Saturday, October 5, 2013

Some Successes to Share!

We've had our ups and downs, but over all, we've had a great fall thus far.

J finally got over his fear of playing outside at home (he's never had a problem with parks) and started playing outside with the neighborhood kids after they get home from school.

We attended the boys' first 4-H meeting with our homeschool group in September. Of all the projects that were offered, J decided he wants to participate in Poultry Judging. Which involves handling raw chicken and eggs. I explained that to him very carefully to make sure he understood it. LOL He's always very paranoid about germs and won't even carry the bags of raw meat in from the car after grocery shopping. His only response when I questioned him about the Poultry Judging was, "I know. I can wash my hands." WIN!

Then, he actually decided to COOK some eggs! The bottom right picture is the first egg he managed to extract without breaking the yolk. ;-)

One night, he came in at sunset, and asked if he could fix himself some eggs. (B and I had already eaten.) He put the eggs in the skillet, and I heard from the kitchen, "Look! It's like a sterotypical egg!" Apparently it had something to do with the way the unbroken yolk and the cooking egg white looked. LOL

There was a kid at the park, using a long stick to poke at a wasp nest. There were two large groups there that day,, so a lot of kids could have been hurt. The kid was with the other group, but the moms standing close by didn't notice what he was doing. We were on the other side of the park, and by the time we realized what was going on, Jeffrey had walked over. I told my friends, "Jeffrey will tell him to stop." He didn't just tell him to stop. He took the stick, broke it in half, and threw it into the woods. (No temper. He was very calm through the whole thing.) He told me later that he was worried someone would get hurt. This is the kid who never asserts himself (outside our house) and has to be pushed to talk to people he doesn't know. 

Then he climbed to the almost-top of the jungle gym for the first time ever. (He's almost 12.)

Just when I was starting to wonder if we were ever going to make any progress, I begin to feel some hope that he actually may not live with me for the rest of his life. ;-)


Laura said...

You know, Walker lives in an apartment. He and Jamey share it, but he is out on his own (mostly).

Amanda said...

I didn't know he was sharing an apartment with Jamey, but I knew he was out on his own. It does give me hope, but I also know every person is different. Now if he would just get to point where he could safely drive....

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