Christmas Program, TaeKwonDo test, and IEP’s Oh My

The week before Christmas is always busy it is crunch time.  It is the week where you realize how much you didn’t get done getting to this point.  This year I have the presents bought but are any wrapped…NOPE.  This week will be a busy one. Tonight will be a night for memories. We have our Sunday School Christmas Program.  Both Kids now their parts and hope they will be nice and loud up there tonight so I can hear their sweet voices.  There is so much work that goes into the program.  Getting the kids organized to get up on stage is a job in it’s own.  It will be cute and special and I am looking forward to it.  

Tomorrow morning is a day that brings worry to the pit of my stomach.  We just had a bunch of testing for my son at school and tomorrow is the results and the new plan.  The dreaded IEP meeting.  There are so many people to this meeting I am a tad nervous and thinking this is overkill.  I don’t know if they will all be there but it seems like a lot to me.  So for my 5 year old it is the teacher, school psychologist, OT(has OT 3 times a week), SLP, PyEd teacher, Testing cordinator, principle, Deaf and hard of hearing teacher (Henry has borderline hearing loss), and the early childhood special education teacher.  WOW that is a lot of people.  I am a tad nervous what they will all say.  He is doing well at school with a para and the Title 1 teacher so I don’t know what I will hear.  I guess the fear of the unknown.  

Tomorrow night is my son’s orange belt test for TaeKwonDo. A time to be proud and take lots of pictures.  Greta my black belt daughter will be helping with the test. She takes her job very seriously helping these younger kids.  Crossing fingers we have an orange belt kid at Christmas.  

The week just continues to be busy, it is the time of year.  This week is one for the kids- programs, tests, meetings OH MY.  Just hope to find sometime in the week to find the time to get what I need to get done.  The days are counting down to Christmas and FAST.  

Hope you can all find the time to get your Holiday things done but find the time to make memories and savor those little times.  

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FLAT

ImageI Live in the land of flat.  In the prairie lands of Minnesota.  There are times when seeing flat all the times gets old and we want more.  I came from a valley so we had deep hills and high points all around us.  It has a beautiful river and the greenery around just amazes the eyes.  I go home and I see flat.  We need to find the beauty in all situations and settings of life.  I have learned to love the prairie.  Being able to see miles at a time with nothing blocking the view is something to be marveled.  Seeing a rainbow stretching through the sky and you can see the point of connection with our earth so breathtaking.  One thing I love out here on the prairie that I didn’t have in the valley in native prairie grasses.  These grasses can grow upwards of 6 feet and just sway at will with the wind. The night sky is so large it is looking straight into the heavens.   It is a land of the flat but it is a land of beauty and God created this beauty for us to behold.  Image

Busy Day

Today was one of those days where you just fall into the couch in the evening and take a deep breath and just think of all that was done in a 24 hour period.  My morning started at 5am when I had two great kids dropped off at my house to take to school in the morning.  Helping a friend out who has helped me so many times.  Then I had to drive to a neighboring town.  Living in the middle of no where has advantages and disadvantages.  One disadvantage would be a near 45 minute drive to any medical specialist, any major store, or restaurant.  Well today was another audiologist appointment.  I still could not hear anyone who was talking quietly or softly.  I am not sure if I could when I could when I got the hearing aid or did my hearing slide a little more down.  I am guessing the second of the two is what is happening.  Well I had it upped two more levels and I think it will help.  Technology is a beautiful thing seeing everything charted on a computer screen is really a cool thing.  Maybe I am a nerd when it comes to that stuff but seeing where my hearing lies on the chart and what is being picked up and by how much is kinda cool.  Left the office hearing a little more of the environment that I was missing.  Wow you can hear jingling keys in your pocket.

Stopped by Target and you never know what you will see, or have the impulse to buy.  I saw a friend from town shopping on her own also today so we shopped together and then out to breakfast.  What a nice surprise.  We talked that if we would have tried to plan this meeting and breakfast it would have never happened so nice to have a surprise like this.  A great friend that we can talk freely about Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, school challenges, and life challenges.  So nice to know your not alone in the world.  A few more stops than the drive back home.

You know I said I wasn’t really in the Christmas spirit well I figured we better put a Christmas tree up so that was our after school project.  The kids were nuts to get that tree up.  Well they think it is the most beautiful tree they have ever seen.  ME- It is awful.  It is a cheap small artificial tree that is so misshapen it should be in the trash can.  Only half the lights worked so it is very pieced together and I guess a tree only a child could love.

It was a busy day but a day of some new hearing, breakfast with a friend, and an ugly tree that has children in awe.

Fun and Fellowship

What an enjoyable evening.  We had our annual caroling night with our church.  It is an evening I associate with the Christmas season each year since moving here.  I haven’t felt like my heart has been filled with the Christmas spirit until tonight.  Hearing all the voices singing these Christmas songs filled my soul with the spirit of Christmas.  Watching the little ones stand in front of our small crowd and entertain the nursing home and assisted living residents brings pride to my heart.  They are learning to have a giving heart.  We sang the standards including Silent Night which has always been my favorite.  We had to sing some bell songs.  Kids had bells and the need to ring them, Silver Bells can fill that need well.  After each set of songs we would go around and wish each person there a Merry Christmas.  I believe they were all pleased with our performance but I think we get a lot of it also.  Travel back to the church where we had a soup supper and a time of fellowship and a couple of games.  How nice is it to sit down and have a group of woman who I can share my fears, joys, and just plain laugh with.  It is a wonderful feeling and a feeling I never had till this part of my life.  I have had friends before but never a group that I could bare my soul to and I believe they would do the same with me.  It is a comforting feeling to know that you have a support system in place that cares for your family the same you care for theirs.  It proves to us that blood does not make a family.  Love and concern for a person does.  Tonight I had a wonderful night with my family in Christ.

