Dominic is doing very well on the Focalin. It is quite amazing to see him in control of himself. He is focused, attentive, and quiet. When I ask him to do something, I am not getting the five minutes of negotiation, just a "yes, ma'am"... what a refreshing change. I am feeling more optimistic and it is much easier parenting happy children than moody and angry children.
The kids got haircuts this week. They look so much older all of a sudden! Anna got into Jenny's makeup that morning, so you can see a faint hint of blue eyeshadow on her eyebrows, lol.
We had our monthly visit with our MHMR (mental health and mental retardation) caseworker this week. Anna had her 3-year reevaluation with the school district this spring and she continues to test in the mild-moderate MR range. The psych did say that Anna is hard to test. She needs instructions to be repeated and the directions to be explained one at a time and they are not allowed to do that in the formal testing setting. I told Kara, our caseworker, about Anna's current challenges and her disappearance earlier this week. I was excited to learn that she thinks she can get Anna a child locataing GPS as an adaptive aid and can get us special alarmed door locks also. That is such a relief, those things are expensive! They are also continuing to cover respite (my mom is a registered contractor with the state so that she can provide respite... in fact, my mom took the kids last night and is keeping them until this afternoon! Thanks, mom!!!) and they are covering the cost of overnight pull-ups for Anna also. She's outgrown the store brand, so I have to order them from Adaptive Child. I am really impressed with the Tranquility overnights, though she still leaks about 3 nights a week.
Anna and Joseph were playing together yesterday and I got this great picture of them together. They both declared that the other is their best friend. So sweet! (If you remember, Joseph is 14 and also MR.)
One of Anna's talents is sports. She is good at just about everything! Swimming, basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer... you name it. She can't quite manage playing on a team yet, but we have fun just playing outside. Curtis has been working with her on her overhand jump shot and she is really getting it. I got the incredible picture of her mid-jump. I had to try extracting her too, to really emphasize the movement in the picture.
Well, I should really get to work... I think I have 11 requests for siggies pending and I'm starting a collaboration with a professional photographer to offer my editing and graphic design skills as part of his service offerings. We're still trying to find a puppy too. Yellow girl did find a home, but I couldn't afford her anyway. The breeder in Dallas looks promising but I haven't heard back from her yet after completing all of the paperwork for the donation.
Thanks for reading and for all of your support!