For Easter we always get together at my Aunt’s house near Modesto, California. She has a few horses (ho-sies if you’re Søren) and the boys always enjoy spending time around them. Aiden is a little apprehensive but still likes to feed them very long strands of hay. Søren acted very excited but kept his distance. The weather was warmer than we’re used to at home but the warmth was comforting.
If you don’t follow on Instagram, or maybe didn’t pick up on the hint I left on the blog not too long ago, we just returned from a trip to Seattle, Washington! It was a last minute sort of whirlwind trip that included some work, play, and visits with friends and family. The airline overbooked the flight and we only were able to board the plane because a few wonderful volunteers gave up their seats. We each sat in different areas of the plane, and lucky for me, Søren was an angel the whole time. We skipped a rental car and took Seattle’s Link Light Rail from the airport to downtown, then walked to our hotel in the Belltown district from there. Overall we only managed to make it to about half of the places on our Seattle wishlist, and the weather was pretty decent.
Based on the photos above, can you guess which hotel we chose to stay at?
Aiden’s school has a walk-a-thon every year and he doesn’t normally participate. I’m not sure what makes him not want to, or if it’s just anxiety about people watching him. This year I offered him screen time minutes for participating in addition to our regular donations and he was so excited that he ended up actually running a few of his laps. He did tell me once that the music they were playing was too loud but he kept on anyway. I joined him about halfway through to encourage him more. I’m such a beaming and proud mama right now.
I feel like with Aiden’s Autism a lot of the successes I celebrate are not the same as other parents, but I don’t celebrate them any less. I used to spend a lot of time comparing Aiden to other children his age, but he’s not the same. The truth is, no two children are the same. Most of what I hear when it comes to Aiden’s Autism is that, “Oh, well he doesn’t look any different”. I don’t feel like he is different. He is a 10.5 year old boy who enjoys everything that other 10.5 year old boys do, his brain just processes information differently. And maybe loud noises hurt his ears. We’ve recently changed some of Aiden’s school routine and it has helped immensely with the stress at school and home. I feel like we’re finally starting to be able to help him more in that area and that makes everyone in our house happy.