Autism Art Masterpiece

Autism Art Masterpiece



– What is up guys? Welcome to the vlog. Hi! 'scill's got a hair appointment. – Yep. – She's getting ready to go
do that. – Get my hair did. – We've been up, it's
like, it's almost one. We've been working all morning. Priscilla and I got up early,
the kids slept in late. – I know. – Yeah. We got a bunch done
though so that's awesome. Isaiah got me a present for Father's Day. I think I told you
guys, but, check it out. So, this is James Coffee Company. James and Peter McKinnon,
they partnered to make this. It's Golden Hour blend, this coffee. And then, this enamel
mug with the owl logo and the Canada. Love some Canada, man. Love it. Love coffee even more. And the Canada. Later on, brew some of that. Those are whole beans,
so we gotta grind them, and do the whole thing. So excited. We have a plan to save our days here. Obi-Wan, are you down for the plan? You actually look like Princess Leia. "Help me Obi-Wan, you're our only hope". (lively electronic music) So we talked about in the vlog that, I was feeling a little down, little meh, about the move and all that, and dealing with the lenders and all that crap, ya know? Someone made a comment that we should faith pack. So we're packing on faith, that we're gonna move. I think it's a good, it's a good idea, ya know? It gets ya kinda in the
direction of moving, makes you feel like you're movin', makes you feel like your doin' things. Why are you sizing up
your turtle for his leash? It's, he's not gonna go on a walk. – He's getting excited, look at 'em. He's like, "Oh I wanna go on a walk."
– It's the same color, as his food jar too. He's not getting exited to go on a walk. – Gonna go on a walk. – No, no, no. Son, we have three boxes filled from your room. – Yep. – And all three have bottles in them. – Yeah, yeah. Well, one has hats. – No, bottles and hats. – Yep. Bottles and hats. Do I have too many bottles? – [Asa] You have three boxes of bottles. (singing) Do you want to tell
everybody about your bottles? So they know what, why you have bottles? – Oh yeah, a lot of you guys don't know. So, I collect bottles from special events. And so, when we went on the AP state tour for example. I got a special bottle, and it's of craft soda, and then I write on the bottom where I got it from, and the year. But, it's kind of like a, memory thing. You know? Keep up with what I've. – You remind me of the guy from Peter Pan, who had his marbles. Bag of marbles. – Yeah. "I've lost my marbles". – Isaiah's memories are
in little glass bottles. It's kinda sad. – It's not sad, it's– – It's quaint. – It's eccentric. – It's all, yeah, and sad. – And sad, really sad. – [Asa] Are you gonna pack? Huh? Girl, you are in a perpetual
weekend aren't you? You get your rest. She's had issues sleeping. Another meltdown before bed last night. – Mm-hmm. – You always worry
about, like, comorbidity. You know, any other issues
she's having mentally, things like that. That's, I was laying
there after a meltdown tryin' to help her. You know, I'm worried about that. Priscilla and I have talked about it. We both agree, like,
think it's just hormones. Ya know? She's teenager, raging
hormones all the time. So, we also got a question. Someone said that, "Do we
ever sit and wonder, like, ya know, oh is that autism
or is that just, you know, teenager and hormones, stuff like that?" Yeah, of course we do, all the time. I think, one difference though, is that, like, even though something may just be, oh well that's hormones, it's teenager. It's how she responds to
it that's differently, 'cause she doesn't have the social cues or the social understanding of I can or cannot act this way, or should or should not act this way. So, she just lets it all rip, ya know, and like full on raging meltdown because she's upset about something. – [Asa] Right now she's
upset about nothing, and that's good. Love you sweet girl. – [Asa] Are you hiding? Can't hide in here. She knows you're here. – This is gonna take a moment. – [Asa] Good luck Brandy. (laughing) – That's not nice. – [Asa] It's the Monday
after Surfers For Autism. She is, like, the tiredest she's ever been in her
entire life. – Oh yeah. Was she up a lot last night? Or just tired from surfin'? – [Asa] No, she slept super late. – Wow. – [Asa] Yeah, she slept 'til
like, ten-thirty. – No way. – [Asa] Ten o'clock, yeah. – [Asa] Can't believe you woke up. – [Brandy] I know. (giggling) – [Asa] Brandy was walking out the door, and she's like "I'll wake up now". Well, guess what. – [Brandy] Are you ready? – [Asa] At least it's just vacuuming. It's easy. – Yeah, she picked (mumbles) (electronic music) – 'Kay, so I also talked
about a plan earlier. So, the plan is, to pack things. But the plan is also to enjoy our summer. So what we've done is,
like, each one of us, like picked out something
