Friday, August 18, 2017

Cast is off!

Benjamin got his cast off this week!

There is still one spot in the bone that hasn't fully healed so he has six weeks with the splint and then we'll follow up with another x-ray. He still has to take it easy since he is more susceptible to a break.

After Caleb's double leg cast, then broken leg cast, then Benjamin's broken arm cast....I am so over casts. I never want to see one again.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Caleb's "Magic"-al Birthday

Two weeks before his birthday, Caleb decided he wanted a magic-themed birthday party....with a magician. Okay. I had no idea how to go about finding a magician! Luckily a friend was able to recommend someone that she had used for her son's birthday. That was good enough for me.

We had his party at the local recreation center and we only had 30 minutes to set up. I've never decorated for a party so fast in my life! (I'll include links of all the decor I used at the end.)

The color scheme was black, red, white and gold. I bought cheap $1 table cloths at Walmart. I did black with a red table runner down the middle. I had the black and white striped table cloth from Caleb's basketball themed party last year. I found 8x12 playing cards on Amazon and used those as placemats. It looked super cute and the kids got a kick out of the giant cards.

I found these cheap black top hats and added a red ribbon. I glued playing cards to the side. Each guest got a hat and a magic wand.


I made the "happy birthday" banner using 5x7 playing cards, black cardstock and gold alphabet stickers.

I made a stage backdrop using the $1 Walmart table cloths and party decor kit I found on Amazon (links to all this at the end). I loved this but wished I had made it bigger. It looked too small on the wall but with only 30 minutes to set up I had to just accept it and move on. 



Sixlets candies to go with our color theme.

Each guest received a deck of magic cards. These were a big hit.

I made this ya'll! I had never used fondant to make a cake before, but it really wasn't that hard. It came out great, especially considering it was my first time to use fondant.

I glued some of the 5x7 cards to a cheap serving platter for the cake.

The magician was great. The kids were in awe for about 40 minutes as he performed trick after trick. I loved watching Caleb's face the whole time. They were all mesmerized. Minds blown.

A little magic at the table. 

Caleb was included quite a bit in the show. He had a blast.

Such a great party for such a great kid.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Caleb turns 12!

My first born, my baby is TWELVE. Only one year from TEENAGER! Yikes ya'll. Where is my squishy baby? Who is this man-child?


Caleb got the best gift ever on his birthday....
His blindingly awesome Per4Max sports chair! He finally has a basketball chair that fits him! This thing is so bright. It's probably safer to look directly at a solar eclipse than it is to look at this chair. It's awesome and he got it just in time for the start of basketball season. 

We took Caleb to meet up with his buddy Bryce at IFly. They have an "all abilities night" each month for those with special needs.
Caleb went from really excited...to really nervous. So nervous that I didn't think he would actually go through with it. The instructors there were amazing and gave him such a pep talk that he was willing to give flying a try. I was so ridiculously proud of him.


I think he will remember his 12th birthday for a long time.

Stay tuned for pictures from his party!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Benjamin breaks his arm....again

Because things can never just be boring around here....Benjamin broke his left arm. Again. Broke the ulna and radius. Again. I swear these kids are trying to kill me or at least give me more gray hairs.

He fell off his scooter Wednesday evening. I didn't see it happen but I heard him scream "My arm!" and I just knew. Once again, I freaked out, froze, screamed and cried while Glenn sprung into action. I don't know what it is about broken bones but I just can't deal with it. Benjamin was far more calm and brave than I was. As I sat rocking him in the grass while Glenn ran home to get the van, Benjamin kept saying "It's okay mom. It's just a broken arm, don't look at it." Bless him.

He stayed overnight at the hospital so the orthopedic doctor could set the bones and cast the arm first thing the next morning. He did great. Didn't shed a tear.

Enjoying a well-deserved popsicle in the recovery room.

He was sore and very tired yesterday but slept almost 12 hours last night and woke up this morning feeling better. He is such a trooper.

This isn't exactly how I wanted to start our summer break but at least we managed to get one water park visit in last week.





I have to share this picture. We went to Bryce's 12th birthday party last weekend. These 3 boys have known each other since they were about 2 years old.
Bryce, Nate, and Caleb.


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