmm...

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    1. I don't THINK so. But really. . . am I the only one who sees that and stifles giggles?

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  2. Jim, dude, you are such a MAN! What is it about men and their lawns? It's really ALL weeds, if you think about it. My hubs is the same way. Makes me insane.

    And, yeah, that's all I focused on throughout this post. That and the S & M. Because, I, too, have the emotional maturity of a 12 year old boy.

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  3. I have nothing better or more intelligent to say than, "Heh. You tagged this with 'kinks'."

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    1. i did. scheduling kinks, of course.

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  4. You and my husband could have a grumble fest about who has the shittier lawn. The drought killed ours this year.

    I'm also wondering if my front yard...or worse, my BACK YARD, is included in someone's blog. My patio is quite disgraceful...full of broken toys and summer leftovers that need to be thrown out or cleaned up and put away.

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    1. we never water ours. It's hard to complain TOO bitterly about my shitty lawn when I do nothing to make it any better.

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  5. I couldn't even make it through this post because I was so offended by your lawn.

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    1. DAMMIT! I'll have to recrop the photos so more people will read it.

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  6. I have been that house. Not the one with the shitty yard, because I'm crazy classy, but who leaves shit out for DAYS.

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  7. At least your Communication Logs make sense. I used to get logs back when Little Man went to Daycare that said "Today I practiced my animal sounds, I learned animal words, and I sang songs with my class!" ORLY? I don't think so. Hahahah.

    PS: Your lawn looks better than mine, and I showed it to Hubs. He got grumpy.

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    1. Heh. . . lawns.

      It's a pretty good communication log. I always like the anecdotal stories the best, but it's nice to see how Lily is reacting to routine/lunch/expectations in general too.

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  8. I was reading your blog and started thinking... I really need to mow. Thanks for the reminder. BTW: I love your stories, they are so real (that sounds silly). Even without a child with special needs I do have 3 kids with one being a 4 yr old tornado. I relate to so many of your posts.

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    1. haha! YAY! The neighbors on the other side of my house mow our yard. It's not the mowing that's the problem. . . it's the watering. Hmmm. Maybe if I paid them a little extra they'd water the lawn for us too. . .

      Thanks!

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  9. Does seeing that carseat make you wonder where the kid is who's supposed to be riding in it? Maybe they forgot him somewhere... that would be some major kinks.... :)

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    1. I'm sure we'd have seen him in the backyard if they left him behind. Or her. Or the other him.

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  10. Brother, it's NOT just you. I promise.

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    1. haha. Right. . . but surely it's just my neighbors and I. . . right?

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  11. I kept thinking to myself...crop or zoom...crop or zoom! ;P Oh yea and it's not just you...it's just another September. Oish.

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    1. yay September! We have 5th Grade Curriculum Night tonight and we're dividing and conquering.

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  12. I left my baby on the drive once. She was my third and I had babybrain, It was only for about 30 seconds, then Abigail asked me where baby Livi was and I swore mightily and drove back. She was fine. Still asleep in the car seat. I am very glad no-one took a photo of that!!!

    BTW baby Livi is seven now so no harm done!

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    1. WOOHOO! Every so often I'll turn around and see Lily doesn't have her seat belt on and I'm like, SHIT!!!

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  13. Kind of like my recycling bins that stay out two days past garbage pick-up day, the dead mouse still in front of my door since this morning, and my own shitty lawn. We're all in the same boat after all.

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    1. dead mice are icky. Nobody blames you. Hey, have you ever heart of hantavirus?

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  14. This made me laugh. It's been a long day. So, thanks for that, Jim.

    That Lily! What an overachiever. I don't think they even offered M until at LEAST junior high in my school!

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    1. All your days are long! You need a day off from being unemployed.

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  15. We spent all summer with a striped lawn. Lovely dark green and light green due to the spreader not working right. It was so noticeable. I bet all the neighbors were laughing at us.

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    1. striped lawns I understand. . . but striped lawns mean at least you care enough to TRY!

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  16. I have yet to get into a groove also with working again, the bf not working and the kidlet in school.... by the time I get home it's homework, dinner, lunches, showers.... ack.

    Is it Christmas vacation yet?

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  17. Dangit. Now I have to clean up my yard before someone takes pictures.

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  18. Look at you with your communication log! Mine still looks like Little Miss wrote it herself... oh, wait... that's because she DID. Sigh.

    Hang in there, Jim. even with the occasional hiccup, it sounds like you and Leslie ar kicking ass and taking names!

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    1. It's pretty good. Would I like even more? Yes. Is that practical? Probably not.

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  19. I guess the neighbors haven't taken the kids anywhere in a few days? Or maybe those are "spare" boosters? Hmmmm....you are nosy, and now, I, by association, am feeling like Mrs. Kravitz from Bewitched...

    And yeah, it was tough to get past the lawn to read the post. It looks like it needs some seed thrown on it. It's balding. Not that there's anything wrong with balding. I'm sure you're nothing like the lawn. ;)

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    1. I think they have. But they're also probably right at the cusp of not really needing boosters.

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  20. I would really love to see the looks on the faces of your team members if your brought up the appropriateness of S&M in school at an IEP meeting.

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    1. Hmmm. . . maybe I will then. And sporns!

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  21. I recognize that house!! lol

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  22. It's a good communication log..I just get the basic facts on mine..and if I ask-"what did you do today?" I always get "way too much work"...Those car seats are nothing! I have had stuff misplaced out side since my oldest started school 7 years ago..I figure I will get it all cleaned up and put away by the time my youngest finishes in 11 years...

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  23. S&M day at school..... ha! So wrong and yet so funny!

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  24. Jim, glad I stopped by your blog page. I am working on a safety product that is ideal for children diagnosed with autism. I am trying to find someone that can open a door for me as I am seeking to meet a person of influence within the organization Autism Speaks. Can we talk offline? allen.pryor@comcast.net

    There are few times in one's life that they can truly make a difference. This chance is mine and I intend to see it through.

    Allen - CEO
    Tethered Innovations, Inc.

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    1. Sorry, Allen, I really don't have any connection to Autism Speaks. And um. . . tethered? What's the safety product?

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  25. Um, yeah, I would've commented sooner but I was too busy dropping all the balls I'm juggling. ;-)

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    1. You really need to get your priorities straight.

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  26. If it weren't for the twelve year old sense of humor, there are days I would have none! M comes before s still right,, so m & s would've worked??

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