Port Aransas 2012

ImageImageAndy continued to favor the sand to the water.  Suzy preferred the waves to the land.  Tux was a little stressed to not have his pack in the same location at all times.  The ever watchful eye on his girl.  😉ImageImage

I couldn’t figure out if he LOVED the sand, or if it itched him to pieces.  The jury is still out.  One thing I do know is that he received multiple daily baths due to repeatedly covering himself in sand.ImageImage

The Texas State Aquarium was pretty much empty and the kids had private shows at all the exhibits.  We love going this time of year.ImageImageImageImageImage

A new addition this year was the sand castle man.  He contracts with all the hotels and teaches people how to build sandcastles on the beach.  Very fun.ImageImageImage

A highlight for the kids was the night we let them stay up late and explore the beach with flashlights.ImageImageImage   

 I am Suzy Sand Stockings if you say it fast it’s funny…..ImageImage

I am so very grateful for this fun time with my family.

 

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Another Epic Suzy Birthday Pary

Rob sent me a text about a month ago that broke my heart.  He said Suzy burst into tears saying she wanted to be home schooled because she wanted more friends in first grade.  She told him that she had asked some girls to play with her and they said no.  But she was still nice to them because she knows that is what God wants from her.  Gulp.  Our prayers from before school were answered with a sweet little girl in her class that Suzy adores and they seem to get along wonderfully.  About this time, the little girl told Suzy that she wanted a 14 day break from playing with Suzy at recess to play with the other girls.  Having observed them playing together and how enthusiastic Suzy is with her sweet little friend, I totally understood this and was not at all upset by it.  But it still broke my heart.  

I really don’t want Suzy to be the most popular girl in her class.  I’ve seen what kinds of trouble that can lead to down the road.  However, I do want her to feel included and valued.  Since I don’t know very many of the kids in her class, I decided to throw a huge birthday party for her to get to know some of the kids and showcase what a great kid Suzy is when she is in her own element.  This year, Suzy chose the theme, “Talents” and it was super fun to put together.  We decided to showcase how each child is uniquely made and has special gifts that we can all enjoy.  It was perfect for my hidden motives.  😉

I knew I couldn’t do it alone and I was so blessed that some of my closest friends and biggest Suzy fans chipped in.  Ashley led dance lessons, Katherine ran the cooking (cake decorating and trail mix/fruit salad) station, Josh led piano and drawing, Carolyn led the Wii, Rob and Ashton led sports, Gwyneth taught sewing, Andy led the Lego room (until he got bored about 20 min in and decided to close his station), and Stephanie blessed me with bringing her camera to capture things while I ran gymnastics and generally ran around making sure all the kids were trying new things and feeling included.

It truly could not have gone any better.  The kids really seemed to have a great time and really embraced the idea of little passports to gather stamps at each station in order to attain a lolipop at the end of the party.  Each child was also asked their favorite part of the party and given a trophy signifying that at the conclusion.  I love that I made photography a talent and they were able to use point and shoot cameras for me to see the party from their eyes.  It looks like everyone had fun!

A big public THANK YOU to all my friends who helped make this day a success.  It was so nice to see Suzy shine and meet some of the friends in her class to better guide her on which ones might be most open to getting to know her.  We truly believe that she will not realistically be making life long friends at this point in her life within her school.  But we want her to have someone to enjoy during the biggest part of her day.  We also realize the value of fostering the strong friendships that she has already developed within our out of school community.  She already does have some amazing little friends who have loved her since before they knew what school even was.  🙂

(Please pardon the black smudges… I didn’t seek permission to blog everyone’s photo.)ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Maybe this?

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Trying to link to a friend’s blog. Ironically, it’s about being imperfect. And I’m pretty perfectly sure this may not work out…..

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YMCA Pumpkin Patch

 

Each year, we try and go to two pumpkin patches.  Sweet Berry Farms and the YMCA.  This year, we decided to keep it simple and just do the closer YMCA one.  It was a beautiful day and we even ended up having extra time in the evening to go Kayaking.   It was super relaxed, low key, and low stress.  Plus, it benefited our local YMCA that I love.  We may head back to the farm next year, but I’m glad we changed it up this year.

It may be just me, but I just can’t get enough of Sweet Suzy in any kind of hat.  Andy also totally pulls off those red boots.  😉ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Octoberness

We have had a great October.  Lots of friends and family and just being together time.  I have been very intentional this month about loving on my family and trying to follow the repeated advice of enjoying “THIS” time.  The time when my kids are little and still want to be with me.  And so that’s what I’m doing.  Enjoying my kids.  And loving every minute of it.  I’m also loving a visit from one of my dearest friends, Deb.  My kids call her “Aunt Deb” and we all absolutuely love it when she blesses us with a visit.I bought Suzy a sewing machine for her Birthday.  A real one.  She loves it.  Her first big project was a bunny that was patterned after her own favorite lovey.  I think she did a great job!Suzy is also starting to enjoy running.  This may just be the first “sport” we have found that she shows a little possibility with.  I’ll admit, learning to jump rope was a bit painful for all of us.  She seems to be a natural runner.  She made it three miles on the treadmill without giving up and keeping a pace of about 5.5 miles per hour.  Impressive for a six year old…We have also started a new sport in the therapy room.  Swing jumping.  It was invented with on of my clients and the kids are really enjoying it.  Basically, I swing them high and shove them off into a pile of pillows.  All in the name of proprioceptive input.My mellow fellow, Tux, isn’t phased by the comotion.Even when they crash upon him.  Crazy mutt.  Loving these little moments….

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Happy Costumes for Candy Day!

Papa Ephraim, Old Man, Mr. Nilsson, and Pippi Longstocking collected candy for us this year.  Are you familiar enough with the characters to know who is who?ImageImageImageI believe this monkey is a little too big for Pippi’s shoulder….ImageImageImageImageImageImage

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