Monday, March 30, 2015

Wildflowers

I was kicking myself about the flower pictures the other day so I went back today and took a few pictures.  I was going solo so I stayed in plain site and didn't trek through the mountain because I didn't want to be mountain lion snack.  For this reason I didn't get as many flower varieties as there are but I'm sure my kids appreciate it.

I haven't picked up the big camera in awhile and it shows.  I didn't want to carry all my lenses so I just brought the macro.  This is mostly for my dad and my Aunt Ruth.  So enjoy guys.

A few creatures and some ugly nature made the cut too.

















Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hike #14

I really wanted to hike to a new spot today but since Daddy's allergies are crazy he didn't want to join us so I decided to go back to Mt Madonna and do some main park trails.  Looking at the map last night I was actually surprised how small the park is.  There wasn't an easy way to get in a good hike.  We switched trails many times in order to get distance.  That being said, we of course managed to have some fun.


You can see all the way to the ocean from this spot.  I have done this part of the hike once before but I was wearing Bunny and fearing Buddy had fallen down the ravine because I couldn't see him so needless to say, it was much more enjoyable today.


Boogie is turning out to be an excellent hiker.  We have lots of good talks on our hikes and she opens up to me.  I know she loves having me all to herself.


We hit both of our favorite play spots today.  I usually take the kids up here during the summer just to play.  They love being in the redwoods.



We saw lots of huge banana slugs today which is kind of weird because we usually only see them when it's foggy and damp.  We ended up adding 2.6 miles to our hike on a whim for a total of almost 6 miles!  I wasn't planning on going that far but Boogie really wanted to so we just kept going.  The last short trail was hard because it was uphill but we made it!

Two hikes in one weekend seems like heaven.  I'll be dreaming of the next one all week!

Hike:  We parked at the amphitheater in the main park of Mt Madonna (not Sprig). Upper Miller trail >Blue Springs Trail>Bay View Trail (turned right at the fork.  We didn't go down to the road)>Blue Springs trail>Upper Miller Trail>Lower Miller Trail to Loop trail cutoff>Took Loop Trail toward Mt Madonna Rd and back.  5.8 miles

Someone's Going to be a School Boy


It's been a very long time since I have updated the blog on my Bunny boy.  Behind the scenes a million things have happened.  We have a new pediatrician who I LOVE.  I wanted a pediatrician who wouldn't freak out at my crunchy ways and I also wanted someone who would care about my kids and especially Bunny.  I know that sounds idealistic in this day and age but I've found it!! 

When I interviewed her she already knew who we were because she is Facebook friends with my mom.  My mom taught her kids.  She then praised me for feeding them healthy, told me I was doing everything right and wanted to make sure I knew that Autism isn't always forever.  I have never been so happy leaving a doctors office! 

We also left with a referral to get Bunny tested for Autism.  I still haven't sent in the paperwork but it should happen this month.  I don't think it will change anything but it's good information to know.


I've also made the decision to put my baby in preschool.  This is the preschool I vetoed last year.  There is a new teacher and she has completely changed the classroom.  She seems amazing.  I loved everything she had to say.  There is no longer a "no drop in" policy and she sends home a communication binder everyday.  Music to my ears.

It is really hard for me to think he will be gone from my sight for 3 hours 5 days a week.  I'm going to miss my sunshine.  I'm always nervous dropping my kids off at preschool for the first time but my mostly non-verbal, very attached to his momma son is another level of nervousness.  I know it will be good for both of us.  He will get lots of stimulation and I will get some time to run some energy out of Buddy.


He will also finally be getting some PT again.  We haven't had physically therapy since he was two.  I know it sounds crazy but I felt peace when I left the classroom.  The same peace I felt when I decided not to send him last year.  He starts in two weeks.  In the meantime, I'll be soaking up all his love.


He also mastered a new skill this week.  He now stands on his own for quite some time.  He actually pushes me away because he wants to stand.  I guess he is ready to be a big boy.

Girls Day

This is how we do a girl's day around here. We hike.  Now to be fair it WAS kind of girly because we saw of beautiful wildflowers....not that you'll see most of them here.  Apparently Samsung decided to take macro mode off of their phones.  So almost none of my gazillion pictures of flowers came out.  Some will say that is no tragedy but I disagree.  It makes me wanna lug my big camera out on hikes but then I'd probably never actually hike.


Anyway,  this is a hike fairly close by and it has so many magical things.  We saw deer, cows, turkeys, birds, frogs, lizards, millions of butterflies and ladybugs.  It also has amazing views.  We already mentioned the flowers but there were a million different kinds of them.



I'm sure I've mentioned this before but getting my kids out exploring nature seems to magically make them get along.  The car ride over may be all fighting but we get out in the fresh air and they are besties.  It makes my mama heart very happy.







I was worried it was going to be a little hot once we were out of the shade but at the top we got some very nice breezes.  It really did feel magical.  Boogie does these hikes with me all the time but Baby was in awe.





