May 16, 2017

Life Lately

It's been almost two weeks since my last post and ironically, that post was about how I'm handling my anxiety. Now here I am in some kind of funk. I hate taking blog breaks, but I just didn't have anything worth posting.

Please forgive me as today is just going to be a completely random life update with no order to it whatsoever.

Let's start with Mother's Day because I feel like there's some blogger rule that you have to share about your Mother's Day. Mine was low key and pretty much like any other Sunday. While I was getting Kase dressed in the morning he said, "No school today? I stay home?" It kind of broke my heart, but I was really happy I could tell him yes, you get to stay home with mommy and daddy today. He loves his "school" and his therapists, but the sweet boy needed a day off. I can't blame him! Kyla and I went out and did some shopping, which was really nice. After dinner we all hopped in the van and went out for some ice cream. It was the first time Kenley got her own ice cream and not just a bite of her brother or sister's so she thought she was pretty cool. And in true #bloggerfail fashion, I didn't take a picture of this momentous occasion.

Although I'm not proud to admit it, it was one of those weekends where I felt really, really sad. I was wishing we could do something, go somewhere, get a family picture like everyone else in social media world. Don't get me wrong, we could have done something or gone somewhere. But it would have been really hard. And a hard, stressful time wasn't really what I was hoping for. Remember how I told you once in awhile that jealousy comes creeping back? Yeah, that happened.

Like I said, I'm not proud of having those feelings, but it's reality. We all have bad days, right? I've snapped out of it and am having a great week so far!

Yesterday the weather was beautiful and Kenley and I had so much fun together. It was another reminder of how lucky I am to be home with her every day.

Let's see, what else is going on...

We are (not so) patiently waiting to hear if Kase gets accepted into the school district that Kyla is in. We should find out in a couple weeks. I really hope it's just an easy "yes" because if not, we're in for some big decisions.

Kyla and I leave next week for my cousin's wedding in Colorado. I've been busy getting everything ready and making way too many to-do lists. Tyler will be staying home with Kase and Kenley. It was going to be way too stressful (and expensive) for us all to go. I'm the matron of honor and Kyla is a flower girl. I want to be able to focus on my cousin and being there for her, which means I wouldn't be much help to Tyler with the kids. Plus Kase would miss several days of therapy, which would have had a big impact on his awesome progress lately. We all agreed that this was best. Plus they're having a reception back here in September so we can all go to that.

Speaking of Kase and his progress, he is doing so well right now. Transitions in and out of both clinics are going well, he's cruising through different programs they are working on with him, he's compliant, interacting with peers (although this continues to be one of his biggest weaknesses), and doing great with his feeding program. His team has been digging deeper into his feeding issues and found that he's definitely lacking some oral skills that kids have at this age. He doesn't know how to move food around in his mouth correctly. Also, he has some real sensory issues with certain foods and textures. It's been hard to know what is attention seeking and what is truly hard for him. It's nice to get some professional advice and have a plan on how we can help him.

Some new foods that he's eating - grapes, strawberries, pretzels, goldfish, yogurt & applesauce in cups with a spoon (he used to only eat them out of the pouches), string cheese, chicken nuggets, toast, apples, fruit snacks, graham crackers. All of these things he would not touch a couple weeks ago. He's doing awesome at the clinic so now we are working on getting him to eat these foods at home too. He thinks at home he can still always have his pop tarts and chips. We will give him a choice of two things that we know he's been eating at therapy and he will choose one. We don't deprive him of pop tarts and chips, but he doesn't get them for every meal/snack like he would prefer. We document everything, like they do at therapy, so we can start to see which items are preferred. Eventually we will be able to tell what things he doesn't like because it's okay to not like foods. This week they are starting carrots, summer sausage, hot dogs and waffles. Yesterday he did awesome. Tyler picked him up at the end of the day and he said Kase's therapist was so excited to share how he did. For lunch he ate a whole piece of toast with butter, applesauce in a cup (he's had a hard time using a spoon, but is doing great with it!), grapes and chips. During the actual feeding therapy he ate 6 bites of string cheese, 8 bites of carrots, 1 whole chicken nugget and 2 bites of the sausage. She said he seemed to really like the carrots. Yay!

