Thursday, May 12, 2011

Spring Break 2011

Went went to see my BFF over spring break. We spent 10 days, enjoying Connecticut's beauty. Jake and Isaac had a great time with Rosanne's girls. They both miss them terribly. We hiked The Sleeping Giant, visited the coast, ate really good pizza & Italian pastries, and had a wonderful Easter. Who knew the racoons would join in on our Easter egg hunt? We hope to go back to Connecticut someday soon.........

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

April = Autism Awareness Month!

Last Saturday we gathered together with other autism families to launch balloons in honor of our loved ones affected by autism. I personally love gatherings that include other children who have autism. I know that NO ONE is going to look at Isaac like he's a spoiled kid, who is out of control. I know if he happens to have a meltdown we won't be singled out. I love the fact at these types of functions that EVERYONE knows and loves Isaac- just the way he is. Being among other autism families helps me to feel less lonely and lets me know that others are dealing with a lot of the same issues. Although autism comes with a lot of negative traits, one thing for sure- it has brought a lot of amazing people into our lives! As we counted down till the balloon launch, I could feel tears welling up in my eyes. Isaac was so excited to let his balloon go and kept asking "Is it time yet? Is it time yet?" Even with clouds in the sky, Isaac had a great time. Everyone launched their balloons and blue filled the sky. Afterwards we enjoyed treats and visited with our friends. Isaac had no idea that we were honoring him last Saturday. He has no idea that he is even different. I am so thankful for that. He lives his life the way everyone should. He enjoys the here and now and never worries about the past or the future. People tell me all the time how lucky Isaac is to have me for his mom, but I think I'm the lucky one...........

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December with The Stanger's

Jake went snowboarding for the first time this month! He was so excited! Mike has been snowboarding since he was young and wanted to get Jake started in on the fun. They spent the summer gathering equipment for Jake. They waited for a day when there was FINALLY enough snow and set out. Jake had a great time. Although, he was a bit sore the following days. He said he wants to do it again. I'll let Mike handle that......

Merry Christmas from the Stangers! We hope all of you had a wonderful time with friends and family. We spent Christmas Eve with my family, over at my parent's house. My brother, Ez, and his family came, along with my brother, Clint. We ate yummy food and visted with each other. Christmas Day we spent in Farmington, with Mike's parents and his brother and his family. We also got to spend the day on Christmas with Mike's Grandma, Laverne. My boys just love spending time with Grandma Great. Although, Isaac was a little worried about getting her home to sleep in her OWN bed......

Isaac and Mike grew chin curtains for Christmas!! Isaac loves to do everything Mike does, which includes growing facial hair. Isaac came down to sit with Mike and said "look, Dad! I grew a chin curtain, too!" FUNNY BOY!!

Isaac also celebrated his 10th birthday this month. His birthday is EXACTLY 1 week before Christmas- not ideal for mom. We spent the day at Classic Skating where Isaac cruised on his scooter and jumped all of his energy out. After Classic we went to In-N-Out Burger for refueling. After dinner we had Mike's family over as well as my parents and a good family friend, Chris Lagiusa, with his son, Parker. We all enjoyed sugar cookies and ice cream to honor this special boy. Sometimes it feels like a lot longer than 10 years, but I wouldn't trade it for a minute! Happy Birthday, Isaac!!