Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March Madness

March is usually a busy time for us around here. The year has begun and is in full swing, school is beginning to wind down but with more work, and we have quite a few birthdays this month, mine included. :-)

This month as already been hectic at work, at home, and with school for the girls. Hubby and I have been married for two years and living together for three and we are still trying to figure out how to go about our day to day routines. Mostly just keeping up the house. My husband is very OCD. He went from it being just him in this house all the time to a full blown family of five with a cat and a dog! He's still adapting as we all are. So after my usual day job I go home to cook, clean, help with homework, and the usual but now thankfully I've got the hubby helping with things here and there. We are a work in progress.

My youngest brought home her report card with three F's on it last week. I went crazy with emails and phone calls to try and figure out what has happened because she was doing pretty good. What's crazy is the F's are mainly in Science and Social Studies which should be some of the easiest courses, at least in 5th grade. Luckily her math teacher called me and said that she is working hard on helping her improve that grade and they even have a tutor in to help her. Her other teacher on the other hand hasn't been quite so helpful. She says that my daughter keeps saying she doesn't need help when asked. Well, I think the teacher should make sure she doesn't need help before just walking off. In my opinion. But after much talking, cleaning out her notebook, and organization we have figured all that out and it's already improving. She also has an audition today with a group of girls to try out for the talent show next month. They are all singing Part of Me by Katy Perry. I don't know if they'll make it but it should be a good experience for her.

My other daughter we have discovered has dysgraphia to go along with her autism. A quick explanation is: Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing, which requires a complex set of motor and information processing skills. Dysgraphia makes the act of writing difficult. It can lead to problems with spelling, poor handwriting, and putting thoughts on paper. My daughter is 12 and her handwriting looks like she's still in kindergarten. It's so hard for her to write correctly. She also has trouble holding her pencil correctly, she never makes the first letter a capital, and she moves her pencil upwards instead of downwards. Luckily for us there are therapies for this as well and she's in the perfect school for that. :-)

As for me, I have been working hard getting everything ready for my trip to The Novel Experience in Atlanta at the end of the month. This is going to be my first big book signing. I'm really looking forward to meeting a lot of the authors I have come to know as friends. So I have been getting paperbacks together, swag, and travel arrangements set. Needless to say I have a very long check list since this will be my first weekend trip without my husband. lol. Also the day after The Novel Experience is my birthday. No big deal really but I'm blessed with a job that lets us have our birthdays as a paid holiday. So I get my weekend in Atlanta and my birthday off to relax or go out during the week in the day light! lol. 

So that's our craziness that's going on this month. Lots of improving, lots of working, and hopefully still lots of fun. 

Thanks for reading about little piece of insanity. ;-)

~Jinni

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