Cookout

A few months ago we decided to have a cookout on a Saturday.

We made kielbasa, hot dogs, and burgers.

We added pickles and olives and baked beans and cole slaw and potato salad and chips.

The kids (well, all of us) loved it so now we have a cookout one Saturday a month.

(There’s a burger hiding under all those chips.)

The Best Parenting Hack Ever

We don’t give our littles electronics very often. Last summer the three older ones got about thirty minutes a day. We’ll do similar this summer. This means getting to use a tablet is a BIG DEAL for them.

So we got the idea to get a Fire just for doctor and dentist appointments. That’s the only time they get to use it. This means they are now excited to go to the doctor AND they are nicely occupied while waiting.

Seriously the best parenting idea we’ve ever had! (Though it doesn’t work for Noah – he’s just not really interested – and Anthony tried to convince us he was sick, and when that didn’t work injured, in order for us to take him to the doctor.)

Spurs Game

A while back we went to a Spurs game. We were way up in the nosebleeds. It was a bit uncomfortable climbing all the stairs to get there, but our view of the game was actually really excellent.

We took Adrian through Anthony. They got buy one get one free tickets for good attendance at school. Jamie and I plus my parents went as well.

The Spurs lost, but it was still really fun!

Theraplay

Anthony does a special type of play therapy called Theraplay.

It looks a lot like occupational therapy.

It’s a whole lot of fun for him.

He’s learning how to regulate himself.

Some activities are way up high and some are much more calm and he’s learning how to transition between then.

He’s made so much progress since he started Theraplay last summer!