Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
I was so happy today, usually I frown if somone gives me flowers as I think of the money, and how that in a few days they will Die... and so anyway one of my BFF's gave me a plastic bunch of flowers and to be quite honest it was the best bunch of flowers I've had in a very very long time!
Oatie and the temporary bus driver had a disagreement..., Oatie was trying to follow the rules by having his lap belt on on his wheelchair. During the day we let him tuck it under the seat so he can get in and out with ease rather than a huge palaver to go to the washroom,,... anyway today his aide forgot and so he was being good by trying to get it out... the temp bus driver thought he was being naughty and when he got home he read Oatie the riot act...
Only after I mediated between the two of them realised that Oatie didn't tell the bus driver what he was doing and in future to tell the bus driver.... so they hi-fived it as a promise. I can't wait for our usual bus driver to come back.... he's one of Oatie's best friends dads at school.
This saturday oatie is going to a paint your own pottery party! He's so excited!
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Sat here waiting for the missing school bus...
The school bus company doesn't know where it is...
They just called and drove Oatie on a huge detour
So Oatie is home over an hour late!! He would have been on the bus home for 2 hours!! Poor kid
Swiper our resident fox went looking for him...
Friday, September 19, 2014
The school bully who now is the "victim" has gone way too far... It's ridiculous!
Oaties sister got humiliated at school for speaking out and reported the bully!
Yep! This bully physically punches people, never suspended never expelled... Its out of hands, the kids have list confidence in the school and feel helpless against the bully as the bully comes out on top...!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
well, I've done it... booked and paid for it.... let's hope we survive!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
It's over halloween so he's super excited! Siblings could go, but I thought they would cramp his style and also they would feel responsible for him.... where he's bold enough to be fine on his own....
Friday, July 25, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
But he's had a great time at residential camp and day camp last week is this week.
I had a volunteer role that the person I took it over from just dumped everything undone.... so it's been a tough few months... we came back from holiday and been sorting out the mess rock solid.... so unfair.. and so surprising!
Monday, July 14, 2014
It's his first time away from home and as his birthday is in a few days time, they overlooked his age....
He was amazing and won an award for being so gutsy and determined.... the house was so quiet without him.....
Thursday, July 10, 2014
So thankful for such great friends! These 16-18 year olds who stepped forward are amazing!
Saturday, July 5, 2014
It was advertised as 'inclusive' but was more that they would consider inclusiveness but is still at the experimental stage.
I met with the organisers and they generously gave me 1.5 hours of their time, and I found out that for 4 years I have been lied to by our 'case worker'.
All those years of me/husband taking Oatie (husband leaving work and having to make up time) for diversity swim and not having a community aide was all because we were lied to.... I asked the question outright and was told no... It never made sense as you would think why put added strain on a special needs family.... so anyway he could have had a community aide all along....
So after meeting the camp organisers....I sent and email and within 2 hours... Oatie was approved for community aide so he could attend day camp.
The Challenge was then finding a 16+ year old to help him.... luckily we have some awesome friends and their kids stepped forward to be Oatie's aide for those weeks.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
Yes, we've all come down with it, I battled on for an extra week before I finally came down with it.... (I was doing my good friend Phil's remedy of a good olde Scotch!!!) obviously I think I should have a bigger serving???
Oatie ASKED Swiper the fox to Swipe his illness away, He said Swiper Swipe NOSE... Swiper SWipe NOSE!!!
Anyway... Oatie missed his last skating lesson he was pretty devastated... the poor love, so we've promised to take him during the School holidays.
I have done something insane... I said to my parents that we would all fit for a 7 hour drive.... in a Dodge Grand Caravan.....
- A sled
- 6 pairs of skis and poles
- 7 pairs of Ski Boots
- A huge cool box....
- Ski Gear for 7 people... hmmmmm
- AND.... 7 People!!!
AND...............maybe Oatie's Wheels!!!!!!!
What was I thinking??? but saying that when we lived in England we drove to Disneyland Paris with a 0,2,4 year old... all the baby paraphania... clothes travel potty's slings, 2 pushchairs all in a smaller car....
Yes the kids will all be wedged in the 3rd Row! lol!lol!lol! Maybe I'll just take my apple ear buds (ROL Roar of laughter!!!).... hang on a minute they WON'T FIT!!!
WHO said that all this stuff would fit in my car.... (I did!!!) Well worst case scenario everyone can wear their ski jackets and snowpants and we turn the heating off inside the car??? ROL!!! ROL!!!
Well yesterday we did pop by Santa, and Oatie just LOVED it this year, he told me all about the candy cane that he, his brother and sister got.
Tomorrow Oatie is going to the ELF workshop, to learn to be an ELF, he couldn't go last year because he was ill so he's very excited about tomorrow.
7 people, plus ski gear in a Dodge Grand Caravan.... ROL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hey we should take pictures of our car if we fit it all in and send it to them for an advert...
Just going downstairs to laugh some more!
