Cowboy and Jack O Lanterns

Originally posted on Everything Under the Sun:
This was the first year that I can whole heartedly say that Johnny REALLY enjoyed Halloween.  He had a big smile plastered on his face and he didn’t seem full of anxiety like he usually does when it comes to trick or treating.  When he got off the…

I Buried Grandpa

“I buried Grandpa Mommy.” Johnny came over to me wanting help with his drawing app that he likes to use and I saw that he was using a paint tool in the app to cover a photo of him with my Dad in black paint.   I confess its a bit jarring to suddenly out…

Mommy He Likes To Sniff My Hair

“Mommy…..Michael likes to sniff my hair.” We have a sniffer folks who takes pleasure more then the next person in lovely smells. “I know Michael gets so happy when you and your brother get on the school bus.  Today I saw him turn around in his seat and smile at you and  then keep peaking…

Family Rules

A friend shared this with me on Facebook and I am going to print it out and frame it to share expectations of what we would like our home to be and feel like.  I am also going to create a story on our iPad for the kids o make the words come alive to them…

Is Your Daughter Autistic Too?

  Is your daughter autistic too? Now that’s a question to wake you up pretty fast on a Wednesday morning when you drop your kids off at school. But if I’m truthful with myself I know that this is a question that I knew I was going to face at some point with Princess joining…

Anxiety Manifests Itself This Way….

  I walk by Johnny’s room and he has an arm load of stuffed animals and his closet door is open. He is trying to shove all of his stuffies onto a shelf in his closet. He has a lot of stuffed animals that he likes to sleep with it because “I don’t want to…

He’s Annoying

  “Mommy the other kids on the bus think that **** is annoying when he gets loud, shouts or cries on the school bus in the morning.” Its been six weeks now since my 4 year old daughter  Princess who is neurotypcial started kindergarten and riding the small bus to school with her brother Johnny….

He’s a BAD boy

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? ? “He’s a BAD boy” the little girl in Johnny’s class says very loudly while we are all sitting around the lunch tables at the Pumpkin Patch farm. Silence. Who is she talking about? I look over at Johnny who is happily sitting at the lunch table…

Love Fiercely. Forgive Quickly….

Words of wisdom #sayings #thoughts #life A post shared by Cyn (@sunflowercyn) on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:26pm PDT A friend posted this on Facebook and I had to share. Be present. Make Love. Make tea. Avoid small talk. Embrace conversation. Buy a plant, water it. Make your bed. Make someone else’s bed. Have a…

Rock Star

“Hi Johnny!!!! Over here!!!! Hello Johnny! JOHNNY JOHNNY!!!” This morning began with me feeling anxious after getting a call that the school bus couldn’t pick the kids up this morning to leaving Johnny and Princess’s school with a smile on my face.  You see my little guy has a thing for the girls and they…

Letter To Parents Who Find Themselves In The Same Boat As Us

Letter To Parents Who Find Themselves in the same boat as us.   We have our hard days too.  I just wanted to be honest with anyone that is reading my blog that it’s not all sunshine and roses when you are dealing with Autism.  As Johnny gets older I am more aware of what I…

Its Simple Just Comment And…..Wait!

Johnny is speaking very differently in different situations and depending on who he is with.  When Johnny is comfortable he speaks in complex sentences, often starts a conversation, and speaks clearly enough to be understood much of the time.  When he’s uncomfortable like in when he’s with his peers or in the classroom, he becomes  very quiet,…

If You Can’t Talk Do You Understand? If You Don’t Talk….

  Is speaking words by using your mouth a true measure of our  level of understanding?  If we have challenges doing oral reading does it mean we cannot read?  If we only answer questions with yes or no responses or with three word sentences does it mean we are not capable of more?  If it takes…