Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving in Florida

Day One: The drive

Honestly, it wasn't as bad as I had imagined. I mean, 13 hours in a car (9:00 AM to 10:00 PM) wasn't a huge picnic by any means, but neither kid screamed the whole time :) Jaina got rather bored, even with the DVD player borrowed from Sharie. Jayce occupied himself with a new toy from the dollar store from grandma. We made too many stops for too long of a time, but we made it fine :)

Day Two:

The kids actually slept rather late... maybe 7:30 if my memory serves correctly. By nine, everyone was up (except Jeremy). But we didn't actually get dressed or moving until way after lunch time. Its a combination of being in Florida (where people sleep later and go to bed later) and being on vacation (not having anywhere to go). Melissa let Joshua skip school. The kids played very very nicely! Jayce enjoyed playing with their sliding glass doors in the kitchen.

Day Three:

Thanksgiving!! Melissa made squash casserole and I made potatoes with parsley. We drove up to Uncle David and Aunt Diane's house by 2:00 PM. I tried desperately to get Jayce to go back to sleep at her house to no avail :( My mom and I took turns being his shadow to make sure he didn't get into any trouble. He was all over the place! Diane and my cousins took all the kids on a golf cart ride around their neighborhood. Joshua and Jaina played with a remote controlled shark and diver in their pool. There were 3 turkeys... fried, smoked, and oven roasted. My favorite was the smoked! We had a great time :) We left by 6:00 pm because the kids were all exhausted from no naps.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Sunny Florida

Well, we made it! The trip wasn't TOO long :)

Monday, November 19, 2007

I'm insane

... Because I think its a good idea to take two kids and my mother, pack us into a car, and drive 12 hours to Southern Florida.

Oh, well. Even if its not a great idea, we're doing it anyway tomorrow!

See ya on the other side!

Friday, November 16, 2007

How Many Troopers Does it Take?

As I was heading back to my husband's workplace after lunch today, I noticed flashing blue lights in my mirror. I turn to Brian and say, "Um, is he trying to pull ME over? Was I speeding? Did I not use my blinker?" Brian just looked at me and shrugged. I had just gotten on an entrance ramp to a small highway and Brian's work was only two exits away. I slowed down, put my blinker on to let the trooper know I had seen him, and then pulled over on the side of the road at our exit.

Jaina asked, "Why are we stopping, Mommy?" Then she saw the state trooper walk up.

"Do you know why I pulled you over, ma'am?" he asked.

"No, sir, I do not," I replied, trying to use my best manners, since I heard that can help in situations like this.

"I noticed that your tags expired last month."

Brian and I looked at each other. Where was that damn sticker thingy? Brian thought it was on his desk upstairs. I thought it was on the table in the eat-in kitchen area.

"License and registration, please," he asked. Brian looks in the glove compartment and hands him an expired registration from 2004. Whoops! Brian looks again and finds the most recent one. Along with the 2008 tag sticker!!! That's where it was!

I hand the officer my license and the correct registration and show him the missing 2008 sticker we just found. He walks back to his vehicle. In the meantime, I'm searching for my insurance card, just in case he asks next for it. When I find it, I realize that its my old one that expires on November 6th, 2007. Goodness knows where my new one is. Brian's desk, perhaps?

Jaina pipes up from the backseat, "Mommy, are you going to jail?"

"No, sweetie."

"Then why is that man mad at you?"

"He's not mad, he just pulled me over because I don't have a sticker on my car."

"So, why don't you just put a sticker on your car?"

"We will in a minute."


"Is he going to give you a ticket?"

Daddy answers this time, "I hope not. It would be really stupid if he did since we have the sticker right here with us."

Then Brian notices the second trooper car. "How many troopers does it take to give a car a ticket for expired tags?"

He finally comes back and hands me my stuff.

"I'm going to let you off with a warning, Ma'am," he says. "I'd go ahead and put that sticker on your tags now." He hands me a written warning and goes on his merry way.

"Did you get a ticket mommy," asks Jaina.

"Nope, just a warning," I answer.

"What's a warning?"

I think for a minute. How do you explain a warning to a kid? "Jaina, its like getting a yellow star at school. But its not as bad as getting an orange star and losing recess time."

"Oh," she says, understanding. "Then I guess you don't get to watch TV today!"

(TV is Jaina's consequence for receiving yellow stars at school)

Ducks in the Water

A friend of mine and her little girl joined us at the park the other day. Jayce was fascinated by the ducks swimming in the water. He loved running back and forth on the bridge looking for ducks through the slates of the bridge's side. Of course, he didn't quite understand why we couldn't go swimming with the ducks! Yucky water!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Interesting Diet Information

The following is an excerpt from a book I just picked up from the library: Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Almost universally, I heard the complaints that their children were very limited in the foods they would eat. But the foods were almost always the same foods: those containing dairy and/or wheat. The most commonly craved foods in almost all of these children were: milk, pizza, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, pasta, cheerios, crackers, bread, and breaded chicken nuggets or fish- all foods composed of wheat or milk.

Dude, that's almost what Jayce's diet solely consisted of before going gluten-free. Well, with the exception of pizza. Jayce has never even tried pizza.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Fall Colors

I do realize that the Fall Season comes every year, pretty much around the same time, too. Yet this year, I am just amazed at the world around me gearing up for winter. The Fall foliage never fails to catch my eye every time I step outdoors. Maybe its because we've moved and I've never seen such beautiful and colorful trees before in South Carolina. All I know is that I wish I could capture it. Unfortunately, landscape photography is not one of my skills (some would suggest that portrait photography isn't either!) but here are my digital snapshots of Fall anyway :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I'm too busy

Too many times do I find myself saying to my husband, "I didn't have time today. I wasn't home at all today."

