Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jacob got his new glasses

The other day we went and picked up Jacob's new glasses. 

This was Jacob before....

And this is Jacob now....

I think he looks much older!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Our day out with Thomas

Sunday, we got up extra early so that we could hit the road as we had a date later in the morning at the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio.

We had a date with.....THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE! 

If you know anything about Thomas, you know that the little blue engine has captured the hearts of millions of kids all over. Well, in our house he has captured the heart of Benjamin. Ben is all about the choo-choos (as he calls them)! So when I saw that the "Day out with Thomas" experience was coming to Ohio, I talked to Bill and we decided to treat the kids to the festivities. 

It was 2 hours and 10 minutes away and we needed to be there by 9am. That meant an early morning wake up call...

When we got there, Thomas was still asleep and they had to wake him up. The look on Benjamin's face when they unveiled Thomas' face was worth the whole trip! 

 All 3 kids had a blast at the experience. The organizers had lots of different stations set up with activities, including a place to get temporary tattoos, play stations with trains, meeting Sir Topam Hatt, bubble station, a straw maze, games, balloon animals, etc.  (I will say that I wish they had spread the activities out over a larger area, as there were so many people and kids and it was kind of claustrophobic...).

The main attraction was a train ride with Thomas the Train pushing and pulling your train car. During the midway point, they stopped the train and told the kids that Thomas was tired and they had to help give him energy by saying "Pull, Thomas, Pull!" My kids loved that part! 

We spent a couple of hours at the Day out with Thomas. Then we headed to Wendy's for lunch and then started the drive home. We made it home around 2:30. Overall, it was a great family fun experience that I am so glad that we decided to do!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

And now I have a preschooler....

It seems like just yesterday I was giving birth to my first I am the mom of a 3rd grader, a kindergartner and NOW a preschooler! 

Today was Benjamin's first day of preschool. He is enrolled in our local school district's preschool program in an integrated classroom. Basically, that is a class where half of the children are on an IEP and the other half are not. Benjamin is on an IEP due to his autism diagnosis. 

I am so excited for what this year will bring for Ben as he has gotten into the habit of copying what others are doing and looking to see what he should be doing. He has started talking more due to this and he has been trying new things because of this. One of the goals in his classroom, is that the children on the IEPs will see what the other children are doing and will take their cues from them. 

When I dropped Benjamin off this morning, I will admit I teared up. I didn't do the full blown crying because I know this is the best step for Ben; and I had Rebecca and Jacob with me, as they don't have to be at school until an hour after Ben starts. When I picked him up he came running down the hall toward me and gave me a big hug and let me pick him up and he snuggled on my shoulder for a minute. It made my heart feel good. His aide and teacher said he had a great first day and that makes me so happy. I hope that his good days continue! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I have a 3rd grader and a Kindergartner.....

This morning was back to school for Jacob and Rebecca. What was new and different is that they are going to a different school than they have in the past. We put them into our local public school district for a variety of reasons....

Last night, was open house for both Jacob and Rebecca. It was a culture shock for me as a mom, as the kids are going from a school that had 1 class per grade level and maybe 150 kids from Preschool through 8th grade, to a school that has over 400 students from Kindergarten through 5th grade. We met their teachers, found their lockers and got the lay of the land. Thankfully, both of their teachers seem really nice. 

This morning, I decided to walk the kids to school. We live about half a mile from the school. (I figured this would make sure that I get at least some exercise each day!). 

Both kids were super excited to head to school and once we got there, Jacob just said bye mom and ran off to play and Rebecca gave me a quick hug and said bye and went off without looking back. We did have a little drama as Benjamin didn't want to leave them and he threw a tantrum that knocked my phone out of my pocket and broke the screen....but he was good walking to and from once we were on our way.

When we picked them up from school, both kids said their days were awesome and that they had so much fun! I am so glad and so relieved! 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Dentist visits and ordering new glasses...

This morning, we took all 3 kids to the dentist for a cleaning and exam. Jacob and Benjamin needed them for school. Bill came home early from work this morning to go with me, as I was unsure how the boys would do.

