Wednesday, June 5, 2013
I am bursting with excitement. The kids are on summer vacation and there's no summer in Iowa yet. So in the spirit of adventure, and because I'm missing my family and friends Down Under so much, we're headed to Australia. It's been a while since I've graced the shores of my beautiful homeland, tasted her wares, smelled her perfume, and basked in her light, but now is the time.
It's most definitely cause for celebration. My energy has been waning and I need an Aussie reality check. The children and I are leaving in a couple of weeks, and hubby will be following when he's done with work commitments shortly after us.
What's even more exciting is my big sister is flying to the US next week to help me travel home with the kids. How amazing is that??? Two young kids are hard enough to travel with, but when one is Autistic, it makes for more challenges, and Eastern Iowa is a long way from the Bellerine Peninsula in Victoria.
Thomas has traveled to Australia before, we took him there when he was 2, but at almost 4, he now needs constant attention. Has anyone out there traveled with Autistic or Special Needs children before? If so, I would so appreciate any tips you might have for making the long plane rides a little easier.
Even though it's winter down there, it's Australia, which in truth is affectionately known in our house as 'The Summer Country'. Nothing could compare to the bitter cold winters of the Upper Mississippi Valley and beyond, so bring it on.
I'm begging for long windy walks along the beach, moody grey waves crashing on the shore, interesting finds in the winter rock pools. But the thing I'm looking forward to the most is the smell of the Australian Bush. It's always been the thing I miss the most. In fact writing about it now, I can smell it clearly and crisply.
I may even set up some one day workshops around the place while I am there. (Let me know if you are interested in hosting one by emailing me, diondior(at)yahoo(dot)com.) I am so excited, I can't wait.
Thanks for checking in. xx