Man it has been a BUSY 24 hours . . . . it’s 10:30pm on Saturday Night and we still are waiting for one more person to arrive before we can hit the sack! It all started last night with a ‘team and family meeting.’ We are on a Ragnar Relay Team (12 crazy individuals running something like 250 miles over a 36 hr period) and had the first get-together last night which included kids and families. It was great to see the boys running around playing hide and seek with friends. . . . . late night and it just kept coming from there! Here’s how today turned out:
8:30AM: For the past two months, we’ve been meeting with students from the education dept at BYU – participating in their studies of families with special needs children. Today was our final meeting and we are grateful for their help and advice over this research period. The three ladies were fantastic! Awesome ideas . . . great social stories and charts . . . . pictorial to use as well . . . . fabulous!
9:30AM: Out the door! The boys had their first soccer game of the season and my daughter was at her game a city over!
Boyz sporting their UVU Fair T-Shirts!
11:30AM: Leave straight from soccer to the Autism Awareness Kickoff at Utah Valley University (read the press release here). There were festivities, food, games, and the highlight was a blue balloon launch at the start of the baseball game this afternoon. We stayed for two innings of baseball (and almost watched a mom get hit on the head with a foul ball).
Some ‘friends’ at one of the booths . . .snakes, turtles, lizards and other fun pets!
2:30: Somehow, we ended up leaving the game with one of the boys’ school friends with us so . . . . . even if it isn’t ‘spring weather’ this weekend, we ended up at the park for an hour.
Light It Up Blue!
3:30: SmashBrothers Tournament on the Wii begins!
5:30: Dinner and the arrival of five neighborhood kids that we are babysitting tonight
7:00pm: School friend goes home
8:00pm: Take other neighborhood kids home
9:00pm: Kiddos in bed – begin cleaning the house for an unexpected house guest staying the night
9:30pm: FINALLY SOME FREE TIME!
It was a really awesome day. It was nice to ‘be busy’ all day. The kids all did well at their soccer games – my wife said the boys game went so well. . . . . the other coach needs to take a few chill pills but she said that the boys really did ok . . . ran after the ball . . . got a few kicks in . . .cheered each other on . . . AND NO BREAKDOWNS! I’ll post more about soccer in a future post and the struggles we’ve had but at the same time, the amount of growth we’ve seen in the boys.
The UVU Fair was great – we ran into the boys teacher and school facilitator . . . their teacher this year has been extremely helpful in coaching me on different ways to handle things with the boys, something I definitely have learned from and appreciate! We ran into past teachers who have worked with the boys, facilitators at past schools / programs that have seen their programs blossom and EXPLODE (which we are extremely excited about). We found out there are pictures of the boys used in pamphlets and some posters at one of their past programs, Kids on the Move, and we were happy to hear that. Here’s one of the pics.
I don’t think any of them read the blog (or even know it exists) but I’d like to tell them all how lucky we are to have them in our lives. “Paul,” who was also instrumental in setting up the Peter Pan Ballet Performance we went to a few weeks back, bear hugged the boys and picked them up and had them laughing and cheering . . . . . seriously awesome stuff. Time for bed! Hope your weekend was great as well.