Cool things my son has made

My oldest son is really good with wood working and graphics.

He enjoys making things,  when he was younger it was lego building that he really enjoyed. All those star wars ships! Oh my.

Now he enjoys wood working, and graphic design. I’m really proud of what he can do. This child is amazing!

Here are a few of his wood working projects, a couple signs for the house, a wine rack, a cross that he just started on and a box for our Pastor.

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And here is a shirt logo he made for his school.
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He made another one they used last year as well. But I can’t find the shirt in his messy room. LOL

Support your kids. With your love and support they can accomplish anything!

I always told mine reach for the stars and beyond! Never take no for an answer. Keep trying. You can do anything!

This is my autistic son. He worked hard and made Eagle Scout. This kid is going places. Starting with going to college fall of 2015.

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I love my job! 11/14/14

I don’t say it often enough. But I love my job! What job is that? You ask.

Domestic Diva, Super Mom, The Queen of my castle and my King, Shuttle service, Pet care provider, Chef, Maid, Doctor, Psycologist, Referee, Plumber, DIYer, Fixer, Gardener, financial advisor, banker, crystal ball holder, autism advocate, car whisperer. I’m sure I’ve missed a few hundred things I do. But you get the idea. And yes! I love my job. I wouldn’t change a thing.

How our dog has changed my Autistic/Aspergers son’s life

We used to have cats. Persian Purebred cats to be exact. My son never really connected to them and in the end we found out he was very allergic to them. But we had made a commitment when we got the two of them so we kept them for their full life time.

Fluffy lived to the age of 19.

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This is Fluffy

Princess to never be out done by Fluffy of course lived to the age of 21 years and 11 1/2 months.

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Princess is the white cat

 

They were awesome companions for my family. When the children were little Fluffy got rides in their play shopping cart, swaddled up in a blankee like a baby and carried every where. Princess was the protector. She parked herself outside their doors at night and watched them. She would when they were babies lay on their blanket and watch them.  We got them both when they were 8 weeks old. After the cats passed our family missed them terribly. They were after all part of the family.

 

Fast forward now to August 2011. We have a child with life threatening allergies, so no idea can be decided without allergy testing. This child also happens to by my oldest, he is on the spectrum. Aspergers is not what defines him. Its just what helps others to be compassionate and try to understand where he is coming from. He is an awesome child.

We started allergy testing in September 2011 to see if we could have a dog in the house. After many tests and tears from blood draws and scratch tests we found out we have to have an hypoallergenic breed. So then we looked at sizes. We decided small is best as my son was scared of large dogs at that point. And we traveled alot in our RV at that point.

We started frequenting the pound/shelter. We decided we wanted a dog as young as possible. And we wanted to rescue one. We decided on a Yorkshire Terrier or a small Poodle. It caused many sad feeling every time we left with empty arms. So I told the kids I would just put us on the interest list and quit visiting the shelter.

January 1 2012 we got the call!! They had a Yorkie/Poo (Yorkshire Terrier/Poodle) The perfect mix! So I cancelled all our plans that day and off we went! She was dropped off at the shelter in November 2011 at a mere 8 weeks old and ounces of weight by a breeder. She was housed in an outside concrete cage for the winter. We were unsure of her. She looked too timid, wouldn’t make eye contact, Wouldn’t let us pick her up. And then the most beautiful thing happened. My son with Aspergers sat on the cold damp concrete and this little bundle of fluff walked out of the back corner of his cage right into his lap and set her head down and looked into his eyes. At that point my son said I think shes like me Mom. It was a done deal!
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Love at first sight
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A boy and his best friend

Now people say We’ve “Rescued” Her. I Beg to differ. I feel she rescued us. She is my sons best friend, confidant, protector, at a mere 9 pounds. She is now 2 years old, full grown. She has allergies just like my son. Some of the same items actually! Corn, food coloring, fish, peanut oil. This dog is a perfect addition to our hectic family.

When my son used to come home from school he would be stressed. I had a rice bin with objects in it to comfort him. It worked! Now he comes home you can see the stress dissappear as his pup jumps up at him to be picked up. He bends over picks her up and she buries her head in his neck. Then the kisses start!
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How could you not melt looking into those eyes he has asked me.

Now mind you this is a child that until we got this wonderful pup wouldn’t let you hug him without pulling back against your hug. If you don’t have an Autistic child you will never feel the heart break of that or the missed kisses, being told I love you Mom. He is not my only child. So I know both sides of the coin so to speak.

Well within 6 months of getting this little fur ball he so lovingly called Waffles due to the way she flattens out on the ground this child was 100% different. At first he’d pull away from her kisses. Now he gets upset if she doesn’t have any for him. She is always on him. He takes her everywhere. We have a trailer for the bikes. He straps her in there and off they go.
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Here is his brother and our dog.

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Some things in life you can pick and choose

Fortunately if you were lucky.. or unfortunately if your luck wasnt so great.. Your family isn’t one if those things.

Your friends though are hand picked! Pick great ones! They will be your support, your guidance, a ear to listen to you, a shoulder comfort you. Through thick and thin if you pick the right friends they will remain by your side. Unlike family.

I have many blessings. I’m very greatful for the life I’ve been given. My family has taught me a lot about life. About how a family should and should not behave.

And I have awesome friends I can count on.

And with what I’ve learned from my family I know what is important to me. What’s important to teach my children. So the same mistakes don’t replay.

The buck stops here!

Inland Empire fun

We had a great time on our trip this last week. We stayed at La Quinta Inn and Suites. Doggy friendly, clean, nice staff and breakfast daily.
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And warm cookies in the evening.
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We went to Old Town Temecula and enjoyed a root beer, pickle and a nice walk down the center of town.
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We visited the museum in Temecula about its history. It was pretty cool.
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We drove around Menifee, Murrieta and Temecula and came to the conclusion we don’t want to live in the Inland Empire. And with that we look seriously to Arizona. Woot!

While on our trip we dropped into Petco to get some supplies for the pup and found a toy she loves.
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Fuel was more expensive in Temecula than it is here. :-0 which is quite surprising.

We had a wonderful relaxing get away.

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Proud of my boys

With much hard work. And patience we have progress on the boys adventure to get to Eagle Scouts in Boy Scouts.

It has been a long hard journey that will have a sweet ending. They can both see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

My oldest had a meeting last week to check his Eagle Application. It was accepted and is being turned in to the district. We should have a date for his Eagle Board Of Review in a couple weeks.
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My youngest had a meeting last week to get his project plan approved so he can start work on his Eagle Project. This was try 2 on this part of his paperwork. It was approved!! Now he can start to fund raise and get a date for his project.
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Both boys started this adventure in 1st grade as Tiger Cub Scouts. They earned every rank badge Cub Scouts has.   They ended Cub Scouts with the Arrow Of Light.

And now they are inching up on the highest rank of Boy Scouts also earning every Rank Badge Boy Scout offers.

 

Update! Both boys received the rank of Eagle Scout in 2013.

So proud!

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