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…

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…

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…

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…