Thursday, March 27, 2014

Physical Therapy Graduation

Yep, guess who's not in therapy anymore??

Jocelyn had her 6 month Baby Net re-evaluation last week. She scored showing only an 18% delay in Gross Motor Skills. This delay was not enough to keep her in the program.

So we said goodbye to our EI, Rachel :)

Rachel was an excellent EI and we were lucky to have her on our case!

I always have a hard time thinking of teacher and therapist gifts. Jaina thought that everyone could use a cup since Summer was coming. We bought them at Target and then had a local shop print out a vinyl monogram letter.

The following Monday, Jocelyn had her last visit at Pediatric Rehab with her physical therapist.

We will miss her very much. I have a habit of forming friendships with most of my kids' therapists. Both Jocelyn and I will miss our Monday PT sessions!

Jocelyn played with some Minnie dress up while Jessi and I discussed her evaluation score. According to their test, Jocelyn showed a 23% delay in Gross Motor Skills, which actually still qualifies her for therapy. Yet, the score was reflecting the fact that Jocelyn can't fully jump yet. But she is sooo close, that both her therapists and I think that she will any day now.

She is walking, running, kicking, balancing, and walking up and down stairs. I'm happy!

Jocelyn requested to swing the last few minutes of her session.

And then we tried to get a picture with Miss Jessi. Jocelyn wasn't exactly cooperative. I think I've mentioned before that my contrary two year old has a definite mind of her own. 

 We will miss these visits with these special ladies! I am SO thankful that they were part of our lives the last 6 months. Jocelyn went from barely standing and pulling up to walking with their help. I am a big believer in Early Intervention. Would Jocelyn have learned to walk on her own? Yeah, probably. But much later. And she would have continued to miss out on things that her same aged peers could do. Therapy can only help, never hurt. And now she's all caught up!

To celebrate, I think we will stay at home tomorrow in our PJ's all day and relish the fact that we don't have a therapy session on our calendar :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Get ready for some baseball!

Opening day was on Saturday, March 22nd and we couldn't have asked for better weather. 75 and sunny? Yes, please!

Although the parents weren't happy with the location of our opening day (Um, why do we pay for those super nice fields down the street if we can't use them for stuff like Opening Day?), it all turned out okay. Well, there were a few mishaps... the game ball was dropped off in the wrong field, two separate photography companies for two separate districts of teams was a complete clusterfuck (excuse my language, just describing it accurately!), and there was nowhere to put the inflatables.

But Sparty the USCUpstate Spartan was there.

And the Clemson Tiger. Who decided to sit in my chair and drink my coke.

Jocelyn was NOT amused. She actually cried when he first sat in my chair. "Mommy sit?"

I don't know where USC's Cocky the Game Cock was. They announced that he was going to be there. Oh well! Jayce roots for Clemson anyway :)

All 175 kids on all teams were announced one-by-one and ran all the bases on the field. Yes, it took as long as it sounds :P

Finally, finally, an hour late, we got ready to watch the scrimmage. We were set to play against an Inman team on Field D. But after we got set up there, we got moved to C.

Jocelyn didn't like Jayce in the dugout, which she called "The Cage" and told Jayce he needed to get out of there.

The rules for the scrimmage were weird. Each team would bat 1/2 their team for the first inning and then the rest for the second. That's it. Two innings; 45 minutes. It also didn't appear that anyone was keeping track of balls or strikes. The players got 6 pitches and then walked if they hadn't swung at all of them. Um, okay. So, Jayce walked after 6 pitches that may have been balls or strikes. He didn't swing but one time and it wasn't a great pitch. He also had to jump out of the way from a ball that almost hit him in the leg. Don't you love 9 year olds pitching?? :)

So, he walked to first, stole second base, got batted into 3rd, and then slid home.

 It was not a very exciting scrimmage and I honestly don't even know what the score was. Or if it mattered :)

We were excited for the first real game of the season which was last night.

We were not excited for the weather. It was freezing.

Our team was going up against one of the best teams in the district. They crushed us in the Fall several times. And last night was no exception. Ugh. The game was almost painful to watch.

Jayce always bats last, or second to last, and honestly, if he had struck out, it wouldn't have been a big deal since most of his team had struck out earlier.

Bless his heart, he is still trying to figure out the difference between a ball and a strike and where the ball needs to be in order to determine if its a good pitch or not. He had 2 strikes and 3 balls going into the last pitch. It was a ball, thank goodness. So, he walked to 1st again.

And, like a repeat of the scrimmage, he stole 2nd base, got batted into 3rd, and slid home.

I wasn't fast enough to get a shot since my lens cap was on. Seriously? I was so mad at myself! He's so stinkin' cute when he slides!

Anyway, the team was able to make a small comeback during that inning, but it wasn't enough to fix the slaughter we received in the first inning. I don't even think our coach told us the score. It would have just depressed everyone.

The kids walked away from that game with a lot of homework to do. Unfortunately, I'm not sure when the weather will permit them to work on their skills! And our next game is on Thursday!

We'll see what happens....

Thursday, March 20, 2014

TBT: St. Patrick's Day 2006

I cannot, cannot, believe that these two are about to turn nine years old and 12 years old this Spring.

Its amazing to see how much they have changed. 

But also how much things have stayed the same. 

