Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What do I do now.....

A Mothers fight...A Grandmothers hope...
A new year approaches and I think to myself, what do I do now? I do this every year, New Years Resolutions. What do I do, what do I change? I move on...

I've tried for months to pass a test I can't seem to pass. I've finally come to the realization that it's not meant to be. I'm moving on...

What do I really want to do with my life? What! I'm asking myself this question now? I'm going to be 50 in May for crying out loud! Sometimes it takes time to figure out what we really want to do, or figure out what our purpose in life is. I always knew I wanted to get married, have kids and eventually have grandkids. Yes, I thought that far ahead. I've accomplished that. February of '09, Mike and I will be married 27 years. We have 3 beautiful kids. Is it ok to call your boys beautiful? I think so. Tyler and Jacob are fun, energetic, happy, giving and loveing. To me that makes them beautiful. I have a beautiful daughter whom I wish lived closer to me, but we don't always get what we want. I have a wonderful son-in-law whom we all adore and I have 2 beautiful grandsons.

So getting back to what it is I want to do now. Well, I still have two boys to raise and a husband I like to keep happy. But sometimes thats not enough. I've always been the kind of person that likes to stay busy. After 17 years of volunteering at the schools, it's time to move on. I still have my Jazzercise, Relay For Life, scrapbooking and taking my mom on her monthly errands. I can't help think though theres something missing.

Some of you may not know that Christian was diagnosed with Autism. When Lindsey first told me, my first reaction was, "No he doesn't"! Not this beautiful, happy, smart grandson of mine. I definetly was in denial. At an early age, I started to notice that Christian wasn't talking. I had brought it up to Lindsey and she became defensive. As a first time mother at the time, she wasn't sure when he should say his first words, even though she was an avid reader of "What to expect when your expecting". But as everybody knows, kids develope differently at different age levels. Lindsey soon became concerned though as Christian got older and still wasn't saying much. We used to say, "he will say something when he has something to say"! Lindsey's concern grew as Christian grew. She took him to doctors and specialist. At first we thought he might have hearing problems which is often a misconception with Autistic kids. By now, I so wanted to be with Lindsey, to hold her and tell her everything was going to be ok. Brian was in Iraq, we were here, Brians parents in California. She felt alone. Daily phone calls kept us close. She has since met other moms at the preschool with kids who have Autism. Laura has become one of her best friends. Thank you Laura for being Lindsey's support when she needed it. You are a wonderful friend to her.
So, Lindsey's mission was to help Christian. Not an easy task when your doing it all by yourself. She has since of course became a mother again, with our beautiful Kingston. Christian is now on a gluten-free, casein-free diet. His speech has progressed tremendously. He said to me the other day on the phone, "Hi grandma"! Are you kidding me! I almost cried! Words I've waited a long time to hear.
I didn't know anything about Autism, and wanted to know more. Lindsey said. "Mom, you have to read Jenny McCarthys book, "Mother Warriors". Well, guess what Santa brought me? I read the book in 5 hours. This is just the beginning to better understanding Christians struggles he faces every day, even though he is on the lower spectrum. Yes, I cried, I cried a lot...
Thank you Jenny McCarthy for writing this book and giving me a better understanding of Autism. I'm looking forward to reading, "Louder than words".
Thank you Lindsey and Brian for loving each other, loving my grandsons and always trying new things with Christian. You are both wonderful parents and I look forward to seeing you all grow as a family.
"The most powerful tool of a mother who has a child with Autism is the power of believing her child will get better". ~Jenny McCarthy~
I think I know what I want to do now. I think everything happens for a reason. I need to get more involved with "Autism speaks" and other organizations that are desperatly trying to make this a better place for Autistic kids. I may not be able to do much, but I'm willing to try.
Thank you Christian for being you. We love you...

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Snow fun....

Mr. Snowman.
The boys having a snowball fight.

Jacob on his new Razor scooter.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Snow Birds

I looked out our kitchen window this morning to find at least a dozen Robins flying around and eating the huckleberries from our huckleberry bush. They were so cute to watch....

Snow excursion to Joe & Kerrys house

On our way to Joe & Kerrys house to feed their cats while they are on a cruise. We had to park the car at the end of the main street and walk the rest of the way to the house.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas......

It's a Wonderful Life...........

Christmas Eve with my family

Everyone opened their party crackers and wore their crowns.

My mom loves her Angel. She collects them.

She also loves her step stool that the Nichols family got her.

Mark, my mom, Maria and me.

The boys with grandma. She's 77, doesn't she look good!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter Blast

My new desk.

Trying to get out of our driveway. The fan in our furnace went out, woke up this morning to a burning smell. Yikes! So we went out to buy a new one so that we don't freeze.

This is the place where we bought the new fan for the furnace.

We parked in a no parking zone, but had no choice. We had to make sure we could get out. Notice the icicle on top of the sign.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Will it ever end?!

Walked out to the paperbox to see if the Seattle PI was delivered. Surprise, no paper!
Looking down Victory Dr.
The boys having a good time throwing snowballs.

I don't think the birds will come to this birdfeeder!

Having the hot tub hooked up right now would be nice!

Remember Jacobs tree?

Enjoying a bowl of homemade Minestroni soup after being out in the snow. Brrrrrr........

This was taken at 8:30 p.m. It's still snowing...........