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Happy Spring! Happy Autism Awareness Month!

"As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases." Happy Tuesday to you! It has been a minute. We have been busy with school; both my autistic son, my neurotypical daughter, and I are all remotely doing our studies online, and it can be interesting at times. Sometimes, we see one another in the evening or afternoon, but we always sit down together for dinner, which is a blessing. Mainly just to talk about our days and see how each other is doing, although we are all in the same home we all have different lives and schedules, LOL!  What did you all do for spring break? We had a severe staycation, during which we rested, binged, and relaxed some more. It was such a fun time, and it was sad that it was only 5-7 days, but at least we all were there together. I hope this post finds you all safe, enjoying your families, and creating long-lasting memories.  Until next time, take care of yourself and each other. 
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2023-24-Where we've been these past few months and other tales....

"As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases." * I decided to go back to school to get my master's degree in psychology.  *Our autistic son is entering his final year of high school and will be graduating in the spring of 2024( fingers crossed ). *Our oldest is working hard with a full-time job, is an entrepreneur and goes to college full time.  *Hubby is an awesome supporter, partner, and overall best friend for all that we have endured throughout out our 25+ years love affair.  Life is busy and sometimes I don't get to blog as much as I would like to but when I do, it is worth it in the end. I still have lots to say when it comes to being an advocate for our son and it will continue. We have learned that there are not a lot of programs out there, in regard to post high school, but there are jobs that may or may not work. It is a matter of going out there and getting your special needs son or d

November 2023 Winter

" As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases."  Hello Everyone,  Can you believe that we are already in November? My oldest is in her 3rd year of college and chose to do her studies remotely and loves it. As you already know, our youngest is autistic and he is in his final year of high school. Lots to think about and do in this final push and the journey still continues.  We are anticipating just relaxing this 3-day weekend, so that we have time to refresh, take naps and whatever else is in store. So far, we have had a bunch of rain that just keeps on coming here in the PNW, but it did finally stop today with more in the forecast, LOL! If you are trying to figure out what movies are out to watch this holiday season, we can think of a few that are our family's favorites during the holidays.  Hope you have a safe 3-day Veteran's Day weekend! Holiday Movies Lineup:  It's A Wonderful Life    

October is Halloween and Fun Cooking Skills

"As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases."   Spooky Recipes for Halloween-Life Skills Halloween is a great time for serving creative and "gross" foods. Kids' parties and adult get-togethers can both benefit from some creepy food. From freaky finger foods to ghoulish drinks, you can serve up a memorable meal! Here are some spooky recipes for Halloween, from classy and fun to ghastly and delicious! Cheese and Deli Meats Cheese and deli meats may not be the scariest foods around, but you can cut these flat foods into Halloween-themed shapes, like ghosts, pumpkins and cats. The more orange the cheese, the better! Then layer them on crackers and add details with black olive slices for spooky hors d'oeuvres.                                       Mummies-in-a-Blanket Use your favorite pig-in-a-blanket recipe but wrap a full-sized hot dog with dough rather than the small weenies. Press pep

September and Senior Year

"As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases." September is here! Did you create some memories with your loved ones this summer? We did lots of reflection of how far we have come when it comes to advocating for our autistic son.  Now we are in his senior year of high school and there is so much more to do, such as trying to figure out next steps and, in a nutshell, 'Life After High School'. What is next?  From one autistic/special needs parent to another, keep on advocating for your loved one and seek the prize at the end of this journey.... independence and a life fulfilled with people who love them and offer valued support and accommodations for a full life.  Until next time, take one day at a time and keep going.  ~Mom Advocate

Prepping for Homeschooling for the Fall 2023-24 School Year

"As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases." Good afternoon Everyone,  August is winding down and we are in the last few weeks of summer vacation. Did you create some memories? As a homeschooling mom to an older autistic teenager my job as a mom and homeschooler is a bit more involved, especially when it comes to homeschooling a student on the spectrum.  When we started homeschooling our youngest, there were so many homeschooling workbooks to navigate and figure out what would work best for my child. Sometimes you have to go through a lot of trial and error to get it right.  If this is your first time starting your homeschool journey with a special needs child, look at all the options available to you. We had tried it all:  1. Public School 2. Co-Op Homeschool 3. Part-Time Homeschooling 4. Remote Public School Fortunately for us, because we had tried everything else, including what types of accommo

School is around the corner and Summer went by so fast.....

"As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases." Hello Everyone,  Can you believe that summer is almost over? (Say it isn't so)! We are already in the final week of July and school will start back up next month on the 28th (at least for us, others will be different). We have learned lots this summer, especially about how much older my son will be as well as change. He is in his final year of high school and becoming more and more vocal in what he needs and wants. I also have found that the more I push for him to do certain things around the house, the more vocal he has become in what he doesn't like to do as well, LOL! Either way, it is all good because this shows me that he knows how to advocate for himself, especially if he is uncomfortable or just doesn't like something.  What are your aspirations and hopes for your children? Unborn Children? We are parents to an adult daughter and almost a