Braden has a Hap-PIE event at his school right before fall break every year. B gets the opportunity to have a quest other than his parents and he gets to serve the guest a piece of pie and show them what he does at his special school. It also gives an opportunity to meet his friends. So this year Nana participated. He even shared some of his new skills with her and was happy to have her visit. So G was also pleased because he was able to visit with Nana and Pop pop over the weekend before Bs event. We didn't do a lot over the weekend just got to visit. The boys had both been tired and stressed for various reasons. G was having troubles with some changes at school and some of his classmates being loud. I am so pleased that his teacher recognized the additional stress and seemed to already be thinking on solutions to help him. I even got a call on a Friday evening from his special needs teacher just letting me know what they were doing to assist him. It meant so much that she called after school hours to reassure us. We saw improvement just days after the situation was settled and arrangements to help him were in place.
G is busy and thinking all the time. He really is a challenge to keep up with and not in a bad way. I had many activities set up for the boys during their break. G loves to play games like Let's go fishing and zingo. He loves to cook with me and enjoys art activities. Mostly movie logos and sponge bob or angry bird playdoh figures. He brings home such nice art work from school. He has great coloring and writing skills. He has made so much progress. I am thankful for his love of art that has really made the difference. He is all about my calendar in my phone which sinks with his iPad. He has found out about events he wasn't suppose to know about yet. He has calculated how many days he thinks there will be before his next beach trip. I told him it's not even Christmas yet. One thing at a time. But they both loved vacation. G loves math and dates. He figured out how old Pop Pop was counting by 10s from his birth year to now.
Bs biggest issue lately is wanting to retreat to his room and not come out except when he wants or needs something. So we have to really work to get him to participate in certain activities. So I have several different kinds of new puzzles for him. He seems to like puzzles of all varieties. The Melissa and Doug puzzles are the best but I have found some inexpensive learning ones at Ross that have worked well for us too. Right now B does snap puzzles, word puzzles and I have one that's a dinner tray. He is also still all about trains and cars color changers. All things that we can engage him in playing fairly easily. He has really made some good progress at school in his math and reading skills. Mind you its baby steps but he is doing well making those baby steps. Small task, repetition and mastering skill. I'm hopeful that now we have his tummy feeling better and the right diet for him that he will retain skills and continue to progress.
Over the break we decorated the house and did a ginger bread house with the boys. B wasn't thrilled but participated anyway. G loved it and really enjoyed eating the icing of course. KGB our elf reappeared this morning and I was pleasantly surprised that when I told B he was back he went looking for him. Found him and broke the rules lol wanted to take KGB to his room and show him his Thomas whistle. So funny and cute and well I just loved his reaction. The kids memory is so good.
Thankful for my sister. She quit doing photography a few years ago. I asked her if she could attempt family photos for us? Well she said yes and amazingly she got several decent pictures. For some reason B doesn't smile for us anymore. He just wants to stick out his tongue or ignore you. Not a fan of pictures anymore I guess. But we at least got some serious face pics with no silliness. I was surprised but G was really hyper and he was just as much of a struggle as B. So it's amazing that in 30 mins we made it all work.
Today we went for an impromptu Santa visit. We pass Bass pro daily on our way to pick up B from school. It's a long drive to pick him up and then go home and G has to be along for all of it. So if he doesn't pee at school I have to convince him to go somewhere. So he tells me he wants to pee at Bass pro on the way back from picking up B. Well he decides he isn't going but he does want a pic with Santa. So we check its 3:30 and Santa isn't in till 5. Ok so I try to convince G to leave. He isn't having it. So we proceed to go to the mall and it's suppose to be to see the decorations but B keeps hitting Thomas on his talker. He knows there is a Toys R Us just outside of Bass pro. Lol. So we go to look and of course B wants a new Thomas the trophy Thomas which is one he doesn't have. So I say you need to tell Santa you want Trophy Thomas for Christmas we aren't buying him today. He fusses very little and we move on. So we actually walked the entire mall. This is big because neither of our boys like to walk long distances especially B. We have an hour and a half to kill. For those who have special needs kids and probably typical as well that's a long time. Last 30 mins we go to the van and out of excitement G hits his head on something not sure what and breaks down. By this point I'm not leaving. We have gotten to the last 30 mins I can't do this again tomorrow to myself or B. So I convince him to hang in there and thankfully he did without melting down. I realized by this point he not only had to pee but was tired too. So it was understandable he was having a tough time. I get the issues he has with public restrooms. I wouldn't use them as a kid either. My Mom has stories she use to tell me and I do remember refusing to go and holding it all day at school. But we made it and the pic turned out pretty good. We don't expect miracles when it comes to pictures. B has something against smiling and G likes to give the old posed unnatural smile. It's all good that's who they are and we expect they at least look in the direction of the camera and they did. That defines a good picture for us. We got home neither the dog nor the boys had an accident. It was a rush to get them fed bathed and to bed but we did alright. I just hope they sleep good so it doesn't mess with their good reports from school this week.