Welcome to my work in progress. A little rough around the edges, but hopefully will educate as well as provide some relief for those also going through the craziness of daily life with Autism. Hope you enjoy it :o)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

He's not my dad or my husband.

He's my brother. My best friend. The one I can count on when I need a laugh. (and he never fails to deliver!) He's a great dad, a great husband, and a great Christian. His kids know the importance of God in their lives, and will never fail to feel love from him or their mom.

His name is Jerrod R Nelson. He's almost exactly 7 yrs younger than me. When he was little (1 yr old), I used to flip over the footstool at my Grandparent's house, sit him in it, and push him around the carpet. Cheap entertainment!!

I pretty much consider myself his "second mom" while growing up. Our dad worked overnights, so in the summer, he would be sleeping during the day while I was in charge of Jerrod. Amazingly enough, we never burned the house down. Or got arrested.

He's always had my back. He used to hide my mail in my room before our parents got home and would get mad. (sorry, Mom and Dad!) In return, I accidentally outed him to our mom one day when he skipped class while in college. (You're supposed to tell a sister you're going to do those things!)

And then, one time when he was 3, I turned off the light upstairs, and he walked over the edge of the stairs, falling down the whole flight, and ended up at the bottom unconscious. Paramedics were called, but he ended up being fine. Maybe that's why he's so crazy? :-D

At the 2008 State High School Hockey Tournament. Good times.

We share a love of baseball.

Twins games.....

And Saints games....

Tailgating before the Saints game.

And just like to have fun together.

I've always looked up to him, even though he's younger, (but he *is taller. ba dum BUM.) He's a great example of how someone, not just a dad, should live their life. He and his wife are teaching their kids how to not only be a good Christian, but to be a good person.

He teaches high school for a living. Props to him, because I know I couldn't do that!! I'm sure his students think he's as awesome as he does. He plays the cello and the drums, and plays on two softball teams during the summer. Never a dull moment!

He's always been there for me, even through all the bad decisions I've made in my life. I love him to pieces, and I'm proud to be called his sister.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Five Question Friday

1. Would you grow your hair out to donate it?

Yes. I don't know how long I would last though, I get impatient because it's thick and gets weighted down.

2. What song makes you think of summer?

Rascal Flatts' "Summer Nights", and John Fogerty's "Centerfield"

3. Are you a flip flops or sandals kind of person?
Flip flops. Unless I'm going to be doing some walking. I have a pair of fake Birkenstocks that I LOVE.
4. Favorite summer treat (ie ice cream, snow cones, etc)?
Those Kemps cookie sandwiches with the ice cream in the middle, and bitty chocolate chips around the sides. Yum.
5. Do you do something special for the father of your children?
HA. We're divorced. That would be a big fat no.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Our day at the MOA

Last Thursday (June 7) I took the kids to the Mall for our time together. It did NOT go as planned. The beginning anyway.

We got there around 5:15, and decided to walk around for awhile before we ate supper. Jacob did not want to walk. He wanted to crawl. Or be carried. Or lay in the middle of the floor throwing his flip flops around while screaming. (Yes, he did all of the above.)

He kept telling me was tired, and everytime I went to touch him, he smacked me away. Finally at 6:00 Nicholas said, "Mom, did you give Jacob his medicine?"

Oh. Dur. That would explain the demonic child I'm dealing with. So, we booked up to the food court for chocolate milk. Crush the pill, mix it with the milk, and he drinks it. Annoying, but whatever works I say.

I have to hand it to Nicholas and Emily. They were very patient while we sat and waited for the boy to calm down somewhat so I could go get their food.

FINALLY (some) peace was restored. We found the Caring Bridge card and signed it,

And popped into Barnes and Noble for some book time.

He picks out a few books, and heads into the corner of the kids section, kicks off his shoes, and reads. I'm not sure why I thought it was a good idea for him to get another book by himself, but I let him do it. 15 minutes later, I had to go find him. Barefoot and running around with some plush Angry Birds. We know how to do B&N. 

I miss this. While I love working and having lots of free time, I know their free time just isn't the same. It makes me appreciate the time with them a lot more, but it's not very much time.

Friday, June 1, 2012

June already.

Where did Spring go?? I can't believe it's June 1st already. Usually I'm dreading summer but at the same time excited for it. It meant not getting up at the crack of dawn. Not fighting with kids to get dressed at 7am and eat breakfast. It meant swimming all day. Park trips. Play dates, and staying up late. Now it means working. Seeing my kids whenever HE will let me. I'm trying not to think about how sad Jacob was when I dropped them off last night. How he's asking to sleep over with me. And how he "wants Grandma and Grandpa to leave". That one broke my heart.

I hope eventually the ex and his parents will begin to see how difficult this is for the kids. It's NOT best for them. I have to call to set up mediation. That'll be fun. Third time for us in about 5 yrs. Why does this have to drag on so long?? UGH.

Sometimes I really hate life. 

5 Question Friday

1. What were you scared of as a kid?

MICE. I still am. It's ridiculous how terrified I am!!

2. Do you sleep well in a hotel?

Not usually. Maybe if I have melatonin or something, but I don't even sleep well at home.

3. If you could meet any celebrity, dead or alive, who and why?

Justin Morneau. I'm a HUGE baseball fan, and love my MN Twins!! And, he's very easy on the eyes. NotGonnaLieAboutThat.

4. It's a hot summer day. Do you prefer to be pool side or at the beach?

Usually pool. I hates lakes. They're nasty. The kids keep busy with stuff to look at on the beach, but I'm more likely to swim in a pool.

5. What is your favorite summer dish?

Fruit. Any kind of fruit. Watermelon. Raspberries. Cantloupe. Honeydew. Strawberries. Blueberries.

You get the idea. Yum.