Saturday, June 28, 2008


My sister Emily tagged me along time ago, and has been bugging me ever since to post 5 random things about me, so here you go.

1. I have had 6 operations in my 29 years of life. Four of those operations were for my dysfunctional ears. The other 2 we wont talk about.

2. I used to have 3 piercings in my right ear. Luckily there are no pictures to prove it. Shhhhhh! Don't tell my kids.

3. Because of Alice and Wonderland my favorite flower is the pansy.

4. I kissed more boys before the age of 8 then I did through out the rest of my life. What can I say. I was the only girl in the neighborhood.

5. I do not eat dairy unless it is ice cream or melted cheese. I will seriously throw up if I eat something with sour cream or mayo in it.

There it is. Go TAG yourself.


Mason wrote me this nice letter after I got upset with him today.

Translation: Dear Mom I have left. I want to be alone. PS Find another kid to love.
Mason is doing so much better with his writing. He is spacing his words apart and not leaving out as many letters as he used to. We just need to work on capital and lower case letters. I LOVE THIS BOY!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I've got a floater!

The boys are on their 5th day of swimming class and it's not going so well. The 1st night they started in the baby pool which they thought was great! After the 1st night they moved to the big pool. The instructor still can't get the boys to go under water. There are 3 instructors for this group of 12 kids. 2 instructors each have 5 kids while the 3rd girl gets Mason & Tanner. All the other kids are learning how to swim and my boys are sitting on the steps blowing bubbles in the water. Last night Mason made a big scene by standing on the edge of the pool just screaming because he was afraid to jump to the instructor. He wouldn't have even gone under water because it was the shallow end. Needless to say he did not get his promised reward for being a good swimmer. He got home all upset and ran into the bathroom and started splashing water all over his face trying to show us that he could go under the water. It's a little too late buddy. Mason said, "I guess I'm just a dead fish that's never going to learn how to swim!" I think we might need to find a private instructor. On a good note, I guess, Tanner qualified for the preschool program. They didn't diagnose him with anything. They just told me to research autism spectrum disorders, because he has a lot of those symptoms. I think that Tanner will be a lot like Mason. There both really smart it's just figuring out how they learn so that we can be better teachers. Happy summer!!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

My little blue man

So I ordered this off of ebay last week. It's called a body sock. Mason used something similar to this in occupational therapy at the school, and I thought that Tanner might benefit from using it. He seems to like it. Tanner goes in this Friday for a complete evaluation with the school system. If he qualifies then we wont have to pay for preschool and he will get additional help depending on his strengths and weaknesses. Regardless of whether or not we have to pay for preschool he is going. I'm just looking for some help with how to handle my son. It has been a frustrating couple of years. I just want to understand what is going on with Tanner and why he does all the things he does, so that I can help him to have a normal happy childhood. I love this boy so much!!!

Some of you have asked what the heck is that blue thing your kid is in. Here is what one website has to say about it. Body Sox (tm) will help children with sensory processing disorders to work on "position in space" skills. They must kinesthetically feel what their bodies are doing and how they are coordinating their body movements. Watching themselves in a mirror, or creating shadows, will help them develop this proprioceptive sense , which is often dysfunctional in children with sensory integration dysfunction / sensory processing disorders .

The last critically therapeutic activity the "body sock" provides is heavy work/deep pressure input that is both calming and organizing. Through all of these movement activities in the lycra "body sock", they will have comfortable, resistive material to push against and have pushing against them. This will benefit both children (or adults) with tactile defensiveness as well as the sensory seeking kids (you know them...the movers, shakers, crashers, endless "energizer bunnies"!)