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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April 21, 2014 John is getting to tall and strong

Robert went to Utah this last week to his Uncle Widge’s funeral but I didn’t go because I wasn’t comfortable leaving John and Daniel with Mark when we would be so far away. Mostly because I was worried that if I left than Daniel would have tumor issue. Of course he didn’t but, you know, Murphy’s Law… if anything can go wrong it will. It wasn’t just that, Mark is a bit closer in age to John and Daniel and they are pretty big and strong. He does well with them but…I don’t know…I just didn’t feel right about going to Utah…to a hotel a few miles away, sure, but Utah is just so far away! John is about to outgrow me. He has maybe and inch before he is taller than me. We are pretty much looking at each other eye to eye. Daniel isn’t a whole lot shorter either. If my memory serves, the older boys got their growth spurt around the age of 14. John is only half a year from that. I wonder how I am going to deal with him, puberty and his anger issues when he is taller and stronger than me. John has been doing really well a school but church has been awful. Jana and I spent the previous Sunday’s (not including General Conference) fighting John during the last hour. Then yesterday he threw a fit at the beginning of Sacrament Meeting because I wouldn’t let him play his DS before the Sacrament. I had to drag him outside while he screamed. I had to use all of my weight to get him to move. Jana mentioned she thought he was getting stronger as well as taller. I think it might because he goes to PE for the warm ups. He leaves after about 10 minutes but that first stretch and warm up is going to kill us when he fights us.

April 14, 2014 Daniel and his Belt

John has been doing great after a run in with Suzette and the vegetables. He decided it was better to behave in the regular classrooms rather than eat vegetables. Daniel is Daniel doing his Daniel things. He took the STARR a couple of weeks ago. After the Math test he said his hand hurt from filling in all the circles and that it was hard. He said the reading test was easy. Huh, Math is his good subject and reading his so much about language that instead of being on his 5th grade level his is reading at a 3rd grade level. I guess the test writers will be keeping their jobs for a while longer because obviously something is not quite right about the proper difficulty of the test. Daniel story…Daniel knocked on our door a couple of days ago. His dad shouted, “What?” Daniel answered, “Um…Um” So his dad yelled, “Do you want something Daniel?” Daniel answered, “Um…Um” So his dad got up and answered the door. Daniel held out his belt. He wanted to put his belt in his dresser drawer. I keep his dresser in my room so I don't have to run upstairs to get the clothes or put them away after washing them. When he came in my room last night to put away his belt I asked him what it was and he said, “belt”. So he knows the name of it but couldn’t say he wanted to put it away.

April 1, 2014 John tries to startle Andy

Daniel has STAAR testing this week. That is state testing for school. He came home with a paper cape with stuff like “good luck”, and “you can do it” from the teachers and kids in his class. He said he wrote “good luck” on other people’s capes. Other than that, he and John have been playing on the computer and with their DSes (??? Plural DS?) John has been pretty quiet except at church on Sunday but I think that is because I ran out of one of his medicines so it really wasn’t his fault. He had a fit during class because I wouldn’t give him his DS. Jana (his Sunday School teacher) and her son Andy took him out to the picnic area. They got pollen all over their rear ends from the benches. Spring has sprung around here. Andy doesn't work with his mother every week anymore but John is so big now that Jana and I couldn’t get him to move. We had to call in the troops. A couple of weeks ago John entered the chapel and snuck up behind who he thought was Andy and said, “BOO!” (He is really into startling people.) But it wasn’t Andy; it was his brother who was visiting. They look a lot alike from the back. He turned around and looked at John and laughed. "I bet you thought I was Andy!" Then Andy came up behind John and startled him. We all had a good giggle.

March 24, 2014 John and some Visitors

Monday was the dentist for John and Daniel at noon so John didn’t go back to school. According to his teacher, he doesn’t have any classes after lunch so why bring him back? But then, I got a call on Tuesday that John was sick 5 minutes before some visitors were supposed to arrive. I tried to call them, but they didn’t pick up so I jumped in the car anyway. While I was walking into the school I got a call from my friends, so I told them to just wait; their choice, not mine. So, I got back with John and my friends and I had a nice visit while John played on the computer and upstairs. It is such a change from when he would run as fast as he could upstairs whenever we had company. He has really grown up.

