Sad face :(

8.10am I wasnt feeling the best (few extra aches and pains than usual) so decided to get the few town jobs done early. Ryan was in a very happy bubbly mood. Dropped Alex at school and had the usual run of questions, and Ryan answering himself, coming from the back seat. “Why did you use the wipers? Why is the fish tank shop shut?, because its early. Why is the frozen coke not working? Can we see the waterfalls? There’s Dads van. His shop is shut. Why is it shut? Can I go in Dad’s shop?”

Finally he stops to take a breath and I say “We are going to a shop to buy some pins for making things today.” 

All good. We park. Wait 10 minutes for the shop to open. We talk about what we nรจed to buy. We listen to music and look at ourselves in the sun visor mirrors. We see the staff put out the signs and Ryan knocks on the window and calls “hello!” Ryan finds 4 on ground and 4 on the parking meter and puts the coins in. 

We got a basket (to keep Ryan’s hands busy), find the 2 items we need, pay and got back in the car. All still going great, Ryan calm and listening well ๐Ÿ™‚

Drive down to church (only 4 blocks away). I told Ryan we are just popping into the office to pick up a piece of paper. 

“Yes. Will the screens be down in the hall?” (Screens for music at the Sunday children’s programme)

Me “No, it’s not a church day. We are just going to the office”

Ryan “Yes, I’m not tall enough to reach the screens.”

Me “We are only going to the office. You need to stay with me please.”

Ryan “Yes, stay with you.”

Got the form I needed and I thought I might quickly fill it out (rookie mistake). Nope, that was the moment Ryan dropped to the ground, then ran off to the hall. Poor ladies setting up for a craft morning had “Mr noise and energy” yelling “I want to dance in the hall. Why are the screens up? Where is the music?” while jumping up and down and flicking his hands fast.

They nicely talked him, reassuring me he was okay, answering his questions and one kind lady even danced with him, then took him by the hand and walked him back to the office with me. I decided I’d have to drop the form back later and we went to the car. But Ryan decided he was going to kindy (his old kindy is right next to church) and attached himself to the gate, screaming and crying. Teachers and kids were looking, parents in the carpark and a poor little girl, who looked quite concerned, were watching me gently try to prise his fingers off the gate and manovere him towards the car, calmly telling him to get in the car, which was parked right by the kindy gate (again rookie mistake knowing how much he loved kindy even 3 years later) His screaming “help me, help me, I want to go to kindy” and repeatedly grabbing at the gate bars didn’t help the situation. I can’t imagine what people were thinking!

Finally got him into the car and another short battle of wills to get him in his carseat. Seeing him start to become unresponsive/heading into meltdown I resorted to bribery (distraction of maltezers) – not my best parenting move but also helped him to snap out of his tantrum before it became a full-blown meltdown. Halfway home he burst into tears and said “I’m sorry I wanted to put the screens down.” ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

9.11am Home, shattered and emotional. Why do simple things need to be so hard? Why does 1 hour out feel like 10 hours? Why does Ryan act like all is right with the world while I’m still processing what I could have done differently… knowing I didn’t use visuals or realise a quick drop into somewhere where it’s different to his expectations would be difficult. Even though I know he finds it incredibly difficult to stop himself when he wants to do or see something, why did I put him in a situation that I knew would be very hard for him? Why do I feel like a failure when people see what looks like a very naughty child not listening to his mother? Why do I feel like people are now going to talk about what they saw, judge Ryan, judge me, behind our backs. Why do I even care what others think! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Times like this I find myself wanting to stay home, where a controlled environment makes his behaviour easier to manage, but I know he is never going to learn to self-regulate or control his impulsiveness if he never goes out. And then looking back on this morning I wonder if most of my feeling tearful/sad/angry/frustrated/over-emotional is just me not feeling well, and my ‘version’ of how the whole situation went down could be described by someone else as not a big deal at all ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Ryan put his monkey hat on, sorted washing and turned a load on, played catch with Toby outside and had some marmite toast … all while I answered a phone call – and actually helped someone with some useful disability related information they needed, which improved my mood of helplessness … and I ate chocolate biscuits… 

We finished the activity we started yesterday by adding a door and buttons to a cardboard box we painted… to make a washing machine! Ryan loved helping put it together. We used way too much sellotape and then had to reopen the box to put the bowl inside (duh, I forgot before taping it all up!) And then had to reattach the door due to my not factoring Ryans strength lol. He told me what to write on the dials (hot, warm, cold and wash, rinse, spin) and then took his socks off to test it out!

