First day of school fun!

It’s tradition here at The Den that every first day of school starts with a picture out in our front yard. I’m now the mom to two second graders. Where did the time go? Sigh.
Ah... brotherly love!

Ah... brotherly love!

The boys decided to clown around a bit… Kerry is on the left in blue; Casey is on the right in red.

Kerry's first day as a second grader- September 2, 2008

Kerry is so excited to be a 2nd grader!

My one bear cub….

Casey proudly holds his First Day banner.

Casey proudly holds his First Day banner.

And my other cub….

They grow up way too fast.

We always celebrate our first day with a trip to Dairy Queen. Casey had a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard, Kerry had an Extreme Chocolate Blizzard, and I had a Pumpkin Pie Blizzard. With the temps in the low 90’s on this first day of school, it was a super-nice treat to have ice cream!

I’m excited, but I’m also a little melancholic that my boys are in 2nd grade. When they lined up to go up to their classes, I asked if they wanted me to walk with them, and they both said no. Oh… the pains of letting go, but it is part of growing up. Even mommas still grow up.

I’m looking forward to this school year. This is the second year that the boys are in different classes. It will be a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.

Come Walk With Us!

This is a once-in-a-lifetime family pic you’ll see here at the BTM blog (well, maybe you’ll see more, but I’m protective about my family like that.) This was taken at the Walk With Me on July 30, 2008.

Casey is on the left in his green Ambassador shirt since he was one of the Honorary Ambassadors this year. Kerry didn’t want to wear one of the Easter Seals Walk With Me shirts, nor the Honorary Ambassador lanyard with his brother’s picture on it. Kerry didn’t want to wear the shirt last year or the year before either…. hmmm…

Thanks to all of you who so graciously donated to our team, Casey’s Crew. We raised over $400-ish for Easter Seals this year.

A huge thanks to all the corporate sponsors, the photographers, John Ball Zoo (who knows what kids LOVE), for helping all the walkers have a fantastic time! And of course, a massive thanks to Easter Seals for helping our family over the past three years.

Photo courtesy WXMI Road Crew: Fox 17- Grand Rapids.

Here’s a quickie

Just a quick few words here… it’s 1:17am here and I have to get to bed.

We returned yesterday from 6 days of camping with DH’s family for the annual family reunion. It. rained. every. single. day.

I had counseling yesterday. Still am having issues with feeling alone even though I’m surrounded by people that I hope care about me.

Today I have an appointment with the nurse practitioner psychiatrist to do another medication evaluation.

Next week Casey and I both go in for a neuropsychologist evaluation. I asked my therapist if it would be a good idea if I had one done, too, and she thought it was a good idea. I was planning on getting one done for Casey anyway before school started back up again.

Since I’ve been on the Cymbalta I’ve gained 20-23 pounds. Not good…. especially since I don’t want to gain weight.

There is a HUGE buzz going on about Michael Savage and his hideous remarks about autism. In my “must-read bloggers” section, I have a link to a blog from the Autism Hub blogger network. I will be writing about this because the whole situation makes me see blood red.

Misterbooks- if you’re out there, you must be haunting me. I was at Wal-Mart and saw a Best of The Ramones CD. Then, when I was listening to NPR World Cafe’, they played a Neil Young song. I hope you’re doing OK.

The cute things he says…

Living with twins is an adventure every day. When one of those twins has autism, it is even a bigger adventure.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the boys have been either best friends or mortal enemies. Some of their fights are knock-down-drag-out, others are complete verbal sparring. The verbal sparring ones usually send me chuckling when Casey has his witticisms thrown in for good measure.

♦ One day the boys were fighting over their GeoTrax toys. The big fuss was over track design. Casey likes to construct his trax as accurately to a freeway design as possible. Kerry doesn’t care; he places his trax wherever he wants. I was playing referee with the boys one at a time, each boy pleading his case. When I asked Casey why he didn’t just work with Kerry, he got an indignant look on his face, puckered his lips in pure upset, and proclaimed, “Momma, I don’t want to collaborate!”  After he left, I started laughing. What other 7 year old would use the word “collaborate”? 🙂

♦ Today the boys were squabbling over breakfast, a frequent occurrence this summer. While Kerry was declaring his superiority over Casey because he “reads more” than Casey, Casey states, “Oh yeah… well, what’s the second tallest peak in the world, huh???”

Life with those two is never dull. 🙂