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The Fairly Odd Family – Geocaching

Back in 2008, we referred to ourselves as the “Fairly Odd Family”. This was in part due to the boys’ affinity for the animated show, “The Fairly Odd Parents”, but also in greater part due to the fact that we just rolled differently than other families. We were (and still are) quirky, off -the-wall, and a bit wacky. Evan had renamed himself “Sevan”, and would only respond when addressed as such. We built and decorated cardboard boats and paddled them in an annual boat float competition. We had a trampoline in the living room of our apartment (with a loft ceiling, thank goodness). Evan’s OT had recommended a trampoline for him since the beginning of therapy, and I didn’t want him to miss out on needed therapy just because we were spending a year in an apartment. We basically marched to our own drum, and it worked for us. Still does.

Trampoline or Dinner Table?

In September 2008, Brian approached us, all excited about a contest he had seen on Nickelodeon. It was called the “Wii Fit Family Challenge”, and the winning families would receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Florida. The sole requirement was to submit a short video showing our family, in action on the “Wii Fit” or engaged in another fitness-related activity. Since we didn’t own a Wii Fit, we opted for one of our favorite activites…geocaching. In the spirit of Floor Time (joining in their interests and engaging in activities about which they were excited), I wrote up a simple script. The boys had fun memorizing and acting it out, and off we went to videotape.

Ultimately we were not selected as “Wii Fit Family Challenge” finalists, but it was a great day…for a hike, a geocache, a few laughs, and just for being together.


I am an Autism parent, an Aspie, and married to an Aspie, Ed, my husband of 24 years. I’m writing to share our story, which is the real-life drama of raising two boys on the autism spectrum. Our story contains tragedy, comedy, lots of action, conflict and adventure. But it’s also the story of the evolution of an autism parent. For as much progress as my sons have made, I may have made more. I’ve become who I am today through their struggles and triumphs. People have told me over the years that I am a hero and role model. I don’t feel that way. My superheroes are Brian and Evan, and maybe my superpower has been in raising them. They are true trailblazers and the wind beneath my wings.

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