A Pile Of Leaves

  I saw a big pile of leaves that just beckoned to the kids to run and jump in.  It was Mother Nature’s version of a giant ball pit playroom that is in every Ikea.  Johnny was having a challenging time after a very busy week and we thought what a great opportunity to throw…

Its All About the Hazelnuts

It was a crisp Fall Sunday morning and we optimistically thought it would be nice to visit this big city park that we had not been to with the kids since they were babies and have them wander around in the fresh air, hike through the woods,  find the big pond,  see the ducks,  pick up lots of beautiful…

Poppies

  As far back as I can remember Johnny has been fascinated by the tradition of wearing “poppies” once a year on our coats to honour Remembrance Day.  Is it the colour?  Is it because its a predictable tradition that comes again each year like clock work?  He started learning about it when he was…

Adamant About Math

I received an email from Johnny’s Special Education teacher yesterday who teaches him in the Autism ISP room. “Yesterday for Math,  Johnny was ADAMANT that he wanted to stay in Mrs. ********’s class for Math.  Her and I looked at each other and she said to Johnny that if he was quiet, listened and participated he…

Dance A Thon

It’s Halloween and that means it’s Dance A’ Thon time again. Since Johnny was four years old and in Junior Kindergarten, his school has had a Halloween Dance A’ Thon.  School dances are loud and filled with lots of movement and for Johnny his first year he could only be in the gym for 10…

Halloween Past Present and Future

  I want to BE a firetruck Mommy.” Johnny has always loved firetrucks since he was around two years old.  If we were at a playgroup he would zero in on the only firetruck in the whole room.  If we were visiting a farm with a big giant sandbox filled with diggers and dump trucks,…