What My Son is Thankful For (#Autism)

Canadian Thanksgiving was a couple of weekends ago and I was sssooooo happy to receive this turkey made by my son:

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My son’s teacher wrote down words that all the kids in his class may choose to be thankful for. My son chose the following words:

  • puzzles
  • computer
  • iPad
  • family
  • park
  • Snoezlen

Made my day! Will be going in the tote for future Thanksgivings, to decorate the house.

 

Thankful Thursday

This week, I’m thankful for:

  • my son and daughter
  • being able to chaperone my daughter’s school trip
  • surviving an evening where we accidentally left my son’s iPad at his IBI therapy. He was pretty upset but we made it through, without meltdowns.
  • reconnecting with a childhood friend and her kids in person
  • winning a weighted-blanket for my son (details to come soon!)
  • my personal Facebook community (thanks for helping me win the weighted blanket!)

 

Thankful Thursday – 02/23

It’s been a rough couple of weeks but that makes it even more important to take time to be grateful, so today I’m thankful for:

  • My son and daughter
  • Some successes my son is having in potty training
  • The healthcare system in Canada for my friend’s little 5 month old baby, and for my man’s grandmother
  • Emotionally making it through a very tough “anniversary”

 

Gratitude Project 12/8

The last week has had tons of emotional highs and lows, including a tragic reminder of how precious life is.

This week, I’m thankful for:

  • My son and daughter
  • My parents
  • My man putting up with the highs and lows I’ve been through in the last week
  • My CAA membership (BEST annual Christmas present from my parents!)
  • The tow-truck driver being so kind
  • The community we live in, for many reasons including our own needs and the tragic death of a friend of mine’s brother-in-law resulting from a work-place accident
  • My kids and I being healthy, happy and safe

What are you thankful for this week?

Gratitude Project – 12/01

Wow…December 1st.  Where has 2011 gone?  Soon, we’ll be reflecting on the entire year, to determine our New Year’s Resolutions.  What do you think your Resolutions will be?  Do you even make Resolutions?

Things I’m grateful for in the last week:

  • My son and daughter
  • My mom
  • My man’s hosting abilities
  • My friends who came to celebrate my belated birthday
  • A couple very promising and positive phone calls I’ve received this week
  • My sexy mini-van’s tires (we got the first snowfall that actually “stuck” this week)
  • My daughter’s amazing improvement in her French pronunciation when reading bedtime stories
  • My son’s improvement in verbal communication (most of the time…lol!)
  • One of my friends reaching out for support as she’s starting a new journey as a Special Needs mama

What are you grateful for?

Gratitude Project – 11/25

Ironically, today is American Thanksgiving. I hope there are many people realizing how much they have to be thankful for, even if it’s just the small things in life.  Personally, I’m thankful/grateful for the following this past week:

  • My son and daughter
  • My mom
  • My man (and especially his amazing cooking skills!)
  • Receiving the first report from my son’s IBI therapy – it sets the benchmark, and develop goals for the next 6 months
  • Receiving my daughter’s first report card in French Immersion
  • Attending parent-teacher interviews at both of my kids’ schools – my kids are doing great!
  • Being able to volunteer in my daughter’s class
  • My daughter’s creativity in everything she does
  • My sexy mini-van’s tires keeping us safe…phew!
  • An event I attended on Tuesday

What are you thankful for?

 

Fill In The Blanks Friday – 11/18

1.   A nervous habit I have is  hmmm…I’m not sure. I used to crack my knuckles when I was nervous, but that was when I was a kid/teenager. Now, I’m not sure what I do when I’m nervous. I guess I don’t find myself in many situations where I am nervous. Thinking back, I think I flap my hands to release some tension but that’s just a couple flaps…and only in front of someone I trust to show that nervousness to.

2.   Something that makes me sad is  when my daughter mentions that she misses our dogs that passed away. She’s said it a few times recently, and then she seems to move past it quickly enough, but it makes me sad every time.

3.  Today I am thankful for  being able to volunteer in my daughter’s Grade 1 French Immersion class.  Since I’m one of the only parents of the kids in her class who is fluent in French, I was able to work with 6 of her classmates individually on their counting assignment booklets. It was a great afternoon!

4. My favorite room in my house is  my bedroom. All earthtones, pillows, photos, books, etc. It’s a very calming room…when the kids and I aren’t wrestling in there of course. 😉

5.  I can’t stand  when people think they know everything about how to manage kids with Autism because they met someone once who had Autism. I can’t remember who said it but “when you meet someone with Autism, you have met only one person with Autism”.  There’s a reason it’s called “Autism Spectrum Disorder.

6.  If I had an extra $100 to spend on whatever I wanted today I would  replace some very worn down articles of clothing I own. Our clothing budget is basically zero so, whenever I can allocate money towards clothing, it goes to the kids’ needs rather than my own.

7.  The last person I hung out with was  my man. My days are filled with tons of appointments, school bus schedules, and being taxi to get my son to IBI so I don’t have much time to “hang out” with people unless they come to me in the evenings.  When I do have free time, I usually spend it with my man.