As I’m sure many of you know, April is Autism Awareness Month. Shame on me, as it is April 12th and I have not shared a single blog post this month! The new job has been a bit of a time suck, and then we had spring break (more on that below). Slowly I’m getting back into the game and will have quite a few posts in the next couple of weeks. Please be patient with me if you get more email update notices than usual, it’s just an April phenomenon – I promise.
I have three Autism Angel posts coming up, as well as a new essay I wrote about autism. I submitted it to a bigger site, since it’s Autism Awareness Month – fingers crossed that it gets accepted. If not, I’ll post it here. In the meantime, here’s a list of the more popular posts I’ve written about autism over the last three years:
The kids and I went to Florida to see friends and family for spring break. I was really looking forward to our trip, because I’ve been working so much. The vacation didn’t live up to my expectations. One child coughed the whole trip. Poor Bear. The weather in Florida was rainy, cloudy and at times unseasonably cooler than normal. We only had one beach day – well one and a half. We also had a few mishaps that put a damper on the trip and a dent in my wallet. My children need to learn to be gentler on things. Still, it was nice to break away from our routine.
And we’re off…
Me and my BFF enjoying the sunset in Sarasota.
Hunter, Aud & Tanner
A quick visit (too quick!) with one of my moms, Natalie.
Cam & Hunter
Finally got our beach day in Fort Lauderdale!
Someone was excited!
Bear loves rolling in the sand.
Catching up with another one of my besties!
Our traditional bon voyage dinner with Uncle Mark.
Track season is almost over – yay! I’m whipped and I’m not even the one running. Last night I sat in the stands while it rained for two hours. I don’t how those kids run in the rain, but they do. Hunter loves it. It was a good season for both boys, but I’m ready for a less chaotic schedule.
Hunter B. got behind the wheel of a real vehicle for the first time. He’s been practicing on the Ranger, but I decided it was time to move things along. When we were in Florida I found out that my friend’s son, who’s only two months older than Hunter, is driving. I felt bad that we haven’t spent more time teaching Hunter how to drive. A few days ago I was driving Hunter home from the track and made a spontaneous decision. When we pulled into the neighborhood, I stopped the car and told Hunter it was time for him to put his foot on the pedal. He didn’t believe me at first – but then there was the nervous laugh and big smile that told me it really was time. He only drove for maybe ¾ of a mile? He made two right turns, and I called it a day. He did fine, it was Mom who needed a rest! Oh boy, here we go.
I’ve had a few pieces up at Chick Lit Plus in the last month. I reviewed The Promise of Forgiveness by Marin Thomas. You can read the review here. If you’re looking for a new book to read, I wrote a post about April’s new chick lit releases. You can read it here.
I finally got my hands on the print version of Multiples Illuminated, edited by Megan Woolsey and Alison Lee. The essay I wrote for the anthology is about the first time Barrett and Hunter slept in separate bedrooms. It’s a funny story, in my humble opinion, not sad like my essay in Mothering Through the Darkness. Official publication day is May 1st, but Amazon has been shipping early – so you can order your own copy now (link in the side bar).
Alison and Megan made memes of all the featured essays as a part of the book’s promotional campaign. Here’s mine:
I read quite a few books on spring break. Some of my favorites are:
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews – fun and entertaining.
Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany – heartbreaking!
The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke – thought provoking and nostalgic.
10 Reasons You Feel Old and Fat by Dr. Frank Lipman – informative!
Dr. Lipman’s book really motivated me to get my act together! I’m currently doing his “revitalization cleanse.” So far, I don’t feel very revitalized. I’ve had a headache for four days. I haven’t cheated at all (no dairy, gluten, fruit, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, corn, or processed foods of any kind) – I swear! It’s a 14-day cleanse and Dr. Lipman PROMISES that I will feel like a new person at the end. I better!
I hope you’re doing well. Can you believe that my kids only have 33 days left of school? I need to finalize my summer plans, and there are a whole bunch of other things I need to complete as well. Hopefully mental focus will be one of the results I achieve on the cleanse. Lord knows I need it!
And finally, this made my heart sing:
We have another reader in the house!