Archive - 2012

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Wordless Wednesday–Overwhelmed
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You Have (Santa) Mail
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Signing With Your Child With Special Needs
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Like A Cat Treading Water
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Wordless Wednesday — Burr It’s Getting Cold Outside

You Have (Santa) Mail

  First the Tooth Fairy’s identity was revealed, then the Easter Bunny’s, and now Santa’s future is precarious at best. My nine year old is questioning the reality of Santa Claus. But, I’m not ready to let the magic go. Not yet. Since it seems this will be our last Christmas having two believers in our midst, we’re going large this year. The jingle metre will be cranked up from medium-ho to maximum-merry! Our Elf On The Shelf is perched and ready and we’re going to sit on Santa’s lap next week. Uh the kids, not me. Unless Nick is a looker this year. Oh dear, does that me a ho-ho-ho? {Just a little cheeky Christmas humour for the adults. We have to laugh or the stress of this “festive” season can be overwhelming. *adds a shot of baileys to her coffee*} Back to our Best Christmas Ever agenda… We’ll watch the Santa tracker on Christmas Eve and make sleigh tracks in the snow {please, please let there be snow} in the morning before the kids get up. Today we wrote letters to Santa and while the kids were doing that, I snuck off to set up their personal email[…]

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Signing With Your Child With Special Needs

Sign language–I can’t sing or sign its praises enough. Signing with my speech delayed child from the time she was an infant, helped us communicate and has played a tremendous role in her development. For those who doubt the validity of signing with your baby, the science backs it up. But I don’t need scientific evidence, the proof is sitting right beside me.  Our daughter is still significantly delayed in expressive language, but she’s able to put together simple 4-5 word sentences. To be frank, the girl never stops talking. Like, never. It’s a steady stream of questions, comments and a running commentary of observations over here. Music to my ears.    Do we still sign? Absolutely. You’d be surprised at how handy (pun intended) signing can be.   Last summer when the kids were out on the lake tubing, Avery signed “Stop!” to me in the boat. Then she made the sign for “cold.”    It was too loud to hear her words over the boat motor, even if she’d shouted. Two simple signs and her message was clear.    Potty sings are also a subtle way for her to tell me from across the park that she needs to[…]

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Like A Cat Treading Water

My problem–I’m aware that I have several, but I shall focus on this one for now–is that like many of us I take on too much with a complete disregard for how many hours there are in an actual day. Sleep? Whatever. Lunch? A chocolate pudding and a handful of Goldfish crackers at my desk. Somehow I never did master the art of saying no. And I also must have missed the lesson on “how to stay focussed.” Last night while researching a story I literally got lost on the internet. I fell down that slippery slope and slid so deep into the web that by the time I dug myself out, hours had passed and I was left dazed and confused.   The pressure builds until finally something sets me off. Like say my poor husband innocently calling up to my office to ask how hungry I was for dinner. I snapped. “Dinner? DINNER?! Like I even have time to EAT! Do you even know how busy I am?” *I may have dropped an f-bomb in there somewhere too* But there’s just so much to do (and so many hilarious Youtube videos to watch) that there really aren’t enough[…]

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