Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rediscovering Me

I went to my 4th stress relief class yesterday (It's a study my husband and I are participating in that's looking at ways to reduce stress in parents to special needs kids). One of the things the teacher said was "We are more than our special needs kids." And I thought why in the world have I not heard or thought of this sooner. Everything I do is for my son. I feel like I have to live around him. I have to avoid things that set him off, I have to work really hard with him everyday to try to teach things other kids can do the 1st time they try, I have to explain things to others that don't understand about him, I have to go to lots of school meetings etc. That's all I have known the past couple of years. The world of autism has literally taken over my life. So, now I am on a mission to rediscover who I am. I'm more than a mom to a special needs little boy. I'm just not sure what more means yet. And I'm really not sure how to find out. But, I have to figure it out in order to be a more level headed, sane mother.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Best Proposal Ever

My husband and I have been married for 4 years. We got married in the court house due to the fact we were broke and expecting a baby in a couple months. There was no proposal, we just decided we wanted to be married when the baby got here. We decided on our 5th anniversary we would have a ceremony. What I didn't know, was that my husband had a surprise in store for me. We went to the movies to see "The Help" and a certain preview stands out to me. This one:

The Proposal from R. Alan Ingalls on Vimeo.

After it played he got on 1 knee with a brand new engagement ring and asked for me to marry him again. =) It's been 4 days since this happened and I'm still admiring the ring. <3

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Princess and the....penny?

We went out to eat Chinese a few nights ago. As usual, when we were all done eating we gave the kids some pennies to throw in the fountain. Our 3 year old loves doing this, so we thought our 1 year old would follow in his footsteps and love it as well. Well, Brandon threw his in. Alexis on the other hand had a really firm grasp on her penny. She absolutely refused to let go of that penny. I guess she thought there were better things to put her penny towards than a fountain. I finally convinced her to let go of it once she was buckled in her car seat and I told her I would hold onto it and put it in her piggy bank once we got home. So, there you have it...the story of the princess and the penny. =)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Yay Brandon!!!!!

My 3 year old son ,Brandon, used a fork for the 1st time today all by himself!!! Now, you are probably thinking that doesn't sound too special because your child could do that at a year old. But, Brandon has autism. Everything is a challenge for him to learn. It took countless hours of occupational therapy and lots and lots and lots of practice at home. Not to mention the melt downs, tears, and frustration. I'm so proud of my little man!!

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