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A couple of weeks ago, we had to go to the store to buy Noah some new shoes. Eric encouraged him to pick a particular pair because he (Eric) liked them. It seems that Eric had his eyes on the shoes because our dear 13 year old son was now wearing the same size shoe as his father. It was, however, even more surprising to me when Jack (age 11) needed new shoes this week and he picked out a cool pair of Chucks and I realized that when he grows out of them, I can wear them!
How can my boys be getting so big? How big are those feet going to end up? (Do you have any large footed boys in your house?)
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Last week, I mentioned that we were planning to have around sixty friends over to our house for Molly’s birthday party. I am happy to report that we did, indeed, have over sixty people in our home and we didn’t lose our minds. Of course, it helped that the weather was cool, but not too cold, so a large percentage of the kids stayed outside for quite a while.
The only casualty was our back screen door. Although, as far as one of my friends was concerned, it was a win. Because, as inappropriate as it seems, it was hard not to laugh when kids (especially the same one over and over) kept bouncing off our screen door because they weren’t paying attention. The final one to break through was the one who had already bounced off of it about five times.
(Don’t judge – it was only funny because the kids that were doing it were clearly doing more damage to our screen than they were doing to themselves.)
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Cupcakes galore at the party…
(These chocolate cupcakes have this light and airy vanilla butter cream frosting on them.)
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Now that I just posted those cupcake pictures, I’m hungry.
Confession: Everyone at the party only had one cupcake. (Although there was also a cake brought by a friend as well as a gluten free cake made by another friend whose family includes several people with celiac disease.) Anyway – the confession? There were two left when everyone left, so Eric and I ate them before our kids had a chance to try to get them.
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The morning before our party, we went on a field trip to a place with lots of activities for kids, a pumpkin patch, and several corn mazes. I thought that we needed to skip the corn mazes. I just didn’t know what Noah would think about it (if you have a child with Autism, you probably know that fine line between what they might like and what they may hate).
I was so thrilled that we tried out a corn maze though because I was able to see Noah in a way that I don’t know that I had seen him before. We wandered into the maze and began to look for our check points. I was just wandering in the back of our group, but then all of the sudden, Noah started giving us directions.
My favorite moment was when he said, “Soon, we’re going to come up on a fork in the path. We’re going to want to take the right.”
I just assumed, with the corn being lower than usual, that maybe he could see better than I could (although I thought that was a long shot). But, then we walked and walked. I realized that he didn’t see it. Then, we came upon his fork and took the right side and then got to our check point.
“How did you know about the fork coming up?” I puzzled aloud.
He scrunched his brow like I was an idiot (but in the nice, non-judgmental way of our eldest son). He looked at my face and then down at the paper in his hand and then back to me and finally down again before saying with a slight pause before each word, “I used my map.” Really, he said it more like I had tried to ask him a trick question.
He then continued to tell us how to get the rest of our checkpoints and out of the maze. I, with the same map also in my hands, would probably still be in there.
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A few months ago, I was able to review a BabbaBox from BabbaCo. Molly just loved it, even though she was at the upper end of the age range for it. If you’re a new customer, I just saw that you can use the code Join50Off (until October 31st) to get 50% off a membership (even just a one month membership). I thought that was a great deal and wanted to pass it along. (click on the banner to go to the BabbaCo.com page)
I still want a cupcake.
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