1. Things I’ve gotten in trouble with my children for this week:
- Singing at church instead of humming.
- Humming at church instead of singing.
- Heating hot chocolate to a balmy room temperature. (It was supposed to be refrigerator cold, apparently.)
- Not knowing what “what’s that something?” means. (Milo: “what’s that something?” Me: “what something?” Milo: “THAT SOMETHING!” Me: “Which something, love? I’d love to help you. Can you point to it?” Milo: “THAAAAAAT SOMETHIIIIIING!”)
- Helping someone get dressed/shoes on
- The rain.
2. Just Me. Sophie made name tags for us the other night on little post-its. “Mom,” “Dad,” and “Milo.” On hers, she simply put “Me.” I don’t know why, but it struck me as especially adorable. She wore her little “me” label all night, so pleased and proud.
She’s been learning and growing so much lately. We’ve made a lot of progress in some areas, and taken some big slides backward in others. But, through it all, she’s just always been herself. Never following the path those around her take and always figuring things out in her own way and her own time. It’s so challenging to parent someone who doesn’t go “by the book” about so many things, but it’s also a pretty amazing adventure to have a front row seat to a life like Sophie’s.
3. Miracle Pizza. I mentioned this on Instagram but last weekend, our family went out to a pizza place. We ordered a few pizzas (gluten free, no cheese), and ate right there in the restaurant. No one had meltdowns, and the food was absolutely delicious. Best gluten free crust we’ve had! I really hate autism for a lot of reasons, but I will say that being a special needs family has opened my eyes to a lot of small miracles.
As the kids munched away on their pizza, I just looked across the table and thought “In this minute, we’re a typical family out to dinner. No one here knows what we’ve been through. No one knows that Sophie has autism. We just get to be here and enjoy our meal (with just the normal amount of toddler and preschool chaos). It felt amazing. There were many (many) moments before and after that dinner that were rough that day, but that moment was just magical.
4. Preschool throws the best dance parties. I helped at Sophie’s preschool Christmas party this week. I got to work with them on a little art project, and I’m just blown away by those little ones and SO blown away by the care and patience and kindness of the special needs teachers and aides we get the chance to work with. They are special souls doing a great work.
I also must tell you, there is NOTHING like being in a special needs preschool classroom while there is a dance party going on. Each student has his or her own difficult challenges and abilities, but when that music came on, every one of them lit up and just moved their little bodies. It was pure joy and pure chaos. Just as every good dance party should be.
5. I’m loving our desert cold snap. It’s been REALLY cold for this part of the desert, and all I want to do is stay inside, read books, make soup, bake, and drink cocoa by twinklelight. I think I’d be perfectly hopeless in a snowy state.
It’s going to be a fun and busy weekend, with the last of our Christmas preparations. I hope that it’s a good one for all of you!
Wishing you every good thing!
p.s. if you need last minute gift-ideas, check out my stocking stuffers for kids, stocking stuffers for men, and grown-up coloring book posts. Anything from Amazon can still make it by Christmas with free shipping if you order by Tuesday.