Saturday, December 20, 2014

Arts and Crafts

Lately, we have been blessed with a variety of gifts.  Most recently, some craft items.  in addition, our therapists do some arts and crafts with the kids.  Thought I'd share a few on here.

Our OT worked on these with Sofie and Summer.  This one above is Nik's b/c he wanted to join in.

Sofie and Summer's as well.

Ms. Kimberly brought a box full of goodies.  This loom kit was a hit with Nik.

Sofie holding up a baby doll.  Yes, why of course the child is naked.  It's in our house, you know.

THis truly was a huge hit with Nik.  He could do this all day if you let him.  Ahh, second naked baby doll in the background.

Girls enjoying some bead time.  They love making necklaces.

The young kids had a blast with these paint magnets.  LOved doing this.  Summer about lost her mind when she saw they had a frog to paint.

Sofie getting ready to show off her creation.

She made a turtle and was quite proud.  Was sweet to be given these arts and crafts.  So good for the kids to build skills with and have fun with at the same time.

Allergy Testing and Results

Okay, so this week has been busy.  Today, I took 11 kids with me to the allergist's office including one extra.   It was an experience in patience.  We were not planning on being there two and a half hours!  They did well all things considering.  Trouble is, the older ones were the patients so not like they could assist much. So, Warren was kind enough to call into work and help me out.  He went to work later.  I will cut  to the chase.  I took six kids to be allergy tested.  Only 4 got tested even though all 6 really needed it.  Long story with that one.  Anyhow, Max, Alex, Nik, Little Guy, Summer and Sofie were all allergy consults.  4 were tested as they ran out of time.  URGHH!!!  Deductible was met this year.  Starts over in January and you all know what that means.  Nice timing folks.  But, at least 4 were done that I wanted done. Got the priority ones I thought done first.

Max has a job where he is unfortunately surrounded by his enemies..dust and mold day in and day out.  He has bought a respirator for his job and goggles.  He will be started on eye drops, allergy meds and nose spray.  His reaction were the most severe I'd ever seen.  The welts were incredible size.  Alex has a ton of allergies.  Maybe I can get him to not look like he's on drugs.  Dark circles, watery eyes look isn't becoming.  So, he'll be going on meds.  Doc wanted to do another under the skin test  on Alex for dogs since it came back negative.  Doc was shocked all mine came back negative for dog given we have two dogs here.  I told him it was an unnecessary test as the dogs are going nowhere.  Really, scratch test was completely negative and I saw no point.  Onto Nik who used to have severe asthma as a kid.  But, thought his was more allergy related and right now, it is.  However, we are treating with singulair and forget what else.  And then we have Sofie.  See, her previous doc in another city tested her w/ all sorts of allergies.  Our doc tested and she had none and I found that very, very suspicious.  So, wanted her tested again b/c she shows ALL allergy signs as well as I think she has mild asthma.  She tested positive for quite a few as well.  Doc agrees w/ me that she may be mildly asthmatic.  I asked for a peak flow meter but didn't get one.  Will borrow one as I really want to check her output.  He put her on meds as well and gave her an inhaler.  I said no to all of them for allergy shots. Told him one thing at a time and that I may some things that may seem unconventional.  I take a teaspoon of raw local honey a day.  Also, essential oils.  I have not had trouble.  Neti pot too.  Though I know Nik and Sofie could not do the neti pot.  We will see how they all do.  Then, in a few weeks, get Little Guy and Summer tested. 

Came home and had lunch and let kids play.  Checked older kids' school work and we definitely need to review irregular verbs.  The little boy I babysit for stayed for quite awhile which was wonderful as our kids really get along well.  His mom brought pizza for dinner tonight and we all just hung out.  I let the kids make sugar cookies too.  Then we had popcorn and a movie.  Bojan spent the night with a friend so he's not here.  Max and Alex are working tomorrow.  Therapist comes for Little Guy.  6 of our kids receive therapy so we have therapists at the home 5 out of 6 days.  Lucky we all like each other.  LOL.  Taking the kids to see Santa this weekend and kids have youth group.  Getting things done here and there.  Yet, definitely not Christmas ready.  We'll get there. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Manic Monday

Week is flying by just as fast as the Christmas Season.  Let's see if I can name a few items.

  • 6 kids have allergy testing this week
  • Warren goes to the dentist
  • Lots of therapy...OT/ PT/ Speech
  • House guest has a dance performance
  • Youth Group
  • FAS Meeting
  • Have done zero Christmas shopping
  • Way behind on thank yous
  • Never wrote our Christmas Letter yet
  • Never got Christmas pictures done yet
  • Need to make arrangements for when we will be gone in January
  • Can't believe in a few short weeks Little Guy will be officially ours
  • Babysit this week
  • Max and Irina are working all week
  • Signing up Alex for soccer...Logan doesn't want to play (surprised me)
  • Reni is still looking for a sport.  She has no clue what she wants to do
  • Need to find some art to do for next semester b/c haven't done any yet
  • Waiting to hear from Duke Genetics...still
  • Hoping Little Guy sleeps through the night this week
  • Kids want to go to a youth group retreat in January
  • Younger teens looking to work for some cash for various activities they want to do
  • Need to get started on some Christmas shopping at some point
  • Need to reschedule Warren's root canal
And much, much more happening here at Chaos Manor.  But, it is the season with everything happening at once and it is making it difficult to get caught up on here but I will do my best.  Hey, post yesterday and today, that's progress.  LOL.  Seriously though, more to come!  So many great things happening in our lives and I'd love to share with you all.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

We love a parade!

Well, we had a pretty low key weekend.  Cleaned up quite a bit in the house and just really relaxed.  No more so than on Saturday.  We had to get ready to go though as our local town was having their annual Christmas Parade.  parking is always the biggest problem and with Big Bird (our big yellow van), even a bigger problem.  Told the kids be prepared to walk.  And walk we did.  We had one extra with us that day.  Max and Alex were working so they didn't come and Logan hung out w/ a friend.  So, mostly a girls' day out.  Beautiful weather. 

Nik and Alyona waiting for the parade to start.

Summer and Sofie (on right) enjoying time with friends.

One of the parade floats.  They handed out coupons for free hot dogs :)  Kids were disappointed b/c this year, hardly anyone was throwing out the candy.

Someone from Guiness World Records was there at the parade as well for the world's largest band.  A bunch of our local high schools all got together to do it.  Kind of neat.  Over 700 people I think I heard someone say.  Cool to watch.  We all watched.  Little Guy did okay.  Had a hard time with some parts.  Best part was this is the FIRST time he rode in his stroller w/ out head banging.  Love it!  Just was a very pleasant afternoon.

We came home and I made hot cocoa for everyone and cookies.  We watched a movie that night and just relaxed.  Was awesome.  A friend online sent a surprise that day.  Said here are some "adoption necessities" for travel for our upcoming court date.  It was a Subway and Starbucks gift card.  Very thoughtful and so needed.  Travel and court are sneaking up on us.  Little Guy will become a Boyd very, very soon.  Can't wait.  For now, it was just wonderful relaxing for an afternoon and watching the kids ooh and ahh at the parade.  Next weekend there is a special needs Santa event.  This Christmas Season is just going way too fast for us.