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Monday, December 3, 2012

Spencer in the Christmas Spirit


This weekend, Spencer had the Christmas spirit like I've
 never seen before!  Maybe it all started when one of my
favorite bloggers sent him and his brothers Mr Conductor Bear
to put in their train-themed bedroom.  Spencer just loves to
get packages and he was thrilled with the bear and the
neat train picture that was included in the box.
He really studied the bear and then ran to tape the
picture to his stack of train pages. :)  So cute!
Thanks, Wanda for thinking of my boys!
I love your kind, generous spirit!  xo


Then for the first time ever, Spencer wanted to help decorate
the tree!  He helped me hang ornaments and crystal icicles
last evening.  Then today, we did the 2nd day of our
Jacquie Larson advent calendar (see yesterdays post)
and he really enjoyed finding the part where you can
decorate a Christmas tree with your choice of lights,
garland and ornaments.  So fun!
Sometimes with autism the 'firsts' for your kids come
much later and when you actually have not only forgotten
but don't expect them to happen.  And when they come
along and take you by surprise, it's just the sweetest
thing ever! 


52 comments:

  1. How sweet to think of your boys and send that package! I'm glad Spencer is enjoying the Christmas spirit. :)

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    1. Yes, it was sweet...and it was fun to have him help decorate, too!

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  2. ph Betsy I think is absolutely nice and Spencer is soooo cute:)

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  3. Always think Wanda is a really nice person;)

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    1. yes, she is! And I know she'll love reading your comment here! :)

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  4. Aww No Kiddin.
    I love watching kids be so enlightened and absorbed.
    Kids are always a lot of work.
    Even the big ones and you have three.
    But you love to watch them no matter how old and no matter what they do.
    Spencer looks like he is sooo enjoying the tree and Christmas will be special for him
    You have nice friends to send him the bear.:)

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    1. I think when the boys saw the tree going up, they thought there would be presents to open immediately! lol....

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  5. How wonderful for you all...
    I am very happy for you...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  6. Awwww so cute to see Spencer enjoying Christmas! Yay for his special package! May you have many more beautiful surprise firsts from your handsome boys, Betsy! take care
    x

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    1. thanks, kitty....more beautiful surprises...love that! :)

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  7. I had some help decorating our tree too! Funny how their excitement makes it special. You've waited a long time for this--so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. It's been quite a few years since Taylor wanted to help. :) Did they want to hang all the ornaments on the same branch? haha.

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    2. Um yes, and mommy wouldn't let them. I'm such a party pooper. :)

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    3. Loving your snow by the way!

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    4. I switched a few after Spencer left. I didn't want to discourage him. lol. I remember Taylor doing that as a toddler, too. Such fun!

      We had a tiny bit of flurries today for real! :)

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  8. The spirit sure seems to be there
    Thanks to the bear
    But the best thing is
    He will enjoy the christmas biz
    Maybe not santa though
    He wiggles too much down below hahahaha

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    1. You are so proud of yourself, aren't you,
      so sending me that thing so rude.
      lol....

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    2. haha yep oh so proud
      At least it scares away a crowd

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  9. How sweet to see Spencer help decorating your tree & you can see how much he enjoys his bear too. What a special gift. I can only imagine the joy you must feel seeing him in the christmas spirit..
    Love, Nana

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    1. It's been really fun! They have always enjoyed looking at the tree and opening presents but nobody has ever been interested in helping! ha. Very fun!

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  10. Well seeing Spencer with the Mr. Conductor...just made my Christmas. I didn't even think about him taping the picture with his. I just had it and stuck it in the box.

    I felt choked up, reading about your "firsts". What a new and special memory helping with the tree.

    Your readers are all very sweet, and I feel like I know all of them as I read your comments every day.

    Sending love and hugs to you and all your "Men".

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    1. you are right...I do have such sweet readers...including you. Blogging is just great like that!

      I'll have to let you all know if the guys do anything else new this Christmas. :) And thanks again, Wanda...that was a real hit! :)

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  11. Betsy to have you share such tender moments is such a treat,

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    1. thanks, laurie....sometimes they seem few and far between, but when they happen, they are so fun!

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  12. Saturday is the Christmas Tea at my brother's residence. I think I'll make an appearance after all. :)

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    1. take your camera! :) I hope it's a very sweet time! :)

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  13. big smiles....i am so happy for you and for him....that is awesome! glad he had fun doing it...that is a very cool bear as well...talked to my old aspie kid on friday checking in with him...was great to talk to him...

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    1. aw, I'm sure he misses you. It's just like you to check on him still. love that about you!

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  14. Love it! For you... for them. Makes me happy too! :) Blessings!

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    1. Maybe it will lead to a few more firsts! :)

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  15. So glad that you are able to have these "firsts" during this season!

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    1. yeah, nice little gifts just for me! :)

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  16. Hi Betsy .. just wonderful to read - made my heart glow a little for you all. The photos are gorgeous and you do tell a lovely tale ... such fun to see - thanks - Hilary

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    1. thanks, hilary.....I appreciate all of you being happy with us! :)

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  17. Oh Betsy, I am so happy that Spencer has the Christmas spirit in such a great way......he looks so happy!

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  18. Betsy, you are so right about a lot of the "firsts" coming later, sometimes much much later! And each one is definitely a reason to celebrate. This post makes my heart happy!

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    1. yes, they are always fun to celebrate no matter how late they are!

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  19. Finding blessing in the small things always warms your heart.

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  20. Betsy, I just love reading your blog. You have a gift of finding the good in everything, and adding beauty. You so often lift my spirits and make me grateful - whether it's a cheeky little bird, the majesty of the moon or a funny, quirky little story. You remind me that love, patience and generosity do exist in abundance, if you look for those qualities. You just seem to me to be one busy little factory spreading them out into the world. I'm really glad some of it comes back to you too. xx

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    1. jenny dear, you have no idea how much I needed to read your comment here today! Thank you so much. I appreciate your blog too and it's lovely photography! And I love that you take the time to come here and read my ramblings! :)

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