We did a total of 5 miles and that was definitely pushing it for Baby.  She was beat.  She was also very hard to keep moving because she wanted to catch every ladybug and butterfly, moth she saw.  She told me the brown ones were easy to catch "because they were dumb".

At the very end she was getting whiny so I told her if she wanted to hurry up to the car she would need to stop catching ladybugs.  She immediately got huffy and said "But that is my favorite hobby and you are telling me I can't do it!"  I explained that she COULD do it but it was adding extra time to our trip.  So if she wanted to go fast she would have to stop.

The rest of the trip I heard "There's a ladybug but I CAN'T catch it so I'm going to ignore it.  Arrgghhh"


Despite the somewhat rocky ending we all had a glorious time.  I think it will definitely become a staple for us.  It's the perfect length (without our extra side trip to the pond...of which I have no pictures because my phone died)  We may have to come back next weekend with the boys.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Sister's Love


I've been wanting to talk to Boogie about the very real possibility that Bunny has autism.  I feel like I talk about it to other people in front of her and sooner or later she's going to figure out what I am saying so I thought it needed to be on the table.

As Boogie and I were hiking for Bunny on Saturday we started talking about him.  I told her that I was fairly certain that Bunny had autism on top of his Down syndrome.  She had no idea what autism was so I had to explain it to her.  I honestly wasn't sure how she was going to react but in all honestly she reacted a lot like I did.

She stopped walking and sat down.  I heard "Its so unfair!" and "Why him??!"  It took everything in me not to start sobbing because she was echoing the same things that have been in my head for months.  I assured her I was doing everything I could for him.  I reminded her that two years ago she was out of control and we found a way to get her back.

And I'm so glad she is back because she said the sweetest thing a sister could say.  She said "Mom I wish I could be his twin...with the Down syndrome and the autism too so that I could be in his world with him"  After all of our talking, the hardest thing for her is the hardest thing for me.  That Bunny is not in our world.  That we don't get to know his thoughts or hear his opinion.  The thought that we might never get to breaks our hearts.

Boogie has the biggest most compassionate heart and I just know without a shadow of a doubt that she will be a huge advocate for her brother. We are so lucky to have her.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hike #13

I really needed a hike this weekend. The boys have been sick on and off for hree weeks and it has been rough. We had a busy weekend and I figured Daddy would be working but luck was on my side and he was not!! I decided to go for a hike Saturday morning and I made it close since I wanted to get out for awhile. My thought was to take the girls as I've been spending most of my time with the boys but Baby declined.Boogie and I hit the road early when it was still overcast.

I told Boogie that we would hopefully get up high enough to be above the fog.  I've never done the trail we went on but I have done the other side and I knew we were in for a steep hike.  There were a few times when it was kind of rough on Boogie but she was a trooper!








There were so many amazing flowers to look at on the way up!  I don't know what the prickly things are but I am obsessed with "ugly nature" so they had to be photographed. 

As we rounded corner after corner leading up Boogie was getting discouraged but I reminded her that the best views are the hardest to get to.  It was definitely worth all the huffing and puffing!  The sun was shining and we had amazing views!


Saturday was World Down syndrome day so I proudly wore my shirt and we hiked for Bunny. We really had an amazing time.  We always do.  We got to the top and explored.  There was a quick out and back trail called "Old Mining Trail" so we thought we should see what was there.




And low and behold, we found a lake!  Sadly, it was fenced off.  Boogie pointed out a mini trail that cut through the fence but having friends that have people that trespass on their property all the time, I declined.  I think it's rude.

When we got back to the main trail Boogie wanted to see if the people we had seen under the tree were gone.  We were jealous of their awesome spot!  Luck was on our side again and they were just walking back.  Boogie said she felt like a bride walking through all the wildflowers.


A gorgeous spot for a picnic.  Nothing like nature to make you feel teeny tiny.  What a view!  We looked at the map and decided we were having so much fun that we would take an even longer route back.


Sadly, we hiked a longer way for nothing because the trail was closed.  So we turned around and walked back to the original trail.  Incidentally, I'm pretty sure this is one of the closed signs I saw when I was hiking with the boys but I never out 2 and 2 together.  The sign I originally saw said they were closed until October 2014 so I have no idea why they are still closed.




We had a very deep discussion towards the end of our hike that left us both feeling sad so we decided to cheer ourselves up and head down to the creek to find some newts.  We only saw a few but we also saw more pretty flowers.  It was a perfect hike!  I don't think it would be quite as fun on a really hot day but it's a great Spring hike!

Hike - From the Sprig day use area - Merry go Round trail >Old Mine Trail (out and back)>Merry go Round trail>Loop Trail (which was closed right after the turn)>Back down Merry go Round trail>Tie Camp trail>Ridge trail.  Total 5 miles

I went with my dad and the boys up Tie Camp trail and we didn't even make it to the top because I was carrying Bunny and Buddy was too tired so this would be a hard hike for little guys.