Porridge, sodium and creativity

Sophia made her breakfast again today, she learned how to cook porridge (oatmeal) and put all the toppings on it.

She loves butter, brown sugar and raisins (only California raisins!) and almond milk.

I love how her newfound  independence is developing.

We have been working on making her more self sufficient as she gets older and it is nice to see her now self motivated with so many things.

Tomorrow will be laundry day for her, unless she decides to do it today – we are trying to maintain balance between being too stuck in routine, but yet routine enough to keep things done.

She is also working on some digital art and just turned around to tell me this joke:

“Mom,  was going to make a joke about sodium, but na…”


Clever little monkey.

I have noticed that she has a knack for science, it appears to be her favourite workbook and she is breezing through it. She also loves doing experiments and animal sciences.

I found an awesome resource for the periodic tables where she can look them up and watch videos for each one, in her time when she is ready. Here is the link: TED-Ed Periodic Videos

It is  drizzly day here, and she is all curled up in a blanket, on the sofa in the lounge with her laptop.

Our duck is running all over the yard being crazy as she loves the rain and waddles about flapping in circles like a wind up toy.

I love days like this, it energizes me and makes my all my senses feel alive.

Sophia has been alternating between drawing her OC (Original Character) based on MLP, watching old MLP episodes for inspiration for her new character, working on a showcase video for her art contest she hosted and creating music on ACID music Studio for her soundtrack album she is creating for her YouTube videos.

I love watching how her mind works in a non-linear fashion, just like mine -especially when she is feeling creative.

Days like this give me time to get caught up on my writing, as my desk is in the lounge.

I will get back to that, as soon as I finish darning these socks.

I hope you are having a great day.

I will try and remember to add the links to her finished works from today after she posts them, but you can always look on her Google+ or YouTube to see what she has been up to.


scrambled eggs, a zombie brain and a surprise

Today Sophia wanted to make her own breakfast.

She made scrambled eggs, GF toast with butter, and a glass of apple juice.

I was quite proud of her, as she also cleaned up her dishes and loaded them in the dishwasher.

Afterwards we made some more Halloween decorations to add to last years, and hung them up.

She had a great time making the zombie brain.

After this, she did her book work and counted out her pocket money, to see how much more she needs for something she is saving for.

Then, she made some more music on ACID Studio.

When Max got home they went out and played with their sticks for a while, then a game of soccer, even Sugar (our duck) tried to get in on the game.

While they were out playing their cousin Jess stopped in for a quick visit before she went to America and brought Sophia a very special gift.

Sophia got to share the music she made with Jess and also got a cute picture for Instagram.

These books were hers when she was young. She loves animals as much as Sophia does.


Another great day, and a great surprise as well.

Lining up cats, livestream, swimming and salmon

Another beautiful Sunday morning. Perfect weather and a great day planned.

Sophia started off playing with her blocks and cats, I love that she enjoys these old wooden toys so much.

She pulled all of her cats out first and lined them up, then added her blocks.

After that she got all set up for her YouTube livestream that she had scheduled.

After lunch we all put on our suits and went to our local swim centre.

This was a big deal for me as I have not been in years. Sophia was always was afraid I would get hurt and got really anxious if I wanted to swim with her. This day however, she said I could go too and I was pretty stoked to be back in the water.

We had so much fun playing keep-away and swimming together. It was just Sophia, Daddy and myself this time, and we had great fun.

We were so lucky in that they had the paddle boats out. She gave it a go and liked it, but not for too long. It was so brave of her, she just walked over and asked to go all by herself! They were so kind and helpful with her.

At least I snapped one picture before I got in the pool.

After swimming we went and got an ice cream at the dairy and then went grocery shopping to pick our favourite things for dinner.

Sophia and I love salmon, and daddy loves steak and mushrooms (or as we call them: yuckrooms), I had asparagus that we got from Brent’s employers/our friend’s, and Sophia loves peas; so we had those as well.

Brent and I cooked it together, and it was all so delicious .

Another great day, and we were all pretty tired by bedtime.

Blocks, cats and hide and seek

We had to run into Daddy’s work today, so our Sophia ‘earned her lunch’ by sweeping the parts room & reception area for him.

This was her idea as she wants him to take us out to lunch. Clever girl and win for me!

After that she read a book (Hairy Maclary, Hide and Seek -A Lift the Flap Book by Lynley Dodd) in the waiting area and played with the legos they have before we left.

We all went to lunch and stopped in at a couple shops, we love second hand shopping, they have the coolest things.

We found these wooden blocks and another wooden cat for her collection. She and Daddy played with them until the inner cat took over and attacked the blocks and Daddy!

Then they left a pile and went outside to play and run off some energy.

They went out and played hide and seek, even Sugar (our duck) tried to join in.

I love our weekends with Daddy being home, they have so much fun. We all do.

How fast does Sophia actually type?

Nana was visiting last week and commented on how quickly Sophia types.

I also had noticed she has gotten rather quick, so we decided to give her a typing test.

She types 71 wpm according to the typing tests we found!

You can’t go back and edit as you type, which I think is stink . It should let you edit and then count any completed writing, rather than deduct for editing. She had a hard time learning how not to edit her work as she went.

In the end, she was very happy with this result, I had guessed she was at 70wpm so she was pretty stoked.

Age 9 and 71 wpm… let that sink in.  Can you imagine what speed she will be at as an adult?


The frog truck

We had a nice day today. We took a long drive and had a picnic.

On the way home, we followed this truck.

We kept waiting for it to hop over us as it looks just like a giant red eyed tree frog!


