autism, photos, Ryan

Curly Hair!


Originally uploaded by criscollrj.

2 years ago Ryan had this mop of curls. I’m so glad I have them on film as they’re gone!!

New collage of pix too — on my header.
Next step – I must start building my resource pages for deafness and autism. May have to take a hiatus from posting pics (though it’s so much fun!). I’ll post Halloween pics next but then have to be disciplined… want to release this finished as a resource site by Christmas!

If anyone is actually reading and knows of any resource sites to tell me of, please let me know.

Off to check on a rambunctious four-year-old….




Road trip!

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Originally uploaded by criscollrj.

our road trip

Though I was kinda aggravated that our batteries died right at the end when we went to an awesome park North of Oil City!

Rog started working in PA recently and was near some of the hills we always liked to travel to when we were dating. So we had a nice autumn day today [told that it would be one of the last good ones of the fall] and so we set off for a drive with our family and friend Amber.

After just planning to visit Meadville and eat there and go home, we ended up traveling to Oil City and north of there to the Oil Creek State Park where we had the kids play on the playground and we hiked a bit down a bike trail. Unfortunately THAT was wear my batteries died, but you still see a lot of great pictures I took out the car windows!

We want to go back now – it was so beautiful! So hard to leave the mountains behind, but so nice to know they’re only 2 hours southeast of us!

One thing I’ll never figure out is that to get my photos to show the right way on the slideshow, I need to somehow enter them backwards. Since I’m too lazy to figure that out now – let me just say the first pictures are around the destination, then after that they kind of go to the beginning of the trip, with the earlier ones showing up later on the slideshow. The ones where you see an amusement park is Conneaut Lake Park. We had never seen it, and just wanted to see what it looked like. Little did we know we could drive in that close and take pictures – obviously it was closed! My kids wished it was open though. Apparently they were going to be open tonight from 8-11 for a Haunted House or something, but we weren’t planning on that.

We didn’t actually get to see this overlook because we didn’t hike that far, but you can see just how big the hills were and the colors were just about like that as well.  Ahhhh.





“Rockers Genesis plan reunion tour

Collins left the band in 1996 to pursue solo projects
Rock veterans Genesis are to reform, 10 years after frontman Phil Collins left.
Collins, 55, with guitarist Mike Rutherford, 56, and keyboardist Tony Banks, 56, have agreed to take part in a major tour.

Genesis sold over 130 million albums during the ’70s and ’80s, despite losing singer Peter Gabriel in 1975.

A spokesman said specific details of the tour and “long term plans” including possible new material would be announced in the next few weeks.

The group was formed by Rutherford, Banks and Gabriel at Charterhouse public school in the 1960s.

Collins joined as drummer in 1970 and initially the band enjoyed cult success.

They only hit the commercial big time with hits like I Can’t Dance, Mama and Invisible Touch after Gabriel left.

Collins had already voiced interest in a reunion before he announced his split from Orianne, his wife of six years, in March.”

I heard about this on the news this morning and was so excited I had to post here. Genesis was my first concert back in 1983 at the old Richfield Coliseum, and we have all their albums (LP’s, cassettes and CD’s make up the collection – they’re not all on one format). My daughter even teases me about liking the band and “that old bald guy.” Ha ha.

HOME BY THE SEA (1983) from Genesis Genesis (one of the many Genesis songs we played in our band)

Creeping up the blind side, shinning up the wall
Stealing thru the dark of night
Climbing thru a window, stepping to the floor
Checking to the left and the right
Picking up the pieces, putting them away
Something doesn’t feel quite right

Help me someone, let me out of here
Then out of the dark was suddenly heard
Welcome to the home by the sea


adhd, autism, health, medications, sleep

Welcome back to morning naps

Chris HAS been sleeping well at night for months, but was having more assertive (to put it mildly!) behavior during the day.  After struggling for several weeks (months?) with his having trouble obeying limits and NOT pulling on our arms where he wants us to go, pulling us along the road, hallways, kitchen, wherever something is that he wants, or trying to leave places he didn’t want to be, we called an emergency appt. with the psychiatrist.  He is a very caring doctor and listened to us and actually got to witness the “wanting to leave” behavior in his office, as did his staff in the waiting room (they called in an assistant for us to help as I had Ryan with me too). 

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health, travel

Harrison the Mouse, and our trip story

and other every day occurrences!  In a life that’s so unique sometimes, it’s kind of liberating to know we have problems like other people’s. 😉

After our oldest son Chris enjoyed quite a bit of a movie downstairs with us (RV – pretty cute!) we were getting ready to go upstairs (he had wanted a shower a few times during the movie and had gone up for his 2nd or 3rd one).  I was going in the laundry room to check on the towel load (it never dries in one cycle) and Rog drew in a deep breath and I said, “What is it?”  He replied that he saw the mouse (the phantom mouse that we’ll see once or twice and never see again so we think it’s gone).  Colleen had already named it Harrison.  We had half-heartedly bought traps last early winter and set them, but then de-activated them when we’d seen nothing of Harrison(s) for weeks and our lovely Spice escaped down into the basement and in her 8th life did NOT get trapped by one (she later did die in the basement in the sump pump though). 

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children, health, Weather

The Fall Cold

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Originally uploaded by criscollrj.

The fall cold:
In my HEAD
And COMING SOON – outside!
Ah well. OF course, this is normal. All of it. 3 days into the head cold, and eager to be done with it! My energy is down. Then, bracing for the outdoor cold coming tomorrow – possible snow! But me, I’m strange, I kind of like it. I remember when Colleen was Ryan’s age and she said “snow on the pumpkins!” I’d like to hear my Ryan say that.

But he’s coming along – he regularly says “pumpkin.” And yesterday he looked up at the full moon without my prompting and said “moon” (but pronounced it “moan” ha ha!).  And it was the early morning chilly air, waiting for the bus for his preschool, and a bird flew across the sky in the dawn and he said “bird” and pointed.

Coming soon, the story of our Atwood Lake day on Sunday and how Chris found Nancy! (We were lost and separated from our friend gang….)