Back to School; Back to School; To Prove to Daddy I’m not a Fool


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First day of school for my 1st grader and kindergartener. I typically wake up a little early to take my daily medication before I actually have to get up. My medication requires me to not eat or drink for one hour after consumption. I plan it out strategically so when my alarm actually does go off I can have my coffee. Now remember how I said it was the first day of school? Yea, it’s also the one day I took the wrong medication at 5 am and can’t have my coffee until after I walk the kids to school. Yea for alarm clocks, feverishly packing school lunches because you forgot to the night before and fighting with your child over which uniform ensemble to wear. Summer vacation is over!

I’m sure a few of our readers can sing with me-

“I’ve got my shoes tied tight, my lunch bag packed; I hope I don’t get in a fight”.

Can anyone take a guess as to why I am walking around my house singing this song at the top of my lungs annoying my children today? Well you don’t have to guess, I’m so excited I just can’t wait for you-school is back in session! Bug started yesterday and Diva started today. I might even pop open a bottle of wine to celebrate. Hell, I definitely will pop open a bottle of wine to celebrate. However, I have a feeling a few of our other readers are gasping and clinging tightly to their children reading in horror as I want to celebrate the joyous occasion of only having one child left in the nest.

Let me explain; I feel like society expects us as devoted mothers to shutter and lock our children away in their rooms to never grow up and stay our babies forever. For those mommies, I found this published at Lessons from the Middle

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It’s sweet, it’s sentimental and it’s heart warming. Can I also add it’s a year jerker?

However, I’m not blowing my nose and wiping away tears that easily. The last page is filled out in the baby books (wait, did I have baby books?) and the door is closed on another chapter in our household.

I could sit her and sob over my two eldest in school and wish the baby wouldn’t grow up, but isn’t that what parents are suppose to do? We want to raise our children up and boost their self esteems to be confident people to go out and explore the world. If we let them see us cry and be sorrowful, our children will only feel like we were holding them from something bigger and better and regret us later on. What well adjusted child leaves their mother crying over leaving the nest? None. However, what well adjust parent cries tears of sorrow over their children leaving? The answer should be none.

We should be celebrating and rejoicing over their accomplishments and our own accomplishment for keeping them alive long enough to get that far. No one hands us a parenting book upon leaving the hospital. Nevertheless, at least we can provide our children with the support and lessons to conquer the world, or at least first grade, one clean Kleenex at a time.

So raise those glasses and let’s toast to another year of keeping our sanity, keeping our kids alive and keeping a promise to ourselves we will be happy for our children knowing they will one day grow their own set if wings.

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Mommy Moment Monday


Today is the day! My trifecta of happiness started. By some mere miracle, I was able to get Diva into a closer prek (she started today) which was right down the street from our house. So now I can easily walk Bug to school in the mornings and then on our way back home walk Diva to prek. Life is great! Everything has worked out the way I had hoped and the great thing is I have stopped trying to stress over the things I cant control (one small step for me!).

So what did I do with my extra time (I gained two extra hours a day by switching Diva to a closer school!)? I decided to finally update Bugs room. I wanted to surprise him with a big boy room when he got home from his first official first day of kindergarten.

Sadly, it was time for “The Hungry Caterpillar” room to go. It had served us well for the past 4 years. Like the room, Bug has started growing into a handsome butterfly and it was time his room reflected his transformation. But it wont be with out tears. The art in his “toddler” room was hand made by my mom, aunt and I. Of course I am going to keep it forever! I will never be able to part with it. Which is why it will either go in the playroom or the tote of Bugs items I am saving for him. Then it is his choice and I don’t have to be broken hearten with parting with it.

Many months ago I started this project. I knew it would take awhile for me to complete and decided to give myself this day as a deadline. I am happy to say that I did complete the major projects I had planned. His new bedding was ordered; now it is washed and already on his bed. Hubs painted his new art work; and its ready for Hubs to hang when he gets home from work. I also finally finished his new curtain holders. This was a labor of love. It was so much fun to do and I cant wait to show you the projects. But first let me show you the complete finished project!

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We Hit a Growth Spurt!


If this is your first time finding us welcome! You can learn more about us and who we are under “Crazed Authors”. If this isn’t your first time here you may notice a few changes, in particular, our categories and blog mission.

We changed our focus {mission}. We started this blog with a few ideas and just wanted to see how far those ideas could take us. It took us far! Farther than we expected. However, after a few months I realized I hadn’t really hit the head on the nail. In other words; I didn’t accomplish what I had intended to do. So this past weekend I went back to the drawing board and with the help of the amazing Mrsmissioncontrol; did a little fine tuning.

