Saturday, 16 April 2016

Baking with Autistic Children...

The title of this post is a tad misleading as it should say "Baking with MY autistic child"

This topic deserves a post all of it's very own, and you'll soon see why! :)

This morning, both DS and I was feeling a bit bummed out.

Our mojo's had upped and left us leaving us lounging across the sofa still in our py-jamas all 'meh'

I could sense that DS was looking for something, it was like he needed something to satisfy his 'itch' for something sensory rewarding to do.

I quickly had a rummage around my brain (or what's left of it!) and came up with baking! Yes we would have a little Saturday morning baking session :)

So I measured flour, salt a pinch of caster sugar and already DS was there! Feeling the soft flour through his fingers.

I asked him to stir and I actually think we both have different ideas on what this actually means! :)

By now, DS was chucking it about the place (his fave thing to do) and even popped some in the toaster for me - nice!

After a while, he seemed to be happy with the level of sensory feedback he had had from this and went skipping off to play in the garden.

Listening to the squeak of his swing as he swung away, I decided to re-measure some fresh ingredients and try again to bake something.

I had actually got to the dough stage when I suddenly realised that I couldn't hear the squeak of the swing anymore and then he was there! :)

He dived right into my dough mixture took it out and started to play and mould it.
I realised at this point, that nothing was going to make the oven today and that was okay :)

What DS was experiencing was far better than anything I would of produced anyway and I can see that he is getting great experiences from handling and playing with this.

The kitchen looked like a flour explosion had just happened, I had dough in my hair, flour all over me and DS had flour all over his py-jamas, but it was great fun! :)

He's the messiest but most definitely the best and the most eager kitchen assistant I could ever have! ;)

Have a great weekend! :)

Love, Amanda xx

Saturday, 2 April 2016

What we've been up to...

Apologies for the radio silence but as usual, there's been lots going on and lots to do.

At the end of March, the boyf and I celebrated 5 years of 'courtship' (as my Mum would say) so we celebrated by going out for a romantic dinner and then a bit of a night out afterwards!

The boyf is such a good egg, He puts up with my crazy fast paced life as well as being absolutely brilliant with DS.
He has stuck by me through the most challenging periods of having a child with low functioning autism and I often wonder how he did!

It could only be love.

So for our anniversary, I wore a blue Laura Ashley dress that I picked up from my local Age UK shop for £1 and a pair of brown ankle Next boots that I got brand new from another charity shop.
This girl so loves a bargain! :)
We had the most lovely evening in each other's company which is something I wish we could do a bit more of.

This morning, we took our boys to our wedding venue and they had a blast running around and exploring the hall. :) #soexciting!

Tomorrow night, I have my bridesmaids coming over to try on their dresses for the very first time! I cannot wait! :)

We are now in the Easter holidays :) We kick started them by taking the boys to a local beauty spot to ride their bikes. DS did awesome with his 'off road' pedalling :) I was so proud!
We also stopped for a little ride on a minature railway and stepson 'C' also had a donkey ride too :)

DS and I have some cool activities booked over the holiday, I just hope the weather holds up so we can eventually get out and about for some ace forest walks and hopefully a day out at the beach with our little fishing nets.

The lurgi has been and left our house, I was the last one to get it and am just currently on the end of feeling right again so to boost our immune systems, I have made a huge batch of healthy and nutritious vegetable soup.

Operation Spring Clean is still underway, just at a slower pace.
There will be little of it going on over the next two weeks with DS home as trying to clean and tidy with him about is like trying to clean your teeth whilst eating chocolate!

Just a little update on things here, hope you are having a good weekend too :)

Love Amanda xx