Wednesday, July 30, 2014

PERFECT first week back to school for Hayden!

At a new school, with new classmates, new before and after care, and some new teachers!  

Hayden started his B12 shots for the first time last weekend.  We are hoping that had something to do with it!  We asked him if he thinks he feels different and he said , "I don't know, my brain feels different. I can think easier."  B12 shots have been recommended by his MAPS doctors for a few years now, but because of Hayden's severe phobia of the shots, we hadn't started them until now.  So excited for this great start to his school year!  

(Updated Friday with the above message and the bottom two photos.)  Friday FUA!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

First day of school

Three of us had a first day of school today! Proud of these silly people!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday FUA-- The Sandbox

Hayden's powers of observation have always been lacking.  He doesn't notice things that should usually be obvious (traffic, someone talking to him, running into objects clearly in his path).

Yesterday Rylie went outside and played with the sandbox.  She came back inside and left the lid off. I wasn't sure if she was done playing with it so I didn't go put it back on.

Hayden was talking to me and looked out the back door into the yard.  He stopped and said, "What the heck?  Who did that?  [sigh]  I'll go put the lid back on."

Then he went out and struggled with the lid for a minute. I asked if he needed help.  "No, I've got this."  And he did.

Minnie cat stood by in case he changed his mind about needing help.

Skills used that he didn't have two years ago:
Noticing things in his environment, cleaning up after others, responsibility, initiative, gross motor skills, independence.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today Hope and Lavender turns 40...

...thousand.  Thanks for reading friends!  



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Minnie Mouse Room

Rylie's Room Before

Her new Minnie Mouse room.  Can you tell she's obsessed with dogs? And purple? And Minnie?  

A better view of the dark purple color:

A better view of the lighter purple:

I'm not sure why bottom-left Minnie has a chocolate mustache...

Love you Miss Rylie!

Friday, July 18, 2014

ARI Research Survey-- Chance to Win an iPad

Click here to fill out a survey for the Autism Research Institute. 

"ARI seeks parents, caregivers and adults with autism to take part in ARI's Research Surveys. Participants who complete the new Adult Medical Survey and/or the updated ARI E-2 Survey will automatically be entered for a chance to win an Apple iPad. Next iPad drawing is July 31st for those who complete the subtype survey..  You will be entered in a drawing to win an iPad." 

You must complete the survey by by 10 p.m. PDT, July 30th.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Article: "No Zinc No Think"

"Zinc deficiencies are more common than most pharmaceutical reliant doctors give credit." 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Today the kids travel...

...with their dad the Arizona to visit family. Please pray for a safe and fun trip!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Life's not fair

Me: Life isn't fair. 

Joe: Maybe life is fair. It just depends on your perspective. 

This is why I love this guy. Reminds me of the saying "Fair doesn't mean equal, it means getting what you need." 

I'm glad life gave me Joe. He's what I needed. :)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th!

A few of my favorites...

My favorite little ones:

My favorite boyfriend:

My favorite picture from this weekend. : )