Saturday, June 16, 2018

Summer...so far

We are a couple of week into our summer break and we've managed to squeeze in quite a bit of fun already.

The summer kicked off with Caleb "graduating" from the prep division (8 foot goal) to the 10' division. He's been on prep since he was six years old ya'll....he'll be 13 in less than 2 months. Stop it.

We spent a Saturday at Granny and Paw-Paw's house. We picked a ton of blackberries....

....and shot a watermelon with a BB gun.


We met our co-op friends at an indoor playground. I spy a Benjamin.

We met some of our favorite SB buddies for bowling and arcade fun. 

We had a fun day at the lake with our co-op friends.


We went to Hawaiian Falls for more fun in the sun....


....and another trip to the lake with co-op friends!

 Summer is off to a great start!


Tapestry of Grace: Year 4

Oh man, I have done such a terrible job of blogging in recent months! We've been just rollin' with life and the days turn into weeks...the weeks into months....I share some of our daily moments on Instagram but I forget to blog regularly.

We wrapped up our homeschooling year a couple of weeks ago. Our fifth year of homeschooling! It has flown by ya'll. I'm so blessed to spend my days learning alongside these two boys.


I'm so excited that we officially completed all 4 years of Tapestry of Grace. You know I love this curriculum. I've blogged about it several times: here and here. I slacked a little on the pictures (the boys are getting older and mom constantly snapping photos is lame), but here are a few from our school year. Year 4 started in the early 1900's and took us to current events. We studied everything from the sinking of the Titanic (Benjamin swears he will never go on a cruise because of this) to September 11, 2001.


We made tie-dye shirts when we got to the 1960's


The boys loved this!

We spend several weeks on MLK and the Civil Rights movement. We made a display board of some of the historical events during those years.
Caleb especially loved this particular study. He was fascinated by Martin Luther King Jr.

We watched MLK's "I have a dream" speech.

We read about John F. Kennedy...
...and went to the 6th Floor Museum in Dallas. 
(This was the best photo I could get, they don't allow photos inside)


We read dozens and dozens of books....this was their favorite. They loved it.

When we got to the 1990's, Caleb made a poster board highlighting the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.


So those are a few highlights from our school year. It was a great year with our studies at home plus all of the fun they had each week at co-op. We took field trips and made new friends. All-in-all it was a fantastic year. We'll take a few weeks off to relax and catch our breath before we dive back in!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Art

I'm crafty but not artsy so I seek outside sources when it comes to exposing my kids to art. I found a homeschool art class at our local activities center for Caleb. He completed 4 paintings this school year.

Peregrine Falcon

Wheelchair basketball silhouette

Cool emoji

Star Fox

He worked so hard each week on his projects and he had a great instructor. 

Benjamin took a watercolor class at our homeschool co-op. He painted several watercolor paintings over the semester. Here are a few of my favorites.

Empty tomb scene

Beach scene

Polar bear on ice

Colorful rain

Northern lights



Thursday, March 22, 2018

13 years ago today....


....I was 18 weeks pregnant with this boy. Glenn and I were sitting in front of a doctor who told us that our baby boy had "the most severe form of Spina Bifida" (these doctors love to use the word "severe"). We were told a lot of really awful things. Only awful things. Fast forward to today and I have this man-child who is so engrossed in his Nintendo Switch, he can't be bothered to look at the camera. He's this 12 year old kid. Smart, funny, and handsome. He sasses and back-talks. He loves basketball and can pretty much tell you every NBA player that ever existed and the teams they played for. He loves to travel. His favorite person at our church is an 82 year old woman that he seeks out every week so they can chat! He loves a good joke. He can/does eat an entire tray of sweet potato fries. He loves 80's music but doesn't care for music from the 90's. He works hard. He asks questions. All. The. Time. He's this amazing person ya'll. I don't just love him, I like him too. The journey hasn't always been easy, there have certainly been some rough roads. But it has been good ya'll. So good.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Benjamin's NERF party!

My baby will turn NINE in just a few days. We celebrated, NERF style, yesterday.

We turned the backyard into a NERF battlefield. I saved cardboard boxes for two months (at Benjamin's request) so that they could be used for his party. We had a blue side for the blue team....

and an orange side for the orange team. 

These cardboard "walls" were a big hit. It was Benjamin's idea to cut out rectangles with a flap so that the kids could stick their guns through the holes.

For an hour and half, the backyard was full of boys and flying Nerf darts. They even ignored the chilly temperatures and the steady drizzle of rain! Boys don't care about such things when they are in the middle of a battle. 

Before battle, the kids had to "Gear Up".

Plenty of ammo and a few extra NERF guns.

Safety goggles were required. I bought these inexpensive tool aprons at Lowe's, covered the Lowe's logo with duct tape (orange and blue to match the teams) and my mom made NERF logo stickers.

Fun game of "guess the number of darts". There were 53 darts in the container, the winning kid guessed 50.

I used camo tablecloths to cover the wall. I made the banner with black card stock and used my vinyl cutter to make the letters.

I found cute signs and water bottle labels on Etsy. 

Simple snack of cheese and crackers with grapes.

I made this cake ya'll! This was only my second time using fondant but I think it came out pretty good. Even the NERF darts are made of fondant! Benjamin thought it was perfect so that is all that matters.

The table set-up.


Boys, boys, and more boys.



Friday, November 10, 2017

Spina Bifida Christmas Card Exchange




It's that time of year again! The 6th Annual Spina Bifida Christmas Card Exchange! This is such a fun way to "meet" and connect with fellow SB families from all over the country (even a couple from Canada). It makes going to the mailbox super fun!!

Here's how it works:

You sign up to participate using THIS LINK

Once the the sign-ups are complete. I will put together a list of fellow SB families for you to mail a card to. I will email the list to you at the beginning of December.

Don't worry, you will only be asked to mail about 10 cards but you can send more if you choose. You will not be asked to send a card to every single family that signs up.

It's really fun! Don't miss out!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Halloween 2017

I managed to drag the boys to the Pumpkin Patch this year for a few photos. Caleb barely humors me but Benjamin still poses for shots. Hey, if you want a pumpkin to carve, then you have to smile for the camera first.


Had to get one with Hallow.

See, this cutie still poses for me. 


The completed jack-o-lanterns. Caleb wanted the Houston Rockets logo and Benjamin wanted something "creepy".


"Hallow"een is also this sweet girl's birthday. She turned 4 years old.

We usually do the "Trunk or Treat" at our church for Halloween but it was cancelled due to weather. The boys decided it would be fun to just stay home (dressed in costumes), watch a movie and pass out candy. It was probably best because Benjamin and I are still getting over being sick and Caleb was starting to not feel well. We made the best of it and the boys loved passing out candy.

 Benjamin chose the easiest costume ever: The Nerf-inator.
This was the perfect "costume" because the child already has a stock pile of Nerf guns and darts. I just bought the cool tactical vest. Should the apocalypse come and Nerf guns are needed, we'll be just fine in this house. He wants a Nerf themed birthday party so I get to use all of this stuff again!

He loved it and was so proud.

This was the first year since 2008 that Caleb did not want a cardboard costume for his wheelchair. I was okay with that since my Etsy shop kept me plenty busy and I'm usually pretty sick of cardboard and spray paint by the end of October. 

One of our favorite shows over the summer was America's Got Talent. There was a group called Light Balance and they wore these really cool suits just covered in lights. Caleb decided he wanted something like that. I did my best, on a much smaller scale. 

Pictures can't do this costume justice so here is a video:




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