On this day last year, whilst I was in Lapland, I decided to start writing a blog and wrote my first post.
One hundred and ninety two posts, and a very fast passing year later, here I am!
Looking back, a lot has happened in the last year. After years of trying, my son finally got his EHC Plan. This enabled me to go through the big fight to get him into specialist high school. I won that fight and he started at his new school in September. He has now completed his first term at a specialist high school and it’s going well.
Initially I was just going to blog about days out, holidays, restaurants and places to stay. I was going to add information about taking children with ASD and that is what I have been doing. Then when my son started at High School and was so much happier, it gave me a chance to look back on what he had been through in mainstream primary. I decided I also wanted to write posts that would raise awareness of Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder. I wanted to show what children like mine go through at school and why. I figured that if I could get through to at least one person, I could change the lives of children like mine.
So I wrote what turned out to be my most viewed post all year, Non Uniform Day. This was closely followed by Play Time. Between them they have been read and shared on Facebook over sixteen thousand times.
I started a section on my blog for Autism Specific Posts which appeal both to parents and educators of Autistic children. I have headteachers sharing my posts with their teachers and parents messaging me for advice. I am so pleased to be making even a small difference.
Over the last year I have taken my children on many adventures. We have been to Lapland, where we fished on a frozen lake in -34 degrees and rode horses through the snow. We met Father Christmas and saw the Northern lights whilst driving Huskies!
We watched the World Firework Championships in the rain, learnt to cook at Chef Nite Orlando and attended a Medieval Banquet in London. We tried Indoor Skydiving, became zookeepers for a day and had fun at a ski lesson.
We went on The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood studios, the day before it closed and have been amazed by the exhibits at Ripley’s Believe it or Not. We have driven Monster Trucks, explored a Castle and bounced in the Treetops.
We have experienced a Lush party, had fun at dinner shows like the Cirque Magique, been to Mickey’s not so scary Halloween party and travelled to Happily ever after on a magic bus.
We have met Spongebob at a Character breakfast, eaten Afternoon tea and been out for many meals. Our favourite restaurants have been Sapporo Teppanyaki and The Rainforest Cafe. Our favourite buffet was at Golden Corral.
Our top two hotels were The Pearl hotel in Peterborough and the Lee Marston Hotel in Sutton Coldfield. Our worst place to stay and eat was The Wishing Well in Selby and our best value hotel was Travelodge Newcastle central.
Looking back, we have done so much in a year. It’s had its highs and its lows but I am so pleased that I have been able to share our adventures, good and bad, with you all. I have enjoyed this year of blogging and made some lovely blogger friends along the way.
I find it incredible that I have readers from 100 countries around the world, and I would like to thank all of you from my 26000 readers in the UK to my 1 reader from Brunei!
I am grateful to all my followers and those who have found me on WordPress, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter (@kidsontour1) and taken the time to read my posts. Thank you for your continuing support, lovely comments, retweets, likes, shares and messages.
Here is to another year of adventures! I hope you will join us!