We're trying to get a few things in different food groups, but keeping them pretty kid friendly. He has a hard time when foods have different textures. For example, he has had some oranges, but they noticed that he had a really hard time with the chewy stuff, the stringy stuff and the juice that all come with one bite of an orange. He also has a hard time with apple slices that have the skin on them. He will chew the skin for several minutes and just not know what to do with it. All of this just takes more practice and therapy, but for now, they want to focus on foods that, for the most part, just have one texture and taste.

Kyla only has a couple weeks left of school. She is sad because she LOVES her teacher, but she's excited for summer and I'm excited to have her home! Kenley is going to love having her here every day too! She is starting softball soon and has a volleyball camp with the Badgers in a couple weeks. She's also doing two summer school classes for a couple weeks, just for fun. I'm sure the summer is going to fly by and soon we will have a 1st grader!

Kenley continues to make us laugh on a daily basis. She reminds me so much of Kyla when she was this age. So sweet, but so much sass and a little temper for good measure. She's still a great eater. She loves to sing in the van and knows way too many words to the Trolls songs. She knows her basic colors and is starting to sing her abc's a little bit. She still loves to color and take baths. I'm excited to see how she will like Uncle Mark's pool this summer.

This ended up being way longer than I anticipated so thanks for reading until the end. We're supposed to have a high of 86 today so we're going to get outside this morning before it gets too hot!

May 3, 2017

Dealing With Anxiety

Disclaimer - This post is a little personal, but it's part of my journey and I am not ashamed of it. Since I started sharing our story on this blog and on Facebook, I have had so many people reach out to me and thank me for being open and honest. I get messages on a weekly basis from people telling me that they can relate to something I wrote. It was one specific message I got last week that helped me decide to share this.

It's no secret that 2016 was a hard year for me. I'm not going to go into a ton of detail because it's honestly really hard to explain. I guess it's just that the autism diagnosis was still very new, the in-home therapy was extremely stressful, we were dealing with insurance headaches and I often just felt extremely overwhelmed. I worried about everything (still do). I worried about the future. I had an insane amount of guilt. Guilt about the autism. Guilt that our family couldn't go out and do a lot of things that we'd like to. Guilt for my girls and what they were missing out on. I was having a hard time with the day to day struggles that come along with autism - the behaviors, the extreme food issues that made mealtimes stressful for everyone. It all consumed me.

In August of 2016, after fighting it for too long, I decided to go to my doctor and talk to her about it. She prescribed me with an anxiety medication that I could take just when I felt like I needed it because we agreed that I didn't need something every day. For the first few months I would take it once or twice a week on the days when I felt like I was drowning from the worry and stress. There were days when I'd get home from picking the kids up after school and therapy and we'd still have a couple hours before Tyler would be home from work and I would think to myself, "How am I going to make it until bedtime?" I would feel myself losing patience with my kids and I hated that. Although I didn't feel a dramatic difference after taking the medication, I would make it to bedtime and think to myself, "I did it!" So although I didn't really feel different after taking it, I believe it helped me get through those tough few hours.

After the holidays, I found myself taking it less, maybe twice a month. I track in my planner which days I take it so I can look back and see exactly when I took it and what was going on those days. Looking back now, I didn't take it at all in April (or May so far). I got thinking about it and I have to believe the fact that I'm exercising more and completed the 30 miles in 30 days with Erin isn't just a coincidence. I mean it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that exercising is good for you, not only physically but mentally as well. I didn't realize it as the month was going on, but now looking back, I think it played a big role. I'm also going to the gym once in awhile (hopefully will start to be more now that my wrist is feeling better).

There are a couple other things that I think are contributing to me feeling better lately. Kase is doing well at therapy and his team is amazing. I don't have to stress every day and worry if we're doing what's best for him. I am 100% certain that where he's at now is the absolute best thing for him.

Erin and I decided to take a break from our Etsy shop. We are both busy moms and it was going from being a fun outlet for us both to being too stressful.

My brother recently started his second new business and I am helping him part time. I'm really excited about this. Being a stay at home mom is a huge blessing for our family. When Kyla was 2 1/2 and Kase was 1, I went back to teaching 3rd grade because I thought it was time. It didn't take long for me to realize that my kids needed me at home and this is where I'm meant to be right now. With that being said, being home every day is hard in a totally different way. I love it and I'm grateful, but having this part time work with my brother is having a very positive effect on my life. It's hard to explain and may sound silly, but I feel part of something, part of a team. I feel like I'm contributing (in a small way right now). It also gives my mind a break from all the worries that go along with being a special needs mom. I'm very thankful for my brother for trusting me and giving me this opportunity.

