Showing posts with label Church. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Church. Show all posts

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend retreat with our church family

We had a super fun weekend at a beautiful retreat center with our church family. The boys were so excited and we had a blast. It was gorgeous weather and it felt really nice to get away for a couple of days. We stayed in cabins (my kind of camping), had community meals in the dining hall, S'mores by the camp fire and a full weekend of activities.

Nature found Caleb right away. This grasshopper claimed a spot on Caleb's leg as soon as we got out of the car! Benjamin named the grasshopper "Megan". 

Getting ready to head to breakfast.

This child had plenty of room to run free. He was non-stop the entire weekend. 

For the most part, the retreat center was fairly accessible for Caleb. The Dino Hike wasn't wheelchair friendly at all so Benjamin and I tackled that activity together while Dad and Caleb had fun on their own.

Benjamin loved the hike. We hiked through some very tough terrain called the Rocky Creek.

So handsome.

The water was crystal clear by the rocks. We even saw some dinosaur footprints! Benjamin thought that was pretty cool.

Waiting for his turn on the paddle boats. 

A quick thumb-sucking break.

Dad and Caleb on their boat. Dad is doing all the paddling.

The weather was gorgeous...but that water was cold!

Caleb got down in the dirt with some other boys. They were convinced they had found a meteorite and they spent quite some time examining it. 

He's a natural at archery. Look at that form. So cute I can't take it.

It was a really fun, really exhausting you can see.

He still looks like my little baby when he is asleep.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

More Halloween Pics

I know you have already seen the boys' Halloween costumes, but since yesterday was actually Halloween, I thought I would share a few more pictures of the boys in their costumes. Our church has a Trunk or Treat so we headed there for some candy grabbin' fun.

I added a couple of things to Benjamin's fire engine since it's first outing last week. A fellow blogger mom made a fire truck for her son and I noticed that it had a cute little fire hose. So cute. Why didn't I think of that? So, I headed to the plumbing section of the local home improvement store and bought some 1/4 inch white tubing (not sure what it is used for) and this little brass nobby thingy (don't know what it's called or what it's used for). I glued the nobby thingy to the white tube and ta-da, we have a water hose!

And what fire engine is complete without a dalmatian (or in Benjamin's case- 2 dalmatians). He carried those puppies around all night.

Enjoying a sucker.

My boys.

Don't forget to check out the new wheelchair costumes blog. Let me know if you have a creation you would like to share.

Want to know how we made Benjamin's fire truck? Click HERE.
Want to know how we made Caleb's Dry Bones costume? Click HERE.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Crafting, Skating, and Lava Lamp Making

The title of this post pretty much sums up our weekend and I could just leave it at that. But what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't include some pictures!

When I started researching different ways to keep the boys busy and entertained this summer (as part of our Cool Summer Days calendar), I got this bright idea to invite all the mom's from Sunday school to bring their kiddos over for a massive crafting playdate.  I figured I could have several Father's Day crafts available for the kids to do.  Well this massive crafting playdate was on Friday and there were 14 kids in my house eager to do crafts!  What was I thinking?  While chaotic it actually went pretty smoothly and I think the kids had a good time.  Given all the chaos I didn't get a single picture of the kids working on their crafts but I thought I would at least share the projects we did in case some of you want to do them with your kids.  Click on the links for more info/photos of each craft.

Shrinky-Dink Footprint Keychain with poem
This is so cute!  I bought some Shrinky Dink paper and painted the bottom of the boy's feet.  I used craft paint and put the foot print on the rough side of the shrinky dink paper.  Let the paint dry and then cut the print out.  Hole punch the heel. I learned that you really need to punch about 4 holes really close together in order to have a hole big enough to put a key chain through once you bake the print.  The shrinky dink paper will tell you what temperature and for how long to bake your creation.  I printed out the poem to go along with the foot prints.  This is such a cute Father's Day gift that a kid of any age could do.  This was definitely a hit at our massive crafting playdate. Shrinky Dinks are so cool.

"Dad Rocks" Paperweight 
You can do so many things with this salt dough recipe.  It is so easy, so pliable, and so fun.

Tile Coasters
This is another really easy, versatile craft.  I bought plain white tiles at Home Depot for .16 a piece.  So cheap.  Some of the kids did the tissue paper with Modge Podge.  I also set out some car magazines so that the older kids could cut out letters, or photos to put on the tiles. You could also paint the tiles and then modge podge over it.  Or, if you have a cute picture of dad with the kids you could make a coaster with that.  So easy.

The massive crafting playdate was a success.  I was quite exhausted once it was over.

On Saturday we took Caleb (and Benjamin) to a birthday party at a skating rink.  Caleb went to a party at this same rink a while back and he had so much fun using his chair so he was excited to go again. Plus he was so thrilled to see his friends from school, he misses them already.  Caleb was a blur on the rink for most of the party so I didn't get a good picture of him.  I did manage to get a picture of Benjamin wearing roller skates for the very first time.

