Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Muralist

Today grammy arrived for her holiday visit.  She was so surprised to see how much the mural has grown in Nick's room.  While mom and grammy were in the kitchen we heard Nick working, we went into the room and saw that Nick was adding extensions of pictures to his mural. 

He was very pleased with his work!

Holiday Card Sale

This week Nick participated in the Holiday Card Sale at the Long Beach High School.  Mom found these pictures on the district website.  And today, Liza brought Nick one of the cards designed by his friend Manny!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Nick's old movies

Lately Nick has been looking at old pictures and asking for a VHS player.  Mom and dad tell Nick no one makes VHS players anymore, he can watch DVDs and movies on YouTube.

This weekend mom was in the attic and found a box we have not seen since before the hurricane.  It had a big black book that had Nick's old DVD collection.  Mom said, "I hope this will make you happy to see these old movies again!"

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Halloween Dance

Tonight was the Best Pals Halloween Dance at the Long Beach High School.  Mom takes Nick to the dance every year.  This year, when we had to pick out a costume, mom said to Nick, "you seem to like dad's shirt with Abraham Lincoln on it, maybe we can make that your costume?"

We looked online and found a hat and beard so we ordered it.  Today Nick wore the shirt and the hat and beard as a funny homage to President Lincoln.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

School Picture

On Friday, Nick came home with his school picture.  Mom said, "wow, what a beautiful smile, you look so handsome!"

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Nick's pool is closed

At the end of September we have to close the pool because it is too cold.  On Friday night Nick had his last evening swim.  The next day he came home from AHRC and the cover was on the pool, it was closed. 

Nick took out his calendar and showed mom and dad that the pool should be closed in October, and Saturday was still September 30th.  Mom and dad said we had to do the work on Saturday, Nick will go to the pool at the JCC until June when we open Nick's pool again.

Getting ready for school pictures

This week the Long Beach High School took class pictures.  Dad took Nick for a haircut and mom picked out a nice shirt for Nick to wear.

Mom showed Nick his school pictures dating back to 2007.  Mom said "you don't smile often in your pictures, try to give us a nice smile this year!"

Sunday, September 17, 2017

FaceTime with Grammy

Tonight mom and Nick did FaceTime with grammy.  We were both making dinner in our kitchens and talking about our week.  Grammy said to Nick, "I loved your surfing pictures and I'm glad you are happy to be back at school!"

Surfer's Healing

This week mom and dad went to meet Nick's class at Lido Beach for the Surfer's Healing event.  We met up with Nick and Kristin and watched Nick do a great job on three surfing runs!


Smile for Selfies!

Last week was the first day of school.  Nick was up early and waiting on the porch for the school bus. Mom came outside and said, "you look so happy, let's take a selfie!"

Later that night Nick was still happy about going back to school.  Mom took another selfie to remember this day.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Good-bye Grammy

A few weeks ago grammy gave Nick this little sign with letters for his birthday.  Yesterday she packed up her car and left Long Beach to go home.  She took the sign and made Nick this good-bye message.

The Grandchild Tour

This summer, grammy took a trip to visit all of her grandchildren.

First she came to Long Beach to visit Nick for his birthday.  Then she went to California to visit Henry and Katie for a week, and then she took another airplane to see Ryder.

Then grammy came back to Long Beach before going home.  She shared her favorite pictures from her trip, including a picture of mommy and Aunt Stefani and Aunt Nicole on their vacation together.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunbathing Toys

Today mom and dad saw that Nick put some of his today in the pool.  He lined them up on the pool chair,  they were floating around in the sun.  Mom thought this was so funny and took this picture.

Patriotic Gifts

Today our friend Liza came by and gave Nick a birthday present.  Liza gave Nick a USA t-shirt, a flag print baseball cap, and a postcard from Times Square New York!  

Nick was all smiles and put on his new shirt and hat.  But he would not smile when mom asked him to pose for a 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Birthday Cupcakes

Today Grammy arrived for her summer visit.  She and Nick have birthdays eight days apart, and they share their birthday cake every year.  This year, mom bought them their own cupcakes - rainbow sprinkles for Nick and lemon for grammy.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Nick!

