Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Job Well Done!!!

So I was hosting my own pity party yesterday.  Yep! On top of the usual Monday crazies, the bus never showed up to pick up Dono, so I had to drive him to school.  Which I wouldn't mind if I had some notice and I wasn't late for work.  

After dropping Dono off I got stuck in traffic.  While waiting in traffic I get a call. ( I have Bluetooth, no talking and driving) from Dono's school.  It's was his speech therapist, informing me that due to an increase in bilingual  students, they cannot meet his full mandate for speech.  So now the school doesn't have an OT and can't meet his speech mandate!!!! 

Devynn is in 4th grade. She was diagnosed with dyslexia in second grade and homework at night requires a lot if my attention.  Dustin is in Kindergarten and he is showing a lot of symptoms Devynn did at this age.  His homework requires a lot of my attention.  Dono, also gets homework everyday and although my mom does it with him, I have to go over it and make sure it's done correctly.  

I also have to feed them and fix up around the house.  Apparently clothes have to get washed and the kids have to take baths.  So when I was told I'd have to find outside services, I had a meltdown.  

The hubby took a day off and he was home to help a bit.  I took advantage of him being home early and got the kids ready for bed and hit the sack myself.  

I woke up still feeling overwhelmed, but life continues and I must continue living.  As I was getting Dono's lunchbox to get his snack ready, I noticed it was a bit heavy.  


I opened it and found that Devynn had prepared his snack already!  This immediately brought tears to my eyes!  Happy tears!  She even left a loving note for him!  "Have a good lunch, Devynn" 


She gave him all his favorites! Clementines, apple and she snuck in some Oreos.  I left them in, normally I wouldn't send him with sweets.  But I was so in awe that I let it slide! 


Just when I think I am going to breakdown, something like this happens.  It shows me that all I do, and all the hardwork is not in vain.  I'm doing okay!  And what matters most is that I raise great human beings!  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Twilight Zone: The Hernandez Clan

Enjoying the Quiet after the storm!!!! Whew! Thought I was in an episode of the twilight zone! Between Homework, dinner, and getting them to bed.... I thought I was gonna go 730 in here!  Let's say Dusty screamed at the top of his lungs until he fell out!  Donovan the Great Debator tried to convince me to let him stay home from school tomorrow from the time I picked him at 4:30 pm until about 10 minutes ago! And Devynn crying while I'm trying to explain her homework which she started doing at like 5 ish and just finished about 25 minutes ago.  


It's these moments that make me want to head for the hills, but instead I will settle for a cold beer; while I soak in my  tub! (Best home improvement idea ever) 


And tomorrow God Willing, I will open my eyes and start all over again.  WAIT?!!! What's the definition of insanity again?! 


Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein

Maybe I've already lost my marbles!!!!!  Oh but once I hear them say, I love you mommy it's all so worth the crazy! 


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Your Cause... My Cause... We All Have A Cause...

Most times the causes we support aren't the ones that we chose ourselves.  In fact it is the cause that chose us!   Sad but true, it isn't until we are actually faced with an issue, or live with it that we take action.  For me it's Autism, and Dyslexia. Having children with specials needs has made me a more understanding and sympathetic human being!  

When the people you love most are struggling you will do just about anything to make it Better.  I know I have!  Believe it or not I am shy in public, but because my children cannot speak for themselves I speak for them.  I have made it my mission to spread awareness.  Even when faced with the most ignorant and disrespectful individuals.  I use these moments as a way to teach.  They may not get it at that exact moment, but they may take that moment to learn more.  They may even think twice, the next time they open their mouth to judge.  

They Are My Motivation!!!
 

I guess my point is that we should educate ourselves before you decide to pass judgement. And always remember to agree to disagree.  If all else fails,  Remember these wise words, "Opinions are like @xxholes, we all have one".  

Respect, compassion, and educate! 


Peter Frates, the man behind the Ice Bucket Challenge. Watch this piece on why and how the challenge started.  My heart goes out to him and his family, may they find a cure for ALS!!!! I will keep you in my prayers. 


Friday, August 15, 2014

Season One: Trophy Day


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Trophy Day 2014
 
Wow! What an amazing season! when I set out to start this challenger league, I didn't know what to expect.  I had a vision of how I wanted things, but because it was all so new to me, I just worked from my heart and hoped for the best.
 

 
Vincent Firsching, the President of the Bronxchester Little League kicked off our trophy day ceremony with a sweet speech about our first season. 
 

 
How grateful I am to him and the other amazing Board members that allowed me to come in and make my dream of a baseball program for children with Autism come true.  Especially my good friend Carlos Polanco who believed in me and my dream.  He was detrimental to the process. He introduced the idea to the board and pitched my idea to them. 
 

 
The players were so excited and proud of their trophies.  The smile on their faces was the biggest trophy for me!  Some may not agree with the concept of a trophy for just showing up and trying.  But for me Trying was the biggest accomplishment.  Especially when it is trying from little people who are set in their ways and have a hard time adjusting to change.  There was so much progress made by both the children and their parents. 
 


 
Because of the amazing job that everyone did this season.  We thought it would be a great idea to celebrate!  Thank you to Fairway Markets for catering our event! They supplied us with water and yummy sandwiches garnished with deliciously sweet gummy bears and worms. Their chicken nuggets and mac and cheese was pretty awesome too!
 

 
 
I searched for some cool activities for the kids to engage in while they hung out! And what a better place to find them then Oriental Trading.  They had so many cute baseball themed activities.  The kids loved trying their hand with this Baseball Bean Bag Toss Game.  Set up was VERY easy.  This seven piece set comes with the play board, stick and six vinyl balls.  It was fun for all age groups, both big and small!
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 Check out these awesome Baseball Personalized Pencils!  Every player was able to receive one! It went great with the other cool goodies we got for them.
 
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Roses are Red...

Sometimes life gets pretty hectic and I feel like I'm a passenger on an amusement park ride for the first time.  You see in front of you, but you don't really know what's going to happen, until it's about to happen. And it goes very fast!  

I am a working mom of three children.  I work a 40 hour week and then go home to take care of my family and my home.  Although I must admit the home gets a bit neglected.  Just like your battles, you have to pick and choose your chores.  

I question myself a lot.  I'm a doing a good job? Should I be doing more?  Is this enough?  I tend to wonder, are my parenting methods right?  Should I yell less? Should I discipline more.  It sucks cause with all the how to books and Dr Spock books on parenting, they can never truly prepare you.  

 But then you find cool stuff like this in your bag, when you're on your way to work. 


And somehow the ride comes to a stop! You feel a burst of emotions!  


This is the best poem I have ever read and have been given!  It was written by my daughter Devynn.  She was diagnosed with Dyslexia. She isn't writter and writing is something she doesn't like to do. So it makes this that much more special! 

I may not know exactly what I'm doing and my methods may not be what the how to books say to do.  But you go by what your heart says!  


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Now Talk Fast....

So my daughter is spending time at her aunts house, and the boys are here with us.  She just called to check in with us.  

Her and Donovan have always had a very strong bond.  She is very protective of him and he always looks for her.  

After speaking to me and her dad, she asked to talk to Dono... We couldn't hear devynn but hearing Dono brought tears to my eyes.  It was one of the most spontaneous and appropriate conversations we've ever heard.  

Dono: Hi Devynn

Dev: unknown

Dono: Are you okay?  

Dev: unknown 

Dono: Great! 

Dono: Now Devynn, talk fast... (He speeds up) Everything is okay and talk to you later! Okay now Bye!!!!  

I laughed a happy laugh. That laugh that makes you all warm and brings happy tears to your eyes!