Aug 29 2014

Whoa, wait … what’s BREASTFEEDING?!?

Where to begin… It started innocently enough around the kitchen table, where I think the best discussions are held.  If we’ve done anything right as parents, it’s that we’ve created the family dinner table as a safe place to ask questions and get them answered.   Tonight we were talking about climbing Mt. Katahdin.  Beth was …

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Aug 22 2014

Jake and Beth

Jake and Beth  I always tell Beth how unique her relationship is with Jake.  She, of course, asked me to write about it to offer her some insight, and maybe shed a little light on it for the world. I’ve stewed on this for weeks. I’m not sure how to accurately describe the bond between …

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Aug 21 2014

Emotional Overload?

It’s time for the summer to come to a close. It’s also time to review Jake’s goals with his various case management agencies. One goal we always have is for safety; that he’ll recognize situations that are potentially dangerous, and act accordingly. I’ve been reflecting on this a bit and I’ve decided that Jake’s problem …

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Aug 04 2014

Unplug to Reconnect

Every year, we rent a cabin on a lake about 45 minutes from home.  It’s an odd little camp.  There are no beds, no stove, no couch.  There is electricity, running lake water, and a refrigerator.  The beach is spectacular! We load up the family grocery-getter and pack off into the woods for a week.  …

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Aug 01 2014

Bad Day Update

So, it’s been a couple of days since Jake freaked and kicked a network of cracks into Beth’s minivan.  (That post can be found here.)  I had received such an outpouring, I thought I should offer an update. We’ve decided to keep the broken windshield for a while.  It’s not as big as the picture …

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Jul 31 2014

Today Was A Bad Day

Full disclosure: yesterday was a bad day.  I started this last night, but didn’t want to finish it until I had some more time to reflect. My favorite part of authoring BigCalfGuy is sharing in Jake’s successes and triumphs. That being said, I would be doing a disservice by not sharing in our failures and …

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Jul 30 2014

It Took A Village For Me To Get Away

delta plane

I’m often amazed at the sheer amount of planning and preparation that goes into doing anything around our house. The volume of items to be checked off various to-do lists, the angles that need covering, and the back-ups to the back-ups. Beth and I just got back from a mini-vacation; vacation for me, work conference/vacation …

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Jul 23 2014

Florida is weird, but cool. Early observations:

Beth’s in Orlando at a conference, and I’m tagging along.  Not a bad gig for me, huh?   So my role is to hang out while she’s in class, not get arrested, and not spend ALL of our money.  Not wanting to rely on shuttles and taxis, I rented a car.  I’ve done some exploring, …

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Jul 21 2014

Jake’s Success @ the #Autism Retreat

At St. Joseph’s College in Standish, there’s a rock wall that’s gotta be about 25′ tall in the campus center.  It’s a part of the activities available to the attendees of the Autism Society of Maine’s annual retreat. There are several routes up, and there are Easy buttons at the top of two of them. …

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Jul 19 2014

#Autism Retreat Weekend 2014

The Autism Society of Maine, or ASM, hosts a family retreat weekend every year where the families of those with autism can come together.  There is an amazing array of respite workers who whisk our kids away and give us, the adults, some … well, adult time.   How it works is this:  We’re put …

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