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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Transition

This week has been a busy week, and this will be the trend for the next several months until Summer.  It seems once it gets to be near Spring sports season, things just can't slow down.  Though this post has nothing to do with sports, I just wanted to point that out. 

So on Tuesday this week, we had a meeting with our local school to talk about phasing K out of Early Intervention/UCP and into the school system.  She will be turning 3 in May, so EI stops.  :( I hate that, because we love our therapist there and K has come so far since we started seeing them.  The purpose of this meeting was.....well I am not really sure to tell you the truth.  It seems everything they asked us could have been found in her records from UCP.  The case worker from UCP was there as well, so she could have just given them the information. 

I guess it was really just to talk about how they decide if your child can enter their program or if they will only qualify for one service etc.  They didn't tell us anything spectacular and I didn't feel like we left knowing anymore than we did before we got there.  They asked us what concerns we had for K, which was communication and mobility as that is what we are seeing EI for.  She seems to be pretty caught up on speech, but I could be wrong.  Her mobility is my biggest concern at the moment.  She can walk, yes.  However, it's still not without her falling down at times, or tripping because she is trying to move to fast etc.  I don't know if that is something she will outgrow in time, or if it will always be an issue. I guess only time and strength will tell. 

The lady running the meeting, asked if we wanted her fully evaluated, meaning all the "testing" they do and I said yes.  I would rather they go over everything than me assume she is doing well on something specific and she's not.  With our schools the delay has to be 30% in an area to qualify for services.  I and even our case worker at UCP do not think she will qualify.  Yay? I mean I should be happy that she doesn't, but on the other hand, I feel like we're stuck.  If she does qualify, we get services through the school free.  If she doesn't, and we want to continue Speech or PT, it will have to be out of pocket and our insurance doesn't pay much. :(

Our meeting for the evaluation is not until the 21st of March..... that's a long ways a way.   Then I think well if she doesn't qualify perhaps we'll do MMO twice a week, BUT registrations begin in Feb for the following fall.  See my dilemma? I don't want to spend money on registration fees to hold a spot for her and somehow she does qualify for services, because I don't have that kind of money to throw away.  On the other hand, if I don't register her, we may not get a spot in the fall if she does not qualify for school.  Am I talking in circles yet?

Sigh.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Eat, Live & Breathe

Girl Scout Cookies!

My life and weekends for the next month and half will be nothing but Girl Scout cookie related.  Not to mention daily sales/delivery as well. I love Girl Scout Cookies, I do, but it also a stressful thing.  Always rushing around, trying to make sure everyone gets their cookies and in a decent time, collect money, turn in money, go to cookie booth, every weekend, sell, sell, sell. 

Other than cookies, everything else in life seems to be going wrong or trying too! Where to start, oh yes, my husbands car.  Died last week on Thurs no less, the day we had all the sleet/ice/rain/snow weather.  We had to get it towed, yay another bill.  :/ Waited a few days to find out it was not the starter but some kind of parking switch, electrical. So $241 later, we have his car back, but it took some reworking of the budget to get that paid.

Then our wonderful utility bill came in a few days ago too, and while it has been cold, I knew the bill would go up but I didn't think it would come to over $100 more.  :/ ARGH! We do need a new a/c unit, but that cost is way, way more than we can afford right now.  So we'll start saving for that, it'll take some time, especially since we have so many medical bills to pay.  Just trying to take it one day at a time.

So in the mean time I've been trying to sell all the old baby clothes that K has outgrown, most of them are from when H was a baby.  Going through extra toys we don't need, we seriously have TOO many.  I need to get back to making items and selling too but that's not on my immediate to do list.

How about some good news now? H participated in the school spelling bee a week or so ago, she came in second place in her class! Pretty awesome since she didn't study the words like she should have.  She did advance to the school spelling bee but didn't win, she said she got about halfway through though.  So I am proud, but I did tell her she could have done better had she studied like she was supposed to.  Maybe next year!

See I can do weekly blogging ;)

Have a great day! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What I've Learned This Week

Or maybe the post should be called, What I've learned in the last two days since it's only Tuesday....

*I can't survive on 4 hours of sleep, I should be sleeping but it feels wrong to go to bed at 8pm.  Plus I worry I may wake up at say 4 am and be wide awake and I am not cool with that. 

*I should know better than to rely on someone else to get certain things done and it's my fault, since it's every year around this time.

*That my gas cap will not stay shut very well for very long.  Though it does seem to come and go?

*I hate days and days of never ending rain.  It's rained for days now and more is expected.  I may need an ark to pick the kids up from school tomorrow.

*I still have an addiction to Pinterest.  Yes I know, it's a time suck, but I've got tons of great ideas from there, like dinner ideas, craft projects for me and/or the kids and dreams about home remodels!

*Facebook allows for to much getting to know my "friends" at times.  Sometimes I don't care what you think about a certain thing, what you did before you brushed your teeth last night, or what your cat did when you went to sleep. 

*And the number 1 thing I've learned so far, I shouldn't blog on 4 hours of sleep. ;) So please excuse the grumpiness, I am sure tomorrow will be much better.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New Year & Goals

We are at the beginning of a New Year and I have been thinking about some goals I want to achieve this year.  So in no particular order here are my top 12:

1. blog more
2. spend more time with kids
3. spend more time with hubby
4. spend LESS time on the computer, which leads to 2 and 3
5. spend more time with friends
6. purge the house of junk and clutter
7. replace living room carpet
8. pay more medical bills off
9. save money
10. save for disney 2014
11. be more efficient with girl scout related activities
12. lose weight and get in better shape 

I know some of them I will fail at or I will get half way but as long as I continue working on them, I'll be happy!

So some random thoughts for the week (hey maybe I can blog weekly?):

*We had a great Christmas, we scaled back but the girls still thought they got a lot, most of it due to the amount of $ we saved.

*Glad school started back! The kids were ready to go back even with all their cool things from Christmas.

*My sister spent Christmas week with us, it was a nice visit.

*The girls got their report cards this week, all A's. :)

*K is growing like a weed, think she had a growth spurt over the holidays! 

*Hubby and I spent a kid free weekend together this past weekend, it was bliss! I need that more often LOL :)

*Kid 3 is being whiny right now, so this concludes today's post ;)