“Can’t Do” Is Not An Option

In Brief –

Future Doctors?  At the Adventure Science Museum in Nashville.

Future Doctors? At the Adventure Science Museum in Nashville.

It’s been a month from my last post.  Since I quit work – I am busier than ever.

I have really enjoyed this past month with the kids.  They had fall break for a week and I got to enjoy every day with them.  A friend and I took the kids and spent the night in a hotel, let them swim, watch movies, etc… the next day we took them to the science museum in Nashville – they had a blast.  We did little things throughout the rest of the week and I don’t know about them – but I had a blast… I truly think they did too.

Will, my oldest, has informed me that he loves that I am no longer working and that I get to spend so much time with him.  He actually told me “I like you being this mom better – you were a good mom before – but even better one now.”  Makes me feel good and bad at the same time.  I liked my job – but – I realize now how much I have missed.  I have missed a lot.    I know now that money isn’t everything – we do not have to have the best of the best – that is okay…  I can’t take back the time I did miss – but I can make sure that I don’t miss any moments again.

Since I quit work – I have yet to have a day that I have done absolutely nothing.  Which – is good!

We had our pictures taken a few weeks ago by a very talented friend of ours that owns Great Day Photography.  Carter was a ham for the camera, as usual.  He wanted to sing to our photographer and dance and be silly… I was really surprised she got some really great shots.  She was very patient and kind… exactly what we need with our little clown.  Will was way toooooo serious – but she got him to crack some very impressive smiles – which is nearly impossible for him to do in front of the camera.  Will usually has what we call “the robot smile”…  One of my favorite pictures is the one to left.  Aren’t they precious?

regI have opened up a little booth at a local store called ReGenerations.  I craft – I am addicted. Crafting keeps my mind off the “real world”… I create magnet boards, memo boards, cork boards, chalkboards, frames – etc…    So, I thought I would see if people would actually buy what I make.  I will let you know how it goes.  Fingers crossed that people like my creations as much as I like making them.

Carter as "Toad" from Super Mario Brothers and Will as the one and only Mario!

Carter as “Toad” from Super Mario Brothers and Will as the one and only Mario!

Halloween was WET – did I mention that Halloween was WET????  Yeah – we got started very early trick or treating – 3 pm.  The storms came in around 7ish… so we beat the storms – but it was still very rainy.  The kids had a blast – they got to go to 10 houses – which was enough.  I drove the kids all the way out to Pisgah – which is a nice little country community about 10 minutes from where I live.  I followed my sister around (Pisgah is where her husband’s relatives live)…  needless to say I ended up in the boonies following them around.  Had no clue where I was – but I stayed calm… as long as I could follow my sister – I was in good shape.  UNTIL – I had to stop following them and meet up with my husband so we could go to his parents house…  yeah,  I made turns left and right and ended up at the interstate…. FINALLY found my way back home.  All that matters is that my kids had a TERRIFIC Halloween – even though my hair was frizzy and my boots were soaked…. all that matters is that THEY GOT CANDY!!! LOL!

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Photo By Great Day Photography

Photo By Great Day Photography

A little over a month ago I had a parent teacher conference with Carter’s teacher.  Have I mentioned how much we LOVE her?  Carter LOVES her… I do believe he has a crush on her.  She has been a God send to him and to us.  She is very positive – treats Carter like a “typical” child.  I noticed and she had noticed that Carter was having issues sounding out words.  For example if  he was to sound out the word “sit” – he would make the “s – i – t” sounds – he would then blend them together – but then he would say the word as “it”.  He would leave out the first syllable.  She and I decided that he just needed to be a site reader.  His Dr. at Vandy had told me back in Feb. that she thought he would have to be a site reader as well because just in the time she spent with him she had already seen/heard issues with him sounding out words.  So – the next day when he had reading homework I told him that he just needed to site read – not to worry about sounding out.  He didn’t understand why I was telling him that he needed to be a site reader.  I explained to him that he had trouble sounding out and that site reading would be easier for him.  He pretty much told me that he was going to do what all the other kids do – and that is sounding out.  GUESS WHAT – Carter put his mind to it and now – he is sounding out and saying the word correctly very well.  He is sounding out everything… any word he sees – he tries to sound it out and say the word right.  I have come to the conclusion that “CAN’T DO – is NOT an Option” for Carter.  When you tell him he can’t do something – he is going to prove that he can.  Just like my previous post “Run With Scissors” – he proved to us all that his fine motor skills are just that – FINE.

Yes – he does have hurdles to over come – but I have no doubt that this child CAN and will do amazing things.

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Carter at his new desk - making new art.

Carter at his new desk – making new art.

I say prayers every night with the kids.  We always pray for someone every night.  One night – a couple of weeks ago… Carter wanted to pray for his teacher.  He prayed that his teacher will always be beautiful, always be nice and always smile because “Mrs. Rackley is always pretty when she is nice and smiles.”  I told him that he needed to tell her that he prayed for her.  He exclaimed – “You tell her.  I am a little bit shy to tell her.”  He was so stinking cute…

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I re-did Carter’s room into a little artist room.  He now has plenty of room to draw .  I can proudly say that when he draws he stays in his room to draw and there are no longer 100’s of drawing all over the house – only in his room.  Our house was becoming over loaded with drawings.  I have now organized all drawings and “cut out characters”…. the only thing that is needed in his room now is – A BIGGER TRASH CAN.

He has so much paper trash from where he cuts out his “characters” that I have to clean out the mounds of paper at least 3 times a week… but at least the mounds of paper trash are in his room and not through out the house.  He loves his room and that is all that matters.

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Side Notes –

Photo By Great Day Photography

Photo By Great Day Photography

As I explained in previous posts – we think that our oldest, Will, has ADD.  We have had to see a neurologist at Vandy – please say a little prayer for my William.  It may or may not be ADD…  he is having to have further testing done so we can pin point exactly what is going on.  The next month is filled with Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital appointments.  As one of my friends said – we might as well rent an apartment in Nashville as much as we will be in Nashville.

Also – Keep Carter in your prayers this coming Thursday, Nov 7th.  He will be undergoing ear surgery to patch the hole in his right eardrum.  The procedure is about 2 1/2 hours long.  I am a little nervous for him… and for me (the after care).

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Just wanted you all to know that we are still alive – doing well… just SUPER busy!

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“Never say that you can’t do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can’t be done, no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be; human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves to be limited by: our own minds. We are each the masters of our own reality; when we become self-aware to this: absolutely anything in the world is possible.

Master yourself, and become king of the world around you. Let no odds, chastisement, exile, doubt, fear, or ANY mental virii prevent you from accomplishing your dreams. Never be a victim of life; be it’s conqueror.”- Mike Norton

 

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