Thursday, December 29, 2005

Almost Done Christmas-ing

Last night was the celebration with my father. I gotta tell ya, I SCORED! I got to hang with both of my sisters, AND, I got a cordless microphone to use with the band!

It was really nice. SmallBoy got one of those Zero Gravity HUM-Vs and is having MAJOR anticipation of playing with it. The battery needed to charge at least 4 hours before it would be ready, and to charge no more than 12, but the directions said to check it in the first 30mins, presumably to make sure that it is, in fact, charging. Once SmallBoy found that the battery was "charged" after 30mins, he was certain that he could play with it then. He had a very difficult time understanding why he could not play with it after the first 30 minutes because, from what he saw, the battery was clearly charged and, therefore, ready to be used. He got a little frustrated, but I was finally able to explain it to him. It's so hard when you're a kid and you get a new toy and can't play with it right away, but when you have Asperger's, that just makes it even more difficult to handle. He did ok, though.

OH WAIT!!! I have to tell you what my children did yesterday! I was FLOORED! As I mentioned in a previous post, yesterday was a major rush once I got home from work in order to get Girl to her babysitting job and the house clean for Christmas-ing. I had forgotten, in all the hub-bub, that PC had called me at work earlier in the day and told me that SmallBoy had CLEANED HIS ROOM!!!!! When I got home and went upstairs, I was even more surprised to find that not only had he cleaned his room, but that he had laid his rug back out. I was totally taken aback. He and I had discussed on Tuesday night that in order for him to get the guitar lessons that he and PC had talked about (from PC), that he would need to get his room clean so we can bring in the dresser that's been in the garage for a year. I didn't remind him again on Wed...never spoke a word about it after our Tuesday night going to bed conversation. So, WOW - I mean, this was HUGE!!! I just really didn't know what to say. I told him how proud I was, especially that he did such a great job without being reminded...and he really did a great job. It wasn't as thorough as if I'd been there to supervise, but it was fantastic!

After I had recovered from that, and from our 4th Christmas celebration, the band had rehearsal and I was able to try out my new mic (works great, btw). We had a band meeting afterwards and didn't get back home until almost 2:00am. I wasn't surprised at all to find LargeBoy & Girl still awake, I mean, it's Christmas break, they're teenagers with hours upon hours of DVD to watch. I was surprised, however, when LargeBoy called me downstairs and I found that he had done - AND FOLDED - laundry. This was amazing! For the most part, LargeBoy does his own laundry anyway, especially since his bedroom is connected to the laundry room.

We've been having an issue with our cats being a little upset that there is a river between the entrance to the laundry room and their litterbox. They tend to express their discontent by using the laundry pile instead of the litterbox - because they don't have get across the river - really, it makes perfect sense, it's not their fault. Needless to say, the "aroma" lingers in his room and works its way through the duct work and into the rest of the house. It's yucky. LargeBoy, being the sweet child that he is, took it upon himself to help dwindle that pile! Of course, this meant that at 1:30/2:00 in the morning, we were putting laundry away before going to bed, but it got A LOT done. Brilliant children!!!!! LOVE THEM!!!!


Laura said...

Isn't it nice to have moments like this? Glad you are enjoying Xmas break! S. also got a microphone and she loves it. We get to hear the musical stylings of the Cheetah Girls belted out at high volume, but she loves it.

Eileen said...

You have great kids!

Glad you are still enjoying your Christmas. Wish you the Happiest New Year!!!

marti (standing still for once) said...

When Child does something self directed, even when it's motivated by something we've prompted, I actually look down the tunnel which is our life and see LIGHT. It looks like this: "What? Go away from home and live on his own and buy groceries and make food and do laundry and get to work on time?" I can actually begin to see that when he picks up his room. I know, it's high drama in my mind, but a Mother of an Aspie has to have hope? CONGRATS!

Kristina Chew said...

Go SmallBoy! Something to sing about, indeed.