April 16, 2019

Art Of The Week – Go Your Own Way


New project in art class: Picasso-inspired people.


I think his teacher was actually amused that Tad went veering off in a whole different direction with this one.  Sorry, Picasso.

April 15, 2019

Moving Day!


We finally did it!  The Webmaster and I moved… from one end of the house to the other.

While this doesn’t look nearly as complete as it will eventually, it’s a huge start.  We have lived in this house for 16 years, and been in one room the whole time.  As such, we had a bred a fine crop of dust bunnies under our bed, behind the dressers, in nooks and crannies… yeah, it was a dust bowl.  Grandma and Gichan came over to help, and once the new room was emptied of all the stuff that we had stashed in there temporarily, the move-in began in earnest.  Bed first, then nightstands.  Dressers followed later.

And while the old master bedroom is a hot mess (which must get shaped up immediately for Thumper’s therapy work), we’re now getting used to the new digs.  Pretty exciting stuff!

April 13, 2019

Spring Break, Part 3 – Baseball!


What is more fun than a baseball game over spring break?  Not much!

Unfortunately, the Mariners were traveling and didn’t get back until Friday, so we really didn’t get to take advantage of spring break to go to a midweek game.  Oh well.

It was our first game of the season, though, and we kicked it off by arriving super early (in hopes of getting in on the hoodie giveaway – we got some, but only in adult medium size) and just having fun walking around, playing, and seeing the Moose.

Thumper actually did well with the Moose – gave him a high-five and didn’t act like he was scared.  He is usually more shy and introverted anyway, but since he hadn’t interacted with the Moose (or anyone dressed up who couldn’t talk to him) for a while, it was good to see that he didn’t react badly.  The other boys were thrilled.

It was a chilly night, but we dressed in layers, and came prepared.

Thumper did wear his noise-cancelling headphones for most of the game.  He can tolerate everything but the fireworks without them (he has issues with the sound of fireworks exploding, though he loves looking at them), but he loves these headphones, they help him filter sound (and I think wearing them helps him in a sensory need), and they kept his ears warm on a colder night.

Unfortunately, the Mariners didn’t hold up their end of the deal and win, much to the annoyance of the kids, who have been watching them win on TV.

Oh, well.  Next game!

April 10, 2019

Spring Break, Part 2


Why oh why do teachers assign homework over spring break?  It has been like pulling teeth to get the boys to do any of their work.

Thumper doesn’t have homework, of course, but Rerun has a math packet of worksheets that he has to complete, and Tad has a history project that is a combination of art and writing.  You can well imagine that one assignment went over better than the other.

I am piecemealing out the math pages to Rerun, and Tad’s project is done.  He had to write a postcard from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition that was held on the University of Washington campus in 1906.  While I tried to make the material engaging (particularly because we do spend time on campus and Tad is familiar with some of the landmarks), history is not where his academic strengths lie.  He did do a fabulous job drawing a picture for the postcard front, though.

Ane has to read the first couple chapters of “Great Expectations” while on break.  Since I have read that particular novel, I feel her pain.

But don’t think Thumper is totally off the hook – he has his regular ABA sessions, which are a lot of work for him.

Maybe Tad was right about that “relaxing vacation”….