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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday's cheap meal

Today's menu: Southwestern Quesidilla'sYou'll need:
Tortilla's (You can also use flavored wraps)
Shredded cheese
Salsa
Can of corn (drained)
2-3 chicken breasts (pre-cooked and diced)

Fire up your grill (you could also cook on a sheet in the oven)
Throw all ingredients inside tortilla, cook until cheese melts.

There you have it! So simple and soooooo delicious!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Walk for the cure

Saturday March 28, 2009
Francis Marion University
Florence, SC 10:00am

We had planned on waking up at 6am in order to get up, get the boys dressed, fed and loaded into the van to make the 90 minute drive to Florence. Instead I woke up abruptly to the shouting of my husband announcing "we MUST get up NOW!" He had apparently turned the alarm off at some point and it was 7am. We had just 30 minutes to feed the kids and be on our way. Thankfully, Darren had gotten most of what we needed for the trip loaded up last night, so it was just a matter of getting the kids ready. We ended up making it in plenty of time and I even got some extra sleep on the ride there. The actual walk didn't start until 11am, so from 9:30-11:00 we got to walk around the campus, which was absolutely beautiful! There were several vendors there, two jump castles, face painting, snow cones, balloon animals and other stuff I've already forgotten. The prewalk ceremony was very nice and included a song sung by a young girl about a mother wishing long life for her child, it was very moving and brought tears to my eyes. The local JROTC presented the colors and then it was time to WALK! We had the option of a 1 mile course or a 3 mile course, so we (of course) went with the 3 mile. The weather was overcast but pleasant for a walk and fortunately didn't start raining until we were on our way back home. It was a great experience and last we heard the walk today raised more then $80,000!!! Team Aidan East surpassed their goal of $100 by 30%! Thanks to everyone to donated! We had a great time and look forward to participating in next years walk. Hopefully some family and friends can join us nextime!

Our first JDRF Walk for the Cure!
Asher is a ball F-A-N-A-T-I-C!!! These guys were awesome (I believe they were part of the university soccer team) they played with and entertained Asher for a good 10 minutes. "WOW" one of the guys kept saying "he's got an arm on him".

Asher in the jump castle

Aidan mid air

Funny story about the balloon. First off (not so funny) when we arrived at the University, Aidan was in a serious funk. Not sure what his deal was, anyway, so while we were waiting for the walk to start we went to get his balloon animal. I asked him to be ready with the animal he wanted... he wanted an elephant. The poor man making the balloon's... bless his heart. He said he hadn't made an elephant in YEARS!!! It took him four trys but he finally delivered the balloon into the hands of my OH SO GRATEFUL son (Um... sarcasm). So, then we had a little "attitude adjusting" to do before we continued on.

I saw these kids walking around with the coolest face paints. I mean their entire faces looked like tigers, or GI-Joe's etc... So, we went to find the face painting booth. Well, aparently there were two different booths. One with the cool face painting, one with um... not as cool face painting. No matter cause Aidan wanted the Batman symbol. Of course, Batman wasn't an option, so he settled for a smiley face. Of course he was VERY GRATEFUL and thanked the girl profusely (NOT)... Attitude adjustment #2.


This was funny too. Those of you who know Aidan know he is the furthest thing from shy. This was part of the pre-ceremony called the T-shirt strut. Members from each team would walk across the stage, say who they were walking for and the name of their team. So, the man with the microphone is asking Aidan who has diabetes, Aidan says he does. Then the man asks the name of our team (Correct answer: Team Aidan) Aidan says, "superman".
Immeadiately following the T-shirt strut. Aidan and Darren striking a superman pose.

The young girl who sang the really touching song... I'd like to get my hands on a copy of those lyrics... hmm.

JROTC

National Anthem. I love this picture of Aidan and Darren together!

Cutting the ribbon, now we can WALK!!!

Tons and Tons of people!!!

Family Picture =)

Walking

Halfway point. They had a fruit and water stand set up for the walkers. This was the perfect time to stop, check Aidan's sugar and make sure he was fine. 132, Perfect! YAY! Aidan was also excited because halfway meant he was now allowed to sit in the stroller. I thought it was important he walked at least the first mile and a half.

Hey! Where'd my banana go? Wait, what, you mean I inhaled it...