March 17, 2014 I’m never going to come in your room again

It was a quiet spring break. John and Daniel had a great time playing together. They were really nice. Daniel seems to be doing better on the Adderall than he was previously. It seems easier to get and keep his attention. He is even kind of answering questions with something other than, “maybe” or “I’m not sure”. I asked him if he felt any better on it and he said, yes. Then I asked if he could listen to the teacher better and he said, yes. I thought for sure I would get a maybe or I’m not sure but it was a strait up yes. I hardly even noticed John was home this week. He only yelled a couple of times which for a whole week is great! He is so funny when he is angry. He says things like, “I’m never going to come in your room again!” or “I’m never going to use this blanket again!” Ummmm, okaaay.

March 10, 2014 a big fight over eating vegetables

John had a really bad week at school. He shoved a kid and was trying to hit teachers and of course yelling and screaming. He ended up in JCAP (Junior High Children with Autism Program) with Ms. Suzette. They had a big fight over eating vegetables. She was enforcing her class rules to make JCAP a place he doesn’t want to be. In other words, so he will behave in his regular classes. She made him write sentences like, “I will not hit other kids.” Or something like that. I used to have to write sentences when the class misbehaved in 5th grade. I hated it, especially since it wasn’t me causing the problems but The teacher insisted the whole class write and it wasn’t short little sentences. It was long ones that took up a couple of lines on the page. That is probably why I know cursive so well. :D

Monday, February 24, 2014

Best Day Ever!

I got a call from John’s teacher saying he had a great week.  He has been doing his work and been asking to go to class on his own.  His aide is letting him be by himself but sticks around the back of the classJ.  He read out loud in class and in one class finished his work 15 minutes BEFORE anyone else.  Unbelievable!  John is actually doing school work at school and in class! I wonder how long it will last. He has had some bad weeks, but overall he has been doing amazingly well this year.

Saturday was eventful.  I had thought we might watch the parade (so John and Daniel could see what a parade was) but Daniel had a scouting outdoor activity put on by the Order of the Arrow.  He has a great time. When talking about it to his dad, with some prompting, he told us he lit a fire, used an ax, sharpened a knife, tied some knots and then tried to say something else but didn’t know the word.  I had looked at his activity sheet and asked, “Citizenship?” he nodded.  That is the Citizenship that is required for tenderfoot, 2nd and 1st class, not the merit badges.  He also did some first aid so it was a busy morning. Unfortunately, I goofed up on where to pick him up, so he had to wait a really long time until, after a phone call, figured it out.  I knew it was at Katy High School and I was waiting at the Natatorium, but I was supposed to walk past the carnival that was set up for the rodeo and get him.  During that whole time, Daniel, according to the person who was with him, was trying to visit the carnival.  I felt awful and decided we would go later that day.  I didn’t have a pair of shoes on that I could stand and walk around in very long without getting foot cramps.  I called home and asked Mark if he would bring John and a pair of shoes, but he said he was busy. So, I drove home and rested then, Daniel woke me up at the time I said we would go.

After talking John into it, John, Daniel and I went to the carnival.  Mark was still too tired and their dad needed to care of something on the computer.  He called just as I was about to get on the access road but I told him I would be fine without him.
Wow! It think I learned how not to shake my phone camera! No blurry pictures!

We strolled through the rides.  Daniel decided to go on the huge slide that you slide with the burlap sacks but the operator took a break just before his turn.  John said he was afraid of heights and didn't want to go but the operator said he would be in a couple of minutes..  While we waited, John got cold, so I gave him my pink sweater. Not caring what other people think has its advantages, like being able to wear mom's sweater without being embarrassed.

We walked past another ride and then I talked Daniel into going through the Fun House.  He was tentative walking and held on for dear life on the moving floors, but I think he enjoyed it.

