Sunday, June 25, 2017

He can swim!

Ashton has finally learned to swim!  It started in May when we went camping with Aaron Michael.  Aaron taught him how to go underwater.  A few weeks ago he started doggy paddling and on father's day he swam for 11 seconds!  Go Ashton!  Now maybe we can give him swim lessons without him crying on side?  Do we dare go for bike riding with no training wheels this summer too???

Enjoying a the lake!

Friday, June 9, 2017

1st grader in the house!!!!

I can't believe it!  Ashton has completed kindergarten!  We made it!  The last few days he has had some bumps, but overall the last quarter has been a huge improvement!  He is a typical boy...all about poop and farting noises with his armpit!  The only thing missing is the burp!  I'm sure that will come!  Overall he's been super sweet at home, doing chores to "buy" a replacement kindle (he broke the other one).  I feel like these last day of school photographs capture little parts of his essence!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Chapter books

Our little guy has really gotten into chapter books!  Crazy for a newly minted 6 year old!  He got hooked at Christmas when we bought him a beginning chapter book about dogs.  Now all he wants us to read are chapter books!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Good reports

I was so pleased with the good report I received at school today for Ashton.  At this time we are still not sure if it's the medication or if Ashton has just decided to engage, but nonetheless, I thought he would have to have a behavior plan for the upcoming year, but when he was observed on multiple times by multiple people, they reported absolutely NO behaviors!  I am so incredibly thankful and shell shocked!  I do hope it continues into 1st grade!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Can you say obsessed?

Within the last year Ashton was introduced to Minecraft!  He is officially become obsessed.  He plays it whenever he can.  If left to his own devices he can play for hours!   He watches Stampy-Cat videos to learn and watch stampy cat play minecraft.  As a grown up I find this mind numbing, but he loves it.  He even writes letters to Stampy-Cat.  If he could only focus this great at school!

Letter to Stampy Cat

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Psalm 1:3

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. (ESV)

Tonight at Awanna, Ashton's teacher Ms. Starr gave each of the children bible verses based on some element of their personalities.  She gave him Psalm 1:3 since he is named after a town of Ash trees and loves the outdoors.  This is my prayer for him!  That he will be a tree that yield fruit in its season and he will not wither!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My baby is not a baby anymore!

He's 6 years old!  I can't believe it!  Where does the time go?  When asked what he wished for/hoped for in the upcoming year, he said "to spend lots of time in the woods!"  I love this boy so much!

I'm Six!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Turning a corner?

It is no secret that Ashton has had a difficult kindergarten year.  He's been in counseling, seen a pediatrician, gone to mental health nurse practitioner.  I've been to IEP screening meetings, Behavior Intervention plan meetings, consulted with outside sources to try to help him be more successful at both home and school.

Despite all that,  the last few days we have received excellent reports from his teacher!   

From last Friday

I wanted to give you an update from this week. At the beginning of the week Ashton did more works but still wandered and refused directions. But by the end of the week Ashton complied with ALL directions (except toward the very end of the day). He did big works without any breaks. He simply sat and worked. When I said on Thursday that it was time to restore he actually got upset because he had just started a work!

From Today

Last week we would review his visual card of big works and I would ask him if he needed breaks. This week has been the same. Following most if not all instructions, completing big works without any breaks or interrupting others. He is going from work to work seamlessly. The only difference is this week he has told me he does not need his visuals and he hasn't.  He went straight to the reading area then got right to work. He was so proud of his work today he asked me to send you a picture of it!

Even today he said to me in the car, "Mommy, I kinda of like school now."  Wow, really?  Did I hear that correctly? I asked him, "Ashton what changed?".  He said, "I just decided to do work!" 

I hope we have turned a corner!  That would be such an answer to prayer!!!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Love the things this little guys says!

My nature boy!

Two quotes recently from Ashton

Sometime we'll talk about what the kids want to be when they grow up.

Recently Ashton replied,  "Mommy do I really have to be anything when I grow up?"

Oh yes PLEASE!!!!

