We took a Vacation!

 

For the first time in six years, we took a vacation.  For the first time, since Drew was one year old, we stayed in a hotel.  Yes, we have not stayed in a hotel or taken a family vacation together.  We were always too terrified of a potential middle of the night freak out that would have us kicked out of said hotel.  Then, the food issue was such an...well, issue.  There was also the concern of what in the world would Drew do in a hotel room for an extended period of time.  How would we entertain him?



I've been salivating over everyone else's family vacations for a very long time.  Ironically, any kind of vacation involving Drew would certainly be far from a vacation.  It's not his fault.  Just life.

So, this year, I was determined.  We opted for more of a staycation and one that would not last more than three nights.  Keep in mind, we haven't even taken him to a hotel; so three nights is big.  The requirements were entertainment, ability to prepare food, and not too far from home...just in case.

Back in November, you may remember that I attended the National Autism Association Conference held at the Tradewinds Resort in St Pete Beach.  I had a very good; yet relaxed feeling the entire time I was there.  Good vibes.  And lots of flowing alcohol...  They have a ton of activities for kids; and I just knew that this would be a good place for us to start our family vacations.

Remember this?


Drew was psyched!  So excited about the vacation...which is good because sometimes, just for the stubborn effect, he'll act negative.  I showed him pictures of the hotel and activities ahead of time just to help out.  And, guess what I found?  Well, I forgot to mention that this hotel is a "Autism Friendly" resort.  Much of the staff has been trained by C.A.R.D., they offer safety kits ...like corner bumpers and such, gluten free menu, sensory filled kid activities, and more.  Ok, so guess what I found while showing Drew the hotel?!  A SOCIAL STORY BOOK!  The hotel created a social story book for kiddos to help them with the whole stay.  How cool?  You can check out the story and their other autism friendly info here.

So, let me get to it...
 

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