When I was a kid, like almost everyone else in our country, I used to go somewhere to see the fireworks.
Ironically, for us, the issue is actually not the Monster, because he loves fireworks. The issue is R, who can’t stay up that late routinely if we’re going to want him to be useful the next day. Continue reading
We’re halfway through Passover, and… well, it’s going interestingly.
We knew, coming into the holiday, that it was going to be a challenge with trying to get the kids to increasingly observe the traditions of the holiday. R, of course, doesn’t know any better, being two. The Monster, though, is getting to the point that we can try to teach him about the holiday, and try to find foods that work with his picky eating habits. Continue reading
We’re getting close to Passover, which means figuring out how we’re going to handle the holiday, mostly in terms of eating.
Now, ordinarily, I’d not worry so much about it – fruit and vegetables are certainly still Kosher for Passover. It’s the rest, though. Continue reading
We’re getting into holiday mode again.
Setting aside that Hanukah starts tomorrow night, there’s also Thanksgiving on Thursday (supposedly) and the long weekend that follows. And, as part of that weekend, we’re going to be seeing all the grandparents for a change. Continue reading
So, in light of yesterday’s posting… I think I was fairly clear in what my opinion was. Certainly, it’s “nice” to get to go out for Halloween and give the Monster the experience, but… where he is now, it’s mostly for making us feel normal, rather than for him to enjoy Halloween.
I got home yesterday from gymnastics to find the wife having prepared the boys’ costumes to go out. After a few terse words (mostly about how I disagreed entirely with her thought to take them out), we had dinner and went out to a nearby development to go trick-or-treating. Continue reading
Tonight’s Halloween. While my neighborhood isn’t really the hub of all activity for such things – Orthodox Jews don’t really “do” Halloween – there’s neighborhoods close enough by that will have trick-or-treating galore.
My only thought is whether or not I really feel a need to take the kids trick-or-treating. Continue reading
I do love how other things keep cropping up to keep me from writing about the weekend…
So, last night while the wife and I were reading Facebook, there was a message posted to the local Autism Parents’ group asking after ideas for a Halloween costume for a boy with sensory-aversion to wearing a mask or hat. Continue reading
We don’t get a lot of opportunities to go to synagogue where it’s not going to matter if the Monster makes a lot of noise. Simchat Torah is one of those occasions.
I mean, let’s face it. The holiday’s all about dancing around with the scrolls, folks making noise and waving flags and singing and dancing… Continue reading
Purim starts on Saturday night.
At our house, Purim really means one major thing – the Purim spiel at our synagogue, where the wife’s always one of the stars. (She’s playing Vashti this year.) Continue reading
Every so often, the Monster surprises us.
Yesterday was Gymnastics – we’re working on trying to get him into more of a narrative mode, so we do a lot of talking to him about his schedule, to see if he can’t start picking up on what day it is, et cetera. Of course, it was also St. Valentine’s Day, so his school had that stuff going on… Continue reading