I don't like taking medications, which is why I fought going to the doctor for so long. But there came a point where I had to admit that I needed some help. And that was okay.

I'm not saying I won't ever need the medication again because I just don't know. I have good days and bad days. However, I do feel like I have turned a huge corner in 2017. I feel like I spent last year grieving and feeling sad that our life may not be exactly what I had planned. I definitely still have my moments where I let jealousy or guilt or worry take over, but it's MUCH less than it used to be.

I apologize if this post was all over the place. I started writing this last week and finally decided to hit the publish button this morning. This blog is like therapy for me a lot of times. I'm not sure who reads it, but I always feel better after I publish a post. Dealing with anxiety is just a small part of my journey and talking about it is one way that helps me keep it under control.

Thanks for reading!

May 2, 2017

Boy's Summer Clothing Haul {Carter's}

I recently bought Kase some clothes for this summer and thought I'd share what I got. All the shorts and shirts were either $6 or $7 and then I had a coupon for 20% off my entire purchase.

I only buy shorts and pants with the elastic band. With him being newly potty trained, we like for him to be able to be completely independent going to the bathroom. We will tackle buckles and zippers later!

He is in size 5 right now. Carter's has 5T, 5 and then 6. He can still wear some 5T stuff and other stuff he has outgrown. There isn't a huge difference between 5T and 5, but 6 would be too big so I went with 5 for this stuff, which should fit him through the summer.

I love little tank tops in the summer. This was the only one they had, but I will be getting a few more because I just love seeing his cute little arms! :)

I usually shop at Target, Old Navy and Carter's for my kids. Sometimes Gymboree when they have sales and I have coupons. Where do you all shop for kids clothes? Leave me a comment and let me know! :)

April 28, 2017

April Favorites

Some of my favorite blog posts and YouTube videos are ones where people share their favorite things. For the most part, I am not loyal to one certain brand or product so I enjoy seeing what other people are loving so I can try new things.

My April favorites might just be the most random assortment of things you've ever seen, but they're all things we've been enjoying so I thought I'd share!

Home Decor - I love decorating our house for every holiday, but there's just something very calming about going back to the neutral, every day decor. Everything on this little table is from Hobby Lobby.

Trolls Soundtrack - There are so many fun songs on this CD and it's been a nice break from Moana! :)

Snuggle the Baby book - Kenley got this for her birthday and it's so cute. It's interactive so you feed, change and swaddle the baby. Then there's a baby to take out of the book and then put to bed at the end. Kyla and Kenley both really love this book.
Original Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow - I complained about my cheap pillows for way too long. I had a couple people suggest these bamboo pillows so one day after a terrible night of sleep I pulled the trigger and ordered two. So far Tyler and I are happy with these. I think I need to take a little of the stuffing out, but I just haven't taken the time to do that yet.
Let's Learn Disposable Placemats - Kenley loves to eat so I figured at the table was the best place to teach her things. These stick to the table and are super easy to remove. I don't keep them on the table all the time, but when I do use them I will sometimes leave them on there for a few days. Kyla loves to test Kenley and see which colors she knows.

Counting Bears with Cups - I blogged about these in November 2012 when Kyla was not quite two, but she loved them. It was fun going back and reading that post. Kenley loves them just as much and I still think everyone should have these. They are great for learning colors, counting, sorting, patterns and also a great tool to work on cleaning up!

Lately I have been giving Kenley just two colors to see if she can sort them into the correct cups. She ends up getting bored of that and always asks for the rest of the colors.

Lastly, because I was eating one while typing this post, Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs - I know they make these for almost every holiday, but the eggs for Easter are just SO good. Thank you Easter Bunny for bringing extra for me this year!

If you missed my March favorites you can read about those here.

April 27, 2017

Speech & Occupational Therapy Progress

To answer a question I got on my Facebook page, Kase goes to his ABA clinic every day (Monday through Friday) and a different clinic for speech and occupational therapy on Wednesday's and Saturday's.

