An Autism Diary

A day in the life of David Hartley

Happy Birthday Joshua :)

L to R: David, Austin, Joshua David and Joshua said they made those faces because those are their "cool" faces, lol

L to R: David, Austin, Joshua
David and Joshua said they made those faces because those are their “cool” faces, lol

Today (tecnically that should probably read “yesterday” since this will likely get posted after midnight lol) was Joshua’s 5th birthday and thanks to some special friends and friendly strangers, this was one of his best yet I think. 🙂  He got to have his official party last Saturday and Austin, a family friend and the boys’ babysitter, came and played so Joshua would have a friend and guest at the party.  That young man truly has a heart of gold and the boys and I are blessed to have him in our lives. : )  He wasn’t even phased by the fact that he was the only guest (no one else showed) and it was a 5 year old’s party.  He made it a point of his to help Joshua have a good time and a fun party and he definitely succeeded. 🙂

At Joshua’s request, we had a painting party and I supplied everyone with small plaster magnets to paint.  The boys really enjoyed that one.  I forgot to take pictures of the finished work though so I will have to get that to you all later.   After the painting, we had Joshua open his present which was the My Little Pony game that he wanted so badly.  He was beyond excited about that one for sure and immediately asked us all to play it with him.

IMG_20140416_115154Turns out that the game is a teamwork builder too which was neat to discover.  It is set up so that you have to work together to win and if you don’t, everyone loses.  Pretty neat. 🙂  It has a rainbow that you have to build piece by piece as you land on the spaces that allow you too and a sun puzzle that can turn into a storm (by turning pieces over one at a time) if people get a bad spot on the spinner.  The idea of the game is to get the rainbow built before the “storm” hits by working together to clear storm clouds as they come up and freeing each other when someone gets “stuck” in Ponyville so you have more chances at building the rainbow. 🙂

Officer Rhodes gave both boys sticker badges and told them they get to be "police officers" today.  They got a kick out of that idea. :)

Officer Rhodes gave both boys sticker badges and told them they get to be “police officers” today. They got a kick out of that idea. 🙂

For his actual birthday today we started off with a game of tickles and some special mommy and Joshua time, then I had to get them out the door for a doctor appointment (for my fracture injury).  After that, he got to hang out with some of his favorite people in Maize as I got a few errands done at the post office and around town.  His favorites of course were getting to hang out for a few minutes with one of the firefighters and later with his favorite police officer. ^_^   I have to admit that I feel so blessed to be in a town where the boys are able to be welcomed and have such special friendships with the firefighters and police officers.  They’re kindness and support of our family and their willingness to take a few moments here and there with the boys means a great deal me. : )

DSCF8432We also got to pick up a couple new pieces for the art show.  A cute crocheted fruit bowl and a beautiful piece put together by the police officers and city hall. 🙂  I can’t wait until I can get a picture of the latter because it is so cool looking.  The crocheted fruit bowl can be seen already by heading over to our facebook page and checking out the art show album. 🙂

For lunch, Joshua got to decide what we did and he wanted to eat at the “fancy” pizza hut.  In reality, it’s just a bigger one than the one we normally go to and he’s always wanted to go and eat there for some reason. lol  Our waiter was great and upon hearing it was Joshua’s birthday, he went and decorated Joshua’s water cup for him with a birthday wish and a couple of drawn balloons.  Joshua was thrilled to pieces and ended up keeping the cup even. lol 🙂

Can't have a zoo trip without stopping to see the giraffes and say hi to Joshua's "friend" Elliot.  That's the giraffe he got to feed last year on his birthday. :)

Can’t have a zoo trip without stopping to see the giraffes and say hi to Joshua’s “friend” Elliot. That’s the giraffe he got to feed last year on his birthday. 🙂

After pizza we all headed out for a quick trip to the Zoo.  We got there so late though that I promised the boys I would take them back tomorrow as well if they got up and around in the morning without a fight.  We did get to see the giraffes though along with a few other animals, and a kind zoo worker took us for a ride on his cart car to try and get to the otter exhibit before the otters went inside.  We didn’t end up making it in time, but the boys still enjoyed the ride quite a bit at least. lol

This is right before the ride on the cart car.

This is right before the ride on the cart car.

David also scared me and the driver at one point while heading back to the front by suddenly deciding he wanted to watch the wheels spin around.  He was sitting there being good and still and then suddenly just jumped up, dropped to the floor of the cart and leaned his head out and over the side so he could try and get his face up next to the spinning wheels!  Oh goodness that boy!  Talk about heart attack practice. lol   That’s what I call it when David pulls stunts like this on me out of nowhere because it usually scares me so badly that my heart starts skipping beats.  Thankfully though, the guy that was driving was able to grab him and pull him back to safety while stopping the cart to avoid injury.  I am not sure who was more shaken up by the incident though, me or him.  One thing I know for sure though is that it definitely wasn’t David.  He had no clue the danger he had just put himself into and when we asked him what he was doing, his only responses were “I want to see the wheels spin” and “you have pretty wheels”.  At least this time didn’t involve running out into traffic, taking off suddenly in a crowd, or worse…  David’s lack of danger awareness paired with his impulsivity is definitely the biggest problem we have here and one of the biggest reasons I have been trying so hard to get him a service dog that can help keep him safe and calm him down.

He took his pretzel apart and was showing off how long it was. lol :)

He took his pretzel apart and was showing off how long it was. lol 🙂

We ended the day with a trip to the mall for a pretzel and then hung out for a little so the boys could relax and play together.  While there, we passed the candy stand so I stopped to get them a small treat but when the lady found out it was Joshua’s birthday she gave him his candy (a small swirl lollipop stick) for free as a birthday gift.  I thought that was really sweet. 🙂

Now the boys are in the back of the car sleeping soundly as I type this up and get some other things done at the wi-fi spot near our home.  I hope you enjoy the pictures. 🙂  I will try to load more soon. 🙂

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: