Saturday, June 30, 2012
Not the greatest game we've been to by far. And it was hhhhoottttt. But thanks to my good Cardinal fan Lois we brought lots of frozen water bottles and frozen wash rags for our necks. I caved too. I bought Brian a ballpark beer since he'd never had one and it was 106 degrees.....no kidding. I even bought a Cardinal water fan. Yeah I messed up there. I thought a different sign said $5.20. Must have been an item number. I had to pay $20! Kept Jaemin busy for a few innings and he and Chelsi never whined about the heat again. Jaemin was into it by the end and was ready to clap. Blood, sweat and tears...that's what they got from their fans today. More sweat though.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
His teacher even wrote "LOVED Jaemin's enthusiasm for the water" on his evaluation. And boy did he have enthusiasm. She told another instructor how crazy he is. The put them in the 2 foot tonight and she told him to jump in. She said "I know you don't need my help like the other kids, I know you want in" and he just leaped into the water. He actually swims in the 2 foot. He just drops under the water, moves his arms and kicks his legs and maneuvers around the pool. The instructors for preschool were just shocked at how comfortable he was and how good he was in the water. I still can't believe how well he swims without any lessons until these past 2 weeks. He's a bit of a natural athlete I think.
And while we worry about some of Jaemin's social and emotional delays from his sensory disorder and speech delay, I'm so proud of him at lessons. He worked so hard and tried so hard. It's hard for him to relate to his peers and he would grab their hands as soon as the teacher mentioned it to walk around the pool or do an activity. He'd watch his teacher's movements so close so he could mimic with his own. He is a truly amazing kid. I fall in love more and more with him every single day, if that's even possible. I really do adore Jaemin.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Brandon, just enjoy Ethan. I know it will feel so surreal at first, but you deserve this and so does he. I know you have so much time you want to make up for and things you want to do, but you now have all the time in the world. As you well know everything's unimportant compared to time with your child. Just spend it. Know that all of us here at home absolutely love and miss you two and I can't wait to be an aunt to Ethan and give him a big hug! And I can't wait for my kids to meet their cousin finally!
Friday, June 22, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
For the past year I've been watching someone I love's life play out like a Lifetime movie. Praying it the bad would stop, rooting them on. Believing, deep down, that karma will allow him to win by getting the bad guy back. I'm finally getting some real evidence that it's going to happen and that the good guy is going to win and that karma bit someone else big time...or big enough to keep you believing that it's best to keep doing the right thing in life.
So, here's to praying that in the coming weeks the movie finishes playing out and the happy ending comes true so I can continue to believe that the bad guys really finish last in life because they do the wrong things; according to mankind and the bible and a general believe and respect for God. I'm praying.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Not that I couldn't, just that I know it's not right. I mean those parents that don't stand firm....they have it easy. Easy because partly they probably don't care enough to stand firm. They don't care about the possible outcomes. Tonight was yet another test.
Cole did well on his algebra state exams, but did not do well on many assignments through the year or his semester 2 final. I talked to his teacher to find out what I could do or what he was struggling with and she thought his ADHD was affecting him and she said they had an 8 day course this summer that he could attend to get a better grip before starting Chemistry College Prep this fall. Since the deal was no letter jackets without decent grades (Bs and above) I told him he either took the course and put out effort or he buys at least 1/2 the letter jacket. If he doesn't get one his sophomore year it's pretty pointless. Not much time to wear a $300 jacket after that.
He's in the 3rd day of the bootcamp and it's 4 hours everyday. That is a lot of algebra.....I know. Tonight he told me how boring it was and asked if he could please stop. I told him no that I would never have expected a D for the semester and he started so I need to see progress and effort. I finally told him that I would 'think' about allowing him to stop if he asked his teacher to explain what all he did wrong on his exam and reteach him how to do it. Then he has to ask if there are online problems he can do (since that's pretty much what they're doing) similar to where he struggled this year. I told him that after she confirmed he was getting it I would consider it. You have to remember that tomorrow is the last day this week and next week is another four days, so I'm not expecting him to miss much. Could be wrong, but we'll see. For now, I'm standing firm. I want him to take responsibility to get back what he lost. We'll see what he does with it. I hope I'm not disappointed.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
He was upset about staying in his bed last night. I walked by to go to bed and he saw me. It's always over when he sees me. I tried to ignore him and stayed in the bathroom to pluck my eyebrows. Then, I heard the banging on the wall. He took his puppy which has a plastic end on it and was hitting the wall. Then, he started to get quiet. I think it was finally starting to tire him. But, by then Brian was in there and it set him off again. uuuhhhh. So I went in to pick him up and I told him that he can't scream and throw a fit like that. He said "I sowy". I asked him what he was sorry for and he says "hitting you wall". I know it's not really funny, but he's so sweet when he says it and he's finally starting to get the language to say what he needs to get out which eventually will trim the tantrums some. So, we just bear with it until it comes, but it IS coming along. He just snuggles up beside me in bed and off he goes every time. Can't complain about that.
