Thursday, November 29, 2012

Back on the horse!

I have not blogged in so long.  Our lives are full of adventure and there is constantly something to blog about.  When I think that I need to blog about something, I say to myself, "Dang! I haven't blogged in months and I am so behind that I can't possibly start now" My mom and mother in law are hoping for these updates.I get emails from people in the blogging world what is going on and where have I been?

Blogging is my therapy.  I love blogging.  I always have.  So, my first therapy session is here.  I will resume a post I started in September and go from there....

It's amazing how so many things in life take you by surprise...

Austin left for Boot Camp for the National Guard on June 18th.

 Really, it was no big deal.  He is 17 after all and lives independently in our basement.  He went to school, worked a lot, and spent time with his friends when he wasn't at school or work.

I, of course, knew he lived here because we would wake up to a messed up kitchen or would be woken up at 10:30 at night by my teenager asking for money that he needed for such and such by 7am.  (Do I have an ATM in my bedroom??)

Really, it was no big deal.  He would be gone for 10 weeks learning the skills to become a soldier. Not much different than now.  Really.

So, on June 17th, Mike and I took him for his last meal at his place of choice..

He ate so much his stomach hurt. Perfect.

The next day, I drove him up to the Brainerd airport, that would have transported him to the Minneapolis airport and then to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

No big deal. I've got this.

"Don't Cry! Don't Cry!"
 Not so much! After THREE days, Austin finally found himself in Fort Leonard Wood. Long story. It was a complete Goat Rodeo getting him there to say the least. 

During those three days, we exchanged many text messages.  Then.....silence.

Followed by even more silence.....

I was able to talk to Austin for 15 minutes THREE STINKIN' TIMES during his 10 week stay at FLW.

It was hard.  Very hard.  He was essentially getting his butt kicked by drill Sargent's in 100+ degree heat.

Every. Single. Day!! Yet, I could not talk to him. To support him. To encourage him. It.Killed.Me.

It was hard. 

The day finally came that I was able to see my boy.  His graduation from Boot Camp.

Mike, Gavin, and I made the 15 hour treck to Missouri.  (Stopped in to spend some time with my bestie from High School---total bonus! More on that later!)

Words cannot depict the emotions that I felt that day.  The moment I saw him. My hear and soul were swelling with pride.  Remember, he did this on his own initiative.  No influence on me or Mike.


This child, gave up his entire summer between his junior and senior year to become a soldier.

Wow! There really are no words.

He is an amazing kid. I love who he has become.  He is so hardworking and respectful. I would like to take some credit here but not sure if I can. 

I know, I know, brag, brag, brag.  Let the blogging world see all the happy and sappy stuff.  But really, I am one proud mama! Yup.

End of story. No apologies needed.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Few Proud Mommy Moments!

We had Molly's IEP meeting yesterday to go over what the plan is going to be for kindergarten.
We've decided to separate the girls.  That is their recommendation and I agree.
I think that having them together will be a crutch to both of the girls.
Molly will be in the regular classroom 70% of the time and pulled for therapies and such 30%.
She will continue to have a one on one para for the next year being it is something completely foreign to her.  New building, new people, new environment!
She will also continue to ride the special needs bus next year but all agree she will more than likely transition to the regular school bus in first or second grade.

Each day that Molly arrives at school, she sits down and Bonnie (her para) helps her trace her name.  Little Missy is really fighting for her Independence this year.  I was told that she pushes Bonnie away repeating, "No! Stop it! I do it! I do it!"
They showed me this:
 Look at that! The "M" is hard for her but this is the first time I had seen how awesome she did on independently writing her name!

Then she showed me this one:
 The head teacher was sure that Bonnie had helped her with this drawing and Bonnie assured her that nope, "Molly do it!" and she did. All by herself with no prompting or assistance!
I am not gonna lie.  I cried as I stared at this piece of art that will be framed. 
I was so proud. Look that the hair and eyes and the arms and legs all in the appropriate spots!

My teenager.
You know the one.
The one that lives in the basement of our house.
The one I see for, ummm, maybe 10 minutes a week.
Well, he decided that he was gonna join the National Guard.
All on his own initiative.
He took the written test and blew it out of the water! Scored an almost perfect score!
He then did the physical portion. I guess that they are extremely picky these days.
You have to essentially be in top notch condition to be considered.
He passed and was sworn in:
I am one proud mama!! (Daddy was more excited and proud than me!)
And so he will be shipped off the basic training for 10 weeks this summer.

Mr. Gavin continues to Rock It in Tae Kwon Do! He has worked very hard over the passed for months and obtained his YELLOW belt this past week!

The instructor was a little less forgiving this time and only a handful of kids actually got their yellow belt. It was a tough test.
So proud of my big boy!

And Miss Mag Pie. She has been dancing her little heart out this winter.
She has had several shows and loves it! She can hardly wait to start ballet and tap next year!

(I just had to throw this one in! Maggie was made me laugh out loud with her "model" pose for this picture. "Mom, let me see! Am I cute?"
"These are the moments, I thank God that I'm alive.
These are the moments, I'll remember all my life."
--Edwin McCain