Tuesday, March 31, 2015

World Autism Day 2015

Happy (almost) world autism day! As most people know, my son is on the autism spectrum. In honor of April 2nd, I thought I'd write a blog about our experiences.
I always knew something was unique about Tyson. When he was a baby, he would often be in his own world. I fought with doctors and explained that my child needed extra help. He wasn't reaching milestones, rarely responded to his name and seemed lost. They all thought I was overreacting and said "he's just a boy, he'll grow out of it." At 11 months, Tyson couldn't sit up without assistance. My family doctor referred us to an Occupational Therapist. (Unfortunately, it wasn't much help at the time. We were only able to receive monthly appointments.) to how to pull up, crawl and even walk.

After a two year battle, Tyson was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. He was three years old, and showed characteristics that finally made the doctors realize I wasn't crazy. He went to speech therapy, along with ABA therapy. Things were starting to come together, and I saw more life in my sons eyes. The ABA therapists at Autism Consultants NB were amazing. They taught him life skills, and prepared him for kindergarten. I can't thank them enough for what they did for him, and continue to do for others.


Tyson is now 7 years old and
attending a fantastic elementary school. All the teachers and staff are so understanding. They go out of their way to be kind and never hesitate to help. Ty struggles with fine motor skills, but is getting better each day. It amazes me how far he's come.


As I sit here reflecting on the past 7 years, I can't help but smile. Autism and motherhood have taught me so much.


  • Patience beyond measure.
  • Unconditional acceptance
  • Quality is more important than quantity  
  • Sensory processing disorder is real.
  • Always celebrate even the smallest of victories.
  • There's a difference between meltdowns and tantrums.
  • Teachers deserve bigger pay cheques.
  • Never stop fighting for what you believe in.
  • "Normal" is overrated
  • No words are more beautiful than "I love you mommy!"
  • We all need a little quiet time once in awhile.
Most importantly, I've learned that Autism doesn't define my child. It makes him one of a kind, and I wouldn't want it any other way.



Please feel free to check out an older post I wrote about
World Autism Awareness Day

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentines & Snow Painting

Tyson will be celebrating Valentine's day at school. I thought he'd like to make homemade cards, but instead he asks to make goodie bags. He told me everyone is so nice, and deserves one. (I can't argue with that!) We even made his teacher and assistant a special bag. They received a card, chocolate bar and pencil. For the students, we picked out pencils as well, heart shaped suckers, stamps, an activity book and a card. Tyson really enjoyed helping me put the bags together. We even purchased adorable name tags.


Tyson has been struggling staying quiet in class lately, and the children/teachers are wonderful to him. Tyson can't WAIT to give everyone their surprises! It looks like a lot, but truly isn't. Just a small token of appreciation. (Thank goodness for the Dollarama!)





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Afterwards, we decided to play outside. We wanted to make a snowman, but the snow wasn't the right consistency. Instead, we created snow dye. We filled up two spray bottles with water. Then, added green
food coloring to one, and pink to another.







We hope you all are staying warm!
Happy Valentine's day!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Indoor Snow Fun

Our little town has been hit with tons of snow. Tyson has been feeling under the weather and hasn't been able to play outside. So, I got to thinking! What if I brought the snow inside?

I put some snow in a baking dish, mixed up some colored water with food dye, grabbed paint brushes, scoops and some cookie cutters.


Tyson enjoyed painting the snow, making snowmen and pouring  colored water.


He told me that I should never eat yellow snow. It could be dog pee! (Very good life lesson, haha!)


We then experimented with regular water. It was neat to watch the colors fade.


After 20 minutes of playing, we decided to put the snow in the sink. Tyson really liked watching the snow melt and the colors fade.


Bye bye colored snow! It's been fun!


Does it snow in your area? If so, what do you do on snow days?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Elf On The Shelf Day #24 (2014)

Christmas eve is finally here! Twinkle is keeping the tradition going. He left a note, along with a movie night box. (New pajamas, DVD, popcorn and hot chocolate.) Tyson is looking forward to wearing his new pajamas, eating snacks and watching elf tonight.
Wishing you all peace, love, and all the best the holiday has to offer. May this incredible time of giving and spending time with family bring you joy that lasts throughout the year.





Elf On The Shelf Day #23 (2014)

Tyson had a sleepover at his Nana's house. He was very concerned that Twinkle wouldn't find him. In the morning he was very happy to see him on the kitchen counter. Twinkle brought along tons of gluten free baking supplies. Yummy!




Sunday, December 21, 2014

Elf On The Shelf Day #22 (2014)

Tyson received early Christmas gifts from a close friend of mine. One of the gifts was Brookstone sand. (It's a unique sand that's packable, stretchable and super neat to play with.)

Twinkle decided to take advantage of the sand. He made himself a small beach. It was complete with a palm tree, beach towel and sun. He must be dreaming of warmer weather.





Elf On The Shelf Day #21 (2014)

This morning we found Twinkle on top of Waddles tank. He was even holding her favorite treat, a yogurt drop! Tyson thought it was neat he was hiding there. He said "I didn't expect to see Twinkle on the hamster cage!!"



Tyson is very proud of our hamster set up. (For those of you who don't know, we have a new hamster. His name is Raven. We bought him around Halloween time.) Syrian hamsters can't live together, so we make sure to keep Raven and Waddles separate. They each have their own tank, along with Habitrail home.



Waddles could smell the treat right away, so I made sure to remove it from Twinkles hands. (We have a rule that only adults can touch Twinkle.)


Even after I gave the treat to Waddles, she still stuck around Twinkle. She must have thought she would get more yogurt drops!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Elf On The Shelf Day #20 (2014)

After hanging out with Tyson's auntie, Twinkle is back! (If you're unsure of what I mean, check out my previous blog post.) He brought along a special picture and letter.



This was the letter Tyson and I typed together. We sent it to Santa a few weeks ago, and Twinkle was nice enough to bring it to our home.



Santa wrote Tyson a nice long letter. He also added in a few extra special messages.

Elf On The Shelf Day #19 (2014)

Today Twinkle surprised us all! We found a note, picture and treat on the kitchen table. Twinkle decided to visit Tyson's auntie who lives all the way in Newfoundland!!! (Along with Haley, the Pomeranian.) Tyson thought it was so neat. He said "I can't believe my eyes. Twinkle is with my Auntie!"




This is the picture Twinkle sent us. He's even holding a tiny Newfoundland flag.



The note he left explained that he's making sure his auntie is behaving. And, that he's going to help her Christmas shop.

Tyson read the note to me, and smiled the whole time. He's excited to see Twinkle again tomorrow. But, thinks it's really neat he's with his Auntie.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Elf On The Shelf Day #18 (2014)

Uh oh... Someone decided to play a trick on us tonight. Twinkle must have thought our tree needed more decorations. It's been toilet papered!




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