Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What I am going to Miss (and not miss) About Spokane


After three and a half years of living in the Inland Northwest we will be moving to Chicago in two short weeks.  Spokane, Washington is the largest city in Spokane County, nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The city is located on the Spokane River just 92 miles south of Canada and 20 miles west of the Idaho state line.

SpokaneFromPalisades 20070614 by Mark Wagner Downtown Spokane, Washington, as viewed from Palisades Park to the west of the city.
 
Below is a list of what I am going to miss about Spokane and what I will not miss.

I will miss...

Seeing the mountains from my bedroom window.

Riverfront Park and Spokane Falls












The hills that are perfect for walking and running.

The bottom of my favorite hill to go on walks and run.

The wildlife.


The brand new elementary school down the street.





My son getting picked up for school and dropped off at our driveway.


What I am not going to miss...

Our noisy next door neighbors who play basketball outside at 2am and let their kids run around the neighborhood and play in other peoples yards unsupervised after 10pm in the summer.

The cold climate and short summers.


The infestation of fire ants in our yard.

Having to drive into the city for doctor's appointments.

The noisy airplanes. We  live 3 miles from the airport and about 5 miles from an Air Force base.

There are some things that we are going to miss about this city and others that will not be missed. Overall, we have made many, many memories here in the "Big Green House," just west of Spokane, Washington.  I am certain that we will make many more wonderful memories in our new home in the Chicago suburbs.  

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Parrot

I was so excited when I found out that I was having a boy after being a mother of two girls.  I imagined how my life would be different.  Sports, cars, trucks, and rough and rowdy play time was what I thought was going to be in my future.  I was not prepared for what God decided to bless me with on July 17, 2007.


After five hours of labor without any pain medicine, we welcomed a healthy baby boy.  Right away I knew he was different than most newborns.  While we were still in the hospital I noticed he was more alert than my girls were when they were first born.  


He was mesmerized by his surroundings and craved cognitive stimulation.  During his first year he only slept for 20 minutes at a time and as a nursing mother I became his pacifier.  That year flew by and he reached his cognitive milestones a lot sooner than most infants.







Parrot said his first word at five months. By the time he was a year old he was talking in sentences, knew his colors, could count to 10 and say the alphabet.  However, he was not interested in walking.

When he was two he arranged his toys in the hallway in a very methodical way.  After I cleaned it up he remembered where he placed the toys and put them back in the very same manner.  This was when we first thought he may have Autism.



When Parrot was four we got him tested and learned that he had Asperger's which is a form of high-functioning Autism.  He accelerates academically but has a difficult time socializing with his peers.  

We have made it through all the challenges of raising a kid with Asperger's.  He is bright, funny, and very special.  Happy birthday to my sweet little boy. I can't believe you are seven years old today.



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#WordlessWednesday with #linky on a Tuesday - Playing in the Rain


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Out in Spokane it is rare to have a warm summer rain. When I was a kid growing up in the mid-west  thunderstorms and rain was very common during this time of year. I used to put my swim suit on and run around outside in the rain. When it rained yesterday I told my kids that they could go and play in the rain. They had a blast! Even though it was a warm rain they decided they still needed their jackets. Kitty wore mine.













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