Thursday, June 24, 2010

Playing Catch Up--Austin's Birthday

Many of you know that my high functioning autistic brother, Austin, is living with us while he does a service mission for our church.  We are LDS and boys are requested to serve a two year proselyting or teaching mission.  His autism makes it all but impossible for him to serve that kind of mission.  But he has always wanted to serve a mission.  So, we volunteered for him to stay with us while he fulfilled a service mission.

While he was out here he turned 20!!!!  So, we had to throw him a birthday party.  Crowds of people that you don't know would make anyone feel unsociable and totally out of their element but this even more magnified when you're autistic.  So we had Erik's family and a family that are close friends of ours.  These were people that Austin already knew and was semi-comfortable around.

Anyone that knows Austin knows that he loves video games, TV, Computer games, food, Pokemon, and of course Star Wars.  So, when I asked him what kind of cake he wanted I wasn't completely surprised when he chose Star Wars.  He didn't care what it looked like, just as long as it was Star Wars.  So, I got to use my creative side to come up with a cake for him.  Most everyone liked it and got the idea, the only one who didn't was my brother Logan, and he doesn't count.  (Logan wouldn't have liked it if it would have won a Cake Challenge on Food Network.  At first I was upset about what he said but then both Erik and my mom pointed out that nothing would have been good enough.  Enough about him)

We want to say a special thank you to everyone who came and showed love and support for Austin.  He had a great time, and is already planning next years!



Austin with his cake!  Notice how nice of a sister I am to group the candles so close together for him to blow out.  Despite my best efforts he blew them all out in one breath way too easily!



Austin opening his presents.  He got a couple Gamestop gift cards, a Subway gift card, some clothes, books, video game, and clothes.  Yeah, we all know Austin.  Thanks everyone for the gifts!



Star Wars--need I say more!!!

3 comments:

Barbara said...

That was a fun day. You are a great sister, Marci. And, for the record, the cake was magnificent!

Ryan and Lizeth said...

It was fun. I'm glad he enjoyed it. I can't wait to see what he has planned for next year.

Monty and Kristin said...

You are such a sweet sister to do so much for Austin. He sure had a great birthday! I still can't believe his cake. You amaze me.