Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Thankful Thanksgiving

I have seen how many people have been posting all month about the things they are thankful for, and I wish I had been able to get a post done about this before today. But since it is thanksgiving today, it's not too late!

I am thankful for my family most of all today. I have the best family in the world. They have been there for me this past year as we have been on a roller coaster ride with Josh. I have had all the help I needed to make it through it all. I am so grateful for a wonderful family who loves me unconditionally. I am so thankful for the acceptance my family has had with the challenges we face as well. Having a child with autism, and one with developmental delays is not easy to explain to others. I have seen other parents of kids with disabilities who have not had that acceptance from thier own family. My family is the best and loves us unconditionally. Thank you so much!!!!

Now, onto our fun family day! I didn't think to take all the pictures I wish I would have, but I got a couple good ones.

This first one is some of the family sitting around a table playing a card game. It was very odd this year to have such a small family gathering. We miss you Amy and Luke!!!!

This is Jordan being... silly. He has a cheesy smile when he is goofing off.

This is a good picture of Trevor. He is really hard sometimes to get in a picture, so I can't complain. (on a side note: trevor had a decent thanksgiving this year. He did stay away in Harrison's room during the meal, but we got him out to socialize later with the Wii)

This is Scott and Trevor playing bowling with the Wii. I was completely amazed with how well Trevor did. He has never played it before, but got the highest score on every game out of every single person there... including the adults!

This is him playing bowling. He was so funny about it. He even had a little dance that he did when he would get a strike. For those of you who don't know Trevor very well, it was a HUGE deal that he even came out to socialize at all. He usually hides away and plays alone at family parties. I was very proud of him today.

It was a great Thanksgiving and I hope everyone else had a great thanksgiving as well. I can't wait to read all your posts about the fun things you did!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Building a BirdHouse

Jordan waited all day long for Trevor to come home so they could build a birdhouse on our back patio. I let them out and they came back about 20 minutes later asking me to take a picture of thier birdhouse. They were so proud of themselves, if you can't tell! I was just glad they were getting along for once.

Josh's First Word!!!

Josh said his first word.. besides his 'dada' babbling! He says, 'Hi', it's so cute! I was thinking it would be longer before we heard a first word! The Speech Therapy must be doing some good. LOL! I had to take a couple pictures today to show how happy he is. He is feeling much better and back to his easy going self again. He is so fun!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Honest kids.....

I have seen this on some other blogs and thought it would be fun to do. You ask your children the following questions and type their answer. It was very interesting here! Enjoy!

1. What is something mom always says to you?
Trevor & Jordan: Clean up your room.
2. What makes mom happy?
Jordan: No fighting.
3. What makes mom sad?
Jordan: When we don't listen.
4. How does your mom make you laugh?
Trevor: Blowing on my tummy.
5. What was your mom like as a child?
Jordan: Smaller than me.
6. How old is your mom?
Trevor: 28
7. How tall is your mom?
Trevor: Taller than me.
8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Trevor & Jordan: Make yummy food for us.
9. What does your mom do when you are not around?
Trevor: Do the laundry.
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Trevor: A good cleaner.
11. What is your mom really good at?
Trevor: Reading.
12. What is your mom not so good at?
Jordan: Fishing.
13. What does your mom do for her job?
Trevor: Help us clean the basement. ( Apparently that is all I do:):)
14. What is your mom’s favorite food?
Trevor: Spaghetti cuz you make it lots.
15. What makes you proud of your mom?
Trevor: She makes funny faces so I laugh.
16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Jordan: June from Little Einsteins.
17. What do you and your mom do together?
Jordan: Play I Spy (Jordan's new favorite game)
Trevor: Be friends
18. How are you and your mom the same?
Jordan: We both have shirts on.
19. How are you and your mom different?
Trevor: Because of our hair, mine is all gone. (Shaved)
20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Jordan: Because you say ‘I love you, too’ when I say ‘I love you’

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I've been tagged!

I liked this tag! It's so simple, all you do is go to your pictures on your computer and find the 4th folder and the 4th picture in that folder and post it and describe what is going on. Fun!

This is my nephew, Parker, when he was a month old. He was soo tiny! (I say that because he is now 22 months old). Aahhh the memories!!

Now I tag: Amy, Chantel, Tanya, and Alice

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Bad day.....

Josh has had another bad day. He woke up with a rash all over and has been really fussy. Then this afternoon he finally was willing to get down and play... and THIS happens! Sigh.... he was walking and just fell. I am not sure how he hit so hard, but he did. Poor kid.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Our little Trooper!