Today is Nick's birthday!  We asked Nick where he wanted to go for dinner to celebrate, Nick chose The Outback Steakhouse.

Here is Nick at the restaurant.  He was very happy and enjoyed his chicken quesadilla and coconut shrimp dinner.
Then we stopped at the playground and Nick played on the swings.
We ended the night at the new ice cream shop in the West End.  Nick ordered Birthday Cake ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck

Last week Nick did something big kids do.  He went away to sleep away camp!

Mom made Nick a picture schedule, it said he would sleep at camp from Sunday to Friday.   Every day, dad would call to get a report about Nick.  They said he liked the pool and the swings, and he was eating dinner with his new friends and slept well in the bunk.

Here are some pictures from camp.  Nick was happy when we packed up the car and arrived, but then he got quiet and serious when mom and dad left.  Marc was Nick's counselor, he took care of Nick during the week.  When mom and dad came back on Friday, Nick was happy in the car ride home.

Mom and dad said, "we missed you very much and we are so proud of you!"

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Celebrate 4th of July!

Nick loves the patriotic holidays.  He decorates the house with flags and flag inspired crafts, and he has a large t-shirt collection too.

Usually we watch the Long Beach fireworks from the boardwalk, but this year we walked to Riverside Blvd., got ice cream from a Good Humor truck, and then put our blanket down and watched the sunset and waited for the fireworks.

There was a full moon and it was a beautiful night.  The town was full of people visiting for the festivities.  Here are some pictures from our 4th of July holiday.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Blue Man Group

Today we went to Cambridge to the Charles Playhouse theater to see Blue Man Group.

Grammy bought Nick a t-shirt and picture book.  The men did not speak but the show was very loud and colorful.  They played drums, and three giant iPhones on the stage, and had light shows and video screens.  We had a great time and Nick got to meet one of the Blue men after the show!

A day with Grammy

On our visit to Massachusetts, Nick got time to visit with Grammy.

Nick has been asking to go to the store Savers on this trip. He wanted to find a player to show VHS tapes.  Mom told Nick they might not have any in the store and they did not.  
We spent some time in Grammy's apartment.  She took lots of pictures of Nick on this visit.

Nick is too big to lie down on the couch, Grammy kept asking him to move his big feet so she could sit down too.
We went for dinner at the British Beer Company.  We like to eat there because we can sit outside and see the gardens and trees.

A visit to Massachusetts

Now that school is done for the year, we took Nick on a road trip to Massachusetts to visit Grammy.

Nick was happy on the long drive, and he was especially happy to arrive at the Residence Inn Marriott Hotel.
Nick has his own bed on a pull out couch.

He set up his computer on the pillows nearby so he had everything arranged to his liking!

Saturday, June 10, 2017


This week Nick and his class went on a field trip to Adventureland!

When the permission slip came home, mom said, "what good news, this is your favorite place to visit!"

Nick's teacher sent home a message that Nick had a great time.  He even went on a roller coaster called Turbulence!  Here are some pictures of Nick and Kristin having fun at Adventureland.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happy Birthday Daddy

Today was daddy's birthday.  He spent most of the day starting to get Nick's pool ready for swimming.  It took a long time and dad will have to do more work tomorrow.

In the evening we gave daddy a flying saucer ice cream sandwich with a candle on top instead of a big cake.  Nick and mom even bought dad a funny card.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

Last week mom was working far away.  When mom came home, we did special things together.

We took a long walk on the Long Beach boardwalk.  We saw the new restaurants and people enjoying the first weekend of summer.  Our spring Iris flowers are in full bloom, and we went to the garden center to star planning our summer garden.  And of course, we decorated the house for the patriotic holiday.  We have Nick's red, white and blue flags displayed throughout the living room!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

Today is Mother's Day.  Nick made mom beautiful cards at school and AHRC.  Nick and dad bought mom a beautiful lily flower pot.

Mom said, "thank you for these beautiful cards and flower pot, I love them!"

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Kinky Boots

Today we went to see an Autism Friendly performance of Kinky Boots, sponsored by Theater Development Fund (TDF).

