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At 42 Degrees

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dodging Storms,...

 Severe thunder storms that can generate tornados are part of life in the Deep South,...during spring and fall,...and we try to stay prepared with plenty of batteries, flashlights, water, nonperishable food, and every electronic device kept fully charged.

Yesterday,...Isaac's preschool closed early in anticipation of dangerous thunder storms,...and we prepared my making sure we had plenty of Isaac's favorite snacks: popcorn and chocolate chip cookies (homemade, of course),...also lots of extra water,...'cause you just never know,...



It was too wet to play outside,...so Isaac bounced on the sofa, watched Veggie Tales and snacked on popcorn,...





I have mentioned before that Isaac really, really, really likes popcorn,...haven't I?


Luckily we were able to spend most of the afternoon and evening upstairs,...but then the tornado sirens started blaring,...and that means: go to a place of safety,...and for us that is our basement,...which is also our home gym,...and it is nice and roomy which is a good thing because we spent quite a few hours in our basement dodging storm after storm that came raging through with terrific lightning and booming thunder,...with one storm unexpectedly dropped down a tornado only a mile from our house after the all clear was given,...and that is only proof that you have to respect those winds,...and we are very grateful that while considerable damage was done to property,...thankfully no one was hurt in our area. 



Also heart warming is how so many people,...immediately swarmed upon the affected area to help. Last night, my Michael braved the still raging storms and hiked the mile to offer his assistance at a trailer park that was stuck,...horrible damage,...but again,...no one hurt,...things can be replaced, but people can't. 

During the height of the storms,...Isaac stayed safe in big brother's arms,...while Teddy monitored the storm track,...


Miraculously during all those storms we only briefly lost power,...Isaac is not afraid of the dark, but he was confused and ran around the basement flipping the light switches,...

Our storm vigil lasted well after midnight,...and it is well school was closed today,...as Isaac slept in,...and he'll need the rest as another round of storms is predicted for this afternoon and evening,...but we have plenty of popcorn,...and lots of cookies still left,...electronics are charging,...and our basement is waiting if needed,...a trade-off for us in the Deep South,...we have luscious green scenery, with gorgeous flowers, and even decorative weeds,...but we also have to dodge dangerous thunder storms,...come spring, come fall,...that's just life,...and for us,...we are learning to take a note out of Isaac's book,...and just live in the moment,...

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









Sunday, April 20, 2014

Isaac's Easter 2014

Easter Weekend,...for us really began on Good Friday but I don't have any pictures of our quiet day when we explored the Resurrection Eggs with Isaac and talked about the Resurrection story - very abridged: Jesus was born, that's why we celebrate Christmas, Jesus was a boy and grew in wisdom, Jesus was a man and taught about God's love, Jesus helped and healed the people, Jesus is God's Son and perfect, but Jesus died on the cross for our sins, which is sad, but Jesus arose on the third day,...which is miraculous and happy and why we celebrate: Easter. 

This weekend Isaac learn how to sign: Easter,...it's the E-hand,...palm forward waved back and forth.
And of course, Isaac knows to how sign: eggs,...
both hands, index and middle fingers, strike one another like breaking an egg in a bowl. 

Saturday Isaac attended a Easter Egg Hunt,...with lots of blow-ups to explore,.....




Isaac stopped for a quick snack: hot dogs,...his favorite!!!


And then more sliding and waiting in line,...nicely



Did Isaac "GET" the egg hunt? Not really, but he liked being with all the children,...and it's a big deal that our little guy is actually barefoot on grass!!! HUGE sensory leap,...


While all the other children snatched up the eggs,...Isaac was content to get just a couple,...


No matter if Isaac didn't snag lots of eggs at the egg hunt, because this year his sensory tolerance has improved enough for us to color our own eggs,...




Sort of,...Isaac had some trust issues going on with those little plastic cups,...



But,...Isaac tried and that's what matters most,...



No enthusiasm,...but maybe next year,...



Or maybe Isaac knew a hair cut was coming after we finished coloring the eggs,...

Since day one, we have cut Isaac's hair at home and it's been an evolving process,
which two years ago was so dire, it had us wondering 
if our little guy was going to go the Nazirite route,...
but that wouldn't work,
because Isaac like raisins,
and since then,
we've used a combination of distraction: from bubbles to Veggie Tales, 
to sensory desensitization with play scissors,
which means for almost two months
every day, a couple times a day
 I pretended to cut Isaac's hair,
combing and play cutting with the scissors 
until Isaac was able to tolerate real scissors. 
But let's be clear,...Isaac does NOT like getting his hair cut,
but he will sit, mostly still,....and tolerate the ordeal,...
which means
rewards for EVERYONE when the task is complete!!!



Mama's reward is easy to style hair and a handsome little guy,...


But pictures for prosperity are still not Isaac's thing,...especially in the morning. 


That face says it all,...

But to church we went,...and worshipped and Isaac had a grand time in Highland Havens,
bubbles and bubble and more bubbles,...
between super-sonic zooming around the room,...
And the result was a wore out little guy before the afternoon was through,...


Yes,...Isaac is really going to be a big guy,...but all big guys start out as little guys


And our little guy had celebrated Easter with all the gusto,...he's got!!!!

After a nap,...Isaac was ready to change into some play clothes 
and go outside and try out the side walk chalk
from his Easter Basket

It is important to note this is the first time,...Isaac has EVER picked up sidewalk chalk
sensory issues and such,
but obviously Isaac wasn't having any sensory issues when he began to 
trace out the alphabet to our astonishment!!!
check out that Q and R
rather precise for a rookie,...a four year old rookie at that,
I didn't get a picture of the M, N, O and P,...
but they were ALL spot on,...precise,...it was a WOW moment,...



