Category Archive: Adventures

May 03 2017

Special Olympics: Penobscot Track and Field

Today was, I suspect, the first of many Special Olympic appearances for Jake.  This path started for him back in August of ’16 when he watched with wide eyes the athletes of the world compete in Rio.  He asked his mother if he, too, could do that.  As we looked at each other across the …

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Jul 15 2016

Autism Rock Wall College

Today we arrived at the Autism Society of Maine’s annual Family Retreat Weekend.  It’s been held at St. Joseph’s College for the past few years (4?), and it’s the highlight of Jake’s calendar.  Unable to fully recite the name of the event, he simply refers to it as Autism Rock Wall College. It’s a wonderfully …

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Jun 28 2016

Best geocaching partner ever!

I know I talk about this often; probably too much.  I can’t help it.  It’s so much fun! Gabe and I hadn’t spent any one-on-one time together in a little while – we were overdue.  We had no scheduled place to be tonight, so I invited him geocaching.  We hadn’t really explored the Howland area …

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Jun 18 2016

King of the World!

Today was an epic win!  I’m not sure who was more surprised that Jake completely nailed the mountain today, us or him. I woke him up at 4:30 a.m., and we both said our parts.  He was still in the process of waking up when he remembered his script, smirked, and delivered his line.  I …

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Jun 17 2016

Tomorrow We Climb

The bags are packed, the kid is as prepared (brainwashed) as I can think to make him, and we’re on the eve of adventure! Jake has even been rehearsing his lines, and giving me mine, for when we wake up tomorrow.  I’m going to go get him, and he’s going to say, “What’s the meaning …

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Jun 15 2016

Oh Crap. Plan B!

Looks like I spoke too soon. I thought things had all been worked out that Jake would spend the night and following day with Meme while the rest of us climbed the mountain.  This wasn’t true.  Meme isn’t going to be around on Saturday. Find someone else! I can hear you saying.  Aha!  Were it …

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Jun 04 2016

Luna’s Birthday/Jake’s Channel

We got quite a treat last night when we arrived at KidsPeace! Beth drove Gabe, Jake, and I up to see how the hatching of the chickens was going – and it was going great!  We got there just a few minutes before a white chicken finally burst forth from her egg. Jake, as always, …

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May 28 2016

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 …

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May 27 2016

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- …

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Aug 25 2015

Reflections

Something magics happens when you tune out the noise that is constantly around us. A guy I know once told me that if you’re quiet long enough, you’ll begin to hear yourself; and if you can stand to be quiet even longer than that, you may begin to hear God. Now I’m not that deep, …

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Aug 23 2015

Rainy Camping Trip

It’s supposed to rain this week. All week. I knew this a month ago. How? I took this week off to go camping with the family. Guaranteed lousy weather. Surprisingly, we’ve been lucky so far. No rain yesterday as we packed in, and no rain yet today. We’ve done s’mores, gone kayaking, done some fishing, …

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Aug 08 2015

Operation: Keep The Boys Out Of The Hair Of The Girls

It’s wedding day! Make up is being done, hair is getting did, and primping and polishing is occurring everywhere! I grabbed the young boys and took them for some exploring. We found a cool OLD cemetery. The boys liked the impromptu history lesson. Some of these folks were born before the signing of the Constitution! …

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