   At first, John didn’t want to go on anything,

but when Daniel got off the Fireball, he said, “I was very brave!”After Daniel went on the “Fireball”  John wanted to go but because we were short on time I told him we needed to move on and maybe we could come back.

So they went on what I know as The Eggbeater.  The operators were kind enough to allow me to help John and Daniel into the car.  The boys weren't understanding what the operator was trying to tell them and with the motor planning issues could quite figure out how to get in.  
John screamed his head off and looked absolutely terrified, but he was happy when he got off.

 They tried to spin and after some instruction, figured out how to while they were sitting still, but once they got to flying, it got to hard.  There weren't very many kids who could make it spin while flying in a circle.

Of course, afraid of heights John went on the Ferris wheel. They were both very patient waiting for their turns.
I don't know the name of the last ride.  It made them kind of dizzy. They still enjoyed it but I think they were pretty much done with the carnival.

I asked Daniel what his favorite ride was.  It was the Fireball. 
At the time I didn’t know what it was because I didn’t look at the names of the rides.  Daniel explained it to spinning his hand and saying, "around and around".

As we got in the car to go home Daniel declared, “Best day EVER!”

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Busy Week

A really long week is finally over but this week also has several things to do, none of which are as long as everything was last week.

The first thing on the agenda last week was taking John to see his pediatrician to discuss what to do about his vitamin D deficiency.  He asked us to retest to make sure the labs return the same and also to determine the underlying cause of the deficiency.  There are many mechanisms in the body that produce vitamin D so some of the blood work will be to see if something else isn’t working quite right.  So that is what we are off to do today, take more blood.  John did pretty well getting his blood drawn.  We watched a social story online so that he would be prepared and it pretty much worked
The next day was John’s REED (Review of Existing Evaluation Data) to determine any new evaluations were needed.  Pretty much they are only going to re-evaluate for language.  For everything else, we know how he is doing.  Some things are good, some things not so good, behavior in particular.  Of course, everyone loves him and praises him.  They said even when he is angry he is cute.  As a mom, I agree.  He is my Johnny Angel.

Friday was the Texas Children’s doctor appointments for Daniel.  As I already wrote, the tumor did not grow enough to see over the last 6 months so our next MRI will be at the beginning of August. Once the tumor starts causing symptoms, surgery will be needed along with 4 ½ weeks of proton radiation therapy . We’ve been watching for the headache and vomiting without a fever so long that it seems normal but this time they gave us a few symptoms to watch in case he develops enema (brain swelling).  Basically, it is to watch for the really small seizures, not the big ones where you shake but the tiny ones that hard to detect.  We are supposed to look for: staring off into space, not responding to his name being called, stopping in the middle of a sentence, and lack of attention.  Things like that.  Yeah, that’s not going to work. I was kind of laughing to myself because Daniel already does all of that because of his Autism and language issues.  It is kind of sad and a little worrisome, but oh, well, that is our life.  I suppose if it gets bad enough we’ll start to notice.
Daniel waiting at the Oncology and Hematology Department at Texas Children's Hospital.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

FHE Follow the Prophet Verse 5 Part 2 - Moses and the Burning Bush

FHE Follow the Prophet Verse 5 
Part 2 - Moses and the Burning Bush

Have the students wear shoes
Prepare a place to burn things if you can.  Otherwise, just talk about burning things.
A real or picture of a plant or a bush
A candle or fireplace to light
A piece of paper
A piece of wood
A piece of wool



Bible stories have a lot of resources on the internet so Google Moses and the Burning Bush

Tell, watch, read or act out the story of the Moses and the Burning Bush.  On the video it is the first half of The Prophet Moses.


This would be fun to do outside so you could show a bush and light a fire in a fire pit or bar b que.  You could actually burn a bush.

