Showing posts with label Caleb. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Caleb. Show all posts

Monday, August 15, 2016

Celebrating 11 years old

My baby, my first born turned 11 years old last week. I have no idea how this happened ya'll. He just keeps getting bigger and older and turning into this young man. I can't take it but I can't stop it either. Sigh.

Birthday donuts, a tradition.

One of the gifts we got Caleb was the Bean Boozled Jelly Belly game. He was so excited. If you aren't familiar with this game, it is basically a game of chance. You have a pile of jelly beans and a spinner. You spin the spinner and you eat whatever jelly bean it lands on. Sounds safe enough right? Wrong. For every good tasting jelly bean there is a nasty, horrifying jelly bean. But you don't know what you get until you eat it. So you could get a "Juicy Pear" (yum) or a "Booger" (gross). You could get "Peach" (yum) or "Barf" (double gross). Because the nasty ones look like the yummy are either in for a pleasant surprise or you are running to the nearest trashcan. The boys LOVED this and giggled like crazy the entire time. I gave it a try but after eating a "Stinky Sock" jelly bean I was done. No thank you.

Caleb hasn't had a birthday party since his SK8 party 3 years ago. Caleb didn't want a big party this year either, he just wanted 2 friends from his homeschool co-op to come over. So the guest list was small but if you know me I do big decorations. I love this kind of stuff. Love it. I did tone it down a little...sorta.

Theme: Basketball (of course)

I got the birthday banner on Etsy. I made the scoreboard. I added a few of his wheelchair basketball medals.

Bouncy basketballs for decorations and the kids took them home after the party.

Orange sherbet punch.

The cake! Caleb loved this! It's just a basic cake with chocolate frosting. Reeses Pieces are used to make the basketball. So cute and easy!

Basketball Oreo pops.

The table.

The face when he saw his cake. 

I'm a mom of an eleven year old.

All boys. Six boys in one house makes for a fun and crazy afternoon. There was a lot of running, nerf gun shooting and video game playing. It was perfect. 

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

First day of school pics, homeschool style

I'm a little late posting these....we started back up with school last week. I had to drag the boys outside for these photos. They are sick to death of holding these signs but oh well. I will force them to do this. They will do this when they are teenagers...maybe even when they go to college.

It's been a smooth transition back into our homeschool routine. That is yet another benefit of following a more year-round schedule. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Our "Summer"

We took six weeks off from school for our summer. Here are a few snapshots of our summer moments.

We did some art tutorials on ArtForKidsHub (super fun site, highly recommend).

We finally got around to doing some Tinker Crate activities that I had from months ago. 

We made a simple robot that could color on paper. It was actually pretty cool. You can see that Hallow is mesmerized as well.

We built huge towers out of cups.

We signed up for Kids Bowl Free and went bowling several times.

We celebrated Father's Day.

We went swimming.

Hallow went swimming.

She loved the water but was content to stay on the step.

We played Minecraft...a lot. Too much.

We spotted Caleb's photo on a poster while at Cook Children's.

We went to Hawaiian Falls. Despite the sassy face, Benjamin was excited to go swimming.

We celebrated the 4th of July.

Arcade fun after bowling.

More arcade fun after bowling.

We took a somewhat sudden and unexpected trip to Galveston to see a specialist for Caleb. More on that to come. We did a little sight-seeing while we were there.

Hallow enjoyed the hotel accommodations.

My boys...and my girl

More sight seeing.

Hotel pool fun.

There were Muscovy ducks in front of our hotel. Caleb was in bird-lovin' heaven.

While we didn't have time to swim in the ocean we managed to sneak a quick peek.

Hallow needed a quick beach nap.

We enjoyed hotdogs after swimming.

This was the first year I tried more of a year round schedule for our homeschool and I liked it....except I think the six weeks off for "summer" was still too long. Because we took a longer break I felt like I still needed to squeeze in some school by having them do math, reading, and writing. Even though those things only took a small amount of time, it still felt like we were doing school. I think I like taking smaller, more frequent breaks and making them true breaks. Live and learn. That's one of the many reasons I love homeschooling. We start another year tomorrow!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Canine Companions for Independence Graduation, Lonestar Chapter

The Lonestar Chapter of CCI had their graduation last Friday. Even though we have had Hallow since February, we were invited back to participate in the graduation ceremony. Hallow's puppy raiser, Joan, flew all the way from California to be here for the graduation. We were so excited to meet the woman who raised Hallow for the first 18 months of her life.

Graduation day started with a brunch.

We got to meet Joan in person for the first time. It was so fun to sit with her and go through Hallow's puppy book together. Hallow was Joan's 4th puppy to raise for CCI. She is raising puppy #5 now! There were people at the brunch that have raised as many as 18 puppies for CCI! Puppy raisers impress me so much. They give 18 months of their lives to a dog that they will eventually hand over to someone else. That is a beautiful act of love and generosity.

Joan was so kind to bring gifts for Hallow and the boys. Benjamin loved the Coast Guard coin she gave us.

The graduation ceremony was sweet and emotional. They showed videos of all the graduates with their dogs. Each puppy raiser meets the graduate on stage as they hand over the dog to the deserving recipient. It is very moving and caused a number of tears. They had boxes of tissues on every row.

The whole crew with Joan. We were so thrilled to have her here. It was such a blessing to meet her and Hallow was so excited to see her. It was quite the reunion. 

Love this.

Earlier in the week we had to head up to the CCI training center for interviews.
We did an interview for a local news story as well. I swear, I am becoming pro at interviews.
As far as I know, the story hasn't run yet, but I'll post the link once it does.

It was a great day and we were so blessed to meet Joan and to be there to witness other kids and adults receive their CCI dog. I can't say enough about Canine Companions for Independence and all they do. They are truly a great organization with some really great dogs. We love Hallow and can't imagine life without her. 

Monday, May 09, 2016

At MeMe's for Mother's Day

We took advantage of an activity-free weekend by heading to MeMe's house. It has been a while since we have been down to see her and we were anxious for her to meet Hallow....oh and see her great-grand kids as well.

One of the first things we saw in MeMe's back yard was a Heron.

All smiles at MeMe's house.

Our sweet Hallow enjoyed the big back yard. She made herself right at home.

I realized this weekend that I officially take more photos of the dog than I do the kids. Oh well, we have plenty of pictures of the boys right?

Benjamin had fun walking along the bank and collecting shells.

Pretty sure Caleb is thinking about pushing Benjamin in.

MeMe has the best backyard every.

Most of Sunday morning was spent at the kitchen table, coloring.

Enjoying some early morning time outside. 

Pretty girl with a pretty collar. 

The FreeWheel was such a help over the weekend. We love this thing and highly recommend it. If you missed my full review of the FreeWheel (plus a coupon for $100 off) click here.

Being a mom isn't easy but it is good. I'm stressed, but blessed and my heart is full.

Happy Mother's Day.

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