Wednesday, October 22, 2008

There's a First Time for Everything!

One good thing about having a large family is that it is never boring. Come take a look into one of our weekends.

It started on Friday afternoon when I picked up Dennis' glasses. It only took me two times sewing on two different straps until I got it right.

Here is Dennis sporting his new safety glasses---- finally-- and he keeps them on too!

Our little man has started getting the step stools and moving them so he can get cups and snacks off the counter. He is so smart, that little turkey!

Look at him in action!

William built this cool cup pyramid. Don't you love the wild assortment--- all plastic--- and most compliments from restaurants that serve kids meals.


Poor Sveta fell asleep with silly putty! Ugh! She didn't even realize it until one of her sister's pointed it out after school.

But don't worry, peanut butter got it out. No need to cut her hair after all! Yeah for peanut butter!



Today, Caleb and I got William to try his first piece of gum! You can't even imagine how big this is for a child with sensory issues. William absolutely hates gum-- the smell, the sound of someone chewing it, the texture, the color, the flavor, just the thought drives him crazy, but somehow we got William to try it today. Here is the video.










I think it is very important to encourage children to try new things. I am a firm believer that by gently pushing a child to step out of their comfort zone and try something new that
Sveta is doing really well in school this year. I am ashamed to admit that in the beginning I thought that Sveta might never read. Well even still, we never gave up helping her, and just look at her now!







24 comments:

  1. How great it looks like all your kids are advancing in leaps and bounds. Your house is a busy one, I'll agree with you. I love Dennis' new glasses. He looks so cute in them. I love that he's trying to be a big boy. What a cutie. Hope you are all well and healthy. Love your face.

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  2. Dennis is getting so big! I can't believe is up and surfing the counters! And his little glasses are so cute. That video on Caleb's first piece of gum is cute...doesn't look like he is going to try it again any time soon, though. LOL!

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  3. I can really see Dennis's personality coming out in all of your recent pictures! He looks like he's so much fun, Christine! I'm impressed with your straps--I don't sew either and probably would have panicked if I'd been told to make straps for Owen to wear glasses! I'll be calling you if that ever happens. Love the videos too!

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  4. Dennis looks so cute with his little pants all rolled up like that! :D

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  5. Poor William looked like he was being tortured! Good for him trying it! It is big when kids have sensory issues, to over come them. We've had several different ones with Jonathan. How proud you must be of Sveta! What a clever little girl, she's doing so well! I love Dennis's new glasses. How wonderful that he will keep them on! What a big boy climbing on the step stool! How well all of your children are doing!

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  6. Dennis is a smart cookie! Sveta sounded great reading! I am sure in your eyes that could be considered a miracle! William was brave to try the gum! I have one with sensory issues and he hates textures of meat and loves his clothes super tight! He will get there though! :o)

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  7. I'm glad he keeps the glasses on. This is the first time I've heard of silly putty being stuck in hair!

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  8. Oh, I bet there is NEVER a dull moment in your home. lol! There is never one around here with just 4 kids!

    Yay for William and trying his first piece of gum....such a great accomplishment! My Sophie has sensory issues that swing the other way and will be anything and everything she can possibly find...in her mouth. And since I do not have time to vacuum as much as I need to...that is quite a problem!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  9. Does william eat the food you cook? My daughter has some sensory issues also and is the worst eater ever...she's never eat any of the foods you post about, although she will chew gum.. LOL His face reminds me of her trying pasta. Most foods she just touches her tongue to or smells and wont eat.

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  10. Yeah for such great progress!!! That's wonderful.
    We've got a big plastic cup collection too! They are lifesavers, especially the way my kids seem to like to drop milk, water, kool-aid, etc.

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  11. I'm sure there's never a dull moment at your house!

    I have had so many Silly Putty "incidents" it's not even funny!

    That's great news about the glasses!

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  12. What a great family!! I have had to use peanut butter on seveal occasions to get gum out of Hannah's hair--good times!!

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  13. your large family makes me want a large family. BUT I think the noise level would put me over the edge. hehe

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  14. Never a dull moment at your house, that's for sure. It looks like everyone is doing so well. Thanks for that peanut butter hint, I may need it one day :)

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  15. Look at Dennis go! He's getting to be such a big boy. Yay for William for trying the gum; even if he's not fond ot it, it's something he overcame and can be proud to say he's tried. Hooray for Sveta and her reading!

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  16. Thanks for the peanut butter tip, I'll have to remember that one.

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  17. So wonderful about Sveta's reading. Small steps lead to bigger ones. I'm sure you must be so excited for her and her progress.

    Dennis' new safety glasses will give you and your husband some POM. You did a great job on the safety straps. Fantastic that Dennis will keep them on.

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  18. Well done Sveta - she's doing well! It's great Dennis has some glasses now - will be good to protect his eye! (How you get him to keep them on - it's amazing!)

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  19. Busy is right! How do you do it? I have only Yaya and she wears me out completely! I know you must be so proud of all their accomplishments and growth. AMAZING and PRAISE GOD! Re. Sveta I hated reading until I was in the 6th grade and found Beverly Cleary. After that my parents couldn't get me to put books down. I wish I had the time to read like I used to. She'll get there too.

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  20. I read your blog all the time...though not a huge commenter, sorry. I know I have told you before, but you are an amazing person! I can not believe you have time for all you do for your family, and time to help other family’s...like mine. You can truly say the world is a better place because of you. And even if you don't you have us here to say it for you!
    It is so obvious that your kids are growing up in such a wonderful environment by their accomplishments and growth! Congrats on the sewing, Dennis looks right at home in his glasses. Karissa

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  21. I would love to be a fly on the wall in your house, never a dull moment!
    What a little cutie in the glasses! I'm impressed that he keeps them on.

    Great idea of what to do with the kids with all the restaurant cups in our cabinets!

    Oh and I sat in silly putty once..that wasn't too fun. I'm pretty sure I had to throw that dress away.

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  22. Great picture of your little helper-himselfer on the step-stool! Love it. Give Sveta a big hug from us. What a sad picture. Glad the peanut butter worked.

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  23. Thanks for the look into your weekend!

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