Monday, March 31, 2014

Traveling to Paradise in May!

So I've discussed before my dilemma of getting wanderlust at a point in my life that it's just not conducive for it. There was even one time I thought Greg and I were going to be able to pull off an overseas trip to London. Even more recently I thought I was going to be able to pull off visiting a friend that moved to Cambridge. There's just so much to get lined up to make it work, and it just never came together. I did however finally get a passport before I turned 35 (a strange goal I had in my head) though!

Then this year for Christmas we told Greg's parents that ALL we wanted for Christmas was one week of their time in the spring. So that they could come here and watch the boys while we went away on our very first real vacation together. We didn't even have a honeymoon. We decided to look at a beach/island vacation even though we'd love to go overseas and check out stuff over there. It's just been a rough few years and we both think this will recharge our batteries so much more!

So the stars were in alignment and guess what... it's all come together!!

In Mid-May we will celebrate our 9th Anniversary on the tropical island voted as some of the best beaches in the world... the Turks & Caicos!


We actually booked the vacation a couple of months ago, but with all the stuff going on with Luke, it just took a backseat in excitement and planning. Time to start counting down (downloaded an app on my phone already!), thinking of packing and all the planning. We purchased the "romance package" that comes with various credits to use towards boat tours, the spa, restaurants, etc. Looking forward to various things at the resort like kayaking, snorkeling, and sitting on my butt on the beach with a drink in my hand :)

Lots of planning for when we're gone too. I've only ever been away from the boys one time when we came to Virginia to house hunt for 3 days. Looks like I have a binder to make!

If anyone has any packing tips for an island vacation, I'd love to hear them. Also, any tips for preparing your home for grandparents to watch the kids for a week.

Other than that... here's some beachy eye candy of our destination...


Friday, March 28, 2014

Big Update on the Little Guy

If anyone is still reading after my months long hiatus... you probably know why. I talked about it in this post a few months ago.

Since then it's just been even more of a process. In January we started getting him evaluated with hopes of being accepted into the local school district's special education program. There were times I wondered to myself if they made the process to insane, just to see who actually sticks it out all the way through.

Then every single day that we had a meeting or an evaluation... it would end up being a snow day. So of course if the school district is closed... we had to reschedule those appointments to what would usually end being as luck would have it... another snow day.

Anyway, after all that... Luke WAS found eligible for the special education program! Yay!

Then began the process of finding out where he'd go and getting his Individual Education Plan (IEP) in place. More evaluations, appointments, phone calls, etc...

As of Tuesday he was officially a student at a local special education preschool. He can't technically start until we get in his health form (which this process about caused me to lose my mind at the doctors office today). Once his health form is in then they can get him processed for bus transportation. So he could start the end of next week or the following.

He'll go for three hours, five days a week. The bus will pick him up at our home, and drop him off at our home. He'll be in an eight child classroom with other various developmental delays. We went and saw his classroom the other day and he was very excited. He did start doing his normal fit throwing after about 10 minutes, so we left to keep the experience positive. But he is very angry every morning that he's not at school yet... so I guess that's good!

This seems like such a short post to explain my hiatus on the blog. It's just been the most overwhelmed I've ever been. I'm so thankful he's going to be getting the help he needs to be the great little guy he has the potential to be! In the meantime, I'm going to have all three boys each going to a different school until summer starts!

Thanks for reading! I hope to start being able to blog more now that my brain can dump all that stress of the last year or so. Sorry, I've not been myself at all. Please stick around, I see smoother seas ahead!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy St. Paddy's Day 2014

Not only was yesterday St. Patrick's Day, it was also our 10th snow day around these parts!
Try 6-8"... over winter!
Or in our case 6-8" inches of SNOW! What a winter it's been here, so over it. I miss Texas!

We had a fun day nonetheless. Before bed we read the book we've been reading every night for two weeks... "The Night Before St. Patrick's Day" by Natasha Wing.
the night before st patricks day

When we woke up in the morning, we came down to find that the Leprechaun Trap worked, but he got away!

