Monday, March 9, 2009

Where have I been?

  1. Jon and I recently found some of our friends from college on Facebook. Needless to say, some of the time I used to spend on blogging has now gone to Facebook.
  2. Jon's second shift schedule still has us out of sorts.
  3. I think we all have Spring fever. The kids are going crazy, making more messes than they help clean up, fighting, testing us, I could go on and on.
  4. There for a while, I was struggling with being optimistic. Since I'm supposed to be "Optimistically Walking in God's Sight", I really didn't want to bring my pessimism to this blog. I actually considered starting a new blog just for fussing on, but that would have defeated the whole purpose. Wouldn't it?
  5. Due to some or all of the above, we have found it very difficult to get school done in a reasonable amount of time.
  6. We are all downstairs for the winter, so we're are most likely experiencing cabin fever.
  7. This past weekend we were busy. I'll do another post on that later.
What am I going to do about it?

  1. Catch up with friends but try not to neglect other friends in the process.
  2. Um...I guess the kids and I will have to go back to a first shift schedule. It will be tough, but it looks like it is necessary.
  3. I've got to get the kids into a rigid schedule where they don't have time for messing around. Of course they don't have time to mess around now. They mess around and their responsibilities and relationships suffer. The weather has been nice the last few days. We need to enjoy it before the snow comes back. More outside activities are in order.
  4. Things are looking a little brighter. I've recently come to the conclusion that two of my children have Sensory Integration Dysfunction (or Disorder if you will). Everything seems to point in that direction even the early intervention and special needs pre-school experiences before we started homeschooling. So, there is hope of finding some way to help them academically and behaviorally (or at least understand them better). I've also been reading up on allergies. I know we all have at least some allergies. Jon and I have decided to do an elimination diet to check for food allergies. We know that Little Bear is at least lactose intolerant and the kids are affected by red dyes. We suspect that there may be more food sensitivities. I was going to have us start the diet Monday, but changed my mind. Sunday afternoon I realized that we have several dozen eggs and other items that would go bad if we didn't eat them before the diet. So, we are going to try to finish what is in the house. When I shop, I will only purchase things that we will be able to eat on the diet. So, next Monday will be our start date. It's a good thing that we changed the start date, too. My birthday is this week and it would be awful difficult to not eat cake and ice cream. LOL
  5. I need to get the children back on a fairly rigid schedule. That means I have to be on it, too. Ugh, we all despise change, but this will be for the better.
  6. I'm hoping that, with the warmer weather, we'll be able to move school back upstairs to our school room. It should be easier for the children and I to focus. I also want to get outside more.
  7. It is now past midnight here in Ohio and I am starting to type in a dyslexic manner. So yeah, the post about our weekend will have to wait. Please excuse any typos. Tonight my typing is off. Last night it was my handwriting. Even Jon noticed when he got home that my writing was odd on a page I had handwritten. It got so bad that I just gave up and went to sleep. Yeah, I'm going there now before no one can figure out what I'm trying to say.
Good night everyone! reviewing my post I noticed that I mentioned the rigid schedule thing twice. It must be important, so I'll just leave it as is. I really am going to bed now. 'Night!


Jennifer said...

My son has SID and just knowing his issues and how to help him has really improved everything. Have you read The Out of Sync child? It is awesome!

Damama T said...

Wow, girl. You've got a lot going on! Hope things smooth out soon. I totally understand about not wanting to bring the negativity into your blog. I struggle with that, too, as you well know. LOL!

I have another bloggy friend whose son has that same disorder. She'd be a great resource for you:

My Two Army Brats

I'd make a link for you, but it's late and I'm tired, so I'll just let you cut and paste.

Hugs, love. Hang in there!

Brandi said...

Thanks, Jennifer and Damama.

I'm reading THE OUT OF SYNC CHILD and THE OUT OF SYNC CHILD HAS FUN right now. I borrowed them from the library first, then a friend at church loaned me her copies. It's slow going with everything else I have on my plate. I usually fall asleep reading them or IS THIS YOUR CHILD on the nights Jon works.