Coca Cola 600

This whole thing was quite an experience for sure.  I am going to be perfectly honest… I am NOT a Nascar fan.  However, Haley, Ryan, and Zachie are and not to mention the hubby who watches every sport known to man.  So when the opportunity presented itself for the hubby to be part of the opening ceremony and the family to be given complimentary tickets, he jumped on it.  Being the “good wife” I said sure, I would go…

The hubby was leading our parade into the track to our seats.  We walked for what seemed like forever into a section that couldn’t POSSIBLY be ours because the tickets said row 50 and this one only went up to like 40.  So hubby asked where our seats were.  Turned out they were at the other end of the track.  Parade turns around.  However, Bradley wasn’t too happy about this so he started fussing… the baby was tired of walking so guess who got to carry him…. thats right, mama.  About 2/3 of the way to the other end (which seemed like MILES) hubby informs me that he has to go because he is going to be late to formation.  Wonderful… 

I lead the group on… baby on my hip, cooler on the other, and by this time, two complaining kids.  We finally find our section… had to ride an elevator up (definitely better than stairs at this point).  They were pretty high up, but turned out to be excellent seats!  We could see the entire track and had a good view of the cars.  

We had two hours til the race started… how the heck I managed to keep the kids busy in the seats without anyone falling down the bleachers, I honestly don’t know.  As you can see in the picture, they are staggered in a way that you can be seated and still see over the person in front of you even if they were standing up.

Anyway, we saw Darius Rucker, watched parachute guys jump in, got to see the Goodyear Blimp, which was a BIG hit with the kids, and got to see the hubby bear one of the American flags for the crowd.  When they went to shoot the big guns, I passed out ear plugs for the kids.  Bradley and Hannah ended up eating theirs (which Bradley regretted later) and amazingly Haley decided she didn’t need any (which is odd since she is sound sensitive).  Ryan was the only one who chose to keep his in.

I will never forget the excitement on the kids’ faces when the race started… absolute pure joy and thrill on all 5 faces.  priceless.  Well, that joy lasted about 10 laps… then Bradley decided he needed more earplugs.  LOL.  It was funny because as loud as it was with the cars zooming by, it was bliss for me, because for once, no matter how loud they yelled, I honestly couldn’t hear anyone’s complaints.  Since I didn’t necessarily respond to those complaints, the kids just went on about life.  Interesting to say the least.  We ended up leaving prior to the race being over, but it certainly was fun.  I might even go back for another race sometime…😉

the kids (minus the baby) at the Coca Cola 600 Memorial Weekend 2012

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stress…Stress…. STRESS!

This past few months have been incredibly stressful… Hubby had foot surgery that required him be off work for 60 days.  That first few weeks was pure hell on him (and me as well because I inherited a 40 year old child) and I am thankful to say that, for the most part, he is doing well.  I think the pain he is feeling is considerably less than prior to surgery so I assume that is a plus.  Today was his first day back to work and I have to say I miss him lots.

Home schooling the kids is A LOT OF WORK, but so rewarding – it certainly gives me purpose aside from cleaning toilets, folding clothes, and preparing meals.  Today was one of our more difficult days with that though – I think the ‘newness’ of learning at home is wearing off and Bradley met me with some resistence today.  However, I gave him two choices – either finish his writing or go sit in his room until he was ready to finish his writing.  When presented that way, he picked up the pencil and that was the end of that whole drama.  He knows mama don’t play games… if I say, I mean we are going to do.

The campaign for cameras is going well.  I haven’t been contacted by a news agency yet, but I am not giving up hope.  I have some amazing people standing beside and behind me.  Change will come… I have faith.  Thank you all!  I can’t say it enough!

I think the kids have ganged up on me today too… Haley and Bradley are taking turns not toileting (oh joy) and Ryan and Hannah are being ornery… then there is Zach who just knows he is cute no matter what.  He, very appropriately, went into the kitchen, grabbed a cookie off the tray and sat down next to me right before dinner time and started eating it.  I wasn’t really sure what to say – at least he followed the ‘food at the table’ rule, but cookies 10min before dinner… really?  He currently has spaghetti o’s hanging off his chin and pizza sauce on his forehead.  Looks like he is in line for bath #2 after he gets done eating.  That is if he EVER gets done eating… the rest of us finished up and went on with our lives.  Zach is grazing tonight and I finally just moved the laptop to the table with me (which is not what we typically do because dinner time is FAMILY TIME but geez….)

