Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

 When Noah was little, he did not enjoy coloring Easter eggs all that much...and most often when his aunties and I would get together to color the eggs (as we still enjoy doing it)..he would opt out. I think it had a lot to do with getting messy dye on his fingers.

Well this year he started out early asking if we were going to color Easter eggs this year. I finally told him we could..if he would actually do it.

SO I boiled a dozen eggs...and put 2 in that were brown shells just to see how
 they might look colored. They turned out more Army green and brown. BUT..here he is...and enjoying coloring the eggs. One broke after boiling so I ate that one. I decided to let him color all 11 eggs himself...oh...I guess I did end up coloring one to show him how it was done as he could not really remember. He did the other 10. He seemed to really enjoy it and did not mind all that much that some dye got on his fingers. Here are his finished results.
Happy Easter everyone!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Dear Noah...you are becoming a young man now...

This is how you come out most every morning now to greet me. You are wearing your 4th Doctor Who scarf you got for Christmas. You love it and I guess you want to make sure you get to wear it other than just outside in cold weather with your winter coat..so you have taken to wearing it in the house upon arising with your PJs's still on and even sitting in your room.

I look at you now and see how you and even your body is changing and you are turning into a young man before my eyes. I cannot believe you are already 15 years old and growing up so fast. It seems only yesterday you were a little toddler.

I love you my little man, well, my young man, and I will forever and ever!

Mom XOXOX

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Happy 15th Birthday Noah!

Oh my gosh...I cannot believe you are 15 years old today. Seems like only a few short days ago you were born...not 15 years. Amazing how fast time goes by. Bittersweet actually.

You are growing into quite the young man...and getting very tall, very quickly. You are a good head taller or more than your mama now.

I wish you the best life has to offer....filled with all the wonderful blessings you can imagine....good health forever, happiness and much success in anything you choose.

I will love you to the moon and back, again and again and again, forever and ever and ever!

Mom
XOXOXOX


This year you had a Doctor Who Tardis cake.....and you received a Doctor Who scarf (same as the 4th Doctor Who wore in the series) for Christmas....you love that scarf. You came out wearing it with your pajamas on the other morning. Here are a couple of pics....and one of you and me at Christmas. See how tall you are getting? AND you with your cousins..Alex 21 and Audrey 14.







Monday, December 16, 2013

Dear Noah....you often say such profound things...

Noah and I went to see the movie "Frozen" last week...we had free passes...anyway....the next day while talking about the movie...Noah said "I think that is the most genuinely happy I have ever felt in my life for a long time!" I asked him what he meant by that...thinking he felt happy all the time. He has always seemed a happy kid...ever since he was little. He has a hard time explaining things but finally said it was because the entire time he sat there watching it...he was smiling...all the time...and it was EASY to smile....not a forced smile like I guess he has had to learn to do sometimes in his life...this smile and happiness all came very easily while he watched a simple movie. It was almost a musical animated movie...and he liked the music...we did bust out laughing a LOT through the movie...and could just about predict when they would break out in song and dance...even that became funny. BUT it was his statement that was profound and offered a lot of insight for me into his emotions...how someone with autism has to learn to express his emotions and DISPLAY them to the point where they do not come all that naturally but are things learned....sometimes forced....and I guess for this one brief moment in time..he felt what he called "true happiness"...and it was because of the EASE it was for him to actually FEEL happy and be able to smile without even "thinking" about it....

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

ROAD TRIP/FIELD TRIP to SNOOK's DREAM CARS automobile museum in Bowling Green, Ohio

Dear Noah.....well...we finally decided to take a road trip/field trip yesterday on my day off from work. We decided to take a 2-hour drive up to SNOOK's Dream Cars Automobile Museum and check it out. We had an awesome drive up...and you got to see all sorts of things you have never seen before. I think you enjoyed the drive up and back more than anything....you even said so..but you did really enjoy the entire trip too. So did I and I have to say I managed to walk around pretty well and lasted the entire day and then some!

Snook's was incredible. It looks like an old Texaco Gas Station and inside it is filled with all sorts of memorabilia and cars from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Just awesome and definitely a place to go back to.

SO many pics...I will post a couple here...You also got to see a  large body of water for the first time...Grand Lake St. Mary's....and a cool old retro-looking Denny's restaurant...in Findlay, Ohio. We stopped at Jeffrey's Antique Gallery and Homestead Collections in Findlay, Ohio. ALL amazing places with all sorts of goodies to look at and purchase! LOTS MORE walking too!

We even stopped for groceries and at the dollar store before heading home. We had a busy day and a great day! WONDERFUL weather for a drive though it did finally rain on the way home.

We may plan another road trip/field trip soon...but we need to decide where. We have a few places we would like to go to this year and next.

I love you. I really enjoyed my day with you yesterday and our time together!

Mom
XOXOX


Well..I will have to add pics later. I have tried THREE times and nothing is working.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Dear Noah.....you are growing up so quickly....



wow..Noah is not yet 15 years old and already thinking "adult thoughts" he said...which means for him "he said"....learning to do laundry....cooking his food...car driving lessons...MOVING OUT on his own....He told me this on a drive home last night. He has mentioned it before to me...and I am actually teaching him all these life skills and more at home this year in school...so he will be very prepared...but then he said he thought maybe he would move to Missouri! When I asked him WHY he said it was "halfway between his mom and dad"....He has talked often about moving to different states and living near their capitals.

It is my job to get  him ready to be out in the world one day....and we have much to do to get him to that point, probably more than with another young adult who did not have some of his other issues....and while he is very much looking forward to that day....I am just thankful I have a few more years to get used to the idea and hopefully adjusted to a life without him physically in it every day ...as since he was born that is how my life has been. I adjusted my life to be home with him full time to work with him and his autism and sensory integration issues and generalized anxiety issues and speech delay and physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and then eventually homeschooling. Hard to imagine the day when he will finally be ready to be on his own let alone grasp that idea...and while some parents look forward to that day or push their kids out maybe even before they are ready...I enjoy all my time with Noah and imagine I will feel more than lost without him here all the time as he has always been. SO...besides working with him to  prepare him for his future life on his own...I will have to work with myself to prepare myself for my future life on my own. 

I love you Noah ...probably so much more than you are likely to ever really know or understand.

Mom
XOXOXO


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Dear Noah....so thankful for you....

As I watch you growing up seemingly by the minute...each day getting taller and taller....I am still so thankful you are more than willing to give lots of hugs and kisses to your ole' mama....and still love to snuggle and laugh so much. I LOVE spending time with you Noah Wesley and hope you always enjoy spending time with me.

I love you to the moon and back, forever and ever and ever...to infinity and beyond (we started saying this to each  other way back in Colorado days..do you still remember it?)

Mom
XOXOXO