Our year has gotten off to a good start. P.J. is now
100% potty trained, ALL of the doors that were put
in to keep P.J. safe have been removed, (including
the big metal gate put up back in 2008) and P.J.
is starting to participate in typical activities. We
bought a Wii for Christmas and he LOVES the
"Just Dance Kids" game. It's so cute to watch him
try to move along with the video. He is also talking
more. Although it is hard to understand much of
what he says, at least he's trying. He is starting to
request different things spontaneousely. He will say
"I want hamburger please." and there is not a
hamberger in sight. Or he'll say "I want apple
please" and the apple is in the refridgerator. It's
not often, but it's been more than a few times.
P.J. loves taking pictires of odd things
The photo to the right is P.J.
with Mrs. Ducey, his k/1st grade
teacher. The whole class went
on a field trip to the Suncoast
The photo to the left is P.J. with me (mom). Here we are at
Adventure Island in Tampa, FL. It's a water park with lots of
slides, a wave pool, a "river" and swimming pools. He was able
to go down a couple of slides on my lap and one slide that had a
double inner tube. Going out in the community is much easier
now. He still has trouble staying close to us. But it's WAY better
than a few years ago when we had to have him either strapped
in a stroller or a death grip on his hand.
In January P.J. started attending a
gymnastics class at Bayside Sports
Acadamy. It's geared for autistic children.
It's a small group and there is a volunteer
for every child in the class. They do just
about everything the "typical" kids do. Every
Friday when he gets home from school P.J.
says "I want gymnastics please." He
absolutely LOVES it.! It helps with gross
motor skills, following directions, and
strength. It's kind of like another therapy
A New Class
P.J. loves to get a hold of a
camera or a phone and take
pictures. He usually changes
the settings to do different
effects on the photographs;
color, texture, extra images
and so on. The one with the
green ball is one of my
Halloween is groovey...
A Little Scary Story...
Do you remember the monitor we had put on P.J.'s ankle? Well, sometime in August he cut it off and lost it. We
couldn't find it anywhere. We were unable to get a replaement for about two months. During the time he didn't
have it on, he scared the living daylights out of us. We had put him to bed at the usual time. He was playing as
usual before he went to sleep. This night he decided to play around with the windows, screens and cranks. He
managed to get the screens out, and OPEN the window. (wide enough for him to get out!) Adam just happened to
check on him at the very moment he was about to climb outside...BUTT-NAKED. This was at 10:30 at night, no
monitor on his ankle. Needless to say we took the cranks off of the windows so now there is no way he is able to
First Family Vacation!
Well, we had never gone on a REAL family vacation. The
trips to Disney were not vacations because P.J. was unable to
participate in most of what we did and we were only there for
a few days. This was going to be 8 nights, 9 days, and
hopefully P.J. would be able to do the things with us. We
asked Polly to come along to help out with P.J. The
destination we decided on; Blue Ridge, Georgia. We decided
on this location because of the weather and all of the outdoor
activities that could be done. All in all it was a successful
trip; the car ride there was uneventful and once we were
there things went very smoothly. P.J. was able to participate
in almost everything we did and we did a lot: white water
rafting, hiking, boating, rafting, swimming, and a train ride.
The only thing P.J. was unable to participate in was some
horseback riding. There was only one time when P.J. ran
away from us and it was because he saw a flight of stairs
and just couldn't resist. Once I caught up with him he sat in
time out and he had to hold my hand from then on until we
got to the car. This vacation went so well that we plan on
doing it again next year!