I think the last time I talked about speech and OT was this post when Kase was having a hard time with transitions out of the clinic. After that happened, his lead therapist from his ABA clinic came and met me at the other clinic to observe and help with the pick up. The same thing happened that day where he tried running out the front door. Thankfully she was there and stopped him and then helped him out to the van. After that day, I talked to his occupational therapist about what we do at the other clinic and we developed a plan.

Before, she would stand there and tell me about his session and those few minutes were just too much for him. They are working on teaching him how to wait, but he's just not there yet and it's not something we should be expecting of him right now. So when I go in to pick him up, his therapist is holding his hand as they greet me, I grab his other hand and we all walk out together (exactly what we do at his ABA clinic). He doesn't have a chance to run away or fall down and he knows what's expected of him. I'm very thankful that she was willing to do this. It has made a huge difference in the last few weeks. Instead of them telling me then how his session went, they email Tyler and I after his sessions on Wednesday's and Saturday's. With his behavior before, I couldn't even focus on what they were telling me so this is a million times better. I'm very happy they have been so flexible and accommodating.

Besides the improvements with the transitions, he's doing much better during the sessions as well. I wanted to share the email we got yesterday from his team. I copied and pasted it, just removed their names. It kind of gives you a sense of what they work on and what challenges they've had in the past.

Hi Amy and Tyler,

Kase had a FANTASTIC day with both K and I! 

Here's K's notes on her session: 
"Kase had a great speech session today! We started in the sensory space for 10 minutes. I kept foreshadowing that when the timer went off, we would put our shoes on and go to a new room for a game. Right when the timer went off, Kase went to put his shoes on! We transitioned to a room with a table (with Kase initially falling on the floor) but he was able to try again and walk back to the door and then to the table without falling the second try. Kase then sat at the table for 15 minutes playing the game Zingo. We targeted matching, yes/no questions ("Did you get a tiger?"), increased language by saying various statements (" I got a _____," "I see a ______," "The ______ goes on top"), and targeted prepositions such as on top, next to, above, under/below."

In OT, Kase transitioned into the bathroom and completed the entire bathroom routine (from toileting to hand washing to transitioning back to the treatment space) without falling on the floor and with only a few verbal cues for what was next! He did a great job taking turns with me on a swing. I used "first...then" language with him a lot today, which he seems to be understanding and following through with more and more. For example, I would say "First push me 2 times, then it's your turn." He followed those directions without crying or eloping to a different activity 4/5 times we did this. He also was showing increasing willingness to participate in fine motor activities and games today. We played one familiar game and with one new toy. Kase did a great job of following my instructions to form a pincer grasp (holding a small object between his thumb and index finger) during the game. I'll have a hand out for you on Saturday with some "heavy work" activities for Kase to try at home to get out some of that energy and receive the input his body needs!

Overall K and I have noticed less climbing on undesirable items, an increase in Kase's ability and willingness to follow directions, and willingness to engage in new games with less tearfulness and resistance! His transitions within the clinic space have gotten easier, less falling and more following us instead of running to another space. We've seen improvements in following "first...then..." directions and willingness to engage in adult lead activities. K and I are having a blast working with Kase and your family and feel encouraged by the progress that we have seen!

You have no idea how awesome it feels to read emails like these. I'm so, SO proud of him!

AND a smile for the camera? I am one lucky Mama! :)

April 26, 2017

{Autism Awareness} Softball Game & Autism Society Walk

My mom is a softball coach for my hometown team so a few months ago we decided to do an autism awareness game in April and raise some money for our local Autism Society. My mom knew a coach from another team who has a son with autism so she thought he might be interested in participating. He was thrilled to be a part of it and his son actually sang the national anthem, which was my favorite part of the night. He did such a great job!

We sold t-shirts, bracelets and raffle tickets ahead of time. We had several generous people in the community donate items for the raffles and then we also sold raffle tickets at the game. They put their tickets in the prize they wanted to win and then at the end of the game we drew a name for each prize. Also at the game we had concessions and baked goods for sale, with all proceeds going to the Autism Society.

We got very lucky with some nice weather! The teams wore autism awareness shirts and one of the parents donated the awesome socks for the girls to wear.

Grandma/Coach and Kase ready to play ball!
Together, we raised $2,294.65!

