It’s summer! Yay! (I don’t care what the calendar says – school is out, so it’s summer!) The kids can sleep until whenever because I no longer have to rush to get them dressed in the AM – Rick can dress them when he gets home if I don’t get around to it. And the only lunch I have to make is mine! I left the house at my usual time this AM and got to work almost 20 minutes early – hurray for no school zones! Also…it’s time for my favorite “sport” of the year – swimming. (I say “sport” not because swimming isn’t a sport…but because it’s not really a sport when I do it.) I love going to the pool, lake, river, beach – wherever. I just want to be in the water. When I was younger, my sister could always outrun me, but she couldn’t out-swim me. (Pretty sure this has changed now that she’s gotten into surfing.) The water is always the one place I feel remotely athletic.
Whew, boy, is it HOT by the end of the day! Mornings are fantastic – 70’s and a bit breezy. But by the time I get to my afternoon break and go for a walk, the air is so thick with humidity and heat, I get winded by the time I’m back at the office.
And the kids don’t seem to realize they can sleep in! (By “sleep in” I mean 6:30am – that would be heaven!) Colin was up at 5:30 this morning – he was sleeping on the couch again. Not sure what to do about that.
We also had a series of storms sweep through recently that left our fence in quite a state. Thankfully, no other damage was done, but now we have to figure out what to do with the fence on our own because our insurance deductible is too high to even bother going that route. Rick has a friend from work that’s going to come out this weekend and hopefully not charge an arm and a leg!
The church-sponsored day camp (free to the public – donations only) that Colin and Ryan went to last year is not happening this year. I was really worried this might happen. It was such a blessing last year. Colin was kicked out of daycare the summer before that.
The 2nd day of camp last year, someone walked up to me and said, “Are you Colin’s mom?” My heart sank. Please, don’t kick him out, I thought. Instead she said, “I wanted to ask you something, but I hope I won’t offend you. Is he…autistic?” I was still worried. “Yes,” I said.
“My daughter, is, too, that’s why I was wondering,” she said. “Don’t worry about him. I will keep my eye on him.” I just started crying. I don’t know what we would have done last summer without that camp.
And now this year…we have to figure it out. The good thing is that Robbie is out of daycare now, so we can afford to hire a sitter for the summer. Just someone part-time so Rick can get to bed – he can continue sleeping when I get home. We don’t have anyone lined up yet, but have a hopeful or two. One lady was recommended to us by a good friend, but she flaked on showing up yesterday as we’d agreed to and she currently doesn’t have a phone – she calls from her mom or brother’s house. And she’d have to bring her 8 yr old and newborn baby with her. Just…so many red flags. Still not counting her out – she’s supposed to come over today for us to meet.
Last night, after she flaked on me, I posted on FB asking friends to let me know if they knew anyone interested in a 20hr/wk babysitting gig. One of my local friends gave me the name/info for a local high school girl that she’s friends with! I’ve messaged her – hopefully if she doesn’t want the job, she will know someone who does.
The Ugly, though, is going to be most of this week. Rick is home with the boys today – no sitter or other means of distraction for them today. Colin had everyone in the house on edge by 7am with his antics – he woke up full throttle today and was still bouncing as I left. We’ve tried adding an Adderall booster (short-acting tablet) to the XR capsule, but giving him more Adderall just seems to make things worse. His meltdowns increase and it doesn’t seem to do anything to put a damper on the ADHD. Adderall seems to help his focus, but not his hyperactivity.
Thankfully, tomorrow my mom (who just had surgery this past Thursday) volunteered to take them from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday afternoon. I hope she doesn’t regret that! My stepdad is pretty good with them – he has an amazing amount of patience. That will just leave us Thursday and Friday to get through. Then, hopefully, we’ll have something in place starting next week.