Today I edged that little bit closer to my mid thirties!!!! I know……. where has the time gone? I’m really starting to feel like I’m getting old but I’m still celebrating. I have a chocolate cake………… I’m not a fan of chocolate cake but it’s J’s favourite so I thought I’d treat him and we’re having take away tonight…….. woop woop! LOL (Oh how you celebrate your birthdays differently once you’re abit older and a parent LOL)
These were a lovely gift from 2 friends of mine………. Thankyou ladies
And this was the gift that my little man gave me *bursting with pride and wiping a tear from my eye*
I’m late posting these again, 2 reasons really, the first is that it’s been a very busy time in our house over the last week and secondly my PC has been playing games and randomly likes to freeze……….. mmmm think it may have another problem, may have to go, get it fixed *sigh*
Day 56 – Running Free
Just look at those happy hands
Day 57 – Flying Off…….
Last night I got to “fly off” for the evening, I went out for a meal with some lovely friends to celebrate my upcoming birthday. We had a blast, it was a fun evening filled with laughter, so thankyou ladies As for J, well Daddy never puts him to bed, so J took advantage of the situation and conned some extra time on the Playstation, 6 stories and an extra hour out of Daddy before he finally went to bed LOL
Day 58 – Meet Elton
This was one of the gifts that 2 of my wonderful friends gave me. Last week we went to see Gnomeo and Juliet and so this was a very appropriate gift. In honour of the film we have named him Elton
I took this picture because the colours symbolise how we’re feeling about J’s school at the moment.
On one side we have green for go – the ECDP (EI) unit at the school is fab. J loves it there and we have noticed some big changes in some of J’s behaviours as a result of attending there. He also has a wonderful teacher who understands the kids and who listens to us as parents and to our kids but more than that she makes an effort to help and support.
On the other side meanwhile we have red for stop – symbolising the school itself! J is now only attending mainstream Prep 2 days a week and Wednesdays he is staying home with me. I have had comments made to me in an attempt to make me feel bad for taking my son out of school one day a week, (it didn’t work, we had a great day yesterday until bedtime when J started with his usual “I don’t want to go to bed because then I have to go school in the morning” behaviour). J makes a fuss every morning before school and on Prep mornings I have to literally drag him into school but I’m told “it’s all for your benefit, he’s fine when he’s here”……………… No he’s trying to tell everyone that he doesn’t want to be there, he’s not like it on a Monday and Tuesday (we only had 1 morning at ECDP like that) so obviously there’s something about Prep that is bothering him. And I got informed today that his class are going on a small excursion in a couple of weeks and here’s another quote “it’s only an hour on the bus, the kids always love the journey”…….. mmmmmm wonder if his teacher has ever been on any journey lasting more than 30 minutes with a child like J! We mentioned it to him on the way home and he already started to freak out about being on a bus for so long! We also received a letter from the school today, dated 14th Feb telling us that he was to be assessed by an OT at school and we could meet with the OT to discuss what the assessment was all about but we had to meet with her this afternoon and we didn’t receive the letter until after school…….. seriously what’s the point?
With so many negatives at the school right now, we’re considering our options for next year. J will finish at the ECDP at some point later this year and I just don’t feel that the school will consider, let alone meet J’s needs so whatever happens I don’t think he’ll be continuing his education there. The sad thing is we’re not alone, I know of 4 other parents of special needs children at the same school who feel exactly the same way. *sigh*
Brief rain storm outside tonight…………….. meanwhile inside, HUGE “storm” at bedtime! Can’t we tell it’s school tomorrow……………..
After getting some advice from various people about J’s issues with school, we decided to keep him home today. I was told several times by his teachers that if I kept him off before we had a meeting about homeschooling one day a week he would be marked as absent……………………… ah well guess he was absent today!
We have our meeting tomorrow after school, gee just for once I hope J is in his usual foul mood after school ………… just once I would like for them (the teachers) to see exactly what I’ve been trying to explain to them. So I guess we’ll just see how that goes, at the end of the day he’s only in Prep, which is not compulsory, so if they don’t agree he’ll just have to be absent every Wednesday………….. I’m getting too tired to fight anymore so if keeping him home one day a week means one (or 10) less arguments then so be it!
Ok, not doing too well with my 365 project but it’s been chaos in our house over the past week.
Sunday I caught a sickness bug that was going round and felt pretty yucky all day, although did manage to have a lovely time around a friend’s house in the afternoon. I did take various pictures of J enjoying himself in their pool, (he’s made huge progress in the water and is now even happy to be splashed!), but unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to transfer them onto my pc yet so instead I have this picture for you.
What is it I hear you ask? Well J’s favourite song at the moment is Nanna Window by Chris Moyles, (UK radio DJ, very funny man for all my non UK readers, there are videos on you tube). This is his Nanna waving at the window
Yesterday I had planned to post my pictures here but we had a HUGE storm and the power kept cutting out and so I chose to leave the pc off in the end. However we did get some great pictures of the storm as it began. The sky looked absolutely amazing
And finally today’s photo………….. Tonight after school we made some gloop (cornflour and water) and J had the best time EVER! Watching him play left myself and his Dad gobsmacked……….. just utterly amazed!
Check out how messy my “I hate getting messy” little man is!!
Last week I was lucky enough to receive 3 double passes to see Gnomeo And Juliet – one of which is to giveaway to one of my lovely readers.
Whilst I would have loved to take J to see this, I actually ended up going along to my local cinema with 3 of my lovely girlfriends. J has never been to the cinema, it’s dark and loud and he’s very rarely sat through a whole movie without having to get up and run around, jump or play so pointless taking him to the cinema.
The movie is voiced by a full star British cast including, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Matt Lucas, Ozzy Osbourne and one of my favourite actors of all time Michael Caine. It’s a classic Romeo and Juliet story with a twist at the end, which I don’t want to give away There’s even an “appearance” by the great man himself, William Shakespeare!
At first glance you might be mistaken in thinking this is simply another kid’s movie………. it’s not! Yes the kids will love it but so will the adults in your family. It’s a very funny film with little snippets of subtle adult humour that will make you laugh and have the kids wondering what on earth you’re laughing at…… abit like the Shrek movies. If you liked Shrek, you’ll love this…… I did!
This is a movie that I would definitely recommend taking your family to see and it will be one that will join our collection when it is released on DVD because I think it will be a movie that J will enjoy.
Now for the giveaway, I have a double pass to giveaway to one lucky reader so that you too can go see just how funny this movie is
To enter simply leave a comment below telling me your favourite “kid’s” movie and why. The winner will be chosen at random.
(Australian residents only – sorry)
Closing date for entries is Tuesday 1st March 2011
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This gorgeous flower stood out from the rest today………… and it reminded me how J and I (and Hubby when he’s out with us) stand out from other families when on outings. J and I were in the shopping centre today when we bumped into one of J’s friends, N, from EI with his Mum. We let the boys have 5 mad minutes of play and I found it quite funny that whilst they got a few looks from other people myself and N’s Mum simply watched them, smiling as they played happily with each other. I guess it really doesn’t matter if they stood out from the “crowd” (it wasn’t actually busy) because they were having so much fun and were completely oblivious to anyone who might have been observing and judging their behaviour.
Hi there everyone. My name's Jo, I'm an English Mum who after spending almost 2 years living in Australia made the long journey back home. I've been happily married to M for 13 years :) I'm mum to a beautiful little boy, J, who I think is the best and most amazing little boy ever! :) J has Aspergers Syndrome and OCD and has LOTS of special talents.
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