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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Taking A Different Road

Road trip last Monday?

You bet!
Historic solar eclipses and autism don't exactly mix. Children on the spectrum really, really, REALLY like routine, the sun shining in the afternoon with its suppose to. An eclipse sounds simple enough to explain - the moon is traveling between the earth and sun,...jusssst for a bit,...but it doesn't exactly translate into what our little guy could or would feel comfortable with.
Or rather,...we weren't comfortable with him put in the situation where there were too many variables: keep your eclipse glasses on Isaac,...look at the sun Isaac,...don't look at the sun, Isaac,...don't take your glasses off, Isaac,...wait,...wait, wait,...Isaac,...we have to wait on the moon to cover the sun, ect, didn't sound optimal,...and we ALWAYS try to set-up our little guy for success,...especially since I.I. gets super-worried when the electricity goes out, just sound like a ticket to either a headache,...or a road trip with lambie-poo. 

5:00 am

5:08 am
Slushie and fuel,...what's not to love?

On the road,...with Isaac in the back with the map!

Okay,...the sunrise was really beautiful,
and Isaac was properly appreciative,
but where were we headed?

THE only place on the planet sure to take Isaac's mind off the historic solar event. 


Inside a mall, sun to be seen!

Also we discovered THE best time to visit Legoland is during a historic solar eclipse,
we practically had the place to ourselves!!!

The silence was awesome,
also was the fact there were NO LINES,
and no competition for the free play legos,
just lots of fun!

Isaac had a blast exploring!!!

Legoland is bigger,
and smaller than you'd think.
Parent review: It was okay for the online price, 
but if we payed full-price,...not so much,
especially if the place is packed and your child has to wait for everything. 
But like I said,...we practically had to place to ourselves!

The two rides were okay,
Isaac never asked to go again on, either,
although he could have ridden both to ad nausem,
no pun intended, but there were zero lines,
and the Legoland workers were all super-friendly. 

The manipulative play was more fun to our little guy,
he liked the test-tracks. 

And exploring all the environments.
There was a pirate ship playground.
How did I not get a picture of that?
Isaac like climbing all over it,
as much as he like the karaoke machine in this lego house,
another missed pix!
Can we all sing,..."EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!"

But hold your horses,...the best is yet to come!
"Yes, please!" says Isaac,
and hands down this was our little guy's favorite activity!!!

Legos and water,
what's not to love?

Oh, let's not forget the 4D movie theater!

No lines meant, we got to see all three movies showing
and Isaac LOVED the 4D effects, especially the misting water and bubbles.
Any seat in the house for our little V.I.P.
which was a pretty cool experience in of its own.

Two and half hours later,...Isaac was perusing the Lego Store.

What else are big brothers for?

You know I.I. had to get his Teddy in on his Great American Road Trip!!!

I.I. loves his big brother whether Teddy ponies up legos or not!

After 4D movies, about some virtual reality?

And new tech,....both are pros at it!

But wait,...there was that pesky business about a solar eclipse. 

See,...our little guy wasn't into the event
thankfully he wasn't super worried,
but all the adults scanning the sky was kinda weird. 

Moon shadows were cool. 

For posterity,...

or until 2024,...

Something to dream about on the road home,...

Per-autism,...we took a different road for the Great American Eclipse,
but that's okay,
we still had a memorable day!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Friday, August 18, 2017

First Week: Second Grade

 First week of school is almost in the books for Isaac, 
"I love Ms. C!" he says of of his new teacher, 
and that's a great way to start a new school year!

Isaac also loves Legos!
We scored a bag last Friday at the thrift store,
not that he 'needs' another Lego in his collection,
but it was a reward for the first few days of school going so well.

Last Friday Mama and I.I. had a date night
 as the other men in our family were at a Men's Night at church. 
They had bacon,
but so did we!
Please note the syrup with the waffles,
that's a new development over the summer 
as sensory issues have been fading away in some instances. 

Sunday afternoon Mama scored a nap (rare event) 
and when she woke it was to discover I.I. had been having a fine time 
while Daddy mowed the lawn!

Oh dear, but Isaac was sooooo pleased to be soaking wet!
"Isaac do water," said our little guy showing off with the water hose. 
The afternoon was HOT,
and for once dry enough to mow our overgrown lawn!

It's been a very stormy summer for us.
Every time we've tried to go to a pool 
thunderstorms have rained on our parade. 
But that's okay with Isaac, he can find fun, anywhere!
Even on a wet school day!

