In my life this week…My Einstein turned 11. He has been such a blessing in our life. He entered our life during a sad season and he brought such sweetness. On their birthdays, the kids get to choose the menu for the birthday dinner. It’s become quite interesting to see what they will choose. Einstein chose coleslaw, steamed veggies, corn on the cob, roasted baby potatoes, and ice cream cake…our healthiest request to date!
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…Monday, the kids and I ran 12 errands. The kids had piano lessons and I helped a friend unpack at her new place on Tuesday. Wednesday was Einstein’s birthday supper. Thursday, I had a doctor’s appointment, the boys had art class and we had our awesome Dr. Seuss party. Friday, Dancing Queen has her treatment program for trauma and attachment that takes us most of the day and in the evening, we all went to our neighbour’s for a campfire.
‘Smores and snow…an interesting combination!
In our homeschool this week…we had a Dr. Seuss theme week. The most difficult thing about this theme from a planning perspective was trying to narrow down the ideas. The kids did lots of printables, this writing activity, played a Hop on Pop Sight Word Game that was easy to make and very successful, made several crafts and of course, every day, we read a different Dr. Seuss book. We of course had a Dr. Seuss muffin tin meal that was colourful and fun. The great thing is that Miss Optimism’s reading has improved so much that she was able to read the books out loud to everyone. Einstein read one just for reading aloud practise and even Snuggle Puppy was able to read a few pages out of Cat in the Hat as his reading has progressed as well.
For stations, I set out things like a One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish puzzle and Dr. Seuss crafts.
Our cap off was a Dr. Seuss party with a few friends. It went so well! Here are just a few highlights:
We also did our usual homeschooling although we skipped Thursday.
My favourite thing this week was…the sweet sound of hearing Miss Optimism reading, really reading. When parenting children with special needs, sometimes the progress happens so incrementally that it is hard to notice. It can be discouraging. And then one day, there is something that reminds you that progress is being made, that all the hard work and prayers are paying off and it is like being witness to a miracle.
Things I’m working on…packing and preparing my family and myself for leaving next week. I am going to Orlando. It describes the place that I am going to, but also the thing. “Orlando” is the word that attendees use to describe a retreat for moms who are parenting children who have undergone trauma and/or are struggling with attachment issues. I leave on Wednesday. Dancing Queen is having an especially hard time with knowing that I am leaving and several of the other kids are a bit on edge about it as well. I am nervous and excited and completely unprepared. But I need to go. For me.