Monday, September 05, 2011

Happy Labor Day

Well we have been taking it easy this weekend. Glen and I have both been feeling a little under the weather. The cause most likely is Norah sharing her cold with us. So after lounging around the apartment we spent the rest of the day at a local park. The sun was out, with a slight breeze, it was gorgeous. Norah had a great time playing on all the equipment and then "helping" the hippo play on it as well.  FYI: The hippo has on panties and a bikini top under her clothes. We also saw a cute Jack Russel with only three legs. This prompted a discussion between Glen and I on what the dogs name could be:
Fity (Like Fifty Cent, the rapper. Because the dog walks with a limp)

Tomorrow Norah starts her first of many full days of school. We both really like her teacher and the teacher's assistant and can't wait for Norah to start suprising everyone with what she can do.

I am currently reading a book on IEP's (Individual Education Plans). It is called The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child. It is amazing all the information that is in this book. I am learning so much. Because the more that we know about the process and laws the more we can be a valuable part of the IEP team, which in turn provides Norah with more of what she requires to be successful. So far, I would highly recommend this book for any parent/guardian/teacher that has a child that needs or already has an IEP.  I also picked up a book called From Emotions to Advocacy. I have not been able to start on this one yet but it looks like it could be really helpful as well. We should be signing paperwork sometime this week in order to get Norah's evaluations for her IEP started. YEAH!!! Everyone has been so supportive, I am really looking forward to going through the process this time with much more knowledge than when I had to go through it with Brandon. (Boo needed an IEP in 3rd grade when we moved from Pulaski school district to Cabot school district because he was behind. Only needed it for one year, Norah is going to be a whole different ball of wax.) Miss you Boo! A lot!

I am also reading The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs. The back cover says: Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the ten comandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to play a ten string harp; to stone adulterers.
I am to the part where he throws a pebble at an self proclaimed adulterer. The man apparently did not take kindly to his project and grabbed one of the small pebbles out of A.J.'s hand and threw it at his face. This prompted A.J. to throw a pebble back at the mans chest. Afterward he is suprised by how it made him feel and has some intraspective thoughts on the whole thing.
I also like the fact that his wife is giving him a hard time about him not being able to touch her during her cycle or even sit in a chair where she has sat because it is "unclean", so she goes around their apartment and sits in all the chairs. Sounds like something I would do.

Well, I am off to read more IEP information.


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