Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.




Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Heavy Equipment Heaven

This year we had to forgo our summer vacation plans so we could perform some costly home repair projects. We needed new shingles on our roof, thanks to Hurricane Sandy and a new paint job on the house thanks to the painter from hell.

I was feeling very guilty about our home bound situation and lack of summertime entertainment.

That is.....until now.

In preparation for these projects, over the Labor Day weekend, roofing supplies and building materials were dropped off at our property. Most of these items were packed on pallets and required transport from a variety of large haulers.

Can you say Heavy Equipment Heaven?

To my boys, it was as if their beloved Mighty Machines DVD had magically sprung to life.

These shiny big rigs powered up our driveway with their engines roaring. They were equipped with gnarly monster tires and slick hydraulic cranes.

For a moment, I thought both of my children would stop breathing.

There was this fellow who brought the shingles.

 
He used this machine below to unload the shingles.
I thought it was a fork truck.
The kind driver patiently explained that it is more precisely called a Moffett.
Did you know that?
Both boys nearly collapsed from heart palpitations over this one.
 
 

And then there was this big rig that deposited the dumpster


Foreman Weston supervised the placement


 Supervisor Nicholas, with his trusty headphones, was second-in-command 
 


The boys enjoyed the flurry of activity. They were drawn to the workmen who, like an army of ants descended upon our house carrying ropes, ladders and air-powered hammers. Weston did his best to join the band of merry men and thanked the Big Vehicle Gods that school didn't start until tomorrow!