Friday, October 30, 2009

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Aidan has had his best week to date since his radiation treatment this summer. He's still not back to baseline as far as stamina is concerned, but in all other ways he's leaps and bounds ahead of where he was when he started treatment. He had glowing reports from school - the basis of which I got to see for myself when I went in as a substitute assistant teacher today!

He's been highly productive at school and has generated numerous projects. One of his favorites was his "Haunted House." Haunted House has become the center piece of our island, and we have decorated it with some of my favorite projects, "Campfire, Ghost, 5 Little Pumpkins, Itsy Attic Spider, and Pumpkin." See if you can find them all. Did you notice the marshmallow? I had the perfect music to tape it with (Bach for the organ - spooky) but couldn't find it. What I came up with sounds more like something from a seance. I'll run it by Aidan in the morning and change it if he doesn't approve. (Having trouble with uploading the video. Will add it later.)

Yesterday, he and Amy started a scarecrow. Now he's fully prepared for Halloween - plans to be Buzz Lightyear, but is having just as much fun with the accoutrements for my Woody costume.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

Aidan has had a big few days. Sunday morning he spent creating and orchestrating life in various worlds (train, Lego pirate island, the Castle of the Crazy Cat Lady and Co, and Bobby's kitchen).
Vanida and Bob took him to Longwood for the afternoon, and then Carole had a date with him that evening.

Aidan had a full day of school on Monday followed by music therapy. When we got home we finished a joint art project we had started in his art class (I joined in part way through the afternoon), and then he helped me make a salad!

He tells you in his own words what he did today... Translation: I had a flu shot (H1N1) and I got to shoot the nurses (with his water gun) and then after that I went to Borders and got a Sonic (comic book)! What he doesn't tell you is that he later went to school then had a fun evening with Amy.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Quiet and Rainy Day

We might have over-done it a bit yesterday. Aidan was pretty tired and in need of a quiet day at home. That was mostly good, since it was very rainy and windy outside (though fun to watch the pretty leaves from indoors). The down side was that we missed his friend's birthday party. Sorry Carter! We did a lot more building today. See Aidan's tower titled "The Statue of Liberty" - he gave it the name after he heard that Amy would be bringing him a picture of the Statue of Liberty back from NYC.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Back to Gym Class

Aidan had a great, full day! He spent the morning in school (went a little late). This afternoon he went back to The Little Gym for his first class in months. He had a blast. He was all smiles, waves and silly faces! When we got back he listened to music and built an elaborate work shed for his cars. Has been building and playing for over an hour.

Way Overdue!

So I haven't been so great about posting lately. I guess the good news in that Aidan is doing much better and settling into a pretty typical routine. Of course, I've missed a few of the highlights, so I'll do my best to catch up with those and post regularly again. If the posts get too mundane, please comment accordingly.

I think I really left off with the conclusion of our trip to Chicago. We spent our last hour there romping around the park. Enjoy the pics.

Then we got back and had some chill time (i.e., quiet evening followed by sick day from school). The evening of our return, Aidan did some work on my halloween costume. Well actually he did his "work" while wearing the costume. The next day, he adaptively turned feeling sick into a situation of treating Vanida using his high tech medical cart and equipment (cart compliments of Francisco!).

Last but not least, Aidan has been enjoying autumn and the anticipation of halloween. He took a wolf spider alive in a bug box to school today. Tonight he carved a pumpkin with Amy.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Aidan had a quiet week, resting after his great visit to Chicago. He was home for a few days but managed to go to school twice during the week. This weekend he's in Washington for a visit. He spent Saturday morning playing with friends, went out for lunch, and visited his Uncle Nick's new house. While there he had a great time chasing Nick's dog Eva in circles around the house, much to his amusement. He's modeling his new "hat" in the car.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday in Chicago

Aidan is having big, big fun with his Chi-cousins.

See documentation of today's all-afternoon outing with Uncle Joby and Co. to the playground and Lincoln Park Zoo. Burr.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Week in Review

So here's the deal. We're in Chicago. Left Philly yesterday at 8 AM. Aidan is digging playing with Zoe, Senna, Mason, Joby and Martha and all of their cool stuff (like Sonic comics).

The big event of Thursday was catching a very green grasshopper. Aidan wants to keep it forever. Aidan's animals think that is a very good idea.

Wednesday Nini took Aidan to school and stayed to visit in the classroom and go to meeting. Quaker meeting that is - preschool edition.

Tuesday night Aidan had a jam session at Dan's house. I missed that as Amy took him. I do know from Amy's photos that Aidan was on guitar.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Full, Full Day

Aidan had his first ever, full day of school (8:30-3:15)! Then he had an hour of music therapy. Whoa. Dude was rocking. Then we came home and he spent the evening with Nini and Pops. Word has it he was awake until 8:30. He's definitely feeling better!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Aidan and his Animals

Aidan spent most of the day lounging around the house. Here is his stretched out in the sun with his three cats and dog Jasmine. After a day at home we had a nice evening with friends for an evening celebrating autumn. Aidan roasted a marshmallow and decorated a pumpkin. He also had fun running around with the big girls!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

At the Races

A day and a half into the antibiotics Aidan is doing much better! He went with Nini and Pops to a horse race today. Pics are from during and after.

Guess which is which...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Sick Day

Aidan stayed home today. I took him to the pediatrician, and she started him on antibiotics. Hopefully, he'll be feeling better tomorrow - just heard tonight that there's a chance he could go ice skating tomorrow!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cooking with Elizabeth

Aidan and Amy and Elizabeth made cookies tonight. I think Amy may have been doing most of the work...