Sun, sun go away

  
Sun, sun go away. Please come back another day (like Spring). More rain and clouds please, thank you. Sincerely, Bay Area Mom 

 A cloudy, rainy day is so comforting like a fuzzy warm blankie.

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My Safe Haven

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This park is three homes down from our place.¬† It’s Fall, the air is cool but the sun is shining, the trees are colorful, the neighborhood is peaceful.¬† My safe haven which I never take for granted.

Autism Parenting. This Struggle is Real.

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Dear Anyone who’s not an autism parent but trying to understand autism parents,

You know those moments in life when you’re hurt that a mean kid was not so nice to your child?¬† Or how horribly difficult the “terrible twos” were? ¬†How much you struggled to keep your shit together as you tried to control your possessed kid in public. ¬†How cruel people in public can be for giving you the bad parent/bad child glare?¬† What about having to de-code wth your life insurance or retirement plans mean?¬† Or worse, a store, party venue, restaurant or insurance company denying coverage, denying return of a bad item, dismissing bad customer service. ¬†Having to escalate it to management?¬† Remember that bad year when your child that horrible terrible no good, very bad teacher?!¬† Phew thank goodness that was just one school year.¬† How sad you were when your youngest was delayed compared to all their friends when it came to sports?¬† But now ecstatic you were when he finally got that ribbon from swimming to the next level, even though it took him longer than every other 5 year old?

Autism families go through similar pains everyday, every hour, every week throughout their lives.¬† Not occasionally but everyday.¬† The struggle is so very real.¬† It’s exhausting, depressing, disappointing.

 

I’m not being sarcastic nor belittling the issues, hardships, obstacles we all face as parents and human beings.¬† Special needs kids or not.¬† I’m simply trying to help non autism parents understand the intensity of the other side.

(Pic above I took the other day when we finally got some rain and thunder in Northern California.  I love the rain, the comfort it brings, the beauty, the calmness the sound of rain drops.  The road ahead is a long, dark, bright with many bumps and detours for many autism families.)

Chicken Soup

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Please come out really yummy!¬† I want to become a #soup master.¬† #crockpot #slowcooker There’s #chickentenders hiding in there.¬† My soup was hearty but the entire lemon made it sour.¬† I’d only use half the lemon next time.

Recipe by My Healthy Dish on you tube  & IG

Whole or 4 chicken breasts, 1/3 Onion, 3oz Sliced ginger, 2 Carrots, 2 Garlic cloves sliced, 1 lemon sliced, 1 cup Coconut water, 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar, 3 cups water, 1tbsp sea salt, 1/2 cup parsley

Set crock pot on high and cook 4-5 hours.