Saturday, 17 September 2011


I am the Worlds Worst Blogger. It has been 14 days since my last blog...
But I have good reasons.
#1 I have four children and a Husband. That's self explanatory.
#2 I have recently started an ASD support group AND am helping admin a Facebook page A4cwsn-Australia but more on that later.
#3 In the last week I have survived my sons 8th Birthday Party with 30+ kids and our first family holiday.
#3 is the topic of this belated Blog Post...
So Ryan is now 8! We had the best Birthday party ever.I have decided all Birthday parties will be outside from now on...

Ryan and his friend Andy


Princess Darcy
The lolly throw
The cake

There are no photos of Ryan blowing out the candles...because he didn't. He actually sat in the car while his friends sang Happy Birthday. That was ok, they know him and love him and not one of them even commented on the fact that he did not want to be there. Cool friends :-)

Less then 24 hours later we were off to Seaworld Resort for our very first family holiday. It may have been only 3 nights but it was so good! The boys were amazing. We didn't worry about school or appointments or anything. I let the kids do their thing. We walked and walked, we swam, we ate in a Restaurant ( 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners) NO DRIVE THRU. 

I have been told alot during this journey with Aspergers to be patient and have listened to advice like "baby steps". Sometimes I wanted to punch the people who said these things...but now almost 4 years later I have seen how those baby steps can become one giant leap...WE ATE IN A RESTAURANT!

Yes these 4 days were a big deal and just what we all needed. There were rules though...
I did what the boys wanted to do... Holidays are not times to teach or push them to do what we want them to do. I went where they wanted, let them eat what they wanted and even slept when they wanted and it worked. 

Ryan lining things up...on a rope :-)

Sadly all great things must come to an end but we have some great memories and I have promised we will do it again next year.

Oh, and just in case you missed it... WE ATE IN A RESTAURANT!


  1. Hey Teriann, CONGRATULATIONS on eating in a restaurant!! This is a fantastic blog. I'm sure you sharing your experiences so openly will be helpful to other parents of Asperger's kids. Good on you - you're a champion! :-D

  2. woo Haven't been in one of those for years!!! happy for you. May it be the first of many such occasions!