Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Tables Have Turned

Somewhere along the line, Katelyn has taken upon herself the mothering role.

Last week Don and Chase went to the market to get a Coke but came back with energy drinks instead. You should have seen Katelyn's face when she declared "Daaad, YOU DO NOT need an energy drink!"

So, on our way to Las Vegas this morning, I sent the following picture to Katelyn's phone after Don and I picked up a couple of Monsters at the gas station.

Her only reply back...

"Oh boy oh boy".

The icing on the cake, however, is when I asked Katelyn to proofread this post, she said, "Mommm! Did you really each get your own drink?" and when I answered "Yes" she said, "It's not funny mom. This is serious!"

I just kept laughing.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Out of the 2010 Archives/ Christmas Brainteasers

The DJ on the radio this morning was playing a game he called "Christmas Realist". He described a realist as a person who would take it literally if someone said "I'd let him eat crackers in my bed any day." or "I've got a lot on my plate." or "Who let the dogs out?"

The DJ read a Christmas song title the way a "realist" might say it and if you knew the answer, you could call in and win a prize. For example: The DJ said " Adorn the Rooms" and a caller answered with "Deck the Halls". Follow?

As I was listening, I thought, "Hey. This is how Cody communicates!" Everything is a guessing game with him. (Too bad I was driving my car at the time. I could've totally kicked butt with all the experience he's given me.)

I decided right then and there that I wanted to blog about this. There's got to be other "Autism mom's and dad's" who are good at this! some of the song titles the radio station used with a few "Codyisms" thrown in:

1) Higher on the Dwelling Peak

2) Zilch Holiday Ash

3) Left in a Trough

4) Frigid the Flurry Guy

5) "I'm excited to see Ho, Ho, Ho!"

6) "Did you get dust up your nose?"

7) Rattle Chimes

8) Elation to the Earth

9) "I will listen to Along Comes a Woman on if it doesn't run out of batteries."

10) Zero Divine Darkness

11) "Don't let the bumble in."

12) Kris Kringle Infant


1) Up on the Housetop

2) O Christmas Tree

3) Away in a Manger

4) Frosty the Snowman

5) "I'm excited to see Santa Claus!"

6) "Did you sneeze?"

7) Jingle Bells

8) Joy to the World

9) 'I will listen to Chicago on my iPod."

10) O Holy Night

11) "Don't let the bee in."

12) Santa Baby

Please leave a comment and let me know me how well you did, even if you don't have a child with Autism :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy 20th Birthday Katelyn!

Katelyn, even though I didn't make this video, it is everything I would say to you (so pretend I did)...and yes, I know this is the edited version of Pink's song, but I would have considered posting it even if it wasn't. THAT's how much I love you.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Some Days are Just Better than Others

Remember last week when I posted a note from Cody's Day Program telling my husband and me what a joy Cody is to have around (click here)? Well, this is the note he came home with today...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chicago at Christmas Time

...and I'm not talking about the city.

Those of you who read my blog faithfully know about Cody's obsession with the band Chicago (see this post ), so you will understand why I am delighted that Cody's aunt Cindy loaned him this Cd...

I uploaded Chicago Christmas to Cody's iPod. Now he can listen to two of his favorite things, Chicago and Christmas music, at the same time. It's a win, win situation. Cody is content and I don't have to listen to Chicago over and over and over.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Looking at Christmas Lights NASCAR Style

Cody likes to "look" at Christmas lights (see this post ), so Don and I decided to grab some holiday Cd's and take him out this evening.

When I was a child, I use to enjoy looking at Christmas lights, but my parents knew how to go about it. They would bypass commercial areas and drive up and down residential streets, slowing to a crawl when coming to a home that had lights.

My husband, on the other hand, does not do that. Don's idea of taking in Christmas lights is to drive down the main roads, which are usually non-residential, to a particular destination. Then, when we arrive in the neighborhood he has in mind, he drives 30 miles an hour (I'm not kidding. I looked at the speedometer). Now, I realize 30 miles an hour is slow IF YOU'RE ON A HIGHWAY OR FREEWAY, but not when you are in a residential area trying to catch a glimpse of homes that have been decorated for the holidays.

Year after year after year, I have tried to help Don understand the process of looking at Christmas lights and year after year after year, he forgets and does the same thing. I don't get it.

This is what I see from the passenger seat when Don is driving...

...unless I blink and then I miss the display in its entirety.

Photograph by David Wagner @

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Chase's Special Nativity Arrangement

I really don't have space in my living room to display a nativity, but I do have a large kitchen island, so I decided to place it there this year. I figure it's better than not displaying a nativity at all.

Anyway, Chase spent some time at the house this afternoon and when Chase is here, he usually does something to leave his mark. Today he chose to move my nativity pieces around.

He told me Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men and the Shepherds are giving the animals quality time with baby Jesus.

I swear, my children are weird.

Free Printables for Children with Autism

As I was searching the Internet for some free printable check registers this morning, I came across a blog that not only has free printables, but a special needs page with several educational ideas/helps for children with autism. The name of the blog is Free Printable Fun . Those of who may be interested, just click on the link.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I Freakin' Love December

'Tis true. Read my profile. Celebrating Christmas is one of my favorite things in the world.

It's going to be a terrific month!

On a side note, I think blogger should work on getting a Christmas font.
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