June 11, 2017: School’s Out!

Well, that’s a wrap for the school year! Theo’s very successful third-grade year, plus Sam’s preschool career! I’m sad that those parts of their lives have come to an end, but we certainly have a lot to look forward to, too.

Regarding Sam’s preschool career and his future kindergarten, click here to check out the post I wrote up.

Sam’s preschool graduation was really cute. We went on Wednesday night, and the kids walked in in their little caps and gowns (well, Sam wasn’t into wearing the hat, but he wore the gown!) and performed “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” in English and Spanish. It was really cute! They served cake, and I had a chance to talk to the mother of the little boy who befriended Sam, which I had been wanting to do. I just wanted her to know what a nice little boy she’s raising—he was unfailingly Sam’s friend for the whole school year, despite the fact that Sam couldn’t talk to him. He appointed himself Sam’s buddy, and he took his role very seriously. When Sam’s speech therapist would arrive on Fridays, he would run and get Sam and bring him over for therapy. When I arrived early one day to pick up Sam for a doctor appointment, he quizzed me at length about whether Sam would be okay and when he would return. He is just a sweet, sweet boy, and I wanted his mother to know that. His mom, in return, told me that every time she came to pick up her son, Sam would run over to greet her.

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Getting his certificate from his teacher!

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That’s my boy!!

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Sam graduated on Wednesday, but he attended school until Friday. When I went to pick him up on Friday, his teacher cried a bit, and all of the kids insisted on saying goodbye to Sam and giving him a hug. It was really sweet…and I may have cried a bit myself! I’m so glad he had such a welcoming, kind school to attend.

Theo finished up school on Friday, too, which he said was “kinda sad and kinda happy.” He’s glad to have no more homework, but he’s sad to miss his teacher and his friends. A couple of his friends’ parents have already reached out to talk about play dates over the summer, though, so hopefully we’ll get to catch up with them!

On Friday night, I took Theo to his promised teppanyaki date, which he loved. The chef was a lot of fun, and we shared our table with a family celebrating a high school graduation. The grandmother at one point asked me how old Theo was and said, “I want to use him as a model for my grandkids—I’ve never seen a kid eat vegetables so well!” Lest I feel like a champion parent, Theo quickly piped up with, “Yeah, my brother doesn’t eat anything!” and I had to explain that Theo’s taste for veggies is none of my doing and all his own.

I ordered scallops, which, surprisingly, Theo really liked! He normally doesn’t like “squishy fish,” as he calls it, and the scallops were perfectly cooked, so they were still “squishy” and not all rubbery. But he loved them! (I shared; they gave me a lot.) He ordered steak, which was also really good. And we both had bacon fried rice and grilled veggies. Theo declared it the best restaurant he’s ever eaten at. I’m not sure I’d agree—it was good, but not my absolute favorite ever—but I’m glad he loved it!

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On Saturday, we had a meet-and-greet for Theo’s summer camp—the one he’ll go to for the first four weeks of summer. (He’s also doing one week of Scout camp and two weeks of the camp he did last summer.) He has a friend who’s also going for the first three weeks, and that friend asked if we could come over after the meet-and-greet for a play date. So we did, and had a nice afternoon relaxing with his parents while our kids played. (Their kids are two boys roughly the same age as ours, so it works out well!)

Today we took it easy because I’m on Day 7 of a migraine that just won’t quit. We went out for ice cream because our favorite ice cream place has roasted strawberry ice cream right now, which Chris is in love with.


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And then we took the cats for vaccines—what excitement! Now Chris is at a meeting for Scouts, and I’m making sure the boys don’t experience mortal injury while he’s gone—which may be all I’m capable of at this point. (Just kidding. It’s not THAT bad. I took medicine to take the edge off the pain. It’s mostly the fact that the migraine has been hanging around for seven days that’s exhausting me. I have a chiropractor appointment in the morning, and I’m hoping that might help.)

This upcoming week may be one for the books. Sam and I shall be attempting potty-training starting on Tuesday. Please send wine and chocolate—HA!! Seriously, we’ll see how it goes. I’m not entirely certain he’s ready, but we’re going to try. Because of the low muscle tone that nearly everyone with Down syndrome has, some kids have trouble recognizing physically when they need to go, and thus potty-training can happen later. And with Sam’s language delay, it’s hard to know whether he recognizes the physical signs yet. I do know that after he has gone in his diaper, he will sometimes now point to himself and say “Pee…pot.” So he’s at least figured out when he’s wet and that he should connect that to the toilet. Whether he can translate that to getting to the potty before he pees remains to be seen. I’ll let you know next weekend. 😉

Also, Chris’s and my marriage turns double digits next weekend! That’s right: 10 years! It so happens that his company’s big charity concert is on our anniversary, so Grandma Kathy and Papa are planning to babysit so we can attend the concert and spend the night in San Francisco. I’ve made a reservation at a supposedly yummy seafood restaurant overlooking the Bay Bridge. So if all goes according to plan, we should have a fun anniversary!

One reason why I love Chris? He makes me laugh every…single…day. Like the other day, when I got this text from him:

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And of course, I give it back to him whenever possible:

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I’m pretty sure this is why we work: two smartasses. 🙂

Have a good week! Random pix:

Asparagus and spinach pesto pizza. Yum!!

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One of the meal services I use now offers three-serving boxes, so this week Theo got to share three of them with us. The first one was spiced chickpeas with greek veggie salad, hummus, and pitas. He loved it!

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And it was nice, so we were able to eat outside!

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I forgot to take a pic of the second meal, but it was grilled fontina cheese sandwiches with fig compote. Theo announced, “I tried the figs, hon, and I myself don’t care for them.” 🙂

The third meal was a risotto with mushrooms, peas, and tomato jam. REALLY yummy! Chris ate leftovers the next day and said it was even better the second day:

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Asparagus and spinach pasta—yummy, if not the most exciting of our meals:

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