Monday 2 January 2017

Our best moments from 2016

Instagram round up

As always our lives have been filled with the unexpected and 2016 was no different. Our beautiful, wonderful and unique children have grown and our family have both tired and flourished. Along with my favourite Instagram photos (above) I'm sharing my top five best moments from the blog this year here, in reverse order.

autism and Olympics

5. We all had great fun watching The Olympics this year. It seems a long time ago but all the kids (just about) were able to watch and enjoy some aspect of the games on television. We played in the day and watched the games before getting ready for bed. It was great, here's what we learned from the games this summer. Coincidentally this matches top pic No.2 on Instagram.

dummy and autism

4. After 4 million minutes, we finally bid farewell to dummies. They have been a staple in our home for a long time, but this year we said goodbye to the soother. It was awesome, read all about it here.

autism and fireworks

3. Our family break for 2016 was in Florida with my extended family. Six adults with five kids, several conditions and disability passes. We had an epic time and our eldest got over his fear of fireworks. It was wonderful, read all about Anthony turning his fears into fancies in Florida here.

2. This post about the first time David said 'love you' will melt your heart. I don't know what else to say except, read it with a tissue.

1. The  best moment for me this year was when Anthony did more than come to terms with his autism. We told Anthony he was autistic before we went on holiday to Florida in the Easter Break.

We knew that we would need to tell several people that Anthony had autism and Anthony was aware enough to listen to our conversations. We wanted to empower him in these situations not hide from him. He didn't seem that surprised or worried when we spoke to him about having both autism and ADHD.

A while later after we were trialling him on some medication to help him at school he said something amazing. To this day it still makes me proud. Read about this autism acceptance here.

Well I hope you've enjoyed my look back at 2016. Looking at the list I don't know what 2017 will bring but we'll be here for each other, whatever it is.


  1. Brilliant round up, was an amazing year for you! So glad Florida worked for you (I still haven't been able to face blogging about our trip from 2 years ago :/) and love the autism acceptance. May 2017 be merry and bright for you all too! x

  2. Wonderful, touching and inspiring blogs. Simply love them.

  3. Lovely to read your words. It's great that you've been able to all unite with an understanding of the condition and nobody is isolated. #ShareYourYear

  4. Oh what a great year! I loved watching the Olympics as well. You must be so proud of Anthony xx

    Happy New Year!

    1. The Olympics was good fun, wasn't it. Yes - i'm always proud of my kids!

  5. Aww, how lovely picking out your good moments. Such lovely posts x

  6. I remember reading about these moments and I absolutely loved the post about Anthony's autism acceptance. Lovely to look back like this, here's to 2017 x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  7. That post about Anthony's autism acceptance is just beautiful. Sounds like 2016 was a good year for you - so glad you had such a lovely time in Florida. Hope 2017 will be a good year for you too :-) #WotW

  8. What an amazing year, some really heart-wrenching moments for you and some absolutely stunning photos. I hope 2017 is full of excitement, love and laughter as last year

  9. What an amazing year for you - your pictures are stunning. Wishing you all the best for 2017. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam x

  10. Aww its wonderful to look back and what a gorgeous year and some beautiful photos. Happy New Year
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

  11. What a wonderful round up of your best moments! I am really pleased that Anthony has accepted his 'label' and doesn't let it bother him, what a wonderful attitude! I hope 2017 is as good for you!

    Thanks for linking up to #ShareYourYear!

  12. Oh wow what a year - I love you, Disney, getting to terms with autism... it's all so amazing & positive. All the best to you & your family for 2017! Thank you for sharing with #BloggerClubUK

  13. I loved reading about these moments. You have made me think about Disney and autism. I don't think my son is ready to be told what it is yet. I doubt he will understand but we do talk about it openly around him.I just hope we are doing the right thing #WotW sorry it's late x


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