Give a Dog a Bowl Contest at Color Me Mine

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Thank you so much for taking the time to vote for Madison’s dog bowl. She won the 12 and under category! 

As a local winner she also made it to the National Contest too! 

I wanted to give a big thank you to Color Me Mine for the VIP Membership and Maximus the ceramic dog. 

Facebook Page: Color Me Mine 

And to the following sponsors for the amazing goodies:

Website: Earthwise Pet

Facebook Page: Earthwise Pet 


Website: Happy Dog Spa

Facebook Page: Happy Dog Spa

Website: Pet Extravaganza 

Facebook Page: Pet Extravaganza 

Website: Hollywood Feed

Facebook Page: Hollywood Feed

Madison and our dog Tucker couldn’t be any happier!!! Thank you again!!!


The Gift of Stubbornness

Madison only does what inspires her, interests her or makes her happy. If she is forced to do something she doesn’t want to do she resembles her infant picture above. 

She loved Speech and Debate last year and wanted to pursue it again this year. Last year I really had to force her to practice and it paid off when she won second place for her jr. interp speech. When she wanted to do it again this year I was hesitant because I didn’t want to have to force her to practice. I wanted to wait until she was a little older, but she promised she would practice on her own so I agreed.

Fast forward to speech writing. It took her two months of spending a lot of time every day to writing her speeches. She was dedicated and happy to do so.

But lately she has been focused on reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and has been fighting me tooth and nail on practicing her speeches. And it’s not like she has them down. She doesn’t have them memorized at all. 

When she fights me it isn’t just putting up a little resistance, it’s a full battle and then she doesn’t even try.

This is going to be one expensive and time consuming lesson. Which is probably why it is so hard for me to let it go. Usually I let her lead, but on this I have had a hard time. The first time I justified it as she didn’t know what it took. This time she does. I feel if I force her it not only will be the death of me emotionally with the extreame battle, but that she will never gain grit or perseverance because I will have prevented her from failing and with anextreme  cost to our relationship and my sanity. 

On the other hand, I want her to learn the value of commitment and to follow through.

So anyone who thinks have a gifted child is a walk in the park because they always have it made, needs to think again. Also anyone who thinks a parent can hothouse their gifted child needs to realize it’s basically impossible. 

I’m still on the fence as to how I am going to deal with this situation, but regardless I hope it will be a life lesson that makes a difference. 

A Flight of a Lifetime

Today Madison had the opportunity to take a Young Eagles flight in a RV-4 airplane owned by Winn Harris.

When we arrived we were invited to tour the control tower at the Denton Enterprise Airport. The air traffic controllers showed her the radar for the planes, told her about what they do, and she got to see and hear them communicate with the planes. They were very nice and it was a wonderful way for Madison to see how all the planes in the sky looked on the radar and the importance of air traffic control.

She also was able to see the flight before her take off from the control tower.

When it was her turn to fly, the pilot, Winn Harris gave her information about the airplane and then explained how the controls work because she had the opportunity to actually fly the plane (with him in control the entire time of course.)

Before taking off down the runway:

After the plane headed down the runway, Jeff and I went to the control tower and watched them take off.

Once they took off we could watch her from the radar in the control tower. (She’s the one in white.) At that point she was at 2,000 feet and was going 120 knots.

I want to give a great big thank you to Bill Rock, the North Texas Mensa Youth Coordinator and the volunteers who made this opportunity possible.

Also I would like to give a super big thank you to Winn Harris for volunteering his time and plane for the EAA Young Eagles flights.

And last, but not least to the Denton County Enterprise Airport air traffic controllers who allowed us to come up and to learn about how aviation works in a control tower.

Another amazing thing we learned today is that the pilot that took Madison on her flight today, Winn Harris, was one of the 49 RV pilots that did the 2013 flyover of the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City during the National Anthem for the Chiefs Game. Madison was born in a suburb of Kansas City and to know the plane she flew in today was towards the back of this history breaking flyover was very cool.

