Random Friday Thoughts and a Vlog: Surfers for Autism

My son has autism. He's an amazing little dude, full of laughter, and fun. But his moods can change quickly. As we navigate as a family through the ups and downs of the autistic world, we've met some pretty incredible people who have put us in contact with some pretty amazing organizations.

On Saturday July 13th our family will participate in the Surfers for Autism event held locally in Treasure Island.

I'm pretty excited by the upcoming event, though you can't really tell by this vlog. I'm pretty tired after an amazing 4th of July!!

I started off the morning of the 4th with a "Living in America" WOD at CrossFit En Fuego. Our warm-up consisted of the James Brown song "Living in America." And every time you heard America, you did a burpee, and for every James Brown infamous UHHHH (you know the sound I'm talking about..) you did 3 jumping jacks! We were nice and warm by the time the WOD started! Below is the group that showed up for the 9am WOD. Pretty impressive!! If you look close enough you'll see a red arrow pointing at me. I wore blue and had an American flag hair clip in my side bangs.

And spent the afternoon/evening with my CrossFit buds at a party. James and the kids came and we all had a good time.

Today turned in to an unexpected, but MANDATORY rest day!! My body just couldn't take any more. James and I went to the movies and saw World War Z. It was GREAT! I loved it! We also cooked a bunch of food, took naps, and took the dog for a walk. I honestly can't remember the last time I've had such a LAZY day. It was nice, but I'm ready to get back to it tomorrow!!


Have you ever heard of Surfers with Autism? Do you know anyone with Autism? Do you know of any other organizations I should check out??

How was your 4th of July??

Changes in Latitude Changes in Altitude

We're HOME!!!  We spent the last 9 days on an AMAZING road trip! Our first "big" road trip with the trio!

We drove from our home in Tampa, way up in to the North Carolina mountains. We had a big change in Latitude AND Altitude

In honor of that, I play for you today Changes in Latitude Changes in Attitude (or my play on words...ALTITUDE!!)

Ronin and Ella look miserable in this photo! We had just hiked to the TOP of Mt. Pisgah which is 5,721 feet ABOVE sea level, and considering we pretty much live at sea level, it was quite the hike for my gang! They actually really liked it! I have so many pictures to share with you all and such funny stories!!

Have you taken a road trip with your kids? How far have you gone?


Music Monday: We Don't Need No Education??

Typing a double negative just made the hair rise up on my arm. Undecided

When I was in school, this would be "the song" that we would sing on the last day of school. But for today's music Monday theme (remakes) I'm including a techno version!

The last day of school for MY gang is Tuesday, and they will continue to get an education throughout the summer. We will have reading and math time every day during break. The kids can't back slide during the summer months, and if I don't stay on top of them, they certainly will. Haley needs to work on improving her math skills and it's my goal to teach her all her multiplication facts before she starts 4th grade. Ella will work on those same math facts so that as she enters 3rd grade she'll be ahead and all three will continue to read read read.

We're taking advantage of the Pasco County Summer Reading Program: Dig Into Reading and will spend many hours in our local branch.

All three will also be participating in ONE week of summer camp of their choosing. Haley and Ella both chose an acting themed summer camp, and Ronin chose a sports camp. I will be keeping them busy busy busy!!

 What are your plans for the summer? What are your kids doing? Any camps??