After lunch we had horse riding. And another frustrating meltdown over Ryan wanting to do a load of washing after his ride. At home I had said “no washing at riding today, we need to get water” and he helped me put the water bottles in the car to take and get filled. Going to the water place is usually a great incentive to keep Ryan moving and I thought it would help the transition leaving RDA. The RDA coaches said “no washing today” and even though he checked the machine, saw there was no washing he still threw himself all over the floor, screamed, yelled and refused to leave the building. All I could do was wait it out. As well as being hard to watch him struggle with the fact that he couldn’t do the washing, it was embarrassing – and then I feel guilty for feeling embarrassed :/ There were a number of people around, his coaches, a school teacher and students he knows (not from the school he attended), RDA volunteers … and I couldnt do anything to help him. I had just been told how much of a different child he was and so much calmer than when he was brought to RDA by teacher aides… and then he throws a massive tantrum that turned into a meltdown. A few people came to try and help but I explained I just had to wait. I tried distraction with music on my phone, talking about the water place, and tight hugs to calm him but nothing worked. When he finally calmed (about 15 minutes later) and walked to the car he was very quiet. In the car he said “I’m so tired Mum” ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Heart-breaking looking at his sad face ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

We got our water bottles filled and then parked to wait for Alex to finish school. I gave Ryan a touchpad with an ABC tracing app, put his favourite song on the cd player and while he sang and laughed, I sat and cried. Some days it just all feels too hard ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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5.30pm

I was going to delete all the above and just say it’s been a hard day and show you our cool washing machine we made … but I like to keep it real. And if I don’t share the good and the bad how will people know what we are thinking/feeling when times are rough. And apart from stopping him hurting himself and trying to distract/divert/encourage a change in direction there doesn’t seem to be much else I or anyone can do. He was very pale and tearful this afternoon and asking repeatedly for a haircut. This is an unusual request and I wonder if he means his head feels strange as we are still decreasing epilepsy meds. When we were increasing and he was having lots of noticeable absence seizures he often complained of an “itchy” head behind one ear. Looking at the photos from this morning I didnt realise how yellow he looked (a thing that happens to him when neurological stuff – seizures/migraine – is going on according to one specialist).  He ate a good dinner and hopefully we both feel better after a long sleep… 

New theme : Laundry and Clothing

Our new theme is Laundry and Clothing. I use the themes as a base for some activities so we change things around a bit and things don’t get boring. Our main education goals are learning to read and basic maths. Lifeskills is our other main goal as Ryan is delayed in many things in this area. Keeping up with his medical appointments and sensory diet fills in the rest of our time!

We had a slow start to the morning as Ryan is a bit “spacey” today so I was just keeping an eye on him. A friend brought a yummy coffee over and we chatted for a bit while Ryan watched washing machines on YouTube and supervised our washing machines cycles. He also had some “strawberries” (his word for raspberries) to blow on our cheeks while he waited to have some of our coffee – loves a taste but has to wait till it’s not hot – and waiting is not a strong skill so it’s good practise!

Ryan counted pompoms and put them into an egg tray as he counted. I tried getting him to pick them up with a wooden peg but he didn’t even want to try after I showed him how. We will work up to making patterns using the same things.

Ryan counted socks, a hat and some foam food into his toy washing machine.

After lunch we painted a box in preparation for making something exciting tomorrow!

Playing with my phone Ryan wanted to take photos of “me waving”. He’s getting good at taking his own pictures!

We read the early reader “Where are my socks?” and an article in a school journal about washing rugs in Greece. Ryan was quite interested in the pictures and asked why they had them on the stones. I explained it was to dry them after washing them in the stream.

Then we did some dancing to a cool action song called “I’m a washing machine” – by The Hooley Dooleys on Youtube.

Ryan did 123 Numbers (free Google Play Store app) practising writing numbers while we waited in the car for Alex to finish school.

After bathtime the monkey hat made a reappearance and even came to dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday shopping and birthday toys…

I could hear a little voice telling himself over and over “Its my happy birthday. I’m going to be 8” when he was settling last night and Ryan woke a number of times during the night to tell me again. I guess he had a lot to process from his birthday yesterday. 

We headed out early to do some shopping with David. Ryan did really well at The Warehouse, which is usually sensory overload but the mall was very quiet and most of the shops were shut. Then we popped down to Rebel Sports and only one ball was thrown (I wasn’t awake enough for his fast hands!). I used the visuals on my phone and this helped transitions.

