Happy Easter Everyone ~ I am grateful for this holiday and the special meaning it has for my family and I. We had an outstanding week. The boys were actually on Spring Break and for the first time, I got to beat home for a week with just the boys. . . I think things went rather well. It was a struggle getting them to school this morning though – my poor wife. 😦
Ben and Jerry Day: Looks like the awesome Ben and Jerry’s company does a National Free Cone Day for Autism. I couldn’t find anything definitive on their website about it but still, if you do a simple google search, you’ll find events across the country. I’ve always loved their ice cream but the fact they’ll do this and not really boast about it is very neat and rare these days. Thank you!
When our boys’ school asked for volunteers for the Ben and Jerry Ice Cream Day, my wife and I decided it would be fun to also take the kids to help. We posted it on Facebook and were so happy to see a number of friends and family members come. What an awesome support group – THANK YOU for all you do for our family!
The boys really got into the activities, especially Twin B. He’d run up to people and yell “STOP” and tell them they needed to get free ice cream and give them a flyer. It was really fun to watch them and for the most part, see how kind and responsive most of the shoppers were. Some would walk away to avoid the boys. . . . . .how could you say no to them and to free ice cream? Too funny.
I thought the boys would throw a fit and want more ice cream but I think they got a kick out of the entire experience – especially handing out the flyeres. The picture above is towards the end – Twin A was a bit bummed some people didn’t take his flyer so decided to take a break. I am so glad we took the kids – it turned out fantastic.
Light it Up Blue: We participated in our own little way with Light it Up Blue and the other families / organizations across the world. I’m collecting pictures of friends / family closeby that have decided to Light it Up Blue as well and will post them in a future post. If you have some, send them to me!
The picture above is one of my favorites of Twin B. . . . it’s funny how we can get a great picture of one but the other. . . . .well. . . . . Anyway, the boys made the trek with me THREE TIMES to Home Depot. . . .I forgot my wallet the first time at home and then the second time, left it in the car. Ugh.
The boys are so proud of their light bulbs and I love that my daughter thinks it’s great as well. We had a neighbor come knocking the other day and Twin B chatted on about his blue light bulb and how cool it is.
Tip of the Week: I don’t want to skip it again this week but I can’t find the copies I was going to scan and post as a pdf. Anyway, the boys recent speech lesson was a great one – we used the book Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash. The link goes to amazon.com and the book is very affordable. The lesson was great because there’s a number of household items that are used, thus increasing vocabulary. Also, there’s ample usage of the “sh” and “th” sounds that I know my boys are struggling with.
The pdf I will post (hopefully next week) will be of the pictures used in the activity above. Our speech therapist had a clothesline and on one end, Mr. McNosh and the other, Mrs. McNosh. She had the boys pin each item on there and say, “Mr. McNosh is hanging up HIS TV.” She was getting them to differentiate when and how to use “his” and “her,” work with clothespins (a fave of our OT), use more “sh” and “th” sounds and also increase vocab. Great activity.
On our last trip to Hawaii, we found matching Local Motion Tee’s for the boys and I at great prices. Anyway, glad the weather is warming up more. I think one of the boy’s calls his Local Motion and Maui Built Shirts “Daddy Shirts.” Have a great week!