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Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Who gives giant gummy bears for Halloween treats? They are heavy!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


LEGO Take and Make was yesterday at the local ToysRUs so Jackson and I went down for some free LEGO swag.  The Dracula was the main hit and we needed to wait while the staff bundled more packages together.

We did have to go back to the store to get an extra arm that they neglected to add, but it's LEGO......and Dracula.  You go back to get the piece.  

I love this!!  It's not the LEGO from my childhood.  I thought I would add my top 10 I LOVE LEGO list today.

1.  I think we instinctively like to build even if we (me) suck at it.
2.  When the kids were little, Sean made LEGO creations that moved.  I thought that was hot.
3.  LEGO never goes out of style.  Retro - yes, but still works with the new stuff.
4.  I can buy my 30+ year old brother LEGO and he would be happy.......mostly because of......
5.  Star Wars - The Best.
6.  Because of #'s 4 and 5, I know that I can always go to LEGO for gifts for my grown sons.
7.  They do have some girly LEGO.  Not my thing, but if girls want to build something pretty, you can get flowers and pink. Equal opportunity.  If #5 is up your alley, then you may be wife material.
8.  The store.  Have you been to one?  The one at Disneyland?
9.  LEGO men.  Jared loves them.  He lines them up.  Plays for hours. 
10. Probably the only "toy" that will be saved to use for future generations.  It's expensive, but an investment.

Just don't let your dog eat it.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

An Attempt to Party

Last weekend, Jared went to a party.  A teenage party.

Originally only Jordan was going and somehow Jared got an invite too.  I was super nervous/excited about it.  First, many of the kids involved with this event were actually Jared's age and in his classes at school.  I felt a little sad that this party was going on and that Jordan was invited over the younger brother classmate.  The reason behind that has more to do with girls and the boys they like, but you catch my drift, right. So when I heard that Jared was also invited..........there were some smiles.

Jordan was fine with Jared coming along and even was agreeable to helping him navigate the world of social interaction party style.  Jared, upon hearing about the invite, eagerly and hesitantly said he would go.  A party.  Socializing.  Big stuff.

He tried to go to the party with his Sudoku book and the novel he is currently writing.  Yeah.  I made him leave those at home.  I knew it would be a challenge for him, but I figured if he didn't have a melt down the night would be a success.

He lasted two hours.  No melt downs.  He did try to get on a computer to play games and we did find him upstairs hanging with the parents.  He was surprised to see Sean and I when we picked him up.  He didn't want to leave, but we didn't want the grown ups looking after him.

I think it was an overall success.  We learned some things.  It's not a comfortable environment for him.  We actually knew that, but I think it's good that he stretch that comfort zone every now and then.  He learned that being social in that setting is hard, and he likes the peace that comes from being on his own.  He learned what happens at parties - at least the ones we'd let him go to.  Jordan learned what Jared can handle in a major social situation.

I'd like to see how he does when the party is at our house.  He and Jordan can host together.  That way if Jared reaches his limit, he can disappear and there is still a host.

I learned that I don't have to get overly distressed if Jared's social life is not as active as the other boys.  It's not always his thing and he's okay with that.


Is it just me or is this kind of gross?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Week in the Life.......

I was off on holidays last week and thoroughly enjoyed the concept of "stay-at-home-mom-ness".  By Friday I was getting into a groove and not worried about "the office".  Too bad I had to be back by Monday.  Re-entry pretty much sucked.

What a great week it was.  I got to have lunch with a couple of my peeps.  One of them is having a birthday tomorrow - the major birthday kind of birthdays - in a tropical place, and so it was nice to visit before she left.

Thursday was a big day.  My parents left for Japan and the rest of us went to Calgary to visit the temple open house.  My day started e-a-r-l-y.  Not kidding.  4 am kind of early.

So the sad part.......

My glasses fell onto the driveway in the wee hours of the morning as we pulled out to drop my parents off at the airport.  So if you were curious which would win - red Prius vs. red glasses - the car won.  

Slightly later in the wee hours of the morning, Sean and the boys and I were on our way to Calgary.  The temple was lovely, but I doubt there would ever be one I would consider not lovely.  We did manage to forget to take a picture as a family there.  Typical of us really.  

The happy part.......

We took the boys to Cross Iron Mills just outside of Calgary for lunch and some "shopping".  I wanted to depress James by taking him to a music store so he could find a bunch of stuff he can't afford.  What we did find was an excellent deal for an electric/acoustic guitar with a hard case.  Jordan is learning that he can love playing the guitar even if James does too.  He's been wanting his own and this is what we found.  So Merry Christmas, Jordan.  With love from your parents and Auntie Diane.  What a happy boy we had!!  

Friday was baking afternoon for James and some friends.  He got a recipe for spiced pumpkin cookies, which were rather yummy really, and they got to work.
If it isn't obvious, the tray closest to the wall was done by a girl.  The weird shaped ones in the front belong to James.  Good thing they tasted all the same.  

To cap off the baking theme......James is on a bit of a roll......he wanted to try making a souffle called a Salzburger Nockerl.  Odd stuff really.  Tomorrow we are making a lemon souffle.  I think he will like it better.
He really did a great job.  Chicks dig a guy that knows his way around a kitchen and it won't hurt his chances at being the greatest mission companion ever!!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Little Bit of Jordan

We will see if this works.  I am not good at uploading videos.  Just a little Jordan for y'all.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Limits of the Mind

Over the last few years I have blogged about Jared on another blog because I was finding that this one, the one for me and the family, was getting overrun with stories of him.  I felt he was crowding us out, or at least his brothers.

Now I struggle with writing there, because our daily adventures - Autism or not - belong to our family.  I have debated how to record and share without again, monopolizing this blog with Autism.  It is only one facet to Jared and to our family.  We are more that just Autism.

What do you think?

Tonight as Jared was talking about how he gets ideas and if he has to wait to get them out they disappear.  He said his mind was a low security jail.  Sometimes it was hard for ideas to get out (get in too, I might add).  All I could think was what a brilliant way to describe that mind of his.  He articulated it in such an easy way to understand, yet I don't think he has a clue that he did.

He continues to amaze me in all the trials.  Love that boy!!