January

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  • It is weird what you do when you are sick. I was making mac and cheese for wingnut but instead of putting the powder in the noodles I put it in my hot chocolate.
  • Blaster is now comfortable around Luna and is willingly laying down next to her.
  • There is nothing better then relaxing with a book, coffee and cat.🙂
  • We got a hydrodynamics set at goodwill. Wingnut loved it but I think I will put it on the shelf until he gets just a little bit older. Some of the parts were hard for him to put together.

  • There are caches that only paying geocaching members have access to and this was one of them. For our sign we decided to make one out of Lego’s.
  • On the way up to the cache Wingnut made a hatchet out of a rock and a stick. He loves that thing.
  • We went to Snake Lake in Tacoma with Wingnut’s Home School Group. We came across some ducks and Wingnut took some time to draw them in his nature journal.

December

  • Star Fluxx with Carrie!
  • Rainbows🙂
  • It is getting cold.

 

  • We got a new cat and wingnut named her Blaster.
  • Rarely do I wake up in time to see a sunrise but I did this day. I know I am a bit spoiled.
  • Wingnut got a present from Big Rob and he loves it.

 

  • We went to the Great Wolf Lodge with the family, so fun. This was a big step for my water fearing son.

 

  • We had a Lego party!
  • We also, had Family day!! I love family day. My husbands family is amazing🙂
  • I am in love with the picture of Wingnut holding the cat. I even like how it turned out foggy. Wingnut is always caring the cat around and she loves it.

Books Read in 2013

Books read in 2013

  1. Brilliance – Marcus Sakey – 2/5 stars
  2. The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith – 5/5 stars
  3. B is for Burglar – Sue Grafton – 3/5 stars
  4. The Bat – Jo Nesbo – 1/5 stars
  5. The Great Gatsby – Scott F. Fitzgerald – 3/5 stars
  6. The Heist – Janet Evanovich – 3/5 stars
  7. A is for Alibi – Sue Grafton – 3/5 stars
  8. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn – 5/5 stars
  9. Unseen – Karin Slaughter – 1/5 stars
  10. The Son – Phillip Meyer – 2/5 stars
  11. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman – 2/5 stars
  12. A Serpent’s Tooth – Craig Johnson – 3/5 stars
  13. Inferno – Dan Brown – 2/5 stars
  14. Under the Dome – Stephen King – 3/5 stars
  15. Losing Hope – colleen Hoover – 1/5 stars
  16. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Steig Larrson – 3/5 stars
  17. The Girl Who Played with Fire – Steig Larrson – 5/5 stars
  18. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Steig Larrson – 5/5 stars
  19. Ivanhoe – Walter Scott – 2/5 stars
  20. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Emmuska Orczy – 4/5 stars
  21. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War – Max Brooks – 3/5 stars
  22. The Anti-Romantic Child: The Story of Unexpected Joy – Priscilla  Gilman – 3/5 stars
  23. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls – Anton Disclafani – 3/5 stars
  24. Bombshell – Catherine Coulter – 1/5 stars
  25. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas – 4/5 stars
  26. Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism – Temple Grandin – 3/5 stars
  27. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore – Robin Sloan – 3/5 stars
  28. French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France – Richard Goodman – 1/5 stars
  29. Austenland – Shannon Hale – 2/5 stars

