Next up on our Fall Bucket List Series, caramel apples. I love, love, love caramel apples. Though, they are sooooo difficult to eat, very messy and sticky! So, I decided to use apple slices. It’s much easier to eat, and you’re not committed to the full apple. I don’t know about you, but I never finish the whole thing!
I love Fall. The crisp air, the beautiful leaves changing to those amazing fall hues and pumpkin EVERYTHING! Ohhhhhh wait. We live in Phoenix, so unfortunately, the crisp air doesn’t show up until the end of October for a few hours in the morning. We have to drive 2 hours to see any sort of leaves change. The one thing I know I can count on … is pumpkin everything! I’m okay with that!
Since I love fall so much, and I know we are just that much closer to my most favorite season WINTER, I have decided to do a Fall bucket list series. So, every weekend from now until mid November we are going to showcase a new activity, craft or recipe to inspire your bucket list!
**Update** Before you read further, I just wanted to add that our days in the Wilson home have gotten SO much better! We have spoken to some amazing people at Seeds for Autism and SARCC. And are planning on joining some support groups in the area. The help we have gotten, so far, has done some pretty awesome things, and we are very hopeful for what the future brings. -Tiff
Nick here … As most of you know we have had a hard go at it lately. I just wanted to state that my wife and child are my world. Having said that, there are times I can see why the divorce rate is so high amongst parents with special needs children. Most parents will have different parenting styles and this is typically not an issue with your average child. But this also rears it’s ugly head when you have a child, who in our case, has Autism and can have some pretty exhausting tantrums.
I know what you’re thinking. Can you really take one post to only talk about food?? Okay friends. If you know us, we love food. I mean LOVE food. We love going to restaurants. We treat it as an experience, and plan our vacations around where we are going to eat. So yes, I can totally make a post about allllll the food. Here are our favorite places to eat on the island!
I totally get why they say, Vitamin “Sea.” There is something about the ocean that truly is settling to the mind. Whether it be the crashing of the waves, the smell of salt water, the cool breeze going through your entire body or all three! For me it’s the latter. It doesn’t matter whether we have the kids or not, there is something so amazing and calming about being near or on the beach. It’s a place where I could sit all day and truly be lazy, whether I am watching the boys play in the sand or it’s just Nick and I walking, collecting sea shells (which we totally did this time). Okay, now I wanna go back.
Nick and I don’t get out of town by ourselves much. The last time the two of us were away by ourselves was 2012. I remember it vividly we went to Vegas for 3 glorious days. So fast forward to 2 weeks ago when, I had just left the kids with their babysitter and headed to work. I call Nick as I am pulling out of the driveway (my normal routine) and he says he has a “surprise” for me. Now when someone says, “I have a surprise for you,” your typical reaction is to get all sorts of giddy with lots of anticipation. Mine wasn’t, and not because I am a horrible person, but Nick tends to over use the word “surprise.” It turns into, “Tiff! I have a surprise for you!” then here comes the giddy with lots of anticipation, right?? But then he’ll tell me my Amazon package (which I was already expecting) came in. Cue the let down music, wha wha whaaaaaaaaa. This happens quite often, so you can see why I wasn’t excited whatsoever. But then he tells me, we have a sitter set so the two of us can take a 3 day weekend to Coronado Island. I’m more than positive my next words were “Shut the Front Door!” Not gonna lie, that phrase may have been a bit different at the moment. Don’t judge me, I was so stoked!
Morning, friends! As you know, we’ve had some struggles in our house lately. Not gonna lie, Nick and I can be pretty stubborn and I think we both got to the point where we needed help. Rather than just constantly researching, we needed to hear it from peers who have experienced this first hand. So we got in contact with some incredibly knowledgeable people from Seeds for Autism and SARRC (Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center) and spent close to an hour on the phone with each place just talking about what we are going through and having someone on the other end who has experienced it as well.
Friends. I live with all boys. Like, they’re there alllllllll the timeeeeee. I’ve come to accept that there is no way around this thing! Thank goodness they’re cute! Seriously, look at this pic, I’ve got some pretty handsome dudes in my life! I’m getting off track, back to the topic at hand. Boys. I LOVE being a hashtag boy mom, but I seriously did not prepare myself for what comes a long with it. The two littles aren’t even teens yet! (Who knows what the big ones excuse is) These are my top must haves to know and how to survive the “Y” chromosome!
Friends. About last night. It was hard. Seriously, astronomically difficult. I know what you’re thinking, “really, Tiff, astronomically?? You may be going a bit overboard here.” Okay, you’re probably right, but my goodness. When we first decided to write this blog, we thought why not do a lifestyle one! You know, have some family stories, recipes, DIY projects, travel, etc. I promise at some point those will all make its way onto the blog. Right now, though, Autism. This is something, in the most recent months, that has consumed our lives. Now, hear me out, I don’t mean “consumed” in a bad way. This comes with all sorts of emotions.
I bet you’re wondering what’s going on in this picture? Well let me explain. It was a beautiful fall morning. Noah was 3, so circa 2010. This was his very first time in a team sport and his very first game. We chose soccer because Noah LOVED to run, in fact he still does. For the first maybe 15 minutes he did great! Was super into it, then comes after the little halftime. This takes us back to the picture, his coach was calling him back in with this whole team. “Hey, Noah! Let’s play!” Noah, “NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!” I literally could not have planned out this picture any more perfect! It is and will always be one of my favorites!