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Friday, May 27, 2016

Judgers: Still Judging

Via a FB friend, the latest in parental photographic guiltGoing with my Gut: why I post pictures of my kids online.

It's a different epoch. People who don't like it can really get into a time machine and join Trump in the past.

ntodd

May 27, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

#throwbackthursday


Hard to tell if this is a throwback since Sadie has head wounds today similar to those on 5/20/2015.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

By Samuel

Sam has gotten into making books.  A bit obsessively, but we all support channeling his limitless energies into constructive activity.  

He currently prefers publishing about the Minecraft world--if he creates enough original material, including plenty of writing, his awesome teacher lets him print out related stuff he finds online.  Our little author loves doing this so much, and he loves his library books so much, that he requested a check-out slip to include in one of his works of art.

The journey continues now with excellent results from an increased dosage of adderall.  Samuel's anxiety levels regarding routine and self-doubt have been reduced dramatically.  That should give him space to address other issues.

With the AD/HD component being handled pretty well at this point, and after an extensive evaluation process, we begin cognitive/behavioral therapy tomorrow.  Sammy has officially been diagnosed with comorbid specific phobia, so we'll be working with him on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help him deal with exogenous things that cause him stress and prevent him from engaging in activities that he otherwise would enjoy.

Studies show that if you can start helping kids before they turn 8, there's a great future ahead of them, but after 8 the obstacles become all but insurmountable.  Once again, I cannot help but note that we are extremely lucky to live in a community and state that has allowed Sam to attend preschool for 2 years, offered the advantages of early intervention, and provided a wonderful team of educators and doctors to help him thrive when he could easily have languished until it was too late.

Samuel's come such a long way thanks to the assistance he's been privileged to receive, and has much more success ahead.

ntodd

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Unreliable Witness


Our daughter throws me under the bus, and when called on her lies (we never lock our doors--you're welcome, burglars) she simply deflects like any good spy trained in counter-interrogation.

ntodd

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#throwbackthursday


Uh yeah, so it's Friday.  This picture is from last year.  We'll need to take Bailey for her first pee at the Dog Chapel soon.

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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Ninth


Almost 10 years gone, 9 Mother's Days missing you.

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Friday, May 06, 2016

Fridayintersectionblogging


I guess maybe I should change this view's designation from Not The Intersection to The Intersection (Sadie wouldn't let me skip Foothills today even though pre-k lineup ran late).

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

#throwbackthursday


And she still looks up to her big bro...

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

#throwbackthursday


Lola is The Groomer these days, but Dear Departed Vinnie was originally in charge.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday Baileyballblogging


Mommy gets home, it's time to play!


Took Bailey a while to figure out that chase is more fun when she gives Mommy the ball to throw.


Run from Mommy!


Attack, attack, attack!


Furio's glad not to be the chase victim for a change, methinks.

ntodd

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Whatever Happened To Fridaycatblogging?


Lola surveys his domain from above the fridge.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Being All That He Can Be


Goofing with Mommy before she headed out to speak at a conference in NH.

Haven't had much emotional space to talk about Samuel Samerson's ADD stuff lately.  Naturally it's a big part of our family life and progess is progressin' even if I haven't been updatin'.

Experimenting with the XR version of Adderall to smooth out peaks and valleys was an abysmal failure, so we switched back to IR several weeks ago.  That's been markedly better, but dosage still was just not enough to really knock down Sam's anxiety/doubts, help him maintain focus, and enable our sweet boy to engage socially as well as we'd like.  

Our biggest challenge has been fattening up Skinny Butt so we can boost his meds.  He finally gained a pound earlier this year instead of barely maintaining or losing weight!  The great team of medical professionals who support Sam all agreed last week that we could kick things up 2.5mgs for a week, and if there are no adverse effects, we can goose it up another half pill.  So far, so good.

We had a parent-teacher conference a couple weeks ago, and Sammy's really caught up academically thanks to his IEP and the wonderful people supporting him.  The boy who hated to write and spell now can't stop making books and is reading off the charts.  Math?  Easy peasy.  And so on.

Sam's occupational therapist says he no longer needs her, so she'll just be checking in on him to make sure his fine motor skills continue to develop.  We'd agreed last year that he didn't need a speech pathologist any more, but as of a meeting last week, now we're exploring a new approach to concentrate primarily on social speech patterns.

There's one more year on this IEP, and it has made all the difference in Sam's happiness and success at school.  Oddly enough, it wasn't designed to directly support him in the area of ADD, since it came about pre-diagnosis, but it's helped him so very much.  Going forward there will be more explicit goals to address attention deficit and related issues.

