Hello my lovely bloggy friends
Today was the first day of a week off school…YAY!!!
I find life so much easier when I can plan my own Aspie brain and do things at my own pace.
So, I just LOVE the school holidays
My Aspie kids both function so much better without the mental strain and over stimulation of the social atmosphere of school environment.
*CAL got herself up, washed and dressed. She got her own breakfast and organised her own activities for the morning.
She even remembered we had plans for the afternoon.
I will just explain the difference
On a school day she is shutdown most mornings and so drained from the day before. I have to tell her what to do one thing at a time.
She has picture lists everywhere in our home to prompt her memory. So she can manage to do the normal everyday things.
Our plan for our afternoon
We had planned to go to McDonalds for lunch and then go and buy fish food for Jack and Roger (*CAL’s pet Goldfish) from the local pet store. Also we needed to pick up a few things from a local shop.
When we got to our local McDonalds it was totally packed.
The queue for the drive thru was even worse. I didn’t fancy it one bit, so I knew my *CAL would not cope well.
First of all she only really likes to sit at one particular table.
Secondly there were a lot of kids her age in groups and with this she will always hide.
I sat and chatted with her in the car
She said she didn’t fancy the noise so I made a decision to drive further out towards a different district. I knew this would be strange for her but I felt it would be easier on her sensory. Plus there is an aquatic centre near to it and this McDonalds has been newly refurbished. There are also a few shops where I could get the things I needed .
She loved the new McDonalds, WHY???
It was FUNKY and very colourful.
After walking around with a tray full of food a few times she picked this table.
(Sorry for the quality of the photos, I used my mobile, I didn’t have my camera)
We then popped to a few shops. *CAL decided she quite liked the idea of keeping a journal. She picked this one and a pack of multi coloured gel pens. She said she could use which colour suited her mood. I thought this was such a clever idea.
New hat and gloves, she has always had a thing about hats, right since she was a little toddler.
Then we went and had a look at new carpet, we need new carpet EVERYWHERE….ugh
The building work we had done and the constant traffic of builders boots caused quite a few marks.
*CAL really likes this red carpet, I get the feeling her room is going to be brighter than McDonalds.
I just love going to the Aquatic centre, I find the whole atmosphere very relaxing and could spend all day there looking at the different kinds of fish. After doing the shopping it was so wonderful to relax my brain in this environment. The sound of the water and the gracefulness of the fishes swimming just calms ALL of my loops right down.
*CAL LOVES the pond fish, and this indoor pond fascinated here. She played quite happily with this plastic duck getting the Koi Carp and Sturgeon to come up to the top. Some of these fish where massive.
So that has been our afternoon.
The great thing is while I was chatting fishes with one of the assistants he mentioned that the Aquatic centre has not long opened a sister branch within a development. He gave me the details, it’s not far out and it’s perfect for a cheap day trip. Just read how perfect it is for the Alienhippy. There is even something for Mr Locoman.
Within our superb development, stretching over 20 acres and incorporating 90,000 square feet under cover, is one of the largest garden centres in the UK, a vast aquatic area, pet shop, shopping arcade, cafe and miniature railway – there really is something for everyone!