Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ice cream and sarcasm

I forgot to include these pictures in my last post.  This was a really funny five minutes that I want to remember in 20 years, so I'm going to add it here.

It was Monday night last week.  Spencer asked if he and Elliott could have ice cream after dinner.  I said yes.  He said he wanted a really big bowl of ice cream.  I got out our biggest mixing bowl and let Spencer watch as I started scooping.  He was flipping out thinking I was going to scoop out the whole container for him.  

Instead, I gave him this.
He was not impressed.

Oh, and Ginger is standing behind him in this picture.  Spencer did not grow a tail.
I was nice though and gave him a normal portion of ice cream and transferred it to a normal sized bowl. 

Normal sized bowl not pictured here.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

OT and other stuff

Somehow I have not blogged since last Tuesday.  I'm always surprised when that happens.  I'm also surprised, no, shocked, that next week will be September.  WHAT?

Here's a nice little recap of the events of last week.

Ever since I went to the Yankee Candle Factory in Massachusetts last year I get emails notifying me of their sales.  Votive candles were on sale for $1 last week so we made a quick trip to the mall on Sunday.  I let Michael and the kids pick two scents each. These were my picks.  Longing for fall much?
Spencer has been bugging me to make alphabet soup for weeks.  It was only 179 degrees outside, so I made it for dinner that night.  That's spinach, not squid ink, on Elliott's lips.

Right before bed we took Elliott's 3 years 8 months pictures.  He is naked from the waist down and I'm in no mood to crop a million pictures, so these are the best three.

I was walking out the door to pick Elliott up from school on Monday when the hospital called me to schedule his occupational therapy appointment.  They had an opening at 1:00 on Mondays (including that day), so I took it.  Then I changed my mind and we moved our regular session to Wednesday mornings.  But we still went for the session on Monday.

Elliott is having difficulty with sensory registration.  According to the evaluation report he has proprioceptive hyposensitivity.  His sensory profile puts him at "low registration". Low registration refers to a pattern of sensory processing that is characterized by high sensory thresholds and a passive self regulation strategy. When people have a low registration pattern of sensory processing, they notice sensory stimuli much less than others. 
Elliott also continues to have difficulties with bilateral coordination (that was apparent in his PT evaluation as well) and low muscle tone.  The goals of OT are to improve his fine motor and self help skills, improve his strength/stability and improve his sensory processing.

Mr. Chad is the OT.  He's pretty awesome.  He's very knowledgeable, very calm and Elliott had a great time with him. 

I tried to be sneaky with my picture taking.  I don't know that I was so successful.

I learned so much during just one session.  Elliott needs a lot of deep pressure on his muscles to register the touch.  This was a "kid car wash" that provides this deep pressure.  Chad gave me ideas to replicate this at home.

I want to get a bean bag for home so Elliott can crash into it.
On Tuesday I set up our own obstacle course at home.  Elliott really needs sensory stimulation throughout the day so we're working hard to work it into our schedule.

First he wound up a jack-in-the box.

Then did a bear walk across the living room.

Through the tunnel.

Onto the scooter board.  Sometimes on the tummy,

sometimes sitting.

Into the tent in the guest room for a little fine motor practice.

Wheelbarrow walks across the hallway and then deep pressure massage with an exercise ball.
After that we did hand walk-outs with the exercise ball, but that was totally impossible for me to photograph.

We got ready for school really quickly on Wednesday and had like 10 minutes left before we needed to leave, so I made the kids take pictures.

Elliott wasn't mad or sad.  That's his silly/crazy face.

We made apple, carrot, zucchini bread on Wednesday afternoon.  It was called bread, but it was more like cake.

I worked on Thursday.  Monica and I met after work to buy our shoes for Travis and Brendan's wedding.  This is the correct size, but the wrong color.

This is the wrong size, but the correct color.
There are no pictures from Friday.  I worked and it was so flippin' hot I was in a bad mood funk from about noon until after dinner. 

On Saturday we went to Costco specifically to finally order prints from the family pictures we had taken with Michael's family in July.  I took pictures of the walls to remind me what to order and what size.

