Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Taking Flight

It was nice to see Caz take a risk today.  He stepped out of his comfort zone.  This was a great example of a little encouragement going a long way.
     He finished his sprint practice the other day.  He and his buddy, Reese, were watching the end of javelin practice.  Goofing around, they both decided to throw.  Reese got of a decent throw.  Then Caz stepped up and let it fly.  One of the throwing coaches just happened to look up as it went sailing out, over 110 feet.  The coach then asked him to do that again.  Which he did.  He was promptly told he would be throwing in the next meet.
     He was very excited when he came home that day.  He bypassed his usual nervousness over doing something outside of his comfort zone or outside of his routine.  Never mind the fact that Dad had been telling him to go to javelin practice all season.  What does Dad ever know, right?  But hey, he did it.  He threw in the meet today and threw well.  He only used a two step, as opposed to a full run up.  That will come. But he threw very well.  Had he been throwing with the top throwers, he may have nearly placed.  It doesn't matter how he got there.  He got there.  Hopefully, he will continue.  Success breeds success, correct?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Keep on Truckin'

Back on track with Coco today.  It had been a long stretch between being able to get him in for a full school day.  Yesterday was just a complete kick in the arse.  Coco had a legitimate cold.  Sure it happens.  All the kids get a cold or the flu.  But when you are struggling to get a kid there consistently, on the days he is physically sick, it's just rubbing salt in the wound.
     On a more positive note, he may actually be close to being caught up with school work.  At least so he tells us.  And we were able to finalize his IEP.  The school has been really great with us so far on that but like any administrative process, it just takes time.  It seems like forever when it is impacting your child.

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Thrill is Gone

Legendary Bluesman, BB King, passed today.  Or maybe technically, last night.  It is sad on quite a few levels.  One is certainly that the world lost a first class musician.  It also signaled the end of an era.  BB is really the last well known blues artist that defined the era.
     I find that I am waxing nostalgic from when the boys were little, especially Caz.  We used to listen to a lot of BB King when the boys were little.  Caz would ask for BB all the time.  We would play the blues while cooking breakfast, pancakes, eggs, bacon,....all the breakfast necessities.  We would have a good time.  Family time.  We still have those mornings.  But they are fewer now.  I guess that is how it goes.  And that is sad too.

Monday, May 11, 2015

One Day

What a difference a day makes.  From A list to sh*t list in 24 hours.  Caz really nails those peaks and valleys in life.  Apparently, his decent started right after track practice when Demi picked him up.  He ran his mouth.  During the night time routine, he imploded.  He was his own worst enemy.  He tried to use the ADHD excuse but we will not let him do that.  ADHD is not a license to be an a#$.  Demi and I created a united front.  We didn't lose our cool.  I came close.  I had to take some electronics.  But he needs to learn a lesson.  Hopefully, he will.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day 2015

I hope all of you Moms out there have a wonderful day.  I know the mother of my children certainly deserves one.  I can't do any of this without her.
     Caz knocked it out of the park this year.  Demi drove him and his friends to the store.  She parked and walked quietly into the store.  She spied them all picking out Mother's Day cards.  The put a lot of though it the selection process.  The big deal was the gift.  He made Demi close her eyes and pull her hood over her eyes until he could get the gift into the car and hidden.  He did a great job wrapping the gift.  Demi opened the package to see strawberries dipped in chocolate.  Caz proceeded to tell her that he was able to select the strawberries, then personally hand dip them in the chocolate.  Demi was truly moved.  It was really nice to see.  Well done, son.  Well done.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Opening Day 2015

It is that time of year.  It is another sure sign of Spring  The Red Sox season starts today.  It's always such a spirit boost.  Especially after Snowmaggedon 2015.  There is still a lot of snow on the ground here.  It doesn't seem like it can possible be baseball season.  But it is here.  With all the promise that Opening Day represents.  It really is a magical day.  "This baseball is magic."  We could sure use some.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday 2015

Back to hosting Easter this year.  We had a year off last year.  I will say there was not a month plus build up like in years past.  She didn't sweat prep.  She created a great menu again.  Even the decorations were last minute.  We didn't pull out the decorations until yesterday.  Coco and I ended up doing the window display and set the table.  It was "low-fi" but it worked.  The Easter baskets were very bare bones.  Coco really go into the prep though.  It was nice to see him engaged.  Both the boys got into decorating the Easter eggs.  Well, maybe not too enthusiasm, but they showed some signs of life while doing it.  Coco was all about the Easter egg hunt.  He was a man on a mission.  He actually begged the crap out of Demi while she was cooking like a mad woman.  He could not wait this AM, to go out and hide the eggs.  He had to make sure the total eggs hidden was divisible by 4.  Fair is fair after all.  The winner was my nephew.  He had a ball during the hunt.  He got the full attention of his cousins.  He was so excited.  In turn, I think it really made Coco feel good.  Mission accomplished.