Sunday, January 8, 2012

Back to Business

Has it only been a week?  This has been one of those action packed weeks that left my head spinning a little- especially after coming off of the slower paced, holiday weeks where I found myself wondering what to do with myself.  The recap:
I put in 3 applications for charter schools for Christian as possibilities for Kindergarten in September.  The panic continues.
We were finally approved for Medi-Cal for Elijah- this is a huge sigh of relief, as even though he can be covered (Thank you Obama!! His plan is far from perfect, but we are one of the families that his initiatives are actually helping!), his rates can be increased up to 100% and increase every year after that. Sigh.  We got the official letter on Friday and I'm calling to make some appointments tomorrow!!
Elijah was cleared for Speech therapy and we start with in-clinic visits a week from Thursday (all of our other therapies are in our home and work around Elijah's schedule, but Speech is one of those areas in high demand and there were no therapists available for in home visits.)  We were lucky enough to find a center very close to our home and the therapist was the one who evaluated Elijah, so I'm thrilled because I was very impressed with her!!!
We got a new washer and dryer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let me say again:


We have been doing laundromat visits for about 6 months now (maybe longer???) and I couldn't be more thrilled about my opportunities to multi-task. Doing dishes while the laundry is going? Be still my heart.  I haven't talked a lot about this added strain, because there was no point.  I could complain about it, but I couldn't do anything to solve it other than to pack up the car full of laundry, take it to the laundromat and get it done.  The upside is that everything was done at one time, but I'm happily trading in the everything-is-done-at-once card for the get-it-all-done-at-home-without-having-to-lug-it to-and from-the car-card. I never thought I'd be so excited about doing laundry in my life.  Charles and I had a little bit of a power struggle tonight over who got to do the laundry.  Crazy, right?

My business partner and I even worked on our very first collection that we'll be making available for DIY party throwers very soon.  We designed the collection, took pictures, had a party to showcase it and now the work begins to get it listed and advertised.  We've got our work cut out for us, but I'm excited about the many opportunities that come with the new ideas.

Throw in a couple of playdates, a giant poop explosion and cleaning out half of my garage and you get one very full week.  Nothing deep or meaningful to say this week- just a lot of to do items checked off the list.  It's nice to start a new year feeling like you aren't burying your head in the sand, though.

One fun thing...and I'm not sure how I will document this...  I have resolved to Take More Pictures in 2012 and to learn more about my camera.  I really need a class.  And a good post editing program.  So, until then I'm learning with what I have.  There were just a few favorites this week that I thought I'd share and weekly, I'm committing to posting the photos I'm playing around with.   This week's are these:




This series of Christian (as a surprisingly willing subject), were shot on my new telefoto lens. Stats: 400 ISO, 180mm, 1/200sec, f/5.0

I just loved the way this shot came out of a sign my design business helped create for a Casino themed party. I liked that you can see the dealer inside leaning over the table...just one of those shots that makes me happy.. Stats: 6400 ISO, 30mm, f/4.5, 1/20sec


P said...

That's an action packed week, PHEW I'm tired just reading about it! Cleaning the garage too? OH MY I am jealous. I can't even clean out my car lately...

CONGRATS on the laundry, we have plumbing issues on and off and I can related to the laundrymat experience and lugging. Enjoy!

YAHOO on SPEECH, FUN FUN FUN! I hope it goes smoothly and transitions into your schedule okay. Try to eventually get the therapist or a therapist who know PROMPT (there is a You Tube video or google it!). Many people have had success using these manual cues to get our kiddies to learn the correct placement of their mouth and tongues (especially for IEP time next year, mention it and GET IT if you can--no luck through school here yet at three yrs old but I am going to our medical plan for it).

I also recommend VISUAL cues for speech therapy too. Benji LOVED the Kaufman cards I think they are called--big flashcards with pics on one side and different portions of the word segments for the therapist to say on the back. The pics got him talking often. Club 21 has lots of visual lists etc for older kids, it's a high interest way of learning for many people.

I like the DIY concept, hopefully some guidance online is available (to buy) with the packages! I think I'd need some idea generating & the occassional check in to reduce my anxiety etc. ;)

Hungary Louis said...

If you ever want to talk fstop let me know. :)

Kathy said...

Jen! LOVE these shots! Can Christian be any more photogenic???? Such a doll!!! Plus the shot with the dealer leaning over the table...PERFECT! Great clickin' chica!

Sending good appliance vibes your way since I know things have changed since this post went up. I see clean, DRY laundry in the near future! xoxo

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