Books read in 2012

  1. A Study in Scarlet – Arthur Conan Doyle – 5/5 stars
  2. The sign of Four – Arthur Conan Doyle – 5/5 stars
  3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle – 5/5 stars
  4. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle – 5/5 stars
  5. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle – 5/5 stars
  6. The Return of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle – 5/5 stars
  7. The Valley of Fear – Arthur Conan Doyle – 5/5 stars
  8. His Last Bow – Arthur Conan Doyle – 4/5 stars
  9. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle – 5/5 stars
  10. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James – 5/5 stars
  11. The Story of Mankind – Hendrik Willem Van Loon – 4/5 stars
  12. Tales From Silver Lands – Charles J. Finger – 1/5 stars
  13. The Dark Frigate – Charles Boardman Hawes – 4/5 stars
  14. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe – 5/5 stars
  15. The Further Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe – 2/5 stars
  16. The Host – Stephenie Meyer – 1/5 stars
  17. The Swiss Family Robinson – Johann David Wyss – 1/5 stars
  18. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins – 4/5 stars
  19. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins – 4/5 stars
  20. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins – 5/5 stars
  21. Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys – Stephen James – 5/5 stars
  22. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift – 2/5 stars
  23. The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel – Anthony Horowitz – 5/5 stars
  24. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Mark Twain – 2/5 stars
  25. Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie – 4/5 stars
  26. The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux – 5/5 stars
  27. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Scott Fitzgerald – 2/5 stars
  28. The Call of the Wild – Jack London – 3/5 stars
  29. An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace – Tamar Adler – 5/5 stars
  30. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas – 5/5 stars
  31. Reading with Meaning – Debbie Miller – 4/5 stars
  32. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle – 3/5 stars
  33. Fifty Famous Stories Retold – James Baldwin – 3/5 stars
  34. Viking Tales – Jennie Hall – 3/5 stars
  35. The Man in the Iron Mask – Alexandre Dumas – 2/5 stars
  36. Our Island Story – H. E. Marshall – 4/5 stars
  37. The Burgess Bird Book for Children – Thornton W. Burgess – 5/5 stars
  38. Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for Children – E. Nesbit – 4/5 stars
  39. Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling – 4/5 stars
  40. The King of the Golden River – John Ruskin – 4/5 stars
  41. Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi – 5/5 stars
  42. The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams – 3/5 stars
  43. Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs – 5/5 stars
  44. The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder – Carol Stock Kranowitz – 4/5 stars
  45. Parenting a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder: A Family Guide to Understanding and Supporting Your Sensory-Sensitive Child – Christopher R. Auer – 2/5 stars
  46. Understanding Sensory Dysfunction: Learning Development and Sensory Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Bipolar – Polly Godwin Emmons – 5/5 stars
  47. The Return of Tarzan – Edgar Rice Burroughs – 3/5 stars
  48. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle – Hugh Lofting – 4/5 stars
  49. The Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper – 4/5 stars

Books read in 2011

  1. A Little Princess – by Frances Hodgson Burnett- 4/5 stars
  2. An Old-fashioned Girl – by Louisa May Alcott – 5/5 stars
  3. Bleak House – by Charles Dickens- 3/5 stars
  4. David Copperfield – by Charles Dickens – 5/5 stars
  5. Eight Cousins – by Louisa May Alcott – 2/5 stars
  6. Jo’s Boys, and How They Turned Out – by Louisa May Alcott – 3/5 stars
  7. Little Dorrit – by Charles Dickens – 3/5 stars
  8. Little Men: Life At Plumfield with Jo’s Boys – by Louisa May Alcott – 3/5 stars
  9. Moby-Dick – by Herman Melville – 5/5 stars
  10. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – by Robert Louis Stevenson – 3/5 stars
  11. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – by Mark Twain – 2/5 stars
  12. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – by Mark Twain – 4/5 stars
  13. The Bible – 5/5 stars
  14. The Time Machine – by H.G. Wells – 5/5 stars
  15. Treasure Island – by Robert Louis Stevenson – 4/5 stars

Books read in 2010

  1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – By Jules Verne – 3/5 stars
  2. A Room with a View – by E. M. Forster – 4/5 starts
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – by Lewis Carroll – 3/5 stars
  4. Around the World in Eighty Days – by Jules Verne – 5/5 stars
  5. Don Quixote – by Miguel Cervantes – 1/5 stars
  6. Dracula – by Bram Stoker – 3/5 stars
  7. Emma – by Jane Austen – 1/5 stars
  8. Frankenstein – by Mary Shelley – 1/5 stars
  9. Great Expectations – by Charles Dickens – 5/5 stars
  10. Grimm’s Fairy Tales – by Jacob Ludwig, Karl Grimm – 1/5 stars
  11. Howards End – by E. M. Forster – 5/5 stars
  12. Jane Eyre – by Charlotte Bronte – 5/5 stars
  13. Little Women – by Louisa May Alcott – 5/5 stars
  14. Madame Bovary – by Gustave Flaubert – 1/5 stars
  15. Mansfield Park – by Jane Austen – 2/5 stars

Week Six

Week Six ended up being a whole month, man time flies.