We were just thrilled to see signs all over Costco announcing that their photo processing equipment was broken and would be broken all weekend.  Great timing.

We did finally re-install the basketball hoop by the pool though.  It was broken in a wind storm 17 months ago and it took my dad that long to replace the plexiglass.  He had volunteered to do it, so we just let him do whatever he wanted.

It will be nice to have this for Spencer's birthday party in a few weeks.
And that's it!  That is last week.  This week has parent teacher conferences, another OT session, a visit from my parents and maybe dinner with Monica and Rick. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Snips and Screenshots- Part 3

It has been less than a month since I did my last snips and screenshots post.  Apparently I take a lot of snips and screenshots because I have a lot of new content for you.  I mean it.  There is a ton of stuff here.  But none of it will take very long to read, so enjoy.

This was a quiz called, "What is your poster motto"?  I agree.  I can stand by this.  Especially in the summer.

I'm a Virgo.  Even though 64% seems pretty high, in comparison to all the other signs (except Gemini, Scorpio and Pisces), I'm really, really nice.

This was a "quiz" where you put in your date of birth and it told you what the #1 movie was that day and the average price of a movie ticket.

This is mine.

Then I checked Michaels', 

And both of the kids' birthdays.  I like how the price of a ticket just keeps going up. 

Then, out of curiosity, I checked my parents.

This is my dad, 

and my mom. 

Finally, I put in my grandma's birthday.  I want to go to the movies, pay with a dime and GET CHANGE! 

This was not surprising.  I'm really not a picky eater.  The three items were 1) fish that still has a head or tail; 2) liver; and 3) kidneys.  I also don't like radishes, but they weren't on the list.  I'd like to point out that I will eat pâté, which is made out of liver, I just won't eat a whole piece of liver.  Because that is gross. 

This is a whole Speech Language Pathology Section.

This just makes me smile.  It's true.  I'm always evaluating the speech and language of kids around me.  It's really hard to take my kids to parent participation classes because, oh my.  Lots of kids with lots of issues out there.

These are funny, but I would never wear them. 

This is everything.  It blows my mind.  It's so important.  I'm going to do this with Spencer soon.  I wish that I had been given this lesson.  It would have saved a lot of heartache, even as an adult.

This is my shocking headline.  It's flattering, so, I'll take it.  

I liked how the home screen on my phone looked on Friday, August 7.  So stormy and fierce.  And now you know what my home screen looks like.  I cannot stand notifications building up, so I clear them all day long. 

I took a quiz about my intelligence. My dominant intelligence is interpersonal.  I support this.  I agree.

This quiz was about how ladylike I am.  My results are completely wrong.  33% ladylike?  Whatever.  I hate sports.  I hate watching them and playing them. I never wear sweatpants and I only wear athletic shoes when I'm working out.  I also wear dresses and skirts all the time.

This quiz was about which 80's movie girl I am.  I have no feelings one way or another about this.  The description is pretty accurate.

The description of this makes no sense. It's like it was written by somebody who doesn't speak English.  NOBODY has ever been overwhelmed by my name because it's not an overwhelming name.  This is just utter nonsense. 

This was a quiz about my true calling.  The description is pretty spot on, except the part about mind puzzles, so I guess I should have been a philosopher. 

This was from a list of make-up must haves.  Doesn't this description make you think that your whole life will be improved if you buy and use this blush?

How old do I really look?  Not going to complain about this. 

Spencer has been turning into a little dictator, specifically with Elliott. I printed this out for him, hung it in his room and we had a long discussion about it.

My new blog background is called Natalie.  I don't particularly like it, but how could I not pick it? 

I got the proofs for Spencer's 2nd grade pictures emailed to me yesterday.  The same company did his pictures last year (but not in kindergarten), so I was able to see a one year progression.  I'm sorry, but I can't make them any bigger.

1st grade- August 

1st grade- January 

2nd grade- August 

And finally, we have reached the end of the snips and screenshots!