One day, Moses went to a mountain. (Pretend to climb a mountain.) He saw a bush that was burning.  (Show bush/plant inside or out.  Light the candle or fire. Talk about or burn the paper, wool and wood. * Please don’t burn something if you will be setting your house on fire.  Just talk about it.) But the funny thing is, it did not burn! (Pretend to be surprised.) Moses went to the bush.  God spoke to Moses from the bush. He told Moses to take off his shoes because the ground around the bush was special. Moses took off his shoes. (Remove shoes and if it is not too cold walk around a little outside.)  God told Moses to go to Egypt and free the people who were slaves.  (Discuss what a slave is.  Order the children around and make them do things like stand up, sit down, clap, etc. Or play Simon Says.) Moses was afraid, but God said that He would help Moses.  God would send Aaron, Moses’ brother, would help.  (Act out helping each other or show pictures of people helping each other.) Moses went to do what God told him.

Monday, February 3, 2014

An Attempt to go to the Theater

We have had a busy week and this coming week is even worse.  Last Wednesday is Daniel’s ARD.  That is the meeting where we discuss his school goals for the rest of this year and all of next year.  They are pretty much the same only a little step harder.  He is about 2 years behind on everything.; most of it due to reading comprehension which is, of course, due to language comprehension.  He is doing really well considering his challenges. In Math he is doing great just struggling with word problems.  I know a lot of people struggle with word problems but Daniel struggles because of understanding the words, not the operations.  He also struggles with 2 step word problems.  He is doing pretty well in Science and Social Studies as well.  It is no surprise that he is having difficulty in Reading, Writing and English.  He is starting to write, with a lot of prompts, some things about his life. I don't have any examples for this year yet, but I look forward to posting them when I do have some.

John has been a handful as always.  Today, we attempted to go on a Field trip with his school to the Main Street Theater.  They asked me to drive him down instead of having him on the bus so I could take him home if things got bad.  I couldn’t make it to the school in time to follow the buses because of Daniel’s bus so I headed out. I saw the buses in the distance as I approached 59.  They were on the overpass from the Westpark Tollway. I couldn’t catch them though.  So I followed the Google map. I found the theater but there was a sign on the door saying for school groups to go to another theater. So I tried to follow those directions but because I tried to memorize them and I guess my memory isn’t very good, I couldn’t find the other theater.  I called John’s teachers and they couldn’t figure out how to get me there so after discussing it with his teacher we decided to go to the zoo.  John would still be counted at school because we tried.  

As we drove to the zoo, we found the buses stopping at Herman Park.  After talking to the 6th grade principle while John was being John, we decided to take him to the Museum of Natural History.  It was way too cold for us with our thin jackets to go to the zoo. We had a good time at the museum.  We checked out the dinosaurs but John was bored so we rushed through it.  John wanted to ride the NASA spinney thingy that was near the ticket booths.  So I got him a ticket and he spun around and upside down, screaming the happy/scared scream that people do on roller coasters.  I can't believe he would actually do it.  He usually avoids sensory input that intense.  Maybe going to Disney World wouldn't be as bad as we think it would.  He loved it but didn’t want to go again.  

We went through the Cockerel Butterfly Center.  He loved that.  We were kind of rushed though because we decided to go to lunch with his dad.  John enjoyed the French fries he got in a restaurant down in the tunnels below his dad’s building. And then we came home.  It was quite a day.

John at the Cockerel Butterfly Center.  I take terrible pictures.  They are always blurry.
Tomorrow, John has a doctor’s appointment about a Vitamin D deficiency.  Wednesday is John’s REED.  That is a school meeting about the evaluations that they took this year.  They have to evaluate him about his autism and stuff every 3 years.  Thursday is a day at home for me unless I choose to go to quilt group.  Friday is Daniel’s doctor’s appointments at Texas Children’s.  What a week.  I am totally stressed out but, one day at a time completed by one hour at a time completed by one minute at a time.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Daniel's MRI

Daniel's MRI was yesterday. As I expected, the tumor is still growing so slowly that is imperceptible between 6 month MRIs but if you compare it to the ones taken a year or 18 months ago you can see the slight growth. The oncologist couldn't make our appointment and the neurosurgeon is out of the country. We didn't actually talk to a doctor but the oncologist left a message that I got late last night so that is all I know for now. We will talk to the neurosurgeon and the oncologist next Friday. It will be nice to ask a few questions at that time.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

FHE Follow the Prophet Verse 5 - Baby Moses Part 1

FHE Follow the Prophet Verse 5 
Part 1 - Baby Moses

This lesson isn't part of the song, but kids love the story and there are a bunch of ways to teach it.

