Where a dad of two great kids (one on the autism spectrum) muses about life.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Buddy Boy turned 8 this past week. It seems like only yesterday I was holding him moments after he was born.
Next weekend we are having a "kids" birthday party on Sunday, to which we've invited all of his classmates. We haven't had a kids party in a few years, so I don't know if it will come off OK or not. So far, out of a possible 20 kids, we've received 4 'No's', 2 'Yes's', and one verbal yes (from a classmate) without a formal RSVP. I'm praying for a few more 'Yes' responses. Doesn't anyone know what RSVP means anymore????
But that's this coming weekend, and we'll deal with that then.
This past weekend we had our family celebration, which went well. In case you don't remember, Buddy Boy has a thing for farm machines (especially combines), and has narrowed that of late to all things 'John Deere'. Now while we live within easy driving distance of farms, we've never lived anywhere remotely rural. This hasn't stopped Buddy Boy from being fascinated by these machines, and there use in farming.
For Christmas Buddy Boy got (yet another) toy farm machine (A tractor with a sprayor type apparatus on the back), as well as a boxed set of 5 John Deere DVD's (we laughed when we found these-who'd of new they made such things) and the shirt he's wearing in the picture. When asked what kind of theme he wanted for his birthday, farm machines was what he wanted.
Evidently John Deere has a very good marketing department. Because besides the shirt, the toys, and the DVD's, we also found the plastic logo to stick in the cake, as well as John Deere plates and napkins for the cake.
Buddy Boy had a good time. He's been wanting to go to the Science Museum to see the Body World exhibit, and after talking about it between us and with him, we took him. I think I'll save describing that for a separate post. Suffice it to say that it went well, and Buddy Boy had a good time.
After the museum we returned home for Chinese food, presents, and cake and ice cream. One of my brothers lives in town, so he joined us. We all had a good time, and Buddy Boy went to bed with a smile on his face.
I'm still anxious regarding what's going to happen next week (will anyone show up?, will he like the party?, will the other kids like the party?) but as I said, that'll have to wait for now. I'm glad that he'll have some good memories of this birthday, regardless of what happens next week.
Me- Joe, husband of a great wife, and dad to two great kids, who were both adopted at birth.
Liz- My ever understanding wife, who manages to wear many hats (mom, advocate, therapist, teacher) for our kids.
Buddy Boy- Born in 2000. Funny, intelligent, inventive, and autistic. Loves machines.
Sweet Pea- Born in 2002. Typical little sister. Competitive, outgoing, and smart. Loves anything pink.