At our IEP meetings, we get to work with not only the primary teacher, but a special education coordinator, a couple of specialists, and even our super principal.  Our school is totally invested in making sure every student gets what they need, across the board.  We are just so grateful that our community finds value in pre-k education and early intervention, which has set Samuel up for great things (and ultimately saves us all money to boot).

The adventure continues...

ntodd

April 13, 2016 in Family Life, Monkey Brain | Permalink | Comments (3)

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A Nice, Quiet, Rural Life

Omg...did they end up in the shit pit?!?

 - Our recently-retired Town Clerk, commenting on Facebook


So this happened yesterday in our little hamlet (and others):

While traveling through Jericho, a VSP Williston Trooper observed what appeared to be a truck (Herman) with significant front end damage stopped at the intersection of White Oak Rd and Skunk Hollow Rd.  Upon turning around to insure the operator was OK, the truck was observed to quickly accelerate south on Skunk Hollow Rd. and fail to stop at the intersection with Rte 117.  The Trooper attempted to conducted a motor vehicle stop but the truck failed to yield.
 
The truck was noted to commit many motor vehicle infractions while Troopers pursued it.  The truck continued on numerous back roads in Essex, Westford and Fairfax before the pursuit was terminated for public safety concerns.  Troopers slowed and continued to follow the truck, which also reduced it’s speed. Upon traveling onto Cambridge Rd. in Fletcher, Troopers were safely able to deploy tire deflation devices, puncturing all (4) of the truck’s tires, forcing the vehicle to stop.
 
Herman then exited the vehicle and attempted to flee down the road before Troopers were able to take her into custody.
 
Herman was then transported to the VSP Williston barracks for further processing.  Based on observations, she was processed under suspicion of DUI.  Upon providing a Preliminary Breath Sample of (0.00%)BAC, Herman was processed for DUI Drugs at which time she refused to provide an evidentiary blood sample.
 
Herman was cited for DUI-(#4) (Refusal), Gross Negligent Operation & Attempting to Elude and is pending numerous motor vehicle violations to include Driving While Under Suspension-(Civil).  She was lodged at Chittenden County Correctional Facility.  Herman's vehicle has been seized as evidence and a warrant will be sought for its contents.

The scene, as captured by a friend whose house is across the road:

The driver in fact barely missed Bob Sweet's shit pit (as his sister so delicately put it).

ntodd

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Eagle Eyes

We learned from the Kindergarten newsletter (because Sam's usual answer to queries about school is, "I forget.") that the class is having a grand time spying on nesting Eagles in Minnesota.  As I type, we're streaming the feed on my phone and pumping it over to the big LCD screen in our Vermont living room via a Roku (the magic of which our modern kids take completely for granted).  

Anyway, bald eagle chicks are fuzzy and cute!  And even watching them do housework is neat.

ntodd

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

#throwbackthursday


This kid has moved on from Cars to Minecraft. The mind boggles.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Live, From Fletcher, It's...

...the streaming webcam!  Same one that updates the Compound's Weather Underground station page, but running at 10 frames per second (sorry, I ain't doing full rate) instead of once a minute.  

Current conditions: black cat taking shelter from snow under the big tree.

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Friday, April 01, 2016

Busy, Rainy Intersection


Sadie went back to school after The Virus had fired her fever back up for a couple days.  Today's cookies from Foothills: cardinals and frogs.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

#throwbackthursday


March 20, 2012.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Good...Wait, What Day Is It?


Not The Intersection from Good Friday, when we were getting cookies at Foothills before The Virus Sent By A Malevolent God fucked up our Easter Weekend (and beyond).

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

So Glad The Kids Are Sick

We don't get out of the house, we miss fun for the whole family!

Thousands flocked to Wilson Castle to hunt for about 25,000 Easter eggs. But an altercation ended the day earlier than planned -- with pepper spray being deployed and one person taken into custody.

Vermont State Police and deputies from the Rutland Sheriff's Department were called to the scene where many had become irritated by the long lines and lack of organization. Witnesses say a parent began making loud threats, demanding a refund, and refused to calm down after being asked by an officer. One volunteer -- who witnesses the incident-- says things escalated quickly.

"Saw a lot of commotion, a lot of cursing and swearing, and I just came down to see what was going on, and the guy got belligerent with a cop, cop said okay you're under arrest, and the guy got even more belligerent, took off running and the cop chased him," said Keith Hier, Event Volunteer.

The deputy who made the arrest confirms that he used pepper spray to tame the man once he got to the roadway, but emphasizes that no children were around, and the closest person to him when it was deployed was at least 20 yards away.

#AllEggsMatter.

ntodd

March 27, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)