Sunday, November 21, 2010

In Which It Snows And Connor Receives A Really Pricey Electronic Piano

So today we woke up to big flakes tumbling out of the sky and promptly turned on the fire and pulled up a blind so Connor could see the magic of snow!

He wasn't very interested.  The cats were fascinated, though.

Then we did what everybody does on snow days.  We hopped in the car, drove to the mall and bought Connor an iPad. 

Okay, so maybe that's not what everybody does on snow days.  But that's what Connor did on his snow day, and he's really the only one who counts for anything as far as our household is concerned, so it might as well be everybody.  We've been doing research over the last few weeks to figure out exactly what we wanted to get him; we think the iPad could be a fantastic assistive communication device for him.

That is if we can get the darn kid to touch the thing.  Despite downloading all sorts of really cool apps for him, the only one he wants to play with is (surprise!) the piano simulator.  He'll pound on that piano all day, but if you try to get him to turn the page on a Dr. Seuss book he reacts like you are attempting to put his fingers in the paper shredder.  We'll keep working with him and hopefully he'll get there!  In the meantime, I've already downloaded a Mahjong app and a Thai Language course. 

Those are totally for Connor too.  Right.

The little guy did very well today.  I think he was happy to be home!  He was pretty snuggly but he seemed to be feeling good; I think he just was excited to not be spending the whole day in bed. 

We could get up to three inches of snow tomorrow, so we'll see whether or not Connor has school.  Nobody knows how to drive in the snow up here, so usually if we get over about an inch they shut everything down, which is probably good for me because I'm from Texas so I don't know how to drive in the snow either.  If that ends up being the case we'll hunker down in front of the fire, put the tea kettle on and listen to Connor play us a rousing, extremely loud tune for a few hours!

And then maybe we'll play Mahjong.



Kristin said...

I'm a drooling with envy.

An iPad is on the list of things we need. However, the price tag puts a knot in my stomach.

L has severe fire motor skill delays but she is phenomenal on an iPad even an iPod touch.

She takes her spelling tests on it (she's in 2nd grade). She is attempting to write on it. We use "I write words".

Of course she spends most her time when she uses the iPod at home making cupcakes and pizzas.

Those apps are really necessary for her.

Those and angry birds!

leah said...

The iPad is so cool! I hope Connor takes to the other applications soon- the piano one sounds like a hit!

And please, please, please keep the snow on that side of the country. I'm not ready for it yet!

xraevision said...

We've had a sprinkling of snow up here and it's always magical when you're hunkered up by a fire with a cup of hot chocolate. However, if you're on the roads, you have to be hyper alert for the first few weeks while drivers adjust to the conditions (and I don't think they are all from Texas!)

I can't wait to hear about how Connor progresses with the iPad!

Julia O'C said...

E's IPad has changed our lives. So happy that Connor has one, too!! :)

bluee19 said...

I recommend words with friends, it's like scrabble but so much fun.

bluee19 said...
Every Friday you may get some free apps for the iPad which are kid oriented.

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