Only when we walk in the dark we see the Stars

So I am sitting in the silence of the morning hours.  Sun hasn’t come up yet and words haven’t been spoken yet.  I think about this upcoming couple days and what the agenda will be.  Today we have Christmas program practice at church.  That is always a fun time.  Maybe a little chaotic.  Little ones running around trying to round them up like they are the sheep and we are the sheep dogs.  This afternoon I may try to get some of the house decorated for Christmas.  Kids are driving me nuts that we have to get that tree up.  True enough we need to do that.  Tomorrow is Church, Sunday school and then Caroling in the community.  Always a fun event.  Traveling in a group from one place to the next trying to spread some of the Christmas spirit.  We end the night with a soup supper always a highlight for our family.  I sit here this morning by the computer awed by the changes we have had this year.  I have a daughter that is excelling in school and over at the “big” school. She is just growing up out of that little girl.  My son who I didn’t think would be able to handle school LOVES to go to school and Sunday afternoon is just a long waste of time to get to Monday.  I look how our family is changed.  I was in such a fog of disbelief lately with my sudden hearing loss that I failed to notice the good things that are going on with our family.  So I have decided to try and make a list of the positives I have learned with having hearing aids and hearing loss.

1. I savor every I love you I get from my kids.  I was upset I still can’t hear the whispered ones but I know what they are saying it still melts your heart.

2. I enjoy the absolute silence I have in the house before everyone is up and after everyone goes to bed.

3. Watching has become very important to me.  Watching my kids interact.  Sure a kick comes into play but the holding of hands or cuddling together to read a book became even more precious.

4. Empathy- I feel I have more empathy with the kids at school that struggle at the things that seem so simple to other children.

gotta have some funny ones

5. We have a faucet that drips at times.  I can turn the hearing aid to mute and instant drip is gone.

6. Kids fighting in the bedroom. Again mute and fighting is gone for that moment.

I am glad that I took the time to write a list.  It makes you put things in perspective. Sometimes taking part of one sense away does open your eyes to other things around you.

SNOW

2013-12-04 13.43.20Living in MinnSNOWta we all knew it was coming but every year we pray and try to pretend that maybe the snow won’t come. Maybe the snow will wait till after the 1st of the year. Are we nuts…probably. I have to say a first snow is pretty it is that beautiful Christmas card scene. Then you go out and drive. Yep all pretty images are gone just cold fingers, cold toes, and maybe a curse word or two. Getting ready for winter and snow is like getting ready to have a baby. It is winter nesting. We get together the boots, snowpants, hats and gloves and pray we have pairs and they still fit. We make sure everything is picked up in the yard because you won’t see it again until till probably April.
Well the first storm came yesterday. We got the snow and then the blowing winds. Living out in the prairie the wind is horrible. It whips across and creates drifts that can be as big as a car. The drifts make the roads impassable. So today was the first and probably not the last 2 hour late start at school. Oh the kids love that. They still wake up at 6am but have 3.5 hours to waste before school. Today was TV and outside play. My daughter was out for about 3 minutes just to cold. My son on the other hand was out for quite a while. Crazy boy.
I know some people like this white stuff and cold but I am in the group that wonder why we live here. We are a hearty group of people, little nuts, but it is that good German and Scandinavian blood you know.
Welcome to winter what ever side of the snow debate you are on. Love it or lose it.

Night Silence

I find myself compelled to write about things that I wasn’t planning on writing about in this blog. But isn’t that life the unknown the ever changing.  Has anyone ever had everything planned out and it really goes that way? Maybe some but was it interesting then? As I sit down to write this I can’t get over how quiet it is in the house.  Everyone is in bed and my hearing aid is out for the night.  It is total silence.  There is no dripping faucets, no creaky floor boards, no furnace or fridge running.  I see an occasional car drive by but no sound.  How strange this is but at the same time amazing.  How you go into life and then the unforeseen detour on the road takes you on another direction.  So we are in for a major snow storm some saying upwards of 10 inches. Now the power just went out.  I am not kidding you can’t make this stuff up.  See the unforeseen always seems to happen.  So when this new path comes up what are you to do?  Learn to deal, make the best of it, find the positives, I guess I am still trying to figure that out.  I know my drive to write has been heightened and I want to go with that.  It is a wonderful outlet and maybe it will go somewhere someday.  Listening to music has been an obsession of mine for the past few days.  I don’t know why, I am a tv person. Love having the tv on as background noise and it is on all the time.  I haven’t turned it on in 3 days.  Kids think I am going nuts. I wonder why the music, am I somehow worried someday I won’t hear it?  Not sure, it has to be turned way up but I am loving it lately.  Life is an always changing organism. I am finding that out a lot in the past few years. With a move out to the Prairies of MN, with a son who receives an SPD and Autism Spectrum diagnosis and now hearing loss.  Always changing and we have to be receptive maybe not willingly but life goes on and we want to go with it.