Where Is Everyone?


I am so freaking tired right now.  I had a major deadline to meet this week that caused some serious upheaval in our lives, and I’m deeply regretting committing to hosting a Valentine’s Day event.  My kids are super happy that I put this event together and normally I would cheerfully do “stuff” for it, but right now?  Right now I’m literally dead on my feet.


I’ve noticed a trend among the homeschool groups in our area, and I’m betting it’s nothing new.  It’s probably not even limited to homeschooling – every volunteer activity out there has probably experienced this phenomenon.


Homeschool Freedom



Virginia is a weather yo-yo, at least where we live.  One day we’re deep in the throes of a polar vortex tantrum, the next we’re flirting with spring.  Then back again to snow and ice!  This past week has been a bewildering blur of lovely blue skies, sunny weather, and warm temperatures that make the cherry trees attempt an early start to spring.


Grocery Shopping Fun



Sensory kids are challenging.  You just never know what’s going to happen!  You could have a lovely outing when you expected all hell to break loose.  You could have a meltdown in a formerly safe place.  You just never know!

I would like to blame grocery shopping issues on sensory stuff.  Maybe it’s part of it?  I don’t know.  I’m far more tempted to say my kids turn into little wild animals at the sight of the grocery store, but that’s not really fair either.



Sensory Hell: Pulling Teeth

I’ve written about ways to make the dentist easier for those with sensory issues before.  In fact, I inadvertently used the same picture!  This visit though – I have no tips or hints on how to make it easier.  Because guys, getting your wisdom teeth removed as an adult is just hell.


Here’s my tip – the only thing that can make it better – let them knock you out.  Seriously.  Take that general anesthetic and smile.  It’s worth it!



Yes, Really


The pediatrician looked up, startled into giving me his full attention instead of the computer claiming it.  “Really?” he asked.  “Yes, really” I replied, trying not to sigh.  It’s a common question I’m used to hearing for one reason or another about my kids.   Yes, he’s starting to read at age 4.  Not full chapter books, but sight words and random things on signs.

His reaction was rather silly, honestly.  According to the public school schedule, kiddo should be starting to read at his 4.5 years of age.  When he’s 5, he “should” be reading short sentences in kindergarten.  We’re not pushing him to read, of course, but the pediatrician seemed to think so.  We’re going at his pace, and his pace is ready to start sight words and phonics.