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

Adventureland!

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!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Mom

Today is March 21st, it is mom's birthday.  Nick gave mom three things:

  1. A handmade card
  2. Pansy flowers for the garden
  3. Chocolate birthday cake!



Mom said, "thank you for my cake and presents, they were perfect gifts!"

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Visit from Aunt Stefani

This weekend we had a visitor, Aunt Stefani came to spend the weekend!

She gave Nick a new white t-shirt with a picture of a brown bear and the words "Protect California."

On Friday night we had steak dinner together. Nick was too busy eating to pose for a picture.


It was very cold this weekend, but Nick still wanted to go out for his Saturday night Carvel ice cream.  When we got there we found that the store was CLOSED.
Nick asked to go to Baskin Robbins instead, so that's what we did.  Nick has not been there for awhile but the ladies behind the counter still remembered him and greeted him by name.

While Nick ate his ice cream we did FaceTime with Henry and Katie far away in California.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lido Nature Preserve

Today was bit colder than last Sunday.  Mom likes to take Nick out to play and get some sun, so today we went to the Lido Nature Preserve to walk around.  We have not been there before, it had nice walking paths on the bay, we could see Reynolds Channel and New York City in the distance.  Nick also explored the gardens.

Mom said, "we should visit again in the warmer weather, things will look much greener in the spring and summer."


Residence Inn - Marriott Hotels

This week Nick was on vacation from school.  As in previous years, dad took Nick away to a hotel for a few days.  They called mom on FaceTime from the hotel, Nick had a great time and is already planning his next visit in April!


Sunny Sunday!

Last Sunday was very warm for February.  Usually, mom or dad take Nick to an outdoor place to get some sun and exercise.

Last week, dad took mom and Nick to Pacific playground and then he went home.  Nick played in the park, and then we walked home.  It was 2 miles on the boardwalk, but it was a beautiful day and there were so may people enjoying the day with us!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day

Today is Valentine's Day.  Mom came home from a business trip to Philadelphia, and Nick gave mom flowers and beautiful artwork to decorate the house.

We took this selfie with the little chimes that Nick made in school.
Nick got a gift in the mail from grammy, it is a little light set with his name.  Mom said, "Wow, lucky Nick gets more lights for his room!"

Monday, February 6, 2017

Happy Birthday Katie!

Today is Katie's birthday, she is seven years old!  We called her to say Happy Birthday on FaceTime.
Here is a picture of Katie celebrating at home.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Happy Birthday Ryder!

Today is Ryder's birthday, he is three years old!  Nick wished his little cousin a happy birthday on FaceTime. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Dinner Date at Applebee's

Last night, we had no food in the house for dinner.  Instead of going to the store to buy food, mom said, "let's go out for dinner tonight, you can pick the restaurant."

Nick chose Applebee's, so that's where we went.  Nick looked at the pictures in the menu and chose his shrimp dinner.  Mom tried to get Nick to order something different but that's what he wanted.  He was all smiles during dinner!


Monday, January 23, 2017

Steak Dinner

Lately, Nick has been eating something new for dinner.  He has been eating steak dinner!

Tonight, mom and Nick followed dad's recipe:

We took the steaks out of the package and put them on the plate to season and marinade.
 Add pepper and garlic powder.
Then a generous coating of freshly cut thyme.
Pour olive oil and then poke with the fork.  Repeat on the second side.
 Then we cook them on the induction grill.
Steak dinner - yummy yummy!