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A. only got two days off for Fall Break this year, but I made an executive decision to allow her to ''play hooky'' for the remainder of the week so that the entire family could take a trip to Fort Walton Beach, Florida in the middle of October. (And by ''play hooky,'' I mean keep A. out of school while letting all her teachers know where she was ...
On Labor Day weekend, we took the whole family to Atlanta, Georgia, to completely immerse ourselves in geek culture at an event called Dragon Con. For those of you who don't know, Dragon Con is a large, multi-genre convention geared at fans of science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and pop culture.
This year, a little over 70,000 people attended ...
There is an amazing local autism group in our area, called Artistic Spectrum, that focuses on providing creative and recreational opportunities for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A. has participated in many of the activities provided by this organization in the past couple of years - from painting pumpkins, to watching A ...
Last year, A. attended the Knoxville Comic and Anime Con, of which I wrote an entry about in this blog. Because she enjoyed that experience so much, I decided to make sure she continued to attend even more conventions this year.
We took her to the Marble City Comic-Con, as well as the Fanboy Expo.
A. thoroughly enjoyed both, even though she did ...
(This is part 2 of a 2-part series.)
Last week, I discussed the main events that occurred with M. and his mother visiting us from California. However, there were so many other small moments that I felt were, ultimately, so much more important to M. and A.
M. not only brought A. a rose, but he also brought a unique, hard-to-find ...
(This is part 1 of a 2 part series.)
These past few blog entries have focused on A.'s online relationship with a boy in California who is also on the spectrum. This past week, M. and his mother flew all the way to Tennessee to visit us. It was the first time A. and M. met each other in real life, and I had a bit of apprehension about the visit - ...
his past Saturday, A. attended her first geeky convention. The convention she attended was the Knoxville Comic and Anime Con which was held at a nearby expo center this past weekend.
To be honest, I didn't have very high hopes of the convention. My first geeky convention was Dragon*Con when I was in my twenties, which was a massive event ...
A little over a week ago, I could hear A. talking in her room. She was sitting in front of the computer, but it seemed like she was having a conversation with someone.
Being the nosy mother that I am, I poked my head into her bedroom to investigate.
''Who are you chatting with?'' I asked her.
''Hold on a sec,'' she said, and then pushed her ...
is the time of year when things get pretty crazy busy around the Alley
household. At my day job, I'm hard at work on helping organize a company
conference that will bring in over a thousand attendees from all over North
America which, unfortunately, takes time away that I would much rather be
spending with my family. That being said, ...
Well, here were are at the beginning of another year. The holidays went extremely well, if I do say so myself. I think this was probably one year where A. felt the least overwhelmed. During the holiday season, it's easy for A. to reach a point of ''too much'' too many people, too many demands, too much stuff. Often, she spends the ...