Last Saturday, we invited The Boy’s best friend over for a sleepover. He is on the spectrum, too, and is in The Boy’s program at school. They get along really well together, share the same interests, and this boy just seems to get it when The Boy doesn’t answer a question or doesn’t want to do the same thing he does.
The two spent the morning at our Autism Society’s chapter’s “Friends and Fun” party, during which everyone who celebrates a birthday for that month gets to come to a church youth group center and hang out for a couple of hours. Presents are given by the chapter, and there’re cupcakes, so it is a great way for the kids to get together without the pressure of a formal birthday party (and figuring out whom to invite).
Then I picked them up and brought them to the beach trailer that The Man and I are renovating… Have I told y’all about that? Not yet? Another post entirely…
They waited patiently while I put in a new window…
And then The Man, the boys and I walked over to McDonald’s for some lunch and some much needed sweet tea.
Next, I drove the boys up the way a bit to a bowling alley that we had heard also had an arcade. After getting lost twice (thank you, iPhone!), we found the place and proceeded to spend quarters on slightly beat up machines that didn’t always give us tickets. The boys had a great time playing foosball and air hockey, and ended up with some fantastic plastic slinky bracelets that promptly broke within the next half hour. But it was fun ;)
We stopped at Target to see if the Halloween costumes were out yet, which they weren’t, but we had a good time poking around the legos and stuff, and they were patient with me while I poked around in the office supplies, ogling washi tape. We picked up a couple of toys for Raphael, too.
On the way back home, we stopped at a Halloween superstore, as The Boy’s friend seems to have an obsession with Halloween and the haunted house he and his parents create in their garage every year. This superstore actually had a small haunted house setup through which you HAD to walk to get into the store. The Boy’s friend seemed to like it and be scared by it at the same time, while The Boy was just scared. We checked out the costumes, and I think The Boy was most traumatized by the fake boobs in one of the aisles.
We headed back to the beach trailer to see The Man’s progress and then headed over to one of the piers with a restaurant (and a great view), ate dinner, and walked out on the pier after dark.
We headed home and let the boys do their thing with DSs and iPads and computers – oh my! As The Man and I headed to bed rather early – he tired from the physical work of putting in new sub-floor by himself, and me tired from entertaining two preteens for the past 9 hours.
Let’s just say I’m glad it doesn’t happen every weekend, but I am SO glad The Boy has a friend to be able to do this with. It’s a small slice of normal for him, and he loves it.