September 25, 2018

Art of the Week – Cultural Inspiration


Tad’s art class is officially back in session!  He once again went to “help” Teacher E out (and I do say “help” loosely, since I’m not sure how much actual help he is) with the younger kids’ class, and then he got to meet his new teacher, Teacher M, and the kids in this class.  There is actually another girl in his grade in this class, but everyone else is younger.  Though one of the younger girls looked at Tad and said, “I know you!  You were at the old art studio!”  Tad told her his name, and she looked him over.  “Yes – you have the same name, the same face…” her eyes landed on his T-shirt, “… you still like Batman…”

While I did hang around to make sure that Tad was acclimating properly to the new teacher and class, he really doesn’t need me there.  I may be able to get away next week, which would be nice.

This week’s lesson was more of a “getting to know you” class, which resulted in some free time.  Teacher M provided some inspirational sheets that the kids could copy or look at – one of which was a Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock picture of a woman and a giant koi carp.

When Tad saw the giant fish, his eyes lit up.  “I could make a Japanese shark!” he exclaimed.

His attempts at Kanji both amuse me and hurt my eyes (because he did manage to copy actual characters amidst the gibberish he wrote down), but the shark’s eyes and the image of him riding it are pretty amazing.

He’s pretty happy to be back in art class.

September 24, 2018

Shopping With Tad


When Tad is in a good mood these days, it’s pretty nice.  (We are in full moody teenager mode lately, so when he brightens up, he’s actually pretty pleasant.)

Yesterday, he stopped at the grocery store with me, and was helping me load up the conveyor belt at checkout.

He decided it would be the perfect time to sing the Swedish Chef version of “We Have No Bananas Today” to the entire line while doing so.

My life is never boring.  I hope at least one other person was entertained by the performance!

September 21, 2018

Flashback Friday


I was looking back at old school pictures when I came across this one.

This was five years ago, while we were waiting for Ane’s bus, and Thumper was a baby.  Ane would have been in 4th grade.

And now she’s in high school and he’s in kindergarten.

September 20, 2018

Slowly Settling


Thumper is our only child to attend all-day kindergarten, and boy, is he feeling it.

He’s crashing in the car, he’s falling asleep at the dinner table… he’s just plain ol’ TIRED at the end of the day.

I thought that last year – when he was attending preschool for the “extended day” program – was a pretty good warm-up, but that started a lot earlier in the morning, got out a lot earlier as a result, and was only three days out of the week.  School is now five days a week, with a 90 minute early dismissal on Wednesdays.  I am taking him out of school early three days a week, but that’s for ABA.  He isn’t getting to mentally check out – he’s going for more individual therapy.

My poor baby.  This is a much bigger adjustment than I’d thought it would be.

But it’s also only week 2 for him, so this period of adjusting is probably normal.

I do miss him during the day, though.  But he’s much better off being engaged at school than being a total couch potato, demanding music over YouTube or unlimited iPad time at home.