Elisha

First Fishing Trip

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A few days ago, Elisha came home all excited and asked me if he and Moses could go fishing with Grandpa and a family friend. We were told only two big boys could go, so Malachi was feeling a bit sad (but he will get his turn soon).

Elisha (13 with autism) has a bit of trouble with anxiety. He was excited about going fishing, but nervous at the same time. He had a bit (okay, a lot) of trouble settling for bed, which meant he had next to no sleep last night.

Well, going fishing in Sooke means that you need to get up at 4 am to get picked up at 5am to make it out there in time for the tides (I really have no clue what I am talking about – just repeating what I was told). Which also means that you need to set the iPod, the tablet, and have a wake up call from Grandpa. Moses was up first, with Elisha following behind, and daddy waking shortly after.

I woke up to hearing the door click downstairs and the phone missing from beside the bed (because Jonah wanted to let me sleep in, bless his heart). Grandpa had already come to get the boys and they were on their way. Back to sleep I went.

Nestled in bed between two squirmy, sweaty, sweeties, I fell back into a deep sleep. Jonah woke me at 8:30am asking me to enjoy a quiet, coffee-time with him. Quiet because the chatty one was out with Grandpa. It took me a good 30 minutes to fully wake up. Coffee was wonderful. Quiet was amazing. What a quiet morning we had.

After coffee, it was time to get to work.

The boys had great fun fishing. I am so glad we all endured a little discomfort getting them out the door. Before we knew it, they were back from fishing (and lunch at Montana’s), with a boatload of fish, and Grandpa came in and cleaned the fish and put it all away – fish fry for dinner, yum.

Since Malachi did not get to go fishing, Grandma took him out for the rest of the day. He loves to just hang with her and Grandpa. Apparently Grandma and Malachi did some shopping because they came home with some brightly colored shirts for Jonah, for his birthday.

Did I tell you yet that it was Jonah’s birthday? Well, it was. He had to get up early, but he got to enjoy a quiet morning to himself, then he got leftover birthday cake and chocolate bars (thanks to Malachi and Grandma), and then as he was cooking salmon and steaks (salmon steaks and beef steaks), he burned his arm (right in the bendy elbow part).

So, the day started with fishing, for the boys, and ended with a beautiful salmon dinner. The boys did great on their first fishing trip, especially considering there is no bathroom on the boat (who buys a boat without a bathroom?). My mom and I joked that the first thing we would look at would be the bathroom and then the color.

Here’s to new experiences and a mostly good day. And boys that are growing up. (too fast).

My Big Boy Turns 12 Today

I went to bed early last night and woke at a crazy hour this morning. I was trying to figure out why I couldn’t sleep (besides the twins crawling into bed and sleeping on my head) and I wonder if it is because I am deeply thinking about my big boy turning 12 today.

I can’t imagine where the last 12 years have gone!

This is our boy who:

was born 2 weeks early even though the doc was sure he would be two weeks lateElisha

crawled at 4 months

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couldn’t hold his head up on his own until after he walked at 9 months

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was talking early

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was reading early

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was diagnosed with ADHD before kindergarten

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was diagnosed with Autism during kindergarten

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kept me up late

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woke me up early

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needed WAY more tender loving care than I thought I had to give

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tried every last nerve and helped me find some more

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still needs hugs and prayers at bedtimes

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surprises me all the time

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smiled and melted my heart

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is growing into a man

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is finally old enough to take out the trash himself

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is brilliant

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will make a major mark on this world and I can’t wait to see what it is

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will always be my little boy

Happy 12th Birthday Elisha!

Space Launch

He tried fervently one day to tell us of his latest concept for an animation. You can see his head swarming as it is misfiring. Frustrated with not being able to get his words out we were able to calm him down.

It was a simple idea. “I want a rocket to launch into space and *swoosh* come back down.” I (Jonah) figured that wasn’t to hard to animate. I commissioned him to create the drawings to be used. Okay, that was setting myself up for a disaster. He went to our little computer lab in the basement to get to work.

I resumed my coffee time with Honey. A daily event, that I insist has to happen. A happy marriage is one where husband and wife have at least one coffee, we try for two, together.

He got frustrated because the wings were not working out. This resulted in an outburst.

With Autism this means the brain is completely overwhelmed and it is time to cool down. We are no strangers to this. I made haste and saved the remains of the rocket ship before it got erased.

This is the picture he made:

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He didn’t want to draw anymore. So I offered to create it for him. He guided me through what he was seeing in his mind and we finished it together.  Here is his animation. It is amazing.

I am linking this post up with Hip Homeschool Moms.

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