Krill Jar

Once upon a time, I filled a small jar with some river water, a few smooth stones, and some sand.  It’s been sitting on Olivia’s bureau for years. On Saturday, we decided to make an ocean one, since we’d be there.   Thing is, we thought of this AT the ocean.  No forethought.  Thinking quickly,…

Sunburned, Exhausted, and Elated

We had the best day today! We packed up the family Buick and headed to MDI for the day.  I was wondering aloud last night how it would go.   My demands weren’t too lofty.  I just wanted everything to go right.  The thing is, everything did. We got up early and drove to Bangor for…

The problem with trips

In our relationship, Beth is the Type A.  She plans everything to the letter.  Each minute, event, and experience is carefully thought out.  She even plans our spontaneity!   Flying by the seat of her pants scares … the pants off of her.  Sorry, writer’s block there on a great analogy. I’m more Type B-…

The D Word

Jake loves filming himself playing video games so that he can upload them to his YouTube channel. BTW – his personal mission is to have 100 subscribers, so if you haven’t done so, he’d appreciate it. (Search Jacob Whitehouse in channels). Anyway, dinner was ready and Beth called down to Jake DURING one of his…

The Registry.

Sunday afternoon, I was in the kitchen cutting up vegetables for dinner, while Beth was folding laundry in the living room. Jake was in the basement playing video games. Suddenly he burst out of the basement and made a bee line for the front yard. After a second, Beth asked me to go check on…

Review of “Dead Men Kill”

I’d read two books for Galax Press, publishers of the fictional works of L. Ron Hubbard, in the past, so when they offered to send me a third to review, I jumped at the chance. These books are marketed as from the Golden Age of storytelling.  These stories are all from the 1930s and 40s,…

Jake gets a crappy job

New school year. New challenges and opportunities. New chance to get way behind on household chores. Enter – Chore Chart! With 5 of us in the house, it should be too big of a deal to keep things running smoothly. Beth set up a weekly chart for each of us, and labeled 10 Popsicle sticks…

Back To School Photo Makes Autism Invisible {guest post by Beth}

I’m pretty sure that you have heard my husband refer to autism being an “invisible disability.” This is certainly true. If you look at pictures of multiple children, with only one child having autism, it is almost impossible to pick out the child with autism unless you personally know it to be true. In the…

Is the gate locked?

One of Jake’s obsessions is making sure the dogs are not only safe, but where he can see them. A big part of this is making sure the gate is locked, so they stay in the yard. I don’t remember the last time we left the house where Jake didn’t ask if the gate was…

Through the eyes of our children

Tonight, Olivia asked Beth to come down to the water’s edge so I could take some pics of them. Beth initially balked, saying she wasn’t “picture ready.” She’d napped for a few hours this afternoon, and hasn’t worn make up or straightened her hair in days. She was not feeling her prettiest. We eventually talked…