Saturday, August 31, 2013

Musings From Natalie #68

While riding in the car, Natalie suddenly shared, "Mom, lying is awesome!"
I turned off the radio.
"What?" I said.
"Lying is awesome," she repeated.
"Lying is not awesome.  I don't understand," I replied
"Well...say there are two boys -- one is a liar and the other is a trufer.  And, there is a girl who is wearing ugly shoes and the trufer says to her 'your shoes are really ugly'.  But, the liar...he says 'your shoes are really nice!" explained Natalie.




Friday, August 30, 2013

Musings From Natalie #67

"Mom, besides me...what do you love more than anything in this world?"


Natalie: "Mom, should I have a husband?
Me: "I don't think you need to worry about that for at least 25 years."
Natalie: "Well, I don't think I'll get one until after my dogs die."


Thursday, August 29, 2013

I Know What You Mean #19

Natalie: "Mom, what causes an erection?

Mom: "What?!"

Natalie: "An erection...you know when you break out in red dots on your skin."

Mom: "You mean a reaction...an allergic reaction." (PHEW)
(At that very moment, I think I almost broke out in red dots...because I'm allergic to some topics of conversation with my kids.)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Strength in Numbers

Five years ago...
We discovered Action for Autism St. Louis -- a newly formed organization dedicated to helping families like ours, affected by autism.  At the time Noah was in kindergarten and either melting down or shutting down nearly every day.  Initially I was nervous to meet with the founders to discuss Noah's challenges and our family's circumstances.  However, within the first few minutes of talking to AFA President, Brad Buechler and VP, Sheila Charlton, I felt my anxiety slip away. During that interview, I learned they not only talked the talk...but they walked it, too.  Two of Buechler's grandchildren are affected by autism. 

Five years ago...
Statistics showed that one in 110 children had an autism spectrum disorder.

Today...
Statistics show that one in 88 children have an autism spectrum disorder.

Today...
My family and I were among more than 250 people who came out to participate in Action for Autism's 5th Annual Family Fun Walk. Since 2009 we've enjoyed the tradition of having our picture taken next to the foot marker featuring Noah's sweet freckled face.  We look forward to devouring pancakes and a generous helping of egg casserole and fresh-squeezed orange juice, compliments of The Original Pancake House.  We celebrate how far Noah has come and with each step...we realize how grateful we are for this group of caring people. 

A special thank you to all of our family and friends who made a donation to Action for Autism.  This year you helped us raise $962!  So much good will come from your generosity.  We know...because we've experienced it firsthand.



A bit jealous at seeing Noah's face on the foot marker...Natalie asked, "When I grow up will I have austism?"

Way Cool Balloons enertained the kids with, well...you know -- way cool stuff.  

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Musings From Natalie #66

"Mom, when I grow up I'll have two dogs and they'll each have their own room and they'll be able to scratch as much as they like."


"Mom, I love you more than strawberries and aliens and cupcakes."

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Musings From Natalie #65

"Mom, I love you...but I like dogs a little bit more."

"I don't get it -- there's a Mother's Day and a Father's Day and a Grandparent's Day...when is it Kids Day?!"

"Mom, when I grow up will you be okay with being a Grandma for my dogs?"

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Musings From Natalie #64

Natalie is at it again.  She asked me to transcribe a note for her.  She is really hoping this time a fairy will listen to reason...

Dear Fairy:
Please let me catch you.  I won't cause any harm.  You can pack whatever you like to pack.
-Natalie F.
A table set for a tiny friend complete with rock seat.
To view previous fairy adventures with Natalie click here, here and here.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Deep Thoughts From Noah #34

In an effort to reduce the clutter,  I pulled out some of the toys that the kids have either outgrown or no longer play with.  I explained to them that I would try to sell the toys on craigslist and any money earned from the sales would be given to them to purchase toys that they really want.  Initially Noah was okay with the plan, but as the days have passed, he's come up with a new plan.

Noah: "Mom, I have an idea."
Me: "What's that?
Noah: "How about we divide these toys into two piles...one in the keep and the other in the want."
Me: "What's the want pile?
Noah: "Want-to-keep."

Friday, August 2, 2013

Musings From Natalie #63

"Mom, can I raise puppies...like as my children? And, I'm going to give them human names like Annie and Oscar...and put wigs on them."


While watching Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days...
Natalie: "He's kinda cute."
Me: "You think Greg is cute?  Or did you mean his older brother?"
Natalie: "Um, actually I was talking about his Dad."
(Dear God: You better send two guardian angels for this one.)



I Know What You Mean #18

"Mom, I don't like fake songs...can you find a real one for me?"

(Hmmm...Instrumental music is hardly fake.  But, I know what you mean)