About Me

I am a single mom of three amazing boys!  All three of my sons entered my family through adoption.  All three of my boys have developmental disabilities. My oldest son, Matthew has been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Bipolar Disorder. David, my middle son, has a genetic condition, he has a duplication on his 15th chromosome which leads to autism like symptoms, seizures and learning challenges. My youngest son, Jacob has learning disabilities. Each of my children bring unique challengs to our family and also bring their own personality and joys to our everyday life!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Vacation week fun

As a single mom, often knowing that vacation week is coming is cause for concern. That means that 24/7 I am going to be ON. Unless I hire a babysitter, it will be me and the boys all day, everyday during break.

Over the past few years, my anxiety level for vacation weeks has not completely skyrocketed due to some good friends entering our lives, but as we headed into February vacation week, I was still moderately anxious.

See in Upstate NY the weather greatly impacts what you can do with 3 children. Assuming an endless amount of money, and the world is our oyster, but sadly our money has a limit, and so that has to be taken into account when planning for a week full of activity.

Thankfully one of our favorite programs, Project Link, was up and running this week. Project Link is sheer genuis- you take any children with special needs and their families and open up an indoor gymnastics studio complete with trampolines, balls, cars, trucks and an art room, and you have 2 hours of fun and entertainment. Add to it that this program is free and is held for 3 days during the week and you have one happy mom and 3 ecstatic little boys!

Additionally, this week we were lucky enough to get a little snow and also to have some decent weather so we have had 2 full afternoons of project link followed by sledding which creates the perfect recipe for exhausted little boys!

Now as I wrap up Wednesday night, we are in the home stretch and heading back towards routine. Tomorrow is the final day of Project Link and all of our good friends are bringing their children. So not only will the boys have a great time, but I will also get some quality mom time in! Then we end the day with a birthday party for one of D's little kindergarten friends!

I need to plan activities for Friday, Saturday and something calm to get us back into the routine for Sunday, and we can end this vacation week on a high! A trip to the library, maybe another day of sledding, and possibly a visit to an indoor play area and we will all head back to our routine and structure with good memories, and positive energy!

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