Monday, July 25, 2016

Mountain Air...

We took a ride up to cooler air and breathtaking views this weekend to get away. We went up to the continental divide, and all these photos are at Loveland Pass.  Max loved the cooler weather and the huge mountains. He only had trouble as we would go over the passes.  I think his ears were popping and that upset him.  As soon as we were down the other side of the mountain he would calm down again.  Overall, he did great -- which is good because we're planning a road trip soon and we were doing a bit of a practice run. 

Here are some of my favorite photos from our little trip.  

Monday, July 11, 2016

KXA = MAX...

Today in art therapy, Max made these masterpieces.  And they may be some of my favorites he's ever made.

He's been working on this shirt for a while in speech therapy, with choosing colors, shapes and locations for his shirt.  But today, he wanted to work on it in art.  He got into his alphabet on his talker and typed in "KXA".  His therapist said "your name has two of those letters in it" and he said "yes, yes".  I said "Max, did you just spell your name?" and he said "YEAH!!!!"

He told us to put it on the shirt, so he wrote his name on his shirt after he spelled it for the first time.  Now, before you say - that's not how you spell Max - we've never seen him attempt to spell anything.  His device auto-predicts words for him, and he usually just chooses to go to the row of words to choose something after selecting the first couple of letters.  This was his first attempt to spell a whole word, and he chose his name.  He was 2 letters away from M on the row he chose K, and later in speech therapy, he told his speech therapist his name starts with M.  

After he put his name on his shirt, he made an "O - octagon" -- he chose the letter O and then chose the auto-predicted word octagon.  We counted 8 sides, and used a post it note as a guide for the sides.  He started at the top and made his way around to the right, until the last side on the left.  This was when his hand was the most still and he made a really straight line.  He said it was a monster, and needed googly eyes and a monster smile.

Thank you note...

Back when Max was learning all he could about turtles in 6th grade, he kept saying the Jack helps turtles.  I finally told him I didn't know if Jack helps the turtles, but I would email and ask him.

And what do you know, Jack wrote him back to answer his questions about turtles, and told him how he could help the turtles out, like visiting SEE Turtles and the Turtle Hospital online.  He also told him to be sure to not use plastic bags because they make their way to the ocean and turtles can mistake them for food. 

Max sent another email back thanking him, and we thought that would be it.  But, on world turtle day, Max got a special package in the mail from his pal, Jack.  It was a upcycled sea turtle with a pocket on his back.  When I gave it to Max he was so excited and promptly named his new turtle Jack.

Max wanted to send Jack a picture of a turtle with his thank you, and knew exactly how he wanted to make it. 

He told me what colors to use, and he moved his hand around with me supporting him with his huge paintbrush.

Then he got to work saying "Thank You" to Jack.  This part usually takes him a while, but he cranked it out with exactly what he wanted to say. 

 "Thank you Jack. Mine want to listen to music. Play more music Jack Johnson. We work Mom. "

Before I could throw out the paint square we were mixing paint on I asked if he wanted to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and make another picture? Reduce Reuse Recycle is one of Max's favorite Jack songs from the Curious George soundrtrack.

So, Jack got a second turtle.  We sent it all to him in the mail to hopefully get to him through his record company.

Certainly, we know he is a busy guy but we're grateful for Jack and Brushfire Records for continuing to make sure Max knows his friendship with Jack is the real deal.