we wanna do this week. – Mm-hmm. – Like, a movie night. Or, Priscilla said like, a pool day. Which obviously won't be a whole day. But you know, a few hours at the pool. So, you know, we'd get up, and we'd pack and we work and we get all this stuff done. Then when we have something
to look forward to, the kids have something
to look forward to, it's not just, hey, we
gotta pack and move. You know? And, I think, it's not
just a tip for young kids, it works for older kids too, right Isaiah? – Yep. – And hey, we're gonna
watch a movie tonight. 'Kay? – Yeah. – Fun movie night. But we're also gonna pack the house. That way they have
something to look forward to instead of just more packing, ya know? Or whatever activities you have
them doing around the house. I know not everybody's moving. But, you always want them to do chores, and get stuff done. So we have it scheduled out. Kinda gives us incentive
as parents as well, to, you know, get things done. And then, we can have a good time. Still enjoy the first part of our summer where we got all this stuff going on. How's it going? – Good. – [Asa] You better pack
all those board games, we're gonna need 'em. For all those fun family nights. Playing games. – [Asa] I love, how cultured you are. – Yep. – [Asa] I was petting the fur, the faux-fur. – Oh you were, yeah. I feel like my closet's weird. – [Asa] It is weird. – Wow. – [Asa] You have a strange closet. – I'm just now looking at this. – [Asa] Pineapple pajamas. – Actually they're fineapple pajamas. (tongue clicking) I'm cute. Wait, what time we watching the movie? – [Asa] It depends how soon
you quit playing around. And get packed. – So, we're not watching
the movie tonight? (laughing) – [Asa] Wow. That's a bunch of art. – [Nanny] She was super compliant. – [Asa] So, my favorite one though, is this one. Look at me. (laughing) – Stop. I'm not going out when I leave here. – [Asa] It's a masterpiece. – [Nanny] She totally
will do this with me. Rock the canvas too. – [Asa] Wow. – [Nanny] To the paint, so. – [Asa] That's amazing. – [Priscilla] It is amazing. – [Nanny] So. – [Asa] Holy cow. – [Nanny] Think it goes this way. – [Asa] That is a… – Man, this is thousands
of dollars in a (mumbles) – [Asa] That's her masterpiece. – Yeah. – [Asa] We've had that canvas for a while, we've been wanting to
do a fundraiser with it. – That's so cool. – [Asa] That's fantastic. – [Priscilla] Good job, Nanny! – [Nanny] Good job, sugar pop. – [Asa] Are you gonna let us have 'er? Or are you keeping that one? – It's yours. (laughing) Now we know, buy me a stack. Buy me, I'm ready for studio and a utility sink. We need a utility sink. – [Asa] Okay. (laughing) We can make all that happen. – So but, yeah. – [Asa] Wow, that's beautiful. – She will do this, she
totally held her end in. Did this with me. I'm excited that she would do it. – [Asa] Yeah. – Isn't that cool? – [Asa] That is so cool. – Oh it's drying. – [Asa] I love that. – [Asa] Hey, say bye to Nanny. What, are you riding a bicycle there? – She wait– – [Asa] You got one pant's leg. – [Priscilla] Thank you so much Nanny, that's awesome. – [Asa] Yeah, that's awesome. – Yeah it's cool, she'll that like, that's a good size, she can get the rhythm
of rocking a canvas. – [Asa] Hey, you did a
fantastic job painting. Good job. How did you paint Nanny? High five. How did you paint Nanny? How did that happen? Stop asking for food, you just ate dinner. Huh? I wanna know. I wish I had a camera set up in here. Hey, so, I'm not calling you out at all, I'm just talking the reality of things, and things that happen. Ya know? And 'cause we've all done 'em before. But, earlier today, Isaiah was getting stuff out of his car, he came back in and just got distracted, forgot to lock the door, so. I was upstairs packing, and, I heard the motion thing go off on the Ring Doorbell. And I was like, did he go back out to his car? And I just, you know, like 30 seconds later, so I looked out outside, and Abbie's walking down the street, checking other people's door handles, trying to get in their car. She's got a thing about getting, she like, always wants go for a car ride, so she'll get into a hot car, she doesn't care. Then the mail lady pulled up, as I was running downstairs, to run outside, and Abbie tried to get in the van with the mail lady. Like, of all things Abbie, do not get in strangers' vans. Like, that's the number one rule, you don't do. So that was kinda scary, but, it's not something, like, we've all done it. You know? We've all forgotten to lock the door. Abbie hasn't tried to get
into some stranger's van on the side of the road. But, we've all forgot to lock the door. – You know, when dad talks about, like, you know, this is real life, and people talk about it, like, "Oh my gosh, I just
don't know how you guys are so perfect all the time". We're not, we just don't