Lots of independence gained this summer for our little guy.
Not just water hoses,
but dressing,
and even purchases.
Or at least Isaac knows how to go to the counter and say,
"Glazed, please!"
Hand over his money,
get change,
and a glazed donut!

We're so grateful the new school year is off to a good start. 
Of course, Isaac's making new friends,
and falling in love with a new teacher.
The LORD always works these things out!

And the new principal is a pal!
Or at least this week after I walked Isaac into school,
I saw our new principal comforting a distraught child,
and that small act of compassion 
told me more about our new principal's character 
than his doctorate decree!

One week and two days done for Second Grade,
the rest of the year to go!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Wet Weather, Great Ideas, Independence, and Second Grade

School started yesterday, and this morning Isaac was slightly surprised to find he had to go back to the classroom.
"School?" he said, as if to imply 'I-did-that-yesterday-Mother.'
Oh dear, what a dose of reality,...although we did have a GREAT SUMMER!

Legos, Legos, Legos,....Isaac is a fan!

Good thing Isaac loves Legos, our summer has been very wet this year! And when not wet, hot and VERY humid, thus not a lot of our summer activities have been outside for the past couple weeks. 

That's okay with Isaac,...there is always the mall,...

And legos friends to make and meet,...

And directions to learn.
We discovered this summer the mall makes a great place to practice: left and right.
One very wet afternoon, Isaac toured down the corridors with "L" for left,
and "Right Angle" for right.

Of course Isaac detoured into the arcade. 

Like father, like son,...they played a very long time on a single quarter!

This summer we worked on dressing independence. 
"Oh dear," said Isaac while we were in line at the grocery store.
It's the effort that counts!

The Library Reading Program,...was a 'good-effort'
and let's leave it at that. 

The finale kid's concert went as the past five years worth of finale kid's concerts went. 
Or wait,...Isaac did a great job sitting still BEFORE the concert.
The bag of popcorn, helped. 

Then sensory stuff took over. 

And sensory stuff is really real to our little guy. 

We keep a hopeful heart,...and will try again, summer. 

As for ideas,...Isaac has some GREAT ideas!
One evening we ran out of propane for the gas grill,
thus our hot dogs had to be cooked inside.
With the grill out of commission, Isaac ran for some paper and a pen,
and constructed this sign so there would be no mistake about the grill.
The other side of the sign reads: Open.
I.I. has a very hopeful heart. 

Here is where Isaac got the paper and pen.
This is suppose to be Mama's office,...but Isaac's stuff has taken over.

This one little corner is all for Mama,
but that's okay.
We're very blessed to have such an open space to keep I.I. therapy stuff.
It makes it very easy to pull out a project, or puzzle, or game.

Even though these last few weeks of summer has been so wet,
we've tried to get out and do stuff.

Waffles, anyone?

Please know, I.I. takes his waffles, very seriously!

Or rather it was time to eat,...and not take pix. 

Mama took the hint,...

Usually though Isaac doesn't mind getting his picture taken,
and he certainly likes looking through all his pictures.

Especially pictures of his favorite people, like Daddy. 

Daddy's such a pal to share his phone,...when waiting gets the best of little guys. 

For us, has been fair game when at events to help our little guy
through unavoidable delays.
Take the autism out of it, and it's tough for any seven year to have an extended wait. 

Umbrella needed for school shoe shopping. 

Velcro shoes are our go-to shoes for I.I., and now he is bigger they are harder to find,
usually we'll order then off the internet, 
but this year we were lucky to find EXACTLY what I.I. needed in our price point. 
And our little guy totally got into the experience of buying new shoes.
That was interesting.
We NEVER know how our little guy is going to react to new situations. 
Fun stuff like that ultra cool kid's concert,...his reaction,...not so much.
Shopping for school shoes?
Something to analyze for later. 

No need to analyze this sweet smile.

I.I. was totally ready for his first day of school.

Winking is a new skill,...I.I. learned over the summer,
he's still working on it. 

But he was very glad to be back at school,
on a very rainy Thursday,
how appropriate!

Old friends, new friends,
and new independence. 

After school,...a lull in the rain,
and it's time to celebrate the beginning of Second Grade. 

Of course, Isaac has a GREAT idea!

But it was a lonnnnnng day for a little guy,
he passed out asleep on the way home. 

And yes,...Daddy's a hero. 

More rain is predicted for this weekend,
but who cares?

Our little hero is back at school today,
making friends,
learning more independence,
and no doubt coming up with more GREAT IDEAS.

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!