At 42 Degrees

At 42 Degrees

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Celebrating Gifts,...

30 years ago, 1984, husband and I were wed and began an incredible journey through love, loss, laughter and living,...we've been blessed with three sons,...with Isaac being a most unexpected, but most welcome gift when he arrived in our lives four years ago

Today my husband and I celebrate the love we have for one another,...and the love we share for this little man who has brought so much joy into our lives,....

Thank you LORD,...for your gifts, and blessings and mercies, and for the next 30 years. 

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

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Just Add Water

Beach Vacation 2014: Part III

How to teach Isaac to swim?
Just add water. 

Isaac will do the rest,...

Of course,...floaties help,...

And Mama near by,...very near by in case her little guy got too brave,..
but no,...Isaac did great in our hotel pool,
he was kicking like a pro,...
prediction: next summer Isaac will need no floaties - 
he did that good!

I.I.,...loves the water,
and we love him!

Take away from our Beach Vacation? Giggles, Sand, Sun, Water and Isaac taking charge of that beach, his own matchless style,...we all had a great time.

Next Post Preschool recap,...Isaac is doing great in his new class that starts soooooo early,...I mean every morning Isaac's looking at me like,...does the sun really rise at 8 a.m.?  Yep, I.I., does and unlike Beach Vacations, can't sleep in for preschool....

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

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Surf's Up

Beach Vacation 2014: Part II

Despite Isaac's best attempts, I am afraid, I have to report that while on vacation our little guy was not able to achieve his ultimate goal of getting all that sand on the beach back into the Gulf of Mexico, but it wasn't for lack of trying, and it never got old, sand in hand, sand thrown in waves, sand in hand, sand thrown in waves, for hours,...and that did get a little worrisome,...first thing that comes to mind with a child on the spectrum is fixation, but thankfully Isaac started varying his routine - still sand in hand, sand in the waves, but he started exploring with different ways to throw, or different ways to dig up that sand,...watching Isaac so enjoy investigating all the physical properties that sand on the shore has to offer was really a joy to witness,...make no mistake out little guy was having fun,...

During one of Isaac's ventures into different methods of digging sand,...he discovered the delight of surfing in the surf,...Isaac style which needs no board,...

Just those gentle warm waves washing over our little guy,...again and again,...

Waves will chase you,....and Isaac usually won the race to the shore,...

Then back to sand digging,...let's get real,...this guy has a job to do!!!!

Surfing the waves was only a side perk,....

Waves washing sand from your hand,...oh yeah,...Isaac was finding the easy way to do his job!

Last year when we briefly took Isaac to the shore it was not a great experience,...don't get me wrong,...Isaac is Isaac and he experiences the world in a different way and makes sure you do too,...but last year he was a LOT more fearless and would heedlessly head into the surf,...which thanks to storms last year had MUCH bigger waves and Isaac seemed determine to take those waves on,...and sorry Isaac when you read this post-years-hence, but it was a very stressful trip,...and the nerve-wracking memory was much in our minds, but nevertheless, we decided to try again because new and different experiences are soooo important for your development,...and you're worth a little stress. But what a difference a year makes!!!!

Beach trip 2014 was a rounding success!!!

For starters, Isaac was more wary of the water, a very appropriate way,...not scared, but also let's not dive in head first,...and he didn't wander,...WOOHOO, husband and I actually were able to sit in the sand and semi-relax as we watch out little guy independently having fun a yard or so away from us - let's get real - we were ready to hop up and sprint if necessary - but Isaac was a doll, and we never even had to say: "Come back, buddy," or "Stay close, I-I." -- and Isaac had a really good time exploring dry sand, wet sand, damp sand, making castles, unmaking castles, and playing in the shallow waves and most importantly trying to get ALL that sand back into the gulf!!!

Also, I must mention the shrimp - not in the sea - but on Isaac's plate as he adores sea food and fried shrimp in particular, and aside from a really, really, really good barbecue sandwich we shared from this little bitty gas station what was selling BBQ SAMMIES - (that's what the sign said) - and it was GOOD, but not as good as getting to eat fried shrimp for lunch and dinner for three days straight,...but hey we had to keep our little sand-thrower fueled for his adventures.

One more vacation post, hint: more water,...and then preschool pix,...Isaac started last week,...and has had two really good days: Yeah, better way to start back to school then with a great suntan!!!

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Man On A Mission,...

Beach Vacation at the Gulf - Part I

Has it only been a few days since we're back from our beach vacation at the Gulf? Our trip was curtailed two days early for a Teacher Conference at Isaac's Preschool,...but Isaac wasn't thinking about the upcoming school year at the beach - he was a MAN ON A MISSION,...

All that sand needed to be put back into the Gulf!


When he first began his task,...Isaac would toss a handful of sand into the waves,
and then turn and ask:
As if we could tell him EXACTLY where that handful went. 

You have to admire tenacity,....

And dedication,...

Let's be clear,...that sand was going back where it belongs!!

The task didn't get old,...

Neither did the fun of watching our little guy so happy and relaxed,...

Can't hear the giggles,....but they were there,...
throwing sand is FUN!!!

Mama didn't even try to sneak in sneaky therapy,
it was vacation,
a break from the every day,
Isaac was too busy,
he was a Man On a Mission,
Sand into the Sea,
or Gulf,
salty water is salty water. 

More adventures to come,...and preschool stuff too!

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