|Free running in Valdosta Georgia outside our hotel before the last leg of our journey to the mountains.|
Yes, we love school.
|Not to be outdone|
|Boy #3. Need I say more?|
I got him back to sleep, and now I am trying again.
I may just let the pictures do the talking for a while. These are the pictures from our trip to Blairsville, Georgia for a Julich family reunion.
|He loved our 10 hour car ride soooo much.|
|The porch swing outside of our cabin, overlooking the mountains.|
|The view from the porch|
|We shared a cabin with my brother and his 5 kids. The first night we all ate spaghetti together.|
|Daddy and The Dude snuggling. The Dude is such a snuggler. And so great to have 5 days together as a family.|
|Vogel state park, where we met up with Noni and Papa so they could watch Greystoke while we hiked with the older boys.|
|Feedng Aunt K's puppy, Bodhi. He was a good sport.|
|JT got a good view of some snakes in the water, so we moved on to the other waterfall...|
|This is the next best thing to the ocean.|
|Family pic minus Greystoke. And also minus The Dude's pants.|
|He looks like he is skinny dipping, but he is not.|
|The Dude looks like a little man cub.|
|This is pretty much the perfect environment for my family. A place they fit in naturally and comfortably.|
|At least until the littler one gets stung by a bee. Then we moved on...|
|A local directed us a different way out than we came and we got to ford some small streams in the truck.|
|Greystoke didn't nap on the trip because it was too exciting....so he was fast asleep by 6:30 every night.|
|Aquaman did so amazingly well. He had a great time, and a mostly great attitude.|
|An early morning noisy gathering of small boys. The Dude, my late sleeper (8 am) slept through it.|
|Levi and Aquaman were more alike than I realized. ;)|
|Aquaman liked the crowd watching him play his games. As usual, however, he was not quite as excited about sharing the tablet.|
|We spent our last day there hanging out a pavillion and "lake beach" at Vogel state park with the whole family. That's a whole lotta people. And at first Aquaman got a little cagey.|
|It was also the coolest day we had there...especially the morning hours.|
|We took a walk around the lake with a large portion of the family. We blocked the whole trail.|
|The Dude jumped right in and had fun with all his cousins.|
|My sisters took turns pushing mom along the gravelly path. The downhills were her favorite.|
|Our last day. Greystoke is starting to get an attitude....|
|Picture of our cabin from the road.|
|Bowling and lollipops. Who knew it would be such a winning combination?|
|But since bowling, especially free summer bowling, when the place is overflowing, requires some patience and waiting, the lollipops were very helpful.|
|Slip n slide. A great and simple investment. We have had a lot of fun with it.|
|One is cooking and one is washing dishes. Mom win.|
He has a lot of very strong opinions about pretty much everything.
I have been volunteering in his class at church, and seeing how he acts in school situations. The teacher loves him. He hugs her repeatedly. She tells me all the time how much she loves him. I confided that he is "just like my husband. Very sweet, and never stops moving", and that I was a little concerned about how school was going to go, and she said "you just tell them that he learns with his hands and that is just fine."
She is a teacher, and I bet she is a great one. But I know from experience that they are not all like that.
But since last year he has become so much more critical, so much more rigid in his thinking. He has become so intolerant of anyone different than he is. He has also completely lost his confidence about just about everything. It is hard to know if it is just a phase he has to go through, some sort of chemical imbalance, or the result of a very bad school year. It is probably a combination of all those things.
In our parenting classes, we talked a bit about personality types. It was determined that Aquaman is a mixture of Rabbit and Eeyore...a very difficult personality combination. I was surprised to discover that I am an Eeyore.
The therapist reminded us that personality types do not change, we simply learn to adapt to our environments, and also overcome our weaknesses. The weakness of Eeyore is depression. The weakness of Rabbit is anger.
Those classes helped me a lot. And sometimes I remember my Eeyore childhood self, and I smile.
We are giving up and paying out of pocket for the psych testing. We really need to have a plan for school this year, and the psych promised a 6 page report with recommendations. If the teacher will actually follow them.
OT was recommended twice a week but the therapist is not a provider with our new insurance so we have to start over with a new one.
As I was reading this, my brain connected them and I realized....it is impossible to be gentle when you are anxious. When you are anxious, you are too anxious to be gentle. And this is why Aquaman struggles in this area. And what is the remedy? "In everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
We have been talking about asking, and I've been learning more about asking myself. There are so many things sometimes I don't even know where to start...in our lives, in the lives of family members and friends. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed. But you just ask. And then you thank God for the opportunity to ask. And for what he has already done. I thank God for options, even though they overwhelm me. Because it's amazing how many I have.
And JT...well it has just been amazing. In his first week, he was given a bonus and a raise was discussed. He has been treated with more respect than he ever was in the 7 years at his former job. He is being appreciated for who he is, and I am so happy to see that happening for him.
Another month of summer awaits us.