Sheesh, has it really been two months? Never, since I started a blog, 11 years ago, have I taken that long between posts. I know, though, it seems all I do is come here and post about how busy I am. It’s really true though. Photography is really taking off for me in my solo-again business. Add that to homeschooling and speech therapy and swimming and church and family and my “office job,” and I just really don’t have a lot of time.
I’m really enjoying it though, I am really enjoying where I am in my business and I have lots of plans and ideas that I can’t wait to incorporate. Just that time of year, though, I guess. Fall and spring are really the busiest times though I didn’t just sit around in summer this year, either. I feel really bad telling my once a week, if that, office job boss that I don’t have time to work this week, but it’s just true. I also don’t want to take advantage of my babysitters, aka grandmas, so I have to plan things for when Steve is off work as much as possible.
Then there’s things like crochet. I’m trying to finish a baby blanket for one of my sisters-in-law but it’s not going real good. Not to mention she just had the 4th preemie out of 5 grandkids for my in-laws. This is crazy, I don’t know why this family has so many preemies! Elijah was technically one though just barely and we all know Kayleigh came at 29 weeks. Our other sister-in-law had one that was, I think, 5 weeks early this spring and now this one came at 30 weeks. However, even though further along and even with Kayleigh considered small because of her lack of fluid for 8 weeks, this nephew of mine is even smaller. He came in at 1lb 9oz. The saddest part is they’re not even in the country right now so it’s going to be a long time before we get to see him in person as they are stationed overseas. But he’s doing amazingly well, was breathing on his own right away, I’m so impressed and just floored, he’s really a little miracle in the happening.
Hmmmm, I think it might be finally time for a new look around here, don’t you??
Here are some of my favorite pics I’ve done recently, you know, just for funsies.
Today we’ve got a bit of a “down” day – something that doesn’t happen too very often anymore. We were supposed to start K’s speech therapy back up early this morning but there’s some confusion with the contract from the people who awarded us the grant for therapy so the provider needs to iron that out first. Basically, they named the woman that was giving her therapy at the beginning of the summer as being the only one that can render services but that woman is no longer there, she just worked the summer. So, of course, the provider wants to follow the contract as they should, so it’s got to be revised. They would like to be listed as an entity rather than a single specific therapist in case a therapist is sick or goes on vacation, etc., then K won’t have to miss therapy that week. I know that it’s best to work with the same person on a regular basis when you can, but I agree with that, too. Sometimes new faces can come in and get different things out of her as well.
Her teacher told me yesterday morning when I dropped her off that she’s been doing really well this week and that the day before, Wednesday, she had said quite a few words. I wish she would say them more at home. Trying to be patient!
She will start Cubbies in AWANA this coming week for the first time. I held her back a year last year for a few reasons. But I am going to be doing my best to work hard with her to say her verses using her iPad. This will be interesting. This will be my fourth year working in Cubbies and thinking amongst the whole group, I don’t think we’ve had a kid yet in there that was unable to participate like K. We had one little girl one time with Downs who would have had difficulty but she only came a few times and I wasn’t in her group so I’m not sure what they did for book time. K will not be in my group either, at least to start, so I will have to show her teachers how to use the iPad and her signs and what not and hopefully they can coax her to do the verse. Even if she does not, the leader tells me she will progress with the rest of the class, but I really would like her to participate the best she can. It will be good for her. She’s not going to be able to just slide by in life. I don’t want her using her disability as a crutch, I want to teach her to work through it, to still do everything to the best of her ability.
So anyway, down day today. A day where I really don’t have to go anywhere… except the post office, ugh. I’ve been selling tons (for me anyway) of books we don’t use on Amazon. They are all homeschool or college curriculum. Most of them were basically pushed on me a few years ago. I didn’t really want them in the first place, I already had what I was doing. But I took them anyway and they’ve been sitting around gathering dust. This house is too small to have things sitting around gathering dust. So they are moving on out in an attempt to fix up the school/office/Lego room and organize it more. I see this is apparently a yearly process. Some of these books I gave away at the meeting the other night, determining they weren’t worth selling. In hindsight, some probably were but I just want them out and helping someone else who can and will use them. I accidentally marked one as shipped yesterday that wasn’t shipped yet – hadn’t realized a new order had come in while I was out. So I gotta make sure I get that in the mail today. I wonder if I can print postage at home, I do have a postal scale, if I’d just use it. Of course, I probably already missed the mail lady, quite taking our time today, we are. After that, I will be down to three books in my “for sale” pile. I also have a ton on paperbackswap and some have been there a while – mass market paperback just doesn’t move all that fast unless the book is brand new. If those are still here in a couple of months, off to Goodwill they go. Maybe they can make a little money on them, none are bad or unreadable books.
In other news, I had to order a new backdrop today. Both good and bad – bad because I hate spending money right now lol and good because I’m looking forward to the big project I have coming up for it. I do have several backdrops already and a few of them would have been more than appropriate, but I needed something bigger than 5′x5′ or 5′x7′ so I got me a 9′x10′. Going to be a big and probably stressful project – bigger than any like this I’ve done before – but it will be worth it!
For Kayleigh anyway. Elijah won’t start until September.
K has been SO excited to go back to school this year, and it’s not even “real” school. She’s still in the early childhood program and getting speech therapy and occupational therapy. She’s basically taken all of July and half of August off though she’s also going to start back with her private speech therapy this week.
She’s also so very excited to be riding the bus home. During summer school, on at least two occasions, she actually literally ran after the bus in the school parking lot and cried and what not that she wanted to go, too. So this time I am dropping her off and she’s riding home. Her first two days she’s gotten off the bus and just gabbered about it – of course, I can’t understand a word, but it’s adorable. She waves good bye and says gaga (bye bye) which is just something else because usually she refuses to give people the pleasure of her attention.
Her second day when I dropped her off, she gave one other little girl two hugs and then took the hand of another girl to walk inside the building. I have to get her to school when the bus is there or we have to take the long way for security reasons, so she was waiting for them to get off the bus. She’s not usually like that with people, she’s usually got a “don’t touch me under any circumstances” attitude. So this is good.