We had made leprechaun traps last week, as Jake needed one for school. So Evan made one as well to use here at home. Like always, we didn't buy anything, they're made from stuff we had around the house!

Evan & Jake's Traps

We had the requisite breakfast of Lucky Charms and that leprechaun enchanted our glasses again! The milk turned green when poured into the glass!

Then they went outside to play in the snow. Which meant I had to dig out all the snowpants and such that I had just packed away until what I thought would be next year not next week! They love a treat of hot cocoa when they come inside, so I quickly sprinkled some green sugar on top and poof, you have St. Patrick's Day Hot Cocoa! They thought it was awesome.

Then we did some painting...

.... in Mustaches. Apparently leprechauns are artistic AND like a good mess!

My real life leprechauns!

My luck was okay too... went that night to Bunco with the neighbors and won $10 for most buncos and a little gift for being the last one to get one :) Go me!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

We have a Basketball Player!

One thing we've been busy with over the winter was Jake participating in Basketball for the first time!

It was a little daunting for us all at first. I thought when I signed him up for the local Boys & Girls club, that would be where practice and games would me. NOPE. Practice ended up being on a Friday night 6:15-7:30pm.... 45 mins away from where we lived (due to Friday rush hour traffic in NOVA). Then every Saturday the games were during Luke's naptime. So we took turns going to games, but mostly Greg took him to practice. Evan ended up tagging along too, so it ended up being a fun time.

From everything I found this was the beginning option for "Developmental" Basketball. However, once he was on the team most of them were on last years team. I was confused... poor Jake was really confused. He was expected to know how to do everything the other kids already knew how to do. I held my breath and we just went with it. You know what? It worked out! He picked it up, and really learned a lot!! We're so proud of him!

The Team! Go Eagles! Jake in middle of back row

Lining up!

He worked sooo hard on his dribbling the last few months!

The refs were wonderful and you could tell they enjoyed teaching the game to the kids

Loving that smile!

Only twice could the whole family go to his games, but it was fun!

The Coach said to be sure to sign him up and asked to be on the same team again for next year! Sounds good to me!

And on that note... yay for March Madness coming up! It's my Midwestern roots, I can't help it... love me some B-Ball!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Star Wars Bedroom Collage

Hello! I know I've been MIA for quite awhile. Life just got to be too much. But I'm finally able to surface and have been doing little projects again!

Wanted to come share the Star Wars Bedroom Collage that I finally finished for my son's room!

He makes his own bed, so the pillows aren't fluffed and styled at the "blog-level" and that's okay!!

We started his room not long after we moved here.

Then I did this DIY Space Painting for some artwork/wall décor.

Then over a year passed ;)

I finally got the creative bug. I know I'm overwhelmed when I haven't done anything creative in six months, hence the blog taking a nose dive. I'll update about all that soon enough. Even the camera didn't have any pictures on it since Christmas. Usually I'm uploading on a weekly basis!

Months ago I ordered this poster for his room. So got it hung up over his dresser.

Then all I needed was the collage over his bed to finish. As always the goal is repurposing what I have. I pretty much did, I only bought the star for like $12 on Amazon.

First I made this artsy Millennium Falcon piece. Got the idea from this blog, she's an art teacher and explains the process way better than I can!

Gathering my supplies (an instant mocha is a supply!)

Tried first with school glue, no good!

Busted out the hot glue, much better!

Applied foil using q-tip to get relief. Then painted over with gray acrylic paint, rubbing off where the glue is under.

Dug out an un-used frame to put it in!

Then added some gray paint to his "J" (that you last saw on the toy mirror - it fell apart during our move) and added some do-dads to give it a "space junk" type look.

Last but not least we had this broken light saber from their Halloween costumes in 2012! They just whack each other with them anyway... so it became décor! :)

I'm really happy with how it turned out! Very happy to feel more like myself, creating things, and look... even blogging! :)