Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Vacation: Nauvoo

So, we have been planning a vacation to take with the kids for awhile. We decided that we wanted to visit a temple every year somewhere for vacation. We were then going to take a picture in front of the temple to hang in our hallway. So, this year we decided to go to Nauvoo. We decided to go up the weekend of Halloween. It was such a great trip and so beautiful with the beautiful colors. So, on Friday, we packed up the van and headed up. The kids were great in the car and we got to the hotel and unpacked. We then went out to dinner which turned out not a great place to eat as it took 45 min. to make our food and it was cold. We then headed to our hotel and went for a swim in the indoor swimming pool. The kids loved swimming and this was Mason's first time in the pool.
We then relaxed and went to bed. Miles had no trouble on going to sleep that night. Though, he woke up all through the night crying and hacking up a lung. Came down with a nasty cold which made us wonder how the rest of the trip would go.

On Saturday, we let Miles sleep in and took turns to have breakfast in the hotel. We then got ready to head to Nauvoo. It was so pretty there with all the fall colors.
We first stopped at the visitor center and watched a movie. We also walked around and showed he kids he statues. We then went to the brick house where Ginny was able to get a Nauvoo brick. Then we went to the blacksmith shop where the kids both got their prairie diamond rings and a horseshoe. We then went to a gun makers house.

We then went downtown for lunch and to go to some shops (fudge shop and bookstore). It was a great day but it wasn't over yet as it was Halloween. We asked the front desk of the hotel where the best place was to trick n treat. So we headed that way. This neighborhood was amazing, the houses were great and so friendly. The more houses we went to the more Miles said please, trick and treat, and thank you. By the time we were done he was very clear. We had a blast trick n treating on vacation.

On Sunday, we got up and packed up the room and decided to head back to Nauvoo to get some pictures of the temple. Then we headed home. It was a great trip that we would love to take another time.

Catch-up: October

So...October was a busy month and just rushed by. Some of the things we did in October were.

Daddy went to College Classes on Thursday. So, we had some really relaxing nights. Which has made Miles really attach to my mom lately. 

We cheered on the Royals who WON THE WORLD SERIES! 

We worn our new Halloween outfits 

We went to Trunk or Treat at Grammy's Work

Ginny's Soccer

Can you believe that Ginny is old enough to play soccer. My mom signed her up for six weeks of soccer classes to help her get some self confidence. She was amazing and really shined. She was one of the youngest in her group and she loved every second of it. She even scored a few goals. We can't wait to sign her up for another session of soccer.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

See Amazing

  As a mother you pray, and dream over the child inside you as soon as you see the double line on the pregnancy test. My second pregnancy was no different. It was a huge surprise to see the double line as my husband and I were joking when I took the pregnancy test. To come find out the joke was on us and we have an amazing little boy from it. Just a couple of weeks ago, Sesame Street announced that they were going to have a new puppet on that named Julia. This puppet was going to have AUTISM. As a mother who deals with autism every day and sees people judge my child it was a gift. To know that some day, people won't judge my child who has so many struggles inside his own body. So this is our story of AUTISM.

  When I was pregnant with Miles it was perfect. I never got morning sickness, I felt him early on, and we were excited. I found out that I had Gestational Diabetes early and followed the rules. When he was born he was born at 37 weeks via repeat c-section. He actually, made eye contact with my doctor when he was delivered before she took him out of my uterus. He nursed right off the bat and had very little trouble with his blood sugar. He smiled at a very young age and was very quiet. He never coo, or laughed. Though before Miles was a year old, he was talking words such as Dada, Mama, and yellow. He was almost sleeping through the night.

  I then had to start going to work, I had just graduated college and Miles was almost 18 months old. We found out we were pregnant with number three. Overnight, Miles changed. We thought it was because I started working but it kept going. He would go to bed at 7:30 and then at midnight be screaming and screaming non-stop for hours. He stopped talking all together. He was violent. He would hit and bite anyone who was loud. Especially his older sister. We moved to a house and things just kept getting worse. He was leaving scars on his sister from his bites and breaking skin. We would put him in time-out and he would bang his head against the door or wall while screaming. We were nervous for the baby that I was pregnant with. Especially since he would hit me and kick me in the stomach.

I thankfully was working with autistic children at the school. I knew how it was best to get him evaluated as quick as we can. He had all of the signs except he was social. Everywhere said they had a two year waiting list. As a mom...I was needing help. I needed help then with him. My daughter was terrified of her brother. I wanted him to have help before I had the baby. Finally, after many calls and calling crying. Infant Toddler came out to evaluate him. Of course he loved them off the bat and was so well behaved. But, I kept documents and documents of him with his behavior. They said he was borderline which means high functioning autistic. Now, we had answers a way to get him the help he needed.

