“The Final Day”

Both my big kids attended separate schools this year.

Carter was fortunate enough, to be accepted into a fabulous program for children on the spectrum. It was his therapy and school combined, which meant we had to stop home therapy and move him to a different school. We knew going into this, that it was only temporary, but that doesn’t make it any easier when you’re nearing the end.

Today is the last day of the school year, for Carter.1

In September, he will return to his home school where he attended, the two previous years.

Let me just say, that I ADORE his home school ! It is not in our catchment area, but I would drive twice the distance if I had to, so that Carter and his sister could attend. We have a wonderful SERT at our home school, and Carter has been blessed with amazing teachers and EA’s. Even the principal is lovely ! I am excited for him to see his classmates again, rekindle some old friendships and attend a school where he may even get to see his sister in the hallway, from time to time.

With Carter returning to his home school, things will be a little easier on me. I’ll have one drop off and pick up location, and both kids starting and ending school at the same time. That alone will allot me an extra hour per day! (Hey, maybe that will be my “writing time?!”)

It’s just the change. The change can be hard. Taking the next step, knowing there is no going back.

Always, always wondering if we are making the right decision, every step of the way.

Of course, I know that being a parent of any child, you question every decision you make for you kid. But when you are the parent of a special needs child, all your decisions become that much harder. Every single choice you make, or don’t make, can impact them in such a significant way.

And not necessarily for the best!

I do believe though, that he is ready to take the next step. I think he has gone as far as he can, in the program he has attended this year. Lord, I hope I am right!

Carter and I spent a lot of time together in the mornings, during the 40 minutes (and only a few blocks) between the two schools. 7

At the beginning of the school year, and in the last couple of months, we played at the playground and kicked a soccer ball around. (He’s getting really good at dribbling.) During the colder months we sat in the truck and practiced his IBI goals5 together. We made up word games, watched movies on my IPhone and made silly faces at each other.

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A lot of selfies were taken. Carter really likes the selfies! Though I guess in actuality they are not considered a “selfie”, if the picture is of him and me together, but let’s just forget that technicality.

Today, I chased him down the slide and across the field, back and forth (“tag” is his new favourite game.) I pushed him on the “blue swing,” counting 5 pushes and one11 “crazy push” at his request. I tickled his legs as he swung on the swing and emptied the sand from his shoes, before it was time to head in.

We spent our last morning together, at this school, doing the things we loved to do.     8

So it only seemed fitting, that we took our last pre-school selfie together, before Carter went in to attend his final day.

Sara Park

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Martinis & Motherhood

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Back in December, an opportunity arose to submit a story for an upcoming motherhood anthology.

The timing was a bit tough, as we were right in the midst of our Kickstarter fundraising campaign, to the fund the second print of  “Clever Carter” books. (Which was a success, by the way ! Yay !) But, lucky for me, the submission deadline for the anthology wasn’t until February ! That gave me plenty of time to sort through the books and pack the Christmas stuff away, before turning my focus back to writing.

A few days and a million interruptions later, I was done! I submitted my story (in the eleventh hour, of course) for their evaluation.

Then came the wait.

I don’t recall exactly how long the wait was, probably a couple of weeks, but I would describe it as a sort of “eternity.” It was like I was waiting for the acceptance letter from my favourite post-secondary school. Sweaty palms and anxiety; the anticipation was killing me !

Well, not literally. But a little bit.

FINALLY in March, I received notification that my story had been accepted into their “Woe” category! (Bet you didn’t see that one coming.) 😉

This awesome anthology is jam packed full of hilarity and “Aww” mommy moments, that will have you wiping tears away while you sip your martini. Yes, the book also includes martini recipes !Martinis book cover

It will be THE book to discuss at your next book club meeting or “girls night in” and it’s available TODAY !

Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF?!” is an anthology and martini recipe book, in one! “These tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF?! Share a little glimpse into the lives of other moms, who are a lot like you. Through their tales, we’re reminded to savour the little things (like capturing extra morning snuggles), to let go of the stresses (they won’t be in that unfortunate phase forever), and to be grateful for the laughs that the unexpected brings (because laughing is better than crying and it may be the only workout our abs get!).”

“So shake up an easy-to-make martini, put your feet up (quickly, before the kids find you) and join us on our journey as we toast to the many clink-worthy moments that motherhood brings.”

Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! is now available on Amazon (CanadaUSAUK and more) in print and Kindle version. * Note, Canadians who’d like to buy the print version of the book will need to order from amazon.com as it is not yet available on amazon.ca.

To read about the WONDER contributors, click here, the WOE contributors, click here, and the WTF!? contributors, click here.

Or you can follow the links below.

Did I mention that I’m a “WOE” contributor ? 😉

Cheers Everyone ! 🙂

Sara

Wonder Contributors Lynn Morrison nomadmomdiary.com ,Angila Peters detachedfromlogic.com ,Magnolia Ripkin magnoliaripkin.com ,Louise Gleeson latenightplays.com ,Jocelyn Pihlaja omightycrisis.com.com ,Alison Huff crumbsdown.com ,Leigh-Mary Barone Hoffmann happilyeverlaughterblog.com ,Shannon Drury theradicalhousewife.com ,Patricia Mirchandani raising-humans.com ,Lauren Stevens lo-wren.com ,Cordelia Newlin de Rojas multilingualmama.com ,Sarah Deveau doingallthethings.com

Woe Contributors Shannon Day martinisandmotherhood.com ,Tara Wilson dontlickthedeck.com ,Vicki Lesage vickilesage.com ,Abby the Writer littlemissperfect.com ,Brooke Takhar missteenussr.com ,Kate Parlin shakespearesmom.com ,Christina Antus christinaantus.net ,Jennifer Baird-Dean thechiofjen.com ,Sara Park crcrsmommyblog.com ,Tamara Schroeder thattamiam.com ,Kristen Hansen Brakeman kristenbrakeman.com ,Lori Lu Green LeRoy theinadequateconception.com ,Carolyn Mackenzie Global’s Carolyn Mackenzie on FB

WTF?! Contributors Susanne Kerns thedustyparachute.com ,Sarah Halsall del Rio established1975.com ,Lisa Webb canadianexpatmom.com ,Jessica D’Andrea Kapp jesskapp.com ,Kim McDonald twobugsandablog.com ,Lisa Carmody Doiron momologues-soliloquies.com ,Olga Mecking europeanmama.com ,Holly Rust mothersguidetosanity.com ,Kathryn Leehane foxywinepocket.com ,Jill Hudkins Robbins rippedjeansandbifocals.com ,Kristine Laco mumrevised.com ,Andrea Mulder-Slater noreallyandrea.com