Onto some family info, Caitlyn has finally been diagnosed. She had PDD NOS (Pervasive Development Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified). Basically she has some symptoms of both Autism and Aspergers but doesn't fit into either. PDD is on the autism spectrum disorders and Caitlyn has more of the Asperger symptoms than the Autism ones. She has above average IQ on her visual intelligence but below average IQ on her verbal. What the psycologist told me was that basically the right side of her brain is developing and working great but the left side of her brain is having a hard time. The good news is that with therapy and early intervention she should be able to attend regular school (she will most likely need speech therapy for the first few years of grade school still as well) and with our help can learn to cope with or overcome some of her learning challenges. She'll most likely grow up to be a fully functioning adult which was a big worry for us when we were told she could have autism, so we are happy to finally have an official diagnosis and a more specified treatment plan. Our speech pathologist had already started us on a great path to helping teach Caitlyn more efficiently and Cait has been catching onto social conversation so much quicker than before. And now with a diagnosis and some recommendations from the psycologist we can change her IEP to fit her even better for school too.
For some other good news, Paul's internship has credits now so he won't be doing a full load of school plus tutoring and then plus the intership. The internship will just take the place of one of his other classes, and since he's working on a documentary he'll be able to put his work from the internship on his professional resume :D That means he won't be gone from home as long which is a big deal to me. I love having my hubby around ^_~ And not to leave her out, Audrey is doing great. She's talking up a storm almost at Caitlyn's level already and is starting to learn to count. She still has trouble with some colors, but she's getting it and is finally letting me read more to her. It was so different with Caitlyn since Cait LOVED books even at just over one and always wanted story time (still does, lol. In fact she just got 3 more new books!). Audrey is also starting to be night time potty trained, yay! So the day of the diaper is almost at an end! All that plus their aunt spoiled them with stuffed animals this last week. There is a huge bear, bigger than Audrey, so Audrey didn't sleep in her bed last night, she slept on top of the huge bear on the floor, lol. Just some of what's been going on with us. Thanks for all the check ups everyone ^_~
Barb's Lovely Envelope Card
Marcia's Hot Bikahbella Card
Sparkle's Adorable Teachabella Card
Jami's Cute Fella and Bella Cards
Noelle's Classy Make It Count Card
Laurel's Sweet Oh-So-Pretty Bella
Jena's Darling Turn that Frown Layout
I was actually looking for a picture of Paul to use when I found this picture of Caitlyn. I have scrapped all her baby photos and this was a duplicate that had been changed out of a frame, but it fit so perfectly with the color challenge that I had to scrap this photo as well. Plus back then I didn't scrap the stories, so here was an opportunity for me to write a little about how much I loved to make Caitie wear hats ^_~ Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Supplies: Life Delights Paper Pack and Stickease; Tag Book; Chipboard Alphas and Flowers; Gold Eyelets; Lilac Mist, Blush, and Chocolate CS; Garden Green Safety Pin; Blush dot ribbon; All CTMH
I started with this tag book since I couldn't get in the mood to scrap earlier this week, but have been wanting to use up my old papers. I've had this little tag book since I signed up with CTMH almost 2 years ago, lol. Just easy peasy stuff using life delights and the matching stickease. It used up most the rest of my papers so that made me happy :D
Supplies: Life Delights Paper Pack and Stickease; White Daisy Paper Flowers; Hollyhock Accents and Ricrac; DE Bookplates; Boutique and Sans Small Alpha Stamp Sets; Chocolate, Cocoa, and Col White CS; All CTMH
I used the Imagine book for this first one. I've never used this layout before because I was always intimidated by the slanted cut photos but they were actually really easy to do. Everything CTMH on this layout except the rubons on the Temple picture, they are from Basic Grey.
The layout that I did forever ago was of one of Audrey's Blessing portraits. She was holding a red rose and just looking at it and I had bought these papers just for that. These were some of her at home blessing pics and I thought I might just use these up to go along with the theme I started. This one uses a new Aug '08 pagemaps layout. I altered it to fit more pictures. The transparency overlays are by My Minds Eye, the rhinestones are just regular craft rhinestones and all the rest is CTMH. On all three of these double page layouts I used the B&T as my base pages as well instead of cardstock. This helped use up the papers quicker as well as not using up my cardstock which I want to use with new papers :D
And this was the last layout of this set to use up all those funny shaped scraps. I didn't embellish very much on this one since it already has so much going on with the layers, and it felt a bit like a quilt so I simply added some edge stitching to bring it all together. And yay this paper pack is now history! I'm going to try to use up a lot of old papers this month since the new CTMH catty has come out. I won't get to order anything this month, but hopefully by September I'll have a crafting budget again and can get some new fun stuff ^_~