21 March 2011

Month in Review

Not sure how long of a post this is going to be.  There hasn't been a ton going on over the past month but it hasn't been dead around here either.

Over President's Day weekend we headed to IN for our niece I's baptism and to do some house-hunting.  I's baptism was very nice.  Our niece, I was baptized by the same priest Emi was.  Just like Emi, niece I screamed and cried the entire time.  We joked that it had something to do with the priest if he was making them cry.

Lane and I also got to check out about 10 houses that weekend while we were there.  None of the houses were a fit for us.  There were a few that might have been possibilities but decided that we didn't want to settle for something we didn't love.  More houses are coming on the market every day now that Spring is here.  We've actually had my parents look at a few houses and there is one that might be the one.  I am hoping to head up this Saturday to get a look at it myself.  There are a few others they've also looked at that they think we might like so I'll check those out too but there definitely is a front-runner.

While I stayed in Indy with Emi I went up to visit Lane's grandma with his siblings and their kids.  The only grandkid missing was Eriks because he had to be in school in GA.  We had a nice visit with Grandma Wolf at her retirement community.  She hadn't seen Emi in over a year.  She hadn't seen my SIL Marla's son, M in a long time and this was her first time meeting new great-granddaughter, I.  I'm hoping it wasn't too overwhelming for her having 6 great-grandkids around.

I started taking an ASL class at the local community center.  It's only once a week and for 8 weeks.  I wish it several times a week and longer than 8 weeks.  I am loving it.  It is so important for me to learn ASL because Emi is and because she will need it to communicate.  There are times she will not be able to wear her hearing aid and will need to communicate using her hands.  My hope is that when we move, I'll be able to take ASL classes at one of the universities in order to become fluent. 

Emi is doing well in school.  It's still weird being in the house for about 6 hrs a day without any kids.  I am amazed at what she is learning and love how excited she is at the end of the school day when she proudly shows me what she did at school that day or signs she's learned.  She really enjoys it.  Every morning she gets up and signs school.  I say, yes and she smiles.  There are only a total of 5 kids in her class, one teacher and 2 parapro's.  Three adults to 5 kids in my opinion is awesome.  I really like all 3 of them and think they are awesome with the kids.  I will definitely miss this for Emi because I don't know yet what is available to her in Indy.  I am working on finding out.
Emi on St. Patrick's Day.  She had a blast with her class and they did so many fun little activities.  She came home looking like a little leprechaun.  

Eriks was diagnosed with mild AD/HD in February.  The doctor treating him for it doesn't believe it's bad enough for him to be on medication.  She's actually not of the belief that unless it's severe/clinical that kids need to be on meds for it.  So I'm waiting on some natural supplements she recommended to arrive in my mailbox so we can start giving them to him.  Some days are better than others.  We're curbing things in his diet more than we used to and the poor kid doesn't understand why.  I'm going to have to start buying more sugar-free goodies so that he's not completely deprived.  

I think that's about it for now.  Spring break is just about 2 weeks away and I can't wait to get out of dodge for awhile and relax.  I am so looking forward to it. 

16 March 2011


Yup.  That's me.  At least when it comes to blogging and following other blogs.  I don't do it on purpose.  I have 2 kids in school and now with the "free" time I have while both are away M-F, I'm trying to get stuff done around here.  Lately it has involved lots of doctors appts, countless hours on the internet looking for somewhere to live.  We are moving in 3 1/2 months and I am NOT living in my parents basement.  No way.  No how.  As much as I love them...  There's also a retirement to plan and organize.  House to clean.  Right now it involves lots of purging of stuff to give to charity or sell on e*Bay to make money for the new bedroom furniture we're buying for the master in the new house.  Nothing super fancy, just I.K.E.A, but very contemporary and pretty.  And there is stuff we've moved for years that I don't want move again.  We're at the point where we really want to simplify our lives and live with less.

 I've been thinking about stuff I want to post but finding the time to actually do it, is another thing.  See above.  I'm hoping that Friday I can make some time to discuss something interesting and something that has become very important to me.  Hang in there.  I'm not gone.  Just occupied. 
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