A quick stop at Stefans work and, of course, we had to open and close every washing machine and see if there were any new models. 

Either I was over-tired and not thinking straight or just plain crazy but we decided to check out the Home Show and Car displays. This is 3 stadiums full of noise, balloons, people selling products for your home and things with signs that say “do not touch”. The packed carparks should have warned me it would be noisy and bustling with people. Ryan coped very well but we had to move, move, move so didn’t get to stop and look at anything for more than 2 seconds. As we walked back to the car a huge truck that transports cars was lowering its back door as we passed it and Ryan was very excited because “just like Mack” – from Disney Pixar Cars! 

The rest of the day was spent doing washing (muddy clothes from yesterday), playing with his new birthday toys and blowing out candles… because why not… another bonus to a playdough cake!

Ryan’s 8th birthday!

We needed to be in Palmerston North for a school event for Alex so we all went for the day. Ryan woke very cheerful and asked to wash my spotty blanket (one of his favourite things to do) but we said it’s hiding your presents. He just walked away not even curious! In the car he was teasing Alex with his “stinky shoes” and full of giggles. At Uncle Bills (a variety store we like) he wanted to buy a toilet plunger so Stefan tried sticking it to his stomach which had other customers staring at the squeals of laughter. Crazy fun lol!

We dropped Alex where he needed to be and headed into the Square. Ryan had never been there so we walked around and found a bridge and fountains! Lots of puddles and squishy mud (which resulted in a change of clothes- which I forgot to put in the car… so Kmart to the rescue!)

After a shop and some lunch we found more mud and a couple of parks we haven’t been to before. Park hopping is such a fun thing to do and we found a free swimming pool that we will come back to in summer! It’s right by an all-accessible park that has recently been upgraded so people with disabilities can enjoy the swings, roundabouts and tramp. Fantastic!

Picked Alex up and headed to the esplanade for a train ride. Ryan loves this train, it’s a longer ride than our local one and they run 2 trains on busy days. We got to the ticket booth and Ryan said “that’s the wrong train.” So we said we will wait for the other one. When that one arrived he got very upset and said “THAT’S NOT THE RIGHT TRAIN!” so trying to figure out what was going on we moved away from the station. He said “go in the car to the other train” and I clicked he meant the other station at the other end of the park. It was where we got on last time we came. So we hopped in the car and drive to the other station. He got out and we got to the line of people waiting and he started yelling “THATS NOT THE TRAIN. I WANT TO GO HOME!” I took his hand and we got our tickets punched… thinking he may change his mind as sometimes he says something but means the opposite. But nope, he refused to get on the train so we headed back to the car. We drove home, stopping for a frozen coke – Ryan’s request – and to his great excitement it was bucketing with rain as we came into Wanganui so we had the wipers on fast! At home we gave him his presents – a remote control car, a wooden pinball game, Cars memory cards, a playdoh firestation set and a huge rubber ducky (that Ryan choose at Kmart!). He had a great time with the car crashing it into everything!

Then we set up his gift from Stefans Mum. A racing car set with lights and glows in the dark! And to his delight, since it’s his birthday, we let him wash my spotty blanket ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Chicken nuggets for dinner (surprise, surprise) and a play dough sparkly cake! I figured since he loves blowing the candles out (which he did approx 8x), won’t eat the cake and we were out all day so I couldnt bake we would do a playdough cake. He loved it, phew! Great end to a fun day ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ve come to the end of our winter themed activities…

We have played in real snow, made felt penguins, puddle jumping in mud, made a windchime out of keys, beaded snowflakes, melted toys frozen in ice, made a raincloud in a jar and much more. So much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning Toby came into the lounge to sit with us. This is the first time I have got a photo of him and Ryan that’s not blurry since they both constantly move. Ryan loves our pets ๐Ÿ™‚

After a few town jobs we made a quick stop at the lake to watch the fountain. Ryan was really happy and bouncy. I thought, as well as showing you his excited face and stimming flicky hands, I would add the bits you don’t usually see in our photos – me right next to him and a TIGHT grip on the back of his hoodie. This is our reality most of the time we leave home. Because of his ADHD and total lack of impulse control he can be up and off in a split second, usually the minute you relax your grip or smile and say hello to someone walking past.

Quiet afternoon. Ryan and I went out visiting to give Stefan a rest. He’s not well and Ryan doesn’t have a volume switch. One more sleep till our little energiser bunny is 8yrs old!