Make Salt Dough if using
Draw pictures of a baby on small pieces of paper

Play or Salt Dough
A Basket or have the children make salt/play dough baskets
A Doll to fit the basket or tiny baby dolls for salt dough baskets


Tell, watch, read or act out the story of the baby Moses.

You are big.  You have learned to do a lot of things by yourself.  What are some things you can do all by yourself?  (Have the children tell or act out things they do all by themselves such as walk, dress, or play.) Babies need a lot of help.  They cannot do very much for themselves.  What are some things babies can’t do?  (Have the children pretend to care for a baby.)
When Moses was a baby, the Pharaoh (or king) ordered the soldiers to kill the babies.  Moses’ mommy didn’t want her baby killed.  God inspired (told) Moses’ mommy how to save him.  She made a basket for him to sleep in.  (Show a basket or picture of a basket.)  She put baby Moses in the basket.  (Place doll in basket.) She put the basket in the big river.  She couldn’t stay and watch Moses because she had to work so she had Moses’ big sister, Miriam, watch the basket to make sure it was safe.  {(You could relate this to older siblings watching the younger children in your family or how a babysitter watches the children when parents are gone.)(Have the children pretend to watch over the basket. You could discuss all the bad things that could have happened to Moses in a big river in a basket.  But also explain that God helped Miriam watch and keep Moses safe.) (Have the children use the salt dough to make a basket.  If you have tiny dolls put them in the basket, if not, draw pictures of a baby on small pieces of paper to place in the salt dough baskets.)}
One day, the Pharaoh’s daughter (princess) was at the river.  She was taking a bath.  (Have the children pretend to bathe.) She saw the basket in the water and wondered what it was.  When she looked in the basket she found a baby.  She knew babies couldn’t take care of themselves.  She wanted to take care of Moses but she needed some help feeding him.  The Pharaoh’s daughter saw Miriam, Moses’ sister.  The Pharaoh’s daughter asked Miriam if she knew about anyone who could help take care of the baby.  Miriam told her, “Yes!” and ran to get her mother.  Moses’ mommy got to take care of her baby for the Pharaoh’s daughter and Moses did not get killed by the soldiers.  God protected Moses.

There are a lot of resources on line for this story.  Just google it.

Monday, January 27, 2014

No Adults or Toddlers Aloud

Derrick and his family came to visit Saturday evening.  We had a lot of fun and a great talk.  John was really happy to see them, but he decided a little while later that toddlers are “too messy”.  He made a sign that said no adults or toddlers aloud”.  I explained that maybe he would like to say “no adults WITH toddlers aloud”. I am not sure he understood.  Daniel through a fit about the sign.  He was really mad at John because he enjoyed Leah (Derrick’s almost 2 years old) a lot.  They had a bit of a fight, but I got Daniel to calm down and John to go to his room so he wasn’t bothered by Leah so much.

Yesterday, John decided it wasn’t Sunday.  He was adamant about it.  Daniel got really mad again.  He even started hitting John!  It took me a while, but I finally got Daniel to calm down.  I tried to explain that it didn’t really matter that John insisted it wasn’t Sunday, it didn’t change anything and that John would realize it without us forcing the issue. I don’t think I did a very good job.  It is hard to explain the concept to Daniel with his limited ability to understand language.  John mainly just didn’t want to be Sunday because he didn’t want to go to church.  Eventually, John came around (it’s not like he had a choice as to which day it was) and everything worked out as long as I did the John dressing.  I hate that, but I guess it is necessary. 

I think the ADHD medicine I have Daniel trying out may not be the right one for him.  He just doesn’t get angry unless John is trying to make him do stuff.  Being angry because he doesn’t like what John is doing when it doesn’t involve Daniel is really odd and he has NEVER hit except a couple of times when John was hitting him and I hadn't intervened, yet.  I though John needed to know Daniel and other people would hit back. Daniel is becoming a teenager soon, so is it hormones or is it medicine or is it both?  I’ll be talking to the doctor about that.

