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Life With Wee People: The Autism/PDD-NOS Yard Survey

Carolyn Tann Starr 2012

Life With Wee People: The Autism/PDD-NOS Yard Survey

So I'm in The Man Cave hanging with Mr PDD-NOS chatting about the fact that Mr Autism is turning 10 in a couple of weeks. We want to throw him a small party. Ever try having a conversation with a 5 year old riding circles around you? It's a fascinating experience because Stephen, the Minion Blur will suddenly decide we need to go for a walk in the middle of it. Translated: he rides and you jog through the neighborhood (LOL).

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Turns out he wants to look at other yards and see what the neighbors have done with their seating arrangements. Shorty has concerns about a party disturbing our birds. He's taking planting the yard very seriously. The picnic table we wanted to get for the drive has been discontinued by Home Depot so we're back to square one (sigh).

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The neighbors on the left help feed the birds and put three spikes in our tree by the garage. One has a little bird bench to hold food and we usually sit in The Man Cave watching them eat. It's one of our fave quiet time moments.

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Noah decided he wants a bird and butterfly garden so we're researching tasty plants and trees. These are going to be fun to add to the wee people landscaping list:

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Stephen was adamant we had to have a lot of red and blue flowers.

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My kids think Home Depot is da bomb diggety. So do I. It's going to be a blast getting Noah's birthday presents from there. The boys asked Mike for watering cans today. They're insisting they each have to have their own set of gardening tools to tackle The Naked Yard.

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I can't wait to dig in the dirt with my kids. They're mad funny to work with and rarely play in the back yard so we're gonna pimp the front yard first. (silly grin).

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Having all of this empty space and not using any of it is making me crave Black & Decker tools. I happen to love power tools and know how to use them. My Mom's Dad was a very cool grandfather. He was a carpenter and let my sister and I hang out and help when we were kids. Then I took sculpting on Saturdays at Cooper Union and started messing with my Dad's tools. Now I have more tools than Hubby (LOL). ;-)

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Did I mention my kids love Realtors and Bob the Builder? They're visual learners and also like books with lots of pictures.

Yup. This is definitely going to be a fun birthday gift. Mr Autism and Mr PDD-NOS will be pegging the yard tomorrow to let me know where they want their stuff. Then we have to go high-jack Daddy (poor Mike - LOL). ;-)



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Comment balloon 5 commentsC Tann-Starr • January 11 2012 12:00AM


I am looking forward to trying a patio garden this year.  If I am successful...I may try flowers or something in the yard next year.  Home Depot is one of my favorite places too!

Posted by Sherry Scales, Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 9 years ago

Sherry, here's to wishing you much success! We can spend hours in Home Depot entertaining ourselves with the possibilities. I love them. Mike is thinking of swapping out the lighting with something very cool and old school while I'm looking forward to painting the exterior. I would love to have a patio next to the lenai. I heart stonework (silly grin). :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 9 years ago


You need a bike, too!

Jogging looks to much like chasing.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 9 years ago

Your creativity knows know bounds! :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 9 years ago

Bill, I've been ducking the bike issue. It's easier to trot along side if I have to grab or stop Shorty. ;-)

Laura, kids make life very interesting. I've been writing my butt off and have to fly back to NYC soon. I figure I'll drive back with my girlfriend and visit a few peeps on the way down. Hubby and I are plotting and planning a bit of mischief. We just have to pick the dates... ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 9 years ago

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