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Hanabi Boy · 1w ago

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...
Hanabi Boy · 2W ago

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...
Hanabi Boy · 4W ago

Teenager!

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...
Hanabi Boy · 2M ago

Making Ohagi

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...
Hanabi Boy · 2M ago

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...
Hanabi Boy · 4M ago

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...
Hanabi Boy · 4M ago

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...
Hanabi Boy · 4M ago

Sunday Surprise

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...
Hanabi Boy · 4M ago

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...
Hanabi Boy · 4M ago

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 ...