In these cold winter months, our activities are limited when Tristan is home on the weekends. We have discovered taking him to the movie theatre is enjoyable for the three of us. We pick kids movies with songs. Even so, we know he is only paying attention to portions of the movie and that is fine. We know his ultimate goal is to empty the popcorn tub and consume his pop! We have begun requesting smaller portions to out smart him. One thing never fails, Continue reading
Yesterday we had a challenging day. He was just not content the entire day, and I know he can not help this. Lately, he has been more verbal on and off throughout the day.
He has been repeating the same thoughts. One of his thoughts is about wanting McDonald’s. At the end of the day; I tucked him in bed. I said, “Tristan what can we thank Jesus for?” I ask questions throughout the day. Most of the time I don’t get a response. This time, he did respond. This was his prayer, “Dear Jesus thank you for McDonald’s.”
Now we did not have McDonald’s! I guess I know what he is thinking about; even his prayers are about McDonald’s.
Enjoy another healthy dose of laughter from our home!
I know this was a few months ago, but I think it is important to share our “first” moments with everyone. Everyone might not realize how much these moments mean to us. We can see how Tristan’s development progresses over time. Enjoy another “first” from our home.
The last few days we have been bombarded by the same questions from Tristan. Here is the list.
I think it is important for me to share some of the “firsts” that we celebrate with Tristan. We never know when one will occur. Life with autism is full of surprises. Enjoy a “first” from our home!
One Friday night in May, Brian and I were making dinner. Then we heard a knock on the door, tap tap tap. We both looked at the front door, and through the window, we could see a child standing there.
When our 12-year-old son, A.T., joined our family in November, it was quite an adjustment. A.T. was not familiar with autism. We have tried our best in teaching him what autism is and who Tristan is as a person. We know this has not been an easy adjustment. However, the other day A.T. shared his views, and I was laughing so hard. A.T. was sharing how he is trying hard to understand Tristan’s communications. Here is A.T.’s insight:
Early Sunday morning Brian was trying to get out the door to head to church. He woke me up asking where his shoes were. I jumped out of bed to help him look. We could not find them ANYWHERE. Brian asked the older boys if they had borrowed them. They said no. I suggested Brian go purchase another pair of shoes. I was thinking back to summer when Tristan hid my shoes. It took a couple of months before I discovered them in our other son’s closet. We did not have months to wait this out!
After church during lunch, we mentioned to the older boys about the shoes. One of them said, “Yes, I have them. I borrowed them a few days ago.” This child did not remember being woke up. Poor Tristan we thought it was him.
A few days later I noticed the treadmill safety cord was missing. I checked Tristan’s room. I checked all the usual hiding places. Then I also noticed some black stretchy string was cut up. We know Tristan loves cutting more than just paper! We try our best to make sure the scissors stay in the kitchen. I figured it was gone. I ended my search.
The next day, one of the older boys appeared with the treadmill cord! It was in their bedroom. Poor Tristan we thought it was him.
Another healthy dose of laughter from our home to you!