Sept. 15, 2009: Okay funny story for the day. After a kinda unproductive homeschool day I thought we would finish off with math, just to really end my day on a great note. You see, Sam has a love/hate relationship with numbers and math, okay let’s just say there is no relationship. I brought out his dot cards but realized I must have missed a few when I grabbed them, so I left the room and when I returned two of the cards were ripped in pieces. I asked Sam, “What happened?”….are you ready…are you sure??? He looked at Buddy (our wonderful golden doodle) and said, “Naughty dog”. The nerve of this child but I did have to laugh. Our dog does tends to pull things out of the garbage that contained food when we are away and leaves a shredded mess on the floor, which of course causes me to say, “Buddy, naughty dog” and Sam helps me clean it up. But what do you think the chances are that Buddy would not shred but rip in pieces two cards??? Ooohhh, that boy!!
April 15, 2011: Sooo, I take a shower and Sam wakes up and decides chocolate ice cream is the perfect breakfast. Ya gotta love this kid!
May 24, 2011: Okay, is it just me or do others find it strange and yet humorous that when Sam reads the word "Who" he instead says owl???
July 11, 2011: A Sam Moment:
Mom: "Sam, 2+2= "
Mom: "Sam, 5+5= "
Sam hesitates, so I hold up my hands "Sam, 5+5= "
Sam: "Both hands!"
Mom: "Where is your hat?"
Mom: "WHERE IS YOUR HAT?"
Sam: "Not here" as he points to his head.
Mom: "Really, I would have never guessed."
Sam: "Bless you, Mommy." Yep, that's my boy!
Mom: "No Sam, first we read our book"
Sam: "NO book"
Mom: "No Netflix"
Sam: "Okay, ready"
I open the book to the first page and Sam isn't really wanting to read.
He looks at me and smiles and then comes out with this line.
"Mom, you bootiful"
Mom: "Thank you, nice try...but we are still reading the book"
Sam: Long sigh, "Okay ready".
What a character???
Sam: Hellllloooo...Uncle Dave.
Jeff: Hi Sam!
Sam: Dave, Sam eating.
Jeff: What are you eating?
Jeff: What's for supper?
(at this point Ben is in tears laughing over the fact that Sam doesn't realize he is talking to Jeff who is sitting right next to him)
Sam: Uncle Dave, what you doing?
Jeff: Talking on the phone.
Sam: Me too and Daddy. Bye Uncle Dave!
He hands the phone back to Ben and begins to laugh with all of us that deep belly laugh that no one can resist. I never forget to laugh or smile with Sam around!!
As I got dressed after my shower I heard Sam yell "Good Mornin Mommy". With my hair messed up and wet I came over to accept the hug Sam was offering from his bed and I wished him a "Good Mornin". He smiled and looked outside and said "Mommy, bootiful day". I smiled and told him every day was beautiful with him. He asked for another hug and said "Love you Mommy, my heart" which I know means "I love you Mommy with all my heart". I told him "I love you too Sam, with all my heart". Sam looked up and smiled at me and said "Mommy bootiful". I smiled and chuckled and said "Thank you, Sam"...only this little boy would tell me I'm beautiful with my wet hair going in every direction, no make up and still looking half asleep. Sam looked serious again and he said "No Mommy" "Mommy bootiful" and he tapped his hand to his chest. My eyes filled with tears as I understood he was paying me the ultimate compliment...telling me that I was beautiful on the inside. Love this little boy so, so much!!
Mom: "What do you need from Home Depot?"
Mom: "Soda is not good for your tummy"
Sam: "Okay, go with Daddy"
Yep, he's working the parents. Cognitively delayed...I think not.
It went something like this.
Mom: "Okay Sam, what's first"
Sam reading: "Put ground beef in pan and brown"
Mom: "Okay, I've got my pan and here's the ground beef. I use the knife to open and put it into the pan." "Hmmmm, I need to stir it..."
Sam: "Mom, use spoon"
Mom: "Thanks Sam, what would I do without you?"
I begin to break apart the meat and stir. Sam quickly gets bored.
Sam: "Mom watch Netflix?"
Mom: "No Sam, we are making chili together"
Sam: "Sam all done"
Mom: "Sam, we are just starting"
Sam: "Mom watch Netflix please, Mommy Dear?"
Mom: "Beautiful talking Sam but no we need to make chili" "Read the next step Sam"
Sam: "Cut yunion" (deciphered by mom as onion)
Mom: "Okay, here's our onion and I need to cut it with...." (intentional delays and forgetfulness are part of my everyday so Sam can pull out the right speech, engage in the activity and feel the accomplishment of helping me stay on task)
Sam: "Mom, use knife"
Mom: "Thank you Sam, you are so helpful"
Sam: "Mom, all done...watch Netflix?"
