While we were away

Baptism, reading out loud in front of the school, making friends, First Communion, deciding that he wanted his own birthday party with school friends,  getting his invitations out, turning 8, going to New York City for a week, sitting through his first Broadway musical three hours in the theater at night, finishing Grade 2, speech…

Visual Memory and His Love of Giverny

For Autism Awareness Month, I wanted to share a story regarding Johnny being a visual learner and his incredible memory. The other day I saw some pictures on Twitter of Monet’s famous water lily paintings and Johnny was looking over my shoulder and said, “Mommy that’s Giverny.” I asked him, “Who painted those?” and he answered “Monet…

Surfers Healing ~ First time Surfing

  On August 18th 2014, my son Johnny had an amazing opportunity along with a whole bunch of other Autistic children to  go out on the waves and try surfing with a professional surfer.   He had tried paddle boarding last summer when Surfers Healing came to our home city last year which was a nice…

Happy Birthday My Little Guy

  Johnny turned seven years old last weekend. This year he told me that he wanted a birthday party, cake, decorations and games like I did for his little sister’s birthday. When his sister asked him who he wanted to invite he said “you Princess are invited, Mommy and Daddy and Grandma and Grandpa.” Princess…

The Ring and the Con

    We were walking to the Tuileries over a pedestrian bridge from the Museum D’Orsay, when Johnny noticed “lover locks” on the bridge that seem to be appearing everywhere in Paris.  Suddenly he picks up something gold and says “RING.”   I hear his Daddy calling me as he rushes over to Johnny as he is also…

There Was A Boy On The Metro….

  We were riding the metro back one night when my eyes caught something in the reflection in the glass.  A boy, no a young man sitting with head phones on.   This is a usual site on a subway train or a public bus so why would this catch my eye? The young man is…

He Always Finds The Fountains….

  Johnny’s little sister Princess finally had him convinced that it was time to go hunting for fountains and the race was on. He had heard the trickle of spraying water and now she couldn’t keep up as she yelled, “Johnny wait for me.” Water has always been calming to Johnny and a source of…

A Cornucopia of Locks

Our first wander on our first evening in Paris was to head down towards the Seine river  for a walk and cross a bridge over the Louvre so that Johnny could see the fountains.  We stumbled across the “The Lover’s Bridge” or Ponts Des Arts that has been taken over by the “lovers lock” phenomenon that has…

So We Want To Travel And Be Adventurous

  When my other half and I decided to have children one of the promises we made to each other is we still wanted to travel and see incredible places. We knew this would be challenging especially financially but we loved adventure and experiencing different cultures so we wanted to be determined to make this…