{Mission}
We’ve noticed a shortage on blogs about military families who deal with the day-to-day of having kids with special needs, and autism in particular. We want to try to fill that space and maybe offer hope, share our lives, and encourage some other families out there.

Additionally, we decided to go to a “theme day” format. Why? It will help us focus more on the topics we intended to write in relationship to our blogs purpose. I restructured the categories to help include all the facets of life we deal with as military families and families of special needs kids (focusing mainly on Autism); from explaining military terms, insurance lingo, new Tricare updates and more.

New categories –
Mommy Moment Mondays: Monday mornings can be rough for everyone, including us. We will try to help you ease into the week, share our new fave finds, and discuss some of the crazy trials and tribulations of parenthood. If nothing else, maybe you can get a laugh as we share an embarrassing story or two. Or twelve.

Tip{py} Tuesday: Tuesdays will bring useful tips in the world of cleaning, parenting, and basically running the world. This is also where we will share any cool DIY projects we have done or hope to do.

Wordy Wednesdays: Alphabet soup anyone? ABA, DONSA, EFMP, ASD, PDD-NOS, IEP…WHEW! Between special education and military life, all those acronyms can be confusing!!! We will run the maze with you as we try to decipher this whole new language.

Tricare and Therapy Thursdays: Insurance and therapy are two very important things for special needs families. Thursdays are when we will cover important Tricare information and news, as well as information we have come across regarding the numerous therapies (namely occupational, speech, and ABA) for kiddos with autism and PDD-NOS.

Foodie Friday: We’ll head into the weekend with great recipes, especially those for those on a gluten free (GF) or gluten free casein free (GFCF diet). We don’t post recipes unless we’ve made them, so rest assured they are mom, kid, and family-tested and approved.

Whatever Weekends: We are tired too, so no promises for specific topics here. We’ll share when there is something worth sharing and take a break when there isn’t.

I am sure this won’t be the last growth spurt we have. So please be patient with us as we learn and grow. It is like when your kids finally learn to button their shirt…the day they grow out of it.

The Moment When…


The moment when you realize the “baby” can now open all the doors in the house. The bathroom is no longer safe.

SB surprised me yesterday when she walked in on me using the bathroom. I never lock my doors because I am to afraid a emergency will happen and they will need me while I’m “busy”. But I have taught… er teaching Diva and Bug to knock and wait for a answer before barging in. However SB isn’t aware of the rules quite yet. Instead after discovering her new trick she is overly excitable to preform it. So now she likes to “surprise” me in the bathroom and sneak in there while its not in use. She even crouches down and yells “peek a boo!”

She thinks its funny. I don’t see the humor. At least she is cute. It makes it easier to laugh.

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Bugs Room Transformation


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I have to face the fact that Bug is growing up. And along with my realization, is the realization that his oh-so-cute preschool room has also out grown him. With our spawn I like to keep their room themes neutral to be able to grow with them. It saves me time, money and frustration. If one day they want Dora and the next it’s My Little Pony I don’t have to panic about finding new bedding and producing new decor.

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So for Bugs new theme we are going with a superhero theme. A quick word if advice- we never purchase theme specific items for big ticket items. For example, we bought gender neutral stroller and car seat. This way we didn’t need to sell and rebuy since we had Bug first, then Diva.

For this project I went with a gender and theme neutral bedding set. This way if/when Bug out grows superheroes we have the choice/possibility to reuse the bedding. What I did change was the decor.

I love craft projects and I especially enjoy when I can rope Hubs into helping. I think the kids like knowing daddy had a hand in it.

First off, I took down his Hungry Caterpillar inspired canvas art my mom, aunt and myself created (eventually Ill share a DIY post about it). I spent hours on Pinterest building a board for Bug’s new room and after months of sitting on the project (I initially wrote this post in Feb!) I purchased the supplies for a few projects and can’t wait to share all my DIY projects I have planned. But what I will share is the bedding we choose.

It was a hard choice. We had painted my moms twin captains bed long before Bug was born and I did not feel like reprinting it again and with the amazingly cute striped rug in his room that matched perfectly; the bedding had to be just the right shades. But luckily with the Internet I was able to locate the amazingly perfect bedding set to start off his new room.

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Keep your eyes open for follow up posts on the progress of Bugs new room and DIY projects related. I might through in the projects from his toddler room as well.