My hope for this Thanksgiving

I wrote this post 3 years ago, Thanksgiving… I had hoped and prayed that by now we would have healed some. I really do not think we have and I am not sure we ever will…

It seems as though it has now spilled over into all parts of daily life.

While I can’t change the behavior of others, I can change mine… so I am hoping that enough of us stand up and say… IT IS OKAY to disagree.. We do not all have to agree in fact that would be very boring! Let’s embrace our differences and pull in our disrespect… Agree to disagree and treat each other with respect…

Disagreement is healthy, when done right. Stop labeling everyone a BULLY BECAUSE THEY HAVE A DIFFERENT OPINION.

Together we are stronger!

 

 

We wish each of you a very happy Thanksgiving! This time of the year everyone asks “what are you thankful for?” and we list the usual..family, friends, health, home etc….

While these are all very important things to be thankful for …..there are Other things we should be thankful for.

We live in the greatest country in the world, where I truly believe most people care about others. At times it seems like this isn’t true, but I think the “loud ones” get the attention. No matter what you think about who won the election, what you should be thankful for is the fact we not only have the freedom to vote for who we want, but to voice what we feel. Although, I am disheartened by the slanderous and hateful rhetoric I hear from some. I have seen some say horrible and blatant untruths about people who disagree with them, this is a dangerous slope and cooler heads and HEARTS need to prevail.

I don’t want this to be a lecture on politics, but rather my thoughts on common decency. I have seen people say they aren’t welcome at family members’ homes because of who they voted for. This is very troubling and to be honest pathetic… If we as a country can’t have respectful debates, we will fail, and I for one am not willing to sit by and accept that.

So while we all celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s make a common vow that we treat one another with respect. I am not asking that we all agree, because as my dad taught me, healthy debate encourages inner reflection and expansion of views.

I hope this holiday season is that we treat one another with compassion and respect. When we try to squash the views of those who disagree with us by name calling and bullying, we in a sense are squashing their rights. As I said earlier this is a dangerous slope.

I am reminded of a George Washington’s quote ” If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter” My hope for us as a nation is that we heal. So next year when we are asked what we are most thankful for I hope on everyone’s list is “That we have healed as a nation and truly show one another respect” image

Why I Love Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

My mom asked me if I would be a guest blogger as part of our 45 Awesomism Days of the Holidays, and I said “Yes, of course!”

In this blog, I’m going to be talking about why I enjoy watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade very much.

I love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, because they have creative floats and marching bands, which I find it really cool.

I also like watching it with my parents and my siblings. I’ve been a big fan of the parade since I was young. I always look forward to it and watch it every year on Thanksgiving in the morning when we wake up.

Floats from the Macy’s Parade I liked the best are Charlie Brown, The Grinch, Spider-Man, Sonic and Spongebob. In case you forget what channel it’s going to be on, it airs on NBC. If you want to, you can record it or set a reminder so that you don’t miss out the parade coverage!

We found an article where they talk about the origins and history of Parade in Southern Living called Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade History & Photos. Here are some cool facts about it:

  • Macy’s Parade officially debuted in 1924, originally titled “Macy’s Christmas Parade” as a kick off of the holiday season.
  • During the first year of Macy’s, real animals were brought from the Central Park Zoo in NYC but discontinued after 1926 and replaced with inflatable floats.
  • Premiered on local TV stations for the first time in 1946 and national coverage in 1947.
  • Eddie Cantor was the first person to be ballooned.

Here’s the link of the article if you’re curious to read more information: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade History & Photos.

Macy’s Parade is one of the things I love about Fall season, because it airs on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is also my second favorite holiday, my first favorite is Christmas!

By the way, here’s a blog I wrote about why I love the Fall/Autumn season nearly 2 months ago. Here’s the link: Why Fall is My Favorite Season.

What are things you love about the Macy’s Parade? What are your favorite floats? I would love to hear feedback from you!

If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Flipboard, please give a follow to my accounts! Also, check out my website I started, as well as the blogs: Team Awesomism. We will soon be rebranding it by expanding our concepts.