We still love to go to this park as a family to feed the ducks and take pictures near the beautiful flowering trees.

And coincidentally, Jayce still likes to pick grass up out of the ground :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

No luck of the Irish around here

We like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day American style by drinking at Delany's Irish Pub, wearing goofy shirts, and putting green food dye in everything.

Eh, except we just weren't feeling it this year. We were pretty busy this past weekend and didn't make it downtown without kids. Brian's co-worker had already requested the day off, so Brian wasn't able to take the day off like he normally does.

I barely got the kids' shirts in time. And with rain and 37 degrees, there was no way we were taking pictures in the clover like we normally do.

It was cold and wet and gross out all day.

Jocelyn had thrown up the night before which caused us to cancel any and all plans we had on St. Patrick's Day anyway.

By mid-afternoon, she was feeling much better and asked to go outside for a bit to break in her new boots. She wanted to "plash in the cuddles" which may be the cutest thing she's ever said. 

We baked cupcakes last week because Mommy had a chocolate craving, so we chose cookies today. I use holidays, or pretty much anything, as an excuse to make cookies.

I set up a mini studio in the garage and forced my kids to pose for their obligatory St. Patrick's Day Pictures. Not really what I had in mind, but it will do :)

And no, I won't tell you what I said to make Jayce smile as big as he did for these pictures. :)

I hope everyone else had a better St. Patrick's Day than we did!

Sunday, March 16, 2014


You know, Jocelyn is a really easy toddler.

Don't get me wrong... her favorite word is "No" followed closely by "MINE!" and she can throw down a tantrum like nobody's business.

But in terms of wild behavior or getting into trouble, she doesn't do much of either.

There was the time that she unrolled an entire roll of toilet paper in order to wipe her Minnie Mouse's bottom after the stuffed animal had a potty success, but that's it.

She doesn't get into the dog's food or water. She doesn't climb on furniture. She doesn't color on the walls or rip pages out of books.

I realized the other day, when she put herself in Time Out because she was copying the three-year-old I babysit who was sent to Time Out just moments before, that I've never had to enforce a Time Out consequence for Jocelyn yet. She's not a physical kid, so there's not been hitting or biting or kicking to curb. She doesn't always want to obey a direction from me, but for the most part, she will do it eventually. As long as she thinks it is her idea :)

Brian totally busted Jocelyn on Saturday, though.

In her defense, I have never told her she can't play with my make-up bag. In fact, I often let her rummage through the bag when I'm getting ready in the mornings. I'll put powder on her face and lip gloss on her lips so she can be "pretty" like mommy.

The bag was easily in her reach and the door to the bathroom was open. And neither of her parents were intently keeping an eye on her. Usually when Jocelyn is doing something of a quiet nature, she is reading books in her room, or playing Minnie Mouse dress up dolls in the playroom, or she's finding a private place to poop.

A simple wipe of a neutrogena make-up remover towelette and she was good as new.

Sigh. I wish I could say the same thing for some of my eye shadow, though!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

10 on 10: March

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Super busy day but managed not to forget any pictures this month!



 Whew! And that was our crazy busy day!

Friday, March 07, 2014

I Heart Faces: Smile

Photo Challenge Submission

When you have a child, you live to see their faces brighten up with a smile at the simplest of pleasures. You get bonus points if you did something to actually contribute to their happiness :)

So, how do you pick the best smile when you have three kids worth of smiles to choose from?

It was easy; I picked the one that was the hardest to get.

Jayce has autism. He doesn't like to make eye contact with people or the camera. Smiling naturally also is hard for him. He deals with anxiety and sensory issues. All that stuff combined can make taking his picture very challenging.

But ice cream at Disney World after riding his new favorite ride ever?

Even Jayce can't resist a smile after that.

Go check out all the SMILES at I Heart Faces this week!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Trick or Treat Bunny

Our family grocery shops at a popular discount chain once a week. The problem with going to a discount super store is that we end up with a lot of stuff that doesn't qualify as a "grocery" at all.

And let's be honest... Brian spoils the kids rotten. What started as a simple reward system for good behavior during the week turned into "You want that? Sure. Whatever". And no, I don't approve of this at all. Brian and I don't agree on a lot of parenting stuff and he usually just lets me have my way. Except when it comes to buying his kids crap.

Which is why my youngest daughter picked out a Minnie Mouse Easter Basket and a bunny ear headband from the Easter aisle and then promptly asked a stranger to "trick-or-treat?"

No, we didn't need the basket OR the bunny ears. If my kids would let me wait until St. Patrick's Day is over, I will gladly get out the box of Easter/Spring decorations and show them that we have plenty of baskets and bunny ears.

Hat guy has been replaced by our own little 2-year-old Bunny Rabbit. Those ears go everywhere now.

I wanted to get a few cute pictures of her in her ears (and her consignment find dress that I'm in love with myself) and surprisingly enough, she was extremely cooperative. 

I just don't think she can get any cuter. Today, anyway. 

First time in pigtails, too :) I'm a sucker for pigtails. 

I was really done taking pictures, but she kept walking up to my camera and staring at her reflection in the lens. I was using my 24 mm wide angle lens to try to give it some love. 

Jaina used to do the "Crinkly nose" thing, too, and it kills me with cuteness.

Looks like we are ready for Easter! Just 40 days too early :)