July 19, 2019

Flashback Friday


For the record, Thumper was always a water baby.  Here he is at one of Danny’s birthday parties (Danny nearly always has a swim party), when he was almost two years old.

Yes, he has always loved the water this much – which is why it is so important that he gain some water safety and swimming skills, now that he is older.  Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for kids on the autism spectrum, and getting them lessons could be the difference between life and death.

July 18, 2019

Thumper’s First Swimming Lesson!


Thanks to Tad being at swim camp – and too exhausted for his regular lesson – a certain little somebody who loves the water got his very first swimming lesson this evening!

Thumper got into the pool and began jumping for sheer joy and sensory overload – which put a smile on pretty much all the adults’ faces.  Fortunately, one of the instructors was nearby to help Thumper up when Rerun tried to “help” his brother and knocked him over.  This did not put a damper on Thumper’s mood, which was a good sign.

The boys’ regular swim instructor and I had a brief chat about Thumper’s communication abilities and his motor skills, and then she got started.  He was almost too happy and giggly to get any real instruction, but he was having a great time and was sad to get out of the pool.

When we can start him with regular lessons full-time, he is sure to be a happy student!

July 17, 2019

Tad At Swim Camp


So, Ane is a working girl now.  She has her very first job, working as a swim instructor for swim camp at the pool – the same pool that she used to take swimming lessons at, and where the boys still attend.  She’s on the payroll, has taxes deducted, the whole works.  And she’s only 15 and a half!

This week, Tad is attending swim camp while his sister is working.  Despite Ane’s initial misgivings (even though her boss reassured her that she wouldn’t be teaching her own brother), it sounds as if Tad is doing pretty well at swim camp!  There are some older kids attending as well, so that does help.

Many, many thanks to Gichan for his driving services.  Ane has officially finished driver’s ed, but can’t get her license until her birthday, which is still months away.  And since I am driving into Seattle every day for Rerun and Thumper, Gichan is Uber-ing the teenagers around – one to work, one to… well, work, I guess, because he is “working” at swim camp.

July 16, 2019

Room For Improvement


Moving right along on the Great Room Swap of 2019…

After we took out the baseboard heater, we discovered that we needed a slightly different configuration of forced-air heater than we had previously purchased, if you will recall.  Well, new heater finally got shipped to the store, the Webmaster picked it up, and Great-Grandpa was back in town and available to lend a hand.

Ta-da!  New heater installed!

And then Auntie – our personal interior decorator – started pushing us to get paint samples so we can get started on the projects.  By the time we had made two visits to Home Depot, the wall was starting to look like modern art.

This was mostly because Ane had a little too much fun painting, and did multiple squares of her colors on the same wall that I was sampling on for the little boys.

Guess we’ll have to cover this spot with primer before we paint for real…