Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up: School Supplies, New Label, and a New State Agency

Again, it has been a busy week at our house.  We kicked off last weekend with longtime Army friends coming to visit from South Carolina.  They arrived Friday afternoon.  We all waited, impatiently, for my husband to get back from Washington DC so we could attempt to make our way to Virginia Beach for the Def Leppard/KISS concert.  S is a HUGE Def Leppard fan, so he was quite excited.  Def Leppard did not disappoint.  It was a great show.  Even J didn’t mind the concert.

Saturday:  It was a practice day for J, so we were up early and on the road to practice.  Saturday morning practices are made a little easier by trips to Duck Donuts (yum!).  While at the gym, I was talking to a new team mom.  They have recently moved here, and she is going to homeschool.  I told her if she had any questions I would be happy to try to answer them.  She looked at me and said, “I’m so confused.”  It was nice to be able to answer some questions and encourage her on this new journey.

Our friends spent the afternoon at Busch Gardens.  We didn’t go with them.  Between the two of them, they have 8 children and they were alone this weekend.  We thought they might enjoy the adult time.  They came back to our house for supper.  We had a great meal and a lot of laughs!  Wish they lived closer!

Sunday:  In the morning, we headed out for church while our friends prepared to leave.  My husband and J had to leave at the end of church because J was attending a trampoline clinic.  We enjoyed some family time Sunday evening and ate Papa Murphy’s pizza.  

Lead up to Monday:  On August 8, S went back to the Ophthalmologist to test out some Low Vision tools.  S has always had “vision issues”, but he has never been labeled.  It is now official.  He has Low Vision and was referred to the Virginia Dept. of Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI).  The doctor told us he would submit the paperwork and start the process.  He said it could take 2-3 weeks.  

Monday:  At 10:05 AM, the phone rang.  It was the intake specialist from DBVI calling about S’s referral.  I was amazed!  This phone call came within 24 business hours of our visit. She talked me through the process and told me that the Education Specialist would be contacting me in the future. Again, I was amazed when I received a phone call a few hours later from the Education Specialist. She said she would need to come and meet with us and asked, “Would Wednesday morning work?” Yeah!  

Practice night.

Tuesday:  J and I went shopping for his school supplies.  Every year, we buy extra supplies so we have them on hand, just in case.  This year I told J to go through everything we had to see what he might need.  It was very nice when we walked out of the store with all of his supplies for under $25. Not a bad deal!

Since J does not have practice on Tuesdays, we had decided that Tuesday nights would be Busch Gardens nights during the summer.  We have yet to get there on a Tuesday.  If we have been home on Tuesdays, it has been a heat index of 100+ degrees or storming.  This was no exception.  It was storming.  We watched a Harry Potter movie instead.

Wednesday:  The Education Specialist came from DBVI.  She was very nice, and we had a good visit.  We found that S falls into a gray area again.  This worker serves kids from birth-high school.  S falls into that category for one more year; however, his vision isn’t impacting his access to education (benefit of homeschooling).  She is going to refer him to Vocational Rehab which we all think will be a better fit and more beneficial for the stage he is at in his life.  She also sent some scholarship links. S was excited about that.

Practice night.

Thursday:  S volunteered at Fort Monroe, so J and I headed to the beach during his shift.  Perfect weather - check.  Water temperature was great - check.  Jellyfish - Seriously!  We spent our time reading and standing with our toes in the water.  I think school should just start when the jellyfish come out.

I ordered myself a FitBit Zip and it came today.  Looking forward to seeing how it works for me.  I am trying hard to walk 10,000 steps/day.

Practice night.  My husband took J to practice.  Once a week, he takes him up to Williamsburg and stays there so he can write for his blog ( I decided to tag along and have a writing date with him.

Friday:  Hanging out and relaxing.  Practice night.

S has been working on Brave Writer's "Help for High School" and Dave Ramsey's "Foundations in Personal Finance" this week. He finally finished one of his summer reading books - only 2 more to go!

It’s been busy, but I will still find time to be on the couch with chocolate!

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