Well they did great! The dental hygienist was very good with Benjamin who hates all things that have to do with doctors and is very sensitive to things being in or around his face and to things that make noise. Bill did have to hold him during his cleaning  but for the most part he kept his mouth open and did a great job. I held him during the exam by the doctor. 

Bill took this pic of Jacob right after his dentist appt.

Jacob was very nervous but he also did a great job! Rebecca was the only one who got x-rays taken and there are no cavities! Yay! I will need to take Rebecca and Jacob back to get sealants put on 4 of their teeth, but other than that they are good to go! 

After we left the dentist, I promised Benjamin that we would go look at the fish at Walmart. It was the only way I could get him to leave the office! We were heading to Walmart anyways to hopefully order Jacob a new pair of glasses. His prescription changed and I was waiting to hear from insurance if they would cover them since it has been less than a year since we got the glasses he has. Well, we talked to insurance on Friday and they said that yes with authorization from his doctor they would. So, we went in and Jacob picked out a new pair and the receptionist tried to say insurance wouldn't cover until November. I told her about what we were told, so she had to call insurance and was on the phone with them for about 15 minutes and finally got clearance for the glasses to be covered. It was $19 out of pocket for us to put towards the frames but the lenses were covered completely. 

Now we are back at home. I have a laundry list of items to get done and should be working on them. I hope everyone has a productive afternoon! 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Seeing new things in the night sky

This past week, I was able to experience 2 things that I have never experienced before. 
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Thursday night, around 1 AM, Bill and I went outside to see if we could see any meteors in the Perseid Meteor Shower that was happening. I am 36 years old and I have never seen a meteor before going across the sky. Well, Bill and I were able to see about 4-5 small ones in the 30 minutes or so we were outside. It was really cool, thinking that those are miles away in outer space. It was neat. 

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Then, last night, we went outside around 10:40 PM as the International Space Station was supposed to be visible flying over. We were able to see it for about 20 seconds or so before it disappeared in the Earth's shadow. It was blinking brightly moving and then it disappeared. Again, it was really neat seeing it. Makes you feel very small in the scheme of the whole universe. 

I was very glad to be able to experience these things with my hubby. It made it even more special. 

Were you able to see any meteors in the Perseid Meteor showers?
Have you ever seen the International Space Station fly over? 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

random tidbits

It is that time of year again...Bill is putting in super human hours at work getting ready for fall sports, I am trying to get kids ready for back to school, and life is just one big ball of craziness. This past week has been no exception...

Let's see what the highlights were:

- I had my last week of summer tutoring. Next week I start school year tutoring for my business. Thankfully, I have at least 3 clients lined up, but still need to add some more. 

-finished school shopping for the older 2 kids, still no idea if Ben needs anything. Had to get new shoes for each kid...Rebecca is in a 3, Jacob went up to a 2 and Ben is still in a 13. Rebecca got a new pair of dress shoes, Jacob and Ben both got tennis shoes. 

- figured out softball week starts games through the end of September

- I have found a new snack that I like and that I have been buying for the kids. Outshine fruit bars are delicious and they even have little tidbits of fruit in them. 

They are seriously so good! I buy the regular ones for Bill and I and then the Popsicle size for the kids.  Rebecca is thrilled because she gets to have a red Popsicle (She is allergic to red dye #40 which is used to color most red colored items, but since these are all natural there are no worries!). 

- I have made an executive decision to not make 2 dinners at night. In the past, when I am cooking something that I think that only Bill and I would like, I had gotten into the habit of making something else for the kids--like hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, or something else. That is a pain in the behind....last night I instituted the new rule and you know what it made my dinner prep and clean up so much easier. I made sweet and sour chicken with rice and the kids survived eating dinner...Jacob said he liked eating Chinese food... Ben wouldn't touch his dinner, but I didn't give in and he survived. 

-I have a lot of things on my to do list to do and I really don't want to do them....but I should get off of here and get something done...

If anyone is reading this, I hope that you have a great weekend!