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A Minecraft Birthday! {Why Do They Have To Grow Up!}


    Our two youngest boys have birthdays 13 days apart so we usually, with their blessing, combine the parties into one. This year it had to be Minecraft! The cakes were so awesome & there are so many of your kids who are Minecraft crazy like mine I thought I would share a few pictures real quick.

   Okay, seriously though, it’s not funny anymore! They can stop growing now! Today my middle son turns 8… what happened! How did he get this big? How did I get this old? Why does it all have to change? What time is it? Where are my pants? You kids get off my lawn! … Sorry, I lost track there for a minute. As I was saying he is 8 years old today despite all his neurosis (he was awake pretty much every hour on the hour last night even with a good dose of melatonin) he was pretty happy this morning.  I surprised him with his favorite breakfast this morning pancakes in funny shapes & my wife made bacon! My birthdays don’t really depress me anymore…the kids birthdays… those will knock the wind out of ya!
 
   On a short side note if you don’t know about the webshow Autism-Live you should check it out! It’s a great resource & a lot of fun! Aaaaannnnnddd since your are already going to check it out now that I gave you a heads up on in you should totally tune into the show next week on Jan. 22 at about 11:15 or so to see…. me! I have been on a few times & it’s always fun! Between that & a great opportunity I’m a part of next month where I will be speaking on a panel at the University Of Oklahoma’s Children’s Hospital about Autism, Immunizations, & all kinds of interesting stuff! 

They insisted that the minecraft cake have a pig on it! Non-Nagotiable!

All the staples! Pig, TNT, Steve, & a Creeper!
Making wishes!
The rare & illusive REAL smile! You don’t get many of these with that kid!
Jayden, doing a good job at not being upset that this party is not about him!
The many faces of Zion!

It’s IceMageddon Outside! {Wait, where are this kids shoes!?}

   So, as a lot of you all know because you’re feeling it as well, a massive ice storm has hit a big portion of the United States. As far as we are concerned it wasn’t a huge deal because… well… we are from Oklahoma & weather here is crazy to say the least. Tornados, 50 degree temp ranges with in the same day, & even the occasional earthquake. It was 70 degrees a few days ago & now everything is covered in a thick layer of ice. So this afternoon instead of getting ready for the Holiday Party that we are hosting tonight at the house I thought I would duck out & snap a few photos of the ice.
   It was all fun and games until I ventured over to the trampoline to see how bad the ice was & what do I see? A pair of brand new blue Chuck Taylor Converse pop sickles sitting in a chair that is now a block of ice!! Holy crap! I am so upset but MAN did it look cool! Hope you all are warm & ready for the Holiday! Thanks for reading!
   As I was typing this post I found out that what my dad always told me was in fact true!! I find, now that I’m done shopping, that I could have given my son the box that the presents came in!

The box my wife’s present came in

Is now a “Sleep Pod”

Our Family Christmas Video 2013 {The Creepy Elf On The Shelf}

Carpooling

If you have been following this blog for a while you know that while my kids LOVE the elf on the shelf I have…mixed feelings. I am a sucker for inappropriate elves & even though the kids love him they even admit he is a bit creepy! I had a really popular post last year about our elf’s adventures that you can take a look at here.
   Every year we try to do a Christmas video. Last year we did our version of Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, if you haven’t seen that go check it out! This year we combine the two! My dad is really crafty so when the kids got into the Elf he made a giant one for his porch & every day we dove past their house the giant elf would be doing something different on his porch! Everything from playing a big wooden banjo to…well see for yourself!

Well, I stopped off today & hijacked the giant elf & the result is creepy, funny, & did I mention creepy! The kids had a blast & it turned out so darn cute! The creepy song playing always puts it over the top for me! It’s like something out of a bad B Horror Movie from 1991. Hope you enjoy!

***Edit***
I know I posted a link but after going back & viewing last years video I just had to post it on here as well! It still cracks me up!

