The Big Surprise

30 Jun

Not been around much of late, and that’s been a shame as so many things have popped into my head that I would have liked to share.

But sadly, yet again, the internet provision in the village has dwindled to nothing usable, and this time lasted for nearly a week. Even loading a page was mostly too much work. Our ISP who are BT, and yes I will name and shame them, have insisted once more that it is an internal problem, no matter that we have had an engineer round who states that is isn’t, we are obviously delusional liars.

But no more of that! Apart from organising a 20s themed dinner party for my eldest daughter’s 18th birthday (which seriously I am not cut out for; catering and I do not mix) I have been frantically biting my tongue every half hour in order not to spoil the kids’ Big Surprise. And I managed to keep quiet. Yesterday all four of their grandparents arrived in the village, to stay in one of the holiday cottages for a week. Hubby has taken the week off too, so hopefully the weather will be passable and we will create some wonderful memories together.

Wee M coped amazingly with the surprise. I do wonder if it’s simply because she couldn’t guess what was happening and knew that it would be a nice surprise (we made sure she understood that) but she has acted as though it’s the most normal everyday happening. I do think that not having them stay in the house has made it easier for her – no more people at busy times like meals or bedtime have definitely helped. The thing about autism is it never seems to be completely predictable. I was quite expecting her to bolt or hide from the grannies but she was fine, and only took a few moments before everyone got a massive hug. Makes me think that maybe just knowing she doesn’t have school for a few weeks has relaxed her enormously.

If you are not reading this in Scotland then I do hope you aren’t horribly jealous of us starting our Summer Holidays, but just remember when you are basking in the late August sunshine mine will all be back to school and noses to the grindstone, so it all works out about equal.

A little photo of the cake you missed – only photo I have without dd1’s name emblazoned on it, and taken from the back, so rest assured she was 18, not 81!



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