Turning a Corner

I will confess, it has a been a difficult couple of weeks. A difficult month actually, when it just seems that everything that could go wrong has gone wrong in the most drastic way possible.

This morning we were faced with something we really don’t deal with very well in our house, a change of routine! Graham had to get up early and take Ash to the vets for his operation. We tried so hard to change the appointment, but 8am is the only time they take the pets in for ops, so there was no option. The vets is 40 mins away by car which meant that Graham would not be able to take the kids to school.

The girl’s should really be able to walk themselves to school but for two problems, a very busy road and Autism.

The Autism looked like it was winning for a while, it’s a good job I set the alarm early to make way for a 15 minute melt down. But, we still managed to get ready and it was Big sister that saved the day. Not only did she get up early to help them across the busy road, but she also instilled a calm in the house which helped Star recover and actually leave the house on time. 

The Little Man had to wait for his Dad to return home to take him to school, it’s just too far away and big sister doesn’t even know how to get there (I don’t even know how to get there!) But being at primary school, a quick phone call to tell them he was going to be late and all was okay.

Turning a Corner!

Maybe this morning is proof that we can function (almost) normally as a family? I guess to some people it sounds rather strange me saying that, but the kids all managed to get into school and no-one was killed on a busy road, so I’d say it was a success. 

Ash has already started to wake up from his operation and I’ve been told he’s doing fine. So now we just have to get through the rest of the day.

And while I’m feeling positive I can also report that yesterday went quite well too. Another day of disrupted routine, the girls had an inset day, the eldest son had an appointment that I had to attend with him and it was my birthday. Autism (son and daughter’s) almost took over on two occasions but we got in there quick and stopped it. I had lunch out and a take out for dinner, which was way too much food.

I had presents, lots of presents and cake and beautiful designer cheesecakes, and chocolates.

Three individual cheesecakes, cookies and cream, strawberry and white chocolate and Baileys.
Three individual cheesecakes

I had a friend come to visit in the evening and we watched  ‘I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here’ while making pom poms and catching up.

For the first time in weeks I feel like the bad stuff will go away. We have hard fought for appointments coming up to ease health issues. The stressful things are done and dusted. Now we just have to survive until Christmas. 

We can do that can’t we? 

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  1. November 27, 2018 / 11:59 am

    What a morning! Well done your daughter for helping out. It sounds like it all worked out in the end.
    I’m so glad you had a lovely birthday. Those cakes look delicious!

  2. November 27, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    well done to big sister for stepping up to the mark and getting them to school, you can survive till christmas it just might not be all plain sailing, but you seem to be doing really well under the circumstances #keepingitreal

  3. November 27, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    You so can do it! Well done on a very successful moring in a potentially stressful situation.

  4. November 27, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    Sounds like the family pulled together to get it all done. Congratulations to your oldest daughter for tending the other 2 across the street. #keepingitreal

  5. Rebecca Beesley
    November 28, 2018 / 11:16 am

    gosh I can totally relate to how autism can regularly throw a curve ball! We’ve had meltdowns this morning over exam week at school (and that was D who is not officially diagnosed but is suspected of being on the spectrum). Glad to hear things feel more positive now. xxx

  6. November 30, 2018 / 4:56 am

    Good morning Anne, I feel your pain! A change of routine can throw me out of sync for days. On a positive note at least Ash has been desexed. It sounds as if you had a nice birthday. I like mine to be understated, but with nice goodies to eat too. I can’t remember the last time I made a pompom, but I do remember it being quite therapeutic…. Okay. I have to ask. Did you eat all three of those rather nice looking desserts?…

    Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal


    • November 30, 2018 / 10:12 am

      haha, I MAY have shared a little bite or two…but I didn’t eat them all at the same time. 🙂

  7. November 30, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    Glad things are looking up; I’m sure December will bring happy vibes. Well done on dealing with the unexpected situations with calm and poise – utmost respect. I guess sometimes #itsok to go off the beaten path; it’s then that you realise your true inner strength. Thanks for joining us on the #itsok linky.

  8. November 30, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    I am sure you can make it. Glad it went ok in the end; must have been a worry. Seasonal greetings #MixitUp

  9. December 2, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    Happy Birthday (belated), happy holidays and happy days ahead! It doesn’t take much to be the wrench in teh plans. Hang tough and keep smiling lovely! #itsok xoxo

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