Sunday, June 12, 2022

The one where jack graduates

It’s been two weeks already. I only cried a little during the procession. All jack said was “well, I guess I did it.” Indeed you did kiddo. Despite pandemic and pandemic losses. 

This parenting gig is a wild ride. One day you have a ten year old who still is crying from disregulation and won’t even return a library book alone and the next he’s ready to March off to college. 

It became clear at some point in the last few years that jack is autistic (after years of playing is he or isn’t he with every therapist in town he said after watching a Netflix reality show - wow that’s me!) and it became very clear to me at some point that neurodivergent kids get there when they get there. They simply do not operate on an expectation timeline. Jack has worked very hard to overcome some obstacles and I really couldn’t be prouder bc in typical jack fashion he mostly does this on his own. He needs us for stability but not to push him through. Watching him do all the things! Senior sunrise, grad night, prom, get a job - has been a real joy (even though I know some of it has required real determination for him).

I am excited to see what comes next. (But also cautiously alert to all the pitfalls of autism + college ). Once a mom…


Friday, May 27, 2022

All the things to end a school year

(Award letter codes)
These are out of order thanks to blogger, but here we go. The last ten days have been alll the things. And it’s been hard. Not only are the kids transitioning but there have been a lot of communication issues with one of the schools. I find myself crying over everything, which is really not like me. 

So, on with it then. Jack had the senior clap out at the elementary school. Parents were not invited, so I had to rely on selfies and begging staff for photos. 

All the art work came home. 
Jack had senior awards, the list was long, way to go jack! 
Sam had 5th grade awards, which I did attend. Two top honors for our girl. 

Grants teacher had his class make a huge sign for jack. Grant was SO excited to get to clap out jack. It’s not very often a senior still has a sibling at the elementary school. 

It was so cold on the last day of school we needed coats and the school had the heat on. 
We did get to attend the 5th grade clap out. Sam was sobbing which made me cry. So many crying little girls on that clap out. (Some of the kids will attend a different middle school bc of district boundaries.)

This art was so awesome. 

Jack had his very last day of public school.
Then awards time for grant (we did not attend). Grant also did an awesome job this year. 
I grew a few peas. 
Gold level honor roll (straight a).

Today was the last day of elementary school for Sam.
I went to field day for both kids. No pics of Sam though, I had to leave my phone with Dave to manage a doctor appointment for my mom bc we only had a few hours notice that we could attend. 

Last day of third grade for grant. 

Last day/first day grade 5

Last day/first day grade 3

Awards list for jack. 
All that remains is graduation tomorrow! 

Friday, May 13, 2022

Awesome. And not.

Mother’s Day this year came with two really great flea market trips. That was awesome. Grants behavior at the second one was not awesome. 

We keep making pies - this strawberry cheesecake pie was awesome. 
Samantha’s art was selected for the district art fair. Also awesome. 
This is the earliest we’ve ever started swimming, which is awesome. But the boiling 100 degree heat is not. 
On the way home from the flea we took alien photos. Sam is obsessed with aliens. 

A random duck laid a single egg in my flowers, it’s been moved to An incubator to see if it hatches. Could be awesome? 
Mother’s Day with my girl. Awesome. 
The final orchestra concert for jack! Awesome. 

A misshapen butterfly I had to euthanize. Not awesome. 

 And an awesome Mother’s Day selfie with my kids - who are starting to dwarf me in photos - AWESOME! 

Not awesome - lest anyone think the world has returned to normal when reading this in years to come :

We are set to overturn roe v wade (and a whole host of other women's healthcare)

There is an extreme shortage of baby formula - scary

War is still raging in Ukraine 

Covid numbers rising again

American covid death toll reached one million this week 

Inflation hit 11%

Gas is over $4 a gallon 

And times, well, they are still hard. :(