What A Year!

It’s incredible that 2015 has come to an end.   This year MJ has reached so many goals and has accomplished more than we could have imagined.  It makes me not only grateful, but excited about the upcoming year.  Last year at this time I would’ve never thought:

He’d transition to middle school so well.  

He’d be swimming so much and so well.  

He’d be able to ride his bike for any amount of time. 

He’d be telling jokes all of the time. 

He’d be surprising me with his new vocabulary…

An amazing moment happened just last night when on his own, MJ hugged his dad from behind as if to say, “Thanks dad, I see you and I love you (the pic shown of them is from that moment).”

Another awesome accomplishment this year is concerning my daughter and her understanding of her brother and his needs.  I’m still blown away by what she did on Thanksgiving day.  

I’m truly excited to see what 2016 will bring. 

I pray all of you really do have an awesome New Year. πŸ’•  

  

This ChristmasΒ 

  

My daughter’s school Christmas performance. 

  

Our attempt at taking family Christmas pics.  MJ was clearly not in the mood!

  

Now this is better.  

  

Christmas morning and the marble run that he wanted. 

  

Christmas joy.  

  

Pineapple upside down cake made especially for MJ by a family member.  

  

After taking about 40 pics, this was the best family pic we could get.  πŸ˜Š


We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

3 Day Quote Challenge…Accepted!

Cathy Lynn Brooks nominated me for this 3 Day Quote Challenge!  Here are the rules:

  1.  Post 3 Consecutive Days.
  2. Pick one or three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.

The quote I am choosing today is one that I relate to.  It reminds me of the reason why I work with children.  It really does “spark a light in me.”

  
I nominate anyone who would like to inspire us with some of their favorite quotes!

Thank God For TobyπŸ˜‰

Bike riding didn’t go too well today.  At Several times MJ yelled out “BIKE RIDING IS NO FUN!” He still refused to go inside the house though.  We assumed it was because his sister was still outside riding her bike.  Just as a meltdown was about to ensue, the neighborhood cat, Toby, saved the day!   MJ forgot he was upset and began talking to and petting Toby.  

Right on time TobyπŸ˜€!!

  

It Only Took 10 Seconds

It only took 10 seconds for my son to do something he thought was funny but was actually inappropriate. 

It only took 10 minutes for 3 boys to see him do this and begin to make fun of him. 

It only took 10 seconds for me to explain to the boys that my son has autism and he does certain things that they may not understand.   

It only took 10 seconds for MJ’s typical happy face to look sad.  

It only took 10 seconds for my heart to sink  because they were laughing at him.  

It only took 10 seconds for me to tell MJ what he should have done and to tell him it will be okay. 

People wonder why I’m over protective and watch him everywhere we go.  I do it because I HAVE TO.  If I was not paying attention I would have never even noticed what happened.  I would not have been able to address MJ or the other boys.  

Whoever doesn’t understand that can go fly a kite. 

These 10 seconds are over.  

We Knew It Was Too Quiet

In our house we are accustomed to hearing a certain amount of noise.  Be it MJ stomping on the ground upstairs, singing loudly, or yelling with the TV; it is normally loud in my house.  At certain times when it’s quiet for over 10 minutes we usually worry.  We know that something is usually broken, he is having one of his non stop crying meltdowns, or he is sleeping! We do not like when he sleeps before bedtime.   It throws off his entire night and he ends up taking a longer time to fall asleep.  This particular time I was having a conversation with my hubby and about 25 minutes had gone by.  We both looked at each other and said “ok it’s way too quiet, lets go see what’s going on.”  Sure enough he ended up being asleep ☹. 

Middle school must be wearing him out.  

#myhouseisalwaysloud

  

#FBF Pics of MJ

These pictures aren’t the greatest in picture quality but they hold a special place in my heart.  This was MJ’s first special needs Pre-k class. He had recently turned 3 and wasn’t technically diagnosed with autism until about 3 months after these pics were taken.  I can remember being so scared about him being in a huge school but we were so happy that he would be getting the help that he needed.  At the time we thought it was only a speech delay.  On this particular day his teacher sent me an email explaining what a great day he had and how he loved playing with the bubbles…I stared at these pictures this evening…My little boy has come so far. 

#Godissogood

   
   

I Can’t Believe it!

He did it!!!! Though it was only for about 4 seconds, MJ RODE HIS BIKE?!??  Ahhhhhhhh (angels singing lol πŸ™ŒπŸ½)!!! This was the first time since my last bike riding post that he was outside with his sister. We have been only taking Morgan out to ride so she can really be a pro at riding her bike.  Yesterday, we decided to ask MJ if he wanted to try and ride his bike.  We knew that we couldn’t force this on him.  MJ would just shut down if we did that. He said “yes” and so we told him to get on his bike and give it a try.  He watched Morgan riding slowly back and forth before he tried it himself  (we told her to ride really slowly on purpose so he could see what she was doing). After some wavering and wobbling he was finally able to steady the bike and ride by himself.   Once he did it, he was done!  He wanted to go back inside the house.  We didn’t mind.  We told him how proud we were of him.  I’m really praying he will want to try again soon.  πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

  

 

Note: We are in the process of buying new helmets.  The ones they currently have are now too small.