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…

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…

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…

It’s Alright On The Bus

Johnny is back at school and he is back to riding the small school buses again.  He has a complicated schedule where some days he is taking 2 buses and other days he is taking 3 buses.  When we began this school year one of the promises Johnny’s Daddy and I made to each other…

Gazing Out At Trees Leads To….

 It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. ~ John Wooden When we were on vacation, Johnny was drawn to the beautiful view from our hotel’s window.  He would stand and gaze out and then say “green trees, forest and buildings.” Later he sat with the iPad drawing App and this…

Its Gotta Be The JellyFish

While we were on vacation we visited an aquarium. Johnny loves seeing all the fish in the large tanks and his sister wanted to see the Beluga whales. There were dolphins, sharks, penguins, and otters as well but i never guessed what would attract his attention this day.  Who knew that when we walked to…

Tasting The Air

Three years ago we traveled back to the city I was born and grew up in that is nestled by the mountains and the ocean.  Johnny was two years old and at the time we knew he had developmental challenges in various areas but we did not know he had Autism. Johnny absolutely loved being…