Friday, September 30, 2011

Splish Splash

Samuel has been sick the past few days.  When Samuel lays lethargically on the couch, keeps asking for the doctor so the doctor can make him feel better, and won't eat french fries........
you know he is definitely not well!!!
The one benefit of Samuel not feeling well is that he wants me to hold him and snuggle.  It is wonderful for me to sit and hold my little boy.  He is such a ball of energy usually and this just doesn't happen very often!

One of my favorite things to do is to swim. 
 Always has been.
Thankfully, my children like to swim as well.
Samuel absolutely loves the water.
That has presented a few scary moments in our lives, because along with his love for water, Samuel also has no fear of water.
We have had Samuel in swimming lessons and he just passed Level 2 Seal.
I also try to take Sam swimming every day during the week if possible.  After school Sam asks if we can go to the Clayson's pool and I just hope that it doesn't start raining on the drive home to get changed into swimsuits. 
 We will be forever grateful for their generosity!
 Next to the hot tub is a decorative feature known in our family.....and perhaps everyone else as the

 Here is Samuel heading towards the


Off to do it all over again.....

This is a wonderful time for me as Sam's mother.
We spend a couple of care free hours just swimming, playing, singing, talking and just having fun.
For those few hours Samuel is just like every other 5-year-old.
No therapies to worry about.
No behavior issues to worry about.
No worries about if we are doing enough.
No worries about the future.
Just the present.
Just the joy in his face........
as he jumps off the big rock.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

First Day of Kindergarten

 When your child goes off to school on that very first day.
It is nerve wracking for a parent.
Well, it is for me.
Doesn't matter how old they are.
I just worry about them and for them on that very first day.
Even my big boy Joshua......
He is 24 and in college.
I worried about him this year.
I don't have a photo of him going off to class on his first day of college.
But, I want him to have a great year never the less.......
 I do have photos of Sam on his first day of kindergarten this year.
 Walking into his school.
Sam was very happy to have a desk with his name on it.

No matter what age your child is on that first day of the school year, as a parent you still have hopes, dreams and wishes for them.  With each child they may be a bit different, but you still have them.
For my big boy Joshua.......he graduates this year, I want him to be successful so he can make his way along the career path he chooses.
For my little boy Samuel......I want him to make great strides like he did last year.
When your child is autistic, your goals may be a little different than the ones you have for your other children.

But, ultimately, they are the same.
You want your children to be happy.
You want them to succeed in the things they set out to do.
You want them to have friends.
You want them to grow and flourish.

Not really sure about that last line......
Not sure what the heck in means.....
Will leave it there.....
I think you understand.

Sam has a tough time with change and the beginning of this school year has been a little rocky.  Sometimes he doesn't want to go, he tells me, "It is so different."  Some old issues have crept back and it is hard as a parent to deal with that.  But, deal we will.

This year I want Sam to continue to find his voice and use his words.  This time last year he couldn't tell me that it bothered him that "it is so different."
This year Samuel gives me a kiss and tells me that he loves me as he heads off to school.
Last year that was a seldom heard phrase and when we asked Sam for a kiss, he would bow his head so you could plant a kiss on top.
There is so much I want this year..........

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cocoa Beach

The week before school started, we decided to do one last week at the beach.  We don't get to do things "spur of the moment" very often.  This worked out great and we had a wonderful time.
To quote Sam, "I love the beach!"
The Pier at Cocoa Beach - right by our condo

Looking out from our patio

Master Bedroom

Kid's bedroom

Living room

Jim and Sam

Sam and Jim

Sam just loved all the waves.....

Our condo

When Samuel wasn't swimming, he was digging!!!

Do you see Jessica in any of these photos????
Me either........
Where was Jessica???
She emerged on occasion to swim in the pool and also when we went to....

The Ron Jon Surf Shop.
A great place to browse for a surf board, t shirt and other over priced souvenirs.
Also part of the Purdy exercise plan.....
chasing Sam up and down the stairs and through all the displays.

It was a great week of swimming, reading, walking along the beach and......
doing absolutely nothing!!!