Sunday, August 31, 2008
I bet I will look so cool roaming the college in my pink cammo backpack. That is what all the 30 somethings are using! Bobby laughed at it, but Parker wanted to wear it. I knew that kid had taste!
We went to my sisters house today so she could hem some of Molly's jeans. It was so nice of her to do that. Molly wears a bigger size but they end up too long. She also cut one pair off into shorts for her. We had a really nice visit there. We sat in her sun room and talked and relaxed. She has a lot of pets, so we enjoyed petting them all. She also had my niece cut Molly's hair. Bye bye pink. She gave her a cute, almost A lined bob. Molly really likes it and looks so cute. She almost looks like a surfer girl. I'll have to take a picture of it tomorrow. Tonight she washed it and was happy with how easy it was to wash. She combed it and put in a head band right away. I can tell she just loves it.
Afterwards we did a little shopping. I got some new pants and some school supplies. Well, Molly and I both got school supplies, hence the backpack. I also got a folder, some paper and some pencils.
It was a really nice day and Parker really enjoyed himself. He had a good time all around. His special treat was dinner at Costco. He loves their hot dogs and chicken bakes. He stuffed himself tonight. I'm always so happy when he eats good. (With all his pickiness) We are lovely parents and taught him to say to Molly, "You want a piece of me?!". We think it's pretty funny to hear him say it. I hope he doesn't repeat it at school.
That's about it for the day. I hope everyone has a nice rest of the weekend!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
In other news, lol, Parker lost a second tooth. Again, we didn't find it. I hope I don't find it later when I'm changing him, ewwww! The tooth fairy brought him some dollar store toys because he isn't into money. He seemed to really like them.
We are going to a wedding today without kids, yay! It should be really nice. It's my niece Jade that's getting married. I'm so happy for her that she found such a nice guy. The bummer part is that she is moving away. Not too far I guess, but still far.
I finally either got or ordered all my school books. Whew! I'm relieved! Why are those books so expensive! And boring, lol!
I'm looking forward to Molly going to school on Tuesday. I'm excited to see how she likes the 5th grade and for some peace and quiet for me. Parker is going to have to miss school on Tuesday already, which is a bummer. We took the Jeep in to have it fixed from where the lady hit me a couple weeks ago. We were supposed to have it back yesterday but there was some paint damage they wanted to fix. They said if we didn't fix it, it would rust. So, I wait until Tuesday night. Bummer. Oh well, it could be worse. I could have to miss one of my classes.
That's about it for an update! Everyone enjoy their nice long weekend!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
It was a blast!
Ok, just one. These are the 2 girls that stayed the night with Molly. The three of them had their own special tea party that night.
Getting facials from Mandy.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I'm also stressing about all the shopping I have to get done tomorrow. Sigh......
Wake me when Monday is here!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Cheerios on the cat
This is a repeat post, but I just love this picture. One day Parker got the box of Cheerios and was digging through them. I thought he was going to eat some and I got all excited. I went over to him and the picture above is what I found. Funny boy!
Monday, August 18, 2008
That's about it for the moment....
Right now I have the washer, dryer and dishwasher going. After the dishwasher is done I have to fight it to get it open since our handle is broken. It opens the easiest right after it's been ran, I don't know why.
I have to vacuum, sweep, do more dishes, laundry, clean the bathroom and change my bedspread. My new comforter that I got is just too hot. I am going to have to put it away for the winter. I think I'm going to get out my light, purple quilt instead. I really like it too.
It's 10:30 and I haven't even combed my hair yet. I'm sitting at the computer when I should be up doing stuff. Oh well, it's my last week of summer so I should enjoy it. I have to door open because I'm watching for rain. It's raining at my Moms house about 20 minutes away. It should be here soon. I love the rain when it hasn't rained in a while.
I really need to get back to my "Flylady" routines. When I stick to them the house stays nice.
For lunch we are having egg salad sandwiches. That makes me hungry already. The kids are in the kitchen playing games. I left them out from last night. Oh well, I guess that's one benefit to being messy, lol.
Molly and I need to finish the pinata today. It's not perfect, but we did it ourselves so that made it worth it. This week will be all about deep cleaning for Molly's party on Saturday and planning the food. Molly can help me now because I decided she shouldn't do soccer this year. I just think we have too much going on right now and she already has swim team and girl scouts.
