"Love me when I least deserve it, because that's when I really need it."
~ Swedish Proverb, from Dr. Robert Melillo's book, "Reconnected Kids"

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Am I really over a week behind? Again?

So I'm still trying to play catch up, in a way that is both frequent and brief, with LOTS of pictures (no problem there - we LOVE to take pictures!)

Friday was a pretty fun day. Alana had a day off from school, and so she went with us Friday morning to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. We LOVE Fernbank, and they had a new exhibit open the weekend before that we were very excited about - Charles Darwin! Here are the boys with the Father of Evolution and Natural Selection!
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The exhibit was full of lots of neat animals - according to Ash, ANY animal with any kind of a shell (like an armadillo) is a turtle.
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There were lots of bones, showing how different species evolved over time, which was very interesting.
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And several interactive screens and learning centers too, which the boys LOVED!
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Fernbank has a very neat play area upstairs for the kids. It is always our last stop at the museum, and we always have a blast!
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Later that afternoon, Rock Star Aidan earned not one but TWO rewards during his Brain Balance session. GO AIDAN!
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After Brain Balance, we all went to play at PLAY place for a little while. I FINALLY got a good photo of "Mr. It," the monkey that we search for every time we visit. When the kids find Mr. It, they get to choose a little prize. Isn't he cute?
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Our Saturday began at 6 am (a trend that would continue through the entire weekend - GRRrrr!) We ran errands in the morning (Whole Foods, Dollar Tree). The boys were super excited to see all the pumpkins out in front of Whole Foods. They immediately wanted me to buy a giant pumpkin ($69.99 - yeah, RIGHT!), and there was a LOT of hot bargaining and begging and pleading. We finally compromised and took a PICTURE with the big pumpkins! WHEW!
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Later that afternoon, we rode our bikes/cars down the big hill in the parking lot, and finished our evening with some arts and crafts!

Sunday morning, we were all up by 6 am again (sigh!) and the day did not begin well. Aidan was in a super defiant and very argumentative mood - and it was cold, and the baby had a runny nose, so I wanted to wait a little while before venturing out. A little before 8 am, I tried to get Aidan to do his exercises - which resulted in a meltdown of EPIC proportions. Like I hadn't seen in MONTHS! It was REALLY bad. Needless to say, he lost ALL of his stars and fell to Level One on his behavior chart. It took him a few minutes to calm down, but he got it together, finished his exercises, and moved on to his hour of chores. The little boys helped, and everyone spent the next hour or so cleaning the condo. Afterwards, we headed to Riverside Park for a bike ride before lunch time.
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After lunch, we ALL took a great nap. I took the boys on a nature walk around the condo complex, and we found the mother load of perfect pine cones! I have NO idea what we are going to do with all of these pine cones, but I'm sure it will be fun...and probably very messy! We hit the park before dinner, and everyone went to bed on time that night!

More to follow very soon!
Much love,

Allie

5 comments:

  1. Allie,
    I just wanted to share. I am pregnant and have been sooo exhausted the last couple months that I let Aaron slip with his BB exercises. Last week however, we started again. When we went to his Monday speech therapy the improvement was almost unbelievable! Aaron was fairly consistant at 30-35% correct answers for questions (which the therapist was rather happy with) but after 1 week of exercises, he was 85% or better in all sections! Even she was amazed and asked what we had been doing. When I told her we started doing the BB exercises again she was like, that's gotta be it, keep it up!
    Blessings to you and Aiden (and the rest of the kiddos)...it's totally worth it girl!
    Melanie

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  2. I think you've mastered brief. Now you just have to work on frequent! Just kidding! Loved this post. It's so nice to see what you're up to in the big city. I'm looking forward to the "stories from home" edition. Love Ya Bunches!!!

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  3. I love my new profile picture!

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  4. Melanie,
    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! So happy to hear about your new bundle of joy - take care of YOU, Mama! It really is exciting to see the changes that Brain Balance can bring our kids, in such a very short period of time. No matter how big the battle, I know it's worth it in the end. Keep up the good work - much love to you and Aaron, and the rest of your clan!

    Allie

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  5. Thanks Mommy! We can't wait to be HOME! Two more weeks - we can do it! Miss you and love you bunches too!

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