An Autism Diary

A day in the life of David Hartley

Oh the “Joys” of Autism lol ;)

The conversation I had to have tonight with the head instructor at David’s martial arts school was an odd one. I decided though that since there wasn’t any real way to make the situation sound better, I would just put it out there and be done with it. Thankfully, he was able to see the humor in it and laughed with me. lol

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Me: David won’t be coming to class tonight. I can’t get him to put on his clothes.

Him: So… you have a naked boy running around your house?

Me: Yep. And considering the fight I have been dealing with trying to clothe him, I figured it best to stay home whether I end up succeeding or not. I don’t want to finally get him dressed only to have him start stripping down again in the middle of class.

Him: … umm yeah, that wouldn’t be good.

Me: Ok. See you guys Thursday then.

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Sunshine Snail Mail

David received an icecream shaped card in the mail recently from a wonderfully kind facebook group, called Sunshine Snail Mail.  Yes, that’s him licking it.  He licked it so much it turned his tongue blue. lol  He really liked that card.  Both boys are in the program and are enjoying the little surprises and cards. :)

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The Passion Behind the Mission

I was talking to a friend the other night about some current DogForDavid projects we have in the works and people’s reactions to them so far as well as reactions to past events.  While talking, as usual my passion and the reason for it came up in conversation.  This time though, I finally found a way to word it in a way that gets straight to the point…

~~~Why I do what I do~~~

It’s easy to look at a child or adult with a disability and see the surface things. You can’t help but notice the struggles: the flapping, the wheelchairs, the stimming, the feeding tubes, or whatever the particular diagnosis or condition entails.

What I want though is to help people see past all that. I want to show them the person behind it all. The child, the adult, the human being. I want people to look at someone with Autism or CP or Ehlers-Danlos or any other condition and start seeing who that person really is: their hopes, dreams, abilities, fears, joys, triumphs, and trials.

It’s time for everyone to see past the labels and look at the person and I will not stop until I have reached as many as I can with not only that message, but the passion to pass it on as well. <3

Small Act of Kindness, Big Impact

1-Gift from Party Zone1-editedJoshua got an early birthday present/surprise yesterday when we were out hunting one last time for a Dusty (from Disney’s “Planes”) cake topper/candle. We never found what we were hunting for, but one kind and generous lady at a store called Party Zone made both my boys pretty happy and feel pretty special and I couldn’t thank her enough for that. <3

She gave both boys free tiger print balloons after I had caught David getting into them, and then when she found out it was Joshua’s birthday the next day and we were having an unsuccessful hunt for a Dusty cake topper, she got out a small pack of balloons with Dusty and other planes from the movie printed on them and blew a few of them up for Joshua! No charge, just a gift to make him feel special. :) She even tied them to a pretty weight so he could use them as a center piece for his birthday table. ^_^

Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the tiger print balloons because the boys popped them on accident before I could take pictures, but Growlers (Joshua’s best buddy tiger) decided he would hold Joshua’s pieces long enough for a photo op so you all could see how cool the balloons were. : )

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A Dream Renewed

“Starting with David, and branching out from there as the DogForDavid world allowed more and more lives to touch mine and stake their claim in my heart, I wanted to make a difference for them. A difference that would truly mean something, one that would truly help them and their families. Just as a fire in nature can be as beautiful as it is devastating, so can it promote new beginnings and fresh starts after it has run it’s course. I have found the same to be true when dealing with a fire in the heart.”

Read more in my new post over at Stripes and Puzzle Pieces.

You Know You’re An Autism Parent When…

You get pretty good at drawing clothes in Microsoft Paint. ;)

Yep, it has been one of those nights again over here. haha   But hey, now he gets to be a super hero. ;)

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Small Misunderstanding, Big Laugh

Sometimes a small misunderstanding can go a long way…

David was watching Rescue Bots on Netflix and it came to the scene where Chase made pea soup for Grant and Grant refused to eat it and gave a clear look of disgust on his face as he shoved the bowl away.

David then turned to me and this small little conversation happened….

David: Is pea soup taste good?

Me: Umm, well that depends on the person. If you like peas, you may like the soup, but if you don’t, I wouldn’t recommend trying it.

David: *pauses a second or two to think* Does it come straight out of the pee pee?

Me: No! No no David. Not THAT kind of pee!

Joshua: The pea that comes from PLANTS David.

David: Oh ok. That’s better.

Update and Sneak Peaks

Thank-you all for your patience here. Easter pics will be loaded in the next few days. :)  The boys and I were able to have our celebration the day after and they opened up their baskets, hunted for some eggs, and opened their surprise packages from their aunt. :)  I am getting back up to par again too but am struggling to keep up with everything as the art shows are getting closer. We do have some sneak peaks uploaded in the new art show album, Spectrum of Pawsabilities 3, so be sure to check some of those out in our facebook photos section. :)  Hope everyone is having a good day and finding plenty of reasons to keep smiling no matter what life throws their way. :)

Counting My Blessings

After a fun morning down at MOXI Junction for their new story time, and some relaxing time with our neighbor and friend afterwards, the boys and I are taking a rest inside before heading back out for martial arts lessons tonight.  As a result, I am sitting here watching my boys play and explore. They are learning so much and growing so fast. I feel so blessed to be on this journey of life with them. It may be no secret that they wear me out easily and often, or that life with two special needs boys can be overwhelming at times, but I truly am so grateful that I get to be their mommy and that my life has been filled to the brim with such precious blessings.

A Day of Fun

We had a storm come through that knocked our power out, but we are back up and running now.  The pictures I promised I will try to have up in the next day or two.  In the mean time, have fun with these from the boys’ day out at Empower Martial Arts for their egg hunt. :)

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