I quickly realized that I lost Sam's interest after the instruction was read and tried to pull him into the steps further. Giving Sam a plastic knife and a piece of onion I told him to help me cut the onion. This was met with much resistance since the onion smells and is kinda slippery. A little hand over hand got him started but he quickly went from skilled cutting to a chopping action. (Not much different than what Ben would choose to do). We put our onion into the pot and I asked him to read the next direction.
Sam: "Chop green pepper"
Mom: "We have this pepper instead, it's....."
Sam: "Um, Mom...it's red"
Mom: "Yeah, that will work" "Hmmm...I need to cut it"
Sam: "Mom knife...focus"
Mom: As I chuckle "Sorry Sam, sometimes I forget" I finish with the pepper.
Mom: "Sam, read the next direction"
Sam grins from ear to ear and in his best reading voice says:
I JUST LOVE THIS KID!!!
Sam: Mom, owww...go to McDonalds
Mom: Sam, McDonalds isn't good for you
Sam: Mom, OOWWW...go to Taco Bell.
Mom: Sam, Taco Bell isn't good for you either.
The next line floored me.
Sam: Mom, you say no ooowww. I OOOWWW. Tooth mouth out, OOWWW...Sam go movie.
A promise of Netflix, full access to the remote control and some green tea has indeed calmed the little man down.
Mom: "Yes, Sam"
Mom: "What would you like Sam?"
Sam: "I want ice cream", "I want steak" "I want chips"
He then points to the kitchen and says "Go, Mommy Dear...go" He then finishes our interaction with a huge smile and chuckle.
Hmmmm....I think someone is feeling better!!!
Ouch...that kinda took him out at the knees. I told Sam that he had long hair but he's a guy...to which...he said "Thank You" and I said "Yep, no problem". Yep, just another day in the life with Sam.
Mom: "Yes Sam"
Sam: "Uh Mama, where you going?"
Mom: "To see Dr. Steinert"
Sam: "Dr. Steinert, yes"
At this point Sam begins to think out loud:
Sam: "Hmmm...Dr. Steinert...Sam go...office...good boy...go McDonalds...YES"
Sam: "Um Mama"
Mom: "Yes Sam"
Sam: "Sam good, go McDonalds...please" (said in the sweetest voice possible)
Mom: "Sam, McDonalds isn't good for you"
Mom: "No, you don't need pizza, how about a salad?"
Sam: "Salad no...chicken, french fries please?"
Mom: "I think we should eat at home"
Sam: "No home...Sam hungry, go eat"
Mom: "Sam, you are always hungry"
Sam: At this point he gets distracted by a Fed Ex truck (kinda like there goes a chicken) and the conversation switches...or so I thought.
Sam: "Mom Fed Ex truck"
Mom: "Yep, he's bringing someone a package"
Sam: "Yep, Sam...package french fries"
Ahhhh...the joy of Sam and his never ending quest for food!
So today as we were at Children's Hospital for yet another blood draw Sam as usual greeted everyone we passed. Good day, all of them smiled and returned a "hello". Then we got into the lab area and a woman was in the waiting area. Sam said "Hello" and she turned away and acted as if she didn't hear him. Sam said "Hello Lady" and the woman began to look in her purse but did not respond. Sam got called in and after a few yells and a few "I'm sorry" he made it through the blood draw thanked the technician and told her "have a good day" and we headed out.
The lady was still in the waiting room. Sam raised his voice and said "Hey Lady" and then crossed his arms which is sign language for "hug".
Just another amazing moment with a little man that continues to teach me more than I could ever teach him.
Sam: Yes, Bella home.
Mom: And Uncle Randy took you to the pool.
Sam: Yes, swimming fun.
Mom: On Wednesday we need to pick up your library books and finish setting up the room so you and I can have fun and learn together.
Which when I turned to look at Sam I caught the hand movement and heard:
Sam: "Blah, blah, blah"
Part of me was impressed by the beautiful "bl" blend I heard, another part of me was impressed with the proper use of the expression and part of me wanted to ring his little neck for being sassy.
Thanks Danielle Mayer!!
Only Sam would ask for divine assistance to get out of his home program. Good thing we covered "Prayer 101" in our "Yes, it's on" school program today...and no I did not get struck by lightening. Ahhhh...another Mayer boy that just LOVES school.