Been a little quiet on this blog lately, though today I thought that I'd share some random thoughts/happenings...
Freddie's been sick lately, got a doctor's appointment this afternoon
I hate autism
Watching my little guy have a seizure scares me EVERY SINGLE TIME
I'm enjoying the warmer weather.
Flower garden in the front of the house is finished and looks fabulous.
Vegetable plants are ready to go in...
Still deciding on a fence for the veggies
Finn (our service dog) likes to swing from our tree (he's funny)
Started exercising at home, not a habit yet, but it will be
With two animals shedding our vaccum cleaner is getting a workout
I pray that all of those girls are found safely and reunited with their families
Still knitting that chevron scarf
Want to paint our downstairs bathroom (not sure what color)
Wondering if anyone ever reads these posts
I made soap recently and I love how it turned out (may never buy soap again)
Found a new pie recipe that my family enjoys
Had to cancel our summer vacation to Smokey Mountains
I love watching my little guy sleep
Looking for a new "fun" book to read
Debating about entering a craft show this summer
What's new with you?
My son was the FOX news (local station) last night. Take a look.
Brookfield Zoo had an Autism Awareness Day yesterday that we attended. Freddie just loves being at the zoo. The weather was perfect, here are some pictures of our fun-filled day.
As soon as we arrive we head to Freddie's favorite place in the zoo, The Living Coast, as you can see he's just getting ready to make a run for it
I think that he would stay here the whole day if we let him. This is the only picture that came out clear. Couldn't use my flash in this exhibit (need to read up on the settings for next time).
On to the next stop.
Here we are at The Swamp, watching the ducks and the sea otters is another stop we have to make during every visit.
Our last stop of the day was at the Hamill Family Play Zoo, this is where we met a reporter from Fox News who interviewed us and we also met Pat Quinn our Governor. It was an exciting day.
Have a great day everyone! Enjoy your Sunday.
Our Spring Break did not go according to my plans. I planned a fun-filled week for us, signed my son up for a spring break camp in the morning, afternoons he’d still have therapy but I included lots of fun early evening activities such as the Children’s Museum, playdates, the mall, and lots to time outside with Finn. The Sunday before our spring break began my little guy woke up vomiting with a high temperature. Since he is seizure prone we kept him home from church and spent the day trying to get his temperature down. I was unsuccessful, we ended up canceling all of our fun spring break plans and spending the last two weeks mostly in the bed sleeping, talking to his doctors, and making a mad dash to the emergency room. While my son spent most of his time healing I spent a lot of knitting and reading.
This is my Favorite Scarf Ever, the knitting pattern can be found here.
A few weekends ago my husband and I went to an Autism Conference I learned a lot about different treatments that have peaked my interest that I'm currently researching and during our lunch break a women spoke to us about Autism and the environmental causes. She referenced this book below:
She was so interesting that I immediately went on amazon.com and ordered this book. I can't begin to tell you just how interesting this book is, I'm still in the middle of it so I'll let you know my thoughts once I finish.
I also ordered this book on the advice of several autism moms I see during one of my son's therapy appointments. She spoke very highly of this book and is planning on exploring homeopathy in addition to her son's therapy. The book is a bit pricey but I have heard many good things about homeopathy and I am curious to know if this would help our son.
With this heavy reading I need some light entertaining fun reading so I've downloading this book on my kindle.
I love these little mystery short stories. Very entertaining, the stories are short and it is a great break from autism reading.
The weather is getting warmer in the midwest and my favorite time of the year has arrived, time to start thinking about gardening. Yippee!
Have a great day everyone!
My handsome little guy turned 4 last Wednesday, he woke up super early to open up a few of his gifts, and he giggled like crazy when I sang Happy Birthday. His big birthday gift was his service dog (Finn), I wrote about him in a previous post. Our parents came over this weekend to celebrate with gifts galore this Larry hat seems to be his favorite so far. He looked so stinking cute wearing his new hat all day.
He was more interested in the Buzz Lightyear birthday candle than this caramel cake (more for me).
Today though my little has an upset stomach he’s been up since 4am throwing up. The first day of our spring break will be spent snuggling in bed having a Toy Story/VeggieTales marathon sipping on fluids and hopefully catching up on sleep. Gotta kick this tummy bug quickly, I’ve got some fun plans for our spring break.
Have a happy Monday!
