Enjoying a quiet day at home. I did get through some school with the kids, but didn't do as much since we'll be at co-op again beginning this coming Monday. Next I got the soup built for the crockpot and did have to make a run to Walmart to get tomatoes....was completely out and needed it for the soup. Then I got busy grading Maegann's schoolwork and then it was time to go to lunch. The kids had earned it by getting their painting project finished.
Getting a coat of primer on the wood to help protect it from the weather until we get it sided. Tim is working on cutting the trusses so the roof can go on in the next couple of days.
In the off hours Isaac has moved into the shed and is building a 3-wheel bike. I doubt it will ever be road-worthy, but he's having fun hammering nails!
This afternoon I'm watching a movie while sparking and just enjoying the quiet of the house.
Since it is Sept. 1 I have Maegann take my weight loss journey photo and I remembered to take my measurements. I am not thrilled that I have gained since going off the program with the Nutritionist, but seeing the numbers has made me more determined to get the food intake piece going strong since the fitness side is in place.
Tomorrow.... trainer time, school with the kids, trip to the Chiropractor for Maegann
Enjoyed our morning at worship. The pastor pulled out another great sermon and had everyone laughing at his antics with the office goldfish. Each 5th Sunday they have a combined worship and then a potluck following. It was a lot of fun today.
Once home my first goal was getting Isaac's new "list" book put together so we can begin adding papers to it. Tim is going to work with him to write lists of how a task/event needs to look and what the consequences are if not followed. These will be from everything from getting ready for bed to co-op, etc. It has really helped with school and I have him read that list that he wrote before we begin so he knows he had a part in creating the consequences and expectations.
Next came typing in my handwritten notes for the counseling appointment on Wednesday afternoon. I confirmed that this counselor does have good awareness of autism so my goal is to zero in on that phase of my world because it does cause me the greatest amount of stress. While writing all of these notes I told Tim I could see why I am so frustrated all the time....this is a lot of stuff to live through every day as the majority of it is aimed at me. It's a start.
Then I worked on school plans for the next couple of weeks so I can spend less time each weekend organizing the work. Now I can just tweak it and spend time here and there adding a week to keep it going. I use a computer program to track it all so that makes it much easier.
Now I'm watching "Randy to the Rescue" and Sparking. Nice having nothing else that has to be attended to! I even added a couple new books to my Kindle thinking I will start building in more reading time.
Tomorrow: school with the kids, making a crockpot of soup and then whatever I want to do! Whoo hoo! Tim plans to be working on the yard shed and the kids will be helping with painting the walls. The house might be somewhat quiet!
Today has been steady, but not exhausting. Here's the list:
*gym (only did stretching & core due to tendonits)
*trip to Costco for co-op items and ground beef
*dropped co-op items off at the facility where we meet
*cleaned out the frig and got all the fresh veggies & fruit put away
*vacuum sealed the ground beef
*paid first of the month bills & updated finances in computer & reconciled credit card
*Sparked while watching "Randy to the Rescue"
I know...sounds like a lot, but it was all just little stuff!
The tendonitis is much better today. I began using my doTerra essential oils yesterday afternoon (1 drop each Marjoram and Lavender massaged on the sorest area) and then followed it with a heating pad for about an hour before bed. The ache has changed and I didn't even notice it until later this afternoon. Loving my oils!
Began the day grocery shopping and then took the kids out to McD's for breakfast. After we got school finished I dug into the homeschool co-op work determined to get everything completed so I can just leave it be for the coming week. I only have one email to send, but it is written and will have to get the facility setup/takedown figured out. I have our needs down on paper, but won't know what the facility looks like until I go in on the 6th to check it out in the evening. Final tally this year is 53 families and 127 students from nursery through 12th! Wow!
Next came getting the birthday cake baked. Gluten-free banana bread cake. While I was working on that UPS arrived with a birthday box and when Maegann went to unload it she found a gift for her as well.
Very cute shirt from her Auntie and Uncle in Tennessee!
Isaac's friend Nathan arrived about 3 p.m. to hang out for the birthday. The boys had a fun time together. Birthday supper was bbq hamburgers and hot dogs. Tim went and picked up my dad too so he could be part of the fun.
Isaac didn't quite know what to do with the candles on the cake. He just sat there frozen and we had to say "blow them out."
I texted my trainer this afternoon as the ache in my right foot/ankle is worse. I had Tim test the muscles and we ruled those out so it is tendonitis. I've been using my essential oils on it and they do take away a lot of the pain. I plan to reapply them when it is time to watch TV once the kiddos are in bed and put the heating pad on it to drive the oils in and relieve the tendons. He said "no cardio stress" but to instead focus on ankle rolls and calf raises and do some of the core exercises we've worked on. I plan to rest it well before Tuesday!
Tomorrow.... gym, Bountiful Basket, vacuuming and then NOTHING! Whoo Hoo!
My day started at the gym and I got my time in on the treadmill before Rocky arrived to put me through the paces. I was so thankful my sore muscles didn't hold me back today!
I do have to get my brain wrapped around a different plan of action though as I need to allow Rocky the chance to make this work for me. He gave me the exercise plan and meal plan for the week and the first thing I noticed was only 3 days at the gym and I wanted to be there 4-5/times. He told me I could come sit in the gym lobby with a good book if I wanted. I am also doing a lot more core and hip/leg muscle work than anything else because that is where my weakness is right now. I was surprised at how little cardio he is requiring.
Once home we got house chores and school accomplished in good time so we headed to Hastings to look at some books. After lunch the counselor arrived for the in-home session and Tim caught him outside so they could discuss what I'd learned last night. So thankful I got Isaac to talk last night....NOTHING he told me is what they have discussed in their sessions. We can only guess that it came from the previous counselor as they worked on anger a lot and that Isaac knows this is what is expected so he is "performing." Another good thing that has come from this is I will now have 5 min. at the beginning of his 1:1 session and 5-10 at the end so we can help get the real issues into their time together and know what is actually happening. He did suggest we consider behavioral intervention and since we already have the budget $ in place it won't be tough. One of the best places is also just 3 minutes from us so that's a huge praise. I've already got things rolling to get this happening.
Maegann spent the afternoon at her friend's house and helped them get ready for the Jamberry Nail party tonight. She called asking to stay for supper so I will go join her at the party at 7. I'm glad she's had a fun time away from the house. She needed it a lot.
Tomorrow.... school, Isaac's 10th birthday. We'll be making banana bread cake and his friend Nate is coming at 2. We'll bring my dad over for supper which will be a bbq.
BL Challenge - Team Emerald: Today is our first interim weigh-in day and it's fun seeing so many participating this time. Also only need one more member and our roster is full!