Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Our Year in Review pt. 3


End of Spring soccer season!

Trained in Outdoor Leadership

Isaiah graduated to Webelos, and Jayden joined as a Tiger

Jayden's Flat Stanley came back from Hawaii-complete with beautiful pictures and souvenirs!

Went on a fun field trip to Turnbull Wildlife Refuge

Worked the Macklemore concert


Kyrie's feet grew to size 8.  She's almost in my size!

Yuki learned to "bow"

June was a big month, and I'm getting ready to celebrate New Year's Eve at church tonight, so I'll do June tomorrow.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Our Year in Review Pt. 2


I boarded a plane on the 6th to meet my friend, Katheren, at the Honolulu airport.  
She brought me some fresh, beautiful smelling leis!

I had such an amazing time with my friend!  She was such a great hostess- taking me to the Polynesian Cultural Center and tickets to Ha: Breath of Life, trips to various beaches- including the one where LOST was filmed(particularly where the plane crashed), a guided tour around Honolulu and Pearl Harbor, the Dole Plantation, and sightseeing in downtown Waikiki.  I have lots of pictures on Facebook(and still need to upload some more), but maybe someday I'll get around to doing a blog post on it.  It really was a memorable experience, and I was fortunate to get plane tickets from Aunt Pat, and for my friend, Katheren, who provided me a place to stay, spoiled me with all these experiences and sent me home with souvenirs!
She even gifted me her old Rebel camera, and we played with her cool lenses!

We had to go see the Bird Guy on Waikiki Beach my last day

I came home to hail and blowing snow.  How I wished to go back to Hawaii, but I had to lead my normal life- which can be fun, too!  I worked the Wayne Brady concert the day after I got back.  He's a funny guy.

Kyrie got to be a Cougar Baseball Buddy

Isaiah scored his first career soccer goal

I worked the Mac Miller concert indoors on 4/20, and learned how bad it can be when a lot of people are puffing on the Magic Dragon inside- even when I was out in the outer concourse.

Yuki learned some new tricks including "waving"

Kyrie and Isaiah completed their AWANA year, and Isaiah got special awards for saying 32 verses plus their questions and answers by memory in one sitting, and doing all of the extra credit work in his book.

Jayden turned 6!

And that concludes April- which wore me out, so I'll make this a complete installment. ;)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Our Year in Review Pt. 1

Another year is nearing an end, and as usual, I have failed to mail out Christmas cards, so consider this my Christmas card/newsletter to all.


We took our yearly trip down to Pocatello, and Mark down to Vegas so he could go to CES, and we could visit my mom and sister.  We were happy to make it there and back with no stops at the hospital this year.  I also got to meet my new baby niece!
This picture was taken on the way home


Isaiah turned 9

Kyrie made the front page of our local paper

Isaiah landed himself in the hospital with intestinal issues

Got out of the hospital to win 1st place in Bible Quizzing for AWANA
Isaiah also earned his Bear


Kyrie's GS Troop had Greece for World Thinking Day

Yuki did eat Jayden's homework

Jayden learned to zip his coat by himself- thanks to Occupational Therapy!

The kids went green for St. Patrick's Day

Kyrie sold Girl Scout Cookies

The end of March was complaining about the snow we were getting, and counting down the days for my trip to Hawaii!

Jayden's flat self made it to Hawaii before I did
Easter was fun, too!
Especially with our church having an Easter Egg hunt from eggs dropped by a helicopter!

Well, that concludes part one of the year in review.  I hope to do four parts with 3 months in each part to split it up a bit.  Hope you enjoyed seeing January through March!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jayden and Autism

Since today is Jayden's 6th birthday, and this month is Autism Awareness month, I thought it might be good to give some updates as to where he is.

Here are some of the posts made in the past about when I had concerns, and other posts about him related to Autism-
Autism Awareness month(2011)
Jayden's lining up habit
Jayden's MRI
My thoughts on Autism

Jayden has come a long way-even since my last post!  He has lost some of the traits that had me worried in the first place- like echolalia, lining up everything, and hand flapping(although, he does do that on occasion sometimes).  Two and a half years of Speech therapy has helped him gain more and more vocabulary, and he is communicating with his peers efficiently.  He initiates conversations(although many conversations revolve around Angry Birds).  We are still working on eye contact, but it is better.

Even though my older two are homeschooled, I have chosen to send Jayden to a regular public school.  Right now, he is thriving.  He has friends.  The school provides Speech therapy, Occupational therapy, and Social Emotional/Behavorial therapy.   He is only taken out of the classroom for Speech Therapy.  He has an aide who also assists with another boy in the class.  They help Jayden adapt by writing his schedule out everyday.  If there is a change in the routine, they write it out for him, and he goes for it!  They have been impressed with his reading abilities.  He's doing the 1st grade curriculum.  He probably could be in a higher level, but his comprehension skills are not as great as his decoding skills.  I will keep him in public school unless I find it isn't working for him anymore.

For the most part, Jayden can be pretty easy going.  He is still sometimes bothered by loud noises.  He's definitely bothered with transitions.  He is a fun source of entertainment with some of the things he says and comes up with.  He is still loving, and I'm glad that he can express that- as I know that some children with Autism can't.  I love my little guy!

Here are some facts about Jayden at age 6:
Favorite color- red
Favorite toys- Angry Birds!
Favorite activities- playing on Mom's phone or his iPod Touch- especially Angry Birds, playing on the computer, playing Angry Birds games in his room
Best friends- Allison, Nixon, Drew, Quinn, Ella, Fatma, Perseus
Favorite food- El Monterey Beef and Bean burritos(pretty much the only thing he eats- as he has food sensory issues.  He will only eat that brand and flavor, too).

That's all for now!   And I've almost finished this post at the time of his birth- 8:05 at night.  Happy birthday, Jayden!  Love you!