  • Cold, cold, cold.
  • I love the light in fall.
  • We learned about lungs.

  • Wingnut went on a tour at the fish hatchery.
  • They got to feed fish and see the eggs.

  • Wingnut got to go to his first real kids party.
  • Hubs brought me coffee🙂
  • Wingnut got glasses that he needs to wear when he is reading.
  • Wingnut was teaching me how to play minecraft.

  • Wingnut did a one foot square investigation with his homeschool group.
  • We went out for dinner and a movie.
  • Wingnut started Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Week Five

  • Even though the whole family was sick, we sucked it up and went to Enduro Cross. Boy did I pay for it the next day.
  • I moved my bird feeder to a window where I could actually watch the birds🙂
  • My new favorite sandwich. Tomato, spinach, mayo, and pickled boiled eggs, Yum!

 

Week Four

  • Wingnut made mushroom soup for dinner. The only reason he picked it to cook was because it was in Minecraft.
  • It felt like spring this week and the garden thought so too.
  • The spiders are here.
  • Wingnut was sick again this week: poor guy.
  • Wingnut bought, with his own money an expansion to bad piggies and has been playing it non-stop.
  • I am still getting zucchini.
  • I am working on being mindful this week and it seems to be helping with stress levels!
  • For the whole hour that no one showed for Wingnuts Lego Club, he laid down in the chairs😦
  • Not all babies cuddle and if yours does not, something is not right.

I Love This Book

I went to the bookstore with Wingnut the other day and came across this book.

After just reading the first couple pages I knew I had to get it.

Even though Wingnut has not been officially diagnosed with it, we are still in the process of getting him into a specialist to get him tested, so many of the statements in this book are true. I really thought it was telling the story of my son. A side note, they no longer use the term Aspergers for a diagnosis, it now is a form of autism.

I am going to share the parts that stood out the most to me. The ones that I did not include still applied but these were the ones that the most prominent to me. If you know a little one who has autism I really suggest getting this book.

This first one explains my son when he was younger: He HATED to be held and would never cuddle.

This next one is so true. He has always had a strangely sensitive sense of smell. Last year, when we went to Disneyland, there was a section of plants that we would have to walk by to get there and he would say it smelled like garlic, and it did. Also, he has to smell all of his food. Then the other day, we were at a restaurant eating breakfast and someone had a meal with onions and Wingnut just about died because of the smell. One time when we were at ORLA, there was a little girl who was eating cheerios and Wingnut lost all focus because he could not stand the smell.

This following one is soooo frustrating to me. I am so used to him not eating dinner that I don’t even think of making a plate for him anymore. If it is not white or bland he does not want it.

One of my nicknames for Wingnut is my little literal man. He takes everything literally. He still thinks Sunday means a sunny day, sigh….

I know way to much about Minecraft. Enough said.

This next one pretty much annoys me to death because I have never been the sort of person to schedule my day: I just go with the flow. But something I learned early on with Wingnut is that being versatile can never happen. I have to plan the things I want to accomplish and then explain to him how the day is going to progress. I also learned that it has to be realistic because if I over schedule and start to cut things out he starts to, what I call, shutdown.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my unique son, Always and Forever.

 

 

Week Three

  • Wingnut is learning how to pump gas.
  • We love our new bibles🙂
  • We went to Lattin Cider Mill and had a blast.

  • On Friday we took Wingnut to the Lego Kidsfest in Portland, boy did he have fun.
  • You got to love it when bird poop looks like it is smiling, lol.
  • I made the best German pancake thing ever!
  • Saturday hubs and I hung out.

Week Two

  • The hubs found a new way to cork a wine bottle.
  • They made me dinner!
  • I have started working on the state quilt again.
  • I started timing wingnut’s school work and if he completes the task before it goes off he gets a five minute break.
  • Sometimes dirt on the floor can look like a fish.
  • Wingnut is finally cutting his own pancakes.

  • Wingnut made dinner all by himself! Seriously, all by himself.
  • Going out to breakfast is one of my favorite things.
  • Dino love.
  • I made the most delicious apple pie, yum.
  • I love my meal plan service.
  • Luna is getting so old she won’t get off the couch.
  • Maple seeds are amazing.

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