We then went to meet up with Mike's family in Northern CA. We had a great time catching up with the extended family. I showed pictures of our boys. They hardly recognized our boys, as the boys are "all grown up".
|Mike with siblings and Dad|
We travelled onward to the wine country. We did a few wine and food tastings. Quite elegant. And educational. I need a few more (actually any lessons) cooking lessons on cooking and how to compare/contrast wines with foods.
We spent our 25th anniversary with just each other. We had thoughts and discussions of doing the entire rendition of renewing vows and reception after. We couldn't quite agree on that. So we ended up spending the day with just each other.
|Sheryl and Mike|
That was perfect.
We have never been away from our kids this long. They are older and are more independent. The grandparents stepped in to oversee schedules. I have some reassurance that our house won't burn down.
In the life of autism, this is paramount: to not forget the couple we are. Husband and Wife. As long as our relationship is intact, autism does not define who we are, although it is a part of our lives. We are happy, and our job is to make sure that our kids get what they need to do what they wish to pursue. God willing, we will be blessed with more years of happy marriage, in which we support our boys.