Last Tuesday, Brandon boarded the bus with his class for a four-day trip to Quebec City. He really wanted to go and his teachers agreed that he should go. So off he went.
This was the first time Brandon had ever been away without a family member. We weren't sure how it would go but his teacher, who is a great guy, assured us Brandon would be fine.
The kids were going snow tubing, dog sledding and, though we didn't realize it, snowshoeing. Brandon was definitely looking forward to the snow tubing before he left.
We knew the first day of the trip was to be long. They wouldn't arrive in Quebec City until about 6:30 pm. Then they were to check into the hotel, catch the bus for dinner and after dinner, go on a walking tour of Old Quebec. Mmm! Sounds like a long day for a boy who got up just after 4am.
Brandon is an early riser, but he also like to go to bed early. We knew that wasn't going to happen and figured he'd be exhausted. That is a long day for anyone.
Brandon had a few adventures on his trip. He got confused in the snow park the first day and sent a text to Michelle, asking what to do. That was a big step ahead for Brandon. In previous times when he was in a predicament, he would meltdown. As you know, Brandon has Asperger's Syndrome and these children have trouble controlling their emotions. I've seen big changes in Brandon in the last couple years and this was a giant leap forward for him. Instead of a meltdown, a simple phone call to Mom did the trick and he found a Tour Guide.
He had a couple of other adventures when he went dogsledding and snowshoeing. You can read about those on Michelle's blog. Be sure not to miss them. She tells a good rendition of his experiences.
Way to go, Brandon. You did us proud. Congratulations!
Have a great week and remember to take time to relax. ~Blessings, Mary~