Our low-key approach to his birthday was a good move on our part. He seemed to enjoy this as much as any ‘observance of his birthday’ ever. (Definitely not a party animal.)
The weather was just achingly beautiful today. It never got above 76 degrees, was sunny all day, and felt like pure magic in the shade. I put together his big present while he was at school, and we spent the late afternoon together outside enjoying it.
The ‘some assembly required’ (taxing to its limits my visual and spatial acuity for threading straps) paled in comparison to his complete bliss in his new swing. He long since outgrew the ‘bucket’, and swings for bigger kids don’t work because he gets excited, flaps his arms, and then flies out like a two-legged projectile.
We found this particular swing on a site that sells adapted equipment for special needs kids. It’s pretty much like a plastic, high-backed recliner with a 5-point harness. It’s rated up to 100 lbs, so he’s going to get lots of use out of it.
BTW – his other gift was the “We are the Laurie Berkner Band” DVD. Since she’s in the select company of the J-Man’s Pantheon of Goddesses*, that only seemed fitting!
All in all, one really good day.
[* In case you’re wondering, membership in the J-Man’s Pantheon of Goddesses is currently limited to Mary, our Blessed Lady of Signing Time Rachel Coleman, Laurie Berkner, and his Pre-K teacher Mrs. Jennifer!]