I cannot figure out where the weekend and week have gone. Except for cooking, cleaning and working on Kindergarten homework I had a pretty relaxing weekend where I didn't have to go ANYWHERE! No gymnastics meets, football practice, mad runs to the grocery story or anything except home based projects, reading, catching up on sleep, and hanging out with C. and the kids. Of course the kids weren't as appreciative of my time at home without errands, activities, etc. To them it meant I was a "captive audience." :-)
Tortuga seems to be doing better but of course, I didn't say that since we all know what happens when we "notice" positive change. Corazon was out of sorts and engaging in all kinds of destructive and attention getting behavior so she earned early bedtime by 3:30 pm on Saturday and then got sent back to bed to "rest" right after breakfast on Sunday. I wasn't going to let her put a damper on a potentially relaxing weekend at home. She did manage to turn things around a bit so she was able to rejoin the family for some Sunday afternoon football. Pollito and Milagro seem to be doing better (he isn't hitting her as much and she is choosing to not play with him if he is mean) since their exchange earlier in the week.
I cannot complain. Our lives have gotten so hectic lately that it was nice to have a little down-time. The kids are doing well with homeschooling because they are putting finishing touches on two major projects in Social Studies and Science. Corazon is working on a report about bats and building a bat house while Tortuga is finishing up his report and second (and hopefully stronger) model of a suspension bridge. Each of them is working on a social studies project that they chose for themselves. Corazon's is on Women's Suffrage and she is preparing a report about 3 suffragists--Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone. She still LOVES the biographies. Tortuga has read up on "Peace Movements" and is now researching the Vietnam War and the corresponding Peace movements here at home. They are also both writing book reports on C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."
As soon as they wrap up the Science Project we will move onto a more involved Math Project. Sometimes I still marvel at how engaged Tortuga is with school these days. This is the kid who couldn't engage with anything. He couldn't play with a toy unless he was destroying it (doesn't really count as playing), using it to annoy someone else or "fighting" with it. Nothing helped--puzzles, legos, blocks, cars, etc. His saving grace was that he could draw although if we suggested he do that his ODD kicked in. These days he is excited about his school work. On one of his social studies packets he wrote "Thanks Mom for giving us social studies" and decorated the whole thing with hearts! He is doing so much better and even his peeing issue seems to be ....shhhhhhh.... under control.
Someday soon I will start to write more about what we have been doing differently with Tortuga over the past 3 months because it seems to be helping him. Baby steps but so far there has been very little slippage (of course when he does slip it is highly dramatic!)