As most of you would have already have worked out….we had an absolutely fantastic trip to America recently.
Our children travelled brilliantly (a lot of thanks goes to the sleeping tablets that my boys already take on a regular basis) and also as a result of the months and months of forward planning that went into our holiday.
But yes, despite all this…there were still some “interesting” moments as is to be expected but I’m stoked to say that they really were rare and very manageable.
The wheels really didn’t fall off until we returned home this week but that’s a whole other blog post!
We were in the States for a total of eighteen days which seems like enough time to cover a lot of ground right?….Well, yeah, but we didn’t.
We know that overloading kids is never a good idea ESPECIALLY when they are on the spectrum! So we spent a lot of days just relaxing in the hotel room or taking it easy doing things like swimming or strolling down boulevards and lanes as the boys stopped and felt every lamp post, concrete square and blade of grass in their endless pursuit of sensory nirvana!
And I believe that we reaped the rewards of this in their subsequent remarkable behaviours.
Sure, I would’ve loved to have spent more time shopping, sightseeing and I REALLY wanted to drive Route 66 but I had to make the decision to be thankful that we were even ABLE to have an overseas holiday with our kids and realise that this was not all about me. THIS time anyway
We had to make the decision to not sweat the small stuff and allow the children to do things that normally would be jumped on immediately. Stuff that normally drives us spare and makes us crazy!
Like rolling around on the floor under the chairs at the airport….
Hiding under restaurant tables:
And we had to make allowances for the children when they became tired or grumpy as a result of being kept out late the previous night……even if the strain of this still showed on our faces!
And the technicalities?
Well technically 8 years old is too old for a stroller right?!
Well…no. No it’s not when you have Sensory Processing Disorder and need a place to escape the constant lights, noise and crowds. You do whatever works when you’re us.
And chewing…..NORMALLY chewing on a hat cord would make me wild but I realised that Disneyland is quite a lot to take in and I had to let it go…. MAN that was hard for me! I had to let a LOT of things slide and there were times that I had to just close my eyes or look away because it wasn’t worth the fight!
And you know what? I think I may have gained a little bit more tolerance and patience as a result!
But only a little bit mind you….let’s not go crazy now!
Yes…..There were a lot of different and unusual happenings while we were away.
A lot of things were exactly the same as if we were back home…..
For example….we still had Lucas on constant sensory seeking missions:
And sometimes I had to help him by doing some O.T. on-the-go
Car travel was pretty much the same as it is here:
And my kids still displayed impeccable table manners:
And….there was more climbing:
Thankfully, I’m an amazing mother who keeps up with her children by always staying fit EVEN when I’m on holidays:…..
You got me.
I totally lied about that……my choice of footwear kinda gives me away I know!!
But kudos to my Mum for playing along when I asked her to grab her camera and snap me “hard at word” LOL
All in all, it was quite a funny 2 1/2 weeks if you choose to see the amusing amidst the frustrating.
Thankfully, in Vegas you could buy Margaritas on the STREET:
And they were GOOD:
To the very last drop
We had such a wonderful time away……I hope you enjoyed this walk on the lighter side of life