Monday, April 5, 2010

In Which Connor Goes Back To School

Today I bought Jeremy a blender because he's now into making delicious fruit smoothies after he gets home from working out, and our old blender was doing a shoddy job of it.  So he tried the new deluxe model out right away, after first exclaiming over all the bells and whistles on it to Connor.*  I must admit that I had ulterior motives when I went out and got this; usually when Jeremy makes smoothies he makes too much, so I get some too.  A new blender means Jer making more smoothies, which means more extra smoothie for yours truly.  This isn't the first time I've given him a gift like this, either. Our bread machine (a yummy loaf a week!) and the espresso machine (all the steamers I can ask for) are other examples of gifts that keep on giving . . . to me. 

What can I say?  I'm shameless.

Anyway, Connor went back to school today for the first time in a week, as Spring Break is officially over.  He was so excited about it that he started shrieking in the car as we pulled into the parking lot!  I'm happy that he's so enthusiastic about school even if it's pretty overwhelming for him at times; it's nice to know that he's getting such enjoyment out of something so good for him.  Now if only I could get him to feel the same way about his banana oatmeal in the mornings.

I spent most of the day running errands-- I faxed in a whole bunch of papers to the adoption agency, ran to the grocery store, picked up a refill of one of Connor's heart medications and stopped in the bookstore for a sign book on religious signs, which the SEE dictionary covers woefully inadequately.  Next on my list is a book of medical signs, and then I'd like to delve more deeply into educational signs.  At some point in the future we're probably going to have a deaf child who is bringing home homework, and so I figure I'd better get a jumpstart on learning the important signs to help out.  I have a hard enough time explaining concepts in math (not my best subject) without having to stop and look up the words every five minutes. 

So I should start studying up.  Or instead of learning more signs, I could go back to drinking my smoothie and browsing cute little girl's dresses on Etsy.

Decisions, decisions.


*"This blender has sixteen settings, Connor; it goes all the way from tickle to death!"


Julia O'C said...

Girl dresses! On Etsy! **sigh**

I'm really happy to hear that Connor is excited about going to school. Emmett starts his new school next Monday and I'm very nervous about it. My baby really is going to be riding the short bus!

[Warning! Unsolicited Advice! Read at your discretion: If you ever need help with math, ROCKS. I've been using it to help me prepare for my upcoming exam and it's awesome.]

Julia said...

Do you know whether your incoming daughter has ever been aided, or whether that would be effective at this point? If she's never had access to sound, then it would take a lot to get her auditory system up and running -- possible, but a longterm project. What are your thoughts on that? Or are you waiting to get to know her and her needs first before thinking about technology options?

BTW, the Gallaudet ASL dictionary has a lot of religious signs. Not comprehensive, but a friend of mine has been able to figure out how to sign a lot of hymns.

Kristin said...

Since ASL is what is (from my limited knowledge) mostly used in the states, any idea what kinds of sign language the little one is learning (if any) in Thailand?

Ashley's Mom said...

Have you tried the website? I find them to be the most current, and they have a whole section on religious signs.

Sign language books can get outdated pretty quickly. I know that sound strange, but it is true. Just think of the old sign for 'what' and the new sign for it. Or, the older sign for 'who' versus the new sign.

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