So pretty

It was by far the prettiest college campus I have ever been on.

I LOVE this shot!

Signing his name at the finish line, we did it, hurray!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Walk for the cure reminder

Hi Everyone!

Just a reminder, this Saturday, March 28 we will be participating in our first annual JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk to Cure Diabetes.

If you have not yet made a donation and would like to please follow this link: http://walk.jdrf.org/walker.cfm?id=87294392

Look what came in the mail!

Today, after months of fighting with the insurance company, dealing with appeals and of course paperwork Aidan's OmniPod System arrived in the mail!
So, now we just wait for an appointment with his endocrinologist at the Children's hospital (he will have to be admitted and observed for a day). And then.... no more shots!!!
No more living pin cushion!!! YAY!!!

Aidan's reaction...Sooooooooooo excited!!!


In case you are wondering...
The OmniPod: a small, lightweight self-adhesive insulin pod that you fill with insulin and wear directly on your body for up to three days and then replace. The OmniPod delivers precise, personalized doses of insulin into your body through a small flexible tube (called a cannula) based on instructions that you program into its wireless companion, the Personal Diabetes Manager. The cannula is inserted only once with each OmniPod.
The Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM): a wireless, hand held device that programs the OmniPod with your personalized insulin delivery instructions, wirelessly monitors the OmniPod's operation and incorporates a FreeStyle blood glucose meter.
Fill a new OmniPod with the amount of insulin you need for up to 3 days. Each OmniPod holds and delivers up to 200 units of insulin, but you customize it to your needs. During the fill process, the OmniPod automatically primes itself and performs a series of safety checks, and the PDM wirelessly downloads your background (basal) insulin delivery settings.Apply the OmniPod to your skin. You can wear the OmniPod on your abdomen, lower back, arm, or anywhere that your healthcare provider has shown you. It adheres to your skin with the same adhesive used on popular infusion sets.Press Start on the PDM and let the OmniPod do the rest to activate the world's fastest [1] insertion and begin background (basal) insulin delivery. Insertion is fully automated and virtually pain-free! [1]

The best part for me is that while Aidan will continue to prick his finger 6 or more times a day, he won't have to get stuck with a needle 6-7 times a day anymore. The only "sticking" will be on the days we change the Pod, and the Pod does the "sticking" or inserting of the cannula for you, and it happens so quick. This is also one of the reasons we chose the OmniPod over a conventional pump, with a conventional pump you, the parent have to insert the cannula... um, no thanks, not as long as I have an option. Also, with a conventional pump if we were to go spend a day at the beach, Aidan would have to remove his pump for any water play, but the OmniPod is 100% waterproof, so he can play at the beach, take a bath and have continuous insulin flow.And what we think is going to be the BIGGEST help is the fact that with the OmniPod (a conventional pump would have done the same thing) we will be able to deliver more precise amounts of insulin. With syringe therapy the smallest unit of insulin we can administer is .5 u. But with the OmniPod will can admisister as little as .05 u which will be a BIG difference, and hopefully will correct some, if not all of the fluctuation we've been seeing recently. Yippee! Thank you God for science and Insulin therapy and the fact that Aidan is still here with us today!!!

http://www.myomnipod.com/

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cheap Meal Tuesday

I've had so many requests for other "cheap meal" ideas that I've decided to make a theme of it.

This week's special: Rapatouille
(Aidan said to me while I was cooking, it looks like Rapatouille mom, you can be little chef! (Of course he meant Ratatouille) I don't know if I should take it as a compliment or insult that my son is comparing my culinary abilities to that of a rat?)
You'll need:
2 med-large zucchini
2 tsp. seasoned salt
2 tsp. parsley flakes
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. oregano leaves
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
1 can diced or stewed tomatoes (whichever you prefer, I use diced)
1 mini can Hunt's natural tomato sauce
1 package favorite source of protein. (I used ground turkey breasts, but you can use diced chicken, sausage, lean beef tips, etc..)

Precook your meat and set aside.

Wash the zucchini but do not peel. Slice about 1/4" thick. Mix together with all spices (NOT Olive Oil) and toss well. Heat oil in skillet, add zucchini and saute until brown on both sides, about 10 minutes. Add your meat back in, along with tomatoes and sauce, cook another 2-3 minutes.

