Living & Loving, Autism & Deafness

No time!

So what’s taking my time? All kinds of things!

  • working
  • trying to clean house
  • learning the Dave Ramsey method of financing
  • occasionally exercising, but eating too much candy
  • Seeing Chris!
  • Overseeing Colleen & Ryan
  • Checking out facebook (my user name is dori typesalot) and finding old friends on there.
  • Cooking homecooked meals to save money!
  • Planning Christmas a bit ahead of time
  • Doing Chris’s guardianship papers for him turning 18
  • Suffering from colds – like two in a row – yuck!
  • Watching with amazement the leaves turn red and then all of the sudden today they’re all off the trees…
  • Enjoying our first snow earlier this week.
  • Happy Thanksgiving, if I’m not back on before that, and keep checking the Flickr pics on the right!

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    Where’s Chris? At the blue house…




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    Originally uploaded by criscollrj.

    Chris has been at his new home over a month now. It’s going very well! It’s odd though to have him gone. I know he’s getting a lot of outings, is on a very good routine, and with the low-fat diet he’s on he’s lost 11 pounds!

    Ryan has been asking about him and should be seeing him tonight (we’re going to take him to the chiropractor with us – his first car ride with us!) Ryan says, “Where’s Chris? At the Blue house.” Then he said, “Where’s Doreen? No Doreen.”

    We are very busy still – the dog didn’t work out – we had to take him back to a home last Saturday. He was too rough with Ryan. If you look at that one picture of Ryan with the towel on his head, he was afraid of the dog.

    I’ve been typing a lot again, and trying to clean house.

    I need to update here more!

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    Colleen back to school—




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    Originally uploaded by criscollrj.

    Colleen went back to school yesterday but only made it half the day. She saw four of her friends, though, including the girl in the middle. Girl on right is still at the middle school. They’re not in any of her classes. She got to three classes and then came home sick. We have all had a bad cold. Today she’s going to go in for the other half of the day – so I’ll find out when 4th period starts and drop her off for that.

    We’re having Chris’s meeting today for attendance. The only thing that made me nervous is they said they had to discuss his need for a one on one with the director and that it would be director’s call to approve it. I hate him to have another change. I hope they give him an opportunity to stay and get used to everything.

    I had yesterday off which was nice – had meetings and cleaned the office. But I wish I had today off too. I am going to take time now (was up early for Colleen’s bus) to set up this third computer we got from Rog’s aunt and clean just a little more, then start typing at 8 when Ryan is gone….

    Hey, if anyone still actually reads this can you just comment and let me know? I need to possibly republicize this on technorati, etc. as I don’t know if it’s even on the blog links anymore or what’s going on. I know my business blog seems pretty dead too – just haven’t had time to update anything.

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    Changes

    Reminds me of this song, even though mine has nothing to do with a heartbreak – well not the same kind.

    My boy is moving!!  Chris is moving to a group home on SATURDAY.  It is an awesome place.  I think he’s really going to be happy there.  It is so close to his school, and they’ll be taking him on a field trip every other day or so after school. 

    And I’m looking for a job.  We are stopping home-schooling Colleen – we got her through end of eighth grade with it, but now she’s got to make a clean break and try again with 9th grade in public school.  I’m trying to get a legal secretary job.  I’m still transcribing, and I love it, but it’s just not steady enough.  WE are SO behind on our bills, and want to get out of debt.  I’ve signed with a temp agency and will wait for the right job to come about.  I’m not going to just grab anything as I do have a nice little income from my transcribing where I can be a little picky. 

    Then when I get a full-time job (hopefully soon!) I can catch up on the credit cards again.

    It’s just funny, what a full circle since I started my blog here at LJ in 2003.  I was still working full time and lost my job a little later after that.  Was then just home, then went back to typing at home, then home again, then typing at home again, and now looking for work again.  5 1/2 years later.

    Back then the kids were 1, 8, and 12.  Unbelievable.

    Funny how we called them Owen, Renee & RJ.  Eventually I just started using their real names. 

    I didn’t realize how hard it was to find archives with this theme background.  I finally had to go in my WordPress blog to get it as a lot o the entries are copied there.  But I may have to get a different background as God help anyone who wanted to go to the beginning of my Livejournal – there’s just no link to do it!!

    5 1/2 years ago:

    April of 03: 

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    owen is having a bit of a tough time again after doing very well for a week or so. He went to day care with his sister first time last week on Thurs and Fri. This is the first EVER he’s been in day care. he did well! This week he goes back to school (tomorrow) but last night he started staying up late again — 4:30 a.m. this morning (dh stayed up with him – I actually got to sleep 9 hours last night PRAISE God! it is 12:00 now and he’s still up. dh has to get up at 4:30 a.m. and I will be up at 6:30 with my little baby, I’m sure.

    I had been thinking all weekend trying to make a decision about my work. I work 22 hours a week now but have the opportunity to work up to 30 if I wish. That would mean having the older kids go to the day care every day after school. After thinking about it all weekend we decided to wait until summer and see how they do, and maybe work a little later then if they seem to be able to handle it.

    We just have been so broke for so long that it feels good to be able to pay the bills and having more sounds so good. We also need a new house — 5 kids in this tiny house is tough.

    dori, in the close family :)


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    Fall meanderings

    The old, summer’s just about over post—-

    I love fall.  I am always eager for it to come.  But for some reason I hardly got to enjoy summer this year.  I was working all the time.  Finally took this week off mostly, though I can scarcely (well, I can’t at all) afford it.  But I had tons of paperwork to do and needed some time to do it.  I did test today for a new company and hope I passed.  i’ll start working a lot next week once school starts.

    I think our biggest issue right now is this decision to put Chris in residential.  He has become so hard to handle as far as, we can’t let him outside because he might go in the creek (he’s forced his way over there the last few times we took a walk with him) and then it’s limited where we can take him when we go away because of not being able to stop him when he wants something, whether it’s some passer-by’s drink or whatever.

    We do take him grocery shopping and stuff and did have a really nice outing like that last weekend.

    But an opening came up for a nice group home and we did apply for him.  I am just praying if it’s meant to be it will all work out, and if it’s not supposed to happen that it will be blocked.

    It’s hard though as there’s guilt involved and so much emotion.

    I’ll update more on all this soon —-

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    Almost time for my fall background change!


    Ryan, my photographer.

    Wow, it’s been a really long time since I updated. I’m not even sure what I wrote about exactly last (and don’t really feel like looking right now)

    First, after taking tons of pics like this with my camera phone, Which he really wasn’t supposed to to do but got away with it as much as possible anyway , Ryan lost the battery to my camera phone. This explains why I’ve had no August pictures.

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