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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Birthday Fun

We do our best to keep things consistent for Buddy. We have learned the hard way that it is best for him, and therefore us, if we keep our days pretty structured. He isn't a big fan of the monotony, but he stays regulated much more easily because of it. Part of being consistent is not spoiling Buddy, we generally make him earn the "treats" he is given.

We made an exception this year for his birthday. Not only have we missed so many birthdays, but I see the teenage years looming in the not too distant future. We may not have much time before he could become "too cool" to hang out with his Mom and Dad.

Last year Buddy invited his whole class to his birthday party but only 4 kids came. So this year, we let him invite as many friends as he wanted. And everyone showed up. Every last kid. All 24 of them. I am happy to see Buddy is making friends and be able to meet so many of them, but if I ever suggest having 25 tweens in my home at one time again please slap me!

We also surprised Buddy with a trip to a hotel that has a water park. He isn't a big fan of being away from home so it was a bit of a gamble. Thankfully, once he got used to the idea of a weekend away he was really excited.

We rented a kids theme room and Buddy was very pleased to have a "space room" all to himself, as well as his own TV and PS4. We relaxed his screen time rules and even let him go down to the front desk by himself to pick the video games he wanted to sign out.

The day we got there, we took a trip to Super Target. Target is Buddy's favorite store, and he spent over an hour perusing the toys and video games and selected a couple of items to buy with his birthday money. On our way out of the store Buddy remarked that he liked our regular Target more than Super Target because there were too many things that no one really needs at Super Target. Out of the mouths of babes...

He loved the water park. We spent a couple of hours as a family going down the slides, floating on the lazy river and spraying each other in the splash pad. Buddy also made friends with another boy his age. Hubby and I were able to enjoyed some one-on-one time together while Buddy played independently. He has completed 4 swimming levels in under a year of swimming lessons, so I wasn't worried about him at all... Well, any more than I usually am, that is! At the end of the day, he had spent 7 hours in the pool and was a very cute and tired prune.

We all ate too much junk food, watched too much TV and stayed up too late. And I don't regret a single minute of it.

Now, it is time to get back to reality. But I am happy to have been able to give Buddy "the best birthday ever."
Our Room
Buddy's Space Room

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