Dinner is served! and the best part? It's nutritious, delicious, LOW CARB and under $10!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

JDRF

Dear Family and Friends,

We're writing to ask for your support in a cause that is very close to our hearts. Most of you know that Aidan is a type 1 diabetic. In fact it was 2 years ago this week he was diagnosed.

This year we will all be taking part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes along with a half-million other walkers across the country. JDRF's goal: To raise $105 million to further research in finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes, is a devastating, and potentially deadly disease that affects millions of people-a large and growing percentage of them children. Many people think that type 1 diabetes can be controlled and/or cured with insulin. Unfortunately this is not the case. Insulin does help keep people with type 1 diabetes alive, but it is NOT a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with type 1 diabetes, there are many severe, and potentially fatal, complications caused by the disease..... that's the bad news.

The good news, though, is that a cure for type 1 diabetes is within reach. In fact, JDRF funding and leadership is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research to date. And JDRF funds a major portion of all type 1 diabetes research worldwide, more than any other charity.

We're writing to ask you to consider supporting us in 1 of 3 ways.

The first, and most important is with prayer. Please pray that we win the battle with the insurance company and are able to get Aidan on a pump, this will help significantly in our ability to control his sugar levels. Pray that he continues to go about life healthy and happy, and that none of the complications associated with type 1 diabetes affect him. And finally pray that a cure is indeed found in his lifetime.

The second, if you live in, or around the Columbia area we would love for you to join us in the walk. It is to be held Saturday March 28th @10am. You can email me, or leave a comment if you'd like more information.

And the thirdly you can support us with resources. We'd ask you to consider making a donation to JDRF-every penny brings us one step closer to making the cure a reality.

Please visit our walk page if you'd like to make an online donation: http://walk.jdrf.org/walker.cfm?id=87294392

Thanks so much!
Blessings,
Darren, Lisa, Aidan and Asher

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Saint Patrick

Who Was St. Patrick?

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity's most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland, are false, the products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling.

Taken Prisoner By Irish Raiders

It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. Although his father was a Christian deacon, it has been suggested that he probably took on the role because of tax incentives and there is no evidence that Patrick came from a particularly religious family. At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. (There is some dispute over where this captivity took place. Although many believe he was taken to live in Mount Slemish in County Antrim, it is more likely that he was held in County Mayo near Killala.) During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. (It is also believed that Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.)

Guided By Visions

After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. According to his writing, a voice-which he believed to be God's-spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland.
To do so, Patrick walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the Irish coast. After escaping to Britain, Patrick reported that he experienced a second revelation-an angel in a dream tells him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than fifteen years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission-to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish. (Interestingly, this mission contradicts the widely held notion that Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland.)

Bonfires and Crosses

celtic cross
Familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick chose to incorporate traditional ritual into his lessons of Christianity instead of attempting to eradicate native Irish beliefs. For instance, he used bonfires to celebrate Easter since the Irish were used to honoring their gods with fire. He also superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that veneration of the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish. (Although there were a small number of Christians on the island when Patrick arrived, most Irish practiced a nature-based pagan religion. The Irish culture centered around a rich tradition of oral legend and myth. When this is considered, it is no surprise that the story of Patrick's life became exaggerated over the centuries-spinning exciting tales to remember history has always been a part of the Irish way of life.)

Tuesday's Cheap Meal

In effort to cut back on every possible area of our budget, I've scoured several magazines and online sites to find healthy, appetizing, CHEAP meals. I find this is especially challenging as I desire to consume as much protein as possible, so that I can retain as much muscle as possible, so that (one day?) when we have money and time to spare I can compete, or at least train like I'm competing again, but I can't do that without a substantial consumption of protein. Therefore, for the time being I forfeit most of the muscle I have spent the last 4 years working so hard to build. Ah well, my son's homecoming is much more important then the size (or lack thereof) of my muscles.

Anyway, thought I'd share my most recent discovery. Tortellini Salad. Oooooh YUM!


