Monday: Make a Grass Head
I bought some clay pots and then sprayed them with primer, that way the boys could decorate them using crayons, markers, or paint.
For some reason this butterfly was very attracted to the white pots.
Both boys worked hard on painting their pots.
Benjamin decided to paint the inside of this bird house he got several weeks ago. I love how he has his little pinkie finger sticking out.
While our pots dried, we went outside to make our "head". I bought some really cheap knee high stockings at the dollar store. We put a couple of tablespoons of grass seed in the stockings first and then filled the rest up with potting soil. This was a bit messy and somehow my leg ended up covered in soil.
We added some googly eyes, a nose and mouth to our "heads"
(Daddy still has to decorate his)
Hopefully our heads will begin to grow some hair soon. The boys check several times a day to see if anything has started sprouting yet.
Tuesday: Make Bird Feeders
This was so easy. You just need bird seed and gelatin. Heat up an envelope of gelatin with 1/4 cup of water, add about a cup of bird seed and fill up some cookie cutters. I got a huge bag of birdseed so we will be able to make these feeders all summer long. Caleb really enjoyed it.
Where is Benjamin while Bubba is working hard on bird feeders?
He thought it would be more fun to take a ball of tinfoil and rocket it through the air using my kitchen scale. Silly boy.
(is it just me or does he look really grown up in this picture?)
Our finished feeders.
We let them dry and harden overnight before we hung them outside.
Wednesday: Playdate at Bryce's!
Caleb got to hang out with is buddies Bryce, Landry, and Nathan.
Benjamin was in love with this flexible racetrack.
On an unrelated note, Caleb started swim lessons this week. I learned about an Adaptive P.E. teacher that does one-on-one swim lessons in her pool. I thought it would be a great way for Caleb to become more confident in the water and also offer him a little bit of therapy at the same time. Caleb has always loved being in the water but the child hates for water to get in his eyes, ears, or nose. Well in swim lessons he has been
forced encouraged to put his head under water. As you can imagine, he has been less than thrilled with that.
I guess while I am here I might as well give a quick update on Caleb's recovery. It is definitely slow progress, so slow in fact that it is hard to tell if there is any progress at all. While he is still unable to stand or walk, Caleb has discovered some new tricks since his surgery. Last week he was sitting on his bed and he had his knee up with his foot on the bed and he started tapping his foot. Purposefully. With a huge smile on his face. I have NEVER seen him isolate movement in his foot. Never. AND he can now swing his legs out from the knee, isolating that movement from the knee down. I have never seen him do that. Never. It's so strange to me how he still can't stand up but he has these other brand new movements. Those spinal nerves are very tricky. Oh, and he hasn't had a single headache since the surgery. Completely headache free for the last 9 weeks. He started having regular headaches (2-3 a week) last May, we took him to the ER multiple times convinced it was his shunt. It would appear that the tethered cord was causing the headaches all along. Who knew?