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edwin
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 1787
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 3:40 pm:   Edit Post

Not many updates recently, but no news is good news. He had his two year evaluation and everything went great. He's been out of therapy since September but the coordinator brought along a speech therapist just to check up and she said that while his pronunciation is about 6 months behind, his vocabulary (which she estimated in the thousands) and sentence structure along with ability to communicate abstract thought is off the hook.



edwin
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 1788
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 3:43 pm:   Edit Post

Hm, that went up before I was ready. In any case, he totally got the concept of blowing out the candles. And then he got to hang out with his favorite thing in the whole world, the big red water truck that lives next to my wife's studio (and the owner even gave him a ride around the parking lot) and finally a shot of Xander seeing the Pacific ocean for the first time. We were in LA for an event for Dawn so I got to take him around to see the sights for a bit.

cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1707
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 4:03 pm:   Edit Post

"his vocabulary (which she estimated in the thousands) and sentence structure along with ability to communicate abstract thought is off the hook."

Pretty good for a drummer! :-)
Happy b-day, Xander.

Peter
pauldo
Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1184
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 4:57 pm:   Edit Post

Oh man, if 'our' nephew Xander is already two . . . That means that WE are getting older . . . :-D

"Ability to communicate abstract thought" is a trait that should be encouraged and nourished . . . Our world is over run by book thinkers.

Happy birthday Xander!
Your Alembic family loves you.
jcdlc72
Advanced Member
Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 340
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 5:29 pm:   Edit Post

Hooray for Xander!
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3437
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 5:51 pm:   Edit Post

Very Kool . Perhaps he will take to the drums as per the first pic !

Happy Birthday Xander
slawie
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Username: slawie

Post Number: 636
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 6:42 pm:   Edit Post

Happy Birthday Xander!
I am loving following his progress.
Tell him uncle Slawie from Australia has a kangaroo ride ready for him if y'all get to Oz.
bigredbass
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2174
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 10:15 pm:   Edit Post

I remember when we were all on the edge of our chairs pulling for Xander, so this is just terrific. A drummer with a thousand-word + vocabulary capable of abstract thought . . . . scary, huh?

Happy Birthday Xander, and all the best, Edwin !

J o e y
edwin
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1790
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 10:50 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, everyone! It's really great to have this Alembic family and the support over the last two years has been so uplifting to us all. We couldn't have done it without you. It would have been really tough going it alone. It feels really good to be able to share great experiences we are having now!

(Message edited by edwin on June 11, 2014)
terryc
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 2218
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 2:43 am:   Edit Post

Where has that time gone..well done Xander..A drummer with a thousand word vocabulary..new one to me LOL All drummers I know only have three statements
1. Where do I set up?
2. How much money am I getting paid?
3. Will the pizza shop still be open after we finish?
5a_quilt_top
Advanced Member
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 306
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 11:38 am:   Edit Post

All good news and an excellent choice of attire for the beach!

And when he gets a little older, you could suggest to him that drums, although fine by themselves, are perfect stepping stones to that most holy grail of all instruments...
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3439
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 11:55 am:   Edit Post

I have played with many drummers over the years ,some great and some not so much great. Some are completely intuitive and some very clinical. In between is great but I am always in delight when they can whip out the 40 rudiments ! WOW & KOOL factor ___ !

http://vater.com/education/snare_rudiments.cfm
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 8187
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 1:37 pm:   Edit Post

Adorable in every dimension! Love all the update pics.
moonliner
Advanced Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 240
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 3:56 pm:   Edit Post

That's wonderful to hear Edwin. I'm very happy for you all. Awesome about the ride in the big red truck! The ocean is pretty dang cool too!
peoplechipper
Senior Member
Username: peoplechipper

Post Number: 421
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 11:35 pm:   Edit Post

Happy birthday Xander! Unconventional wisdom is great( I think I am that too..)...the world needs more drummers(especially smart ones) so be happy...Tony
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1991
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 6:30 am:   Edit Post

Great to hear this Edwin! I believe in the "no news is good news" adage too.

Happy Birthday Xander!
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11356
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 4:58 pm:   Edit Post

Happy birthday, Xander!
dadabass2001
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1800
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, June 16, 2014 - 8:15 am:   Edit Post

My Mac is giving me fits, so pardon the tardy nature of this but: Happy birthday Xander!!

Mike
mario_farufyno
Senior Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 1049
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 5:46 am:   Edit Post

Go, Xander!
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 3540
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 7:27 am:   Edit Post

great to hear this Edwin. Send Xander a happy birthday wish from Britain.

Graeme
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5774
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 11:52 am:   Edit Post

Edwin:

Enjoy the ride! But beware - they turn into teenagers! Yikes!

Bill, tgo

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