Friday, September 22, 2017

The Way To Ride Through the Mall

After Grammers left in July, we decided to bounce our missing her away at the bounce place in the mall.
  I must have been in a pretty giving mood because I let the kiddos get the animals to ride about the mall for 15 minutes.

 You kiddos loved it!
 Every time we would pass those animals you would look longingly toward them imagining the joy you would feel when you didn't have to walk and could ride to your heart's content.
 R helped both K and J.

 S got a turn too, but I forgot to take a photo.  T loved it.  I think he was inviting me to get on with him.  Sadly, that was not allowed.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

When Your Son is a Techie --- Where is the Balance

T can do anything, it seems, with a phone or a computer. I kid you not. He gets calls from his friends when they're having trouble with their electronic devices. He'll chat with you for two hours about updates, formatting, etc. If he doesn't know the answer right away, he'll look it up for you, lickety-split.
One time he talked to a woman about her iPad for two hours straight, on an airplane so she couldn't leave, but he was thrilled she was interested so long. She was bug-eyed at first at all his knowledge.
He'll give you the history of the electronics he is most interested in--dates that stick in his memory. He loves to find places that look similar to the backgrounds they have for computers and devices.  If you have a new device and you let him look at/play with for a few minutes, you'll have a friend for life.

One time, I caught him hacking Minecraft (three years ago), but we talked about honesty and how if it is against the rules--we don't do it.  If the government had a training program for young hackers--they'd probably want him--because he thinks that is something else.  Though I will tell you, there is a lot of information on hacking on YouTube--T's go-to-service to find out anything about electronics.

I love his excitement. I love how he wants to collect old and new electronics--phones, iPads, tablets, computers, wiis, etc.  His idea of Heaven may include an old electronic junk yard.

He likes to go to yard/garage sales with me so he can get a deal on old tech.  Four weeks ago, he found a wii at a garage sale. It was probably 5-10 years old and he was so excited--jumping up and down with joy when the previous owner gave him a good price.  She was thrilled he was so happy.  That must be the best feeling at a garage sale to see someone so glad they're getting your old junk. :D

But, this question constantly burns in my mind.  Where is the balance? If he is gifted in such an area, should I let him work more on electronics?  He is so happy when he is working on them, but it tends to be the only thing he wants to do and gets grumpy when another idea is suggested or the idea that we need to go some place.

Before he gets on any tech, with the exceptions of sometimes texting me, he must have his chores all done.

When the whine turns into severe grumpiness the electronics are put on hold, until he helps around the house for awhile or cheers up a sweet young sibling or two.  Or until the next day--depending on the level of grumpiness.

This boy does not respond well to criticism and will often see the removal of tech as the ultimate criticism and tends to shut down friendly-toward-family-wise.

Extensions of love and joy in what he is learning is the ultimate compliment for him and he will respond very well to that.  Now how to use those extensions of love to get him to work--that is my aim. Also, to have him understand that in order to use the tech he needs to be able to pull himself away.  Setting that expectation will help.

W is really good at helping him see what good he is doing and praising him for that.  I'm really good at asking for help and getting the whopper response.

In the meantime, we'll keep thinking over how to help this amazing, wonderful, kind and thoughtful boy.  I love him sooo dearly.  I like to write a smiley face on his fingers every now and again and let him know the many things I love about him and how he helps our family!  So glad to call him my son!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Grammers Goes

When Grammers left, there were a lot of hugs.
T was so sad that Grammers was leaving he cried.

We all missed Grammers right away.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Grammers at Rehearsal

 Grammers came to rehearsal that night and luckily she was handy with her camera.

 Funny thing happened. We bought R a brand new pair of shoes one of those days.  Then the first night he wore them he scuffed them on one of the things he was in charge of helping move.  He took them off and put them by the chair in the auditorium he was sitting at.  But, when we got up to leave we couldn't find them anywhere. I swear I looked all over that area about five times (I'm a pretty good finder, generally speaking) and at that time they were no where to be seen.  The second day into performances, I found the shoes right where he'd been sitting.
 I loved this outfit--probably because that is when I had lines.
 That jackets was an old shower curtain and every time I put on that hat I felt like I was wearing a chicken on my head.

 Can you see he chicken?

This was where R had his celebrated line "Professor Zoltan Carpathy"
 My dance partner was Dean--er-- Alfie Doolittle.

 Thankful that I could be in My Fair Lady.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Newport, Oregon

R is officially as tall as me. How did this happen?
 Big Foot welcomed us to the museums in Newport while Grammers was here.  They each had their own draws.
 Do you recognize anyone in the jars?
 S begged fo rem to take this photo, but I admit--it kind of creeps me out.
 There is a surprise couple of wax people that blend in so well.
 We all sat and waited for them to take their photos--until we realized they were wax.  That was a bit of a shock.

 Live long and prosper.  This is how I carry J all over the place.
 Grammers treated S to a wax hand.
 They dipped her hand in cold water then into the warm wax.  Then back into the cold.
 I tried to get a convo going with Batman but all I heard was a grunt.
 Penguin thought that J was pretty sweet and was mid-compliment-paying.  I hate to say it, but Batman seemed like a bit of a snob.

 Yoda was trying to give us lessons, but then he's like, "You know how to use the force already--you're a mom!" Hahaha!

 Mr. Depp and I had a great Charlie and the Chocolate Factory talk.  We decided it was his best film.
 K loved the microphone that broadcasted to the whole room.
 So did S.
 Look who snuck up on me! Those Sith, really are creepy and suuuuper tall.
 Then the best part of the museum...

 Nye Beach was beautiful and warm on this day.

 We flew a kite.

 So fun to spend the day in Newport with Grammers.