I'm still amazed at the support our little community has shown. On Sunday I proudly handed over that money to our local Autism Society. Their organization does great things for families like ours and every penny of that will stay local.

This past Sunday we did an autism walk put on by the Autism Society. We had a team of about 30 of our family and friends. Kase's therapists had a team there too so it was nice seeing all of them and our family could see all of Kase's "pals" as he calls them. We brought stuff for a picnic lunch after the walk and there was a playground for the kids to play. It was a perfect day!

This is our awesome nephew Trey. He loves his Uncle Tyler!

I know I say it a lot, but we truly do have such an amazing support system. We have a lot of people in our lives who love us and would do anything for Kase. I was talking to one of his therapists at the walk and she said she already knew Kase was well loved, but she said it was really great to see so many people there for him that day. We are very blessed!

April 21, 2017

{Autism Awareness} Ask Me Anything!

Two years ago at this time I was not thinking about Autism Awareness month. To be honest, I'm not even sure if I knew April was Autism Awareness month. At that point, we knew Kase was delayed in his speech, but we still kept telling ourselves that Kyla was a late talker too. It was around this time two years ago that I started noticing his arm flapping was getting more frequent, but autism still wasn't really in my mind. As an elementary school teacher I knew a little bit about autism, but I never could have predicted then that Kase would be diagnosed five months later.

Fast forward to today and obviously I have learned a lot. I am passionate about continuing to learn and, as you all know, am passionate about sharing our story. I am going to a two day autism conference next week and I'm really excited. I will share more about that later!

Today I want to open my blog up to all of you. When talking to people I can sometimes sense that they want to ask questions, but aren't sure how to ask. There is some debate in the autism community on whether April should be autism awareness month or autism acceptance month. In my opinion, it doesn't matter. What matters is that people are talking about it. What matters is that people feel comfortable sharing stories and asking questions. I know it can be a sensitive topic. It took me a few months after Kase was diagnosed to be able to talk about it. But we can't have awareness or acceptance if we all just ignore it.

So with all that being said, what question(s) do you have for me? I would love to answer them! They can be about autism in general, about Kase, or not about autism at all. It sometimes feels like autism consumes our lives, but there's a lot more to our family! :)

Leave a comment here or on my Facebook or Instagram where I will also be posting this. Or if you don't feel comfortable leaving a comment, feel free to email me ( I will do a blog post next week sometime answering all of your questions.

I hope you all have a great weekend and as always, thank you for following along and being so supportive!

April 20, 2017

Checking In {30 Miles in 30 Days}

Last time I checked in it was April 10th and I was at 5.0 miles for the month. I thought I'd just give an update on where I'm at and how far I have to go in the next 10 days.

Last Monday, April 10th, I walked 3 miles.

Last Wednesday, April 12th, I walked 2 miles.

This Monday, April 17th I walked/ran 4 miles.

Tuesday, April 18th I went to the gym and did a workout class, which I'm not counting toward my miles. However, I was a little early so I got on the treadmill and got 1 mile in.

Last week I was just walking because I still had a nasty cough and any running would have made me cough for an hour. This week I made myself get moving and run a little bit. On Monday when I did four miles I would run/sprint for four minutes and then walk for about five. Then on Tuesday at the gym I didn't have a lot of time before my class started, but I was determined to get a mile in so I made myself keep running. I walked the first three minutes to warm up and then ran for the next 8 1/2 minutes to finish the mile. I was really proud of myself!

So if you're keeping track with me, that puts me at 15 miles for the month and 15 miles left to go in the next 10 days. Now that I'm over my cold I've been feeling much more motivated so I definitely feel like I can do this!

April 18, 2017

{Autism Awareness} A Week in our Lives & an Erin Condren Giveaway!

One of my favorite parts about blogging is connecting with people that I never would have otherwise. Some of my blogger friends I have met in person and some I haven't, but regardless, I consider some of them good friends. I'm so happy that blogging has allowed me to "meet" and get to know Elizabeth. Her son is Kase's age and also has autism. We are going through so many of the same things and it's just nice to have someone who really gets it. She is incredibly sweet and I wish we didn't live across the country from one another so we could hang out and our boys could be friends.

