Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Taking a break

Hayden had a great first day of school today! His special ed teacher told him that her goal for him this year is to ask for a break rather than leaving the room without asking when he's upset. I have been reminding him of this goal this week and going over good choices he can make.

Today he asked for a break! He later told his therapist that he was starting to get upset and thought about stomping out of the room. But he remembered that I told him that his goal was to take a break and decided to ask for a break! He was able to go to the sensory room to calm down rather than have a meltdown. I am so so proud of him! Great job Hayden!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Flashback: 7/20/15

So this guy volunteered to pick up both kids after school, take them home for snacks, and meet me at the splash park where I was supposed to be for work.

Hayden agreed to leave the Y early, a favorite activity. But once home he couldn't find his swimsuit and was upset. (Turns out it was in the trunk from a few weeks ago. Eww.)

At the splash park Joseph told Hayden it was ok to play in his shorts in the water. Hayden couldn't get his mind around wet underwear and was sulking. So Joe jumped in and got wet himself to try and convince Hayden that it would be ok. Hayden didn't go for it (but we were proud that his fit was only mild!) so Joe asked if he'd like to go to That Fun Place (an arcade) instead. They sat and discussed it on the playground. I came over and heard Joe say, "but don't tell Rylie. Just tell her you're leaving." (She was already wet and wouldn't be able to go.)

Hayden told Rylie goodbye and the boys went off to play laser tag (Joe in a wet shirt and shorts.) We met them at home later where Joseph made three meals. Hayden wants Mac n cheese for dinner every day. Today he requested spaghetti so Joe made him some, made Rylie sausage, and us beef and noodles. Then he thanks me for doing vitamins because "he's been slacking."

I'm not sure how in the world Chelsea knew when she saw him. But she walked into our office two years ago and announced to the group, "You guys. I found Sheila's husband." I keep replaying it in my mind.

I'm just so glad she did.

Joseph, soaking wet, about to take Hayden to That Fun Place. 

Monday, July 24, 2017


Today Hayden filmed a short commercial for our annual company meeting. It will only be seen by company staff, not the public, but it will be awesome nonetheless. Hayden memorized his lines and performed them perfectly. He was funny and had a great time.  I'm really looking forward to seeing the final product!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Kids Day

When Joseph was growing up his parents had a tradition they called Kids Day, where the kids got to choose the activities for the day.

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Last week we had our first ever Kids Day and it was a big success! We had gluten free donuts, play time at Zip City (out first visit!), two new-to-them books, dinner and gluten-free cookies, and a trip to U Paint Pottery. At dinner we went around the table a few times sharing something we liked about each kid, building up their confidence and helping them feel valued as a person. The kids both had sweet things to say about their sibling.

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We don't get a chance to do these kinds of activities together as a family very often and it was fun to spend time together doing things just for the kids. No therapies, no doctors, no stress. Just fun and quality time together. Rylie kept saying she was in Heaven and was sad to hear that Kids Day was coming to an end. They slept well that night!

It was a great day and I wanted to share the idea in case other families wanted to implement Kids Day sometime in the future.

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