Thursday, September 30, 2010

Soccer Game Three

Eek! How did it get to be Thursday already? Its almost time for game 4!

I love catching the kids running through the tunnel :) Who doesn't smile when their name is called to be recognized?

It was one of "those" days again. Both kids had games at the same time on different fields.

Since I knew Jayce played MUCH better the first 1/2, I picked Jayce's game to watch first.

Still no goals for little Jayce, but we have high hopes that he'll score at some point in the season. Or, maybe just play an entire game. Sometimes we have to adjust our expectations :)

Now, Jaina, on the other hand....

played the BEST I've ever seen her play.

I think it was the cute pigtails and ribbons that helped her play so well, don'tcha think? :)

But the best part of our Saturday game day was our special visitors that drove all the way from Tucker, GA to come see us :)

Despite having two knee replacements and foot/ankle surgery, my dad was walking around without help or crutches.

Of course they had to meet Shaggy :)

Except my dad is siding with Brian and calling him "Scruffy".

Thanks, Grandma Kim, for the lovely halloween treat box you brought the kids!

Lovely, Jayce.

We are so thankful they came up to spend the day with us! Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving and we'll be back with them :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Oh, Jayce.

What am I going to do with you?

You are both a joy and a challenge to parent.

As much as you learn every day, you end up teaching me the same amount.

I was just telling someone the other day that *this moment* was the easiest stage to parent that you've ever been through.

And then we have a night like tonight. And those words come back to bite me.

Its hard to find balance in all things. One thing I'm struggling with right now is celebrating Jayce's many accomplishments while also still acknowledging areas he still has trouble with.

I truly believe that one day soon, Jayce will not require any more therapy. He will have met all his developmental goals and be on par with other boys his age.

But that doesn't mean that the autism just magically goes away. As I explain to Jaina (and Jayce himself), "autism" means that his brain works a little differently than other people's. He learns differently, he absorbs and communicates information a little differently, he reacts to things a little differently.

And its my job to help him do all of that to the best of his ability :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

My husband lived another year.

For some reason, its common knowledge between Brian and his friends that he was going to be hit by a bus and die at age 35.

I credit this to the fact that we live outside city limits and therefore do not have access to public transportation.

At any rate, my husband lived to see his 36th birthday. In keeping with tradition, we threw him a themed birthday party fit for a little kid.

Obviously our theme was motorcycles. The Friday before the party, Brian and I went on a mission to find matching paper products and an pinata. Unfortunately, motorcycles are not a popular theme right now. Disney's "Cars" and "Hotwheels" were in abundance. Next year he needs to pick a theme that we can actually buy stuff for!

While the adults partook in food, drink, spirits, and lots of beer pong tournaments, this is what the puppies were doing:

We also had three children attend the party. They decided to create their own "dance party" in Jaina's room with flashlights and glow in the dark silly bands. When they got bored with that, they all went upstairs and created a sort of Haunted House in which all the adults were dragged one by one through. I think they had a great time :)

All in all, it was quite a success. :) And this is it for pictures. 'Cause what happens at Brian's birthday bash stays at Brian's birthday bash. I promised not to put up any incriminating photos. Just know that a good time was had by all :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Project Fit America

Our school community is buzzing from all the excitement!

Last week, my children's elementary school had a celebration on Tuesday to mark the installation of new fitness equipment and the kickoff of Project Fit America. This is a grant funded award only given to a few schools a year. Only two schools in South Carolina were chosen this year! We are so excited for our school!

Here are some pics from the celebration :) I have to give the organizers credit... it could have been REALLY boring for the kids to listen to so many official speakers. But, throw in some cute cheerleaders, the drum line from the HS marching band, and some really funny mascots, and the kids were quite entertained!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

First big school project

Wow, you guys weren't kidding when you told me that 3rd grade was a completely different ballgame from K5-2nd!

There's, like, text books and homework and 15 spelling words and chapter books and....

school projects.

Which really means "Mommy Projects", right? Cause my 8 year old can't actually drive herself to the store to buy foam board. Or drive herself to the library to check out books on Native American tribal dwellings indigenous to our Southern Region.

Luckily, that's all I had to do. Well, do all that and go to Ingles to buy the pretzel sticks. I can't believe we were out of pretzels!

So, we started out our project doing research. Jaina really liked the concept of building a house out of sticks and mud, so she picked the Cherokee Indian Tribe circa late 1700's and made an asi dwelling. I picked out three non-fiction kids books on the tribe. We certainly learned a lot about how they lived before European influence came.

But came they did. Jaina did not understand why the government kept taking the land away from the tribes and making them move. She was very saddened to learn about the Trail of Tears and that even children had to walk the 800 miles in the heat and snow. She said it wasn't fair.

Unfortunately, that's a hard lesson to learn. Life certainly isn't fair and we can't stop all bad things from happening. Nor can we erase them from our history. What's happened is done and all we can do is try to learn from ours and others' mistakes.

And speaking of mistakes... it was really hard attaching the roof.

Roofs were made from grass (according to one book) so we naturally made ours with grass.

Then it was time to try to stick red South Carolinian clay dirt onto foam board using glue. It actually worked! I shudder to think what a mess it will be if any of that dirt falls off, though!

Jaina discovered that the Cherokees grew corn and other vegetables in our dense and rocky soil. Hmmm... where to get vegetables??

Cup O' Ramen to the rescue!! I knew those pesky dehydrated veggies would come in handy some day :)

Jaina made the little pinch pot out of my old sculpy clay from HS. I guess that stuff never goes bad!

Gluing the pretzels (aka, sticks) onto a cylinder of cardstock was a royal pain in the you know where. My craft glue was having problems so we opted for regular Elmer's school glue. We had to glue and stick in sections and wait for an entire section to dry before moving on, or else all the sticks would fall off.

Jaina wanted to put peanut butter in between the sticks as mud, but I totally vetoed that idea. I don't think I could have taken the mess!

Don't you love the fire?? Totally Jaina's idea. She did the logs herself and I helped her shape the flames of red clay.

Jaina made a water color painted river with lots of fish in it. It might be my favorite part of the whole model :)

And we are finished!! Please don't fall apart before school tomorrow!! Please!!! We're counting on you, glue!! We love you, Elmer's glue!! Don't fail us now!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

All you Need is Love... and a little Mraz.

Oh my.

To say that the concert last night was wonderful would be a huge understatement.

It was perfect.

Okay, so maybe not perfect. That would imply that Jason played all 3 albums in their entirety, plus all the tracks from his upcoming album to be released in December.

And perfect would have meant that he gazed out into the crowd, pointed his long beautiful finger at me, and said, "Why don't you join me on stage?"

Which he did invite a 13 year old kid and two other woman to join him on separate occasions. Lucky ducks.

But I'm not jealous or anything :)

So, it was an almost perfect concert. And I am so glad I went!! Thanks so much to Patty for giving me her husband's ticket at the last minute :) I owe ya one, girl!

Jason, I'm totally yours :) Thankfully my husband is okay with this.

Maybe next time Brian can go with me.

Nah..... :)