It has been a whirlwind two weeks. Last week Jacob and I had the week off and my brother, sister in law and their two girls came in to see us from North Carolina, so while M and D had school, I gave them some half days so that they had a chance to hang with their cousins.
This week we are all on vacation and basicall are spending out time testing out all of the local playgrounds. There is nothing better than watching groups of children negotiate life at an inside or outside playground.
On Monday we went to two parks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. In the morning we walked with my mom and her dog and saw the cows and the ducks which the boys loved. In the afternoon we met some friends and the boys hung out on the playground. The kids had a great time at both parks and by the time we got home, they were exhausted.
On Tuesday we went to Chuck E cheese with another family with 3 kids, one of whom has special needs. Within fifteen minutes of our arrival M and this other little boy had drummed up some trouble with another child. Not to our surprise at all, it turned out the other boy also had some issues....and so he and M spent the rest of the time at Chuck E cheese coming over and repeatedly saying goodbye to each other and being happy that they had each made a friend....cute and quirky in its own way to watch this unfold, but totally not surprising.
Today we went to an insane playground in the morning...the park was filled with likely over 150 kids of all ages. Needless to say, David became quickly overwhelmed and when we walked over to the pond to see the ducks, he dumped his lemondae on the floor. As I walked away briefly to fill the lemonade bottle so Jacob could have some water, I heard one of those slow motion yells of "no", "stop" and instantly knew that D was causing some form of drama. To my surprise....floating in the pond was D's right shoe. Shockingly this obviously happens from time to time because multiple people told me that they have something at the park that they can use to grab things from the water. Better yet, today they had a boat on the water and the men in the boat happily came over and fished out his shoe.....if only I could tell you that D would learn from this experience....thank god for our friends!
Finally this afternoon we went to a small playground at Matthew's school....this out of the way, little known park is basically the key to our success...except for the bees that were flying around our group of 7 had a blast for well over an hour!
Thankfully this break has been full of good weather, great friends and enough bags of pretzels and cheetos and juice boxes to feed a small country!
- 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!