Grammy came back to New York to see the show with us.  We had a great time and loved the show!

Here are some pictures from our day.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Farewell Picture

This week grammy told Nick, "I am going home, it has been  wonderful month visiting you!  We had lots of time together; eating dinners, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, going to playgrounds and walking in town."

Nick and grammy had a big hug.  Then grammy said, "don't worry, I will be back in a week so we can go to the theater to see Kinky Boots!"

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Tonight was our last night with Aunt Nicole and cousin Ryder.  Aunt Nicole made us spaghetti and meatballs for dinner.  It was so yummy, Nick sat at the table with us and had two servings!

Mom made a copy of the recipe so we can make them too!

Family FaceTime

On Sunday night we had FaceTime with Henry and Katie, and Aunt Stefani and Uncle Ned.

Here is a picture of Grammy, Nick, Aunt Nicole and Ryder talking to family far away.

Out and about

On Sunday, we decided to take Nick's little cousin Ryder to the Long Island Children's Museum.

Ryder loved playing in the digger truck and on the motorcycle!
 After the museum we went to the playground.  Nick and Ryder played on the swings.
Across from the park we saw a work site.  Ryder got to see a real digger truck!  Mom said, "let me take your picture, the tires are taller than you!"

Pizza Night

Saturday is pizza night in our house.  Aunt Nicole is visiting, and she said, "Nick, I am so excited to eat New York pizza again!"

Here is a picture of Grammy, Ryder and Nick eating their Saturday night pizza.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hamburgers on the grill

The weather is getting warmer and spring is here.  One night mom said, "it is too hot to turn on the oven to cook dinner, let's have our first BBQ of the season."

We had hamburgers and corn on the cob.  

In this picture Nick is getting a grilling lesson from dad!

Easter Pictures

Here are some pictures from our Easter week

Nick's seasonal display with artwork and lights from Aunt Stefani.
A picture with grammy at Hick's Nursery.
A selfie of Henry and Katie with their peeps!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Meeting up with Manny

Today mom, Nick and grammy went to Levy Nature preserve to take a walk.  While we were on the path, we saw Nick's classmate Manny and his mom!  They were also taking a walk on this beautiful spring day.

Mom took pictures of them sitting on a bench.  They were both wearing their black sweatshirts from the Long Beach VFW hall field trip last month.

Dad is Home from the Hospital

On Friday dad came home from the hospital, Nick had to be careful around dad.

Today dad went for a walk around the block.  Nick was playing outside and saw dad approaching, he ran up to him and walked with him back to the house.

Dad in the Hospital

This week dad went to the hospital to have an operation.  Nick was asking about dad, so mom took Nick there for a visit in the evenings.

At first Nick was happy to visit a new building.  But when we got to the room Nick looked very serious.  Mom would not let Nick get too close to dad or touch anything in the room or near the bed.

On the second night Nick was more comfortable and had a smile on his face.  Dad said, "Thanks Nick, this was the highlight of my day!"

Airplane View of Long Beach

Last Sunday mom came home from a business trip.  The plane flew over Long Beach, and mom took this picture from the airplane window.  Mom showed it to Nick on the iPad, and Nick zoomed in on the picture and pointed out places in town!

Golf Glow

While mom was working far away, an email arrived from Nick's teacher.  It said, "Nick had a great time at Glow Golf in Roosevelt Field. He even tried out the laser maze. He was pretty creative with the way he got the golf ball in each hole but most importantly he had fun - he would try to kick or move the ball with his feet!"

Interesting Artwork

One night, when mom and Nick were cleaning up Nick's room, mom found this picture.  It looks like a t-shirt that says, "With a song in my heart."  Mom asked Nick where this phrase came from, and we looked at Nick's t-shirt collection but we could not fine one that matched.

Mom said, "Well, I guess the inspiration for your interesting artwork will be a mystery."

Grammy's Spring Visit

This month, grammy is paying a long visit to help while mom is working far away and during daddy's operation.

Here is a picture when grammy arrived.  She is asking about Nick's new sound machine, which Nick did not want to share!