Archive for June, 2010

It’s Time To Celebrate!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Dear Readers:

Thank you!

Today’s post is all about you.  Today we celebrate 100 posts! (Actually today is 102 but who is counting?!)

I started blogging on March 21 (“You can’t always get what you want…”).  So far my daily gifts have surprised me, delighted me, challenged me, humbled me and more than anything, inspired me to find the next gift.  And I hope you discovered a small gift for yourselves each day, too.

I’m equally thrilled and touched by your commitment to read My So-Called Sensory Life every day.  Knowing I can unwrap the day’s gift with my virtual friends is inspiring and pushes me to find my gift even on days when it feels impossible to find anything.

When 100 appeared in my blog tally, I knew I had to thank you.  Thank you for helping me create a special community, thank you for the kind, thoughtful comments (many of them were so generous they made me breathless) and for showing me that even though I don’t always get what I want everyday I do get what I need.

I hope you will join me as I unwrap for the next 265 days.

Cheers,

Me

Double Your Fun

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Tonight was date night:  mother-son and father-daughter.

A night out with M is always an adventure.

Some of tonight’s highlights:

*M navigated the challenges of dinner out and a movie like a champ.

*As you can imagine, going to a movie with a sensory child is work (and fun).  We approach our adventures step by step.  First, get the tickets, then the snacks, then use the restroom.  Then, it’s up to Mom to pick the right seats. I selected our seats and then prayed that a group of screaming children would not sit next to us, behind us or in front of us.  It’s  like waiting on a train or airplane and hoping you get the whole row.  But worse and much more intense!

*We get through the previews (very loud) with flying colors and it’s show time, Toy Story 3 in 3D.  M picked the flick and the 3D.  I prayed he could tolerate the glasses and the loud sounds. He did!

*The movie was funny and charming.  A coming of age tale, it made me reflective and nostalgic. (And I hugged M a lot.)

*Though our schedule was hectic and very busy, M worked through it all and was great fun and great company.

We had a wonderful evening, my gift for today.

It’s A Small World

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Today my worlds collided: a dear friend (TOL) and another dear friend (and client) were in the same place at the same time.  Serendipity.

I’d believe that good karma mixed with a lot of positive energy and a dash of good luck changes the physical properties of the universe’s energy just enough to wow us sometimes.

Today was one of those days.

The day started with a blog comment that really moved me.  The spot-0n comment was written by a very remarkable woman who is a new author/a mother of a special needs child/a new friend/a deep inspiration.  Perhaps the best part about her is that our two worlds intersected because another incredible woman/friend/colleague/inspiration connected us.

It feels like someone sprinkled fairy dust and poof fantastic things began to happen.  I’m thankful that today was a magical gift day.

Fill It Up

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

People ask questions like “How are you?” or “How are things?” or “How’s life?” all the time.

My fabulous husband tells people our life is full.

Today’s gift:  the word full.  Its connotations, its concept and the way the word literally fills the mouth fills me with gratitude, humility, awe and love when I think about my life, my family, my world.

Here’s to my new favorite four letter word.

Sprinkles

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

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Recipe for Summer Fun

Ingredients: sprinkler, water, sun, grass, kids

Turn sprinkler on high.  Combine all other ingredients.  Mix well.  Allow adequate time to reach desired level of fun.

Optional: Popsicles after soaking and cooling.

One of summer’s pure pleasures: watching children play around a lawn sprinkler.   Does any other ordinary object generate as many screams or laughs?

I know it is old-school but I find sprinkler fun totally irresistible.  I grew up loving it.  And now  M and J love it. It’s a great outside activity and the combination of water, running and jumping — not to mention peer interaction– are perfect sensory activities for M.

With each drop of water comes the promise of a laugh or a scream or a shriek.  Every time a child feels a sprinkle, there is a moment of pure surprise followed by an uncontrollable giggle and then it all starts again when the sprinkler rotates back around.

I’m thankful that today’s gift is a box of summer memories.  The Images, smells, sounds, tastes combine in such a way that I feel like I’m the kid waiting patiently for her turn to run through the sprinkler.

Do you think the children or their parents will notice?

Wii Are Family

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Ever since M’s O.T. suggested Wii was good for children like M, I’ve been a huge fan.  I’ve watched with wonder as my son’s self-esteem, balance and coordination improves and my daughter’s prowess at gaming explodes.

I’m old school when it comes to children’s playtime (outside is best along with books, art, and other non-tech activities), so I never thought I’d be so happy about something electronic we bought for the kids, but Wii is different.

The best thing about it (today’s gift):  Wii has created the modern version of family game night for us.  We laugh, we shout, we play, we exercise.  We bond, we Wii, we are family.

Goodnight Moon

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Telling bedtime stories to M and J is one of the things I love most about being a Mom.  I’ve always thought the kids are at their cutest at  bedtime (part of this is because it is one of the only times M is still!).

Tonight I realized that each night I can snuggle, nose to nose to M and J and tell them made-up stories is a gift I want to always remember.  There are so many details I adore:  the wide eyes as my story twists and turns, the joy of our faces so close they almost touch, the arms and legs (and occasionally sharp elbow) sprawled across me, the smiles in the dark, and then the heavy eye lids and slow drift to sleep.

When the twins were babies, I could watch them sleep forever.  Mesmerized by their innocence and beauty, I stood silent and unmoving for as long as my feet could hold me.  The twins are far away from their baby days, but I still watch–unmoving , mesmerized –those first moments of sleep with the same awe and gratitude.

Sweet dreams.

Movin’ On Up…

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Today is the last day of school! Wow! Yeah!

I’m so very very thankful that M and J each had a great year.

I love my babies –my two priceless gifts.

Cannonball!

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

The end of the school year means a lot of parties, gatherings, ceremonies and events.

Gulp.

Today there was an end of the year pool party for M’s class.  I’m thrilled to report that he did a terrific job at the party.  This was no easy feat:  the party was chaotic, loud, crazy and…fun!  For a sensory guy like M, this is usually something he avoids.  But, he literally dove in today.  M was reserved and a bit shy and quiet, but he did it!  He “hung” with the kids as much as he could and he enjoyed it.  It was wonderful to have the knots in my stomach unravel.  I actually relaxed!

Equally incredible was the devoted friendship to M I witnessed from a boy that he has know for a couple of years.  Unprompted, this “typical” child helped M, encouraged M, included M, played with M, and even protected him.  My heart was bursting!  It was cute but it also felt more than that — it felt Big (like a sign from the universe that M will be ok, that my instincts are right to let him dive in and even sometimes, throw him in).

Small miracles = huge milestones

Summertime

Monday, June 21st, 2010

I can feel it today.  The kids can feel it today.

Summer is here!

Today’s gift doesn’t need explaining.

Hello Summer 2010! We’ve been waiting for you.