always have the camera on. So, you don't see all of my mess ups, 'cause I have plenty. – Aw. – Well, and that's why
I talk about it, like, 'cause in the moment, like, I'm not gonna grab a camera and like, "Abigail's outta the house, thumbnail". Like, I'm just gonna go get my kid before she gets hit by a car. And, you know, it's easier
to pick up the camera when things are going smooth and everything's easy and everything's happy and fun. And, I want you guys to know, these things happen to us too. It happens. – [Asa] Isaiah's proofs came in. (sighing) – [Asa] Priscilla says
"Take all my money". – Take all of it. – [Asa] She has, oh you guys, stories. I got so mad one year, because she bought all the photos. Because they were gonna throw them away. – Yeah. – 'Cause that's what they do to you. They're like "Well, if you
don't buy the portraits, we'll just throw them away". So she bought, how much was that? – It was a lot. – It was like $300. – Yeah. – Oh. – Mm-hmm. – Yeah. – Well, don't look at this price tag. – Oh, this is more than that. Dad knows that. – How much– – You should know. – What do you mean I should know? How much more? – Like, she wants to get
the unlimited package. – [Asa] How much is the unlimited package? (mumbles) – Like $500. – $530. (exhaling loudly) – [Asa] We're not
getting college pictures, I'm telling you that right now. (laughing) – What? Yes we will! – So, funny story for you guys. The movie quote that I did
the other day on the vlog. What day was that? Oh, it was on the way to SFA, and we saw the truck and the quote was "You like dags?" So, a lot of you guessed it right, a ton of you. And so many of you said, "I can't believe nobody
has guessed it yet, it's a great movie". The problem is, I have
pretty strict word filters on to hold comments for review, so all of your movie quote guesses went to held for review, 'cause the name of the movie is Snatch. So, it went straight to held for review, like, a 100 comments over there with the movie title. So, good job. (laughing) That's funny. Yeah, good luck if you're a troll, good luck gettin' a dirty
word through my filter. I've got, it's like, 3000 words and word combinations, somethin' like that. – [Asa] Hi, you're gonna hang out with me while I work? Yeah? We're not gonna get a snack right now, but if you wanna hang out you can. Go ahead, sit down, hang out. No snacks, nope, not doing it. (murmuring) No, you can't take, no gimme that. You cannot take the beach towels, you gotta stop chewing
on the beach towels. Okay? So I got the question, I think it was on Patreon, someone asked if I can show
how I make vlogs, sure. – [Asa] So, I use Adobe Premiere Pro. So I use a dual screen set up. Laptop over here. Second screen over here. It makes my work flow a lot faster. They spread things out nicely 'cause you have all your controls and stuff for like effects and color grading and effect controls. Your project panel up here, all that. And then, on this screen, I can do the bulk of the work, so this is kinda like a preview of what it looks like. Then this is the timeline that I'm actually working in. So like, when there's music overtop of tracks. So like, this is music
down here on this line. And then, up here, is gonna
be a second audio source. So two audio sources;
one music, one speech. Video is right here in the middle. Another video track here,
that's an adjustment layer for changing colors and stuff. It can get super technical. This is actually pretty easy. Like, I just have, this is about as complicated as I get. You know, I might have a transition, an adjustment layer, video, audio, music, and then I might have like a transition sound effect, something like that in there. I keep my files open over here, so they're easy to get to. And like, I just have it labeled with what it is. So I can go through quickly and find stuff. Some stuff is just sound. Like, I just collect
audio to use in the vlog. I don't have a dedicated sound recorder, so I just use the mic on the camera, and so I was pointing it at the water, and getting waves sounds, so I could use it in the vlog. Reason being, is drone
footage does not have audio. Doesn't have any sound. And, somebody actually commented one time that they wanted to hear audio, they wanted to hear the waves and stuff like that. So I was like, oh, that's
a really good idea. Why don't I do that? So, that's what I do. Now, a really in depth vlog like this one, it takes a long time, you know it probably took me, two hours, to about an hour and a half to build the first, like,
two minutes of the vlog. Right around there, so. Sometimes it can take a real long time. Other sections of it are pretty fast. Like talking parts of it. Those are pretty easy to get through. Little jump cuts here, there. But it's those heavy B-roll music montage, stuff like that, the transitions with the zooms and stuff. That stuff takes a while to create. So, if we're talking about
