What Are They Thinking?!?!! Preparing MJ For Middle School (part 3)   

Are They Serious?!?

As many of you know, MJ will be entering  middle school soon.  I recently called the school to inquire about their “meet and greet” for incoming sixth graders.  I was informed that they would not be having a meet and greet. Instead, they are having a parent orientation meeting! I don’t know about you but I don’t give two fiddle sticks about an orientation!  What I care about is a smooth transition for MJ. It is imperative that he meet his teacher and see his classroom before the first day of school.  Upon hearing the news, I immediately emailed the ESE specialist at the school.  I waited 2 days and noticed she hadn’t even read my email! I decided to call her and to my surprise she picked up the phone on the first ring.  I informed her about my email and my concerns.  I asked her “what day and time is good for a quick meet and greet?” She did lots of “iffing and butting” until she finally said “I understand your concerns and we will work something out.”  We ended the phone call after that statement but I am not satisfied.  In another week I will be politely sending a follow up email and phone call if I have to.  I honestly try to be as nice as I possibly can because these individuals will have direct contact with my son. I don’t want them treating him badly due to my behavior.    I have seen how some unprofessional people treat students after dealing with the issues of their parents.  Whatever happens, mark my words…My son WILL meet his teacher before his first day of middle school. This is NON-NEGOTIABLE.  

  

Love/Hate Blogger Challenge

I want to thank 21andsensory for putting me up to this challenge! The rules for this challenge include writing 10 things that you love and 10 things that you hate. So here it goes:

Ten Things That I love:

1.  God

2.  My Family (husband, kids, sisters, brothers, parents, cousins).

3.  Teaching students that are eager to learn.

4.  Starbucks vanilla latte or cinnamon dolce latte with breve 🙂

5. True friends that have been there for me over the years and communicate with me throughout the year.

6.  Advocating for my son.

7.  Sitting down with a hot cup of tea or coffee and reading a book or magazine.

8.  ANY ice cream that Haagen Daz makes ( ok right now caramel cone is my favorite).

9.  Going for a long drive while listening to music.

10.  Blogging

Ten Things I Hate:

1.  Bad customer service

2.  When someone leaves crumbs in the butter container!

3.  Cleaning bathrooms and refrigerators.

4.  When someone takes my parking space.

5.  The looks I get sometimes in public when I’m out with MJ.

6.  Teachers that shouldn’t be teaching because they no longer like kids!

7.  When someone bullies my kids.

8.  Someone that constantly brags about themselves.

9.  When my husband leaves his clothes on the floor.

10.  Crying babies (in excess of 5 minutes) in the movie theater.

That was fun 🙂

Summer is almost over :-(

It’s hard to believe that our summer is almost over (sigh)!  I’m going to miss the freedom that summer vacation gives us. I haven’t been blogging much this week due to different activities but I’ll be blogging again more regularly pretty soon.  

  
The kids today swimming at a friend’s house.  They had so much fun. 😀

Preparing MJ For Middle School (Part 2)

“Dear Lord,  As I prepare MJ for middle school, I ask that you prevent me from having nausea and vomiting every day.  Please help me to remember your word.  Give me wisdom on how to make this an easy transition for him…and again the vomiting thing…seriously Lord I really need help there.  Amen”

Today I decided to take a drive and show my son his new middle school.  Whenever MJ is about to go to a new school, I drive by and show him the school, the area, and our driving route.  I do this at least 5 times before the actual day of school.  It helps him to anticipate what will be happening once the school year begins.  We will often get out of the car and walk around the grounds a little bit.  I make him read the name of the school and the street that it’s on.  He was happy, smiling, and saying “I’m a big boy” several times while we were there today.  Meanwhile, I honestly began to feel nauseous and began sweating.  My mind always plays terrible scenarios of what could happen to him while he is in school.  I replay things that I have personally seen throughout my years of teaching.  It is difficult to get those things out of my mind.  I always have to remind myself that God is protecting him and that I have done all that I know to do. I pray that the coming weeks will allow me to feel prepared as well.

#mjdeservesit

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MJ gazing at his new middle school.

#FBF Pic Of MJ

I was going through MJ’s pictures and came across this pic.  I specifically remember it because it was the first time he wore this outfit.  It was a gift from his Auntie.  Gotta love the dimples. 😊

  
MJ at 5 months ( I think?!?  5 or 6 months😁)

Should’ve Been A Nice Day At The Park

The other day we all decided to go to the park. My husband would play basketball with people that are 20 years younger than him (he still believes he can play better than them lol), while the kids and I took a walk.  It started out well.  MJ was further ahead of me than I like, but he now stops and waits for me at certain places in the park.  During our second lap, my daughter noticed that no one was on the swings.  It’s been a while since she swung on one, so I said “ok go and swing.”  MJ used to LOVE the swing.  It would calm him down.  The OT he had years ago would always make him swing at the beginning of each session.  Anyhow, They both began to swing when all of a sudden MJ purposely and continuously threw himself off of the swing.  This wasn’t him being playful (at first I thought he was joking around).  He was having a mini meltdown.  I HATED that I had to make my daughter stop swinging but MJ would not stop.  Eventually he got up and we started walking again.  I could tell that he was still upset but he walked with us back to the basketball court. I am still not sure what triggered it but I think we will try it again this weekend.


Took this pic after the second time he fell off of the swing.  I thought he was joking at the beginning 😏

Starlight Blogger Award :-)

I was nominated for the Starlight Blogger award by Never Less Than Anything and losttothedark.  I want to thank them for nominating me!  This award is for inspirational blogs. I receive so much inspiration from reading other blogs on a daily basis.  I am grateful that they would consider me for this honor!

Here are the RULES:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 3 questions that are given to you.
  • Pass the award on to 6 or more other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
  • Include the logo of the award on your blog, please never alter the logo and never change the rules.

Here are the questions she wanted me to answer:

What was your first thought when you woke this morning? I immediately thanked God for it being summer vacation! Then thought about the fact that I was awakened by a lawn mower.

What was the subject of the last photo you shot with your phone? Son and daughter on the swings at the park…Well my daughter was the only one on the swing.  My son had a minor meltdown and he was actually on the grass in the photo.

What is your perfect pizza? Extra pepperoni hand tossed pizza with the crust crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside.

My nominees are:

Living Life Day by Day

The Person Next To You

Thelightersideofautism

Our Journey With Jake

My Heart Blinks

5cheekymonkeys

My questions for the nominees are:

What is your favorite vacation destination?

Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone (not text)?

What is the name of the last book you read?