At 42 Degrees

At 42 Degrees

Friday, March 25, 2016

Lesson In Love

Don't believe in miracles? 
Well, here is my son with the Easter Bunny? 

If this picture is not a miracle,...nothing is!
Very brave boy, as you can tell Isaac is still not completely comfortable 
being so close to this creature.

How does Isaac feel about Easter?

Well, we don't exactly know as Isaac is not able to communicate on that level, yet. 
But Isaac knows the Easter story (at his level) and he knows it is NOT about an Easter Bunny. 
Isaac knows that Jesus loves him,
and Isaac knows that Jesus wants us to love one another. 

Thank you to those who love our special needs kids and create events just for them.
Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt was a BLAST.

Bubbles, anyone?

"Yes, please," says Isaac.

Forget hunting eggs,...let's just play with the bubbles. 

But then we do have that little pail that needs to be filled. 
So let's hunt eggs,...and teach EVERYONE a lesson in love. 

Have you ever been to an Easter Egg Hunt?
If you haven't, let me tell you the events are usually a free-for-all with chaos reigning
as ALL the children are frantically racing to see who can get the most eggs,
with the biggest and fastest kids, 
garnering the most. 

Hello, that's why this special event was planned, because too often at Easter Egg Hunts
Special Needs children get either, left behind, run over, or have someone steal their eggs.
Sorry to have to report that sad fact, but it is true, and it happened even this year,
not to Isaac, but another little friend had a very unhappy experience

But, I think every single person on the face of the earth
 needs to go to a Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt,
and get a lesson in love.

Lots of eggs,
and Isaac was out in front.

But you want to know what happened?
My little guy was more concerned about his friends
behind him getting eggs, 
that filling his own little bucket. 

One egg for me,
leave the rest for my friends. 

And it wasn't just Isaac with this loving attitude,
it was every single Special Need child.
These children aren't angels,
but every single child was more concerned
 about making sure there were enough eggs for their friends then filling their own baskets.

Love one another. Be kind to one another. 
To the point, there were eggs, and eggs, and more candy filled eggs left over.
So many eggs were left over the stunned organizer had to say:
"Okay kids, let's go around again."

Guess what happened?
Yep, the exact same thing.

What a lesson in love.

Have a blessed Easter!

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

Friday, March 18, 2016

Three Little Wishes

What would a six year old wish for if he had three wishes? Meet the characters in his favorite story? Have his pawpaw own a place as fascinating as Disneyland? Eat your favorite meal for supper, because hello, every little boy LIKES to eat!!!

If Isaac had wished such, then this past week, ALL his little wishes would have come true. 

When we arrived at my husband's parent's place,...
waaaaaaaaaay back in the boondox (i.e. isolated countryside)
Isaac was THRILLED,...because Paw-paw's property as every bit as good as Disneyland.

"This way," says Isaac to the Paw-paw's pond. 

Golf cart takes the place of monorail, but Isaac doesn't care, both are fun, and look at all that water!!!

Fishing without bait is futile, and the hook really needs to be 'in' the water, but Isaac was wish-fishing
and didn't care,...he was living a dream!

Next, Isaac got to live a fairytale, or at least his 'present' favorite story:

Here they are in the flesh,...yep,...Isaac was fascinated,
"Once upon a time,..."

That was the weekend, but the week didn't start very well with Isaac sick,
but not too sick,
not even a shot at the doctor's office,
and Isaac, like in OUR Isaac has been taking his daily medicine
with a spoon,
like a champ!
Talk about a Mama's Wish coming true!
"Great job, Isaac!"

Waffles for supper anyone?
It's been one of those weeks, and we really needed some cheering up and supper out one night!
Isaac's first visit to Waffle House.

Normally this is the type restaurant we would NEVER choose as the sensory load is overloaded.
I mean, hello the server, scream, "TWO WAFFLES DOWN, SAUSAGE, TWO OVER LIGHT!"
But wonder of wonders, we had a soft-spoken waiter,
and Isaac was mostly fascinated with the open kitchen,
and the food.
Although check out Isaac, checking out the sensory input on the toast.

Waffles without syrup?
That's how Isaac rocks and rolls, but then he's sweet enough. 

Three little wishes, wished and fulfilled,
Easter and spring break are coming up,
more time to wish,
and fish,
and eat waffles without syrup,
because that's the way I.I. likes them,
and now,
so do I.

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

Friday, March 11, 2016

Making Happy Choices

Whew after a few very challenging weeks there, Isaac is settling in at school, and learning to make happy choices. 

So many new skills are emerging it is utterly amazing, and we are so grateful for every bit of progress that Isaac is mastering. From eye contact, to social skills, to answering questions, and reading and spelling Isaac is knocking everything out of the ballpark!!!

I.I. is also having tons of fun in his own matchless style, a visit to the movie theater.

Zootopia and popcorn make a GREAT combination!