like, a live action vlog, you know, where it's just us talking, and doing stuff, things like that. It can take me as short as
three hours to edit a vlog. One of these, something
more intense and detailed, could be up to like, six
hours total, to edit. And that's about a 10 to 12 minute video. 10, 15 minutes, takes me six hours, so. It's a lot of work. – [Asa] What are you yelling about? Huh? (vocalizing) Why are you
making so much noise? What? No you're not eating,
you already had dinner. It's bedtime now. (clapping) It's 10:15. It's so late. Yeah, you need to get ready for bed. What do you think of that? (moaning) Are you ready for bed? (moaning) Need to go to the bathroom? Then go to the bathroom. (moaning) You need a break? You're not doing anything
that requires a break. And everything I learn, I just
kinda jumped in and did it. Anything I don't know I
just look up on YouTube as a matter of fact. I learn how to do stuff. I learned something new today. I was doing zoom transitions, like, build your own zoom
transitions for this vlog, so. You can learn how to do
all this stuff online. Pretty cool. – We just put Abbie in bed. – Mm-hmm. – So today, today because
it's past midnight, so, technically tomorrow. – Yeah, what's the date? The 25th. – The 25th. Tell them what today is 'scill. – Today is our adoption day for Maverick. – Yep. – We adopted him six years ago. If you guys don't know, Maverick was at the
Savannah Humane Society. He was a puppy. We think maybe, like, nine weeks? – Mm-hmm. – 10 weeks old? And he was left there. And so, that's where we adopted him from. So, he's been with our family ever since. – So we adopted him as a service dog. He came home with us. And after that he went to. He came home with us for how long? – 'Bout two weeks. – Okay. – [Priscilla] And then he went to jail. – Yeah, he went to the
pound puppy program. – [Priscilla] Criminal. – So they get like initial
training from inmates at the jail in Georgia. – Mm-hmm. – And, prison in Georgia. – Yeah. – And it's a pound puppy program, so, they get like, sit, stay, use a bathroom outside, they call those, you know, the initial commands and stuff like that, and it helps rehabilitate
the inmates as well. – And they're with the inmates for 24/7. – Yeah. – The whole time they're there. – So he got that initial training and then he went to the Woof Pack which is a trainer that
used to be in Georgia. – Mm-hmm. – They're not there anymore, to get his service dog training. His specialized training. – And she had a daughter with autism. And then she also does
military service dogs, but they've since moved, because her husband was in the military. – So Maverick's job was, had to do with elopement
primarily at first. We had plans for him to go and track her if she did elope and go missing. And then assist with sensory issues, meltdowns, that sort of thing. – Mm-hmm. – He was a service dog for how many years? – I think about three years. – Three. Sounds about right. So what happened was, Abigail grew out of things. The elopement reduced, we quickly realized
that her sensory needs, like, she is, was and still is the only person that can really fulfill her sensory needs. – Right, most of her sensory needs are all self regulated. – Yeah. – Because that's just how she works. – Sensory blank, you
know, weighted blankets, compression vest, weighted vest, none of that stuff has
ever worked for her. – But honestly, I wouldn't even say it's never worked, but, the point of a sensory diet, if you guys ever hear that term. – True. – Is to teach them how
to regulate themselves. And Abbie was on a sensory diet, for years and years. She had multiple sensory diets, and I think that it was successful. – Yeah. – And that she learned what she needed. – Mm-hmm – So, I wouldn't say it didn't work, I think it was very successful. – True. – And we've never been
able to find anything that can replace what that does for her. – Right. So moving forward with Maverick, you know, he was not
needed as a sensory dog, as a service dog anymore. – Mm-hmm. And that's where we retired him, you know, we wanted him to have a life as a pet and just remember the family. – Mm-hmm. – We didn't see any sense
in working him more, trying to find a fit for
him as a service dog anymore in Abbie's life 'cause
she didn't require it, so. – There ya go. – Yep. – There's the 411 on Maverick. – We need to close out the vlog as well. (mumbles) – Oh you're tired? – I'm tired. – 'Kay, we'll see you guys tomorrow. – Bye! – Bye! – Oh, I was looking at the thing. – Oh. – 'Cause I was trying
to see if I looked cute. (laughing) – Bye guys. – [Asa] Maverick sit. Good boy. Maverick sit, sit. Good boy. Do again?

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