Saturday, August 29, 2015

My Sunday Photo(s)

There are quite a few pictures today. One of the days on my holiday to Weymouth we visited SandWorld, it really is a lovely afternoon, and very reasonably priced compared to other attractions.

We saw this bunch of favourite children's characters:

The hungry Caterpillar:

David Bowie:

Alice in Wonderland:

A bit of Shakespeare

My family and Frankensteins monster:

Doctor Who:

And his Weeping Angels:

My family and Darwin's theory of evolution:

Then Mr.Ojo's favourite TV show:

There were more to see, I have loads of pictures. It was an hour well spent, with a nice little cafe, where you could do sand crafts included. 

I would highly recommend it, a pleasant hour out.

The Week That Autism Kicked our Butts

Last week, as a family, we went on holiday. Nothing special you say? No, it's not really.

Unless you add autism into the mix!

If you read my bio, you will see that I have 2 children on the spectrum. Sometimes, when you learn that both my children go to main stream school (the eldest has left, and isn't on the spectrum), it can be easy to think it's not that bad.

Mostly it's not. I have taken the National Autistic Society classes, that taught me how to parent my special children, and I really did listen. I have followed the tactics they suggested, like using time scales and letting them know what's happening and when.

Last week, in Weymouth, that all failed us.

We love Weymouth because it's quiet. There's are fairgrounds and shops, but they are not in your face and over stimulation can be avoided. Basically we can spend the whole day on the beach.

However, when it rains, and you have no Wi-Fi, you are screwed!

We took loads for them to do, but it wasn't enough.

There were meltdowns over the lack of MORE to do.
 There were meltdowns over where we ate.
There were meltdowns over over having to leave places (even when time frames were issued)

It was HARD.

I spent one day, lying on the floor of the caravan, colouring. My youngest child, who is not a fan of leaving the house, didn't want to leave the van.

Without a doubt, it is one of the worst holidays we've ever had. To top it off, the van wasn't brilliant. The doors were sticking, the water pressure was atrocious, so showering was a nightmare.

We went to the same campsite as before, hoping familiarity would help. It didn't.

It wasn't bad behaviour (although there was some of that), it was autism.

We managed one fairly good day. It dried up enough for us to make it to the beach. For a few hours, it was exactly what our holiday was meant to be.

I won't tell you how the day ended, you can probably guess.

I don't think I'll go on holiday next year, I just don't have the energy. I've been left feeling exhausted, drained, and like I failed my children.

What makes it worse, is its probably the last year our teen will come with us. He'll be 18 at Christmas, and this holiday was tough on him too.

This is the first year I've ever come to the end of the school summer holidays, sort of,  looking forward to then going back.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Reasons to be Cheerful

Can you believe the school holidays are almost over! In some parts of the UK, I believe it already is. Not here, we have another week, and a bit.

The Blog hop is still with Lakes Single Mum, for the remainder of August. Then back to me in September.

So here are my:

Reasons to be Cheerful
1. A bit of a make over. I know, I do this often, but it's my one indulgence. I've had my brows tinted, and shaped, and my lashes tinted. Today (Thursday) I shall be having my cut and colour redone (pictures will follow, I'm sure).
2. Loving Zumba. I really am. It's the first exercise I've utterly enjoyed, as well as getting a really good workout.

3. Holibobs! Yay. We are off to Weymouth again. Dog/House sitter is sorted, and I am looking forward to 5 days down south.

So, what is making you smile this week? Don't forget, it's the little things that are important, not just the big.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Time to compare again

It's that time again *gulps*.

I really do find this incredibly hard, to both write and, to publish. I have to do it though. 

I have to show that I'm changing. I have to prove to myself that I am strong enough.

I think, this time (the ones with the purple hair), I've noticed the change in my backside, more than the front!

Thanks to Zumba, I also think I am changing shape. My lower abdomen is getting smaller, which is making my Diastasis Recti (look it up, it's not serious) even more noticeable. I've paid a lot more attention to how to fix the problem with my muscles, recently, and shall be working on it over the next couple of months.

Like I said, in a post the other day, it's going to be a very long journey....which is frustrating. 

I also said, I will not stop.

Please be kind!

List Challenge: Favourite Smells

Firstly I would like to say, I am loving this challenge. To think of a list of things, around a chosen theme, is fun!

I'm a bit gutted, for Mama, you talk?, that more people haven't joined in.

Secondly, don't judge me for today's list! I have a very good sense of smell, I can smell a cold coming in one of my children, before they get it.

I actually craved smells, more than flavours, when I was pregnant on my boys.

Favourite Smells:

 (by far my favourite)
Grass being cut by a petrol strimmer
Fire lighters
Exhaust fumes
A wood fire
Nail Varnish
New Catalogues
Chinese being cooked
Home baked cookies

I really could go on, and on. I usually smell things first! I even tell my youngest to smell something, before tasting it. That's usually how I'll tell if I like something.

Like I say, don't judge.