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Felt like our final part of becoming a citizen was today... applying for our Canadian Passport!
We've got our new ABR exercise videos, they are great as the training team now record them on an ipad so it's really easy to have a visual and the written notes to go home with.
So excited... I think when I finally see the Canadian passport, I will truly believe that we are dual citizens!
Monday, April 28, 2014
Sorry guys, for not updating about the ice gala... the official video, wasn't very good, like it was dark, and at a weird angle and well, I'm waiting for my friend to come back from her holiday and she will send me her video of the ice gala! The Ice gala was amazing... and Oatie did himself proud, he even skated out to the finale himself!
Has anyone else found this, if you are a woman with a child in a wheelchair, do we have an invisible sign around our neck saying "Please rip me off???".
I stayed in the hotel that we usually stay in, only because it made my husband feel better that we were in familiar surroundings and one of our friend we were going to meet up with, knew where that hotel was and not far from their workplace.
Also, we had a not very nice time there and so the manager kindly offered to give us vouchers to compensate for the meals that we had last time that were not very good.
SO, until the day we check-ed out we had a nice stay... then as I went to check out, one of the women behind the desk wanted to CHARGE me for the "complimentary breakfast" vouchers that I received in goodwill! Not just one breakfast, she wanted to charge them ALL! I was like WTH???
Then after our session, I have no idea why but it took FOREVER to get back to the airport... the signs had changed and the gps played up and well anyway we did manage to fill up and return the car.... Which led to the next issue...
Woman travelling with child in wheelchair! When we arrived, we upgraded for a fullsize car... paid extra... so I wouldn't have hassle with his wheelchair! I get there and they try to give me the highest vehicle possible whereby I'd almost have to lift the wheelchair above shoulder height to get it in the CAR! I was like OMG! so I complained and I had to pay more but I got a mini van... so on the return, when there was more then the one person at the car rental desk, I complained and said that this was unfair! anyway, Oatie looked really cute and so they put the cost back to what it was... I then have to push Oatie a good distance with our luggage to the airport... "the car rental desk is a short walk from the airport so no shuttle is required" WELL! if you have someone in a wheelchair, you NEED a shuttle! Poor Oatie had to push himself all the way into the airport... because I got a duff luggage cart....
To get inside and the checkin desks for the airline we used had MOVED! to the other end as far as we could see!!! Then we got attacked by this birdy-hockey mascot who wouldn't get out of the way and Phil D's words came to me, RAM them!! RAM them!! well it was almost a Flat squashed chickenthing... as it stumbled and almost fell in the path of Oatie who was weaving around the birdthing... to finally get to the airline that we do like very much, who from that moment were fabulous!
Then the gate moved to the far end so he propelled himself to there.. and our flight went without a hitch apart from sitting next to one of the smelliest men EVER!!! fortunately after 20 minutes I couldn't smell him anymore!
Oatie presented his baby sister with a hello kitty cuddly toy and gave his big brother and sister the special Quebec Author books he found in the kids bookstore in Montreal!
Saturday I wasn't very well and today we are getting back to normal :))
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
This weekend, Oatie is going to be in his very first Ice Skating show! He is so excited.
He is going out with his skating group! He is the only CP skater that our club has!
I'm his skating aid and I was a bit daunted a few weeks back about the prospect of face planting infront of my entire TOWN! but... if I face plant, I face plant, If JJ is brave enough to go out then I am!
We had a dress rehearsal yesterday and that was fun...:)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The kids are on a spring break, and it doesn't feel much like a break for the following reasons the kids are in a club ice show that was SO SO SO micromanaged that it's like amazing that it's even going ahead... me who is a super organised person, this makes me feel way out of my comfort zone...
Just the other day, I was meant to be handed costumes ready for sewing and instead get strips of pre cut fabric... and expected to magic out 40 outfits from it... and then we had the 15 fake fur animals that I was allergic too... that she, as if they were alive and moulting...
arghghghgh it's under two weeks to go and over half the club is at a competition this weekend and the person I was making it with got annoyed as she was the one who was doing the designing and cutting... so I enlisted another mum who has one child in junior high so she has a little more time then I do to help and is a sewing whizz and the other mum has taken offence.
On a different note, the kids have drawn Oatie's bedroom wall colour scheme plan for his new room.
Here it is...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Well YES, it's true, the school principle sent 15 or so emails and had no luck... so anyway I found out that she didn't try THAT hard as she sent them to some "bod" who doesn't even have a name.
So today was the day, that Oatie's siblings were due to go skiing and they didn't want to go without him.
Would you also believe that it was a teaching day, and the school who arranged this excluding activity (even though Oatie is an acomplished skiier) didnt' make any provision for him to come to school and learn... they even sent his AID on the ski trip! like how WRONG is that????
Saturday, February 22, 2014
So the little one was not very well and within 48 hours Oatie went down with it too... and then I caught a cold and my husband got a chest infection... by some weird chance the older two escaped it all! We do tend to segregate the family out for meal times like some eat in the dining room and others who are well eat in the breakfast room and that seems to stop everyone being sick.