1 package of cheese tortellini
1 cup fresh broccoli (I use 2 cups)
1 6oz jar marinated artichoke hearts (drained)
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
cherry tomatoes halved

Cook tortellini according to package, Rinse, drain and rinse again. Combine tortellini with broccoli, artichoke hearts, and tomatoes. Gingerly pour on some olive oil, and season to taste with garlic salt (or salt and pepper) and parsley. Toss, and top with grated Parmesan. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
**If you're a protein nut like me, add 1-2 cups diced chicken**

There you have it, dinner for 4 for under $15.00. Enjoy!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Lisa's day at the spa

I spent the day at a spa. I got my eyebrows waxed instead of plucking them one by one with my stupid tweezers, where someone rubbed all the worries right out of my head. Worries about financing V's adoption, about crazy judges, spending innumerable weeks in a foreign country, and passport issues. Worries about Aidan's diabetes, worries about worrying about not being with Aidan while I am at the spa in question, worries about being a good teacher and really educating Aidan in our home-school environment, worries that my time spent worrying about V's adoption and Aidan's diabetes and school leaves Asher somewhat neglected. Worries that I'll never go on a date with my husband again because there is no one to leave Aidan with... After these worries were all sufficiently rubbed away I had some kind of goo plastered all over my face, this will do something to my pores. What I'm not sure, I don't even really know what a pore is, but I hear it will make me look younger... No, wait I don't need that! I politely decline a mud bath (ewww!) and instead have a fabulous massage to release the tension I carry in my neck and shoulders. Then it's onto a haircut and color, as I am in desperate need of both, it's been over a year! I finish the day with a mani/pedi combo.... Ah, glorious!




Okie Dokie... REALITY check!
Here's what my "day at the spa" more closely resembled.

video

There you have it. Diabetes in a nutshell. Kinda.

It was 2 years ago this week that Aidan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It came as quite a shock to us because like many people we had many misconceptions about this disease. Despite the fact that Diabetes is becoming more common and there are several thousand new patients diagnosed each year, few people fail to recognize that
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are very different diseases that require very different treatments and coping skills.
The Lowdown on Diabetes:



A healthy pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that the body uses to change glucose in the blood into energy. Glucose in the blood comes from the food and drink a person consumes.


In people without diabetes, the pancreas maintains a "perfect balance" between food intake and insulin. When a person eats, the pancreas puts out the exact amount of insulin needed to turn the glucose into energy. If the person eats a lot, the pancreas puts out a lot of insulin. If the person eats just a little, the pancreas puts out just a little insulin.


A person with type 1 diabetes doesn't produce any insulin. Without insulin, the glucose builds up in the blood, causing high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia. Very high blood sugars for an extended period of time can eventually lead to coma and death.


Since people with type 1 diabetes can't produce their own insulin, they must put insulin into the bloodstream through injections or an insulin pump. To know how much insulin they need, they have to check their blood sugar level throughout the day and keep track of what they eat.


For people with type 1 diabetes, balancing insulin and food intake can be a difficult formula. Too much insulin in the bloodstream can lead to a hypoglycemic reaction. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is a common problem in people with diabetes. It can be very serious and requires immediate action.


People with type 1 diabetes often struggle to determine how much insulin to give themselves. In a simple and perfect world, this question would have an easy answer (e.g., always eat a certain amount of food and inject a certain amount of insulin). However, in reality there is no way to know how much insulin to administer with 100% accuracy.


Many factors influence how much insulin people need to get to the desired "perfect balance" of glucose and insulin. These factors include foods with different absorption rates as well as the effects of stress, illness, and exercise. Since determining how much insulin the body needs to "balance" the amount of glucose is really a best guess, sometimes the guess is inaccurate and high or low blood sugar results.



        

                                        

High blood sugar levels over a number of years can cause serious damage to the body's organ systems. This damage may cause complications affecting the heart, nerves, kidneys, eyes, and other parts of the body. However, careful monitoring and control of blood sugar levels greatly reduces the threat of these complications.
Researchers are also making progress at developing new treatments and technologies to help people with diabetes stay healthy. It's important to remember that people with diabetes can lead active and productive lives, just like anyone else.
It's also important to know that diabetes is not contagious. You cannot catch diabetes from someone who has it. Researchers continue to study how and why type 1 diabetes occurs in certain children and families. Although diabetes cannot be cured, it can be controlled.