I So Sick

Daniel is getting sick.  He leaned over to me during the sacrament and said, “I so sick.”  I sent your dad and Daniel home right after that.  I probably should not have sent him to school today, but I so needed an alone day.

John has been quiet and good on the most part.  He has been busy playing his Christmas and Birthday games.  He got a minecraft shirt and Super Mario Galaxy 2 (I think it is Super Mario.)  

I am starting to stress over Daniel’s upcoming MRI.  I always do. Knowing it is growing is less stressful than wondering if it is growing but the decision as to when to do the surgery is approaching.  Do we wait for symptoms or do we have it during the summer when he is out of school?  

It is also ARD time for John and Daniel.  We get to decide what classes they take next year.  Woohoo! Not.  Will the stress ever let up?  It seems like forever since things got crazy.  Actually it is only since John was 3 and we found out about his autism.

A Nickname for Daniel January 7, 2014

I called Daniel “Darling”.  I call him Daniel Darling sometimes.  He got really upset and said, “My name Daniel David Frame!” I said, “Darling is my nickname for you, just like I call Johnny ‘Angel’”.  It means I love you.” He said, “Oh,” And calmed down.   Then mumbled, “No nick (pause for remembering) name, just regular name.”  J I guess I won’t be using that name much or only call him “Daniel Darling” and not just “Darling”. I wonder how things would have gone if I had told him it was a pet name.  Would he think I was calling him a dog or a cat? Probably.  I was thinking pet name would have been a better explanation.  I think now, not.

I took John to his psychiatrist yesterday.  Because of his medicines, he needs to get some blood work done.  I plan on taking him tomorrow morning.  That should be interesting.  

And so it is then end of the Holidays and Birthdays.  Phew! Now we just have to get through Daniel’s MRI at the end of the month and maybe I can calm down a bit.  No wait, it is ARD season and time to choose classes for John and Daniel next year.  I wonder if I should put Daniel in band, orchestra, choir or art. I’ll ask for his opinion but it is really up to me.  

Daniel Gave a Talk - December 30, 2013

Everyone is busy playing on the computers.  John is waiting with baited breath for Kingdom Hearts to arrive, hopefully today. We didn't order it in time for it to arrive for Christmas.  He got a letter saying when it was suppose to arrive. If it doesn't come it is going to be a long evening.  I have to keep reminding him that the mailman doesn’t come until late afternoon.

Daniel gave a talk in Primary yesterday.  He did a great job.  He stumbled over a few large words like eternal and progress even though he practiced a bunch.  Other than that, he did a fabulous job.  Compared to the first time he said his part in the Primary program it was phenomenal.  He has grown so much since then, both physically and in his speech. Christopher introduced him to Treasure Planet and Muppet Treasure Island.  Chris had to work really hard to get him interested in Treasure Planet but after the first few scenes he got into it.  As for Muppet Treasure Island, I am pretty sure we will have it memorized before too much longer. >:b

John is still struggling and Daniel can't wait for Christmas - December 23, 2013

John has been horrible this week.  His teacher called on Tuesday for us to come get him.  I was at the dentist so your dad talked to her.  I didn’t get the message until 2:10. She was going to wait 10 minutes and then call back as to whether we needed to come or not.  Seriously? 2:20?  Both the Junior High and the High School that is right behind it get out at 2:30!  The traffic is horrible then.  Cars are lined up along the street waiting to pick up kids and you have High Schoolers driving! How on earth am I supposed to get to the Junior High at 2:30? Which would be what time it was by the time we got the call and was able to get there.  They would end up having to hold him until 3:00 at least.  Wouldn’t that make the situation worse than putting him on the bus?  And…on top of that, you just taught him if he screamed long enough he gets to come home!  What on earth was she thinking?  It ended up that she didn’t call.  I think she figured out that it would be easier to just put him on the bus because that is what happened.  The bus driver just shook her head when I got him off.  Apparently, he had cried all the way home.  We have no Idea what happened.  He had been taking his medicine so that wasn’t it. I think he might have made it to mid-December to freak out instead of mid-November.  That is progress I guess.