Isaac has obviously been holding out on us,...
either that,
or 
Isaac's impressive tracings were his Easter gift to us,...






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









Thursday, April 17, 2014

Do The Zoo: Preschooler Style

Preschool Class Day at the Zoo 2014,...began with a traffic jam and us sitting in the same exit ramp spot for twenty minutes,...but Isaac was a sport about the delay: he nibbled a corn dog (Mama's favorite breakfast on the go: go-to) and looked at some books,...and pretty much chilled while Mama worried about being sooooo late meeting up with the preschool class and getting a parking place,...because the reason for the traffic jam was that EVERY school in a 100 mile radius decided to take a field trip to the zoo this morning!!!!


But eventually everyone made it to the zoo and Isaac tolerated wearing his yellow arm band fairly well,...for awhile,...at least. 



Being with a special needs preschool everyone was encouraged to go at their own pace as some of the children have more physical challenges and some like Isaac need to go at super-sonic speeds. But Isaac willingly held Mama's hand,...and that's a big development because usually Isaac balks about security hands holds because they cramp his let's-dart-here-and-let's-dart-there style. Also no surprise that Isaac in sensory-seeking mode was once again enthralled with the fences,...



And the sidewalks,....it did little good to encourage, "LOOK Isaac, giraffes!" 


But at least the giraffes got to see Isaac,...


Or rather a blue and green blur,...



No surprise that the multi-million dollar exotic animals were a yawn to Isaac,...but this extravagant display of wisteria caught Isaac's attention and with good reason,...the fragrance was absolutely delicious,...and the ambiance breathtaking,...but at the very end of the corridor,...Isaac's attention was distracted and it wasn't by the majestic lion rising from a nap,...nope,...it was a couple boulders,...that Isaac patted and considerately took his leave from, saying: "Bye Rock. Bye Rock." - goodbye for both!


Do the Zoo: Preschool Style,...means Isaac preferred playing on the rocks,...large and small...


The bigger the better,....


Which meant,...Isaac only dallied in the preschool section a moment,...he was soon on to bigger and better mountain-like rocks with the bigger kids.

Note on those bigger elementary school children,...Isaac watched them, enthralled, when they were playing a set of african drums in the play-area,...and when the impromptu concert was done: Isaac enthusiastically clapped,...and instructed others to clap,...saying: "Yeah!"  - really cute, but then Isaac is a music lover!!!


However more and more kids swarmed the uber-cool play area, and when the crowds got too crowded it was time for quieter venues,...


Only a preschooler would find fun shuffling their feet in the mulch,...and the real live kangaroos at the end of the bamboo tunnel? Nope, not as interesting at the man-made rocks of the exhibit,...


Come what may,...Isaac is a man-in-the-making,...who knows what he likes,....and as our admission bands were good for ALL admissions riding the Zoo Train would have been nice. Isaac likes trains,...but the chaotic lines were sooooo long it was like a four-train wait,...and for Isaac waiting in line,...is not yet a skill mastered,...so we passed it by as he was getting a little tired and more than a tad over-loaded by the increasing crowds and a few transitions were challenging for the both of us,....because it was so hard for Isaac to understand it was OK that we were leaving one area of the zoo,...because there were more areas to be explored.

However all of Mama's reassurances just weren't reassuring enough for a few tears fell and one of the older elementary school children asked (quite kindly): "Why is he crying?"

Gee, what do you say? Because our little guy is overwhelmed by the increasing crowds and doesn't understand we are transitioning from one uber-cool area to another equally uber-cool area,...which was what the tears were about. But of course, I didn't digress, I smiled and said, "He's just tired,...it's nap time."  

Which also wasn't too far off the mark, but Isaac wasn't too tired to ride the carousel,...and we lucked-out by walking up at the right moment so there was NO WAIT,....


Can't tell, but this is a bunny rabbit,...a very big bunny rabbit that went up and down on a very protracted ride,..that was soooo long it made the patrons feel they got their money's worth or that the ride operator was on social media and forgot us,...but little matter the extra time on that bunny rabbit made Isaac very happy,...he likes carousels,...a lot!!!



No tears while taking a selfie with Mama,...just that big beautiful smile!




More stuff to explore,...but not animals,...Isaac walked right thru the multi-million dollar children's petting zoo area to find THIS log,...and he was soooo pleased and what makes Isaac happy makes us happy. 


Yes, it is true,...Isaac is all about gravel and rocks,...



 And water,...Isaac called this waterfall: "Rain."


More rocks to discover,...perhaps Isaac is going to become a geologist,...he LOVES them!



And Mama just loves spending time with her little guy,...check out that face,...it says it all:
"She's kiss'in on me again,..."



You bet,...can't tell Isaac enough,...how much we love him,...
even at the zoo it is hugs and kisses galore!






Preschool Zoo Field Trip 2014,...Isaac explored in his own matchless style,...which meant the animals got to see him,...while he inspected the enclosures, and walkways and fences and barriers,...but there is no barrier on Isaac's limit on having fun,...he experiences the world in a different way and he makes sure you do too,...and that's really quite a wonderful way to spend a Thursday morning!!!

Tomorrow is Good Friday: we have a set of Resurrection Eggs, Isaac liked them last year and hopefully he'll have retained some of the meaning. Holidays are still tough for us, we don't know how much Isaac takes in, but Saturday Isaac will be coloring eggs and listening to Mama tell more about the Resurrection Story. Sunday is Easter,...and church experience speaks for itself as we celebrate this very special holiday celebrating Jesus Christ for HE IS RISEN!

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