Happy Birthday J!

J turned 6 on March 1st.  I wanted a February baby so I could have an amethyst mother’s ring and he decided to hang out for an extra 2 hours and deny me.  Well actually a week and 2 hours!  My cousin’s girl S swapped b-days with J and came a week early for her mama.

Since hubby had to leave for his weather school, we had our combined February and March b-day party last Friday.  We have 5 b-days in those months in our family located in AZ.  Little J will be 4 in 10 days.

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We also had a cake for him (baked by a friend) at our small group devotional tonight but I haven’t downloaded the pics from my phone yet.

Next weekend we are headed to Las Vegas to vacation and visit old friends.  We were stationed there before coming here.  I am really excited to take the kids around town.  I am also nervous to be spending so much time alone with them in an unfamiliar territory (to them)!

This past year J has changed so much for the better that I know this trip would not have been possible on his 5th b-day.  When we get back we will still have 1 1/2 weeks of our spring break so we will probably have a joint b-day party with our friends at the house.  I’m hoping for a pool party since it would be easy entertainment and we wouldn’t have to worry about games/activities that the b-day kids wouldn’t want to play anyway.

Speaking of changes….

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J is now taking Karate once a week.  I am amazed at how well he is doing.  The class is larger than we (or the instructor) expected so I stay to help keep him focused but he LOVES it.  He didn’t at first but now he wants to go.  The last two weeks he has worked on stranger danger moves with a partner.  They get to choose a partner and he has chosen the same little boy both weeks.  K is a year younger than J but he already has a belt one degree higher (yellow) so he has been through the class before.  He is very patient with J and the work well together.  I am super impressed. 

J struggled a bit in the beginning because he was stimming and the kids didn’t know what to think of him so they either giggled or ignored.  A few times J tried to introduce himself to other boys but he made the social faux pas of getting nearly nose to nose before asking “What’s your name?”  The kids didn’t know how to respond and I wasn’t close enough to prompt them.  Each time it happened they just walked away.  It hasn’t discouraged him though.  At the last parent teacher conference for school I brought up these examples with his speech therapist and she agreed to work with him on what is an appropriate distance for a conversation.

I was just as nervous as him the 1st couple of classes because I was worried about having to intervene too much but now that he has the rhythm of class down we are both more relaxed.  Right now it is the perfect “sport” for him because he is learning to listen to another authority figure, relate to other students in a one on one encounter, and there isn’t a lot of pressure to “work as a team.”

Little J can’t wait till next semester when he will meet the age requirements to take the class as well.

I’ll try and post more pictures this week and then give an update from Vegas.  Sorry for being so absent but we had a hard month preparing for hubby to leave, him leaving, and me crashing from exhaustion every night.

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