The last few weeks have been filled with family, friends AND lots and lots of food. Thanksgiving was great. Visiting with my family makes me so thankful for my life. I have 2 beautiful sisters and they have wonderful hubbies – not to mention some gorgeous children. I love getting together and reminiscing about the good old days. Anytime we get together and have a huge meal – my poor daddy always falls asleep after filling up his tummy… we always know as soon as he is done he will be fast asleep.. Turkey Coma! 🙂
The day after Thanksgiving we got together with my husband’s family. We had 7 hours of fun… talking, laughing, watching a movie (we watched “We Are The Miller’s and about tinkled all over ourselves from laughing so much)… it was just a fun day. I like seeing my husband and his brother together. When they get together I see so much of themselves in each other… similar expressions and their laughs are priceless. I am thankful that I have such a wonderful relationship with my in-laws. I love seeing my mother-in-law so excited to have the family together. We had a feast and have snacked for days on the left overs.
The kids had a blast both days playing with their cousins. I am so thankful that the kids are so close to their cousins… makes my heart happy. Both kids spent the night with my baby sister on Thanksgiving night along with my other sister’s kids. She was a brave woman to have a total of 4 boys and 2 girls from the ages 9 to 4 years old spend the entire night without any injuries. 🙂
Originally – I was not going to let Carter spend the night. I still have this grasp over him – I am nervous leaving him anywhere else overnight. When my sister said that the boys could spend the night… I told her Will could but I had to take Carter home because I had to put ear drops in his ear that he had surgery on. Todd and I left and Carter got in the car. He asked where Will was and we told him he was staying with his aunt. He looked at me and gave me a sad face. We drove off and shortly arrived home. When we walked in the door to our home – Carter took off his coat and started to cry. I asked him what was wrong and he replied with “I am going to miss my brother.” I called my sister to check on Will and also told her what Carter said. She told me that he could spend the night and asked me why should he not be able to spend the night just like the other kids. I thought about it… she was right… I was treating Carter like an outcast – not letting him spend the night because I was nervous leaving him. I had to let go sometime… I mean he has spent the night with my parents and in-laws but not with a group of kids. It was not fair to him to not let him… so, I took him back and he had a GREAT time and did just fine. I have to learn to let go – let him adventure out more – step outside his normal as much as possible. If I do not let him do this – then he will never be able to do normal things on his own.
Carter went back to the doctor today for his follow up from his ear surgery. The doctor said his ear is healing great. We go back in February for hearing test and another check up. The doctor wants to start doing hearing test every 3 months to make sure Carter’s hearing returns to that ear.
I also got a call today from Will’s neurologist for the test results from his EEG. The test results were… NORMAL!!!!!!!! Will does not have epilepsy.
Well – Christmas is just around the corner. I LOVE this time of year. My kids believe with all their hearts in Santa – specially Will. He is nine years old and still believes like when he did when he was 4. We have 2 Elves on the Shelf… Will named his Jingles when we got it 4 years ago – Carter’s we got 2 years ago and he name his Tinker. Todd and I have fun placing the elves in different places around the house. Sometimes the elves are good and sometimes they are very mischievous. My heart is so happy when hearing the kids get up and listening to them talk why they search for their elves. When they find them – they either laugh or say “Oh… mommy may get upset because they did that.” To be young again…. To believe in magic like I once did… To look at Christmas through the eyes of a child….
Will told me the other day that their are five things he loved about Christmas – #1 He is so happy to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. #2 Receiving gifts. #3 Seeing what his brother gets as presents. #4 Waking up Christmas morning because he is so excited. #5 Getting to spend time with his family. I love his heart. I love his spirit. I have never seen a child who believes so hard and who loves life so much.
We put up and decorated the tree Sunday. I let the kids decorate the tree themselves and THEN I went back and rearranged. 🙂 I love sitting back and watching them hang the ornaments. They get so into it. The whole time they were hanging the ornaments – we had “The Grinch” on the TV and Carter was humming Christmas music. I absolutely love, love, love those little boys and their spirits.
If I do not post again before Christmas – I wish all of my readers a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you for your support you give us. Every time I post – I have a little over a 100 hits a post. I appreciate each of you – the ones I know that read and the ones that I do not. I can tell that I have readers all over the US from my site stats. Thank you… thank you for spreading the word about autism and thank you for embracing our family as we have our ups and downs. Here’s to a TERRIFIC and INSPIRATIONAL 2014 – I know 2014 is going to be a great year – I can feel it in my bones.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS!
“Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given — when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.” — Joan Winmill Brown