Daniel is incredibly excited about Christmas.  I have been getting a report on how many days are left every day. J I love the way Chris explained Daniel’s way of talking.  He has no speaking cadence.  I have had a horrible time explaining how he talks and that explains it pretty well.

Daniel struggles with language and John is being difficult - December 12, 2013

It has been kind of cold here.  Poor Daniel has to go to school in shorts.  I finally found a place that I might be able to order some pants for him that are the right size.  I’m crossing my fingers and hoping they fit because he really needs some.  It is supposed to get below freezing next week and stay that way for a few days (over Christmas) we really don’t have clothes for that so it is good thing school will be out.  Everyone is preparing for and taking finals this week except for Daniel who doesn’t have them.

Daniel has been his cute, lovable self.  The speakers on the kid’s computer weren’t working for a few days.  Mark and I couldn’t figure out why.  Daniel decided to ask your dad who was busy with SWOTR. When Daniel tried to get his attention he was being short with Daniel thinking it was John once again bugging him.  When he realized it was Daniel, he got to a stopping place and called him in.  He said Daniel was so upset he was crying and all he could say was, “speaker” which doesn’t make a whole lot of since if you don’t know the previous information.  Your dad easily fixed it and now Mark, John and Daniel are all happy.

John has been really hard this last week. He had been doing really well and then, bam! Not so good.  He has been giving his teachers a hard time screaming in class and being rude to other kids. L 

On Thursday, John and Daniel had their 3 month dentist appointment.  I decided to let John sleep in and just take him to school after the appointment.  I called his teacher and she told me that by the time we got back, John would only have 1 class left because he doesn’t go to an elective class. The afternoon is all “advisory”. So he got a day off.  The next day, John was complaining about being sick.  After talking to the nurse and observing him, they decided to send him home, so I went to get him.  On the way home, he told me he was lying about being sick.  Grrr. Then he tried to convince me on Sunday that he was sick.  I had to explain, loudly, that he had lied to me whether he was sick, or not sick, on Friday.  Because he had lied to me,  I couldn’t believe him and that I wouldn’t ever believe him unless he was running a temperature.  I got really angry, which you know is unusual, but oh, well.  He went over the line screaming at me for an hour and a half and then trying to get out of getting dressed by resting and saying he had a sore throat. In the end, we got to church only a few minutes late.  My throat hurt so after the sacrament I went to get a drink and a Kleenex.  In the hall I ran into a lady who is having a lot of trouble with her 5 year old son.  We talked for a long time.  It helped a lot, so I guess God took and bad situation and turned it into a way to help someone who was struggling.

BTW, no cavities for 6 whole months with John and Daniel.  The 3 month schedule is working well for them.  

Christmas is Coming - December 9, 2013

It has been a quiet week even though we are headed toward Christmas.  John and Daniel insisted on sending letters to Santa.  Daniel wants a Wii U game and John a 3DS game.  John is still bugging us about letting him on the internet on his DS.  We continue to refuse.  You would think he would get the, not hint, but absolute refusal by now.

As soon as December started, Daniel started watching all our Christmas videos over, and over, and over…I’m already tired of Caillou! Daniel has also insisted we put up the tree for Family Home Evening last week and bugged his dad into putting the string of lights on the banister. We needed a little push to get going on Christmas.  I think we are avoiding it.

Thanksgiving - December 2, 2013


I cooked dinner all day like I normally do.  The turkey was fabulous if I do say so myself.  I’m getting pretty good at cooking turkey, finally. J Derrick came down to see us.  His wife and kids will be leaving Washington and driving to Louisiana starting tomorrow. It will be nice to have family relatively nearby again.
Poor Daniel and John kept asking when Eric was coming for Thanksgiving and we kept having to tell them, “Not Eric, Derrick.”