Veterans Day Parade

On Saturday we took part in the Veterans Day parade in Clarksville, TN with my son’s Cub Scout Pack. It was great to see so many people out and about watching our float go by.

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How did you spend your Veterans Day?

 

Make sure to head on over to Twitter and follow #milbizrox and #theconcertforvalor to hear about the Concert for Valor going on in Washington DC tonight :)

How I Knew My Son Had Autism

How I knew my son had autism

 

“Well after looking at everything I feel comfortable in diagnosing him as having Asperger’s which is on the Autism spectrum.”

This is what the behavioral doctor said to us after three months of testing. We were not surprised.

This was in 2012 and now they have eliminated Asperger’s as a diagnoses but from what I understand, Drew is grandfathered in and is still considered to have it.

We started to think something was a little off when he was four. He started preschool for the first time and was having a lot of trouble with it.

His older brother had been diagnosed with a developmental delay when he was three. This was something that our world seemed to be revolving around when Drew was born. As he grew and started to talk, I thought he was okay. He was saying more when he turned two then his brother was at four. He had to be okay.

He walked late, at 15 months but that isn’t something to be concerned about. He hit all the milestones he was supposed to.

Before we moved back to the US he had only been in childcare a handful of times. So at first, I thought that was it. He just wasn’t used to being in that setting. Once he got going with it he would be fine. When I brought it up with his regular doctor, that is what she said too.  But he wasn’t fine. He didn’t want to do what he was supposed to do. He would get mad when it was time to change from one thing to another. I started to cringe when I would walk into his room to pick him up wondering what he might have done that day.

I started taking him to hourly care on post which was great. The staff there figured out how to work with him a little bit. So if I wanted to go to PWOC or MOPS I would put drew in hourly since I knew they would have less issues with him there. I would also prep him a lot in the car on the way there. We would go over what was expected and how he should act.

It was then I started having this feeling like something was off. We had an almost four-year old and in a lot of ways he was acting like a two-year old. He would act like a kid who was never told no in his life and that clearly wasn’t how we were raising him. It was so frustrating for us. In the back of my head I knew something wasn’t right. Then we talked more with the teachers and knew we should have him be seen.

I have always believed that moms always know. I knew something was going on with Daniel. I have talked to other moms and they just “know” something is going on with their kids. If you think something is off with one of your children, go in and see if you can find out more. What is the worst that could happen? And the sooner you can find out what is going on, the sooner you can help them.

So we started the process in October of 2011 right before he turned five. During the few months we had different appointments and filled out a lot of paperwork. The doctor met with us, heard our concerns. He met with Drew. He had his teachers fill out a lot of paperwork and Ben and I did as well. Then he met with us again. During the months while we waited for the diagnoses I started reading a little bit about Asperger’s. I was drawn to this as the reason my son was acting the way he was. I didn’t know too much about it other than hearing stories from friends. I then read a little bit of Look Me in the Eye by  John Elder Robison. The first chapter talks about how as a child he would hit his friends for “not playing right.” BINGO! That was Drew. He would get so mad if another child didn’t play right.

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By the time we went for the diagnosis. I already knew. My son had Asperger’s. My son had Autism. I knew because he had trouble with no. I knew because he had a “list” in his head of how his day should go and anyone who told him differently was mean. I knew because he was different from the other kids. I knew because he liked to talk over and over about Star Wars or Legos or whatever it was in he was into. I knew because one day he played with a Lego car on the stairs all day long. I knew because he liked certain foods a certain way. I knew because he had his chair and didn’t want anyone else to sit in it. I just knew.

And these days, as we work through the issues we need to work through, I can see more and more how Asperger’s affects his life. How it will make it harder for him and how we as his parents have to do things a little differently because of it. He has come a long way from his preschool days. We have worked hard with ABA , at home and with his school. I know we have a lot of challenges ahead but I am thankful for that diagnoses because it helped us know exactly how to help our son do what he needs to do to get through each day.

Do you have an Autistic child? Did you know they were before they were diagnosed?

Veterans Day With Hair Cuttery And The Share-A-Haircut Program

Hair Cuttery

 

As a Military spouse I am always excited when I hear about a company or an organization that is giving back to the Military. This Veterans Day Hair Cuttery is giving back to the Military in a special way. What is Hair Cuttery? It is the largest family owned and operated chain of hair salons the country, with nearly 900 company-owned locations on the East Coast, in New England and the Midwest. A full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line professional hair care products. Hair Cuttery is a division of Ratner Companies, based in Vienna, VA.

So what is it that they are doing?

Well, they have started the Share-A-Haircut program to give back to the Military community.

The Share-a-Haircut program was created by Hair Cuttery to give free haircuts
to underprivileged community members, specifically kids in need as they head
back-to-school. Since then, they’ve expanded the program to touch people of
all ages. In its 15th year, Hair Cuttery is proud to say that the program has
reached more than 1,000,000 children and adults in need through haircut
certificate donations, valued at more than $13.5 million!

How does the Share-A-Haircut program work this Veterans Day?
With every adult haircut purchased on Tuesday, Nov. 11, a free haircut
certificate will be donated back to a veteran in need, right there in communities
local to Hair Cuttery’s almost 900 locations. How cool is that?

How will the Veterans receive their free haircuts?
In each market, Hair Cuttery will partner with local veterans’ organizations reach those in need through the donation of haircut certificates. They are hoping to reach at least 25,000 Veterans this year! How great would that be? A haircut might not seem like a lot but as the spouse of a Military man, I know they can add up.

How do you know if there is a participating salon in your area? Just click here to find out where you can participate in this program.

You can keep up with Hair Cuttery on Facebook and Twitter at @HairCuttery.

 

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Harvest Snaps Review and Giveaway

 

Snacks! It is always nice to find a new snack. One that is yummy and is rather healthy for you. That is why I was excited to try some of the Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps. When I got the box in the mail I was happy to see so many flavors. When I am looking for a new snack, it needs to taste good or I am not going to eat it again.

I like that there are so many flavors because most people will find one that they enjoy. I think out of the ones I received, my favorites are the Caesar and the Black Pepper ones but especially the Black Pepper.  I think I could have finished off a whole bag in one afternoon!  You can also find them in Lightly Salted and Wasabi Ranch. You can find the Lentil Snaps in Tomato Basil and Onion Thyme.

I found them all to have their own taste with a similar texture which is nice because it means there really is something for everyone. I had a friend tell me that even though she doesn’t like snap peas she loves these.

I really like how light they feel. You can eat a bunch of them, fill up and not feel so bloated or like you overate. I hate that feeling.

These snacks are baked, gluten-free, high in fiber and protein, low in sodium and fat which is nice. I am not on a gluten-free diet but it is nice that they are for people who are. It is one more thing they can feed to their family.

 

Sometimes I get really hungry between lunch and dinner and I am trying to stay away from sweets. These will be a good snack to have on hand during the afternoons.


Harvest Snaps is a great snack that I think most of you would enjoy!

Have you every tried these before? What was your favorite flavor? How would you like to win your own sample pack? Just enter the giveaway below :)

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This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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