WHAT I WISH PEOPLE KNEW, AND THEREFORE DIDN'T ASK:
1. "But he's so skinny?"
Being overweight can trigger Type 2 diabetes, but it has nothing to do with Type 1.


2."I have Type 2 diabetes, so I know how Aidan feels"


Sorry, but "NO YOU DON'T" People with Type 2 can control (to an extent) their disease with diet and exercise alone, along with oral medication. Type 1 diabetics have to have insulin injections everyday, after EVERY meal. So... if you do the math, my precious baby boy, 5 years old has had over 3,700 injections in the last 2 years! He's a living pin cushion.


3."Don't worry, he'll outgrow it."


Um, no he won't. Type 1 is not curable. It is not something you simply outgrow. Insulin controls the disease and keeps people with Type 1 diabetes alive, but as of now there is no cure. I think this is one of the biggest misconceptions I deal with. Type 1 diabetes is not caused by a poor diet, lack of exercise, or obesity. Those are factors associated with Type 2 diabetes, but have nothing to do with and do not contribute to Type 1 diabetes. A good diet and exercise can help control Aidan's diabetes, but those things will never make his diabetes "go away"!!!


4."Why do his sugars fluctuate so much? Aren't you staying on top of him?"


I loathe this question. Are you serious? Of course I am "staying on it"! As a parent of a Type 1 I am constantly fighting myself on this very issue, so to be attacked (whether it is intended as an attack or not is irrelevant) by friends, and worse-strangers, asking why I don't take better care of my son. Arrrrgh!!!! I'm doing the best I can. Truth is, many factors can cause Aidan's sugars to swing out of control no matter how well or "on top of it" I stay. It doesn't mean I am not taking care of him.


5. "Does it hurt Aidan?"


What kind of question is this? Sorry, but doh!?! Of course it does! Getting poked with a needle hurts! sometimes more then others, and no he's never just "gotten used to it."


6. "Why are you letting him eat....."


Grr! Thank you, but I am well aware of what my son can and can not eat. Limiting his sweets, which we do, helps keep his sugar levels where they need to be, BUT as long as his insulin levels are adjusted it is perfectly fine for him to have a piece of cake, some cookies, candy or ice cream, just like "normal people".


7. "Did he get diabetes because he was a chubby kid?"


No. No one knows what cause Type 1 diabetes. One of the theories, and the one that makes sense for Aidan is that it is caused by an autoimmune virus that attacks your pancreas as you are recovering. For Aidan this makes sense because over Christmas and New Years 2006/07 he had a virus of some sort, we all did. Then we started noticing symptoms (though at the time weren't aware that these were symptoms) such as, frequent urination, excessive thirst, accidents, excessive urination, weight loss, lethargy etc... He was diagnosed mid March 2007.


8. "_____________"


Silence. Ignorance.


I can't tell you how many times I've been out with Aidan, had him check his blood sugar (yep, he does this himself) and have the people around us give us nasty looks. I've had mother's whisper to their kids not to play with Aidan, and even a few go retrieve their child from play equipement near Aidan... In these moments my emotions bounce all over the place, I go from being absolutely infuriated and wanting to defend my son, to being heartbroken for him that because of people's ignorance and predjudice he lost a playmate for the afternoon.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

ANNOYED!

Alright, WHAT is the deal with Walmart?!?! Seriously. I have never enjoyed the whole Walmart experience... until I am home and putting groceries away. Then, and only then, when I am NOT surrounded by a bunch of people who just stand in the aisles having conversations with their entire families (seriously, I think these people bring along grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, next door neighbors) and seem incapable of moving out of your way (I, on the other hand think it glorious when (on rare occassions) I can go to the store without the boys). When I am not waiting in line to check out for an hour because there are only 3 clerks but 30+ registers can I enjoy the thought that it is worth it because I have saved money! Well, that is what I used to think anyway. But I've been noticing that my grocery bill is going up and up and up. And that's WITH us trying to cut back and back and back to save money for V's adoption costs. Darren and I have joked (although I think he might seriously begin to consider it) living off Ramen noodles and PB&J until V comes home. To further explore my current frsutration... Yesterday was payday, so we went grocery shopping. We went to this AMAZING store called Aldi, anyone familiar with it? Anyhow we got the bulk of what we needed there, chicken, fruit, kleenex, toliet paper, razors, fish, yougert, veggies, crackers, ziplock bags, jelly, salmon, tuna, spaghetti sauce, honey, pasta, potatoes, and eggs to name a few. For a total of 95 items, we spent $141.58. AWESOME!!!
Then today I made the trip to Walmart to get the things Aldi didn't have, or a few things I'd forgotten. Some of my Walmart purchases included, pens, pencils, paper towels, coffee, mouthwash, body wash, cooking spray, ground cinnamon, adobo spice, gum, envelopes, printer paper, ink cartridges ($15 x 2) splenda, soy milk, hangers, printer paper, a $5 movie for Aidan, and $1 snack for each of the boys. A total of 52 items. Wanna guess my total??? Go on, guess!








