I really dread soccer every year. Parker hates it. He spends most of her game trying to get away from me and wanting me to chase him. It's hard to sit and watch her. Bobby usually works on Saturday so its usually me that goes with her. This year with me starting college, I just didn't want to deal with it. I think she can go back to it next year if she wants to.
That's about it for my day. Sorry about the ramble.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
We mostly just watched t.v. and hung out today. I tried to teach Parker how to play Chutes and Ladders, Connect 4, and Lets go fishing. He had a lot of fun, but really wouldn't follow directions. I think he liked Connect 4 the best! He loved it when we let them fall out of the bottom.
Later Bobby went to visit his uncle. The kids and I just hung out until Molly got out the dress up stuff. She even had Parker put on a dress. What a nut. I got a picture though. Then I got hot and sat on the front porch for a while. The kids were still dressing up and came out in their dress up stuff. Molly had on a scary alien mask and Parker had on a pirate costume. We kept cracking up about the alien mask because Molly was putting a leaf in it's mouth or sticking her finger out it's mouth like a tongue. It was really funny. We laughed a lot. Then we got the idea to ring the neighbors doorbell and scare her. Her daughter answered the door and thought it was pretty funny. I guess she wasn't too scary with a half naked pirate by her side!
We sat on the porch for a long time. Molly said she had so much fun. It's funny how something so little can be so fun to her.
Last night I was getting sentimental and thinking about the day Parker was born. What a wonderful day that was. 2 days after he was born was really one of the best days of my life and I think of that day often. I had just had a lot of company at the hospital. Bobby's aunt brought me some shower gel and body spray that smelled so good. I was happy because I knew I finally got to take a shower that day. Also Bobby and Molly had came and said what a great day they had had together. He totally spoiled her. So, I took my shower and it felt so good after not taking one for a couple days. (c-section) I was in my own clothes, smelling good and clean and relaxed. Parker was hungry so I fed him and he fell asleep in my arms. The sun was out, and I felt so sleepy. I lay there in bed, feeling like I was in heaven, holding my little boy I had been waiting for and went to sleep. (I wonder if the pain meds added to my bliss, lol) I swear it is the best memory I ever had.
Not that Molly's birth wasn't as special to me. I was so happy to have her and I wanted a girl so bad! She was the most beautiful baby I had every laid eyes on. I was just really afraid of everything since she was my first. After I had her by c-section I was in a lot of pain and feeling really sick to my stomach. I had a hard recovery with her because I was scared of the pain and wouldnt walk around much. Then she was colicky and I got pneumonia. By the time Parker came along, it had been 4 years past and I felt more ready for a baby. I had tried for him for a long time and had 2 miscarriages. I really wanted a little boy this time, more than anything. Actually, more than anything, I wanted a baby. Him being a boy was a bonus. I remember the first time I saw his heartbeat on the screen. I cried because before I hadn't seen a heartbeat with my miscarriages. Then the Dr. showed me how he was moving around. I was happy beyond words. At that point I felt this pregnancy would last. Then later, when I was around 6 months along, I had another ultra sound. I wanted a boy so badly. When the tech said it was a boy, Molly immediately said, "NO!". It was really funny. I was so happy! Molly had really wanted a sister but I wanted a boy. I am so lucky to have one of each. I wanted a girl with my first and a boy with my second. How lucky am I!
Sorry about the long trip down memory lane. I just wanted to post about it after thinking about it so much last night. I wonder why that was on my mind? Oh yeah, because I was all sweaty and sunburned from the yard sale and the shower made me feel so much better. Oh well, lol, at least I got good thoughts out of it. Everyone have a great Monday!
pps: Sorry to everyone who read this earlier. I cut and pasted wrong and it didn't make sence. I re-read it and was like, what? I fixed it, lol.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Today has been loooooooooooong!
I did have some fun with the kids, playing around on our bed. Why is it that they love a freshly made bed. We also finished the newspaper part of our pinata. I've been kind of putting it off lately. I also had a ton of dishes to do. The handle to our dishwasher is broken and I could not get it open. I had to do most of them by hand. Sometimes I can't get the dishwasher open until Bobby gets home. It takes talent, you have to push these little things in and pull out at the same time. I just don't have the finger strength that he does!
I am dreading the yard sale tomorrow. It's always so much work! I am always exhausted at the end of it! Oh well, maybe we will make some money.
I have Molly's party pretty much planned, it's just a lot to prepare for that day. I'm hoping I can make some of the things the night before and have them still be good the next day.
