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About Us

Welcome to the Brookston family blog. We'll post updates here on what's going on in our part of the world, and especially with our son, Porter, who has been diagnosed with some form of autism. Our hope is that this blog will help us deal with all the issues we'll be facing and keep our friends and family informed as well.

Jay B.


Sarah J.


Porter Brookston
born September 10, 2001


Alice Brookston
born July 7, 2004

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February 17, 2008

There’s Nothing To See Here

Categories: General — J @ 8:48 am

Obviously there haven’t been any new posts here for quite some time. That’s not going to change anytime soon. I’ll keep this up here for a little while as an archive, but look for an announcement soon of a new photoblog that will take the place of the Brookston Family Blog.

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May 11, 2007

Mother’s Day Friday

Categories: Events, Photos, Porter, Alice, Sarah, Movies — J @ 4:39 pm

On Friday, Porter’s new school, BridgePoint Academy, held a special Mother’s Day event and invited all the Mom’s to come by in the afternoon.

Porter and Alice in the morning before school, dressed up to impress Mommy.

Sarah arriving to greet Porter at his school.

Inside his classroom, all the ids lined to sing their Moms a song.

Porter actually wanted to wear a tie for his Mom.

Though he kept playing with it throughout the song.

But he seemed very happy that we were there to watch him.

Press the play button to see Porter sing.

After the song, Porter ran to give Sarah a hug.

Then they both gave me a smile.

Then there were presents for the Mom’s to open.

Outside after the festivities, Sarah pushed Porter on the big boy swing.

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March 29, 2007

Dora the Explorer

Categories: Humor — J @ 12:05 pm

If you have a toddler, especially a girl, in the two to six range, then you’re probably all too familiar with Dora the Explorer. And you probably feel at least a little like we do about her, that while Alice loves Dora, we’re much less than enthusiastic about having to be subjected to her on a regular basis. If so, you’ll probably find this SNL Dora spoof as hilarious as we did. Enjoy.


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March 19, 2007

John Sr. R.I.P.

Categories: News, Photos, J, Sarah, Friends — J @ 8:39 am

We got the word last night that John’s Dad, John Sr., who’d been battling a rare blood disorder for some time now, passed away in his sleep Sunday night. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to John’s entire family at this time of grief. John’s Dad was as much a part of the Big G as anyone and we will miss him terribly. Here are some photos from happier times. This is how I will remember him.

Trying to keep order at the Pro-Am at Pebble Beach.

Cutting a rug at John and Zenobia’s wedding.

Celebrating life, surrounded by friends and family, which is how it always seemed John lived his life.

Surrounded again by friends and family at Pebble Beach.

There are no details yet about the funeral. I’ll post details when I get them.

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February 8, 2007

School Pix

Categories: Photos, Porter, Alice — J @ 10:01 am

I figured I better post these before they got too old. These are scans of the kids’ school pictures taken at their Montessori school last fall.

Alice at 2 1/2.

Porter at five.

Alice and Porter.

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February 6, 2007

You Can Make It With …

Categories: Photos, Porter, Alice, Sarah, Friends — J @ 5:25 pm

At one point during the Super Bowl, Jen suggested to the kids that they all make play-doh. Porter and Alice excitedly agreed and Sarah and Jen worked the pots and pans on the stove until, like magic, there was play-doh.

Porter enthusiastically watches the play-doh factory ramp up production and get underway.

Pouring in the blue food coloring.

Mixing it up: red for Alice, and blue for Porter.

Ta da! Blue for me, and red for Alice!

Hey, what are you looking at?

C’mon Alice, let’s play.

I’m going to make a blob, what are you going to make, Alice?

Nothing, I’m just going to steal yours.

Inside, they mixed the red and blue together to make a purplish gray.

Where Alice found the one ring to rule them all.

Behold the ring! My preciousss!

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February 5, 2007

I’m Ba-a-a-ck

Categories: News, J — J @ 2:15 pm

You may have noticed that there are finally more posts and pictures up on the blog. I had meant to get started again in January as my new year’s resolution, but with moving to a new house and more writing assignments, it was difficult. As a result, I’ve dubbed 2007 the year of procrastination. But going forward I’ll try to get posts up more regularly with an initial goal of three or four times per week, maybe more. If you search backwards to September of last year, you’ll see there are older posts now there, too. I’ll continue to catch up with the old photos I have and will let everyone know when that’s finished. But in the meantime, feel free to look backwards as well as forward for new posts.

I’m ba-a-a-ck!

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Monday Morning Motivational #57

Categories: Humor — J @ 11:59 am

I’ve decided 2007 will be the “Year of Procrastination,” because it seems harder and harder to get things done on any kind of timetable, at least for me.

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February 4, 2007

Sarah Hoops

Categories: Photos, Sarah, Movies — J @ 6:02 pm

Jen had a hula hoop and so Sarah demonstrated it for the kids, who took a great delight in watching her. Of course, so did the rest of us.

Sarah takes her hips out for a little spin.

Will it go round in circles?


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Colts 29, Kids 30

Categories: Photos, Porter, Alice, Friends, Movies — J @ 3:09 pm

Our friends Melissa and Jen had their annual Super Bowl party and since Melissa was rooting for Da Bears, I decided we’d be Colts fans for the day. Plus, as a lifelong Packers fan it’s pretty hard to want Chicago to win. So we all dressed in blue and white and took Alice’s giant stuffed horse (surely a colt) along with us.

Our host, Melissa, down a PBR.

Outside, Porter blowing bubbles.

Our other hostess, Jen, shows Porter how to blow big bubbles.

Porter kept wanting to sweep clean the outside windows.

But by far his most fun was crushing the empty beer cans.


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February 3, 2007

Nosing the Window

Categories: Photos, Porter — J @ 5:14 pm

At Angie’s party Porter discovered he could distort his face by pressing his nose against the window. Luckily, we were able to see it from the other window at a right angle from his. Curiously, Porter looked down the street and asked if we could go the toy store at the end of the block. What’s odd about that is that you can’t really see it from the window, it’s no longer a toy store anymore (now it’s a Best Buy) and it’s been more than a year since the last time we were at Angie’s place.

A pressing engagement.

Can I get closer to the toy store this way?

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Wagnerian Partying

Categories: Events, Photos, Alice, Sarah, Friends — J @ 2:46 am

Today our friend Angie had a little end-of-the-holidays/Groundhog Day soiree at her place in San Francisco. We only knew the beer people there, but had a very nice time meeting everyone. The kids were reasonably well-behaved, at least, and no actual mayhem ensued.

Our host Angie getting slapped around by Porter.

Alice had a hard time keeping her hands off the food.

Porter plays with the spinning clown.

Alice shows off the wonderful spread of food.

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February 1, 2007

The Snuggle Olympics

Categories: Photos, Porter, Alice, J — J @ 1:02 pm

After the kids tired us out, I held a little snuggle contest. The great thing about this kind of competition is that everybody wins.

Porter and me.

Alice and me.

Porter’s turn again.

Alice giving me attitude again.

Now that’s a smile!

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Bed Tricks

Categories: Photos, Porter, Alice, Sarah — J @ 10:10 am

After Sarah got home from work, the four of us played on the bed in our bedroom.

The calm before the storm.

Porter throws the world at me.

Sarah gives Porter an airplane ride.

Then it was Alice’s turn in the air.

Everybody wanted it to be their turn all the time, making it difficult for Sarah to keep them flying.

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January 31, 2007

Pirate Swinging

Categories: Photos, Porter — J @ 1:52 pm

Porter took his new pirate shirt out for a swing at Occupational Therapy.

This is how I practice boarding ships so I can pillage them.

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