Also we have this blue water bottle that has the brand name Nathan on it.  Yesterday, Ashton says he "wants the the blue water bottle with the name Nathan on it because that used to be daddy's old name."

So dog gone cute!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Love this boy!

Tonight's quote of the evening after finding out he has no school tomorow because of an incoming snow storm.

"I bet the teachers are really disappointed."

Laughing Out Loud!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Our little trailblazer!

Ever since Ashton was a little guy he loved to be outside!  Outside, especially in the woods are his happy place!  Yesterday he continued with his "trailblazing", using sticks and pruning sheers to blaze more hiking trails in the woods behind our house!  What an awesome boy!

I asked him yesterday if when he grew up maybe he would have a job in the forest service.....he was quite curious!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Daddy...the magic happy pill!

Daddy came home Saturday night and Ashton has been magically so happy since!  It's really nice to see him so happy!  Hope it lasts!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February Blur

February has been one big blur!  I feel like we need a do-over!  Olav's sister Anne-Britt died unexpectedly and daddy had to leave for nearly 3 weeks.  Talk about chaos at home!  While daddy was gone, poor Ashton got the stomach bug two times.  One time so badly, I thought I was going to have to go the emergency room with him.  Thankfully after throwing up for 8 hours straight, he finally settled down!

Ashton continues to struggle behaviorally.  He's frequently angry and moody.  He can be aggressive and mean.  Lately he has been in a name calling mode.  Makes me so sad.  We did start with a new counselor at Brooklane and she seems much more in touch with kids his age, so I am hopeful that she will be able to help us!

We has an IEP screening meeting for him this past week at school and they've agreed to do Functional Behavior Assessment on him, and create a Behavioral Intervention Plan for him.  I am not sure it will work as I feel like we've done a lot of this informally, but it will be important in the long run for this information to formally documented. 

We will also be going to the pediatrician this week to look at ADHD and possible medication.  Still not sure how I feel about all this, but I am also aware things are not improving but seem to be snowballing.  We also have an appointment with a nurse practitioner at Brooklane who deals in other medication besides ADHD, should they deem it is something else.  I guess time will tell.

I'd really like to get him through this school year, start first grade with a new teacher and see if things don't improve....if not go to plan b.  But I also realize that his self-esteem/self-worth is on the line as well!

Things have been rough with his sister Lily. He seems to have taken a lot of his aggression out on her.  Trying to physically harm her. 

Even though he continues to do nothing at school, at home he shows signs of learning.  I've been informally homeschooling him at night and he is reading on an instructional C level.  He apparently hates math at school, but appears to like it at home.  He seems very bright to me.  He has a large vocabulary and enjoys writing words and letters.  He also continues to love arts and crafts.  He always is wanting to do a craft!

He was playing basketball, but it was short lived as he got hit in the nose with basketball.  I've been trying to get him to go back, but so far no luck.  Hopefully with daddy home, he will be encouraged to try again!

He continues to go to gymnastics and awanna which he always says he doesn't want to do anymore, but once he is there he doesn't want to leave!  Thankfully those are the two area where he actually experiences the most social success!  And of course he LOVES his kindle!!!!  It's like the great pacifier!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cover him in prayer day!

Today is cover Ashton in prayer day!  He has been really struggling at school.  We get reports home daily of a variety things he struggles with daily.  Today we are lifting him up to God.  Praying that God will give us clear direction as to what is best for Ashton!

Some days he loves us and says he loves us one hundred one thousand one million, the next minute he hates us and wishes we weren't in his family.  In some ways it's almost comical how he can switch so rapidly between the two.  Thankfully he is small and we take most of what he says with a grain of salt.  However, I must admit sometimes it's hard not to imagine the future if things don't change.  I am trying really hard to live in the present and not forecast into the behavior.

Today I read a scripture about how a praying mother can have an long shadow of influence on her children.  That is my prayer today.  That my prayers for Ashton will be heard and will be influential in his life!

I love this little guy so much!  He has so many gifts!  He's smart, amazingly articulate, active, and creative just to name a few!