Respite….its been five years.

It’s been five years since Johnny’s Daddy and myself were on vacation as a couple. It’s been five years that we had 4 days alone together enjoying each other’s company and sharing each other’s thoughts without being interrupted or having to wait to finish a sentence. It’s been 5 years since we could just stay…

Curious

The other day I was watching Curious George movie with Johnny and Princess. There is a part in the movie where George ventures into this white apartment of an opera singer who left cans of paint open in the middle of her living room. George can’t resist checking out the beautiful colors and begins to…

The picture of my Mother…..

This is what Johnny started doing with this picture of my Mother. It began last Monday when he wanted to look at her picture and requested that I take it down off the mantle. He’d sit and hold it and then say “Mommy’s Mommy.”. Afterwards he would walk around the living room testing out new…

Five Years Old

Today you turn five years old and I thought I’d write a snap shot of who you are now at five and write down five things about you. 1) Happy ~ Your eyes will twinkle and sparkle with happiness when you deliver one of your big smiles. So many people have let Mommy know that…

It’s Okay To Feel Sad

The other day, Johnny had a “sad” day. It seems that he is only now dealing with how he feels about Daddy going away and traveling on business. While riding the subway to his ABA playgroup with Daddy he kept rubbing his eyes and covering them trying to fight back the tears and stop himself…

Sidewalk Love

I was taking the kids for a little walk after dinner last week when we came across this painted on a non-descript street. Johnny and Princess bent down and were fascinated by something they had never seen on a sidewalk before but I was drawn by the gesture made by a “boy” to a “girl.”…

First Foray into ABA

Johnny is now in 2 weeks of Group ABA Therapy for Communication (Applied Behaviour Analysis Therapy) . ABA is the primary way to teach people with Autism. He’s never worked directly with a psychologist and therapists trained in this but he is enjoying himself. I know the therapist from taking other courses so its kind…

Summer Camp = Happiness

Yesterday was the last day of summer camp for Johnny.  The best part of the 5 weeks was seeing the big smile on his face every day before and after camp and the lack of anxiety in him.  He’d be happy to see me and rush into my arms and then he’d turn and look…

Reflections On My Mother

  Eighteen Years ago I got a call at work that I needed to go downtown to the hospital that something had happened to my mother. My father was already there and needed me. She had been preparing lunch for a big meeting in the conference room when she felt ill to her stomach. She…

“well all kids do that.”

  He looks through the glass doors of the dairy section and there are so many crates full of bags of milk. What is so interesting about all these bags of milk? It’s what lies behind them that is catching his eye. The boxes and pallets of dairy products piled in the cold storage area…

An Innocent Question….do you want to play?

We were sitting at Johnny’s favourite spot in our neighbourhood, a plaza with a fountain and statue that he finds relaxing and peaceful.  We were approached by a little boy who says, “I know you.  You rode the school bus with me and you were in Mrs. …….. class.”  I had to get Johnny’s attention…

Sleep Potty Sleep…. Repeat

Our latest challenge has been Johnny waking up during the middle of the night to use the toilet.  The positive side is he is trying very hard not to have an accident in his bed which he gets really upset.  He doesn’t like having accidents with anything and then having to wait until we change…