Tag: autism

Jake played 2 minutes in the 3rd, Wolverines lose anyway.

Wearing Wolverine green and white and in front of a home town crowd, Jake got his first taste of the hardwood tonight. He warmed up with the boys, and got to play with just over 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. The crowd cheered when he subbed in, and though he didn’t actually get …

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We Got The Basketball Schedule, And Now We’re Freaking Out

Jake continues to work hard towards his goal of being the game-saving, three pointer-shooting, super star of high school basketball. He’s working harder than ever on his game, he’s giving it everything he has nearly ever night in the gym, and he’s keeping his new basketball sneakers in his even newer duffel bag.  He’s ready. …

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Putting In The Work With Captain Jamerica

Jake is next level excited about basketball tryouts.  He’s proud that he was the first kid to pass in his signed Extra and Co-Curricular Activities policy.  He’s been working on his skills in the driveway with his siblings.  He’s got his brand spanking new basketball sneakers safely in their box at the house.  And, he’s …

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Oops! Open Mouth, Insert Foot.

I wanted to share this tale, but it’s sensitive, so I have to be careful. I don’t want to embarrass or shame anyone. With any and every volatile interaction, there’s a chance to allow emotion to overrun and blur reflection. I like to take time to decompress and see if there’s anything I can learn. …

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Jake’s Screen Brain

First, a little back story.  Then the video.   Jake has a very limited diet when it comes to “cold lunch.”  He only ever brings two things to school – macaroni and cheese, and chicken noodle soup.  He loves pizza, so we were thinking about another way to get him a pizza-esque experience, without the …

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Consolation Hibachi

About midway into the soccer season, I made a deal with Olivia.  Her request.  If they won the championship, could I take her to Kobe?  It’s not a super big deal to go to Kobe, but neither Gabe nor Jake can stand the place.  Gabe is Captain Picky, which is obvious if you’ve ever seen …

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Bomb Appetit!

As you may have heard, Jake hit 400 subscribers on his YouTube channel the other day.  Needless to say, he was thrilled!  Thank you for all of you who helped.   For those few readers I have that aren’t friends on the book of faces, here’s the video we made where I tried to dissuade …

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I’d Like You To Meet Sacob and Wacob

Not to mention Tacob, Facob, and Zacob. Jake is the master of the Mii.  He loves creating them.  He’s used the same basic design for every gaming console we’ve had since the Wii.  The Wii, Wii U, and now the Nintendo Switch have all seen appearances by Jake’s alter ego.  He announced that these copies were …

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Sunday Shorts #3

Fit As A Fiddle Jake saw the doctor this week for a sports physical.  Status: healthy as a fifteen year old horse!  He’s ready.  He handled everything really well, with few exceptions.  He’s never been able to work an eye chart.  I forgot about this until I saw the medical assistant try and get him …

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Is It Always Going To Be This Hard?

As I lay there in Jake’s bed, stroking his hair as he sobbed into my chest, I asked him, “It’s hard, huh?”  Stupid question, I realize, but I was trying to reach out.  The way he inhaled and let out a “yeah” with his exhalation broke my heart.  Jake’s going through a couple of transitions …

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Sunday Shorts #2

It’s been a wild week around here, but at the same time not much has happened.  It’s been one soccer game after another, and a typical Maine swing in weather.  Ninety on Wednesday, and I had to scrape my windshield before heading to work this morning.  Which do you prefer in October? #StuffJakeSays Gabe is …

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Sunday Shorts #1

Not everything that’s BigCalfGuy worthy is also of post length.  I figured once per week I’d round up some things that went down and share them on Sundays.  I give you … Sunday Shorts #1.  DFTBA I always leave the kids with a task in the morning.  Make two people smile.  Give a sincere compliment. …

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