I thought I should post an update on Josh. He is still not feeling well, but we haven't had any more of those "seizure" episodes since tuesday night. He has caught a virus of some sort and we are hoping it doesn't last too long. His fever comes and goes, and he has a runny nose now. I have never been one to worry about fevers with the kids... until now! So we just keep him drugged and life will go on. He usually has the biggest blue eyes, and while he has not been feeling well, you can see it in his little face. Poor little guy! He does still have his EEG down at Primary's tomorrow, so we hope that goes well. Thanks for all the prayers and concern!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A trip to the ER

Tonight was an eventful night here. Josh woke up from a nap with some weird shaking. He has these episodes every now and then, so I thought it would go away. Then it got worse...and pretty soon he was shaking pretty violently. After a call to the Doctor, I rushed him to the ER. He was taken back as soon as I walked up to the desk. The Dr that saw him said he had a seizure from a high fever that hit in minutes. I did take his temp at home before I left and it was 100.3 but nothing to explain what was going on. He probably had his temp taken less than 15 minutes later and it was 104.7 and his body didn't respond well. His pulse was also too high at 179bpm. So anyway... after a bit of a stay and a couple calls to his Doctors later, he was stablized and we were able to bring him home. I will take him to his Pediatrcian tomorrow morning and then we'll see if there is a virus or infection starting. It's a good thing he has his EEG this friday. That will tell us if this is an isolated thing, or the beginning of something else. He has never had a fever this high before, so the Dr told me he might have this happen again. We need to keep a real close eye on the fever and keep him drugged to help the fever stay down. I will let you know if there is anything else going on. Thanks!!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Going Private...

OK, so I have decided to make this blog private. I want to keep everyone informed on what is going on in our lives, but want only those of you I know reading it. Too many creepy people out there. LOL! If you want an invite, put your email address in the thoughts and I'll add you. If you know I have your email address, you can just tell me to add you. I will keep it public for a few days to give you some time. Thanks for your help! I want everyone to still keep visiting us!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Funny Story

I am posting Trevor's school pictures, but I have a funny thing to post as well.

First let me explain that Trevor has never been a child to doodle, or write things on paper or anything like that. Jordan is our creative child who makes pictures, notes, cards, ect for everyone. Trevor hasn't been very interested in writing or reading either. The last month or so he has began to sound out all sorts of words he sees and is getting much better. A couple days ago he informed me that he needed to write a note to Jann, the aid on his school bus. I told him he could, and went on with what I was doing. Pretty soon Trevor brought me this paper. I couldn't help but laugh! He didn't understand why it was so funny to me. He has learned what Tattoo's are and loves to put those temporary ones on. He wants everyone to wear them and loves to see how long it will last before coming off. To tell you the truth, he probably doesn't even know that there are permanent ones. So anyway, in his mind this was how you spell Tattoo. Pretty funny, huh!

These are Trevor's school pictures. I am just wanting to know anyone/everyone's opinion on them. Be honest. Scott thinks they could be better and we should retake them. I kinda think they are cute, because they show his personality so well. What do you think?

Scott also doesn't like his shirt he picked out. I had forgotten it was picture day and he was already dressed when he reminded me. Those of you who don't know Trevor well... he DOES NOT CHANGE CLOTHES. Once he is dressed, he is dressed and no matter how much you try to convince him to change, he won't. It's a lovely battle we have on a regular basis.

So what do you think? I look at it from a stand point of how difficult it is to get any professional pictures taken of him and this picture does show his personality and his favorite shirt. Every year he has had his school picture taken with his favorite shirt of the year. This just happened to be this years. Sigh.... please be honest and let me know if you think we should do retakes? Or what would you do?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Some help with walking....

Josh got some new clothes!! Just kidding, it is something called a 'weighted vest'. Josh's Occupational Therapist thinks this may help with balance. Alot of kids that have balance problems need some help to know where in space they are. I don't know if that makes sense or not, but he has a low sensory input and his body doesn't always know where he is. He walks too fast or off balance because of it. So you add weight to him and somehow that forces his body to pay more attention. So we got it and we'll give it a whirl!

It has two pockets in front that hold 1lb weights.

This is the back of the vest. It has three pockets. For now we only have weight in his top pocket. He generally falls backwards alot, so we didn't want to put too much weight back there to begin with. We'll see how it goes!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween Fun!

Here are some pictures from last night. We didn't do anything very extravagant, but had fun with both sides of the family.

This is Josh, Trevor, Aliyah, Jarron and Jordan at Scott's parents house.

This is the grandkids at my mom's house. They weren't too excited about more pictures.

And my dad with the grandkids. It makes me sad we have to do pictures without Kyrie and Ryan. We miss you guys!
The kids at my mom's still with Kendra and Harrison (my cousins).

My mom tried something new this year. you can't tell in the picture but the half egg shells are on fire. The eyes look like they are glowing when the lights are out. It was pretty cool and the kids all loved it.