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October 29, 2010

This is what my non-autistic son does on a regular basis:

He lines stuff up.  Everything.  He could spend hours lining things up, making it just so.  Funny the little quirks we all have.

 

This is what his younger brother does on a regular basis:

Chaos. Pure chaos.

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Oktoberfest

October 26, 2010

Hard to believe November is creeping up on us already.  This school thing adds a whole new dimension of busy.  But it’s good.  Gavin is doing great at school and last week when he stayed later he LOVED it and his teacher said he did well.  He comes home EXHAUSTED, but that’s been helping him sleep better!

He’s also really been missing his brothers when he’s gone most of the day.  I caught him and Tate sharing a moment the other night. 

Deep conversations…….

He’s also well into his indoor soccer season and this kid does not have an aggressive bone in his body.  He loves to run and chase the ball, but when it comes time to kick or steal it away from another kid, he just can’t bring himself to do it.  He and his best bud, Amara, would rather hold hands and chat than play.  It’s SUPER cute.  (Amara’s coming over this weekend for a playdate. Or maybe it’s a date.  I’ll have to ask!)

 

The kindergarten class recently took a trip to the pumpkin patch, and Josh was lucky enough to tag along with the 90 (!) kiddos. 

It’s been a good month.

Firsts

October 19, 2010

Today I did something I’ve never done before.  I made a lunch for Gavin to take to school.  Today is his first day of extending his school day and staying through lunch.  I have to admit I had a hard time doing that this morning, but he was beyond thrilled to stay for PE AND lunch. 

Gav sometimes has a hard time doing little things that are easy for typical developing children.  I worry about him in the lunch room not being able to do this or that.  He also often has trouble following directions because he has a hard time processing those directions.  

He’ll be fine. 

(I’ve already repeated that to myself about a hundred times this morning).

Gav’s been wanting a pirate party forever (plus with a birthday in October it makes it easier for halloween).  Both boys got decked out, complete with “swashbuckles” and eye patches.  Little did they know that Uncle Chris and his friend Kevin were also getting decked out.

The guys surprised the boys and there was a massive duel in the front yard.

Happy happy birthday my sweet Gavin! You are the light of my life and I love you more than life itself.  You are an amazing person with such a sweet gentle spirit.  May year 6 be your best one yet! I love you my buddy!

A HUGE thanks to Uncle Chris and Kevin for making Gav’s party extra special.  Can’t wait for Liam’s super hero party in March-get ready, guys!)

I Heart Downtown….

October 6, 2010

or otherwise known as I heart FREE stuff to do downtown.  You all know I’ve raved about our downtown a few times on this blog.  Well, last week, we did downtown again and it didn’t disappoint.  The new walking bridge over the spillway is open and it’s cool.  The boys thought it was awesome.  I was very nervous.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s way cool and beautiful when lit up at night.  I’m just not a huge fan of standing above fast moving water with my children leaning over the railing.  I’m just sayin.  There’s no way on earth they would’ve fallen in, but a mother’s mind ALWAYS goes there.  Am I right? 

The path from the walking bridge leads down to the Asian Garden.  Also very cool.  I’ve seen the pagoda from the interstate, but what you can’t see are all the statues and water features. 

Tate LOVED the water.  He kept making “oooo” faces whenever he’d see the waterfall. 

Liam where he likes to be.  Right in the center. Read the rest of this entry »

Our good friend just got a motorcycle.  Not just any motorcycle.  It’s an all-black Harley Davidson.  It’s louder than heck.  It’s cooler than cool.  The boys heads exploded when he dropped by yesterday.  Oh my.  They could hardly contain themselves.

(Excuse the pirate hats.  Gav’s having a pirate party tonight complete with real pirates. The boys don’t know pirates are coming. Should be crazy fun….or maybe crazy scary.  I’m kind of worried about Liam’s reaction!)

 

Liam told me he was going to get a motorcycle when he gets bigger.  When he turns 8. 

It’s Been Too Long

October 2, 2010

It’s been a long time since we’ve been to Omaha.  Over a year.  That’s WAY too long.  We love that city. We love people in that city.  We often miss living in that city.   It was good to be back last weekend.  We did the zoo.  We hung with our dear friends.  We relaxed.  We shopped.  We ate.

The most exciting thing at the zoo this time were the divers cleaning the acquarium.  Liam couldn’t get over how CLOSE they were to the sharks!  For our entertainment, the divers kept petting the sharks and sting rays when they’d swim past.

(On this trip we decided that we’ll always do the zoo in late September.  It was 70 degrees and PERFECT).

We ate at my ALL-TIME favorite Mexican restaurant in the Old Market.  This place has been around forever.  I grew up eating here regularly and was so excited to find it still there unchanged.  It’s as though we never left!

And I had to show you the heart attack Josh consumed.  We really need to get a 5 Guys here.  Delish.  All fresh, made in front of you.  Fresh cut potato wedges.  Maybe better (gasp!) than In & Out.  Need I say more?