Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hello Old Friend.....

Hello all.  Wow......2 years.  I can't believe it's been 2 years since we've last connected.  There's been a lot that has happened here.  I'll tell you all about it, but try to make it short.

I've been hemming and hawing over what to do with this blog.  I wanted to talk about my journey, but I knew that a big part of that would probably alienate most of my current (or former) audience with all the technical jargon.  And I don't really want to be a technical blogger.  Blogging for me was always a way to share my knowledge to help others, share my story so others know they aren't alone in theirs, and sometimes to process my thoughts when things get murky in my head.  I couldn't quite figure out where my niche was anymore.  However, this Spring, we finally found out that Little Man tested high on the gifted scale and Peanut is Autistic.  RacDad and I are pretty good when it comes to parenting gifted kids.  We are both "gifted" and have our own school experiences with that, plus Sweet Pea is gifted too.  However, the autism diagnosis kinda spun my head.  It wasn't even on my radar.  And we're pretty sure that Little Man is autistic too, now that we're learning more about it.   After learning this, we we're sure how to talk to people about it.  Or if we should talk to people about it because of the misunderstanding that most people have.  Then we realized....these are our kids.  We're proud of them.  And this is all apart of what makes them the special little people that we love so much.  So, we're going to share.  We have SO MUCH to learn about all of this.  We don't know exactly where to start.  But we're going to share our journey with all of you and hopefully some of you might be able to help us learn more too.  

Last we talked, I had just finished my degree in Computer Securities and I was searching for my path that summer.  I played around with my own business of being a specialty seamstress.  Shortly after that, and one reason why I stopped blogging, was because I got a job as a programmer for an international company.  It was fun and gave me a lot of critical experience that helped shape me for my current position.  I now work for a really amazing company that is locally based in their security department.  The position is a perfect balance of analytics, programming, research, and individual and team work.  I really love it and the people I work with.  I am having some health problems with my heart.  I'm at the beginning of this journey, trying to find the cause and solution to it, but happily we are making some progress.  I will share more about that when I get more info, but it all is making me reassess priorities and take a hold of my interests again.

RacDad finally got out of the casino industry!  He found a job that is very fulfilling for him.  Not only that, but he is working a normal schedule....he's home at night, on weekends, and holidays.  It's wonderful for the whole family.  And we not have time again to do activities, and hang out with family and friends.  It's wonderful to see him happy and well rested again.

Sweet Pea is in High School!  Yep.  She's a bonafide driver and everything.  She's also my saving grace with Little Man and Peanut.  She goes to an alternative high school that is project based learning with high technical access.  She is following in my footsteps and is very interested in Computer Securities and Programming.  I'm pretty proud.

Little Man is going into Second Grade this year.  His last two years were quite the struggle in school.  He gets very bored in class and gets too active and wiggly in the classroom.  His teacher last year was really good with him, but it was quite the struggle for her.  We're hoping the extra gifted classes will help him find his focus.

Peanut will be in Kindergarten.  We are very excited for her to start and we really hope that she will have a successful year.  Her verbal abilities have soared since January and we are really happy with her progress.  I'll be sharing more about all of that another day.

I have missed you all, and I am going to try really hard to get back to blogging on a regular basis.  Especially since I've finally found my groove and have something to share with everyone again.


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