Right now I'm trashing Parker's room, finding stuff for the yard sale. He keeps finding things he has to have, that he hasn't seen in a while. That's fun, lol. Sorry I'm rambling, but I have a lot on my mind. Here's hoping this next week goes smoothly!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I got a really nice comforter set from Freecycle. I got my Jeep looked at and found out that it won't take long to fix it. We went to the library and got some good books. I'm reading "An Elephant in the playroom" by Denise Brodey. It's for parents of children with special needs. It's about how it affects their lives. It's really good so far. We also moved our table from the living room into the kitchen. It is big and lets us all have our own space. We had a great dinner too. We had french dip sandwiches and zucchini.
The only bad thing is that Parker hasn't been eating well again. I'm not sure how he's feeling. I hope he's not getting sick. Poor guy.
I woke up this morning happy because I had my clothes laid out, the house was clean and I have some good books to read. Here's hoping Parker feels better today. Oh yeah, and his OT is coming today. That is always nice to learn new things to help him. It's also one of his ABA workers last day. I'm really sad because I really liked her. She had a lot of knowledge and experience and I could tell she truly liked Parker. Why do all the good ones have to leave!! I'm going to miss having her around. Molly and I are going to make cupcakes for her.
I hope everyone has a nice day!
Here are the "rules":
1. The winner can put the logo on their blog.
2. Link to the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you’ve nominated.
Wow! Now it's my turn! I'm going to nominate...(I'd nominate it right back to Julie if I could)
My sister, at http://mom2plus3.blogspot.com/ . She doesn't get a lot of time to blog, but I hope she can do it more.
My cousin at http://www.tsblogs.com/cheaperthantherapy/ . She has the best pictures and funny stories.
To Mommy dearest at http://mommydearest1514.blogspot.com/ . She has a great sense of humor. She also is very real about what's going on in her life. Love the blog!
To Kristi at http://autismblessingschallenges.blogspot.com/ . I really enjoy reading her blog and hearing about her son. It's nice to know there are other Moms out there going through the same thing.
To Betsy at http://myfivemen.blogspot.com/ . She has great pictures, recipes and insight. I love hearing about her boys and she has a great positive attitude! It keeps me in check!
To Brandy at http://brandysblurbs.blogspot.com/2008/08/enlightened-perspective.html .
I really like her perspective on things!
To Bonnie at http://letitbeautism.blogspot.com/2008/08/nine-cold-hard-weight-loss-truths.html . I really enjoy her blog and I like hearing about all her sons cool interests.
Whew, I'm finally done! Yay!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
One nice thing was that Molly and I started to make her pinata for her birthday party with paper mache. We only have one layer on right now. We are going to try and make it look like a tea pot. I think this will be a really neat birthday for her because we are making everything ourselves.
After Bobby got home I went to the store. It was nice to go with just Molly, besides the fact that she asked for everything. Why do kids always have to do that? We got stuff for Bobby to make chili cheese burritos, yum yum! We also have chips and artichoke dip.
I will be really glad when bedtime comes around. Parker was a little cranky today too. Maybe the fair wore us out on Sunday. Oh well, I think I'll convince Bobby to play some rummy after dinner. I hope everyone had a nice day!
On a happier note, Parker was incredibly brave! He went in the barns with us to look at the animals! He hasn't done that for the last two years! I was so so proud of him! He didn't even plug his ears when we went to see the goats! What a brave boy!
My two favorite parts were standing on the merry go round with Parker and eating on the grass. The benches and tables were all full so we ate on the grass under some trees. We even got a funnell cake for Molly and I to share. It was really nice. Parker ate a huge hot dog! That was even good for him! All in all, it was a really great day!
Oh yeah, one more thing. We decided to take Parker's stroller to make life easier and it was really nice. We even snuck in some drinks at the bottom of it. You'll notice that almost every pic I took of Parker was the back of his head, lol. Those rides went so fast I could barely get a picture. (Plus, he rarely looks at the camera)
Here are some pics:
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Molly and her Dad before the contest: (lol, Bobby looks a little ackward, lol)
Showing off her beautiful hair that her cousin Mandy did!