We closed out the weekend by making our very own lava lamps.  This activity was so fun.  The boys loved it.  You can click on the link to get more information but basically you take some water bottles, fill them over halfway with vegetable oil, add water, food coloring and then drop in pieces of Alka Seltzer.  

Picking out their color.  Benjamin went with yellow, Caleb chose green.


Adding color.

Getting ready to drop in the alka seltzer.

Watching the show.

The boys were fascinated.  The great thing is that you can continue to drop in pieces of Alka Seltzer to keep the bubbles going.  There is no limit to the number of times you can do this.  I was kinda impressed myself. This one was a big hit with my boys.  

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mario and Luigi take over Halloween!

Mario and Luigi (aka Caleb & Benjamin) took over Halloween this weekend!  Their costumes were a big hit, they had everyone talking.  I don't know how many people took pictures of Caleb on their phones, his picture is probably all over the place by now!  

We had our church's Hallelujah Carnival this afternoon.

This is one of the few picture I got with Mario and Luigi in the same shot.  It is virtually impossible for Benjamin to be still long enough for me to get a decent picture.

 I have to admit that I am really proud of this costume and what we were able to do with Caleb's wheelchair.  He loves playing Mario Kart at my parent's house so I thought this would be a great costume for him.  I think he was really proud of it and he seemed to enjoy all the attention it got.

 Benjamin did great leaving the mustache on but it was had getting him to keep the hat on!

 Caleb had a lot of fun at the carnival today.

Luigi has never looked cuter!  It was so funny as walked around our church, people would see Caleb first and say: "Look at Mario in his car!"  And then Benjamin would be right behind him and people got such a kick out of seeing "Luigi" too.  There were several kids dressed like Mario (although they didn't have a cool race car) but Benjamin was the only Luigi.

 Caleb and his Daddy (who just happens to be wearing his cool Redefining SB shirt).
Me and the star of the Hallelujah Carnival!

 Yesterday we went to a Starlight Halloween Party.  It just happened to be at Texas Christian University (my Alma Mater). It's been awhile since I have been on campus and it has changed quite a bit.  It was absolutely gorgeous.  Almost makes me want to go back to school there to get my Masters or something!  Just kidding.
 Luigi running around like a maniac all over the campus!  This was right after his Luigi hat flew off and landed in the water fountain.

It was a fun weekend for us and the boys.  We had the Pumpkin Patch yesterday and 2 parties.  Mario and Luigi are pooped and sleeping soundly.

I entered Caleb's costume in a contest to win a Flip video camera.  If you would like to vote for Caleb click here and then scroll to find his pic and then "like" Caleb's picture.

Someone pointed out to me that I never featured Caleb on my "Faces of Spina Bifida".  It really never occurred to me to feature him because I figure that if you are visiting this blog then you already know Caleb.  I did recently update "His Story" if you want to check that out.  Caleb's story was actually featured on the Kidz blog last week.  That was pretty cool!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Vacation Bible School

Caleb went to his very first VBS this week.  I'll admit that I was very nervous about sending him.  I had to make special arrangements with our church to make sure he had the best time possible.  I worried about him feeling left out or that he wouldn't have any fun.  Boy was I wrong.  He had a great week and I feel silly for ever being worried in the first place.
This was the first day of VBS. He was so interested in the red Mini Cooper in the parking lot that he wouldn't look at the camera!

He came home with a craft each day.  They made these cowboy hats the first day.

I'm so glad I pushed past my fears and sent Caleb to VBS.  I am so thankful for the wonderful church family that went out of their way to make sure Caleb was included and that his needs were met.  He had a really great time.  I got the pleasure of dropping him off in the morning and hearing several other kids say "Hi Caleb!" as soon as he rolled into the classroom.  And seeing him find his friends in the hallway and give them a hug just made me smile.  I always worry that he won't have friends but I'm learning that kids his age are incredibly accepting and they don't seem to care about his wheelchair at all.  In fact, they seem quite fascinated by it.  Plus, this is his church home so Caleb is certainly a familiar face there.

Well my first born is turning 5 years old on Monday...(sigh).  I can't even believe it.  His birthday party is Sunday afternoon so be on the lookout for those pics!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Benjamin's Sunday

Sunday mornings are tough on little Benjamin.  He doesn't get his usual morning nap because we are at church.  He is one tired little boy by the time we get home.  This is what we found when we got home from church today...poor guy.

Now that is one tired boy!

I finally bought a couple of baby gates today.  I just needed someway to keep Benjamin out of the kitchen when I am trying to cook.  We decided to try the baby gate out today while I was making lunch and this is the reaction I got from Benjamin...

I don't think he likes it.  Clearly not a fan of the new baby gate :)
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