Reading… Birthday… Changes

Carter is learning how to read!!!  I am so proud of him.  He is reading so well at home.  As soon as he gets home he wants to read and practice his spelling words.  He wants to be goofy at first – but I nip that in the bud real quick and show him my mad face and he straightens up.  That is our deal – he sees my mad face and he knows I mean business.  Monday, when working with him on his spelling words, he wanted to talk and talk.  I told him that we could talk after he finished writing his words 5x each.  He just kept on and kept on talking.  I finally said, “CARTER, if you do not stop talking and start writing I am going to move your clothes pen.”  (I have a clothes pen system set up for his behavior )  He replied with – “It is not okay for you to boss me.”  I raised my eyebrows and gave him a mad look and answered back – “I don’t know who you think you are – but I am your mommy and until you are 18 years old I am  your boss.”  He changed his tune and said – “Only mommy and daddy can be the boss of me – not kids.”  I told him that his mommy, daddy, teachers, grandparents are ALL the boss of him and I NEVER want to hear of him talking to them ugly like he just did me.  He got up from his chair and hugged me and told me he was sorry and that I could boss him whenever I wanted too.  He is really trying to understand feelings and I am very proud of him for trying so hard.

willWill is super excited about his birthday in September.  All I have heard is what he wants as presents and who he wants to invite.  He cracks me up.  Carter has aggravated me to death wanting to get Will’s birthday present.  I told him we still have a while before we have to get him a gift… OH NO… that is not good enough.  Carter has it stuck in his head EXACTLY what he is going to get Will.  I am sure that I will continue to hear about Will’s gift until I break down and go and get it.  I just can’t believe that my little Will is going to be NINE years old.  Seems like yesterday I was telling everyone “I’m pregnant” with him.  NINE YEARS AGO!!!  Time flies by so fast… Sometimes I wish that I could hold that curly headed little baby boy again just one more time.  He has grown so much that I can barely hold him – plus he really doesn’t like for me to hold him anymore because “HE IS TOOOOO OLD FOR THAT”…  Gosh, how I love that little knuckle head.

Several weeks ago we drug out the old kiddo pool – Will was a little embarrassed to get in it because he said it was for babies.  HOWEVER, once he got in – he didn’t want to get out.  Carter just wanted to be in the water and love every moment.  They had a blast just wrestling around and splashing each other.  Just throwing this in this post because I thought it was cute and they had so much fun with that little pool.

Over the past week a lot has changed in my life.  In two months I will be traveling a road I have not traveled in years.  I will be without a job.  I turned in my resignation this past Friday and through tears, praying, etc… feel that this is the right thing to do for myself and my family.  I have enjoyed my time with the company I have worked for – eight years.  I will miss everyone there.  I look forward to spending more time with my boys and husband.  I look at this – as a time that I can sit back for myself and hopefully – fully accept AUTISM.  I need this…  I have been “broken” for a long time.  I put up a good front… but …

My hubby says maybe I will learn how to cook.  HA!  We will see…. 🙂

“I don’t want my thoughts to die with me, I want to have done something. I’m not interested in power, or piles of money. I want to leave something behind. I want to make a positive contribution – know that my life has meaning.”  ~  Temple Grandin





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