Monday, April 10, 2017

Happy Birthday, Little Man



The baby there? He's fifteen years old today.



He was just a little Buddha Baby.



So brand new.



Time flies when you are having fun.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

More Aikido!

I'm thinking we may have finally all recovered from colds, allergies, and strep... so back to Aikido! The boys learned some new moves today!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Baseball!



Joey LOVES playing baseball. We are on the Marlins again this year, meaning we have the awesome coaches again, and Joey is super-excited to be on the field! He likes being one of the Big Kids, who hits the ball, often on the first swing, and gets it all the way to the fence! HIs goal is to hit an over-the-fence home run!

I got him new pants this year, and he is super happy. Aikido and baseball, we should be getting in shape super quick!

I may need to take up a sport myself to keep up with him...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

On the Move

The boys have taken up Aikido!

There is a class here that works with special needs students, and it has been perfect. Good pace, excellent sensei (teachers), and they love it.

The boys don't have a lot of activities they can do together, so this is very exciting for them!

Also, baseball starts today!


Allan is coaching again this season, with our favorite co-coaching team, Mike and Lisa. Joey is super excited to be playing the Orioles today!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Looking so grown up!


Joey and his young lady.


Ready for school!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Dear Mr. Trump

Joey has a message for you, Mr. Trump.


Joey wanted me to send this to the president, but he also asked me to share it.

Joey is angry about Trump. We don't talk politics around the house, partly because its complicated and Joey gets things very black and white. Another reason is that my husband and I have very different political views, and we prefer not to hash them out in front of the children.

Joey saw Mr. Trump mock Mr. Kovaleski even before I did. (I don't care if he was mocking Mr. Kovaleski in particular or disability in general, it's all the same to us). That happens when you send kids to school- they see things. You can't control it. However, he has been livid about Trump ever since. Joey knows ugly insults when he sees them, and he saw this one immediately.

When Trump became the candidate for the Republicans, he was livid. When he won the election, he was livid. Sworn in, livid. He just cannot fathom how "such a horrible person" could be voted into the presidency, an office Joey holds in high esteem. The idea of blocking immigrants is his latest anger-inducing tidbit. Joey is livid. He says he wants to teach Mr. Trump how to be a good person, how to be kind to people. He has said he wants to go to Washington and share his social skills training with Mr. Trump.

Joey's latest coping trick is to proclaim that he is going to run for president himself. I am not discouraging this at all. But with all the anger bursting out, and my march, we have been talking about how one gets their voice heard. Marching isn't the first step. Writing your representatives is a great first step, and so we talked about that. Even as a 14-year-old, it is something he can do.

I encouraged Joey to think about what he would say to Mr. Trump if he had the chance, and then write it down. The picture above is what he typed up to send to our President.

I think it is a good thing for us all to read, think about, and live by.

We can make the whole world a better place. Let's do that.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

We Are All Unique: We Are All Human



I marched in Washington, D.C. today.

My mom and I took the train up, and the crowds were insane. We finally made it to 12th St and the Mall (Smithsonian metro station), and watched people streaming in from everywhere. Solid rivers of people, and they just kept coming. They carried signs, with all sorts of ideas. Women's rights. Minority rights. Religious rights. Disability rights.

Human rights.

Like Horton's Whos, we felt we needed to be heard. After two years of ugly, horrible bigotry spewed all over the media, all over the world, and right here in our own election, we needed to stand up and stop being ignored. We need to stand up and say that belittling others, mocking them, assaulting them, insulting them, this is wrong. This is unacceptable. To have anyone in any office who thinks it is OK is an insult to humanity, and insult to our country, and an insult to YOU. Because you are a human being.

We are all human beings.

Why is that so hard for people to grasp?

There is a basic principle we try hard to teach my kids. Grasping it is the #1 mark of maturity. It is super simple.

Treat others as you would want to be treated. 

Not "as you are treated." Not "as you think they ought to be treated." Imagine you are that other person. How would you want to be treated? With dignity? Respect? Privacy? Understanding? Compassion? Empathy? I hope so. Treat other people that way. It is just that simple.

If you are feeling ignored in this country, you have the right to take to the streets and shout. You have a right to make yourself heard. That is one thing the First Amendment guarantees as a basic right of every citizen.

My son has those same rights. I have those same rights. You have those same rights. It is frustrating, aggravating, depressing, and annoying that so many people just cannot grasp that concept.



This is Joey. This is autism.
This is a human being.