Thursday, June 30, 2011

this week in speech...

So we have seen he new therapist twice. I think it is going very well. She seems to have a personality better suited to working with children. So fingers crossed we will make some progress now....
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Soooooo sleepy

I don't have a lot to blog about this week. We are on a twoish week break from school for summer (and so I can organize to prepare for the start of our new year, we year round).

The one thing I do have to say is I am tiiirrrrrreeeeedddd I mean sit down eyes close out cold!!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day trip

so we took a day trip to the beach today. We were in the car longer than we were at the shore but it was still a nice trip. We knew little Waffle liked the ocean but after our last trip the jury was still out with Baby Waffle....not any more! He loves it and has NO fear of it! I took some great pictures and video but we just got a new camera and I haven't had a chance to figure out the uploading so i will post them whe I get a chance to hook the camera up.

On a side note, it is a fabulous camera and I couldn't be happier to have it but (of course there is a but) I hav eogtten SO spoiled between jy phone and my iPad I am so used to instant online publication of my pictures. I am not sure how to act with having to actually download to my outer and then upload to either Facebook or my blog. By have we gotten spoiled over all!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Vacation Bible School

This week has been a busy one around the Waffle household. Little waffle has been going to VBS at the church where she attended preschool since she was old enough to go. I like that particular program because it is one of the few that is still held during the day. Also she has friends there still from her preschool which is also nice not to mention we have been going to church there too for the same reason.
Well mid week my friend invited to pick Little Waffle up and bring her home to their program at their church. Little Waffle was allllll over it. SOOO long story short, Little Waffle is walking very closely with God this week.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

speech update

 I just want to send out a quick update on Little Waffles speech therapy before I hit the sack. I have decided I am not very happy with the progress we have made so far and I was talking to my case manager about switching him somewhere that we might be able to get in with an actual SLP.  Well it turns out his therapist has to go in for surgery which has freed us to find somewhere else but first we are going to get in with a different person in the office.  I am not sure of the new persons credentials but I have heard of the amazing work she does so I am up for trying her out before we move on.  So we will be starting with the new lady next Tuesday.  Finger's crossed she will work out and better understand Baby Waffles needs.  Just for the record, I want to make sure I say we LOVE the lady who usually works with him, I am just not sure she is making any progress or even working him the right way.   Fingers Crossed!!!

our camping trip

Sorry this got a little delayed ( I know big surprise)  I really am trying to be better but Baby Waffle really challenges my time.  

So, a couple of weekends ago we went to the beach and camped at Huntington Beach State park in South Carolina.  It is really a great camp area which also has lots of nature exhibits to explore.  Unfortunately the only camera I had at the time was my phone so some of the pictures aren't great but I want to share anyway.  

When you first enter the park you have to cross a causeway and to the right of your car you have to look sharp because there is a lake with actual gators!  Little Waffle enjoys counting to see how many she can find.  If you are lucky you get to see the whole critter, one time we rode by I saw one of the guys actually doing that death roll thing they do, but generally you have to look closely to see the eyes.  We never had a chance to stop to get any pictures of this part though, sorry.  
After setting up camp we went down to the ocean and hung out for a bit but then went back to camp and cleaned up.  While Daddy and Baby Waffle got showered and started the fire, Little Waffle and I along with our borrowed teen walked over to the walking causeway to see what we could see.  The gators are kept on the other side so no close ups of them.  We did get to see lots of other little critters, fiddler crabs, minnerds (as Little Waffle called them) some clams, oysters and other aquatic life.  They actually recycle oyster shells in this area to help keep the oyster bed going.  We walked the whole thing and then went back for some campfire time...dinner, marshmallows and bed. 

The next day we started with a visit to the Education Center.  They do live feedings of the aquatic life and have a 'touch tank' with a sting ray that will actually come to the side for you to pet.  The kids didn't want to leave!

baby gator
 Just after this the worker came and feed the creatures.  The ray eats shrimp and clams.  There was a fish (can't remember what kind) who also at this.  She would drop the food for them to pick up. She then had to hand feed the horseshoe crab who ate the shrimp. 
"I am king of the world!"

 After that we did actually spend the rest of the day down at the beach.  Baby Waffle LOVES the ocean (of course, he is my boy!) The tide had calmed down (it was rough the first day) and we all just had a ball.  I am of course in NO pictures, not going to get one either not in my suit!  

