Thursday, October 27, 2011


M- "What does a cow say Emma?"
E- "Mooooooo"
M- "What does a sheep say?"
E- "Ba ba ba ba"
M- "What does a dog say?"
E- "Ruff, Ruff, Ruff."
M- "What does a kitty say?"
E- "Jaaaaaaaaaaaaack"  (that is our cats name)
She kills me!

I am also trying to teach her how to say "trick or treat".  She says "ti tee".  She's going to be getting more than candy this year.
She is singing her ABC's too, and it is the cutest thing EVER.  I am trying to get it on video, but yeah.....not gonna happen!

Monday, October 17, 2011


I have been terrible about blogging.  We are so busy trying to soak up the great weather while we can that I just don't get around to blogging. 
Both the girls are LOVING the fall weather.  Neither of them are really thrilled when it's 90 and humid out, but they would take that over snow any day so.....this is their favorite season. 
We've done apple picking, and the pumpkin patch so far.  This coming weekend, we are hitting another place that has pumpkins, and a children's zoo, corn maze, bounce houses, slides, pony, train, and hay rides.  Can't wait!

This is great

I ran across this poem on the site    It's a website with stories about girls, and women living with autism.  Some stories are written by the girl or woman, and others are written by the parents.  Grab a tissue if you are going to read some of the stories. 

"Twas the Night Before Christmas
And all through the house
The creatures were stirring
Yes, even the mouse

We tried melatonin
And gave a hot bath
Asleep early for Christmas? unlikely path

The children were finally
All nestled in bed
When visions of Christmas
Ran through my OWN head

Did I get the right gift?
The right color and style?
Would there be a blank stare
Or even, maybe, a smile?

Friends & family come
But they don't understand
The pleasure she gets
Just from bending her hands.

"Just make her stop it," some say
"Just tell her "no",
“You must learn to be tough.."
On and on they go...

We smile and nod
Because we know deep inside
The debate is moot
Let them all take a side

We know what it's like
To live with the spectrum
The struggles, triumphs
achievements and regressions.

But what some don't know
And what some don't see
Is the joy that we feel
Over simplicity.

She said "hello"!
She ate something green!
She looked me in my eyes
She did not cause a scene!

She peed on the potty!
Who cares if she's ten;
She stopped saying the same thing
Again and again!"

Some others don't realize
Just how we can cope
How we bravely hang on
At the end of our rope

But what they don't see
Is the joy we can't hide
When our children with autism
Make the tiniest stride

We may look at others
Without the problems we face
With envy, with wonder,
Or even distaste,

What we want them to know
What's important to see
Is that children with autism
Bring simplicity.

We don't get excited
Over expensive things
We jump for joy
With the progress work brings

Children with autism
Try so hard every day
That they make us proud
More than words can say.

They work even harder
Than you or I
To achieve something small
To reach a star in the sky

So to those who don't get it
Or can't get a clue
Take a walk in our shoes
And I'll assure you…

That even 10 minutes
Into the walk
You'll look at us all
With respect, even shock.

You will realize
What it is we go through
And the next time you see us
I can assure you

That you won't say a thing
You'll be quiet and learn,
Like the years I learned to
When the tables were turned.
~Christine Muczyk