As always, thanks for reading this blog, I hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy eating dinner with your family and friends on Thursday!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Peyton

Fall destressing

A lot of people I know feel that summer is there time to unwind. They look at it is the season that they go on vacations, the days are longer, so they can go outside more, they can do more… In general the weather is better.

For me it’s very different… I find fall/autumn to be my most destressing/relaxing season of the year. There is something about the cooler temperatures… That really make me happy.

I also really love the food in the fall… I am a massive apple and cinnamon person. I love to make hot apple cider… When my kids were younger, I would always make it from scratch. I love having potpourri on the stove.. and candles in the house.

I really enjoyed baking so I love to make pies and cookies… And there’s something magical about this time of the year when you’re baking.

I also really love to make homemade soup and stews.

I always feel like this time of the year is the most cozy time of the year… It’s not hot out… And living in Texas that he can really get to you in the summer. It’s not freezing cold, where you have to worry about snow and ice like in the winter… And after a hot summer, it’s so relaxing to have a cool evening in the fall.

I also happen to be one of those people that when it’s rainy or cloudy or overcast out, I enjoy working more! I enjoy doing things around the house, I enjoy writing, listening to podcasts and music, there’s just something about it, that makes me destress more!

I also am a big hot bath taker… I’ve talked about this in prior blogs, how I love to take hot baths to relax… In the fall it’s fun to take hot baths… Even more so than in the winter, because in the winter when you get out of the bath, you get so cold quickly.

I love wearing sweaters and warm fuzzy socks… To me these are all very calming.. soothing… Destressing type things. We are all different, and we all have different things that help us with our stress and anxiety… Fall happens to be one of those for me.

Although, I wouldn’t be being totally honest… if I didn’t admit that from a sports perspective, the fall is much more stressful for me… 😂😂Because I am a huge college football, NFL and NHL fan… And since they all play in the fall… I do get a lot more stressed about my sports… But it’s a different kind of stress 🤷🏻‍♀️

I love the cool evenings.. I especially love it when it’s cool enough to put a fire in the fireplace… Of course my husband and I have completely different ideas on what is cool enough! 🤗

What are some of your favorite things about the fall? Do you find the fall to be more of a destressing time? or do you find because we’re going into the holiday season, to make it more stressful? I’d love to get your feedback on that.

Peyton also loves Fall… here is the link to his blog! Why Fall is My Favorite Season

As Always.. Thanks for reading my Blog and have an Awesome Day!

Lynne

My Fall Garden

I love to garden. I planted a garden in the Spring, some of my stuff grew, but some didn’t because it was so hot. We had a really hot summer last year, we again had a hot summer this year as well. I researched what plants were good for Texas summer, which was good, or I probably wouldn’t have had any plants! Me and my parents went to Lowe’s and picked out seeds I wanted in my garden. I picked out Sweet Viburnum, Morning Glory, Lavender, Broccoli, Cabbage and such. I was so happy that I got them, me and my mother helped each other plant my seeds in my garden!

I decided to do a Fall Garden. Last year, we went to my aunt and uncle’s house and help my uncle plant cauliflower and broccoli in his backyard garden, we both dug out before we started planting them. My uncle, who grew up on a farm, has had quite a few gardens over the years. I had such a good time! When the broccoli was finished growing, my aunt and my uncle gave some to me. I couldn’t wait because I love both of these vegetables. He knows a lot about gardening and plants. He teaches me about this kind of stuff and I really like it that he teaches me.

Flowers and vegtables are not the only items I have in my garden. I have a bird bath, flower pots, vines, banana plants and elephant ear plants and more. If my flowers don’t grow well in my garden, I’ll get some more  flower seeds either at Lowe’s or Home Depot or Tractor Supply. I’m really excited to plant flowers during the fall season, I will be posting pictures on Twitter, Instagram and Flipboard to show their progress.

