What a fun week! First – thanks to all you other bloggers who share so much! I love reading your blogs!
The kids had such a fun time at their school parties and it was neat to see how excited they got with all the Valentine’s Day festivities. One of the things I’ve been wanting to do is ‘heart attack’ my parents. Being that they live in Hawaii and obviously we aren’t there, it took a bit of coordinating but we are EXTREMELY GRATEFUL to a good friend who helped make it possible. Thanks Malia!
So, I didn’t know what a Valentine’s “heart attack” was until a few years ago but basically, cut out a bunch of hearts, write messages, and plaster someone’s house. . . . car.. . . mirror. . . .whatever. The kids had a ton of fun – the picture below is of the half completed ‘attack.’
The kiddos also had fun making their own presents for Mommy. The kids and I planned our own shopping trip and ‘homemade’ presents and it ended up being a total blast.
My daughter decided that she wanted to make chocolate covered strawberries. She did a good job and I have to admit, I think I ate more than half of the strawberries.
The boys also had a blast at their school activities. They came home with their own little bags and it’s so neat to see them go through their bags and decide what they want for a snack, etc. It’s also good that since they are in different classes, they got different things so they learned to respect that their sibling may have a candy / sticker that they didn’t have. Can’t say it went perfect (not by ANY means), but still – it is a concept they are getting better at.
Accomplishments: It seems like we did a TON this past week. From seeing one of the boys make friends with another boy at the bounce house this week to their excitement of Valentine’s – it was a fun week. Also, we did a TON with scissors, playdough, and other activities that I’m hoping they make some big strides in the OT sessions.
My personal favorite moment of the week was tonight, as we did ‘family bed’ downstairs and were watching a movie, both boys asked me to lie down and watch the movie with them. They both cuddled and talked to me. Twin B always calls me by saying, “HEY MY DADDY” or “I LOVE YOU MY DADDY.” I can’t tell you how much my family means to me.
Opportunities: Man we had a few meltdowns and we need to work through both boys ‘accepting’ things that they may not want to do as a first priority. . . sharing in particular. I was also really bummed when walked to a friend’s house and the friend looked at them and ran away. I get it – little kids don’t understand that their friends have ‘autism’ and what that means but still, bummer. Poor kid doesn’t know that HE’S THE ONE MISSING OUT! Sucker! You may just find a random snowball flying at you this week. Ok – yes, I’m bad but I love my boys. Ok, enough negativity. 🙂
Tip of the Week: So, this is our speech homework for the week below- getting the boys to understand the differences in taste. It was great that my wife had brought home a small bag of sour Skittles that I used with the boys for this. We still need to work on helping the boys understand that ‘sour’ or ‘salty’ doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily ‘bad.’ Twin B was trying to use it to get out of eating his dinner tonight – he said it was ‘salty’ so he shouldn’t eat it. Buddy, I wasn’t born yesterday. Anyway, have a great week!