simon standing on the beachIn a good way, mostly.

But there’s also the unexpected (and expected) things that happen.

Expected:

  • Having to repeatedly explain to Simon that licking the ocean – and the sand – is not good. (Is it bad that is the first thing on the “expected” list?)
  • Telling Simon that no, we still had two days to go at the beach, but then, I promised, we could go home. Then telling him that, no, we still had one whole day to go. But, I promise, we will go home tomorrow.
  • Every day, we had to go somewhere, regardless of where, to get Simon “reset.”
  • When we were putting something on the big TV in the living room, I asked Simon if he wanted to watch Elf. He’d already said “no” to almost everything else. Elf always gets a yes. I have taught him well.
  • Even though he had a box full of black and white crayons (from Dick Blick) and a huge box of 64 crayons, he still wanted to buy a box of 16 crayons at the super-expensive shop on island.
  • Many, many fine grilled cheese sandwiches (and chicken fries) were eaten during the trip.

 

Unexpected:

  • He helped pick/pack his own toys this year. He couldn’t wait until it was Friday to do it. We had to keep putting him off.
  • There’s still tar in the sand/water, and when it gets on you, it is awful hard to get off. (Not necessarily just about Simon, but he was one of the lucky ones to get the tar on him…)
  • The transition from the house we’d been renting for the past nine years to a totally new house went off with almost no hitches!
  • Simon actually colored in a velvet/paper car and put it together with glue!
  • Simon tried an apple fritter! A whole bite! Of course, then he said no when we offered him more.
  • While Simon needed to go somewhere to get “reset,” some days, the beach did the job. In the past, it always happened that he needed to go shopping somewhere.
  • Simon requested to go to a Target. We had to find one down here because we normally just go to Wal-Mart.
  • He didn’t immediately ask to go home once we got here, and when Patrick foolishly said that Simon could have more juice when we got home, Simon corrected him, saying, “beach house.”
  • After day one, he immediately became uninterested in his iPad. He’s spent most of the trip coloring, watching DVDs, getting hugs, playing in the sand and in the water, and lying around on the floor.
  • Libraries are all about getting books, but anytime we go anywhere else, Simon rejects all book options and doesn’t want to take them home. When we went to the thrift store here, he picked out – and wanted to bring home – a Thomas the Tank Engine story collection.
  • The beach is a great motivator – which we knew already – but it really and truly works when it comes to getting him to use sentences. Nothing like being forced to say a full sentence in order to get into the ocean. The words come out pretty fast for that.
  • The slinky lasted the entire trip before being destroyed on the final day.

 

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