Archive for the ‘ds7’ Category


I really, really want to blog more.  I have a dream of blogging 3-4 times per week, chronicling life our way so that I can remember it–the tiny details of it that fade over time–long after life our way includes occasional phone calls and once-in-a-while holidays with our grown children.

But, the nature of life with children is so fast-paced.  And expensive.  And full.  It leaves little time for silly things such as a blog.

So, when I can steal minutes here and there I will.  And here I am.

Ds5 has just finished a shower fit for a sensory-seeking king.  He came to me around 5:30 and said he was ready for bed.  A full 1.5 hours before his bedtime.  Because I don’t want to be up at 4am, I suggested a nice, warm bath.  He countered with a request for a shower and after I washed his hair, he has spent the last 20 minutes spraying himself with every setting on the shower head and  rolling around in a now-cool tub of water.  And he loves it.  The pressure of the spray, the weird feeling of being submerged in water cooler than his body temperature.  Like I said, a sensory seeker’s dream.

Ds7 is quietly playing with play-doh and surely happy that his little brother is not poking him for sensory input.  He is narrating his play-doh creativity and waiting for the hot-water tank to refill for his turn with the hand-held shower head.

Ds9 is in his room playing baseball on the Playstation and muttering.  He is enjoying the peace, as well.

Peace around here has been in high demand lately.  There just hasn’t been enough of it.  We’ve learned to cherish it when we invite it and actually stops in for a spell.


New Year’s Day–Introvert Edition

Happy New Year!  Today my husband, oldest son and youngest son are out-of-town celebrating the new year with my in-laws.  My middle son and I are hanging at home.  He is feeling done with holiday partying and didn’t want to go.  While I can pull myself together and go do the social thing again, I was secretly glad that he didn’t want to go so I’d have an excuse to hang at home.  It’s a dreary day out–not great for traveling a couple of hours away.  It is a wonderful day for staying in and giving the lesson plans some attention.

Yes, ds7 and I are the most introverted in our family although my husband and oldest son are slightly more introverted than extroverted.  We’re still not sure about the baby.  We’ll know better in a few more years, I’m sure.

Anyway, ds7 and I stayed home.  Sort of.  The rest of the family wasn’t out of the driveway before he asked me if I could take him to spend his Christmas money.  Ha!  He knew he’d have a better chance of getting me to go as well as getting to go to as many stores as he wanted if he was the only child with me.  Smart kid!  So, off we went.  Four friends of Thomas, a bag of Twizzlers and a lunch from BK later we are back home to enjoy the quiet of the rest of this day.