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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Here Comes Santa Claus

With horn's blaring, lights flashing and sirens wailing, Santa Claus made his yearly trek today down snow-covered roads collecting toys from our residents for the local Toys for Tots program.

It is quite a holiday spectacle as Santa 's noisy parade makes its way down every street in our town.

Santa has tolerated all kinds of weather on his 7-8 hour altruistic journey, including one year that featured an unusual thunder and lightening storm.

This year it was snow and frigid temperatures.

What has become a yearly tradition, we met our neighbors, Emma, Liam, Jen and Bill at the street corner, and waited with much anticipation for the arrival of Old Saint Nick.

Nicholas, well prepared with his noise reducing headphones, was also very excited to visit with the our neighbor's dog, Lizzy dressed in her holiday best.

She is a cute and loving little animal whom Nicholas adores dearly

After a lengthy wait in the frigid cold, and a much welcomed sandwich snack provided by Jen, the faint sound of the high pitched sirens can be heard signaling the arrival of the local brigade.


Leading Santa's Squadron, like Rudolph with his red shiny light, is the large pumper truck and Nick's personal favorite.

Now, wouldn't you know as the golden hour finally arrives, and Santa is about to make his once-a-year appearance, my camera battery goes dead.......oy!

Thankfully, using her IPhone, Jen has recorded the rest of the parade and the kids giving Santa their toys. She kindly shares the file with me.

So........Here comes Santa Claus! Enjoy

(recorded by Jen...thank you dear neighbor)

You may need to open the video to "full screen" to view it.
 Click the picture frame button on bottom right of the video



It's Beginning...

...to look a lot like Christmas.

Overnight we received our first major snowstorm of the season. We got about a foot of snow, followed by some light freezing rain. The boys were very excited that we will have a white Christmas this year.

You may remember that Santa Claus tours our town every December before Christmas. He rides on the local fire trucks and collects toys for the local Toys for Tots program. Jolly Old Saint Nick's infamous ride through town has not been canceled, just slightly delayed because of the snow.

More pictures to follow!