Why does he wake so early???

After a night of interrupted sleep and then being woken at some awful its-not-even-time-for-early-birds-to-be-up time by a small child yelling “Mum, I’ve got poos in my pants. I should have done that in the toilet”…… “and I need bweakfaaaaast, I’m staaaarrrrrving!” not even coffee was helping this homeschool mum function today.

After breakfast I set Ryan up with snowflake making (beads and pipecleaners) but got out the beads which have holes too small for threading. Finally realised why it was so difficult and swapped the beads but Ryan had lost interest. We made the paper magic kingdom set we got at Wendy’s on our break away recently. Once put together Ryan didn’t look at them again, apart from trying to feed some to the dog, sigh…

We decided to cuddle up with a pile of books. I have so many books he has never seen as every book sale I bring at least 1 bagful home. Today I grabbed 4 books we havent read and 2 early readers Ryan has read. After reading them all Ryan wanted to read Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose 1/2 a dozen more times and was in fits of giggles. It’s quite a funny book!

Next he needed some physical activity so I pulled out a new punching bag toy (thanks Kmart!) which needed inflating. It has water in the base and everytime it tipped you can hear it sloshing. Ryan thought it was fantastic!

Morning tea and some quiet time watching YouTube before Ryan headed back to the lounge. I wanted something to keep him busy for a while, and not asking me the same questions over and over (yip, he was in stuck record mode!) so grabbed an old science fair board, insulation tape (because it holds well!), and some paper tubes and plastic tubes. Stuck it altogether, put a tray under it and a container of marbles. Ryan spent ages posting and listening to the marbles bumping down the tubes. Win for me!

He made gross burpy noises in the pvc pipe, drew on the whiteboard, found letters with the pool noodle letters, and played with the key windchime we made yesterday.

After lunch the pvc pipe became a pretend horse, the punching bag got hugs and Alex and Ryan played Buckaroo (pyjama day for us today).

Some water play with blue water, turtle, fish and shells plus watering can and bottle. Someone looks tired too (here’s hoping for sleep tonight!)

Intense Wednesday!

The countdown has begun to Ryans 8th birthday! I put a visual countdown on the fridge above his daily visual calender. Ryan wanted to colour in this morning – 1st time he has ever asked to do this and Big Bird had to be “blue” (said while holding a yellow feltpen – pretty sure this kid is colourblind like a lot of his male relatives!) When he was done he put it on the fridge “to show my Dad” he said ๐Ÿ™‚

I was still doing the morning dishes/tidy up and he went to the lounge and was drawing happy and sad faces. He called me to “take a picture with your phone Mum!” lol. He’s really on to it today! We listened to/sang the new song he learnt yesterday to help breathing – Deep in the forest where nobody goes…

A puzzle, counting gingerbread men and hiding them under cups – he still isn’t getting the memory game concept but working on it, singing Jingle Bells with the Tone Bells, and then Do your ears hang low? book and CD.

Throwing the giant dice and counting the dots then Ryan wanted to remake the balloon rocket we made on Monday. This time we used the hallway and tried using the bike pump and foot pump to save blowing up the balloon but neither worked. Ryan had fun trying though.

Next we made a windchime out of keys. We painted them with glittery nail polishes and twisted a coathanger to hang them off. We both ended up with super sparkly hands and Ryan loved making a “ding-a-ling key thing” (his words!). This was an activity for our Winter theme (wind).

Thomas the tank engine counting puzzle cards 1-5. Lots of hand flicking stimming from excitement today!  

Fine motor skills posting coloured pasta into jars and Ryan coloured a picture to post to Max (a penpal from the NZ Homeschool penpal group). He has been doing lots of intense concentrating today, most activities have been his own choosing! (And the silly monkey hat reappeared lol)

We read The Magic School Bus Rides the Wind, Mike and the Ice Queen, and Ryan read me “Just look at you”
Starfall – audio read-along book “The gingerbread boy”, ABC for kids – free Google Play Store app (tracing letters – Ryan did upper case A-Z) then watched home videos of himself on my touchpad. Youtube was Crazy Frog, The ants go marching and The three little pigs (all Ryan’s choosing). 

About 3 o’clock Ryan had a strange episode, I’m not sure what quite happened, but he suddenly burst into tears, was shaking and saying “help me, help me” very upset and seemed terrified. After hugs, food and drink he still wasn’t himself so I set up warm water and bubbles and that calmed him. So strange :/ Alex asked him what was wrong and he said “I’m just crying because I am” ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Nice big bubble bath and some French toast (his current favourite dinner) – toast bread soaked in whisked egg/milk mix and cooked in the sandwich press with butter, then sprinkled with cinnamon and a little sugar.

