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Gavin turned five!

January 27th, 2011

I don’t know how this tiny baby…

Gavin's Bornday

… turned into this car-loving, curly-head.

Gavin's 5th birthday

Gavin turned five last week, and although his actual birthday day was full of boring stuff like a meeting with his speech-language pathologist and the autism specialist, the after-party totally rocked!

Gavin's 5th birthday

There were cars. (The red Lightning McQueen is from a supermarket in Utah from our last trip out to see my mom a couple years ago. The green dude is Chick Hicks, whom Gavin has been asking for relentlessly for weeks. Daddy gets the credit for finding the same type of awesome toy.)

Gavin's 5th birthday

There were brownies. (“My brown chocolate! My five!”)

Gavin's 5th birthday

And there were more cars. Nana scored the vintage Hot Wheels City at a yard sale a while back. This little driver is certainly going to keep this town hoppin’.

Gavin had so much fun on his big day. It was fun for us to watch him move from one thing to another, too. So often he has trouble with transitions, too many people, and too much activity, but he did great and got through the entire afternoon with nary a tear. I’m very proud of this big boy.

Love you Gav.

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  1. Julie
    January 27th, 2011 at 18:12 | #1

    Awwwww. Love him, love the rest of yous. Wish I was there.

  2. Kary Herbel
    January 29th, 2011 at 19:14 | #2


    I check every time I come on the BHM site. I have 4 daughters and have always had you in my thoughts, especially when you have been so absent. New babies are a reason, but sometimes there is even something new to cope with, as with Gavin.

    My youngest is now 14, but even without an early sign that something is making it hard for our kids, there are still things to deal with on a day to day basis.

    I wish you the best.

    I work now in the schools with many children who are at risk. In the elementary grades, I know I have one boy in my care this year who is also autistic, and although I understand the desire to homeschool and have relatives and friends who homeschool, that is not the reality for so many kids, And these kids will grow up with our kids,and their only chance is people who have a heart and a passion to teach and nurture them.
    Sometimes I get a little frustrated with the “homeschool thing” becuse I am a single mome and know that all of my kids would have been left at home all day while I worked to pay the bills if they were “homeschooled.”

    Homeschooling is all great if you can do it, but the reality is that most kids are not going to have that opportunitity, and they are the very kids that are going to be out there in the world with your kids.

    That is why I am now working in Head Start,and I know it is a Federaly Funded program, but if people could only see the progress that these 3 and 4 year olds make during a year, and the progress that some of their parents make in being self-sufficient, WOW! One of the most asked for things in a parent survey was being able to be prepared for an emergency!

    I got up on a stump there, but I do not think that the average family in America can afford to homeschool their children, and I also personally know so many teachers, and their heart is in the right place. They are amazing people in general. (Of course there are always exceptions,but aren’t there always?)

    Anyway, I have been looking verty week for your updates, but am totally supportive that family and job have gotten in the way. I wish you the best.


  3. Doug Uhlmann
    February 7th, 2011 at 21:51 | #3

    He’s getting big Happy Birthday Gav I hope it was a good one

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