Elizabeth and I talk a lot about different therapies, our schedules, the anxiety we have about our boys starting school this fall and all kinds of other random mom stuff. We also share a love for planners and how we stay organized with our busy schedules.

Since April is Autism Awareness Month we decided to each share what a week in our lives looks like. Last week was a pretty normal week for our family so it gives you a good glimpse into what life is like. Kyla is 6 and in Kindergarten, Kase is 4 and doing 31 hours of therapy each week and Kenley is 2 and home with me full time.

Monday, April 10, 2017
6:27 am - Kyla and Kase wake up and come out of their bedroom. Kyla shows us the money she got from the tooth fairy. They both ask for milk and Kase asks for a pop tart. I take Kase to the bathroom and get him dressed. Kyla gets dressed, brushes her teeth and I do her hair. Kase is playing with the iPad.
7:28 am - Tyler and Kyla leave (he takes her to school on his way to work)
7:57 am - I check to make sure my blog post was published and share it on my Facebook page.
8:00 am - I wake Kenley up, get her dressed and get her some milk and cereal.
8:20 am - I get Kase dressed, brush his teeth, and put his socks and shoes on.
8:32 am - We leave the house.
8:58 am - I take Kase into therapy and on the way out talk to another mom for a few minutes.
9:22 am - On the way home I stop and fill the van with gas and then go to the bank. Kenley got her first sucker from the nice lady at the bank.

9:48 am - Kenley and I get home and I start my morning routine (some things I do every week day morning that make me have a more productive day, i.e. make my bed, start a load of laundry, etc.). We play, color, I clean the kids bathroom, we play some more.
11:30 am - I make Kenley lunch (peanut butter sandwich, apple slices and yogurt).
11:50 am - I put her down for her nap. I clean up from lunch, get dinner in the crock pots (pork tenderloin and cheesy potatoes), take a shower, change the laundry, dry my hair, put some makeup on, and then do some work at my desk.

2:15 pm - I wake Kenley up, change her diaper and we leave the house.
2:26 pm - We get to Kyla's school early. Kenley has some goldfish while we wait.
2:48 pm - Kyla comes out of school and we head to get Kase.
3:10 pm - We arrive at Kase's school. His therapist walks out to the van with us and says Kase had a great day!
3:40 pm - We get home and I go through backpacks and get everything put away. I take Kase to the bathroom and then he lays in my bed and watches the iPad for a little bit. While Kenley plays in her room, I read with Kyla in there for about 20 minutes. Kase asks for some chips and then of course the girls both want some too.
5:45 pm - Tyler gets home and we eat dinner. Side note - I need to share this pork tenderloin recipe because we love it. I think it's our favorite meal currently. Kyla and Kenley both had seconds! We didn't make Kase eat it (more on that later).
6:15 pm - I go downstairs and walk on the treadmill while Tyler plays with the kids. This time every night we turn the TV off, put the tablets away, and they just play. I end up walking 3 miles.
7:15 pm - I come upstairs and clean up the kitchen from dinner. The kids start to wind down. We get all their pajamas on and brush their teeth.
7:45 pm - They're all in bed. I fold the laundry that was still sitting in the dryer. Tyler takes a much deserved break and watches some TV. I sit at my desk for awhile, check my planner, and get ready for bed.
8:44 pm - I am in bed!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
7:12 am - The kids wake up and I look at the clock and realize we all slept in. I rush to get Kyla ready for school.
7:30 am - Tyler and Kyla leave and he drops her off at school. Normally he goes to work after dropping her off, but this morning he came back home so he could take Kase to the dentist (you can read about the dentist appointment here).
8:32 am - Tyler and Kase leave for the dentist.
9:10 am - Kenley finally wakes up. She's been sleeping in later the last couple weeks, but I normally have to wake her up. Today she got to sleep in since we didn't have to take Kase. I get her dressed, we eat breakfast (waffles) and color at the table.

