Monday, October 6, 2014

Penguin Birthday Bowling Bash

I've been away from the blogging world for a bit. To get back into the swing of things, I've decided to recap my boys birthday. He wanted to celebrate his birthday by bowling with friends. He also wanted to incorporate penguins. (They are his favorite animals.)

Daddy-O and I rented out a bowling alley. (With the help of Tyson's Nana) I made a cake, bought decorations and of course made goodie bags. All the kids had fun, and even some adults joined in. It was a great day all around.

Tyson recieved tons of amazing gifts. Including a bunch of Archie comics. He absolutely adores them, and hasn't stop reading since.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer is here! (2014)

It's officially summer, and we've been trying to keep busy. I haven't gotten a chance to blog about the little things we've been up to. So, I thought I'd take the opportunity now.

We had our first bonfire of the year! It was an extremely cold night, but it was worth it. There's something about sitting around a bonfire that's so relaxing.

We also have been jumping a lot on our trampoline. Last year Tyson didn't have the best balance. He would fall easily, and wasn't able to jump with two feet. This year is a different story. It's amazing watching him grow and reach milestones.

Father's day unfortuantely didn't go well for Daddy-o. He was severly sick, and had food poisoning. It's a good thing we decided to celebrate the day before.

Waddles (our newest pet) and Tyson are still bonding well. Tyson loves feeding her, and watching her play. I couldn't be happier to see how responsible Ty is being.

The family and I went to my cousin Tara's wedding. It was absolutely GORGEOUS! Everything was so perfect! They had an outdoor ceremony, and reception. The decor was spot on, the wedding party was beautiful and the day was just wonderful. I'm happy I was able to be apart of the day.

We went to the zoo last weekend, it's a summer tradition of ours.
We checked out all the animals, and of course visited the goats. Tyson actually fed them this year! (YAY! His sensory issues typically make him feel sick watching anyone eat.)

Canada day was another successful day. Tyson allowed me to put a tattoo on his face! This is big news in our house. Last year he screamed and didn't want a tattoo touching him. (It's the little things!) We checked out the sites around town, and then watched fireworks. 

What have some of your favorite moments been so far this summer? I'm looking forward to creating many more memories.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The End Of Kindergarten

Tyson's first year of school flew by! I know parents say it all the time, but it truly did. Tyson had a lot of ups and downs, but kept at it. Everyday I noticed a positive change in Tyson. I'm so thankful for all the help we've received! (After fighting so hard to get it!) A lot of his success comes from amazing ABA therapists who worked with him. Along with fantastic teachers and caring EA's! He's a stubborn little fella, and isn't easiest to work with. Yet, he's so loved.

I was once told by an occupational therapist that Tyson wouldn't be able to participate in strenuous activities. It would be best to enroll him in clubs such as band, and focus on his intellectual skills. Today, he was awarded ribbons for participating in sports day. He even received a forth place ribbon for a race he ran in! His coordination needs a little bit of work, he sometimes falls, but he did it! I will never allow Tyson to settle for anything less than he deserves. He's my shinning star and I'm so proud of him. This is only the beginning!

Friday, May 23, 2014

DIY Picture Canvas

I have been wanting to get one of my favorite family pictures blown up and put on a canvas. Unfortunately it's very expensive, and I wasn't willing to spend the money on it. Instead I decided to try out something a little different. I made my own picture canvas! It's super simple and so cost effective!

Mod Podge
Black Acrylic Paint
Foam Paint Sponges

I purchased everything I needed from Walmart and the Dollarama.
If you're interested in seeing how I made my picture canvas, please watch the video I attached.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Coconut House/Hut

Our pet Waddles needed a new home, so we decided to make her one out of a coconut. This project was super easy, but took a lot of patience. Drilling holes into a coconut wasn't easy. (Good thing my lovely fiance was around to help!)

- Coconut
- Drill
- Newspaper
- Bowl(s)
- Spoon or knife
- Hammer

Step #1 - Grab a coconut and place it in a bowl. (This allows the coconut to stay still while drilling.)

Step #2 - Draw a rough sketch of how you want the opening of your hamster hut to look.

Step #3 - Drill a hole in the middle if the sketch you drew.

Step #4 - Empty all the water from the coconut. You can use this for cooking, or to even drink!

Step #5 - Drill holes evenly around the sketch you made on the coconut. (The closer, the better!)

Step #6 - Grab a hammer and hammer in the entrance of the coconut.

Step #7 - Grab a knife or sharp spoon, and begin to dig out the flesh and skin of the coconut.

Step #8 - Neated up the entrance of the coconut with a file.

Step #9 - In a large bowl mix a few drops of vinegar with warm water. Allow the coconut to sit for 20 minutes. (Make sure the insides of the coconut are fully wet. This helps with disinfecting.)

Step #10 - Bake the shell in the oven at 175 degrees for 15 minutes. The coconut will be fully dried and disinfected for your hamster.

As you can see, our little hamster (Waddles) loves it.

Side Note:
We updated Mrs. Waddles home! She's now the proud owner of a three level! (I'm officially a crazy hamster lady.)

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