$200.88



That's RIDICULOUS!!! So again, I ask, what is up with Walmart?

Monday, March 2, 2009

I've got a non adoption bone to pick...

Call me overprotective, sensitive, defensive and uptight... but I'm not.

Okay, so I know that every parent thinks their child is a genius, and therefore doesn't want to hear anything less. I know Aidan probably isn't a certifiable genius and I know he isn't the smartest kid to walk the face of the earth, and I know he struggles in some areas... mostly because when he gets frustrated with a particular type of material he just shuts down and we either end up in a shouting match or we walk away knowing school is over for the day... However, that being said, he's one of the brightest kids I've ever worked with, and I'd say the same thing if he wasn't my son. And yes I do have qualifications on which to base this judgement. I've worked with kids since I was 12, in all different types of settings, including 2.5 years of teaching pre-k. Aidan has been organizing his toys by "thing" into different baskets since he was 3, and he gets upset if we put them in the wrong basket. He has been coloring inside the lines since he was 3. He has the vocabulary of a jr. higher, he can recite the Lord's Prayer, Apostle's Creed, And an entire Psalm, plus several other Bible verses. He's also been putting 75-100 piece puzzles together by himself for nearly a year! He is helpful, articulate, organized, focused, and eager to learn.

I say all this to help you understand our shock today when we received Aidan's "estimated developmental age" score from the Private school we applied to. Granted, now that we know we can move on with the adoption we can no way afford to send him there, but that's beside the point... They said that from 0-100% he is in the 18% in regards to kindergarten readiness. That's just absurd! I have no idea how they came up with that score. Seriously, He scored at his age level on Personal Skills (Personal data; independence and self-sufficiency skills; responsibility) and Language (Understanding and using words; necessary for all language skill area). He scored a half year ahead in Fine Motor Skills (Coordination of the small muscles of the hands and fingers; necessary for writing, cutting, and detail work). He scored a whole year ahead in Visual Motor (Coordination of the eyes and hands; necessary for writing and copying) Body Image (Awareness of self and position in space; necessary for understanding the relationship of one part of the body to another) and Numbers (Counting and number concepts; necessary for understanding math concepts). He scored a year and a half ahead in Gross Motor (Coordination and control of the large muscles of the body; basis for development of all other areas). BUT he scored a year younger in Concepts (Factual knowledge and reasoning skills; the ability to understand relationships; necessary for critical thinking and reasoning).

Okay so all scores are by age. He "should" have a 5 in all areas.
Visual Motor: 6
Personal Skills: 5
Concepts: 4
Body Image: 6
Language: 5
Numbers: 6
Fine Motor: 5.5
Gross Motor: 6.5

Therefore, he is ahead in 5 areas, average in 2 and behind in 1.

THEN they hand us the worksheet for kids with problems in the concept area.
Colors: Um... he knows his colors, has for 2.5-3 years.

Judgment/Reasoning: Okay I can see how he may be behind in this area

Time: Seriously? They want a child ENTERING kindergarten to tell time???
Also he was expected to know the days of the week. The difference in day, week, month and year. Also able to identify seasons and the months that belong to each season.

Categories: Sorting and identifying objects by the way they are the same or different
He's been doing this for 2 years. He sorts his toys this way. Lines up his toys by height, color etc...

Anyway... either the test was flawed, Aidan had a really off day, the concept category was HEAVILY weighted, so much so it would squash his scoring high in 5 other categories, or I'm just plain crazy. You be the judge, I just wanted to vent, and I did. Now it's out of my system.