Saturday, December 28, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Here's a disclaimer it sure seems like I always make: I did not take enough pictures at all of the events I'll be sharing. UGH! It makes me crazy, but I guess my hands are full in the moments, too.
Because school went until December 20, there wasn't much time to prepare for the big day. The bad weather earlier in the month meant that our Eubanks Christmas in Caldwell fell on December 21. While Jeremy stayed at home to get the playroom ready, my brother Chris generously piled in the car with Luke, Kate, and I and headed south on 35 (on a VERY rainy morning - he chivalrously drove) to see the family! And, in a very special treat, my sister Megan and nephew Parker made the trip from Illinois! Kate was so excited to meet everyone. :D
I wish there was some magical way for Caldwell and Dallas to be 15 minutes away or so. It's always so wonderful to see Dad's family, and for them to see Luke and Kate. And good Lord is the food just amazing. Our visit was far too brief, as we were out the door by 3:30 or so to head back home. Nevertheless, seeing the Eubankses, Rowlands, Foltermanns, and Featherstons was good for the soul, as always!
We spent the 23rd at Mary and Steve's celebrating with the Calvert clan. I can explain very succinctly why I don't have pictures from that night: IT. IS. MADNESS. It's wonderful madness, and I adore growing up so close to many aunts, uncles, cousins, and their babies. We ate wonderful Mexican food and did a white elephant gift exchange with 50 people there (not a typo there) and children sprinting all over. New babies Harper, Carson, Kate, Hallie, and Claire joined the fold this year. Calvert Christmas is crowded - but every person in the crowd is a blessing to the other. Ceaselessly thankful.
December 24 was spent at church first, and then at Mom and Dad's, where my Texas siblings and our kiddos did our annual exchange. I'm just going to let the pictures tell the tale. :)
It's not a party for Luke without wafer cookies.
JD added Santa to the countdown calendar. (This has always been one of my favorite things about Christmas. I still get a kick out of putting an ornament on the tree.)
Luke retreating to the office when things get over-stimulating
When the "big rip" was over, everyone got in their Christmas jammies (the boys' were provided by Honey, of course) before heading back to our houses.
So many reasons to celebrate - and the best was yet to come!
Monday, December 16, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I am thankful for Luke's sweet teacher who emailed me this today: "Luke was drawing on a marker board today and made a face independently! He then added the arms, legs, and hair with a verbal prompt, and we think he made ears. He knew where to put all the parts. No tactile or visual prompts given. We were very proud! He's doing well writing his name too!"
Then, in a second email: "he got the idea to draw this from another child sitting across from him who was drawing a face. I didn't suggest to him what to draw, he observed what another child was doing and then he did it too! So happy!"
Imitating a peer, drawing on his own, and following prompts? SCORE!!! I was grinning ear-to-ear and tearing up when I got the email and saw the sweet picture...
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Miracle baby cousins Carson and Harper (just over 7 months old)...
And even that pesky baby sister, Kate (5 months old).
I think/hope everyone had a blast! We were so thankful for all of our friends and family who made the trip, including quite a few of my friends I've found online who have children on the autism spectrum. Many traveled a long way to attend, and their attendance meant more to Jeremy and me than we can ever express! Look at the turnout!
Cousin JD had a great time.
He was VERY excited to see Chuck E. Cheese.
Though his facial expression doesn't suggest it, the car was Luke's FAVORITE.
This horse wasn't so bad either though...
You can tell that sweet Avery Brooke has big brothers - she drove that car like a boss!
Luke managed to fit in some Deal or No Deal. (As some of you may recall, he is QUITE a fan of the game shows. Let's just say we have DoND episodes on DVR and we have the Wii game.)
Lucas James, you're the best deal we ever got! You are so loved and treasured, sweet monkey. Happy, happy birthday!