Menopausal mom to 2 young adult sons (one with ASD, ADHD, tic/seizure disorders and the other with attitude).

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

It's Riley World's Birthday!!!

I haven't exactly been keeping up with my blogging these past 2 months and I'm not so sure I would've blogged last night if it wasn't for a certain someone's birthday today. 

We've been building up to this day since Mother's Day was declared "finished"...right after he gave me the card G strong-armed him into making me. Before you judge let me explain. Riley had been talking about making me a card for Mother's Day for at least a month prior and sometimes you just need to make good on your promises. :) Here's what he came up with...

Yea.  Not exactly Hallmark quality but a Riley World creation...priceless.  

With Father's Day just 2 days before R's birthday, I had a little more pull when it came to him "making" G's card because as with all things Riley World...once the card is given, the occasion can be declared "finished" and we can move on to the next event. Mainly Riley's birthday.'s G's Father's Day card. 

In case you couldn't tell, that's G and R on the left. Although it's pretty obvious since he drew it to scale.  

I had a look back at the blog/FB posts I had written on Riley's birthday over the past 3 years so as not to repeat myself about how he has changed our lives for the better; made me a better person; blah, blah, blah.  ;)  I kid. Seriously, what I wrote last year for his 21st Birthday...still holds true. 

So today for Riley's 22nd birthday, we will be doing exactly the same thing we did last year and the year before and the year before that...going to his latest favourite restaurant with the family. 

He will have exactly the same thing he had last year and the year before and the year before that...2 bowls of plain udon with "no seasoning" and a C-Plus Orange Pop with no ice. 

He will open exactly the things he wrote on his birthday list and will be as excited and as happy as if he won the lottery. Because that's what makes Riley World tick. Exactly the same thing year after year after year and who's going to argue with this face...

Happy 22nd Birthday Riley!!!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

It's MAY!!!

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When I got up this morning the first thing Riley said to me was “It’s MAY!  May 1st!! Look. I changed my calendar! I changed dad’s calendar!”

At least someone was excited.

It’s these little things in Riley World that can make me smile even before I’ve had a sip of coffee on an otherwise mundane day.

Was he excited that April (Autism Awareness/Acceptance month) was finally over?  A month filled with autism articles, memes and blue lights. I highly doubt it. For Riley is it all about the next special occasion. Once Easter was over he was fixated on May. Mother’s Day is in May. I’m sure being one month closer to his birthday ranks right up there too.

Don’t get me wrong. I am all for bringing awareness to the many disorders, syndromes and diseases out there. Yet for some reason this month, I found myself getting more agitated (a side effect of aging?!?!) so instead I decided not to write about it and pretty much steered clear of all the social media “awareness/acceptance stuff".

And then last night, on the last day of yet another awareness month (see...cranky), I came across this video on Facebook. It was one of the first videos (in my opinion) that was honest, real and not sensationalized. A video about a subject that is often not talked about yet should be. So on this first day of May...I hope you will watch this video "Siblings With Autism"