While the Neighbors Were Away –

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

– Ansel Adams

Last week I gave Thorin my old Canon Power Shot. The neighbors across the street were away so our intrepid shutterbug took this as an opportunity to document their surroundings.

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I took this opportunity to document him.

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This One Made Me Cheer –

I have never linked to another writer’s post before. But, today I am compelled.

I have a dear, dear friend who I have never met or talked to. Her name is Cátia Malaquias. We are both mothers of children who have Down syndrome. We share a fervent belief in inclusion– not just for our children but all children. When the system broke down for my family here — she reached across the globe– and held my virtual hand. She supported our choice to home school without judgement. This week she wrote about inclusive education and it made me cheer, alone in our dining room. She made me feel less alone– again. I want you to read what she wrote. Please follow this link to Global Observatory for Inclusion.

tbt: “Mommy smart, not. And bad, too.” ‪#‎Hostileworkenvironment‬

Selected Facebook posts from my personal page that reminds me how good and funny IT is.

We went to see ... but as long as we were there...

We went to see Paddington Bear but as long as we were there…

I could hear Thorin laughing hysterically while he was washing the dishes. My first thought was he must do it differently than me. Then I walked in and saw he had his head under the faucet and his shirt was off. The dishes however were done.

Thorin is obsessed with Batman and Robin (1997) w George Clooney.  It is the most indefensible piece of crap ever. It's like Schumacher said to everyone:

Thorin is unfortunately obsessed with Batman and Robin (1997) w George Clooney. It is the most indefensible piece of crap ever. It’s like Schumacher said to everyone: “Stop with the acting already!”

“Mommy smart, not. And bad, too.” ‪#‎Hostileworkenvironment‬

Cold in here, as Uncle Fester can astest

Cold in here, as Uncle Fester can attest.

I have never seen ‘Cast Away’ with Tom Hanks but just 2 minutes ago I figured out why his imaginary friend was named Wilson while staring at Thorin’s soccer ball.

On a related note: Thorin has an imaginary friend named: Liz

First Friday Art Walk: I asked Thorin what they are saying. He said:

First Friday Art Walk:
I asked Thorin what they are saying.
He said: “She said look at my foot.”

Ward: Thorin why are you naked and covered in marker?

I asked:

I asked: “What is it?”
Thorin replied: “It’s me.”

I woke up this morning and realized we don’t have to have a year-end IEP! Screw The Man and all that Jazz! ‪#‎unschoolingrocks‬

Sick Day:

Thorin watching TV while drinking tea on the pull-out couch in den.

Ward walks in: “I would like to watch the news.”

Thorin: “NO!” Doctor said “Lay down and watch movies!”

Me: “How about a little break from TV, Sweetheart?”

Thorin: “How about iPad with Halloween videos right now!!!!!!!!”

Earlier in the day at the doctor:

Thorin pointed to a mechanical drawing board in the exam room: “It’s not working.”

Doctor: “Oh, I know, I have to get a new one.”

Thorin: “Get a Daddy to fix it.” I am starting to think he’s a real ball buster.

Found: an accidental heart in Half & Half

Found: an accidental heart in Half & Half

He is playing the drums on the back porch and singing at the top of his lungs. The garbage man yelled from the street, “God Damn!” But –I don’t know if that was in a good way.

What kid stripped down & body surfed? It's like being at the beach with The Big Lebowski.

What kid stripped down & body surfed? It’s like being at the beach with The Big Lebowski.

I lost a little respect for Thorin when he expressed love for Maroon 5. Then today driving in the car we both sang along to Sugar and I thought: Okay I’m cool with that. Judgement not necessary:)