Sitting at our table:
And posing with her flowers!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Can you believe that someone ran into the back of me today! Darn! I was trying to get off an exit, but I couldn't and was still in a little half lane because it was rush hour. She thought I was going and tried to go around me fast and hit my bumper and back light. Thankfully no one was hurt. Her car, a nice 2006, was spurting some kind of fluid. I'm glad mine was still drivable. She had to call a tow truck. I'm so glad I had a nice big Jeep instead of a small car. It could have really crunched it up. I was shaking like a leaf when I got out to talk to her. She was really nice and not even that upset about the whole thing. She said she was sorry and we exchanged info. What a day.
I also spent half the day looking for an outfit for Molly to wear to her contest tomorrow night. We finally found a shirt, skirt and shoes to match. We also spray painted a bed that Molly got for free and it looks really nice. I can't wait to put it together tomorrow later and set it up. Molly has been wanting a different bed for a long time. I found it on Freecycle. It's a really great site. I'm selling her old bed on Craigslist. I told her we'd take the money and buy some more school clothes. Someone is coming to look at it tomorrow. What a day, whew!
The story behind this is that Parker has never liked to see me out of Jeans and a t-shirt. That is what I normally wear. For about 3 years he wouldn't go near me in the morning until I changed my pjs or nightgown. The only thing I can reason is that I look different than normal. I also don't change until right before bed, so he rarely sees me in my pjs. It's only been the last 2 years that he's tolerated me in the morning in my nightclothes. Funny guy. You should see him if I wear a dress! He freaks!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
OK, on to yesterday. Yesterday his ABA people put on a playgroup at the zoo. It was really nice. There were 4 other boys there with autism. One was from Parker's preschool. Parker got so embarrassed when he saw his friend. It was so cute. It was really interesting to watch the other boys. They all seemed a lot alike to me. Most of them didn't like the singing or having to sit with the other kids. They were telling their parents or aids that they were done all the time. All but one seemed higher functioning.
I could see the parents and aids pushing them to join in or stay in their seat. The kids all looked unhappy when they did this. Most of them did what they were told. Someone bought zoo t-shirts for the boys and only one of them would wear them. It's funny, it seems like they all had new clothes issues like Parker. I was asking his Aba supervisor about how many kids they had. They have 17 that they work with. Guess how many are girls? Only 1. Isn't' that strange. It really makes me wonder why it mostly hits boys. Anyways, overall it was nice. We sang songs, did crafts, went on an animal hunt and played duck duck goose. I think everyone liked it but boy were the boys happy to leave. It's nice to have experiences like this so you can see what your child might be like when they are older and also to see how similar they are to other kids with autism.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
This is where you'll find me....
This is where you will usually find Parker. Playing on the computer and drinking something. I have to pry him off to get him to do other things. Heck, I have to pry him off just to get a turn. He's my angel though! It was just a short time ago that he couldn't use the computer. Now he can load the Internet or put in his own game and start it. I'm really proud of him.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Today we are kind of going slow. I've been doing housework and stuff, but just kind of being lazy. I think the kids and I might go for a ride soon. I'm not sure where we will go, but you never know. At 1:00 Parker has aba and at 2:30 Molly has swimming. It kind of makes it hard to be gone for too long. I have to make a hair appointment with my niece for Molly on Friday. I'm letting her dye the ends of her hair pink. It's mostly for the concert but also just for fun. I'm going to probably have her cut it off before school. She wants her hair shorter anyways, so it won't ruin her hair. I know, she's kind of young for that, but it will be cute.
This is going to be a pretty busy week. I have a wedding on Friday evening to go to and then Molly will be in her talent contest on Saturday night. She is pretty excited about it. She will be second, so that kind of stinks. People will forget about her after all the other people. Oh well, it's just for fun anyways. I'll take lots of pictures.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
All this doing stuff today got me thinking about Parker. He is very well behaved. I mean more well behaved than most kids without autism. He is polite, minds, is sweet and doesn't run off. I think it's mostly his personality, but also because of his ABA and behaviour therapy. That doesn't mean he doesn't throw fits occasionally or get stressed and upset, but overall he is just a good boy. I swear, every day I tell him he is the best boy in the world. Also, because of his lack of good conversation skills and limited language, he doesn't back talk or smart mouths. Really he is easier than most kids sometimes. I am so lucky to have this boy. I'm so lucky to have Molly, as well. She is always doing something nice or making something nice for someone. I also love the way she is so kind to her brother. She just loves him to death. Ok, ok, I'll stop bragging about my kids. I just feel really lucky with both of them. It's a sappy day!