First Alex Pic of 2019…and An Afternoon at Hikawa

We took a brief outing to our local Toys R Us in Minami-Furuya New Year’s morning, for the first time in a long time. The weather has been great all week…I’m thankful for that. The store wasn’t that busy either…don’t know if that is good or bad, considering the company filing bankruptcy not long ago.

When we got home,some of us enjoyed the Japanese traditional New Year’s meal, called Osechi…while others (Alex) didn’t. We never eat all of the items in a traditional Osechi, we always choose what we want to eat. Extremely boring in comparison to others maybe…but that’s fine.

Later in the day, we made our pilgrimage to Hikawa Shrine in Kawagoe…and our first time to go there on New Year’s day, in several years. It’s usually a mad house the first few days of the new year, but we decided to go anyway, because we had to go pay respects at the cemetery.

We turned in our old charms, bought some new ones, said our prayers and Alex did a little fishing…

Starting off the new year on a low key, isn’t so bad…

Outing With Alex 11-11-18

Today was our first osampo (outing), that didn’t involve tickets, platforms and trains, in a few months.

It didn’t take much coaxing either, and I was happy for that. All I had to mention was “bicycle”, and he was game! At first, I assumed that I would be peddling him around Kawagoe on my bike…but he surprised me by pulling out his bike!

As you can see, I got a good workout, trailing along behind him. He showed some mercy today, and didn’t make me RUN.

Let’s see if this happens again next Sunday.

Hiddy-Ho From Home…

I turned 48 today…cool.
Alot of people don’t make it this far in life, so I feel blessed.
Many thanks to everyone on various social media, for the birthday messages…it means alot, and I appreciate it!
Nothing special went on today…just hung around the house this morning, then went out for a sushi lunch with my family.
I will post those pics later…promise.
Yesterday was the big day…alot of walking, a ride on the shinkansen (bullet train) clambering through a crazy busy Tokyo Station, and more train rides (subway) home.
All in about five hours…but my son was a trooper. You should have been there.
It was for him, after all.
Got to pick out my own birthday treat (not a cake) this afternoon, after lunch. Instead of something chocolate, I wanted something sweet and sour. Can you guess what I chose?
I did get a message from an old classmate, that they would be visiting Japan in late October, early November. It’s been well over 22 years since I saw them last so it would be great to catch up on old times!!
Back to work tomorrow, after a three-day weekend (second one in a row). Next Sunday, I will be attending a workshop on implementing music in english lessons. I’ve always made music an integral part of my lessons…because kids will always learn more on their feet, and just more fun.
Gotta start planning for October and Halloween!!
More words and pics later…

What is Autism?

 

“Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.” – Autism Speaks.org

Signs of autism usually become apparent around the age of 2 or 3, with one or more of the signs mentioned above. Early intervention and diagnosis is essential, as well as early treatment. Hand in hand with treatment and education, there are many support groups out there…so that you and your family don’t have to be alone in this, and help you realize there is still a bright future ahead.

For more info, please check out the link below:

https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism