Vince’s bedroom is room is done.  It was a lot of work.  But it looks fantastic!

Since Jeremy had to empty Vince’s room, he managed to convince Vince to give up lots of old toys (hooray!)  But Vince did want to keep all his old Legos (boo!).  Jeremy spent some time sorting through the Legos to weed out some of the non-lego toys in the bin.

Edda is enjoying her hand-me-down iPad.  Thanks Donald.  There is a bit more snot on it now than when you had it.

Dropped Mom off at National Airport today and we shared an oyster po’ boy at Legal Seafoods which was fabulous.

And finally, Vince is hosting a sleepover to celebrate the new year.  I spy four cans of silly string in the house. The boys promise promise me that they will clean it up tomorrow morning.  I’m not so sure this cleaning will happen.  Vince provisioned the house with Mountain Dew and cheese puff things.  The adults in the house are going to celebrate by going to bed early.


Do I recap 2014?  It was good.  What are my resolutions for 2015?  I don’t have any goals.  I like showing up and seeing what happens – it’s almost always surprising and interesting (in both good and bad ways).  Oh, I forgot.  I do have goals for 2105.  #1. Get enough sleep.  #2.  Be nice.  (#2 is easier to do when you do #1).  So boring, I know, but it pleases me and makes my life a lot easier.

I read the book Wonder this year.  You should read it too, especially if you love a special needs child. Here are Mr. Browne’s precepts: (and at the end, there are some precepts from the characters in the book)

When given the choice between being right or being kind,
choose kind.
–Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Your deeds are your monuments.
–inscription on an Egyptian tomb.

Have no friends not equal to yourself.

Audentes fortuna iuvat.
Fortune favors the bold.

No man is an island, entire of itself.
–John Donne

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
–James Thurber

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
–Blaise Pascal

What is beautiful is good, and what is good will soon be beautiful.

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can
To all the people you can,
As long as you ever can.
At all the times you can,
–John Wesley’s Rule

Just follow the day and reach for the sun!
–The Polyphonic Spree
“Light and Day”

It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a good friend.
Charlotte’s Precept

Don’t be friends with jerks.
Henry’s Precept

If you can get through middle school without hurting anyone’s feelings that’s really cool beans.
Summer’s Precept

Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world.
Auggie’s Precept

Don’t try too hard to be cool. It always shows and that’s uncool.
Amos’s Precept

Sometimes it’s good to start over.
Julian’s Precept

John 16:33
“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

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