A MineCraft Elf On The Shelf

So a couple of years ago when we first got our Elf On The Shelf we went all out & I mean ALL OUT! Elfy- Dealfy was a camper, a photographer, a Jew, & hung out with Woody from Toy Story! You can check out that post here <—  Last year not so much. Having your house burn down just a few months before will really put a damper on the whole thing. Anyway, this year I’m ready! I’m really really fighting the urge to create an adults only, wildly inappropriate blog post of Elf’s gone bad so that may very well be headed your way before the end of this holiday season.

On to dad business! Tonight our elf felt a bit… MineCrafty! So using the printer, a quick print off of a random graphic from google images, & an empty Juice Box our elf became a creeper!

CREEPER!

Here is a quick rundown in pics how… I made it “OUR ELF” made it!

Drink A Juice Box…It’s Good!

Cut it up & dry the inside.

I found this with a quick google image search

Folded over the juice box 

taped in place

An inside view.
All Done!

Playing ‘Words With Aspergers’ on my iPhone! {Also, Apps That Help GIVE-A-WAY!}

A friend of the family gave Jayden an old iPhone a while back.  It doesn’t have any service but will still hit the WiFi & allow him to play games & text me. The majority of the time it’s use to play minecraft, watch minecraft videos on YouTube, play games(like minecraft), & he also watches videos (about minecraft).  While having some friends over for dinner a few nights ago someone was talking about scrabble & I got the idea to play Words With Friends with Jayden. I now realize that it was the wrong choice for several reasons.    
  • Thanks to my less than sterling Oklahoma education coupled with the worlds biggest crutch called an iPhone with Siri my spelling skills…..are lacking.
  • I’m, what the word for it? Lazy! If after he plays a word I don’t play a word & I’m at home, he will be standing in front of me with a “Come On Dude!” look on his face waiting on me to take my turn.
  • I’m just immature enough that I can’t help put play dirty words so the fact that I’m playing a 10 year old means I can’t….that cuts my word bank in half!!
  • I feel the need to cheat if a 10 year old starts to get the upper hand on me. Don’t judge me 🙂
  • I know me, in reviewing my track record, if it can be corrupted then I’m the guy who is going to do it! (i.e. Gambling on candyland! Okay…you can judge me for that one!)
Whats worse than gambling on candyland? I was playing a 5 & 7 year old…..& I cheated! I know, I should be ashamed, but its like a jungle in this house sometimes! Kill or be killed!

Okay, the apps we use are for fun or study but I recently got an email from the awesome folks that created an app for non-verbal kids with autism called Voice4u. Not only is it great for these kids but I could see how it could be used on a variety of others. People who have communication problems due to a stroke, traumatic brain injury as well as the therapists, teachers, and parents that want to bridge the communication gap with them. I checked it out, did a bit of research, & watched some videos. It’s a pretty awesome concept! You can create as many as icons you’d like with your own pictures and voice so the flexibility is key. Another key feature that I like is the fact that it’s out for Apple & Android so either way your covered.
You can check out all the awesomeness over on their site at www.Voice4uaac.com to view a wealth of info! The app runs $59.99 in the app store & it has great reviews. It’s on sale in 43 different countries & comes in English or Japanese. The best part of this whole thing? The team at Voice4u not only gave me the okay to give away their app for free but they gave me the green light to give FIVE away!! That’s like $300 I’m giving out man, that’s awesome! I’m not leaving twitter & instagram out this time so there are a couple of ways to win!
  •  Just head over to my Facebook Page & share the graphic of Jayden & Annie to be entered to win one of the 5 free downloads of Voice4u!
  • On Twitter just share this post or retweet me about it. (Don’t forget to tag @aspieadventures in it so I know you retweeted!)
  • On Instagram you can share this graphic by either saving it & sharing it on your instagram or any creative way you would like (again, don’t forget to tag me @adventuresinasperger so I know you shared)
On Friday I will take a look through all the shares on social media & pick 5 winners! Then Voice4u will email you a promo code! If you know someone who could be helped by this app please share or tell them about it. My kids are verbal, I would say at times they are to flippin’ verbal, I can’t imagine how hard it is for you all out there with bigger communication problems than we have. I get frustrated & distressed for both my special needs kids when they have problems communicating. Sometimes both Jayden & Zion have trouble getting the words out or formulating thoughts. I can’t imagine what you all struggle with!