Luckily for us the bottom row seats are never desirable for anyone one else, but they are PERFECT
for a child on the spectrum as it is near impossible to disturb the other movie goers. 
No seats in front to kick, easy access to get up for breaks, 
and an unobstructed view of the screen, which means no distractions. 

The face of a concentrating child as Isaac barely moved thru the entire movie. 

Aside from movies, Isaac has been reading LOTS of books, and learning lots of new skills. 

Last summer when I was working on therapy ideas for Isaac I purchased this multi-compartment tool chest and then promptly forgot about it until this winter when I dug it out of the therapy closet
 and labeled all the little drawers with the alphabet. 

The big question?
Would Isaac like this organizer?
Would he play with it?
Would it be useful for categorizing items with the letter they start with?

Ah, YES would be the answer.
Isaac is totally fascinated with all the little drawers and the trinkets I added to each drawer,
to represent each letter. 

"Let's see," says Isaac, a zillion times a day, 
as he inspects his alphabet horde like a miser. 

Of course, Isaac has to show off each item, and we talk about all the trinkets, 
and spell, "F-R-O-G, frog, F-L-O-W-E-R, flower."

Just to make it more fun, I am constantly on the look out for new items to add, 
like this week at the thrift store when I discovered a bag filled with tiny food, animals, and clothing.
 Of course, at six years old, Isaac is NOT into mouthing any of these items, 
otherwise this uber-cool activity would not be assessable. 
Safety first.

But Isaac has been very safe and very responsible with all these little items.
Like a file clerk, he files away everything into the correct bin,
which is soooooo encouraging 
because Isaac knows: blue, bird, and bell,
are all B words, because of the "Ba" sound.

The magnifying glass is also a hoot, Isaac says, "Aha! What could it be?"
While I cry tears of JOY!!!

Such happy choices being made these days!
A grateful people, we praise the LORD and rejoice!

Until I post again, God bless and keep you!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Hide The Keyboard

Hello, but it never occurred to me that I might ever have to hide my wireless keyboard.

However to save my manuscripts from a VERY curious six year old, it might be a step I have to take, as Isaac is utterly fascinated with my computer and especially the keyboard, which is not negative, in the least. But a couple times in the past week when I've been multi-tasking, I've come back to my manuscript to find:


And here is the culprit!!!!

Adorable culprit!
 Isaac is watching a video of Silly Symphonies: The Three Little Pigs. 
Check out the sheer delight on that face!!!

However as I am working on copyediting my first novel, I really, really REALLY don't need to find unexpected inserts of Isaac's creativity. So perhaps as a precaution, I need to put the keyboard away when I have to be away from my desk. No temptation, no drama, and it is only fair to Isaac to set him up for success, as I want him to have free access to my office, as it is also our library and therapy space.

Although I have a feeling in the very near future, Isaac will be having access to his OWN keyboard, as he is really truly so fascinated, it would be a shame not to take advantage of his enthusiasm to teach some important keyboard skills, but just not with my manuscripts!!!!

Last year, Isaac would not have been given access to being INSIDE the garden bed, because we knew full well, at that time our little guy would have tossed ALL the dirt out, but LOOK Isaac is playing appropriately, and we discovered THE best way to aerate garden soil is a six year old!

Fun on the weekend, but this week found Isaac sick with a stomach virus. Oh dear, no fun, but honestly I.I. is so precious. Not a whimper, only a very subdued child who wants to be held. Thankfully this virus was a light case and over very quickly. 

Usurping Mama's office chair is always perfectly fine. 

Yesterday is when Isaac was home sick. 
The virus took its toll overnight, 
but Isaac woke, after sleeping in, feeling much better, 
and then we had the funniest tussle. 
It was over an app that big brother Teddy loaded on to Isaac's tablet. 
The app is VERY kooky and I had a hard time figuring out what Isaac was doing 
because the entire app activity is a piece of bread being navigated around a room. 
Let's just say, Isaac didn't want to give Mama a turn, 
so she could figure out if this app had any educational value or not. 
Pulling rank, I asserted my authority, "I am THE Mama!" 
without missing a beat, I.I. bopped, "I am THE Isaac!"
Oh dear, but I was howling with so much laughter, Isaac won that round. 
And then he did give me a turn.
My opinion stands: the app is kooky, but I suppose navigating around the room is problem solving, so I decreed the app could stay, but then I noticed the apps name and I laughed even harder, because it is
"I am the Bread!"

Can't avoid technology in the 21st century,
but we do encourage non-techy activities,
like puzzles. 

More problem solving. 

Pout of concentration!!!!

Puzzle completed before it was time to go to school!!!

So will I really and truly have to hide my keyboard? 


One has to pick one's battles, 
and I don't want a keyboard or computer to have any negative connotations.  
For now it is easier to restrict access than to expect Isaac to avoid such tempting boundaries. 
And then later we can reintroduce the keyboard and its boundaries in appropriate manner, 
so I am not pulling rank,
nor is Isaac. 

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