I AM THE DJ (Series – 4)
November 15, 2014

For some strange reason Cole is more willing to try new music when he’s alone with me as opposed to when he’s in the car with both my husband and I. Lucky for me, I’ve had a few lone weekends recently where it was the just the two of us driving around town, rocking out. When he’s in the mood for fun, we car dance and we both gleefully sing loudly which most certainly would be unpleasant should anyone hear us! This weekend I think I’ll try to oldies like Jerry Lee Lewis! Maybe he’ll like seat bopping to that era…These are a few songs we tried last weekend…

On our recent playlist:

1. Prince – Let’s Go Crazy (LOVES)
2. Prince – I Would Die 4 U
3. Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams Come True (thank you to The Voice!)
4. George Ezra – Did You Hear The Rain?
5. Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Perfect Skin
6. Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken
7. Camera Obscura – Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken (how can you not?)
8. Foster the People – Helena Beat
9. Hozier – Take Me To Church
10. Weezer – Aint’ Got Nobody (already loves Weezer)

THE SCIENTIST
October 25, 2014

Last year, Cole and his partner Olivia were among the few science projects to move forward to the LA County Science Fair competition at our school. Their experiment, while fairly simple, was a terrific project that lent to very documentable data and hypothesis. They spent time working out their presentation board and wording and overall did a great job. We couldn’t have been prouder. Besides the honor of representing their school, Cole was among the first kids with a disability to participate in the completion.

It’s time again for the 7th graders to start working on their projects for this years school science fair, the winners of which again move forward to the LA County Science Fair. This year the kids all have to do independent projects. No partners or teams.

Cole and I spent part of today researching some ideas. He’s keen to do something cooking based, though we looked up some potential experiments that were sports or music related. I’m encouraging him to consider the whole process and how well it translates in the documentation. Last years experiment was so perfect for data collection and a definitive conclusion. It’s a good format to aim for with this year’s too.

Perfect mashed potatoes? Process of milk to yogurt? Juice balls? What is the best sound to wake up to? So many possibilities. I can’t wait to see what he chooses! This is a long term project so I look forward to working on it with him in the coming weekends. Happy mom! More to come throughout the process and project…

COLE’S CONFETTI CUPCAKES
September 3, 2014

I may have shared that Cole has a g-tube. He’s been fed through it since he was five weeks old…so going on thirteen years! He gets all of his nutrition and hydration from his tube feedings but keeps his taste buds active and keen with regular bites and tastes of fruit, fro yo (chocolate is his favorite), miso soup, sushi, birthday cake, and french fries with lots of ketchup! He drinks sips of water, juice and iced tea (he loves earl grey with a touch of honey and green tea). For much of his life he’s been a self-proclaimed vegetarian, a claim influenced by my husband’s goddaughter who has been a vegetarian since birth, despite having two carnivorous parents. Cole has tried sushi and has recently tried a little speck of hot dog and of a turkey burger but by and large he has little interest in anything meat. Which is fine…

The funny thing is that he’s been an avid viewer of cooking shows since he was a little tiny boy. He watches with intent and interest and loves to help me cook as well. We’ll chop together and mix and stir. He’s sous chef. He’s gone to weeks of summer cooking camp, bringing home the days recipes and leftovers for us to taste. He really loves cooking and watching cooking shows.

So when it came time to plan his 13th birthday party, we thought of several ideas. I suggested the backyard movie party that we’ve done the past couple of years (Princess Bride for 11th and Star Wars for 12th), but he nixed it. Somehow we came up with a cooking party and then after watching some you-tube videos for some recipe ideas, we decided to make confetti cupcakes, and to film he and his friends in action to create a cooking video.

Now the prep begins. Finding the right cupcake liners, choosing favors and planning a snack menu for the kids to nibble on whilst the cupcakes cool so they can be frosted. Here’s where I kick into gear. I’m great at the nuts and bolts of things while Cole’s a great idea man. I’m figuring this is probably the last year of traditional birthday parties. Teens don’t much do the party thing…The fun thing is that we’ll have a tangible memory of this one! Our first you-tube post…

(I’ll share the highlights of the party – it’s not until the 21st and maybe a link to the video if we succeed in creating the video)…