Monday, August 14, 2017

big summer

G wen to a summer camp in Rochester, NY all by himself.  I put him on a plane and he went.  I'm so glad he's very confident and independent.  On the way to camp he flew as an unaccompanied minor which was a relief when a 1 hour delay at LAX became a 4 hour delay...  He will have to add more detail to what he did at camp.  I do know he built a computer and it got shipped to the house.  Nice!

Sunday, August 13, 2017


We found this cool art at the Museum of medical history.  One of the cool things about doing ASL is how it connects us to hundreds and potentially thousands of people.  This world is so big and there are so many people we come in contact with daily.  It's nice to have a little something to have in common with others.

G is starting 7th grade at the deaf middle school.  He'll be there for lunch, vocational (cooking), PE, language arts and science.  He'll be able to ride the bus home.  Awesome!  The bus will drop him off in the neighborhood across the 40mph road, but still very close to our home.  So he just has to cross that road and then he's good.

Going to registration is always fun.  Seeing the other kids and their parents is nice.  Meeting G's teachers and just being in that space with him is special to me.  I'm grateful for this good young man and look forward to him having a great year.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

This guy

P has taught G to mow the lawn.  I asked him today if he would mow the rest of the lawn and he just got up and put on his socks and shoes with a perky "OK mom!"  P went out periodically to tell G to come in and drink some water.  When G came in the last time he said "Lawnmower's out of gas."  I gave him an ice cream cone.  What a great kid.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Iron Man

This week G told me that his church clothes were wrinkled.  They had sat in a laundry basket too long and yes, they were wrinkled.  I told him I'd teach him to iron them.  He reminded me a few times but finally this morning we got out the ironing board and learned to iron.  I ironed one half of the pants, then he did the other leg.  Next the shirt, I did one sleeve, then he did the other.  I ironed one side of the front, then flipped it over and he did the other.  He accidentally made a crease in the other side so we had to bust out the steam power.  He ironed the back himself and then the shoulders. 

There have been many times in the past when G's church clothes were wrinkled from being left on the floor in his closet all week.  I'm glad I didn't get too stressed.  And I'm super glad that at 12 he decided to care enough to remind me repeatedly that it needed to be done.  And I'm very glad that I took the time to teach him.  I wouldn't plan to let him do it himself soon since having him accidentally leave a hot iron within arms reach of L, to whom everything is within arms reach(!), is a price he is not old enough to own.  Yikes!

G had a great day yesterday.  When I asked him to clean things, he did.  When I asked him to put away the utensils, he did.  And when I asked him if he was ready to mow the lawn he said "Yes" and put on his shoes.  I need to treasure that day, and this one.  Sometimes kids have bad days.  But sometimes they have glorious days.

Monday, June 19, 2017

life consequences; pay up

G and P are off at scout camp.  We've looked forward to this milestone with a lot of trepidation and excitement.  G communicates well and picks up on things quickly.  He doesn't get shy around new people, if anything he is more outgoing for new friends.  But G's CI hadn't been working well for the last 2 months.  We were trying to get an upgrade but with camp looming, we went for a repair which canceled the upgrade.  P called very annoyed that G had worn his CI in the rain and it wasn't working.  This is unusual for G to be so careless with the CI.  But perhaps like the 3 hour sunburn, G is testing consequences.  It's not pleasant, and I hope he learns to just follow his parents advice.  So the CI is in the dry box and hopefully it works tomorrow.  I know G likes to be as irresponsible as the next boy.  But he can't afford to be careless with his CI.  It's not a $500 iphone.  It's a $10,000 device that is his only way to access sound.  The rest of the week will be pretty miserable if he can't hear.  But that's life and maybe he'll learn to take care of it before college.

Friday, May 26, 2017

3 hour sunburn

G had a fun day at school yesterday.  But he also decided to see what all the fuss was about keeping covered.  He laid in the sun for 3 hours with no shirt.  I don't know how this happened.  Aren't fun days supposed to be filled with activities and games? 

Well now he knows what a sunburn is.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


G had a good experience no Thursday.  He had a discussion based assessment for his online class which is done on the phone, but his CI wasn't working.  So he set up the video phone and asked her to call him on that.  After the call the interpreter said G was really good at math and should get a medal.

Later that night we went to a vocabulary competition for deaf students in the area.  G and his friend D won that competition.  They got every answer correct.  It was nice.