We started therapy once a week for an hour. He changed so much, we followed and worked with him. He started to sleep better and behaviors started to go down. His speech is slow but it's increasing. We have our days and some days it leaves out pulling your hair out. But his good days are increasing. His sister actually plays with him.

Why, am I telling you our story, his story. Because there are still tons of people who judge us. We want our son to explore the world, to experience things like his sister. We don't know when he's going to have a huge meltdown. We can't time ourselves out in the open. We could be trying all different things or we could be doing the same thing we do all the time. They HAPPEN. They happen at church, they happen at the store, they happen at the park. THEY HAPPEN.

I am telling you this because Miles had a huge meltdown. All morning, I was dealing with him throwing things and having a lot of sensory problems. I knew he was going to blow up. His routine changed. His dad didn't want to wake him to say goodbye. We didn't know at the time how important that was to Miles. My mom thought it was best to take him to Walmart with her. He loves shopping so we thought it might get him off his blowup that was going to happen. He left with a happy face and then...when they returned my mom was crying. My daughter was crying...I knew something happened. My mom then told me this story.

"Miles screamed the whole time in the store. I just kept explaining to people that he was autistic. Some people even tried to help by getting his mind off of the screaming. He just kept screaming. I tried everything that has worked in the past. No luck. A lady approached me and I explained to her what happened. She then proceded to chew me out in front of Ginny and Miles that he had no right to be at the store. He should be home and should not be in public. I then tried to explain that he loves to go shopping and I was giving you a break. She still kept saying, He had no right to be in public."

Seriously, my son had no right to be in a store or in public. What gives her the right to tell my son or my mother that. Let alone anyone that. He has every right...because my son is amazing.

Yes, I get frustrated with him and need a break. But, he is an amazing little boy who loves people so much. He loves to cuddle and loves to give huge strong hugs to feel your love. He gets upset if you cry and tries to tell you he is sorry when he comes out of his meltdowns. This little boy is an amazing little boy who sees the world completely different then everyone else. He makes me think of things differently because of him and it helps me see the world as God created it.

Heavenly Father gave me this amazing little boy to teach me. I am learning so much from him. So...next time you see someone in the public who has a kid any age having problems. Be patient. Be kind. Go up to them and try to help. Even if it's to say, "It's okay..."  Because you will get to meet an amazing child and you won't ever forget them.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mason Blessing Day

When we lived in Emporia, KS we had a sweet lady in our ward that made Ginny's blessing dress. She then made Miles blessing outfit after we had him. So we decided to reuse Miles outfit for Mason's blessing. Stephen and I decided who we wanted in the circle to give Mason a name and a blessing and we had to find a date so that we could make it work. We decided the last Sunday of July would work best. I am actually glad it was not the first Sunday of August, we had two baby blessings that day as it was. So on July 26, 2015, Mason was given a name in the church and a blessing. The name was Mason Allen Mitts.

We have been always blessed in having friends be in the circle to bless our kids. Such as when Ginny was blessed we had, Stephen's Dad John, Stephen's brother Jimmy, Peter, Michael, and Rich. It was so nice to have them there. For Miles we had Stephen's Dad John, Peter, Michael, Joseph, and Nathan. So for Mason, we had Stephen's dad John, Peter, Michael, and Stephen with Stephen in the circle. Stephen (my husband) gave Mason a nice short blessing like he did with our other children. He has never given long blessings of any sort or long prayers. The bad part was I couldn't hear the blessing as the mic was no close enough to Stephen. Though Stephen told me what he said later on.

I have been very blessed in being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Yes, it's been hard somedays but I have been blessed. I have three amazing kids who will not know what it's like not having the gospel. But, it will be their choice as adults on what they themselves believe in. I just hope that I help them find their own beliefs in the gospel that I have grown to love. When Stephen and I decided we should be sealed we didn't take it lightly. Though, we know that we will be together as well as with our children forever.

Monday, July 13, 2015

6th Wedding Anniversary

July 11th, 2015
 6 years 
 72 months 
2,192 days
 52,608 hours
 3,156,480 minutes 
189,388,800 seconds 
6 houses 
 3 cities
 1 state
 3 kids
 1 sealing

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

4th of July

So on the fourth we headed to the store in the morning to get our weeks of groceries. Then we came home and relaxed for a bit, when I say relaxed. Ginny, played in her room, I took a nap with Mason, and Miles took a nap as well. We then went to my sister Necia's house to celebrate the 4th as well as her husband's birthday. It was a lot of fun and the kids played hard with their cousins. Mason was spoiled by his Aunts who held him the entire time. We then went to watch the fireworks. As a family, we did not go see the fireworks last year as we were trying to get Miles on a schedule for bed. So, the older kids had no memory of fireworks. We were nervous on how Miles was going to react to the noise of the fireworks with little sleep but he did great. He loved the whole show. Ginny, did not like the fireworks because of the sound. Mason slept through the whole thing in my sister Christy's arms. It was a lot of fun.