Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Learning To Ride

In the last few weeks Finley had gotten a new bike and a new scooter – both second hand but she loves them none the less.  The bike cost me a whole $8 and that came with training wheels!!  The seat was a bit damaged but other than it was perfect.  I went and bought new streamers and a bell for it which coincidentally cost more than the bike did.  We also got new to them helmets.  Finley had Uncle Neil’s old helmet but Penelope needed one now.  I found an ad on kijiji who was selling 2 pink helmets – one in Finley’s size and one in Penelope’s size for $5 so how could I turn them down???  
Trying her hand at the scooter while Daddy puts the training wheels on her bike
Greg making sure the wheels on the bike are balanced
Finley rolls down the driveway and then carries her scooter back up.  She doesn’t quite have the hang of it so she cheats….
Penelope trying out her tricycle with no success.  She just doesn’t quite get it but man does she love it!
On her bike for the first time.  
She doesn’t quite know how to steer it or use the breaks.  She wasn’t very happy with it so shortly returned to her scooter. 

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Finley Speech Therapy Update

Today Greg and I headed to Finley’s preschool for our monthly centre visit.  We knew ahead of time that in today’s session Finley would be getting assessed to see if she would qualify for funding for the program in the fall.  We did all of the assessing with exception of speech sounds which Finley will do with her speech therapist next week. 
As I listened to Finley answer the same questions that she did only a few short months ago I could already tell she had improved drastically.  Both Greg and I were even surprised with some of the answers that she got right.  Prior to B scoring Finley’s answers, we discussed the possibility of what may happen for the fall.  Depending on her scores, Finley may not qualify for funding at all or be put in a modified program so to speak.  Greg and I thought that perhaps putting Finley in a community preschool 2x a week and then the other 3 days here at PK would work to her advantage. 
The results are as follows:
Receptive – Normal (was moderately delayed in January)
Expressive – Moderate (was mild)
Speech – To be determined (was severe in January) and I am not expecting this one to change much.
We are all quite surprised with how well she actually she scored on this test.  And surprised in a great way, I might add :)  However,  in order to qualify for PUF funding, you have to be severe in 2 categories which Finley is not.  She never was severe in 2 areas before but because she was delayed in all areas, the speech pathologist at the time determined that Finley would benefit from specialized schooling because  of her delays in all areas and her age. 
So now we have to wait for the speech part of the assessment to be done early next week.  B fully anticipates that she will still have some severe delays with her speech sounds.  She struggles immensely with S blends and some other sounds.  B said that she would try to make a case for at least partial funding because she figures her speech will be severe enough that without extra help it would inhibit her in various settings that could be detrimental for further development. 
So today when we got home I emailed three community preschools close to us to see what they had available for Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as what they had for junior kindergarten programs should she get no funding at all.  With this much improvement in these short few months and a chance of no funding for the upcoming school year, there is a VERY good chance that she won’t get any for her final year of preschool which would mean a junior kindergarten program at a local preschool. 
My thinking is that she does 2 days at a school around here and 3 days at PK which I think would be great for all of us.  As always though, I will keep  you posted as I learn more !! 
Thanks for all of your support and kind words of encouragement, they have truly meant a lot to all of us – especially me.  It has been difficult and I couldn’t have done it without you.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Easter Egg Hunt

Finley and Tanner were the first ones up on Easter Sunday. Penelope soon followed but then we had to wait for Madi and the rest of the adults to get up.
Penelope all dressed and ready to hunt for Easter Eggs
Tanner scoping out the eggs in advance…
Tanner and Finley killed some time going through Finley’s Princess Seek N Find book.
Penelope not happy with me when I told her to put the egg back until Madi was awake
Their Easter stash.  Notice Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder.  Finley LOVES her Rapunzel doll but not Flynn Ryder.  He just sits in her room.  When you ask where he is, she replies with he is sleeping or working. I am debating whether or not to sell it!
And the hunt begins!
Madi having a good time despite being too “old” for Easter Egg Hunting!
The Easter Bunny brought the girls toothbrushes and toothpaste
Aunty Kristy starting putting Penelope’s eggs in a second basket because her first one was getting too full.  Penelope was not impressed as you can see by the expression on her face!!  She put the eggs right back in her original basket.
My mom who helped the kids find their eggs.
The Easter Egg Hunt was a great success despite not finding all of the eggs.  I was finding eggs up until yesterday!!  Hopefully I have gotten them all now!!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Good Friday in Banff

On Good Friday we headed out to Banff for lunch and some shopping.  My mom had not been in there in many, many years so it was a good opportunity to head out there!
Finley with Aunty Kristy and Grandma Toot

Finley and Aunty Kristy at The Cow Store

Finley with her very own strawberry ice cream cone.  It was only the second time she didn’t have to share with us.  It was a big deal for her.

Walking down Banff Ave

Having lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory.  It was not very good.

The sun was so bright Finley had to wear her sunglasses to see

Friday, 6 April 2012

Easter 2012

Last Sunday, we decorated some Easter Eggs.  One broke prior to decorating, and Finley broke one while “admiring” one
Penelope dumped out the yellow dye all over the table and floor and miraculously missed herself
The broken egg that was done by a very curious Finley
The completed eggs!!

Hoppy Easter from the Florizone Easter Bunnies!!
Hope you all have an EGGSELENT Day!!