This week we added a new member to the Greenwood household. A service dog, named Finn. His job is to help/aide our precious little guy (our son has a diagnosis of autism and seizure disorder). Last year while at a Special Needs Expo there was an organization with service dogs, during her demonstration she talked about how these dogs can be used to keep our kids safe, she gave us the example of a child who wanders, is nonverbal with epilepsy. At the time I thought that her presentation was interesting and I filed the information in my head just in case... Little did I know that just in case would be our story, my son likes to run, more specifically he bolts from me in public without warning. We can be in a store and he’s holding my hand tightly and within an instant it seems he’s snatching his hand out of my grip and running as fast as he can. I’m pretty fast and I have been able to catch him in a few steps but in the past few months he’s been getting faster and it’s been harder for me to catch him. He also wanders and he can open doors by himself. I’ve caught him going into the garage, trying to open the front door and he has run out of the therapist office into the parking lot on more than one occasion, he doesn’t always respond to his name or listens when I tell him to stop. For the last 4 months our therapists and I have been working on the phrase, “walk with me” to try to curb this behavior and we’ve seen little success so far, so I began to research service dogs and found a wonderful foundation close to home that trains service dogs, this is how we met Finn. He currently weighs 83 pounds (still growing) and he’s solid. When Freddie is tethered to Finn he can’t bolt, run away or wander. This alone is a huge relief, Finn is still in the training program so we have training school to attend, but I can see the possibilities, seizure alert, calming, sleeping, socialization, and safety.
I never considered myself to be a dog person, I’ve always preferred cats, but this little doggie is changing my mind.
We’ve been having a lot of snow/cold weather days when the weather is too bad to go outside. I’ve been spending lots of time knitting and watching Netflix “Miss Marple” series, I remember reading most of her books many years ago (high school) but I’ve forgotten most of them so watching these shows has inspired me to re-read Agatha Christie books. I recently finished “A Murder is Announced”, the PBS show based on the book was entertaining but as usual I enjoyed the book more.
A Murder is Announced is set in a quiet English town where an advertisement is put in the paper regarding an upcoming murder. The people in town are under the impression that this is a murder mystery game like the board game Clue. The neighboring townsfolk arrive for an evening of fun and excitement but in reality an actual murder takes place. The book is filled with lots of twists and turns and list of suspects is long. The police are baffled of course but then Miss Marple comes to the rescue and gets the inspector on the right track. Two additional murders take place before the killer is caught. Very good book and the mini-series follows the book story line very closely. I enjoyed the book much better of course and give it 4 out of 5 cookies.
Our Artic Blast has ended! Our normal schedule has returned, I did enjoy having the last two days off. We stayed in our pajamas, read books, watched movies, played games and baked cookies.
I haven't baked Oatmeal Cookies in a while, Freddie normally loves these cookies but he was uninterested this time. Good thing I only baked half of the recipe and I froze the rest to save myself from eating them all in a day.
The Toll House Cookie Bar was a special request from my husband who gave me the saddest look when he said, "I always ask for Toll House Cookie Bars and you've never made them, 'sniff-sniff'". I had a beautiful cheesecake cookie that I planned on trying out but these were made instead. Maybe next time.
Stay warm everyone!
We are having an Artic Blast in the Midwest today. Right now it is -4(F) and the wind chill of -26(F).
Everything has been cancelled, no school, therapy, or doctor appointments. Tomorrow's weather is predicted to be colder, it is unusual to have a day without appointments. I'm thinking that cookies will be made today. Yum-yum!
My son has been climbing on everything lately. The kitchen cabinets, bookcases, pantry shelving, furniture, out of his crib, the list is endless. At school I got a note from his teacher that he is climbing very high and jumping as well. Our little guy has so much energy I'm really looking forward to putting him in a gymnastics class once he turns 4 in a few months. This recent surge in energy and curiosity of climbing has me questioning once again what is he thinking. While at the library a few days ago I picked up a book in the Autism section called, "The Reason I Jump". This book is written by a boy with autism who explains his actions and the way he thinks.
Our son is still considered non-verbal even though he does say a few words sporadically we are working on finding a communication system that works for us. This book has made me think a bit differently about my little guy and how I interact with him. I give this book 4 out of 5 cookies, yes I said cookies, as usual I'm thinking about baking cookies sometime in the near future.