Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Walking for Peyton!

Sometimes I feel completely helpless when it comes to Peyton. He has made such great strides since being diagnosed last summer, but I don't feel I have contributed much to it. Now that I am less mobile, I feel even worse because I can't give him the rough play he needs. The other day he told me he wanted to make me better so he could play with me. Yea, pretty much broke my heart. But instead of being super grumpy about it, I am trying to find ways I can help him, now and in the future.

One great thing I came across in my Autism Newsletter, was the Puget Sound Walk for Autism Speaks. It doesn't happen until Sept. 17th, so I will be mobile by then, and it is meant for the whole family. That means all five of us Morgans will be heading up to Seattle to walk, and I am hoping to recruit others to join us. Most of my family is hoping to participate. I think it will be a lot of fun as well as productive. Of course, the point is to raise money for Autism resources and research, but it is also about Autism awareness. If any of you want to join the team, we would be thrilled or if you want to make a donation that is great too! We have a team page at http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/pugetsound/peyton

It feels great to be participating, I often feel like a bystander and leech to others hard work instead of part of the solution. Cheesy, yes, but I am hoping this can become a family tradition and something that we can use to eventually help Peyton connect to others like him and help him understand more about his diagnosis.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

In the nook of time...

 Jesse suprised me with a nook as a my birthday/anniversary gift. This is something I had never considered getting myself nor did I even think I would like one. However, Jesse knew I wanted to get back into reading and with the start of our book club, he felt it the perfect opportunity to give me one. I have to say that I now love. I finished Huck Finn (my first choice) by way of real book but then have moved on to the nook for some inbetween reading while I wait for Jesse to finally finish. First was Emma, which I really liked and realized was how the movie Clueless got it's story line. Then I took a stab at Jungle Book, but only made it part way before I figured out it is more random short stories, and so now I am reading Jane Eyre. Once I finish it, I will have 3 of my Gilmore books done and only about 300 more to go. I love reading, but know why I gave it up. Once I start a book, I have to finish it. That means my day gets lost to reading, and I find myself withdrawn more. I am trying to manage my reading time better, and hope I can find a more realistic balance. That said, I love reading the classics, though I miss my Dean Koontz too, and its nice to feel an instant connection to million of other readers. I feel like I need to get my more girly choices out of the way, because Jesse is going for a more dramatic choice like Farenheit. I'll try to keep you updated on what we are reading, in case you want to take up the challenge too, Alesha.
But for now, I am heading back to the nook and some Jane Eyre.