As for me, I am going to get these kiddos in bed and run myself a nice hot bubble bath…  lock the doors and let daddy manage the whole 10000 needs at bedtime drama.  It is the endless drink/pee/drink/pee cycle among boo boo after boo boo because my kids are wierdos and sit and pick scabs to make themselves bleed in order to come out to tell me that they need a band-aid.  I think that we use more band-aids at bedtime than any other peroid of our day.  Interesting, considering they are supposed to be laying down sleeping…  Lets just say in this house, I totally get why that book got published….   ~Daisy

Adventures in Home Schooling… coming soon!

I am pleased to announce that I have gained another student!  My little Miss Sassy has decided to join her brother at home.  It was my intent to pull all 4 of the older children out of the public system for the next school year, but she couldn’t handle being separated from her brother any longer.  That combined with the teasing she gets from the other kids at school about being ‘different’ led me to the decision that pulling her now would work out just fine.  :) 

I am in the process of putting together a dedicated page/blog for ‘Adventures in Home Schooling’ so that others may see our ideas and grow from them as well as share their ideas with me.  My goal is to be unbelievably successful in this venture so I can smile in the face of the doubters and show them that this IS a viable option when other paths are not working out.  So stay tuned! :)

I would also like to mention that I have never been told I love you as much as I have in the past week by the children.  It is interesting – we are a totally ‘hands-on’ family every day – so projects and activities are not unusual, but Bradley in particular will thank me and tell me “I love you mom” after we complete each section of our day.  Now my question is why?  Is it because I have found a way to reach him?  Maybe because he knows I have went to the ends of the earth to make sure he is safe?  Or maybe both.  Whatever the reason, it makes what I am doing seem completely right. 

Thanks to all!

I can not express how thankful I am for the unbelieveable support we have received via the facebook group concerning our son Bradley.  If you are stumbling across this blog and have no idea what I am talking about, please feel free to click on the above link “Bradley’s Story“.  In short, Bradley is a 9 year old autistic child who was physically abused at the hands of his educators.  These people have not been removed from teaching and Bradley has received no justice for the pain he has suffered.  However, I am on a crusade to make it a law to have CAMERAS IN ALL SPED CLASSROOMS  so that these children have a voice.  So read Bradley’s Story, share it, encourage your family and friends to join the facebook group and write your local Congressman requesting cameras in SPED rooms.  Reference Bradley’s story.  I want Congressman from EVERY STATE flooded with requests. :)

That being said, in 24hrs, that support group gathered over 3000 members from around the world.  It brings tears to my eyes to think that the “uncaring world” would be so taken with my son’s story.  I am really touched.  I have received countless words of encouragement and I have personally read each and every post that has been put on that group and every email that has came through the accounts.  It means alot.  A whole lot.  Words can’t express how much it means.  It is THAT much. :)

Today was our first day of home school for Bradley.  I am going to be honest, it was my intent to start this in the fall, but when Bradley came home from his new school with injuries consistent with restraint (not abuse, but some what reasonable bruising all things considered), as a mother, I couldn’t send him back… for him or for me.  Not that any of this is about me, but it was breaking my heart and driving me insane not knowing if he was safe.  So I pulled him out and we are working with what we have available until I can come up with a solid plan… that will hopefully be in place next week.

I have to say, he is VERY receptive to being my student.  Of course, it is new and with all things new, they are fun until they get old right?  I will be adding a home school page here soon for those interested in following what we are doing at home.

 

Its been awhile…

This poor blog was sitting here abandoned for months now.  Life has been crazy here and I am sure it will even get more fun in the coming months as I begin my adventure in homeschooling the kids.  Obviously, Bradley is starting immediately and I am allowing the other 3 to finish out this school year in public school while I gather materials, set up the classroom, and prepare lesson plans.  I will be creating a dedicated page for my homeschool ideas and what we are doing so that others may gain from those ideas.  At this point, I am really enthusiastic about this – I am hoping that that enthusiasm doesn’t dwindle, because I know that I have a HUGE job cut out for me….

The new blog…

So I took an idea and ran with it.  (thanks hubby for the encouragement)  Of course, now that I worked out all the details… I am exhausted tonight so I suppose I will start my posts tomorrow.  Who knew someone with an information systems degree would have such a struggle setting up something so simple?  Of course, in my defense, I don’t even think the word “blog” was EVER mentioned in any of my classes.  ;)  I feel old.  ~Daisy

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