Eek. I need to slow it down some, I think. But how do I do that? Between MOMS Club functions (and I only go to about 1/2 of them!), Jayce's therapy, running errands, carting Jaina to and from school, and actually taking my kids to the park to play, I find that I'm not home much.

Of course, there are positives to this:

1. My kids are learning about the world around them
2. My kids hardly ever say they are bored
3. They tend to not get much TV time when we have busy days
4. I'm not constantly asked to play Barbie or Thomas (not that I mind once in a while, but being a kids' playmate as an adult is not as fun as one might think)

And really, the only negative I see is this:

1. I'm home long enough to make a mess, but not home long enough to clean it up :)

Obviously the pros outweigh the cons by a majority. My husband will just have to get over it!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

I seriously love my son's therapists

I just have to say that I am bowled over right now with gratitude that my son has so many wonderful people on his team. I never knew it was possible for people other than family to care so much about my child's health and happiness. Jayce's EI has 18 kids she sees and his ST has 35. Yet both those women make me feel like Jayce is the ONLY family they take care of. There seems to be nothing they won't do for our family. Whether its rearranging their schedules, answering tons of insurance questions, making phone calls to get me answers, or constantly checking out options for more therapy, his current therapists definitely go the extra mile.

Now I just have to think of really good Christmas presents for them!!!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Now, don't get me wrong. I agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics on a lot of things and I respect the board's research and knowledge. But I have to agree with McKenna on his statement below:

Book Disputes Advice Against Co-Sleeping

A new book, "Sleeping With Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping", disputes advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers fro Disease Control and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and makes a case for parents sleeping in the same beds with their babies.

The Platypus Media book written by James McKenna, director of the mother-baby behavioral sleep laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, explores issues around co-sleeping while claiming it is important, it may be done safely and it has become intertwined in politics.

McKenna and Platypus Media cite statistics that out of 720,000 infant deaths over a recent 18-year periods, only 102 can be confirmed as having suffocated on an adult bed while an adult was present - meaning that fewer than six infants in the US each year are confirmed as dying this way out of 4,000,000 births annually. Babies put to sleep in cribs have a suffocation death rate more than double that of babies who sleep with an adult on an adult bed, according to McKenna.

"The vast majority of scientific studies on infant behavior and development conducted in diverse fields during the last 100 years suggest that the question placed before us should not be 'Is it safe to sleep with my baby,' but rather 'Is it safe not to do so?'"

McKenna says it is a natural part of the mammalian biology and 5,000 years of human civilization for parents to sleep with their babies, and he said specific steps make it safe. He said certain situations and environments promote and protect maternal infant health while others pose risks.

Reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics caution against co-sleeping, saying the practice of bed-sharing can increase potential for suffocation and sudden infant death syndrome.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Fall Pictures 2007

Fall Pictures 2007

These pictures were taken with my 35 mm SLR film camera. Unfortunately, either the film was old or the color chemicals were not balanced at the photo place. Have I said how much I miss my digital camera yet?

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Jayce funnies

As much as this precious boy of mine frustrates the heck out of me with his behavior, he never fails to make me laugh or smile throughout the day. The first thing I do is call my mom, who in turn, tells me, "You'd better be writing this down!".

So, here are some Jayce funnies to share just from today.

1. He is currently, as I type this, running over to the portable phone base, pressing the "Page" button, then running back to the handset and saying, "Say Hello! Hello! Uh-huh...yes...uh-huh...yes... goodbye! BYE! BYE! BYE!" I don't get to see him play pretend often, so this is just too cute to me!

2. Jayce has never cared what clothes he has on or wanted to choose a certain outfit. That was until Monday, when my mother brought over a red long-sleeved T-shirt from Old Navy with a Wiggles Logo (made from iron-on transfer paper) attached. He snatched it up, said, "On top??" and has worn it ever since. I finally had to put it in the washing machine today because he got into the shower fully clothed while I was washing my hair.

3. I got Jayce to repeat the phrase "Trick-or-treat" in preparation for the upcoming holiday. The first time, he would get it right. Then he would say, "Trick-or-cheese". Then he'd say, "Chuck E. Cheese". That would lead to him getting excited and thinking about going to Chuck E. Cheese :) I couldn't actually get him to say, "Trick-or-treat" while we were trick or treating the other night, but today when he ate some M and M's, he said, "Trick-or-treat" plain as day, unprompted :) He'll be all ready for next year!
I'm going to keep adding to these throughout the day or week as they come :)

Halloween 2007

Brian's parents came to visit us right before Halloween. Robert enjoyed Jayce's kisses!

Brian's parents, Brian, and the grandkids:

Jaina thought it was freezing the night we went to the Pumpkin Patch (aka, Church parking lot!) So she bundled up in all our winter accessories that we found in the closet.

Jayce at the pumpkin patch:

The Friday before Halloween, Brian and I went to the 6th Annual Boo Bash. We won "Best Couple" for our versions of a terrorist and an afghan woman. Wearing a burqa for the evening was definitely a different experience and I have to admit I am happy to live in a country that does not require them.

Here are some pictures taken from our Halloween "Week". Thanks to my mother for loaning me her (crappy) camera!! I have half a mind to get her a new one for Christmas!!!