Friday, June 20, 2008
He seems to like it and I am no longer held hostage in my living room!
I posted a while back about my order from http://www.ecmdstore.com/product/ProductDetail.aspx?product=4519&category=512 of the Children's Factory Baby Corral. It arrived safely and has been in use for the past month. I love it!!! Kaeleb is so aggressive that there are times when it is unsafe to leave him in the same room with the younger girls. I got to the point that I was unable to even run a load of laundry because I could not leave the room! Now we have a "Quiet Spot" for him.
How cute is that?
Monday, June 16, 2008
Kaelyn and Ashlyn are perched up high:
All three of the older girls pose for a photo:
Even Abbi is attempting to scale these large trees:
Ashlyn, the dare devil:
My whole gang:
Unfortunately, we all woke up this morning covered head to toe in bugs bites. Nature's playground was fun, but the costs are high and you pay to play. LOL! I guess we haven't found our perfect playground yet.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
We searched the internet for the origin of the Shoe Tree, but came up empty. So, for now, the Shoe Tree and it's purpose, will remain a mystery to us.
"You are my friend! Do you want to play?" It fell on deaf ears.
Alec was the same size as Kaeleb. He was the same gender. He was even the same age. Alec reached out with childhood ignorance to my little boy who didn't even see him.
I have my moments, as the mother of a profoundly autistic child, where I feel secure in his normalcy. He smiles. He laughs. He snuggles. He even has a sign now, which is used in spontaneous communication and not through mere imitation. Almost normal, in my own head. Somedays, I even forget. Then, there are days like today. Alec tried and tried to reach into Kaeleb's world. And I just sat silently, in awe. No words to explain to this little man that his attempts were in vain.
Kaedence was very unsure of her footing on the wooden blanks.
Kaeleb was quite content to just walk up and down the ramps.
Ouch!!! That sand is hot! Ashlyn seeks refuge in the shade.
My whole gang stops for a photo shoot. This is truly a rare opportunity!
From left to right: Ashlyn (11), Aoife (2), Kaeleb (2), Kaelyn (9), Kaedence (2), and Abbi (4).
Friday, June 13, 2008
Ashlyn is attempting to float a bubble down the river without bopping it:
Kaelyn is bouncing soccer balls off her dome:
Abbi is doing a little yoga. This is the tree pose:
Abbi and Kaelyn in the yoga pose "Half Moon":
Ashlyn is taking up a Wii bit of golf:
I think combined Wii have logged over 9 playing hours and it's only been in the home for 15! LOL! (And did I mention how sore my arms are from boxing???)
She received her retainer this morning which she will wear 24 hours a day (unless eating or playing sports) for the next six months. After that, she will only be obligated to a metal mouth at night.
She's so happy that she is finally brace-free, I don't have the heart to tell her that in a year or so, we'll enter phase two. LOL! She still has baby teeth to lose and then she will be sporting a full mouth of metal, on her upper and lower chompers.
But for today, right now, she is enjoying her smooth, straight teeth!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Abbi gives the name "Killer Tomato" a whole new meaning!
Bored with the rocket launcher, Ashlyn decides that the RPG suits her better.
Geez, with that kinda fire power in the hands of our youth, Abbi is one smart cookie to find protection! LOL!
150 piece dinosaur bone puzzle!!! A solid hour and a half of quiet and happiness. Nothing like a little sanity in a box.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
So she tried...
And she tried...
And finally she has success with the shirt!!!
Feeling accomplished, she left to go find shorts. Unfortunately, Kaedence had another idea...
The end result?
Naked is good, right? We will simply have to adopt the "free to be, you and me" attitude around our home! LOL!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Although Aoife and Kaedence have ventured to the water in previous trips, this was Kaeleb's first time in the ocean!
Getting the older girls to stand still for a photo is like asking them to clean their rooms!!!
Three little monkeys, sittin' in the sea...
Awww...Aoife is just tickled by her own shadow!
It was beautiful and warm. It was sandy and wet. All in all, it was the perfect evening out.
Why in the world does my husband think he is a barber??? It never turns out well. You'd think he'd learn...
It was such a hack job that we ended up shaving it all off and calling it a "Summer Cut"! Yikes!!
Okay, so the end result wasn't awful. But I am still hiding the scissors!