I️ would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving, we will be relaxing due to Justin being sick with a fever. We were planning to go to my grandmothers house to spend time with family but change of plans.

I️ actually don’t mind the change of plans. I️ woke up not in the best of minds due to many things on my mind and things I️ have to take care of. I️ normally take this time to rest because I️ work a lot and I miss my family so this Thanksgiving was definitely going to be about spending time with them.

But as my uncle always says, when you become a parent your new family is your children. So I’m where I️ need to be. Right, here laying next to him on this Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!! 🍁

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Sometimes, I️ think Justin thinks I’m not watching or aware of what he’s going through. I️ see and know when things are a challenge. I️ also Know when he’s going to have a hard day. I️ just remain and present, so when he needs I’m always right in front of him watching and waiting for him to say “Mom”…

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Dear Black Son

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So a few months ago Justin decided on his own to go partially vegan. He’s been eating mostly at home due to wanting to keep to his new eating habits. I one day wanted Chinese food so I ordered Egg Foo Young and Justin order Broccoli with rice. As I’m eating my food he’s looking at my food with interest. So he ask me what is it. I explained to him what it was. Egg Foo Young is one of the only things I order from the Chinese restaurant besides chicken wings with fries, shrimp with broccoli, broccoli with rice, and vegetable lo mein.

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Justin kept looking at my plate and I knew what was about to happen next. He was going to ask if he could try it. Sure enough he asked and I gave him some only giving him the smallest piece of it as possible just in case he doesn’t like it. Well! He liked it! I’m always happy when Justin tries and likes new foods. He proceeds to say, maybe I can start ordering that from now on. I smiled 🤗 and said Sure!! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾.

Tuesday we ordered Shrimp Egg Foo Young for lunch. We ordered it to go so that we can watch a movie together while having lunch. As I made my plate I poured gravy on my food. Justin walks in to the kitchen comes back with syrup in his hand. So I ask him, what is that for? He says “my food” 🤢.

I watched in disgust as he poured syrup over his food. I then said “ Justin Syrup doesn’t go with Egg Foo Young” he replied with “ I don’t think gravy goes with it either but we both like what we like, you like gravy and I like syrup”

All I could do was laugh and agree with him.

He definitely has a point. So I left it alone and ate my food in peace.

I’m wondering 🤔what other ways can Egg Foo Young be eaten besides with gravy and syrup?

How do you like your EggFoo Young?

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Gravy vs. Syrup over Egg Foo Young!

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So today is my and my twin brothers birthday. My grandmother asked me on Friday what was I doing. I said ” Oh I’m getting a massage, going to dinner, and hanging out with a friend afterwards”.

She then says ” What is your brother doing? ” 🤷🏽‍♀️ I said ” I don’t know”

She then proceed to say ” maybe he’s doing something for the weekend” . I replied ” yea, maybe”

So I decided to call my brother to find out who’s keeping the baby and asked him, What do you have planned for our birthday this weekend?

He said ” well I have to work on our birthday but this weekend I’m going to get a massage, going to dinner, and relaxing with my girlfriend”

I swear we have a twin connection being the opposite sex and all.

What are the odds? lol.

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Twin Connections

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Yesterday, while Justin and I was going over the details of the photo shoot. He explained to me that his feelings are like the branches and the layers of the tree. He said some emotions you can see on the outside that is easy to explain. While other emotions are on the inside to where no one can see nor understand. I thought was a great analogy of his emotions.

I kid you not in the back of my mind I’m like I should be recording this for others to hear how he processes things. It’s amazing how he views and sees things. Listening to him process things openly helps me at times to understand him better.

I’m big on communication and being open and honest with your feelings. I allow him to be himself freely but make sure he respects me because I am his mother. I think that’s why we have the relationship we do.

Are your emotions like a Tree? 🤔

I think Justin maybe on to something.

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Like A Tree 🌲

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My sister is living in her purpose and has become a photographer. Today Justin will have a photo shoot with her capturing all of emotions he goes through throughout the day. I didn’t tell him about until Just now and boy oh boy I can feel the anxieties flowing.

He’s like:

What is it for?

What do I have to do?

Is this for the blog?

What emotions should I do?

I’m sure in his mind he’s really like, you pulled me out of Band practice for this! When I told him it was for a project, he said okay. But I can still feel his anxiety. I’m very mindful of what I say and how I say things to him. I don’t dismiss my emotions because I’m entitled to feel the way I do they same way I allow him to express them.

On another note. Wish us Luck! Today will be a great day because I Believe it will be. 😊

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Photo Shoot Project

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We’ve been having a few rough weeks since the start of High School, The Marching Band Season, and My Work Schedule 😫.

I’m tired and Justin is very much overwhelmed. Last night Justin came to me and asked me if I think he has ADHD in addition to his Autism because he can’t seem to focus. I assured him that he does not have ADHD and that it’s not that he can’t focus it’s just that when you don’t get enough rest and have a busy schedule like his, it’s hard to think straight.

I told him to think of it like this, what if we took away Marching Band would you be able to focus more on your work. He immediately said yes. So I also had him compare his schedule this year to last year. He then realized that he doesn’t have ADHD and that he just need to learn how to manage his time better and prioritize.

Now if he did show signs of ADHD I’d be the first one to work on getting him help.

Last night was our first night getting some rest and having much quality time together that we so needed.

This week will be another crazy week but we will make the best of it.

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Tired & Overwhelmed

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