9:35 am - Kase is done at the dentist and Tyler takes him to therapy.
10:30 am - I take a shower and get myself ready for the day while Kenley plays on the iPad.
11:45 am - We eat lunch (chicken patty, chips and yogurt). I don't put Kenley down for a nap because she slept in late and we have to leave earlier today.
1:40 pm - We leave the house to pick Kase up. On Tuesday's he gets done an hour early so we pick him up first, then Kyla.
2:15 pm - We pick Kase up and talk to two of his therapists for a few minutes. They said he had a great day.
2:20 pm - We leave for Kyla's school.
2:45 pm - We arrive at Kyla's school and wait a couple minutes for her to come out.
3:05 pm - We get home, I unpack their bags and lunch boxes, then read with Kyla for about 20 minutes. Then we just hang out and play until dinner.
5:00 pm - I eat dinner early because I'm starving and I'm going to be leaving as soon as Tyler gets home.
5:35 pm - Tyler gets home and him and the kids eat dinner (leftovers).
5:45 pm - I leave for Target and get the rest of the stuff for the Easter baskets.
7:15 pm - I get home and Tyler is in the middle of doing baths. I help finish them up, get pajamas on, brush teeth, brush hair, and we read books. Tyler usually reads to each kid separately before bed, but tonight I read to Kenley.
7:55 pm - All three kids are in bed and sound asleep. I clean up the kitchen and then sit down to do some planning.
9:05 pm - I get ready for bed and check social media a little bit before falling asleep.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
6:26 am - Kyla and Kase wake up. We get all three kids dressed, fed, teeth brushed, etc.

7:33 am - We all leave the house. Kase has speech and occupational therapy on Wednesday mornings starting at 8:00 so Tyler drops him off on the way to school. Therefore, Kenley and I take Kyla to school.
7:50 am - We drop Kyla off.
7:55 am - Tyler drops Kase off at therapy.
8:03 am - Kenley and I get home. I get Kenley dressed, we eat breakfast together (cereal), and then she watches cartoons while I do my morning routine.
9:30 am - We leave the house to go pick Kase up.
9:55 am - We arrive at the clinic and go in to wait for Kase. His occupational therapist walks out to the van with us.
10:22 am - We get home and the kids play while I take pictures of their Easter baskets in the other room. We eat lunch and I pack Kase's bag for his afternoon therapy.
12:30 pm - We leave to take Kase to therapy.
12:58 pm - We arrive at Kase's ABA clinic and I take him in.
1:25 pm - Kenley and I arrive home. She's in need of a nap, but we have to leave soon to get Kyla so we just relax on the couch and watch Toy Story.
2:20 pm - We leave the house, again!
2:50 pm - We pick Kyla up from school.
3:15 pm - We arrive at Kase's school a little early and just hang out in the van.
3:30 pm - I go in and get Kase. His therapist said he had an awesome day. By the way, I should add in case anyone is wondering, I park on the street right in front of the clinic's front door. His therapists know I have two other kids in the van so they have him all ready and meet me at the front door. So I don't have to get the girls out and then get them all right back in again. We meet at the front door, I take Kase's hand, they have his other hand, and we all walk out to the van. As Kase is getting in his seat and getting buckled is when they will tell me about his day. It works out very nicely!
3:50 pm - We get home, I put dinner in the oven (baked ziti), go through backpacks, and pick up the house. The kids play and color at the table. Tyler gets home early because Kase's lead therapist is coming for a dinner observation.
5:00 pm - She arrives and we eat dinner. The observation and attempt at getting Kase to eat a bite of dinner did not go well at all. It was exhausting and just plain hard. They started his official food training program yesterday. It took 70 minutes for him to eat one bite of toast (something he used to love and then stopped eating).
6:40 pm - His therapist leaves and we're all drained. I won't go into every detail about the dinner situation, but besides seeing Kase extremely upset, there was urine and vomit (from gagging on the dinner) to be cleaned up. I'm not exaggerating when I say he has severe food aversions. It's a real thing guys and it's really, really hard. There's nothing worse than seeing your kids upset, but he can't eat chips and applesauce for every meal. I hope that we can start to make some progress soon.
6:50 pm - After I get things cleaned up, I go downstairs and walk on the treadmill while Tyler and the kids play. I'm extremely thankful for him. He could tell I just needed a little time away and was willing to hold down the fort upstairs with the kids while I escaped for a bit.
7:40 pm - All three kids are in bed. I clean up from dinner, send a couple emails, and get ready for bed.
8:30 pm - I go to bed. Yes, I go to bed this early. :)

