We had a lovely outing on the weekend. The girls and I were invited to our beautiful and dear friends home for a party. We have known Fiona and Sinnead now for about 4 and a half years. Fiona was Madison's first teacher at the Special School Madison goes to. Ever since we first met we have been great friends.
Funny how that can happen! That moment when you just click with someone, I'm sure it doesn't happen to often in a life time but when it does it is something to be treasured. Fiona is a very dear friend and it doesn't matter if we haven't talked in a month or three, it is always as if we had seen each other yesterday. I feel very blessed and lucky to have a friend like Miss Fiona.
Fi and Sinnead were having a farewell soiree for the gorgeous Miss Sinnead. This young lady is very well travelled and is just the most beautiful girl on the inside and out, we love her to bits. Sinnead is moving to Melbourne for a change of pace and lifestyle and a new school. So many new and exciting things ahead for our lovely friend.
Sinnead is a very brave girl and strong too, she is very much like her mum! I know Fi is so proud of her beautiful girl and she should be. She should also be very proud of herself for raising such a wonderful daughter because she is an amazing and awesome mum!
Look at the Beautiful Girls, see that smile on Madison's face, it's there because of that cute little black fluffy muffy dog called Bridgette.
Madison called her Widget for most of the night because she couldn't get the "B" out, so cute! She was so very excited to see the little black muffy dog and wanted to give her squeezes all night and she did, much to the dismay of the fluffy black muffy dog. Poor poor widget!!
Playing dress up's because that's what all little dogs want to do. The girls are putting a jumper on Bridgette :) I am thinking she doesn't want it though!
Squeezes with the Bridgette dog :)
Sinnead and Jaimee together, it's so nice to have an older friend to share dreams and tell secrets too. And give clothes too! OMG, Jaimee was so over the moon when Sinnead had given her one of her beautiful dresses that no longer fit her. It's all the J girl could talk about and how awesome Sinnead is, well she is!! You Gorgeous Girls.
Sinnead's awesome fire, so toasty and warm! Madison really loves an open fire and over time has gotten a lot better at being around them. We still have to watch her like a hawk though. When we get the chance to go camping it's always one of her favourite things she like the most, that and the beach! She will sit for a long time and watch the different colours in the flames and all the different shape, it can get quite mesmerising and not just for Madison either.
When the girls and I were siting in front of the fire another guest at the party came over and lit a cigarette. Instantly Madison puts on one of her cartoon voices and says "gimme that smoke" about three times like she is a gangster and puts her hand out to get it from the lady. I was a little unsure as how to handle this very funny and surreal cartoony type of scene. I think maybe the lady was just a tad freaked out that a 9 year old just asked her for her cigarette.
I then of course went onto explain Madison was acting out a scene from one of her favourite old school type cartoons, you know, the really vintage violent ones. A while back we had to hide the dvd's as she went through a spitting faze all because of a green cricket in check pants who played the fiddle. It was a nightmare I tell you.
Do you know though, that is probably the first time in a while I didn't actually say "Madison is Autistic" as if to explain her behaviour. Huh !
The poor lady seemed to finish her cigarette rather fast after that, which wasn't a bad thing.
Look at these fabulous mice, Madison found them of course! Fiona has a lot of cool and interesting stuff which is pretty fun when your 9 and Madison. She happily played with these three little fella's while the little black fluffy muffy dog had a rest from her squeezing. A good diversion.
It's nice to be out with my girls.
This is too funny, Poor little Widget (Bridgette) had a full cuddle and squeeze work out with Madison and for awhile there she was on operation divert from the squeezey girl. The little dog was hiding from Madison a lot, until Fi pulled out a hand full of soft, fluffy bird feathers and handed them to Madison. That's what is in Madison's hands.
Bridgette couldn't take her eyes off the feathers and kept trying to eat them!! Think she might have thought it was a real bird, haha, oh no that's not funny is it! What was funny and clever was that Madison worked out that all she had to do was hold onto the feathers and that sweet little dog would sit by her side and not try to hide anymore. Clever Madison.
Some days I feel that it is a real effort to get motivated and to put on my "we are going to be out of our comfort zone" hat today. That's usually every time we step out of our front door though.
Although I don't need to be worrying about much going to the girls house. These lovely ladies are very down to earth, go with the flow, your non judgemental type of people. Pretty much just real people, genuine is the word I'm thinking of and this is why we love them so much. And plus they just wouldn't give a shit if Madison did a Madison kinda thing anyway.
Well, tee hee, I did catch Madison putting lip gloss on one of Sinneads teddy bears, she did do a nice job of it and then she was trying on all sinneads sunglasses :) I did do the responsible thing and removed all the make up as that could have gotten very interesting. Madison was great and Jaimee enjoyed our night out, me too. So glad we went, beautiful food, Sinnead made all different types of curries very delicious.
Adam would have freaked out! At the curries I mean. While he is in India the cook on board the Baldur is a local, so pretty much they eat curry all of the time. He says the pasta taste like curry, the stir fry tastes like curry and pretty much everything taste like curry that isn't suppose to. At least he is going to appreciate my cooking when he comes home, hahaha! Poor darling.
I'm glad we went on our outing, even though I am always on Madison watch it was really nice to be invited and included. I even got to have a grown up conversation with other real live grown ups.
There came a time when people actually stopped inviting us to outing, parties etc, only cause I think we said no a few to many times. People get sick of asking I guess, which is fair enough. It's just a bit too tricksy sometimes with the whole Autism gig, and we need to think of our girls, they come first. Social outings can be great, even awesome or they can be a catastrophe. So this is another one of those situations were Adam and I pick and choose our battles.
A big thank you to our lovely friends who always accept us for who we are!
Ad says they are our hippie friends, Jaimee says they are our greenie friends and Madison says where is Widget and I say we are so lucky to have you in our life, Miss Fiona and Miss Sinnead.
It's nice to have good friends.