Stop staring at me frog!

Red-Eyed Tree Frog by ShadowIZ

This is what we saw, and it was kind of scary to be honest.

Once you see something like this, your imagination runs wild.

This frog truck really did my head in once Sophia pointed it out to me.

What do they mean when they say that AS people lack imagination?!

Fun times, always an adventure with little Miss.


Animal Jam essay

Animal Jam is a safe online kids game made by WildWorks, in partnership with National Geographic. In Animal Jam, you can create your own animal in the online world of Jamaa. You can make online friends, play games to earn gems, come to parties, play adventures, and decorate your den and animal.

The friend list on Animal Jam is called the buddies list. So far, you can have up to 200 buddies. You can also buddy your friends and family who play Animal Jam. If you feel safer only buddying people you know, that is completely fine. If you want, you can click the settings button in the top right corner of the screen and turn off buddy requests, and you can unbuddy anyone at any time. If you don’t feel comfortable buddying someone, you can always decline their buddy request.

The journey book in Animal Jam is an educational scavenger hunt book. There is a page for every land in Jamaa. The way the journey book works is that there are shapes in the book that correspond with what you’re supposed to find. When you think you found one, click on it. If it’s correct, you’ll get a message in game that shows a real life picture of it and a couple facts about it. When you’ve got everything on one page, you’ll get a prize.

There are many adventures in Animal Jam that when you complete, you get a prize. In the adventures, there are secret hidden passages that have a treasure chest inside, and inside the treasure chest is usually gems. Sometimes, there are passages that can only be opened by being a certain animal. In some treasure chests there are cool clothing or den items. If you’re lucky, you could get a rare or a beta.

There are educational movies in the movie theaters that teach you about certain animals and facts about the world. New movies are in the movie theater almost every day. The facts in the movies are usually things you didn’t know about animals or the world. Did you know that there’s a lizard that squirts blood from its eyes as a defence mechanism? Eww!

There are fun games in Animal Jam that you can play to earn gems and cool achievements! My personal favourite games are Falling Phantoms and Jamaa Derby! In Falling Phantoms, you move your animal around with the left and right arrow keys to dodge the falling phantoms. In Jamaa Derby, you play as a horse and click to jump over obstacles. You also get 3 carrots, which, when you click one, you get a speed boost. Other games include Temple Of Trivia, Hedgehog, Best Dressed, and many more!

In Animal Jam, there are rules that you have to follow, or you’ll get reported. Rules include not sharing personal information, no scamming, no bullying, no inappropriate behaviour and more. If you see a Jammer who you think is breaking the rules, you can report them. Some players have tried to say that reporting does nothing, but AJHQ has said a couple times that when a player gets reported, a moderator reviews the account and if the player did do something bad, they will get suspended or banned. Be sure to follow the rules if you don’t want to get suspended or banned!

The Animal Jam trading system is where you can trade for other people’s items, or get trade requests yourself. Don’t trade items you don’t want to trade, because the other player doesn’t have to trade back! Scamming is a way of getting other people’s items unfairly, such as telling you to gift your part of the “trade” then they’ll gift their part. Sometimes they’ll even claim their trading is “broken” or “disabled”. This is a scam, and be sure to report them for scamming. Remember: It’s always okay to say no to a trade! If you’re not sure if a trade is fair, be sure to check the Animal Jam Wikipedia.

There are many more things you can do in Animal Jam, though some features (Such as being able to have all the dens, all animals, and all items) require a paid membership. There is a huge community built around Animal Jam, such as many blogs, YouTube channels, videos, and social media accounts. Animal Jam has made their own blog called The Daily Explorer, be sure to check it out! Animal Jam also has an Instagram account, YouTube account, Twitter account and more! If you ever need to find something out on Animal Jam, you can always look it up and you’ll be sure to find the answers for it.

8yellowcats / Sophia, 19/10/16


The Dentist and Star Wars Battleship

Today after bookwork, Sophia had a dental appointment.

She got a filling redone as it had come out.

She is very brave and uses no Novocaine, not even topical!

When we got home she relaxed and reread All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome again.

Later we did some sensory therapy using our Star Wars Battleship game.

It makes a lot of noise, so we still had earmuffs, but it does not make her jump and hold her ears anymore, so this is good.

This game is great for strategy, logic, memory and fine motor activity as well.

Of course we all played; Sophia, Max, Daddy and I all love this game.

I had my GF hot chocolate in the Chewy mug too. 😉

“Meow out Loud”

Today after book work, we went to our local Autism New Zealand / Sommerville library to get some books.

We liked Daddy being on vacation so he could come along. Sophia was having a rough sensory day and was spinning out when we got there. Daddy got bitten and clawed (hence the face in the pic), as she said the pressure on her teeth when she bites helps her feel better. We are working on not biting others (me and Dad) and we really do need to get her a sensory chew.

I quickly calmed her, by handing her, her favourite book ; ‘All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome’ by Kathy Hoopmann.

She will read it again several times over the next few weeks. We should just buy it as she loves it so much we have checked it out many times!

This library is such a great resource and our community is very blessed.

After this, we went to our local library and got more books…. We love books so yes, there are a lot of library posts. 😛

We found a couple drawing books for her and she started reading ‘The Cat Lovers Quotation Book’ while Daddy and I found some for ourselves.

We have such a lovely library, I am glad she feels so comfortable there.

Later after we got home I tried to get a picture, but she was very hoppy and flappy! I did manage to get one after a bit of calming.


Another great day. “Meow out Loud” – she sure does. 😉