A Diagnosis and a Sense of Relief

FullSizeRender-12Harry Potter was diagnosed with ADHD today.

There’s a part of me that thinks I should be sad about this diagnosis, but I’m not sad.

In fact… I’m thrilled.

We’ve spent the last 4 years wondering why Harry Potter won’t sit down, follow instructions, and cannot control his impulses.

I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve sat there brainstorming ways to fix the situation.

Have you ever been in a situation where you just can’t win?

Where it feels like the walls are closing in on you and no matter what you do the space gets smaller and smaller?

That is what these last few years have been like.

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The Spreadsheets Eat Out

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The little Spreadsheets have been to plenty of restaurants.

They love In’N’Out, Chick Fil-A, Firehouse Subs (for the drinks), Rosa’s, and sometimes Phil’s Ice House.

All of these places have one thing in common- no waiters.

On the off chance that we go somewhere with a waiter, the little Spreadsheets are both confused and annoyed.

They cannot understand why we have to wait to pick out food, wait for the food to be brought to us,  and then wait for the check at the end.

To be honest, the way they whine and complain you’d think that In’N’Out had slow service, so you can only imagine their frustration at the waiter concept.

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Sibling Friends: Learning to Let Go of the Mom Guilt

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Some of my favorite childhood memories are of spending time with my siblings. We didn’t go on fancy vacations, or spend much time at paid activities, but we had fun.

I remember summer mornings spent playing Chex Quest (an awesome game we got in a cereal box), Where in Time is Carmen San Diego, and Roller Coaster Tycoon. I remember afternoons spent jumping on the trampoline playing games like “Surfin’ USA” (this involves coating the entire trampoline with a thick layer of dish soap and then spraying it with the hose, while running across and yelling “SURFIN’ USA!”, it’s a miracle we made it out with out any broken bones), “Wally Ball” soccer with a giant exercise ball in the living room,  and hours spent at the Rec Center pool attempting to touch the bottom in the 12 foot section. Continue reading “Sibling Friends: Learning to Let Go of the Mom Guilt”

Family Friends: The Most Challenging Type of Friends

I think family friends are the toughest type of friends to make.

Yes, more difficult even than mom friends or the dreaded couple friends (more on those folks later).

I’m not talking about casual acquaintances that you invite to wedding receptions and send holiday cards to, I mean real family friends, another family that you interact with regularly.

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