Archive | March, 2013

Book Review

This doesn’t have much to do with Gabi but I have read this book cover to cover a few times and I just have to share it. My neighbor told me about when she was trying to figure out some stuff with her son.

The book is called  I May Frustrate You but I’m a Keeper by Ray Lincoln



My oldest son is 10 and he has sensory issues. He has been really difficult so I really thought he also had a broken brain and mental problems. Until I read this book!  This book explained my difficult son to an exact analysis.  It is amazing!


This is how it works. You take a short quiz and then add up your answers with the directions described.  You then get a 4 letter result which he refines to a 2 letter result. Then the author breaks down each letter: what it means, how common that letter is and how to relate and parent to that letter combo.

So, you take a quiz for each of your children but also for yourself.  This is the magical part.  In all my 29 years, I have never made sense of my craziness.  This helped to explain SOME of it.  The book will explain your letters as regular people but also how you parent as a result of your 4 combination of letters.

The theory is based on the Meijer Briggs personality test but it goes into depth and renames some of the criteria so its really easy to understand and apply.



You can see, I have my cheat sheet of my 3 oldest kids on the cover of the book.


and I have marked it up, highlighted, crossed out.. etc


My second son has always been pretty easy going so his results were not surprising.  But both of my older sons are very different than me so I had no idea how to parent them.  I was convinced that Thomas ( 7 year old) had ADD. He’s a mess. He can’t focus and has a really difficult time concentrating. He is still on the teacher’s radar but the letter results that correspond with his personality are the most common set of results that is misdiagnosed with ADD!  It is in his personality to not be aware of time and to constantly be late. His whole focus in life is fun and he lives in the present moment.  My older son is the opposite.  He will probably never be late and he only understands logical explanations.  It is really fun to have these 2 share a small bedroom…

I have also learned SO much about myself.  That is an entirely different post that I will get to.  I find this stuff fascinating.  On the author’s website, he has a certification process that I really want to take.

Definitely worth checking out for your parenting and for yourself!!

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Valentine’s Day Idea

I wanted to do something fun for Valentines Day even though it is a Hallmark Holiday but at least it’s about love. Each one of us made an envelope out of construction paper (next year I think I will actually sew something out of fabric) and decorated it with their name.  We hung the envelopes on the back of your chairs at the kitchen table.  We all made Valentines for each other weeks before the big day and put them in the envelopes.  We weren’t allowed to open the envelopes until Valentine’s Day. It was so much fun.  We wrote love messages to each other and drew each other pictures.

My love note from my favorite guy :)

My love note from my favorite guy :)

The younger ones took the easy way with stickers.

The younger ones took the easy way with stickers.

Gabi does love Dora

Gabi does love Dora


Then on Valenties Day we opened up the envelopes:


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WOA Cardiac Dinner Auction

It’s time for our awesome friends to put on their annual auction for Wings of Angels… they always put together an incredible video with the heart patients for CHW.

The auction is on April 13th and they are always collecting donations of any kind : wine, gift cards… anything. Let me know if you want to donate anything or attend with us. It is an awesome event filled with laughter and tears.

These are our trial pics.

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These are our finals that we submitted for the video:



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Come on Spring!

Well, Gabi has lost another pound. She is down to 24.5 punds compared to 29 pounds in the summer.  Calls are in to GI and to Dr. Cava for appts. She is due for a check up and ECHO anyway.

Gabi’s PT from our wonderful school district emailed me and we agreed that Gabi has gotten weaker. This is a clip of what Karen said :

I’d say in the last couple of months she has seemed more tired and does not have as great of endurance as she did before. For example, she has always walked slower after PT than she does before, but this made sense because I’d usually tire her out. But the difference in speed has been more noticeable lately. She in general as seemed to be moving a little slower, and I feel like I might be giving her more little rest breaks than before. 

When I pick her up from school, almost everyday she says to me with tears in the eyes that she got too tired at school today. Some of the assistants don’t know her and when I see them pulling her arm trying to make her go faster to walk out to the car, I want to punch them in the face.  I say to them, please, let her take her time.  They always apologize.  I see the other 3 1/2 year olds sprinting to their moms after school, it makes me so sad.

Come on Springtime!! We need to get outside and get exercise!

Just some fun pics..


After school puddle splashing

After school puddle splashing

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Gabi and Max

Gabi and Max

Thomas.. the mad scientist

Thomas.. the mad scientist


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