This is going to be a very full week!
On Friday we are going here:
I think that it is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Australian East Coast.
The kids are SO excited.
But as al you ASD mum’s will know, it’s not just a matter of jumping in the car and driving….OH NO!
I spent the better half of today googling images of everything that I could think of to make up a “What’s happening each day” chart.
It is complete with images of the unit we are staying in, where we are stopping for lunch on the way, the length of the trip (shown on clock faces), what the pool at our unit looks like, the shopping centre we will have to go to buy food etc etc etc,
I also whiled away another couple of hours also on google images getting pictures of everything from tractors to a red car, to cows, to trains , to a blue car to a service station to make each child a “bingo” card that they can stick stars on as they spot them. Hopefully, that combined with the Nintendo DSs and the DVD player will make the 5 hour drive bearable!
I was chatting to Mr Patient and we were reminiscing about the first trip we took together not long after we were married.
We took a small overnight bag each, a shared swimming bag and the clothes on our backs and even he was also pretty spontaneous back then, we just up and went!
Now: we need to spend a week preparing the children, a day making up visual charts and reminders so that they will cope and I will spend hours the morning we leave making sure that every.last.possible.hurdle is predicted and a solution is put in place.
I admit that I seriously wondered whether we should just save all the hassle and stay home…..?
Here’s the kicker though…..
We are only going for THREE DAYS!!!