The cockpit view which is breathtaking:

And another super cool view:

This flight of a lifetime will also help Madison earn her Aviation Badge in American Heritage Girls!

Madison Would Appreciate Your Vote

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Madison loves Color Me Mine and recently spent several hours painting a dog bowl for their Give a Dog a Bowl Contest. The winner of this contest is determined by the most popular vote. She would greatly appreciate your vote for her dog bowl (entry #C6.)  (The one towards the bottom of the page for 12 and under.) She spent several hours painting it and put in a lot of hard work. Voting is daily through October 23rd. Thank you so much!

Click the link below and please vote for her entry, #C6.


Gifted Traits or Twice Exceptional? 

When I started this blog I had written a post that stated when I found out Madison was gifted I rejoiced, because it meant that she wasn’t crazy. She had a lot of traits/quirks that caused problems in school. We tested her later through a psychologist that specializes in giftedness and her scores were great. 

Fast forward two years of homeschooling her one on one and I noticed there were somethings that occurred regularly that were not improving despite everything I have tried. So we made the decision to move ahead and have a neuro psych eval done to see if she had an underlying disability. 

I gathered up her test scores from her Iowa Basic Skills testing and documentation with an OT, as well as a list of concerns I have noted and went in for the initial discussion appointment. 

The appointment went well and the psychologist did understand that there could be some instances of dyslexia, however with Madison’s test scores that I showed her in conjunction with the WISC IV scores from when the psychologist tested her when she was 6, she concluded that an official diagnoses of ADHD or Dyslexia cannot be made unless the test scores reflect it. Thus, by her test scores, Madison is not 2e or twice exceptional. Twice exceptional is when a child is gifted and has a disability at the same time. 

I totally understand that, but I’m still moving forward to have the testing done anyway.  I appreciate this particular psychologist’s honesty, integrity, and knowledge. I trust her 100%. I need to know what she sees, regardless of what that is. I do not need an official diagnoses. I need to know if she thinks Madison has stealth dyslexia. I need to know if they think she’ll ever be able to recall her Math facts quickly and if it’s worth doing them every day for the next 9 years. 🙂 I know that it is important to keep her writing everyday even if it is extreamly slow and time consuming. But what about the spelling? Is there a way to improve it? Should she always read with her finger word for word when she reads out loud so she doesn’t drop or add words even though it is so frustrating for her because she can read and comprehend at a college level? 

And are her executive functioning skills because she may have a slight underlying disability or is it just gifted traits and I have to accept that or what do I do about it?  

What do I do when she refuses to learn subjects that she is not interested in or doesn’t find worthy with extreme intensity or refuses to read a book because it is boring or is too sad? How do I force her to do something she doesn’t want to (because trust me, I’ve tried everything and nothing thing works.) Or do I just let it go? Some things I’ve tried in multiple ways and then have shelved it and tried again later. After 4 times in 2 years it seems as though it’s not going to happen. She just checks out. She doesn’t absorb it at all. And at the end of the day the geography of Africa probably isn’t something she needs, but I don’t think that doesn’t mean we should totally discount it. 

These are the answers I am seeking with this neuro evaluation. Is there an undisgnoseable underlying disability or is it just asynchronous learning abilities? If you just looked at test scores it shows neither. But it’s there. Yes, she may be able to compensate, but what can I do to help her so she doesn’t have to? 

She will be given the new WISC V with this testing session. I am curious to see what the scores will be in comparison to the WISC IV. When she tested the last time she rushed though it because she didn’t want to miss P.E. class. She was also a completely different child then. She was not a happy child and was not in the best place emotionally or mentally because of public school. She has changed so much since then and for the best. 

It really doesn’t matter what her test scores are, but I am hoping they will give me insight and direction in homeschooling her when the psychologist gives me her analysis in the follow up session.

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to homeschool and to be able to adjust Madison’s learning to her needs. I also know when I am at a loss on some things and need to know what the right thing is to do from someone who specializes in this area so that I can ensure I am doing all of the right things. 

Wish me luck on this Incredible Journey of Giftedness.