Where has the time gone? I think I’ve been so focused on other things the past few weeks I forgot to post! It’s been nice to catch up on some of your blogs and see what’s been happening. We’ve got some big decisions in the air regarding the boyz and should have some clarification on that in the next few days. . . stay tuned!
Accomplishments: The boys came out of their church class with little stickers on their chest – those are reminders that they will in some fashion be involved in the primary activity the following Sunday. Though we totally spaced it until about an hour before church the following Sunday, the boys were so excited and did really well sitting quietly and at their little parts. Twin A, especially, loves to participate. I sometimes play piano for the primary and he always has his hand up hoping to answer a question. I was happy they did well and it was a good experience for them.
We also reserve Monday Nights for our family time, otherwise known as Family Home Evening in church circles. Honestly, it’s tough to keep the boys attention for even a 10 minute ‘family time’ and lesson but hey, you gotta try, right? We always start with a song and this past week, they both wanted to take turns at the piano.
We’ve been counting down days on their calendar until specific events. . . . . Charlie’s Soccer Camp. . . . .tutor visit. . . . . trip to HI. We did ‘countdown chains’ for our trip to Hawaii and the kids actually sat and did this with us. A popsicle bribe was probably the main reason but still, fun night.
Over the weekend, I slipped downstairs for about 45 minutes to fold laundry and finish up a movie I had started the night before. My wife was watching the kids but within about 10 minutes, I heard her on the piano and it was quiet upstairs. I had my iPhone so I knew the boys weren’t playing on the phones. I came upstairs and this is what they were doing.
My wife had printed out a bunch of Angry Bird pictures from the internet and the kids were sitting and doing water colors on them. It’s rare that the three of them will find something to do together . . . . and sit down for more than 10 minutes. My wife was sitting down enjoying some piano time ~great idea!
Tip of the Week: The boys have trouble tracking items visually. For example, if you hold something in front of them and tell them to watch it while you move it in a circle, they will usually break concentration during the movement. Our OT suggested that we use a Skittle, flashlight, or something that will keep the boys attention and have them track while sitting down, lying on their backs, etc. This skill leads into a bunch of others so we’ll work on it and hopefully, get it down during the summer. Now to get them to STOP FIGHTING over who gets to lie closest to mommy. . . . . . AAAUUUGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!
Request: We’re working on taking turns and sharing. . . . hasn’t been the most pleasant experience. The boys scream and fight over who gets to sit behind mommy in the car and it’s CONSTANT. . . that’s just on instance. Any good advice or tips – please share! Thanks in advance! 🙂