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Pokémon, the Symphony, and a Good Week
Kai's cousin was playing at Symphony Center in downtown Chicago this past Wednesday evening so my wife and Kai took the train into the city and I met them after work. We had just a little b...
A Respite into the City
It has been a rough several weeks for Kai at school with him increasingly frequently making serious remarks indicating despair and depression. But he mostly seems fine on the weekends and a...
Kai turned 13 last week. I was away on a business trip on his birthday, but we celebrated the day before with cake, and he got to open the many presents he got from his relatives.This weeken...
For this week's Sunday Surprise, we made ohagi. Ohagi is a Japanese sweet made with sweet sticky rice (the kind used to make mochi) and sweet azuki (red bean) paste. We start out by cookin...
Happy New Year (Belatedly)! and Dogs
Better late than never?We had nine dogs at our peak during the recent holidays. A lot of people ask if Kai likes the dogs. Well, he gets a little jealous that they take up a lot of Mom's t...
Sunday Surprise: Making Christmas Ornaments
We began the Sunday Surprise program last weekend to try to help get Kai more accustomed to unplanned activities so that he will eventually be better able to tolerate unexpected events. We...
Kai's Second Overnight Camp
Kai had his second overnight trip to a YMCA camp in southern Wisconsin last week. The outing is an annual event organized by his school, and all staff attend along with the students.Last ye...
Unexpected events is one of Kai's primary challenges. He likes it when things go according to plan and struggles when things do not, as is often the case in life.At school, he still gets up...
Trick or Treat with a Friend
Next to the really big worries we have (like will Kai ever be able to get a job and live independently), one of our persistent concerns is whether Kai will be able to have a good friend as h...
More Pumpkin Carving, and Kai's Halloween Costume
Though he carved a pumpkin on his own last weekend, Kai wanted to carve a couple more pumpkins with me. This time we used some Angry Bird templates.Kai carved one Angry Bird.While I carved ...
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