Summer Activities List (Printable)

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We’ve started our summer holidays from school now so here’s my annual Summer Activities List, filled with free or low-cost activities for sunny and rainy days:

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Each of the activities are ones that my daughter loves doing, and my son (who has Autism) will also do (not sure if he likes them all but the smiles are awesome!).

Like my Facebook Page and please share any photos of activities your family does throughout the summer. Would love to see great family-time this summer! I’ll also be including videos of us doing these activities too on my Youtube Channel too so be sure to subscribe there.

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Our First #SnowDay of the #School Year

Today, we woke up to a beautiful winter wonderland…and our first snow day of the school year!

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We spent some time with the neighbours in our little culdesac, shoveling out everyone’s sidewalks and driveways, and playing with some of their dogs.

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The kids were both exhausted and happy.

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When we came back inside, I was getting hot chocolate and marshmallows in the kitchen and realized that somehow snow had come in from under the back door overnight. I moved the bookshelf and found a bunch of snow.

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I cleaned it up and, while the bookshelf was moved and half of the kitchen floor was now clean and dry, I figured I would take advantage of it and start putting the laminate flooring I had bought last week, on at least that portion of the kitchen floor. For the last two years since we moved into our home, we just had the underflooring that had been hiding underneath the horrible flooring we had to pull out before redoing the kitchen.

Soon, my daughter got curious about what I was doing in the kitchen and the next thing I knew, she was helping!

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Now we have a beautiful kitchen floor, that we laid ourselves…

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…and my daughter has even asked if something new can be added to her chore chart: mopping the kitchen floor!

Confession & New #Workshops (#Autism, #AutismSupport, #FamilySupport)

Confession: I LOVE public speaking! I know, I know, it’s one of, if not the top fear that most people have, but I love it. Role playing however…that’s a different story for me. And I have to role play counselling scenarios every week in one of the courses I’m taking right now…but I digress.

A number of years ago, I met a lovely woman named Melissa. We Facebooked and saw eachother every so often. Then earlier this year, she said that she was meeting a number of parents with children with Autism/Asperger’s through her career and asked if we could meet up. She wanted to understand more about what these families were facing (how awesome is she?!!). One coffee date later, and we decided to start holding workshops together, which where later called “Autism – Family & Financial Workshops“. She would be able to talk about the financial aspect of things (budgeting, RDSPs, etc) and I could talk about whatever was timely dependent upon the time of year.

Yesterday, we held another workshop, with me talking about IEPs since it’s that time of year, and how to work with the school. She spoke of budgeting, couponing and price matching. We also had an expert in RDSPs (Registered Disability Savings Plan…available in Canada) come share with us as well.

The chemistry in the room was awesome. I’m so glad that people felt comfortable enough to ask questions throughout my schpiel! If you’ve ever been to a presentation I make, I encourage questions. When people were leaving, they said they felt supported and asked when the next one is being held (January 28th at 10am, for anyone in Hamilton, ON Canada). We put it out there that maybe we should do a “coffee hour”…and people loved the idea. So, we’ve now scheduled an information get together over coffee (November 6th at 10am).

Something amusing happened during our workshop yesterday though that I also wanted to share. We asked for people to complete feedback forms, and when they gave them back, the form was put into a draw for a door prize (it was a beautiful Sherpa throw rug…so soft!). Can you guess which feedback form was completed by an adult who was newly (as in, this week!) diagnosed with Autism, just based on how the paper is folded? 😉

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Yup, that would be the “accordion style” one in the middle. She has a son with Asperger’s, a daughter being assessed for Autism, and she herself has now been diagnosed with Autism…and she’s proud of it…proud of knowing why she always thought of things in a different way; why she always did things just a little bit differently than others around her. Her son is NOT happy though…he liked being the only one in the family with an ASD diagnosis. Poor little guy. 😉

Anyway, if you are in the Hamilton, ON Canada area, please join the Facebook group to learn more about upcoming workshops and coffee times.

If you are outside the Hamilton, ON Canada area, but would like myself and/or Melissa to come to your area whether to offer a workshop series, or even a one-time presentation, please comment below or email me: imamomtoo.meghan@gmail.com.

My #Daughter and Her Magical #Faery Houses

A week or so ago, a miniature house “appeared” in our front yard. My daughter immediately exclaimed that it’s a faery house. Another showed up a couple of days later, then another, then another. Don’t tell her that our neighbour is actually making them and asked if he could surprise my kids with them. Shhh…it’s our little secret. 😉

She actually knocked on the door the first day, and waited for the faeries to answer…seriously, how cute is that?!!

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She asked if she could do a video of the houses to share on my blog, and also with her classmates because apparently they don’t believe her. Didn’t someone say when someone says they don’t believe in faeries, a faery loses its wings? She placed them all on the tarp that I quickly had to throw over my (first ever!) painted desk that I had done the day before…and then it started raining this morning. Thankfully, the paint was dry (stay tuned for a blog post about that soon!). She also received an iPad mini at school so this is the first video she’s shot with it…I think she did great!

If you want more videos as more faery houses are added to the collection, hit the “Like” button to give her some Youtube love, and share it around with anyone who needs some cheering up and/or some magic today. 🙂

She’s so excited to share this video with all of you!

Even more thankful today (#Connecticut & #China)

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My daughter crawled into my bed at some point overnight, which she does often…just because. I woke up to her telling me my son’s light was on. “No worries honey, just go back to sleep.” Next thing I know, she’s climbing out of bed and telling her brother “Time to go potty but quietly. Mommy’s still sleeping.” My heart was swelling. How amazing are my kids?!!

 

After yesterday’s travesties in Connecticut and China, I’m even more thankful that my kids are home this weekend, safe, healthy and their only concern is what time we are going to the mom’s group Christmas party we are attending today. We will also be baking after the Christmas party, decorating the house for Christmas, and cuddling up to watch movies.

 

These plans seem so frivolous compared to what I can only imagine the families and communities in Newton, CT and Chengping, China are going through but honestly, I don’t want my kids to know what happened. My daughter already worries so much about natural disasters so, if she knew that other kids her age were brutally sent to heaven, I think that would be too much for her.

 

So, we’re going to continue on with our plans for the day, and enjoy eachother’s company, while I smother them with hugs and kisses all day long. Blessings to all those affected, and peace and strength to the entire community.

Gratitude Project – 12/15

This week has been filled with lots of ups and downs, so the things/people I’m thankful for:

  • My son and daughter
  • My parents
  • My man, and his family
  • Receiving a certain phone call at 9:30pm a couple of nights ago
  • Finding empowerment in my Christmas tree 😉
  • Community resources that help get my son to IBI while my sexy minivan at the “car doctor” (as my kids call the mechanic)
  • My kids got over their colds very quickly
  • I’ve started getting into the Christmas spirit…I watched Die Hard – doesn’t feel like Christmas until I see that every year…go figure!

What are you thankful for this week?

 

Gratitude Project 12/8

The last week has had tons of emotional highs and lows, including a tragic reminder of how precious life is.

This week, I’m thankful for:

  • My son and daughter
  • My parents
  • My man putting up with the highs and lows I’ve been through in the last week
  • My CAA membership (BEST annual Christmas present from my parents!)
  • The tow-truck driver being so kind
  • The community we live in, for many reasons including our own needs and the tragic death of a friend of mine’s brother-in-law resulting from a work-place accident
  • My kids and I being healthy, happy and safe

What are you thankful for this week?