Decisions Are All They’re Cracked Up To Be

Today after I picked Christian up from school we stopped at a gas station we recently discovered. This particular gas station has two restaurants inside, so before getting gas we decided to look at the menu. We’re both big fans of Mexican food so it was almost a no brainer to order tacos to go. However, before I ordered I asked Christian if he wanted tacos. After all he can talk and a little over a year ago started to give his input as to what we ate. After asking him what he wanted to eat I discovered he wanted pizza instead.

It’s such a natural reaction as a parent to make all of the decisions because we have to run our households. However, I was reminded today that as our kids grow, it’s important to let them share their opinions and make decisions. Life is full of decisions and because being able to make good ones is so important practicing make them, no matter how small they are, can only help in the long run. I guess as a parent I grew a little today.

Shaking in my Sandles

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Well these are the last few hours of the big countdown. For the past few weeks we’ve been preparing for this point and now it’s finally here; tomorrow is the first day of the school year. Christian couldn’t be happier; he’s asked to wear his backpack everyday for the last 2 weeks. Tonight it sits on the edge of the couch waiting for him to pick it up in the morning. We sharpened pencils last night and got everything put away.

There is one rather sizeable surprise….I’ve got the first day of school jitters. I haven’t the slightest idea why. He’s been at this school for awhile and we know his teachers, so I don’t know what this feeling is all about. I think it’s all the anticipation. We’re looking forward to seeing his teachers and meeting his new classmates. Hello 2014/15 school year!

Taking Off My Cape

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It’s been a…busy week. No complaints but just ready to relax. My son and I have finished back to school shopping, I’ve been to the grocery store at least 3 times and have been up late every single night this week working on stuff. It’s been a busy week and I don’t have a problem with that. However, tonight… in a half an hour to be exact, I am taking off my super mom cape, hanging it in the closet and going to assume the role I don’t often get to play; I am going to be a woman. A plan woman minus all the other titles I have to wear most of the time. Cheers!

The Decision Maker

Most nights I pick out the clothes Christian and I will wear the following day, however last night my think tank was full so I put this particular task off for today. Going through Christian’s clothes I thought maybe some shorts…no maybe pants since the temperature had dropped. OK blue jeans but with what t-shirt? Standing there with a couple of options in my hands I did something wonderful…I asked him which shirt he wanted to wear. He looked through the shirts I had pulled out and choose a very nice white t-shirt. What’s even better is it only took him 4 seconds to decide as opposed my 3 minutes.

Once again I was reminded that he is growing up. Furthermore, that I can give him more responsibilities now because he can handle them. Giving him chances to make more decision for himself allows for growth on his part…and mine.

The BIG picture

So life throws us curve balls sometimes. I walked everyday, ate lots of vegetables and never ever missed one my prenatal doctors appointments. The result, I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy that just happens to be autistic. Am I less thrilled to have him? ABSOLUTELY NOT. The fact is that my son being autistic is just one label that fits him. His other labels include, happy, playful, funny, cute, quick learner, athletic and the list goes on and on.

It’s important that we not focus so much on what our children lack that we forget about all the great traits they possess. If you were going house hunting and found a house that was the perfect size, color, price and location you wouldn’t consider it any less great if you didn’t like the door knobs that were on the closets. You would work on the issues that needed adjusting and be thrilled about your work. The big picture is all the work that we do with our children now is so well worth the bright futures they have ahead of them.

The Lunch bag Model

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The back to school shopping adventure is already showing it’s rewards! Christian’s so excited about his new back pack and lunch bag that he’s already asking to go to school. Today he put his new lunch bag on the handle of his scooter and road around with it while we ran our errands. It’s always nice to see that they’re excited about things that are outside of there normal focus zone, which for Christian is DVDs. Hooray for growth!

And the Winner is..

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We did it! Christian and I started back to school shopping today. We started the trek to school supply supremacy at Walmart, where there was aisles and aisles of options. The first stop was the back pack section. It took Christian all of 4 seconds to choose a Super Mario Brothers back pack, which turned out to be the on school supply he was excited to get. Everything else I had to knag him into selecting. You know… which folder do you want, which lunch bag do you like the best? However, I am still stamping part 1 of the 4G back to school shopping a success! Part 2 will be shopping for clothes and shoes. Let the good times roll!

 

To 4G and Beyond

Today the temperature was in the low 70’s. Yesterday the temperature was in the mid 60’s. Pretty low temps for the summer, and we all know what that means…fall is coming, and what happens in the fall? The kids go back to school!

Christian is going to 4th grade this school year and we’re reeving up to do our back to school shopping later this week. I remember buying him a Buzz Lightyear back pack for kindergarten. Last school year he had an iron man back pack; pretty soon he won’t want characters on his back packs and pencil cases at all….sighhhh, he’s growing up. Lets see what he picks out this year; stay tuned.

Taste Test Adventure

 

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Last night Christian and I went to the Rainforest Café for dinner….or should I call it a taste testing adventure. Christian tried Mexican eggrolls and fried cheese sticks for the first time and I tried oysters for the first time. We both did pretty good giving everything an honest try. Christian ate a little more than half of a Mexican eggroll but couldn’t stomach more that the first bite of a cheese stick. The oysters I had weren’t bad but I wouldn’t feel compelled to order them again in the near future. I have to remind myself sometimes that while I’m constantly trying to get Christian to try new foods I should take my own advice.