Friday, August 4, 2017

Big Winner

Sawyer and Aunt Kelly spent part of their day at Malibu Jack's this afternoon, a little go karts and arcade fun. Sawyer and Xander both love this ridiculously expensive game that essentially just spins a wheel to get tickets. Sawyer hit the jackpot, and won 1,000 tickets. That buys a whole lot of Airheads, which is pretty much the only thing he wants from the prize counter. Aunt Kelly tried to talk him into one of the big prizes, like toys or stuffed animals, but nope, he just wanted his Airheads. Candy for days ...

Music Man

Just hanging out at home, watching a little Wreck-It-Ralph, and deciding to pick up the guitar to sing along with "When Will I See You Again" during the movie ...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hard Life

Bruno has such a hard life. Really. Don't buy that pitiful face for an instant. He's got beds all over the house - a giant memory foam beanbag in the living room, the three beanbags the kids use in the playroom (because he's a kid, too, right?), and the old crib mattress covered with plush sheets in "his room" under the stairs. And, clearly, he's allowed on the leather ottoman in front of the chair AND the microfiber ottoman in front of the couch. He's still not happy that he's not allowed on the actual couch, but he manages. He eats some dog food, but prefers the meat leftovers from the people. And he likes to walk, as long as it's early in the morning or late at night and the other dogs aren't too annoying. He also likes to be outside, but only if you're out there with him. Because, hello, he's not really a dog. He also likes to go for rides in the truck, where he can hang his head out the window and drool all over the seats. Good times. He may, perhaps, be a little bit spoiled.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Big Boy

One of our summer goals for OT was to help Xander learn to ride a bike. Typically, kids learn when they're much younger and with much smaller bikes. Xander has always done well on the Razor scooter, but balked when we tried to get him on any of the other bikes that Connor had beyond the first one with training wheels. Sometimes, with some things, letting someone else help makes all the different. His fabulous OT Michelle worked with him for several weeks, first just with balance and glides, until a few weeks ago when he finally just took off. And now here he is, riding his bike in the cul-de-sac in front of our house like a big boy, like someone who's always been able to ride a bike and not someone who learned for the first time a few weeks ago.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Park Play Date

Today we met up with Sawyer's beloved aide Miss S from the past few school year's. She has missed her boy over the summer, and she's not really ready to think about going back to school to a classroom where Sawyer will not be there any longer. So we picked up some lunch and met her at Jacobson Park for the afternoon. He gave her lots of smiles and hugs and "Love you S" moments. So many people along this journey become so much more than school support staff. They become family. They become part of our lives, and people we will always welcome into our lives no matter what stage of the life the boys are in. They have played a huge part in getting the boys to where they are, and the boys would not be who they are without those people. Miss S is one of those. She's been a big part of Sawyer's life the past few years, and we can't imagine ours without her. So glad we got to catch up for the day!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pool Day

Grammy once again invited us out for an evening at the club pool. We even talked Daddy into joining us, which rarely happens. All five of us, plus Grammy and Pappy, plus Aunt Lynn and Cousin Brennan, plus Cousin Katie and her boys Xavier and Liam.

Sawyer in the deep water ...

Xander on the diving board ...

Brennan on the diving board ...

Xavier on the diving board ...

Connor hanging out in the deep water with Lynn and Grammy ...

Monday, July 24, 2017

New School Shoes

Connor does not want to talk about going back to school. As in, not at all. He would like to forget about the fact that July is coming to an end and August is quickly approaching. He didn't mind going back to school shopping with me on Sunday, to get school supplies and even a new backpack (he even ran into his cousins Paul and Jack while we were out). He didn't mind getting up early today and taking his brother to OT then going to the other Dick's across town to look again for school shoes. He found some he just had to have, and of course, he had to try them on and wear them home. And he really didn't mind going out to lunch after Xander's CLS buddy Jack picked him up at OT. We went to Asian Wind, Connor's all-time favorite. We ordered all of his favorites - pot stickers, egg drop soup, chicken pad thai.

But he still doesn't want to talk about going back to school.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Masterpiece by Xander

This has always been a toy that Sawyer plays with at our house. He loves patterns and making things match and line up. Tonight, Xander started playing with it and created this. And Sawyer did not like it. He liked the image just fine, but you see, for Sawyer, once the image has been created you put everything back into it's place. Immediately. Each piece back into it's color coded bag and put away. He did not like Xander wanting to display it on the counter all evening. It took all the patience Sawyer had to leave it alone, to not put it all away. But he did, grudgingly, leave it alone.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Belated Birthday Present

According to everyone who knows me, I'm a hard person to shop for when it comes to birthdays and holidays. I'm not sure why, other than we're incredibly lucky and I have most things that I could ever need or want.

This year, Josh found the perfect gift for my birthday. Concert tickets. I LOVE OneRepublic. They are one of my favorite bands, and I have all of their albums. I play them all the time. So when he saw that they were coming to the outdoor concert venue nearby, he asked if I might be interested in going. And we got tickets, great tickets, to see the show.

Happy belated birthday to me!!!

The show started out with James Arthur, an artist I did not know beforehand. Apparently he won America's Got Talent Great Britain a few years ago. It was a short set, but we enjoyed it. I actually bought two of his albums after we got back home. If you're interested, check out "Back from the Edge," it was one of my favorites off his latest album.

Next up was Fitz and the Tantrums. High energy and great performers. Not my taste in music, but they put on a good show.

And then, OneRepublic took the stage.

Fabulous night of music. Great venue, despite the heat and humidity. Great seats, less than 20 rows from the main stage. Loud. Really really loud. Clearly I'm getting old. But a great date night and great belated birthday present!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Lake Days

For us, summer means lazy days at the lake with Grandma and Grandpa. We don't get to go as often as we'd like (the boys have crazy schedules and Daddy works every third day and the puppy doesn't like people and can't be left alone). But we try to make it down a few times each summer.

The boys love the lake house, the boat and swimming in the water ...

Boys Weekend

Daddy spent part of this week enjoying a boys week in Vegas. Everyone needs a little break from our day-to-day life raising three boys and a crazy puppy ...

Friday, July 7, 2017

Summer Adventures

Today Xander and his CLS buddy Jack traveled to Louisville to check out the Kentucky Science Center. If that grin is any indication, I think he had a good time!!!

Art by Xander

Another masterpiece by Xander.

You Could Share

Bruno wants to know why I won't share my swing with him. He says the concrete is too hard for him to lay on, and there's plenty of room up there on the swing to sit with Mommy. Never mind that he's almost as big as I am now!!!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fourth of July

Growing up, I spent the fourth of July at the lake. And we've done that in several year's past, but with the boys' busy schedules and Daddy's work schedule, we just didn't have the days to go this year. So we opted to spend this fourth of July at a local county park, watching the fireworks with Grammy and Pappy.

All the boys like fireworks. Xander LOVES them. He say "Ooh" and "Aah" and "Wow" after every single one. It was cute. And Connor was annoyed by it after the first five times that he did it.

So here are the oohs and ahas and wows from our fireworks show!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Dive-In Movie Night

Grammy invited us out to the club pool tonight for Dive-In Movie Night. The boys love to swim at the pool, and staying late and swimming with the pool lights while watching a movie sounded like a great plan. The boys enjoyed it while it lasted, though some weather moved in mid-movie and we had to call it a night. Xander was not happy to leave mid way through Zootopia ...