October 25, 2016

Puzzles Interest Him


Thumper has begun to show a real interest in puzzles.  His behavior therapist (who comes to the house) has really been working with him on how they work, because early on in his therapy, he couldn’t have cared less about them.  He just wanted things that made noise, and lots of it!

Now, we have this:

Sorting shapes

He has absolutely fallen in love with the Tupperware shape sorter, and will often just have me dump it out several times in a row so he can do it again.

We also have a couple of wooden peg-type puzzles that he will repeatedly dump out and put back together.

He rarely gets frustrated with them, which is great.  I love seeing his wheels turn while he works.

October 24, 2016

More LEGO Americana Roadshow!


Rerun really wanted to see the LEGO show, too.

So, while Ane was out at a birthday party on Sunday afternoon, the Webmaster and the boys and I all went to the mall.  The Webmaster had a return to make at REI, so we made a full trip out of it.

Rerun at the Liberty Bell

Rerun did not want to change into Seahawks gear for watching the game that evening.  He was still in his church clothes.  Everyone thinks he’s a snappy dresser, but in reality, he’s just doing cosplay.

Rerun and the Capitol


October 21, 2016

Flashback Friday


Looking back at past Halloweens…. and how all of the kids have been Stitch.

Here’s Ane, in 2004.  This is a picture of a picture (her first Halloween was in the pre-digital era), and she’s not looking at the camera… but she found candy!

Ane as Stitch, 2004

Here’s Tad in the costume in 2006.  The Stitch costume is actually a 12 month size, and he was far too small at his first Halloween (only 2 months old) to wear it.  So he wore it for his second Halloween, while Ane dressed as Lilo in a hula outfit.

Lilo and Stitch

Here’s Rerun in the costume in 2010.  He did not have a Lilo to accompany him that year.

Happy Stitch!

And here’s Thumper in 2013.  Ane was Lilo yet again, in the costume that had been originally made for Auntie (so she could be Lilo to Ane’s Stitch).

Lilo and Stitch together

And the Webmaster thought I was crazy when I bought the costume for Ane in 2004 from the Disney Store.  He never imagined that I’d make it work for 4 children!  I got my money’s worth for that one!

And happy birthday to one of my most loyal readers – Great-Grandma!  We love you, and I will be sending tech support over to your house tonight! 

October 20, 2016

Tad Speaks – His Whole World is Batman


Sometimes, Tad just lives in his own reality.

His bus was late coming home recently, and when it finally arrived, I mentioned it to the driver.  “Wow, you guys are a little later than usual….”

The driver said, “Yeah, traffic through downtown Bothell was a mess.”

Tad chimed in with, “Yeah, traffic in downtown Gotham was a mess!”

I raised an eyebrow. “Tad, you mean downtown Bothell.”

Tad, without missing a beat, smiled and said, “I like to think that I live in Gotham.”

How does one even attempt to respond to that???