- I am cooking spaghetti squash in my Instant Pot tomorrow. Let’s hope it turns out.
- Henry came home from school and said his classmates watched a video he created. Some people liked it. Some people didn’t. I told him there will always be critics when you create something and put yourself out there. Not everyone will love your video or song or poem or blog or drawing you created. That’s okay. That’s what art is all about. Keep going.
- Beautiful wave petunias grew in our flower box in our front yard last year, and they were absolutely gorgeous. They lasted for months. A few people said I had a green thumb, but the truth is that it rained so much last summer that the flowers grew by themselves. From May to August, I think I watered them twice.
- Isaac is very unhappy when the weather changes and his brothers wear shorts. He wants them to wear jeans because it’s what they have worn all winter and spring.
- I always wait until the last minute to buy end-of-the-year gifts for teachers and bus drivers. I should have done this weeks ago.
- Chris took Noah and Isaac to a graduation party Monday afternoon, but Isaac wouldn’t get out of the van, so they couldn’t stay long.
- Autism can be challenging.
- When I created my blog in February 2013, I promised myself I’d blog every month. This last year I have waited until crunch time most months – the very last day of the month – and then I write and publish something. That’s not how I envisioned it working, but that’s what happens when life gets in the way. I haven’t made it a priority this year with everything else going on.
- I read online that Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones. She thought it was back pain. How awful. That’s what happened to my mom after being cancer-free for almost 20 years. Another friend of mine was recently diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer. Noah came home last week and said an adult he knows well at school has stage IV colon cancer. Everyone is shocked. I have four other friends who are fighting breast cancer or colon cancer. And that’s just me and the circle of friends I know and love. We all know someone who is fighting this beast, right? Let’s support them however we can.
- Eating sweet, juicy watermelon makes life beautiful.
- Thank God Hy-Vee was open on Memorial Day.
- More than anything in the world, Isaac wanted to go to school on Memorial Day when there was no school scheduled. He said “Monday bus!” approximately 251 times, I’d guess. He’s old enough to know that the bus wasn’t going to arrive, but Tuesday he asked for the bus to come on Monday. I know he wanted to rewind time and have Monday’s bus show up, even though it was too late.
- Many times I feel like I’m failing my kids. Most of the time I feel like I’m doing a decent job. I don’t like yelling at them to get their attention, but sometimes it’s either that, or I will run away from home. Sometimes they are no fun to be around. I tell myself everyone has these feelings, right?
- I decided to begin a program called Whole30, which is a clean way of eating and avoiding allergens for 30 days – no dairy, no alcohol, no sugar, no legumes, no grains. I’m starting today.
- What in the hell have I gotten myself into?
- Does anyone enjoy scrubbing a kitchen floor? I could go the rest of my life without ever doing that again.
- We went to my mom and dad’s house Monday to clean a few things, but Isaac wouldn’t get out of the van. He stepped out a few times and said, “Let’s go now.” We were there 1.5 hours.
- There’s nothing better than being invited to walk with my 16-year-old son and chatting the whole time.
- Henry loves technology, video games, reading, and tormenting his brothers.
- The public library is one of my favorite places. If that makes me a nerd, that’s okay.
- I have about 8,000 pictures to sort through this summer. That number might be wrong – it might be more like 12,000. I inherited all of my grandma’s pictures, too, when my parents died. What do I do with them? They are taking over our basement. I think they are multiplying.
- Noah never likes school to end, even though he’s ready for a break.
- I’ve never eaten spaghetti squash. I guess there’s a first time for everything.
- Monday night when Isaac was at the junior high indoor pool, he jumped off the diving board, looked at Chris, and yelled “Monday bus!” before he hit the water. This happened several times. This is only hilarious to parents of kids with autism, I think.
- School’s out Friday afternoon. Isaac is requesting to go to a hotel. I’ve already started my deep breathing and positive affirmations.
I'm Tyann Sheldon Rouw, mother of three sons, wife to one husband, and lover of all chocolates. My 15-year-old twins have autism. I like the color green, advocating for autism, and trying to find the silver lining. Sometimes it's not easy. Usually it's funny.