October 2014 archive

Confessions Of An Autism Dad: I’m Making This Stuff Up As I Go Along

The other day I gave Gabe some advice I’m conflicted about. Beth and I took different cars to church, as we were headed in different directions when it was over. Jake rode with Beth and Liv; Gabe came with me. Before we could pull out of the driveway fully (we had already begun), Jake jumped …

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Born To Percuss

Tonight I decided to join Beth’s drama troupe and help out with her upcoming play.  I wasn’t going to because, let’s face it, there are only so many hours in a day.  However, Beth really wanted me to, and the kids wanted me to, and I’m a sucker.  So we tromped over to the church …

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Jake Jake Baby?!

Jake’s two current favorite songs are Billy Joel’s It’s Only Rock and Roll and Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby.  Will Smith’s Miami is right up there, maybe even pulling in a second place finish, depending on the day.  Here’s a covertly taken video of Jake trying to sing along with Vanilla Ice in the van …

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The Blue Squirrel and the Black Zebra

This is Jake’s first year riding a bus.  He gets dropped off at school every day by Beth, but he and Liv ride a bus back towards the elementary school, where they meet Beth (who works there now) and Gabe.  They all go home together.  Because of the number of buses that pick up at …

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Beth: Hey kids (who both have French today), tell me a French word! Liv: como se va. Jake: (after 2+ years of French) I don’t speak French!!

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Julia Child We Are Not

Hey Liv, what temp do I set the oven to for tater tots? I don’t know. I’m 10

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What do you think? Foxes or Queen?

So I was cruising the interwebs the other day, and I stumbled across a remake of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now, which was featured on Dr. Who.  Normally, I’m down with this stuff, but I don’t know how this makes me feel.  What do you think? Original: Foxes version:

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A Walk With Gabe

Gabe and I went for a walk the other night after dinner, and it was dark out. It was just the two of us, and of course the ever-present dogs. We found the Big Dipper, and he was so excited because he said he’d never seen it so clearly before. When I showed him the …

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Busting Sweet Moves At Sweet Frogs

On Friday night, Mom and I went to watch Gone Girl in the theater.  Beth had some errands to run before Bobbi’s baby shower, so she took the kids.  They finished before our movie let out, so they filled their last 45 minutes at Sweet Frog.  Jake was in a particularly good mood.  After Beth …

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Caching Superstars!

We had some crazy fun today!  The girls were headed to Nola’s “Welcome To The Planet” party, so we boys were left to go find our own fun.  I asked Gabe if he wanted to go hunting for partridge or caching, and he never hesitated.  “Caching!”  I had an errand to run in Brewer anyway, …

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Is It Friday Yet?

This has been one of those weeks.  At first, when school starts, we try to cling to routines and charts and strict organization to survive.  We still are, but it’s weeks like this that really wear us down.  On Monday, Gabe had his last Rec Soccer practice.  He had forgotten his duffel bag I keep …

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The Underwear Rule

I’ve been waiting for this: A simple, straightforward way to help kids stay safe from sexual abuse. One of the big fears of any parent is that your child will be sexually abused. It’s one of those things that you can’t get back. It causes irrevocable damage and can seriously impact future, otherwise healthy relationships.  …

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