And last night Jaemin did GREAT at the dentist. The boy with sensory issues opened his mouth wide, let them clean his teeth and look around and sat in the chair all by himself. He is such a big boy and he is definitely changing. He seems to be catching up in a little bit bigger strides now even though in some ways he's a little more reliant on me. It's give and take and I'll take this.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
I have some pictures of the last day of swimming. Jaemin had become such a great swimmer. He's going to love his swimming lessons in a couple of weeks. He just jumps in the pool and doesn't worry. But, now we're home. We drove 14 1/2 hours straight with stops to eat, gas and potty. We made really good time and I'm almost done with all the laundry now. The girls went off to summer school this morning and Cole will join them tomorrow. He's there for tutoring though, through the A+ program. Then, he wrestles every night. The boys are just outside right now making up for lost time in the woods and with the pups. The pups really missed them. The kittens have grown a lot in a week and are already scared of people. They're only 6 weeks old and we've been gone the last week. That's a large part of their life. Back to work tomorrow and regular life, but a vacation is such a good thing.
Now, we can say we're planning to go to Korea, next vacation and hopefully in just 12 months. I'm counting...yes I am. :) After that long of a drive we have a better idea of what will work for Jaemin. First, he must have mommy to hold. He cried part of the drive because I was in the front and he wanted me to hold him. Second....as many movies or videos as we can fit on an iPod! Lots of stickers. Stickers were a hit with a doodle pad. I think I'm good now.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
Today the hotel told us they were paying for everything we had to do from the damage. Luckily so because the stuff that we had to buy at Sally's was pretty expensive. They're paying for all of that, the cut and the swimsuits. They were nice enough to just offer it up because of the severity of what the pool did and they said they were fixing it before it happened to anyone else. We used the treatments yesterday and they worked great. Chelsi's hair is a little strawish still and Kaelin's just barely, but it's a ton better! I had never heard of this stuff before, but we can finally brush through her hair. Situation rectified. :0)
We went back to Sea World about 4 and it was starting to die down. We took the little kids to see Shamu again while the big kids said they got to ride the roller coasters about 10 more times in less than 2 hours. The Shamu show was different today than Wednesday. It was 4 whales this time and a lot more splashing. We got WET. Jaemin thought that was pretty neat. The little kids rode the Shamu roller coaster (Chelsi did) and Jaemin rode the Merry Go Round. He really, really did well considering how tired he had to be. He ran hard. They went to the sting rays and petted them. Jaemin really loved that. He couldn't wait to touch one and when we rode Sting Ray Falls you go under them and can see them above you. We went back for the dolphins right before they closed and Chelsi really enjoyed talking to a little boy who laid on the rocks beside her and informed her all about the dolphins. They got pretty close, but without food, not close enough. We did get splashed by them playing though. Jaemin liked that.
We ordered pizza to be delivered as we were leaving Sea World and it was perfectly waiting for us as we finished showers. 2 large pizzas are more than enough to fill us after running all day. Too hot and tired to eat. Cheapest we've gotten off all week.
We have one more day left. It's almost over and it has been SO nice. So nice just to be able to go against everything we normally do. We got to just enjoy things and let the kids do things without worrying too much. We vowed just to relax and not worry about the normal worries and it's been nice. Tomorrow we will just hang out here, swim and relax before we leave early Sunday. Thank goodness we are fortunate to have this vacation. I think it's very needed and very nice and I LOVE watching Jaemin see things he's never seen before and watching the kids enjoy things we don't usually afford them to. Jaemin watching the whales and wanting to go back to see the dolphins and touching the sting rays are just priceless.
BTW, the picture of Jaemin with his headphones is a picture I found on my phone from the way to San Antonio, last week. The one of him sleeping in the van is after we left Sea World today. He conked out on the short walk to the van. :)