My brother was just here with his 2 daughters and his son and we had truly a magical magical time! With a total of six kids- ages 9,8,6,6,3 and 3 we were busy and the volume was loud, but the fun was SUPER FUN!!!
It was fabulous to see my kids truly enjoying their cousins and to sit back and spend some of the time relaxing while the kids played together. It was also fabulous to be able to see each child do what they needed to do to get their needs met.
Two times we went to a playground and David asked to stay with his bubbe and papa where the house would be quiet and the air conditioner would be on. This break from the chaos seemed to be a perfect way for him to rejuvenate and get ready for the chaos to return when everyone got back. The rule for the week that "everyone rides in their own car" was quickly implemented, because putting this many kids in a small space where someone has to focus and react to the world around them was deemed unsafe! In addition the break from each other was beneficial for all of the children!
But FUN was the word of the week! We hiked at Copake falls, spent a few hours swimming in a lake. We saw a baseball game. Ok, we really sampled a variety of foods as those around us watched and played baseball----but there was a few periods of time that the kids watched the ball get hit....and they enjoyed watching the mascot ride around the field on a motorcycle, and trying to catch the frisbees that were thrown out to the crowd during breaks.
We also played in the fountains at SUNY Albany, and spent time at a few local playgrounds!
The growth in all 3 of my boys was apparent- David did the entire hike on his own 2 feet, and was the 3rd person up the mountain- he beat everyone except for Samantha and Cailin. Matthew swamp at the waterfall and had a blast! Jacob and Nathan had a marvelous time simply being together!
It is amazing how much you miss family after they leave! What a fabulous week we had!
- 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!