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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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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 13, 2006

An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education!

Categories: News, Humor, Autism — J @ 11:12 pm

I already love Jon Stewart, but here’s one more reason. He’s hosting a live benefit show on Comedy Central called The Night of Too Many Stars, which is a benefit for autism education. I’m not sure why Jon Stewart or someone at Comedy Central chose autism as their charity, but I’m certainly pleased they did.

The show is this Sunday night, October 15, at 8 p.m Pacific (7 p.m. Central). It’s Jon Stewart, Elvis COstello is performing, and it’s for a good cause. Join us in watching the show.

Here’s what the website has to say about the show:

Comedy Central’s first live, on-air and online special event, Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education will be held at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on Sunday, October 15. The comedians will perform to raise money to benefit education and research programs for autistic children and adults.

Here is the complete list of comedians and performers:

Hosted by: Jon Stewart

Will Arnett
Jack Black
Steve Carell
Kristin Chenoweth
Stephen Colbert
Elvis Costello
Jimmy Fallon
Will Ferrell
Will Forte
Fred Armisen
Ricky Gervais
Norm Macdonald
Christopher Meloni
Moby
Oscar Nunez
Mike Myers
Bob Odenkirk & David Cross
Amy Poehler
Paul Rudd
Borat Sagdiyev
Adam Sandler
Amy Sedaris
Martin Short
Tony Sirico
Ben Stiller
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Brian Williams

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Harry Porter

Categories: Photos, Porter — J @ 2:46 pm

The last three or four days Porter has gone to school wearing the top half of his superman costume, including the cape, with a jacket keeping his disguise intact. He’s also been taking a pair of my reading glasses to complete his Clark Kent transformation. But to his teachers at Montessori, he looked more like Harry Potter, so they started calling him Harry Porter. And apparently it stuck and all the kids called him that for the rest of the day.

Alice and Harry Porter.

The Wizard Porter.

Here you can see his jacket with the blue of his Superman suit peeking out of the top.

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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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October 11, 2006

Jack-O

Categories: Photos, Porter, Alice — J @ 10:02 am

Last night, when Porter and Alice got back from their afternoon with Grandpa, Porter was in something of a funk. According to Lyman, he had been in an odd mood the entire day. Porter sat down on the concrete parking lot with his back up against a cement support and refused to come inside. Nothing would coax him from the parking lot. Eventually, he told me the reason was that he wanted a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern, and he wanted it now.

So Grandpa, me, Porter and Alice strapped ourselves in the car and off we went in search of pumpkins. Problem was, it was nearing 7 o’clock at night and darkness was on its way. The pumpkin patch closest to our house, two exits north near St. Vincent’s was closed. Porter was beside himself and very upset. Next we tried Safeway but they didn’t have any pumpkins yet. More tears. I was running out of ideas, but though there was a slim chance that either one of the drug stores of the craft store, Michael’s, might have pumpkins. Luckily, Rite-Aid did have a small selection of pumpkins in front of the store.

As depressed and upset as Porter was before we found the pumpkins, that’s how happy and elated he was when we did find them. He ran down the aisle of pumpkins, excitedly trying to choose the perfect one. He knew wanted he wanted. It took a surprisingly short amount of time for him to choose his pumpkin. We were in and out in exactly the time it took Grandpa to get Alice out of her car seat.

Porter quickly determined that this pumpkin was the most perfect one there.

Then back at the house, Sarah gutted the pumpkin and carved it to Porter’s exacting specifications: triangle eyes, square nose and a jagged mouth. Once the candle was in place and the lights were out, Porter was a very happy, satisfied boy. We then carried the jack-o-lantern up to his room to use as a nite-light. Here Alice instinctively tries to blow out the candle, causing Porter no small amount of consternation.

Even after all the lights were turned off, Alice remained fascinated by the pumpkin’s glow.

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October 5, 2006

Alice Meets a Ghost

Categories: Photos, Alice — J @ 8:53 am

Alice first noticed the ghost at her preschool.

Look! A ghost!

I said look! A ghost!

Run away!

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October 3, 2006

Umberellas

Categories: Photos, Porter, Alice — J @ 2:27 pm

It was rainy this week in Marin, and the kids wanted to take their umbrellas (which Porter pronounces “um-ber-ella“) even though it was really just a very light drizzle.

Arriving at school, Porter taunts the rain with his Buzz Lightyear umbrella.

While Alice “dancing in the rain” with her Elmo umbrella.

A boy and his umbrella.

Umbrella! I don’t need no stinkin’ umbrella!

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Mike R.

Categories: Photos, Birthdays, Friends — J @ 12:22 pm

Today is our friend Mike R.’s birthday, too. He’s Sheldon’s main man and sadly, we don’t see either of them as often as we’d like in part because Irvine seems so far away. As a result, all of the photos I have of Mike are from Michelle and John’s wedding. Happy birthday Mike.

Mike, Kristine and Sheldon.

The Sheldon clan: George, Sheldon, Jenny and Mike.

Mike, Michelle and Sheldon.

Sarah, John Smith, Mike, Kristine, Katherine and Chris.

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Categories: Photos, Birthdays, Sarah, Friends — J @ 8:40 am

Today is our friend Corey’s fifty-something birthday. All that’s important is that there is someone among our friends who is older than me and Corey nicely stepped in to fill that role when he married our friend Nikki. Thanks for that Corey. Corey and Nikki also recently had a baby girl, Gianna. Happy birthday, old man … er Corey.

Corey and his son Tom at his Eagle Board of Review.

Corey and Nikki at home with Gianna.

Corey and Nikki with Kristine during a visit to Idaho.

Suzanne, Sarah, Corey, Nikki and Steven, at Suzanne’s housewarming party.

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October 2, 2006

The Takedown

Categories: Photos, Porter, Alice — J @ 11:24 am

Alice “the Fearless” was wrestling with Porter in the kitchen and, despite being half his side managed to take him down and pin him to the floor. That’s out grrl.

You’re coming down with me.

On the floor, wussie brother.

Victorious!

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October 1, 2006

Tired Shoppers

Categories: Photos, Porter, Alice — J @ 6:15 pm

On Sunday, we went up to see GP’s and also hook up their new DVD player. Afterwards, we stopped by Target to pick up supplies. When the kids came upon this modern sofa, they plopped themselves right down and didn’t want to get back up again.

Our little couch potatoes.

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Bubble Hands

Categories: Photos, Alice — J @ 10:54 am

Alice had an early bath and was in her pajamas, but Porter was still in the bath. Alice snuck in and made off with some of his bubbles.

I’ve got bubbles.

Bubbles on my hands.

Of course, now I don’t know what to do with them.

Perhaps some magic tricks?

“I bet I can make them disappear.”

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