Tuesday, March 25, 2008

boring moving stuff

We are moving.
I have to get this through my head and get more excited about it! I think I'll be more excited once we find a house. According to Mitch I'm not going to like the apartment he's got and knowing how much I hated living in our rental house last year waiting for our house to be built we need to find a house soon.

Why are we moving?
This question was asked in Riley's blog but I'll answer it here. It does mostly have to do with Riley - we live in a small town with not-so-good services for special needs kids. Our OT comes from the school system and has told me I should jump at the chance to leave. Our therapist who has a 3 year old son with autism said she would pack her bags tomorrow if she had an opportunity like mine.
Mississippi probably isn't our first choice or anything but a job came up that Mitch liked and they offered to buy our house so we took it. There's no way we could afford to buy a new house or pay rent along with therapy and our current house payment. We're moving to a bigger city that seems to know what they're doing as far as special needs kids so hopefully we made the right decision. There's an autism school in Jackson we were trying to get Riley into but with her new diagnosis I'm not sure that's the right place for her. I still think the schools there are better than the schools here.
Plus! The nearest Target here is an hour and a half away. The nearest Starbucks is 45 minutes away. I am excited to be around civilization again!

So anyway!
We (me and the kids) leave next Thursday to spend a week and a half in Jackson and lucky for me my awesome friend Jessica is meeting us there! We'll look for houses, look at schools and look at private therapy options. Hopefully after that we'll know what we're doing!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Happy (belated) Easter!!

After we got back from church we discovered the Easter Bunny had made a visit!

Addy starts following the trail Riley helps follow the jellybeans
A bonus picture of me since Morgan slept through the whole thing
We found the baskets in the Barbie playhouse!
Happy Easter says Bunny Riley!

Time to hunt for eggs
Morgan had fun!
Riley is so cool
Morgan found an egg
Addy and her friend Madison got the high ones

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Chattanooga Choo-Choo!

We decided to ditch therapy yesterday and go to Chattanooga! First we went to the Children's Museum then to the Aquarium and then out to dinner at Mellow Mushroom. It was a much needed break for all of us!

Riley had fun knocking over the blocks
Morgan had fun putting small pieces in her mouth (oops!)
Addy had fun digging up dinosaur bones
Butterfly garden at the aquarium

The penguins were so cool!
We saw a giant sea turtle
And sharks!
Sitting in a cave, under the sea
It's a miracle! Morgan eats a goldfish cracker!

post cake pictures?

About the same as the pre-cake pictures. Morgan won't eat, not even her cake! She got a little encouragement and help from Addy and some other guests but she still wouldn't dig in. Oh well, it was easy to clean her up afterwards!

I'm pretty sure Addy made this little mess, Morgan's hands were too clean! Maybe she just wanted to be done with the cake and get to the good part - presents!

Morgan had a very good first birthday - we just invited over a few neighbors over but even with just 3 other families there were 14 kids age 10 and under and 8 adults so it was enough!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Guess who is one today!!

And I'm tired. I'll have to do the full birthday recap another time!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

look what the dog brought home

I don't even want to know which neighbor this came from!

breakfast time!

Riley is not very enthused. She says stop taking pictures and feed me already!

Can you tell Addy loves Barbie? And sugar?

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

my budding artist

Morgan loves to draw!

The artist at work

You have to stomp on it a little

Almost done

The masterpiece