More toast and YouTube – songs from Moana and washing machine videos. Ryan was up super early this morning so hoping he settles easily tonight!

Tremendous Tuesday!

This morning Ryan was really calm so I thought we would try story time at the library. It’s aimed at preschoolers but at Ryan’s learning level so we went. Before we got dressed I asked Ryan if he would like to go to the library? He said yes. I asked “do you remember the library rules?” and he replied “no yelling and no running”. Good answer… not sure if he knows what he means but he says the same thing everytime we go. We don’t go often, in fact, I think the last time we went was at Easter to get an egg from Hetty the hen! When we arrived he held my hand and we walked around all the aisles and looked at all the windows. Ryan asked why some were open… and could he open the ones that were shut. Down the children’s end there were lots of people and lots of noise. Ryan immediately started to pull at my arm. I tried to get him to sit away from the group, but in hearing distance of the story. He started to panic so we did another walk around the books and headed back to the car. I praised him and said what a good visit to the library we had because he was quiet and stayed with me. 

Once in the car I told him we had a quick stop to make then the supermarket. We got a park right outside the health food shop, which is quite cramped with lots of shelves of small items so I was a bit nervous. I said “hold my hand and keep your hands to yourself please.” Ryan found the 3 on the parking meter and pushed it then put money in the slot. Once in the shop I quickly found what I wanted and we lined up to pay. Ryan did really well standing next to me, and I talked quietly to him as we waited, telling him how pleased I was he was waiting nicely for our turn. Back in the car more praise for good listening and we headed to the supermarket. I knew we were possibly getting to the end of his coping limit so I mentally reduced my grocery list to the bare essentials, and considered the dairy when I realised milk and bread are at opposite ends of the supermarket, but decided to risk it. Ryan chose a trolley and asked to buy carrots. He counted 6 into the bag, weighed and printed the price sticker all by himself! – important lifeskill right there! Halfway down the next aisle an older gentleman came up to us, pointed at Ryan and said “It’s a ginga!” Ryan looked confused so I said “he’s talking about your lovely red hair” and kept moving. Then the man said “you know they are becoming extinct? He’s a rare breed!” and then he walked away. Well! What do you say to that lol! We certainly think he’s unique ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Bread and milk in the trolley and we found the conveyor belts (what Ryan calls the checkout). Ryan unloaded all the items to be scanned and helped bag them at the other end. Into the car and home. A successful morning and fantastic behaviour! Ryan got some maltezers as a reward and we had a drink and biscuit. Then we took a carrot, from the shopping, out to Clover.

Some time on Mathseed then toy guinea pigs and some playdough. This was tricky because the carrots are tiny and Ryan had to really concentrate to pick them up.

He was starting to get twitchy so I suggested a bounce on the mini tramp.

The Wanganui Home Educators facebook group are doing a lego challenge where an challenge is given each day and kids post pictures of their creation. Today was build a robot. I hadn’t taken much notice, since Ryan doesnt build with lego, but he opened his blocks after he got off the tramp. Ive never seen him use them so was surprised. I said “can you build me a robot?” and to my total surprise he said “yes”… and then told me “body, legs, arms, head” as he added blocks!!!

I read some books aloud and Ryan sat and looked through them again after I had finished.

We had horse riding after lunch today and Ryan led Chester around a few times – well supervised by a young man who has gotten to know Ryan well and everytime they passed the tap that turned the overhead sprinkler on he distracted Ryan by chatting. They convinced Ryan to have a ride before being allowed to wash some teatowels. They understand his currency lol. As the washing machine was filling a group of kids arrived and one boy was in Ryan’s class at school for 2 years. They haven’t seen each other this year but he saw Ryan and immediately said “Hey, Ryan’s here. Hi Ryan.” And Ryan replied, without looking away from the machine, “Hi (boys name)” … Ryan had recognised his voice! Conversation over, both happy ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

A quick trip to the doctors and chemist for Alex and Ryan did really well. I let him play a maths game on my phone at the doctors (homeschooling out and about!) and I got him nuggets and a frozen coke to help pass the time waiting at the chemist. Thankfully I got a park right outside and our chemist give you a buzzer so they can buzz you when your meds are ready. He was all smiles when a school teacher from last year walked past and waved. “Mum, mum it’s (teachers name)!” And then a friend parked next to our car so there was lots more excited yelling and banging on the window!