Part of our community goals for Team Awesomism is that we are helping people with autism, anxieties, GAD and ADHD overcome their fears and stress and find their comfort zones whatever they’re interested in doing. Golfing, fishing, walks, listening to music and gardening are all part of comfort zones, which we are trying to help people find their activities that make them feel comfortable or happy. We will be rebranding this website in upcoming months. It’ll be somewhat different than what we originally branded. Much of the concept will stay, just expanded!

For those of you who are members of Team Awesomism, soon you will be getting some gardening tips, videos from several different sources, and signing up on our email list that all are experienced gardeners.

We will have all kinds of gardening tips, from how to have a fall/winter garden in warmer climates to indoor container gardens. My mother will be doing videos of me planting my flowers and vegetables in my garden by using a periscope video. She will be posting videos on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to have you watch me planting my stuff in the garden. If you have a Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest account, please follow us.

I’m going to be getting my seeds soon. If anyone has any requests of what they would like to see me grow, please let me know! I would love to hear that! I’d also love to hear any advantages and tips for my garden from you!

Also, check out the links of t-shirts I designed on Teespring below:

Thank you for reading this blog!

Peyton

Why Fall is My Favorite Season

Hi! My name is Peyton, I’m 20 years old and autistic. I’m the founder of Team Awesomism, and I’m a guest blogger of AwesomismMom, my mom’s website. Starting today, we will be putting out blogs on AwesomismMom as part of Blogtober. Are there any blog suggestions you’d like us to put out? Let us know! We’re always looking forward to people who are willing to share their blogs with us!

Soon, we’re going to be rebranding my Team Awesomism website, but we’d love to have you check it out now.

Fall is my absolute favorite season. What is yours? The reason I love the Fall/Autumn season is because it cools down to the 60s and 50s, we get to celebrate the holidays and watch football games (both pro and college football.) I always get excited when Fall is about to start, as well as football! My whole family is big football fans.

My friend Everett Dawkins played football in college and pro. He played for the Florida State Seminoles, he went to NFL and played with several teams, and then he went to Arena Football League and played for Tampa Bay Storm and Washington Valor. He is like a big brother to me! Did you know I wrote a blog about him? This may be an old one, but here’s the link on AwesomismMom if you’re interested in reading it: My Hero by Peyton

We also begin to decorate our house in the end of September, even sometimes in the middle! We decorate both inside and outside. The day after Thanksgiving , we take it all down and decorate our Christmas stuff around our house. Winter is my second favorite season!

When it gets to cool down, my mom and I take our dogs for a walk and sometimes drive around our neighborhood to look at fall and Halloween decorations, we do the same with Christmas. I love doing this!

I like summer, even though it gets too hot, especially our area in Texas. We had an intense heat wave this year, that we hardly went outside. I like Spring more than Summer, we plant our flowers and plants in our garden in the backyard, I love seeing them grow, and we even plant vegetables, which is really cool, because we get to eat them! My Uncle Jerry taught me how to plant better.

My 2 favorite holidays are Thanksgiving and Christmas. What I like about Thanksgiving is that we get to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade every year, and eat delicious food for dinner, like Turkey, mashed potatoes, casserole and some other awesome stuff. My siblings sometime get to come over for Thanksgiving dinner! I love it when my siblings come home. Thanksgiving is also a time when we reflect on what we are thankful for. I like this because it focuses on positive stuff, not negative.

Of course, Christmas is my favorite for many reasons. I find those Christmas lights really calming, we love listening to music, which is very soothing, and use our fireplace in our family room when it’s cold out.

In fact, a year ago, I even wrote a blog about why I love Christmas! Here’s the link to it: Merry Awesomism Christmas!

Oh, there’s one more thing, I like hockey, but I’m not a huge of it nor am I an NHL fan, but my mom is. She gets excited when hockey is about to start, and it is about to now. That’s one thing I don’t like about the Fall season, because she screams at the TV all the time especially when her favorite team, Chicago Blackhawks, lose.

Thanks for reading! I hope you have an amazing and busy fall season this year! Happy Autumn season!

Peyton