Leaps forward, hops back

Short update on granny parenting: It gets easier, it gets harder, we make progress and we fall back.

The school counselor and Chloe’s teacher give me good reports. We’re doing better with sleep and getting to school on time. The therapist is helping a lot with dietary advice and supplements. Chloe is making friends and seems more confident and happy.

Overall I’m optimistic that we’re on the right track. But it’s still a struggle; I’m often irritable and exhausted and Chloe gives way to much lip (although probably not an unusual amount for a smart 9-year-old girl).

I could ramble on for a while about how hard this school year has been, but y’all already know that. So I’ll just post a few photos and say that we have registered her for school here next year, and I’m going to be secretary of the PTA board, which I think will be a manageable way for me to be involved, get to know school staff and other parents, and keep up with what’s going on at the school.

Chloe’s doing art camp the first week after school gets out, which should be fun because she loves the art teacher. After that summer’s open–time with other family members, exploring the nearby creek, and lots and lots of pool time.

Chloe and friend, first pool day of 2016 (April 20).

Chloe and friend, first pool day of 2016 (April 20).

With our beloved dog, Junior, acquired in October as a rescue.

With our beautiful blue heeler, Junior, acquired in October as a rescue.

Junior enjoying Chloe's blankie.

Junior enjoying Chloe’s blankie and his favorite toy, a ball. He goes berserk for any kind of ball.

She loves manga, anime and fantasy. Sometimes she's a witch, sometimes a werewolf.

She loves manga, anime and fantasy. Sometimes she’s a witch, sometimes a werewolf.

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