Tag: family

Family Day at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center

Good afternoon everyone, it has been over two weeks since my last post. And I made a vow that I would start posting twice a week, but due to work and “writer’s block” I was unable to come up with great ideas for these posts. It has been over two weeks since school started back and I forgot to post the event that took place at US Space and Rocket Center.

And hence,  my twin sister, who works at the US Space and Rocket Center as a museum presenter got us free admission tickets to attend this event. There was this family day event at the Space Center where there was food, fun, giveaways, and so forth that were free. This annual event occurs before school starts for the children (grades pre-K-12).

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I will give a brief history of the US Space and Rocket before talking about the event which occurred the week before school started for the kids. The US Space and Rocket Center was established in 1965 located in Huntsville, Alabama (close to Redstone Arsenal). It is known for the history of various astronauts, space travels, artifacts, space camp, and so forth. The above picture is the Saturn I.

General Admission:

$24 for adults (at least age 13)

$16 for children (5 to 12)

Free for children under 4

They even provide discount for military, college students, seniors (55 and above), NASA civil service and retirees, TVA employees and retirees, and so forth.

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The latest exhibit at the space center known as the “Science of Rock n’ Roll”. One of the equipment “music creator” I don’t remember the actual name.

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Makenzie (Kiki) and Michael Jr. on the drum set

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Makenzie (Kiki) and Michael Jr. at astronaut cutouts

We took one of our nieces and nephews to the special event that took place at the US Space and Rocket Center where there was kid friendly attractions and they even got some attractions for little children (ages 8 and under). Overall, the event itself is a family friendly and it also pet friendly. I almost for to mention that there was free food catered by Lawler’s Barbecue (I forgot to take pictures), games such as bingo, ring toss using sodas and other beverages, etc, and giveaways. We all had a great time at the space center especially with our niece and nephew. Hopefully, this next time this event will take place again at the same place and there will be seasonal.

Dating on an Autism Spectrum Part II: Marriage and Sex

Good afternoon everyone,

Today is the first day of July and I am moving on to the second half of dating on an autism spectrum where marriage, sex, and family planning take place. Unfortunately, this is the conclusion of the series of “Dating on an Autism Spectrum”. Any how,  I have a few questions for you guys, Do you want to take this relationship to the next level? Were you nervous about your first sexual experience whether or not your partner is on an autism spectrum?  Do you want children in the future and starting a family? Good, so that is what I am going to discuss about this topic. I will also provide question and answer based upon this topic almost at the closing of this discussion. I will be discussing three related topics dealing with long-term relationships which coordinate how to make it work.

Marriage:

Marriage is one of the happiest days we have experience in our lifetimes because we are madly in love with our chosen partners and we want to start a new chapter in our lives since moving out of our parent(s)’s house. However, as people (adolescent through adulthood) on an autism spectrum we are unsure if the marriage will last a long time for some of us due to social awkwardness and fear of commitment. Prior to marriage is dating and then engagement whether or not if the relationship is going to work out almost like in movies and fairy tales because we want to experience in starting a chapter in our lives since being single is not an option for us when dating through marriage is taken place in our lives. In the article by Certified Autism Specialist, Stephanie C. Holmes, MA, BCCC she talks about the 4 C’s in marriage on an autism spectrum: 1. Conflict Resolution, 2. Communication, 3. Conversation, and 4. Connection http://www.aacc.net/2017/03/16/marriage-on-the-autism-spectrum-he-saidshe-said-part-3/.

 

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Sex:

Sex is normal in many relationships whether it is dating, engagement, and marriage. People on an autism spectrum are skeptical about what the term “sex” is. It is okay to be nervous if this is your first sexual relations experience. I know only a few to many stay celibate, meaning staying abstinence until marriage. Without sex it could result into intimacy conflicts between two partners and other health related issues. Anxiety also takes place as well resulting in sexless marriages because we are concerned about how will sex feel if it is our first experience. Do not worry too much about, just “go with the flow”. It is normal for some of us to be nervous during our first sexual relationship whether you are on an autism spectrum or not. We all experience nervousness and awkwardness in our first sexual experience.

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Family Planning:

Family planning is a part of life with a dramatic change. Babies can change lives in people whether you come from a different environmental surroundings (stable homes and/or broken home). I would want to start a family eventually so I could be a better example for them without choosing the wrong direction in life. Any who, here are two questions for you, Can people on an autism spectrum have children? Or do you want to start a family? The answers are yes, you can have children and start a family just like everybody else. Whether or not if you have children on an autism spectrum, patience is always the key especially if your parent(s) raised you as children with autism.

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Although I do not have children of my own, here are a few things you will need to know to raise children whether or not they are on the autism spectrum 1. Patience, 2. Acknowledge, 3. Acceptance, and 4. Understand. Eventually, I will have children soon as long as the father is in the picture and also if wants children as well.

That is the end of this series of “Dating on an Autism Spectrum” hopefully these series will help you start a stable relationship whether you are on an autism spectrum or not. Always remember whoever you choose to be your life partner will understand your well-being and always be aware of yourself and your partner’s actions.

The Birthday Week!

This was our birthday week and we have just turned 26 that day! My family and I went to diner called Royal Rose located on the North Parkway and University Drive. I would rate this place restaurant a five out five stars. We pretty order different stuff on the menu. I order the grilled veggie wrap, but unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of the wrap along with the sides that comes with the wrap. Overall, I would be most likely to come back to Royal Rose diner!