Welcome to our world of 4 boys, Autism, Homeschooling and life in general.

Hi I'm Angie, busy Homeschooling Mum of 4 young boys aged between 4 and 11 yrs.

Bailey (11) is a huge car enthusiast, particularly classic cars, VW 'Herbie' beetles and VW Combi vans. Bailey lives with Autism (ASD) and Epilepsy but does very well coping with everyday life these days since we made the change to homeschooling back in 2010.

Dane (8) enjoys playing guitar, building Lego masterpieces and all things superhero! Dane also lives with a form of Autism (Aspergers) and a Language developmental delay (Apraxia of speech).

Ehren (5) is our gentle 'giant' and is a keen student in our Homeschool classroom. He enjoys both physical and mental pursuits and has a clear interest in currency!

Fraser (aged 4) is our little pocket rocket. He's a confident, head-strong little boy who never stops talking, singing or dancing!

Follow us on our journey as we learn about the world around us in our own unique way!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Never a dull moment

To say life with my boys is busy would be a total understatement. I often find myself in the midst of several things at once, some of which probably never fully get completed, but would you expect anything different with 4 active young boys aged 8 and under in the house? Some days can really feel like groundhog day, stuck under a sea of washing up, mountain of laundry and never ending dirty nappies. For the most part though our days are great, filled with smiles and laughter with my boys proving just how clever and amazing they really are.

This week has started with a bang. Over the last few days I've had so much happen I can barely keep up. My boys are changing, evolving, learning at alarming rates, keeping me guessing what next surprise is lurking around the corner! It's been a magical time in our home, one I doubt I'll ever forget. Nevertheless I thought it's best to blog about it so when I am having one of those groundhog days I can look back and get the inspiration to keep on keeping on!

This week we've officially started Toilet training (TT) with Ehren. Ehren is 2 years/5 mths old and although I'm ever mindful kids do things in their own time I've also been vaguely aware that this is the exact age Bailey and Dane conquered their TT. Well yesterday we had success! He used the potty of his own accord, exactly when he needed it. He's also gone again today so I think we're well and truly on the road. I know it's not complete yet but at least I have relief knowing very soon I'll have only one in nappies. Ehren is also talking up a storm these days. He can have a proper conversation with us now. It's such a relief knowing he probably won't need speech therapy as both Bailey and Dane did.

Yesterday was also a day of success for Dane. He was doing a colour by numbers page and was able to identify the words black and orange. Today he was able to read the word Mum, yellow and red. Seems all the phonics work he's been working hard on is starting to show results! I'm such a proud Mummy. The funniest part though was last night he said "Mummy I didn't read those words, I just remembered the sounds". I said "Dane, that's what reading is!"

Bailey lost another tooth last night. He's looking more like a big boy with every tooth he loses. He's a little concerned that the new one isn't there to fill the gap (most of his teeth had the other halfway down by the time they came out). I reminded him that teeth grow very quick and it will be in before he knows it. He's also going very well with his homeschooling lately. I gave him a Maths test yesterday out of an actual textbook he'd be using if he were in standard school. He aced it with a perfect score.

Our baby Fraser is 14 months old now. He's just started walking around the house and although he's a little unsteady on his feet he'll be chasing after his brothers in no time. He's coming out with new words all the time, yesterday's new word was banana! They truly do grow up too quick!

So there it is, our magical day. Seems all my boys were wanting to outdo the other! I'm equally as proud and in love with all 4 of them. It's really beautiful having a big boy, a preschooler, a toddler and baby in the house. As busy as I always am I wouldn't change it for the world :)

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