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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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    Who's Your Favorite Brookston?
    • Jay: 17% (9)
    • Sarah: 19% (10)
    • Porter: 31% (16)
    • Alice: 33% (17)

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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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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 4, 2007

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

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

The Pirate Kids

Categories: Photos, Porter, Alice — J @ 8:34 am

Alex got Porter and Alice some way cool pirate t-shirts from Greenwich, which is right next to where they live in Lewisham. Greenwich is, of course, where the “0″ or prime meridian is and time begins, so to speak. It’s also where a lot of the naval history for England is, such as the Maritime Museum. For kids, it’s also home to pirate history.

Porter got the “Pirate” shirt while Alice, quite fittingly, was a “Buccaneer.”

Getting a big buccaneer smile from Alice.

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January 21, 2007

Drumbalaya

Categories: Photos, Porter, Alice, Movies — J @ 1:13 pm

The other morning, Sarah got out all of our pots and pans for the kids to drum on. I don’t honestly know what she was thinking, but the kids sure did have a good time.

Using spoons for drumsticks, the kids happily turned our home into cacophony of drumming.

Man, the kids could make a racket.

The next Buddy Rich?


Here’s just a sample of what our house sounded like all morning.

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January 16, 2007

Pasta Night in Novato

Categories: Photos, Porter, Alice, J, Food — J @ 3:05 pm

With white carpet in the new house, we decided it was best to enjoy our first meal of pasta at the island in the kitchen.

Alice and Porter enjoying their spaghetti.

With music in the background, I kept encouraging Alice to dance.

Finally succeeding.

She busted her moves right there on the bar stool.

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December 16, 2006

Here Comes Santa Claus

Categories: Events, Photos, Alice — J @ 4:16 pm

Santa Claus did finally find a parking space and greeted the kids with a bag full of presents, calling each child’s name to come up and get their gift.

Alice goes up up to get her present.

Then dashed back to me.

Everyone got a book. Here Porter’s friend Katie looks through hers. Porter talks about Katie all the time. If I didn’t know better, I’d say he has a crush on her.

Katie and Alice move closer to Santa.

For a group photo of all the kids with Santa Claus.

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December 15, 2006

Waiting for Santa

Categories: Events, Photos, Alice — J @ 1:46 pm

Today Alice’s Montessori got a vist from Santa Claus, but since I knew he was coming I was on hand to watch. Unfortunately, Santa had trouble finding a parking spot and was delayed. I remarked that he should have parked on the roof. One of the boys there informed me that the preschool had no fireplace and therefore he had to use the door. Hilarious. Anyway, Alice and I waited along with everyone else for Saint Nick to arrive.

C’mon Santa, I’m bored.

What was that nose? Is Santa here?

I’ll just keep making faces ’till he comes.

This is my cute face.

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November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving 2006

Categories: Events, Photos, Porter, Alice, Friends, Movies, Food — J @ 12:09 pm

Happy Thanksgiving from the Brookston family. It’s been a while since my last post, but one of these days I’ll catch up. In the emantime, enjoy some photos and a movie from the kids’ Montessori Thanksgiving feast that took place on Wednesday.

The kids, all dressed up for Thankgiving.

The Montessori Thanksgiving table set out for all of the kids.


The kids sang a little song of Thanksgiving.

Porter and a friend chow down.

Alice in her white dress at the table.

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October 21, 2006

The Rubber Band WoMan

Categories: Photos, Alice — J @ 1:27 pm

Many times Alice’s teachers put her hair in pigtails or a ponytail, but today they really outdid themselves.

Her hair was an elaborate series of rubber bands.

Wow, how did they get her to keep still so long?

But it sure looked good.

And seemed to make Alice happy, too.

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October 12, 2006

This Little Piggy

Categories: Photos, Alice — J @ 3:21 pm

Not much of a story here, just some phtos of Alice in pigtails now that her hair is getting long enough that we can do that.

The teachers at Alice’s Montessori do a much beter job with Alice’s hair than I ever could.

Back home with her lunchbox.

Waiting for me on the stairs.

Giving me smile.

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