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Tyler has to travel one day a week (usually) and this was his travel day so he left super early.
6:30 am - I set my alarm on the mornings that he's gone so I make sure I have enough time to get all three kids and myself ready to leave by 7:30.
7:33 am - We leave the house to take Kyla to school. When we were about 5 minutes away, I remembered that Kyla was supposed to bring a toy to school today. I thought about just forgetting it, but we forgot about it last week too (#momfail) and she was really sad about it. I asked her about it and she got upset so I turned around. Then she was upset because she thought she'd be late for school. I promised her I wouldn't let her be late. She was a few minutes later than she usually is, but she wasn't late.
8:07 am - We get back home and get Kase's backpack and lunch ready. I brush his teeth and help him get his socks and shoes on. I get Kenley dressed.
8:35 am - We leave the house to take Kase to therapy. I grab a pack of mini muffins since we hadn't eaten yet. Both kids ate them.
9:00 am - We drop Kase off. We're usually a few minutes early and he will ask me to play tickle monster.

9:10 am - I go through McDonald's drive thru for a breakfast sandwich.
9:30 am - I have an appointment to get my blood pressure checked. I was at the doctor the week before for my wrist and had high blood pressure at that time (I've never had high blood pressure in my life) so they wanted to recheck it. Today it was normal. I think it was because I was really sick the week before.
10:15 am - We get home and I take a shower. Kenley hangs out in the bathroom with me and pretends she's a monster through the shower door. :)
12:00 pm - My mom had the day off so she comes over.
12:30 pm - I put Kenley down for a nap.
2:20 pm - We leave to pick up the kids (my mom comes with us).
2:50 pm - We get Kyla.
3:15 pm - We get Kase (he had another great day) and then go to Culver's for ice cream and an early dinner. When we get home I sit at the table and help Kyla with her math homework and Kase and Kenley play with Grandma and watch some cartoons.
6:00 pm - I had my alarm set because registration opened for Kyla's summer school classes and they fill up fast. I get her all signed up for two classes.
6:15 pm - Tyler gets home, my mom leaves and I take a bath.
7:40 pm - Kase and Kenley are in bed. Since Kyla doesn't have school tomorrow she gets to stay up later and sleep with me tonight.
8:50 pm - Kyla and I turn the lights off and go to sleep.

Friday, April 14, 2017
6:25 am - Kyla and Kase wake up and we do our morning stuff. Kyla doesn't have school today, Tyler has a half day of work and Kase has a normal day of therapy. Tyler waited to go to to work so he could drop Kase off on his way.
8:30 am - Tyler and Kase leave. Kyla, Kenley and I have waffles for breakfast. This morning was just spent playing and cleaning the house.
1:00 pm - Tyler gets home and I head out to run a few errands and do some shopping.
3:15 pm - I pick Kase up at therapy. His therapists said he had a great day and they showed me a video of him on the swing (which he normally hates). He was smiling and said, "This is fun!"
3:45 pm - We get home and Kase is sound asleep. I carry him in and he lays on the couch for while.

5:15 pm - We have pizza for dinner and then really just hang out the rest of the night. Everyone was tired from a long week.
7:45 pm - The kids are in bed. I do the dishes and then work on my computer for awhile.
9:45 pm - I go to bed.

Normally Kase will have speech and occupational therapy on Saturday's from 11:00-1:00, but he didn't this Saturday since it was Easter weekend. Our Easter was very low key. We stayed home, got some things done around the house and spent lots of time playing outside. We went to bed Sunday night ready to tackle another busy week!

There's no way I could keep all of this straight without my planner. Yesterday I shared my current planner setup, but I am also a huge fan of Erin Condren planners. I've used them since 2011 and more than likely will be getting one at some point in 2017 because I have a $100 gift card to use up. They have a ton of other things besides planners so I will have no problem finding things to buy if I don't feel the need for another planner.

Luckily for all of you, Elizabeth and I are giving away a $50 Erin Condren gift card over on Instagram. It's super easy to enter and will be posted this morning (spoiler alert - 9:15 am CST) on both our accounts. Also, make sure you go over and check out Elizabeth's post and see how she spent her week with her sweet son, Mason!

Thanks for making it all the way through this long post. There are times when I feel like a taxi driver, but we do what we have to do to make sure our kids are getting everything they need. Some day I will look back on this post and miss all the running around!