colleen, life

Summer will be winding down…

Colleen graduated last Sunday from her boating class, which was very cool. It was a very beautiful day, which was a blessing as we were at the beach for about 4 hours, before we had to leave and go to her camp that she was at all week. During the boating class, which lasted all summer 2x a week, she learned to canoe, kayak, jet-ski, sail, and probably other things that I can’t think of at this moment. I am really glad she had the opportunity with our park system to do this, and I highly recommend if your state has a boating program for teens that you have them join in!

She wasn’t able to join in the boat ride here but spent a lot of time swimming and had a good time. Afterward we had a wonderful dinner that was SO filling, croissant sandwiches, chips, mac & potato salads, fruit salad, pop. Yum!

After dinner, certificates and packages and a new life jacket, to keep, was presented to each student. We could not wait until the end of that because we had to pack up and get Colleen to her 4-H camp. She got her package just in time for us to receive it and had to go to the car!

A hectic time was had then as we rushed home for Colleen to shower the sand off, pack any remaining items and we went and dropped her off for a fun-filled week at her 4-H camp. Unfortunately the perfect weather did not last through the week, and she had 2-3 days of a lot of rain. Made good use, I’m sure, of the extra shoes and outfits packed! She made a lot of friends, saw old, close friends, and had fun singing the Numa song with her camp-mates in their talent show.

She found new friends that liked her comic character Inuyasha as much as she does.

We spent the week just caring for the two rambunctious boys, and know Chris will be eager to go back to school Monday at his day camp that will last three weeks. Ryan just has about 2 weeks left of his day camp. Then, amazingly, it will be only about 3 weeks until regular school starts.

This is similar to the classroom Ryan has this summer, and also to the one he will have in the fall. He loves his summer camp! They attend field trips once a week. It’s a quick 2 hours (I arrive home at 9:30 after dropping him off, and leave about 11:40 to pick him up) but he’s just really enjoying it.

And Chris LOVES his camp – they go in water EVERY day and are well equipped for getting Chris out when they need to.

So, we’re enjoying our summer, and planning for fall. Come fall I plan to work about 15-20 hours, probably 3 days a week. I’m going to try and plan some larger housecleaning projects the 2 days I’m off. I need to do MANY things, organize cabinets, deep-clean bedrooms, clean basement, organize some painting projects, and even just trying to adhere to some sort of exercise plan.

Happy rest of summer everyone, and hope all are peaceful and healthy!


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autism, life

bath bubble burst…

Chris has been staying up until 2-3-4-5 a.m. the last week. He always ends up falling asleep lately and gets up then about 10 (I have to force him up) – sometimes he sleeps until 11. I try earlier but it’s impossible.

So last night I wanted to take a bath, was trying to wait for him to go to sleep. He was still up at 3 so I gave up and went to sleep. Had aches and pains so had trouble going to sleep until 3:30 or so.

So TONIGHT was the night. I was definitely taking a bath (I haven’t had a chance to take one since May when all the kids were in school). At 10:30 I locked myself in the bathroom and ran the water all the way up. I heard Chris at the door but figured he’d just stand there like he always does when I just take a quick shower. Mind you, he can’t hear, so he wouldn’t know the water is on. And he’s never broke in before.

So I get in for ONE MINUTE. He UNLOCKS the door. He’s never done that before. Now RYAN has, which is why I never shower when he’s up (and he’s usually up at 6 so you can imagine how hard it is for me to shower when I maybe have this window from maybe 10 at night – well, now that Chris is opening the door, I don’t know WHEN I’ll shower, either.

I tried to hide thinking he wouldn’t see me (dark shower curtain) but I left the BUBBLE BATH out. So he’s grabbed the bottle, getting ready to get in, so I had to get out. I’m trying to push him out of the room, getter madder and madder (he is down from 230 down to 188 with his med change, but he’s still got me by 11 pounds). But I couldn’t win. I did grab my still pretty full bottle of bubbles and hid them in the bedroom.

So, no bath, and couldn’t even rinse the bubble bath off. I feel worse now. Sweaty and not rinsed. Blach. My plantar fascaiitis [sp] on my foot is acting up – I wanted to soak it for a while. Couldn’t do that either…

I’m just going to go to bed – he’s happily enjoying my raspberry creme bubble bath. I need a good night sleep – please pray he just goes to sleep on his own and doesn’t bother me….. 4 1/2 hours sleep last night wasn’t enough (I was very lucky Ryan slept until 8).

grump over.



Heather’s survey—

Three Words Only…

1. Where is your cell phone?:
Next to me.

2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend?:
Married 20 years.

3. Your hair?:
Frizzy from heat.

4. Where is your father?
Watching from Heaven.

5. Your favorite sex act?
Having some time!!

6. Your favorite thing to do?
Eating, drinking Coke.

7. Your dream last night?:
Kitchen painted yellow.

8. Your favorite drink?:
Icy Coca-Cola Classic.

9. Your dream car?:
Roomy clean van.

10. The room you’re in?
Messy roomy office.

11. Favorite underwear?
Clean not ripped.

12. Your fear?
Already came true.

13. Favorite musical instrument?
Playing Alvarez Guitar.

14. Who did you hang out with last night?:
Rog, three kids.

15. What you’re not good at?:
Staying on budget.

16. Muffins?
Chocolate chip, cold.

17. One of your wish list items?:
Brand new laptop.

18. Where did you grow up?:
NE Ohio, country.

19. The last thing you did?:
Checked on kids.

20. What are you wearing?:
shirt and shorts.

21. Your pet
Chestnut the hamster.

22. Your MySpace
Ignored by me.

23. Your computer?:
Nervously older, full.

24. Your life?:
Full of challenges.

25. Your mood?:
Optimistic over future.

26. Missing?:
My s.s. card.

27. What are you thinking about right now?:
Whether Chris sleeps.

28. Your car?:
Almost 100,000 miles.

29. Your work?:
I love it.

30. Your summer?:
Going very fast.

31. Your relationship status?:
Together, not enough.

32. Your favorite color(s):
Medium slate blue.

33. When is the last time you laughed?
Earlier sometime today.

34. Last time you cried?:
Few days ago.

35. School?:
Again on hold.



picture testing–

Couldn’t get an actual entry to post from flickr, just the test thingy— hmmm.

Well, here’s the post:

I made a flickr page for this blog. It’s at Just thought you guys would like some recent pictures to look at. (2020 – wow, had not idea I had another flickr ID besides the one at yahoo — )

I hope everyone is well – I’ve gotten extremely behind as I do every summer. We are preparing to send Colleen to camp tomorrow and she’s also finishing a boat camp she’s been attending in the evenings a few days a week.

But a beautiful summer day here and we’re enjoying it actually IN the house, not outside. Chris doesn’t seem interested in staying the pool.

Well, I’ll catch up more soon — dori

birthdays, photos

A parade of memories!

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Watch out, you’re going to be seeing lots of old pictures!! I just started to upload my own that are on my own computer (a whole directory of our “friends” pictures of us and their family) and then in the middle my Yahoo pictures started uploading from the Yahoo-Flickr move a lot of you may have heard of (many of the years 2002-2003).

So, a whole lot of organizing and categorizing coming up in the future! I love looking at our old pictures 🙂

This is Ryan, one year old birthday party!