Saturday, July 28, 2007

Happy Birthday- Cha Cha Cha

Michael wanted to make a YouTube video today. Here he is reading a book about birthdays and singing happy birthday.

He shocked me when he said he was going to be 17 in 2016. I know he was born in 1999 and all he has to do is subtract 1 from the year- but it's pretty cool that he can do that. I think when I asked him what year I will be 50- he had enough. LOL.

I'll post some more clips tomorrow. You'll be able to see how much he has improved. Yesterday chelation went well, but he's starting to get antsy at the end- so we are going to cut back a little. He continues to sit well, looks forward to going and his use of language improves daily.

Thanks for reading our blog!!!! -Christine

Friday, July 27, 2007

Waiting on the World to Change

Last night was the big night. Michael and I went to see John Mayer at Nassau Coliseum. It's about 45 min. from where we live on Long Island. I bought the tickets months ago. Michael woke up Thursday saying "today we're going to see John Mayer". It was so cute.

The concert started at 7pm, so we got there just around 6:30pm. We found our seats, but Michael didn't want to leave them. He was saying "we have to save our seats". I tried to explain to him that they have numbers on them and no one was going to sit in them.

I got Michael a concert shirt and we put it over the shirt he was wearing because it was pretty cold there. Here is a picture of the two of us. Thanks to the guy sitting infront of us who took the picture.

At 7pm the concert started with some band I never saw before. I still don't know their name, but they're from England. Michael was ok with the noise- which was a problem in the past. He thought the lights were interesting and liked watching the people walk in- we were sitting on the aisle.

7:45pm Ben Fold performs with 2 other guys. Ben was pretty cool, very good on stage. He was playing piano and at one point took his shoes off- gotta love that. Michael actually fell asleep at this point. I was praying he would wake up for John Mayer.

9:15pm FINALLY John Mayer comes out. The crowd goes wild. Michael slowly starts to wake up, looks around... is this a dream? LOL John's 2nd or 3rd song was "Waiting on the World to Change", which is Michael's favorite song of his. We got up and danced a little. When John sang "Why Georgia Why" I started to cry. It's kind of a road trip song and made me think of a few different things. First, I first heard the song was a few years ago and I thought about how much my life has changed since then. I also thought about my college friend in Georgia who is going through "cancer recovery" (Hi Cathie). We are going to visit her in a couple of weeks. And I thought of my mom, who also has cancer. Here are the lyrics:


I am driving up 85 in the kind of morning that lasts all afternoon,
I’m just stuck inside the gloom.
Four more exits to my apartment but I am tempted to keep the car in drive,
And leave it all behind.

Coz I wonder sometimes about the outcome of a still, verdictless life,
Am I living it right? Am I living it right? Am I living it right?
why, why Georgia, why?

I rent a room and I fill the spaces with wood in places to make it feel like home,
But all I feel’s alone.
It might be a quarter-life crisis, or just the stirring in my soul, either way...

I wonder sometimes about the outcome of a still, verdictless life,
Am I living it right? Am I living it right? Am I living it right?
why, why Georgia, why?

So what, so I’ve got a smile on,
It’s hiding the quiet superstitions in my head.
Don’t believe me, don’t believe me when I say I’ve got it down.

Everybody is just a stranger, but that’s the danger in going my own way,
I guess it’s a price I have to pay.
Still "
everything happens for a reason" is no reason not to ask myself,
If I'm living it right.

Am I living it right? Am I living it right? why, why Georgia, why?

Oh ya, and I was just sooooo happy to be at a John Mayer concert with my favorite person in the world. He sat and watched the rest of the concert and didn't fall back asleep. He didn't freak out about the noise. Here is a short videoclip of Michael towards the end of the concert.

We lasted until the end. Michael actually stayed up until we got home around 12:30am. He missed in the bus in the morning and had a little meltdown- but got it together and made it to school around 9am. He only goes for about 2 1/2 hours a day. Next weekend we're going to see They Might Be Giants again. I'm very grateful that we can go to concerts now and I'm glad Michael had fun. When I was a kid, the first concert I went to was Andy Gibb- at Nassau Coliseum... John Mayer is a lot cooler. So, I guess I can say Michael has it better than me.