Cleveland ConCoction was a success for me and the kids. As you can see the outfits turned out pretty well. On Friday I picked the kids up from school early and we headed up to Aurora. It was about a 2 1/2 hour drive which is pretty typical for when we do SCA events up there so it wasn’t too bad of a drive. It was also the first actual trip in the Suburban so I was a bit nervous about it but it did well. Although the “Service Engine Soon” light did come on during the drive home, but since all the other gauges were reading normal and the engine & transmission sounded/ran fine I wasn’t too concerned. (read the code and it looks like the distributor cap will need replaced, no biggie)
The kids program was amazing again this year. The older two had fun playing games with the other kids and even got to have some fun with a green screen this year. Riley stayed with me the whole time. There wasn’t an inside pool this year to entertain him but we managed. However, we did have a mishap with the tv and had to change rooms. The second room actually worked out better due to the tv being up higher with doors that shut to keep him out. I should probably also mention that my middle child locked us out of our bathroom in the first room as well. I had to actually have maintenance come and take care of it. Luckily it didn’t happen with the second room but the lock was different and was one that could be easily unlocked if needed. It’s really the little things that make the difference with traveling with kids and special needs kids at that. Am I a bit insane to do so solo? Maybe, but we managed. I didn’t lose my mind and everyone had fun. The kids are already looking forward to next year.
Date Night with Hubby
Hubby and I did manage to fit in a date night this month. We’ve been trying to be better about that. This month we did a paint your own version of the chosen artwork for that class. We both had lots of fun painting. I’m not much of an artist. I struggle with stick figures, if that gives you any idea of how great I am at it. But Josh really loves art even if painting isn’t his go to. But he loved it and we will be going back in the future.
We are pagan here so I like to get out in nature whenever I can. I wasn’t able to really walk around in nature as much as I wanted to due to the weather but did manage a bit of time. I’ll take what I can because every little bit adds up.
Keep Calm and Ceilidh On (SCA event)
We were able to make it to an SCA event south of us. Lunch was delicious. The fighting was fun to watch. The older two got along well with some of the other kids that were in attendance. Riley did well sitting or staying with me even in the gym with all the noise from the fighting. It was well attended and had a few classes with some A&S stuff on display as well.
The kids and I were also able to make it to this month’s Cleftlands Dessert Revel. They met a few new kids there and had fun with the kids they normally play with up there too. Hopefully we will be able to make it up to next months.
Happy Birthday, Gin Kitty!
Our kitty turned one this week. The kids were adamant about celebrating her birthday. So we bought her some special food (just wet cat food but she doesn’t usually get that) and a toy. Of course she loved the food and seems to like the toy. I’m pretty sure the kids are going to want to celebrate the day we got her as well. So we’ll have to see what they want to do for her then.
March was a busy month. Next month should be a bit slower and less packed with activities. More time to recover before May hits and with that Summer Break soon to follow.
It’s officially the time of year where I get to hear about baby jesus and even the remote mention of “christmas” gives family a little hope that I might go back to christianity. (that’s not happening) The past few years I’ve been trying to start some new traditions with the kids. This has been slow going but little changes are being made here and there. I recently requested christmas, hanukkah, yule, and winter solstice books from the library. I’m hoping the kids will find a few new ones that they like that we can add to our collection during this season. I also added in a few behavior books due to the problems mentioned in my last post. It never hurts to read books about better behaviors but after spending today visiting/observing him in class I’m pretty sure we got a bigger problem. He really needs a person dedicated to just him while there. But that’s a whole other post itself and today is not that day. So…
The kids and I were regaled by zombie jesus’ birth at my parents house a few Saturdays ago so I decided to finish How to Train Your Dragon (audiobook) while our yule tree was being decorated. The kids had wanted to put the ornaments on it earlier but a third of the lights on our tree were out so with a little bit of time, a broken bulb found/replaced, several bulbs switched from one place to another and the tree lit up. 😶 The ornaments were hung several on a single branch at a time (It took years to get used to seeing all the ornaments clustered together) while laughing along with the book. All that was left was the tree topper which cannot be found. I have no idea where I packed it away. Thankfully the kids haven’t missed it so I might just decide to replace it with another one. There are a few other things planned or hoping to plan for December but for the most part I’m keeping it low key.
This past weekend was a busy one. I think it seemed busier to me since I lacked sleep for most of it. It happened to be the weekend that two groups that I am part of had parties, mix that with taking care of children and cleaning parts of the apartment 😱, let’s just say I’m glad that this does not happen for me every weekend. Although, getting up both mornings this weekend to deal with the kids, it was still worth it. ♥😊
This week has already started off different. Instead of my youngest going to OT on Friday, she was able to move him to today, since she took that day off which was awesome because he loves OT, especially all the swings that we don’t have. I’ve looked at possibly getting something that installs in the door frame but he really likes to swing and spin. He comes by the honestly. 😉 Let’s just say he would hit the door frame constantly. I’ve looked at various tripods and such, but the stability just isn’t there or he would run into the polls while trying to spin. So a hard point(s) it is, but it will have to wait until we get into a different place.
After OT we usually run errands or just chill because that’s his day off preschool, so when he had to get ready for school and on the bus he wasn’t so sure about that. Pushing through a few tears and whining, off to school he went. I can tell he had a busy day full of sensory things as he passed out within 15 mins of being put to bed. It usually takes him a little while to calm down and pass out. Nope, not so tonight. 💤
Of course the older two managed to clean and vacuum their rooms today, even if they complained while they did. I learned that Netflix remade the Popples show, who knew? Also listened to Dork Diaries for a bit with my daughter. It’s funny because I would have never thought my children would read books like me (several at once) but we are listening to Brave and How to Train Your Dragon while in the car, then they have other chapter books they read/listen to every evening. I think it’s pretty cool but I’ve also found out that listening to the books on CD makes me sleepy. I guess you can say there is something soothing about being read to.
The rest of the week looks to be busy for me but relaxing for the kids with only 2 days of school this week. Thanksgiving plans sort of, kinda made for staying home on Thursday with taking the kids to my parents for a bit on black Friday, no shopping for me that day. Here’s to hoping this holiday will be a bit more relaxed, fewer upsets, more food consumed (less chasing the youngest while food is warm), and me not losing my mind or sleep due to the change in routine.