We then found out that now in our province that anyone at any stage of chickenpox can just wonder about at school... anywhere...
So you might not hear from me for a bit.... I feel so rough and I'm sure the kids fell rougher.. :((
Thursday, February 20, 2014
So now we are all dual citizens... it was a 6 year process but it's finally complete! And We got 100% in our citizenship tests.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Oatie is keeping up his swimming and his ice skating every Saturday. Oatie will make his showcase debut in the Skating Gala in April. He's very excited!
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Oatie surprised me that he could read in English.... like we read together but he would usually parrot the words but the other day he started to read the baby a story:))
The Grandparents are arriving in the middle of Feb which is exciting for everyone.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Oatie has had a good January, so far he's not been ill... he's been referred to the Asthma clinic so when he is ill, he might recover faster...
He has a wealth of friends, which sometimes the school i feel want to hold him back, and I'm like no,.... as just the other day a few kids we know have been recently bullied and you think, the thought of not being bullied as so valuable that it's worth it's weight in gold.
Oatie has been making great strides in his skating and the past two fridays have been too warm, to ski... so he hasnt been going which is a shame.
We passed our citizenship test the other week which once we got the letter came around fast...
Oatie went to a friends party the other day and his big brother went as his aid... and he was good for his brother and yesterday, Oatie was very well behaved at his friends house we went over for supper.
He's been having his night ABR bench on for a good while now... Oatie's reluctance of having it back on was worried that he might wet himself.... but he seemed to have got over that fear.
One of my friends who was a early years teacher, tutors him for 1.5 hours a week in the basics and he really enjoys the 1-1 and seem to be excelling..
We have been doing flash cards with Oatie for a number of years on and off, depending on his interest level and he surprised me the other day by READING me a story!
His speech is coming on no end as I think the French helps the English and vice versa... I have to say that Oatie is fluent in French and English and i love how he tells me about his French day in English and is so smart too.
Monday, January 20, 2014
How Out of Control Is Illegal Handicapped Parking? click this link to read the post from another blog
A Subject close to my heart... especially when we've had feet of snow, and these people who abuse the space see me struggling to push the wheelchair around and they still abuse it! ! !
I know it's not a right, for us to have a handicapped parking, but it makes life that bit easier and I really cherish the spaces.
Monday, January 13, 2014
One of our friends homes burnt down, luckily they are all fine. But each day I drive by it I think Sheesh!
Currently fighting our Council for improved 911 addressing. Now reported them to the leader of the opposition of our province... I was doing that before the fire, but now it's made it more of a daily reminder for me....
Also reporting our internet company to the equivalent of the monopolies and mergers commission... they buy up independents, and give us the most awful internet going, it's almost the same speed as dialup! ! !
We've had the flu go around our family... and a variety of disappointments and frustrations and arghghghghghghghg. Not to mention some of my family members have been on the receiving end of bullying from a woman who projects herself to the powers that be at one of the kids extracurric activities as "florence nightingale"... and her true personality is just plain UGLY.
Rant over and out...
Thursday, January 9, 2014
I'm still recovering from my shoulder injury, it happened about 2 years ago pushing Oatie around up hill in snow..
I was so desperate for the pain to go, that I even let the physio stick the muscle reset needles in my shoulder muscle like 20 times! It does feel much better but I was a bit silly over the break by not doing my exercises...
We have got Oatie back in the rhythm of having his ABR bench on at night, the only night we won't put it on him is Sundays... so he has one day of freedom where he can sneak downstairs and watch TV lol!
I finally got a reply from some bureaucrats after 3 months, they claimed that their reply to me must have got lost... but usually when that happens the sender or It's happened to me, where you forward the original email when you sent it to the person to kind of restore that it was lost in good faith...
And I was watching Emma, (Jane Austen) and well the wheelchair in that was just that a dining chair with carriage wheels on it. The design or function or the ergonomics of it really hasn't evolved.. much...
You would have thought in this day and age, that the "designers" would be making it you can lift it without injury... and make it easy to fold... etc.... They do it with strollers... why not wheelchairs?
And What I cannot Fathom, is that each province here is responsible for it's own "healthcare" and what i don't get in a province that is in snow for a good 6 months of the year... why do they give (government issued that you spend half on)... wheelchairs out that don't work in the snow! I'm like... makes no sense!
And my biggest peave is, the timbit hockey parents... they come to get their player, too lazy to park and walk... so they ABUSE THE DISABLED PARKING, I reported it ot the local police force and nothing has improved so far.
So there I am with the government issued piece of junk that is WAY overpriced! in hte snow... with the most snow fall from the beginning of the last Century.. and LUCKY to be able to park in the disabled parking spot, with a recovering shoulder injury... all because some people are just too lazy to walk.
When I'm not with Oatie, I would never ever DREAM of parking in the disabled spot... what's wrong with people!