I LOVE this picture!

there were more steaks, Daddy Waffle just has to have his burnt
 We were really beat after spending the day in the sun and waves but decided to really go all out for dinner.  We got steaks, corn on the cob and baked beans ALL cooked on the open fire.  Even after Daddy Waffle accidentally dropped my steak in the cinders, I would have to say it was one of the best meals I have had in a while! 

 I have to give out big thanks to the borrowed teen, after dinner we left her at the tent with the littles and Mommy and Daddy Waffle actually got to have a moonlight stroll on the beach ALONE! It was soooo nice!

So anyway, that is basically our adventure.  It was starting to get really hot by the next day so we got up, broke camp and headed on home.  I just have to close with this one last picture.... kind of says it all.

love that belly!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

my HP marathon

Thee is SO much I should be doing but with the impending release of the final Harry Potter moor I have embarked on a reading marathon. So far I have finished the first four. Just three to go and I still have a month and two days. I can totally do this. Lol.
When I finish the books I will do a movie marathon.....who wants to join me??????

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Friday, June 10, 2011

How I spent my beach trip...

Everyone else is doesn enjoying the ocean and here I sit while Baby Waffle entertains himself in the car...what a nut!
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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Outdoor adventures

So we are off on another camping adventure! So far this trip has already been so much nicer than the last! We were treated with storms before we left home today but luckily those were by our home and we traveled a bit away and missed them all. We have gotten to play on the sand and water a little although the surf was really rough and the wind was blowing quite a bit.
When we had our fill we returned to 'camp' to clean off and the set out for a little learning. We will go back on our nature walk tomorrow when I hope to have my camera. I will post pictures from tomorrow's Exciting adventures. I the meantime, I am being eaten alive by bugs so it is off ton the potty for me, then snuggling in between my favorite men in the tent.

Night all!!!

Sleep? Ahh who needs it?

We are leaving for a couple days of camping at the beach today and here it is 3:22 am and I am awake. Am I awake from excitement?? NO. I have a ruddy cough that won't go way. I hope picking up some Zyrtec later is going to help cause this is making me NUTS!

Friday, June 3, 2011

ode yo Mother Nature

Mother Nature you fickle friend
What is this crazy mood you are in?
One day hot
Next day not
Why must you cause me all this sn
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

hurricane season....

So it is officially hurricane season and I know this is true because I promise, one has hit my classroom!  I try so hard to keep this room in such a manner so as to be able to teach my Waffles in it but I am telling you it is impossible!  I was home all day and Baby Waffle was in my eye sight the whole time so it had to be Little Waffle.  I don't know HOW she does it but it is a terror in here!  What really makes it bad is I ask her to put one thing away before she takes out another- doesn't work, I turn around and it is a disaster.  I walk her through what needs to be picked up step by step, just in case she doesn't understand, after all she is only 6-the next time it starts all over again.  In the end it almost always ends up with me cleaning up the mess myself just to get it done.   

OH and the real kicker is when she has left her own mess behind but INSISTS on doing the dishes before she goes to bed.  I love that girl I do but boy she is a mess!!!! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

since I have been nagged (SAM) ;0)

A quick update and I promise to post more tomorrow.  

We have now made it a week and we are definitely bink FREE!  I threw them all away last Wednesday and we really had no problems.  At one point I had to take him over and physically show him where we used to stash them and the fact that no they weren't there anymore and that was it.  He seemed to accept it! Baby Waffle rocks!!!

Oh and on another note, we have had one speech visit since my last post and I am happy to say that the assistant that works with us does seem to be taking a little different approach to working with him after the SLP saw us last week.  While she was here Tuesday Baby Waffle took me by the hand over to the closet and pointed to the cups.  I asked him did he want a drink and he said drink.  Then he said it again for our speech worker. 

Also while we were at a play date Saturday, he was giving some lunch or something and he not only signed thank you but while he was signing he SAID thank you.  I wasn't the only one that heard it either.  That actually is part of my frustration though, I know he can at times get things out but it is SO rare.  I do see a little hope though so there is something.  I am also starting to make some tot work for him to do that I got partially from his SLP but also from Tot School.  
The downloads and printables on that site are amazing! 

Well that is enough since this was only going to be a quick update.  I will be back tomorrow, promise!!!