Home for bath, dinner, stories and bed!

Wet cold Monday but busy busy busy!

Ryan woke up “starving” (his word) and after breakfast we dropped Alex at school. Once we got home Ryan refused to get out of the car. Eventually we made it inside and Ryan helped me do the morning housework – vacuuming, and scrubbing the bathroom with the TurboScrub brush (an electric scrubbing brush that spins). Ryan did a great job using the TurboScrub and helped put the vacuum away for me.

Reading was practising following the words with his finger and I read him Toy Story and The Magic School Bus Arctic Adventure.

Flash decided to chase Percy around the track and Ryan thought that was very entertaining! 

Letter recognition was practised with cut up pool noodles that I have written letters on. We talked about each letter as he randomly put them on the metal bars (our coffee table tipped on its side). Then I realised we needed a line under the letter so he knew which way to put it. This was the first time we did this and Ryan like “hiding” them under the coffee table for next time. 

Writing practise was “dog to bone” worksheet following the wavy line, the letter ‘d’ wipe-clean page and his name. Then we had morning tea where Ryan had more v8 juice! ๐Ÿ™‚

We bounced and rolled the swiss ball up and down the hallway and everytime the ball veered into a doorway we would yell “hey Mr Ball, you can’t go in … David’s room/the lounge/Ryan’s room/outside!” Ryan ended up laughing more than yelling lol!

Maths was the number 3 page in his workbook but while looking for 3 birds to circle a mega-meltdown happened… that I didn’t see coming… and after it had subsided Ryan needed lots of hugs and was very pale. Unfortunately our tv remote, which was thrown against a wall and smashed into so many pieces I couldn’t figure out how to fix it, was deemed unfixable by Stefan when he got home. Not happy but thankful it was just a remote this time :/

We sat and played on a few new free apps I downloaded from Google Play Store. The sensory one is great and he quietly watched the Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Street. Highly recommend if you need to teach a someone how to calm themselves. 

We did counting with plastic gingerbread men and tried memory with 2 red and 2 green gingerbread men under cups but Ryan either didn’t understand or was being super silly, I’m not sure, so will revisit it another time. Then whiteboard drawing while learning breathing exercises. The Occupational Therapist sent me some songs that encourage breathing and today’s one “Deep in the forest” was a huge hit! 50x on repeat and I’ll be singing it in my sleep lol!

After lunch we made a balloon rocket and that had us both in fits of laughter as it flew off the sticky tape, did loops and made funny noises.

A rainy afternoon meant going early to get a park near Alex’s school so I grabbed my touchpad and Ryan played 123 Numbers (another free Google Play Store app) – number tracing 1-20 with balloons and praise after each number and a cool little lion ๐Ÿ™‚ 

At home Flash decided to attack the balloon rocket string and that really amused Ryan, especially when Flash got a piece of sticky tape stuck to his back paw and spun around chasing it lol!

Water play (Ryan requested “blue water and funnels please”) before bath time and Ryan was so excited he’s all blurry in the photos lol.

Busy busy Monday with ups and downs but lots of fun too!

Sunday at home

For a number of weeks/months we haven’t been to church on Sundays, due to a number of reasons (not all Ryan- related but his need to constantly move and talk has made it very difficult) and it is something I need to work on making happen again as I miss it and its important to me. 

While I was pondering the coming homeschooling week I looked up “kids bible study ideas” on the internet and Ryan saw me looking at a website with a picture of a book each of the boys were gifted when they left kindy at age 5. He went and got his and asked me to read his “book from kindy please” (The Beginners Bible) so we read the first story, then found the animated version on YouTube.

Most of the day was spent doing washing… seriously, how do we make so much washing!… and Ryan sorted, loaded and watched most of the loads. 

Water play with coloured water and a small bucket of water beads kept Ryan content for about 30 mins.

I brought his rebounder inside. It had been away since it wasnt being used much. I made room in his bedroom for it. He has been jumping a lot lately and I thought he may enjoy the rebounder again and I was right! He keeps thanking me for getting it out. He likes it by the wall so he can hold the windowsill to steady himself or he falls down a lot.

Today’s big achievements … Ryan ate 3 of my 8 slices of apple (he thought he was very funny “stealing” my food lol) and 1/2 cup of V8 orange mango passion fusion (vegetable and fruit drink)! Wahoo for new foods and actual fruit!