In this house, happy face days are something to celebrate. Squeaker has had two happy face days in a row. TWO. And since explosiveness has, at least lately, become the norm, this is quite the accomplishment. This is not to say that he didn’t have meltdowns during the day–this is part of the Autism world, at least for us. But, he’s settling down much quicker and they’re occurring less frequently. I’m trying to turn off the voice in my head that tells me it’s the calm before the storm and just enjoying it. Staying in the moment. It’s something I need to work on, because we have some pretty wonderful moments.
In fact, yesterday was pretty fantastic. We started off by taking the kids to see Planes, the newest installment of the Cars franchise. Squeaker loved all of the Cars movies, so this was a natural choice. In fact, we gave him a choice between this movie and Despicable Me 2, which was still in theaters last weekend, and this was what he wanted. He has as many of the characters from Cars as we’ve been able to get our hands on–he has gotten them as rewards on his good weeks. He’s absolutely obsessed with his “guys.” My review of the movie? It fell flat. Big Guy was bored with it and lost interest about 30 minutes in, and that kid will sit and watch some TV for a while. He was more interested in the movie previews than the movie (especially the Walking With Dinosaurs trailer–the kid loves dinosaurs). Squeaker was good with watching it, but did stop and ask for ice cream a few times. It was not as good as the other two movies. But, we got some staying power out of it by getting some popcorn and munching on that through the movie. Yum! I love theater popcorn, even if it is way overpriced!
After the movie, we went to Wendy’s for lunch. It was a means to an end, really, because we had promised Squeaker ice cream. So he sat there and stared at his food, refusing to eat any of it because he wanted ice cream. Of course, as soon as he mentioned ice cream, Big Guy stopped shoveling food in and refused to eat his, too. Brothers. That was our stand-down for the day. So, he had to eat some food before he could get a Frosty. And then we enjoyed some ice cream. Big Guy and I were the exciting chocolate lovers and The Manager and Squeaker got boring ol’ vanilla. Well, Squeaker got some chocolate, too, because when he was done and Big Guy was still working on his, he wanted more. He was insatiable, so he got the best of both worlds, so I guess he thought that was a pretty sweet deal.
After ice cream, we went to the waterfront to see the ducks and seagulls, take a walk, and watch the drawbridge let the boats through. The kids love terrorizing the birds, squawking at them and seeing them fly. The seagulls move pretty fast, usually, but the ducks have become pretty placid. And we always have to walk past the bridge to the benches and wait until someone has to pass through, because Squeaker loves to watch the bridge go up and Big Guy loves to watch the boats go through. By the end, both the kids were pretty tired. Squeaker almost didn’t make it to the car, he was so exhausted, and Big Guy fell asleep on the way home.
All in all, it was a good day. We had nothing but calm the rest of the day. Is this the calm before the storm? I don’t know. But, this is like a breath of fresh air. Enjoying–truly enjoying–our time with him. Less struggles. More snuggles. And I’m going to breathe it all in while I can.
What’s the best day you’ve had with your family?