Happy March! This is always a month that seems to take its time coming and going. Not many school holidays, a weather and time change and the tease of Spring. Although, February surely was a month of anything goes. I kind of felt like February was just like my life- everyday, I wake up and just have no idea what to expect! This picture is from a Saturday morning family workout at Burn Boot Camp, it was a lot of fun!
February, the month we celebrate love. Every month is a great month to celebrate love, but this month we highlight it all. I like to go old school and make gifts, make coupons and make lots of baked goods to give to my family and friends. I love handwritten cards and notes and I love to leave little treats on pillows. I don’t like the commercialism of the month but I love to celebrate love. Try to think about ways you can too.
One word of advice for you this month- ask for what you want. I am serious, please try this. We are such caregivers and the queens of multitasking that our needs always get put on hold and then we get resentful.
Tell your partner what you want. If it is not easy for you, write it down. Here is an example:
“Babe, this week, I would love to have an hour to myself to read and if you could help get that laundry sorted, I would be so grateful , Thanks.”
It may sound silly, but ask for the little things you want. WE DESERVE IT!
I wish you all a happy start to the second month of 2018. I am starting my second book this week too!
A New Year. A perfect time to set goals and plan for a year of what is important to us. This year, my suggestions are to keep it simple, keep it real and keep yourself a priority. If we are not taking care of ourselves, we will have nothing to give to our kids and then our kids will suffer. It’s so common to put their needs first that we often neglect our own.
December has arrived. So many of us struggle in the Holiday season with the increase in activity, visitors, schedules etc. It can be a really tough time. One of the things I have learned in this journey, and truly try to practice, is remembering to say no. I struggled with this for a long time and now understand how important it is, for you and for your family! It doesn’t make you a “bad guy” and you will still be accepted and loved by those that truly matter.
November is here. I have already seen Christmas decorations and heard holiday music. My goal for you all and for me is to stay in the moment. Celebrate the Holiday that comes first and requires so much less effort- Thanksgiving. Truly, try to be thankful, stay present and enjoy the moments. Our Pinterest Board has lots to help you plan for Thanksgiving.
I hope the school year is going well so far for everyone. It has been smooth for us. I am pleased with the transition, the communication and he is really working hard with good results. It may not be forever, but it is for now, and I am happy! This picture is from his first Football game, his older sister has truly embraced his HS experience and is including in him as much as she can. I am holding all of it as tightly as I can, it feels so good!
Well, it is here. September. The beginning of all things Fall. Fall is a great time of year and I look forward to so much that the season brings. Fall cooking, apple picking & pies, hikes and watching football on our couch.
I do not transition well to the routine again and the calendar of school, schedules and stuff. I would be lying to you,(and I can’t do that)if I told you I was excited for our son to be starting High School. In fact, we had his orientation this week and although I was really pleased with the efforts and communication of his new school, I had a rough day. His new school did a great job with scheduling, and if it is any indication of the year ahead, we will be AOK. Where I fell short, and “Autism” won, was looking around, watching the joy and excitement of all the others around me. The kids all spoke and planned and shared. Our son was not a part of any of that. No one sought him out, nor did he seek any. No one made any plans to get lunch or ask him his schedule. He didn’t ask either. I felt raw. I wanted to leave and I was struggling. Our son knows KNOWDifferent, if he does, he doesn’t say anything, so, the issue is mine, not his. What do I do? Besides cry to a few close friends and share with all of you here, probably nothing. It just hurts. I don’t write this for pity, but I think many of you will relate and those who are here to learn, well, you will feel the emotions here and that is ok.
I know it will pass and some days are just harder, this was one.
As August arrives, I find myself thinking, “great , we have one more month of Summer” and then thinking, “OH NO, only one more month of Summer!”. I am already feeling the stressors of some of the scheduling and planning of the coming school year. Our son will be starting High School and we know the challenges will be real, but are excited about the new opportunities he will be having. Our daughter will be a Senior and that is incredibly overwhelming for me! So, I choose to focus on the now, create some more memories, have some new adventures and make these last few weeks count!
We will be heading to SC in a few days, it is an annual Summer tradition to visit family and it is one of the prettiest spots we have been to. This picture is from a trail we visited in Charlottesville followed by peach ice cream at Carter’s Mountain!
Can you believe it is July! This picture was taken as we celebrated the end of Middle School at Busch Gardens. He saw some peers taking pics in groups, we weren’t in one, and he said to me, “let’s take a picture mom”. My heart kind of melted. I will hold that forever. Such a simple moment, that so many typical parents would think nothing of, a milestone for me.
May ended for us with our annual Autism 5k with the Autism Society of Central Virginia. This tradition has become one that I really look forward to. It is a day of community support and a place where we all feel connected and a part of something. For many of us, that is not something we have on a daily basis. I am so thankful for all the ASCV brings to us.