Monday, December 12, 2011

Using Communication Device

We are teaching Emily to user her new communication device. I thought you all might like this video. She is doing so great with it. The green lights on the bottom of the device show that the camera sees her eyes, and all she has to do is look at something to "mouse click" it. Right now she has just 6 squares on each page. When she gets more proficient with the device she will be able to work with more squares (12, 24, etc). Right now I am trying to teach her about hitting the back button so she can choose a different page/screen to talk about different things.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Back on a New Blog

I've been late to post to this blog but I started another blog, this time about our younger daughter who was diagnosed with Asperger's, which is an Autism Spectrum Disorder. So I've been writing about our adventures and challenges with her here:

Asperger's Girl

Emily is well. She is still schooled at home which keeps her health stable. Not much new going on with her. She is excited about Christmas coming up and she wants that doll that poops.....

See you on the new blog!

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Artist Studio

For a couple of weeks now we’ve been treated to special pictures painted by our resident artist, Grace.  She has taken over my kitchen and this week she set up her “Studio”! 


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She quickly used up all her paper canvas pages and was begging me for more this morning.  So when I went out to get her more I found two little easels each sporting a little canvas.  I knew she would be SO excited to have these little ones, and I wasn’t disappointed.  She kept saying, “Oh Mom, I love you, I love you!”

You’ll never guess the first thing she painted. 

Nope, it wasn’t a picture of me.


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The Easels!   IMG_3802a 

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Van Gogh to Tulips in the Yard

We bought Grace a paint and easel set.  She couldn’t wait to have it.  I gave it to her last night.



And then this morning this is the first thing she did…

IMG_3753aFrom Van Gogh to “Tulips in the Yard” in less than 24 hours.  Wow! She’s inspiring me!

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Favorite Easter Picture


This is my favorite Easter picture.  Adam hid Easter eggs for the girls.  Great fun was had by all (including me) trying to find the eggs.  Emily was SO pleased to find the eggs and show Adam she had found them.

My favorite saying was at the carving of the ham.  Grace looked at the cooked ham and said, “Where’s the crack?”  Jeff and I looked at each other and said, “What?”  Again Grace said, “Where’s the crack?” I looked at the ham and it had a little crack in the skin so I wondered if that was what she was talking about.  “Hua?” Grace, in all seriousness said, “You know, the butt crack….”

I’m laughing as I write this.  When I was getting ready to cook the ham I showed Grace the sticker that was on the ham, it said “ham butt”.  I said, “See Grace, it really is a pig butt.”  She remembered that and now she was asking where the butt crack was!  Oh my gosh, I thought I had been tickled before by some things she has said, but this one got to all of us!  She was looking for the butt crack.  We laughed and laughed over that one.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chocolate Covered… What?

Happy Valentines Day!  Well, a day late but not forgotten!

Look what Emily got for Valentines Day


Chocolate covered Fortune Cookies!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sweet 16!

A couple of weeks ago we started planning for Emily’s birthday.  Since Emily doesn’t attend school in the school building her teacher said that they would plan a field trip to our house to share her birthday. 

The big day came and Emily looked as beautiful as any princess just turning 16.


Her friends arrived and the party began.


After singing “Happy Birthday”, twice because she liked it so much, we ate chocolate birthday cake. 


Then it was time to sing songs.  We went into the livingroom and sang with the singing program on the Wii.  We sang “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and “The Bare Necessities”.


Emily was very sad when it was time for the party to be over. 


She looked like she was saying, “Hey, I was just getting warmed up!”


I told her there is another party on Saturday.  “Yippee!”


Happy Birthday Sweet 16!


Thanks for listening ~