Monday, June 4, 2018

Double digits! (10th birthday ideas)

It's incredible how fast time passes right before your eyes. My oldest turned 10 in September... TEN! I haven't been very active in the Blogger community lately. But, I plan on changing that. I thought the best way to get back into the swing of things was to write about my first born's birthday.

As a lot of you know, Tyson is on the autism spectrum. He prefers to spend most of his time alone, has little interest in children his own age and is a huge bookworm. I asked what he wanted to do for his special day. I said we could do absolutely ANYTHING! His response "I just want to spend time with my parents, baby brother and Nana." So, that's what we did!

To make his day extra special I decided to get a little creative. He didn't want a party, but that didn't mean I couldn't surprise him. When he woke up he was thrilled to see our kitchen table. The night before we went out and got two huge helium balloons. (Of course a number 1 and 0 to represent his age.) I then sat down with his father and wrote down 10 things we love about him. We also planned 10 birthday activities! The only thing we didn't get to do was visit the zoo. It started raining, but Tyson wasn't upset at all. He was so overwhelmed and appreciative.

We also purchased 10 fun birthday gifts that he absolutely loved. Such as books and sensory items.

And, the last thing we did to surprise him was make a basket up of 10 of his favorite snacks. (Of course all gluten free!)

One of my favourite moments from the day was realizing how much Tyson cares for his brother. He saw a cute baby toy while we were in Chapters. He said that Keean would love it, and decided to use his birthday money to purchase it. I'm so proud of the young man he's becoming.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Winter ONEderland Birthday

My littlest love turned one December 14th. Since he was born during a snowstorm, we thought it would be fun to have a winter party. I browsed the internet and stumbled upon a theme called Winter ONEderland. (How cute is that?!) I kept the guest list small, and made it as comfortable as I could for the birthday boy. He's very shy, so the event was held at his Nana's home. We made sure it was at a familiar place.
My littlest love turned one December 14th. Since he was born during a snowstorm, we thought it would be fun to have a winter party. I browsed the internet and stumbled upon a theme called Winter ONEderland. (How cute is that?!) I kept the guest list small, and made it as comfortable as I could for the birthday boy. He's very shy, so the event was held at his Nana's home. We made sure it was at a familiar place.

I kept the same birthday tradition with Keean as I did with my oldest son. Each year I create special shirts for their special day.
We made white chocolate snowflake cookies for our awesome guests. (They were a hit!)
Since we had mostly adults at the party, we decided to throw together a few games. Everyone got a kick out of "Guess who". Days before the party I asked everyone attending to send me a baby picture of themselves. Guests had to match the name to the baby picture. (So much laughter and fun!)
 We served a few light snacks. Fruit, veggies, deviled eggs, chips, crackers and Frosty the snowman cheeseball!
 If you'd like the same recipe I used for Frosty the cheeseball, click the picture.
 For the cake smash we went very simple. I made a small homemade vanilla cake with blue buttercream frosting. (Guests had cupcakes!) I decorated the highchair with a blue tablecloth, streamers, fake snow and a large snowflake for the front.
 Keean went through every emotion at his party, and it was hilariously adorable. He had a fantastic first birthday with the people who love him the most. We are so lucky to have such awesome friends and family.
If you'd like the same transfer for your little one, feel free to save this image above. (Make sure to follow the directions on the t-shirt paper you purchase.)
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Peanuts Themed Birthday

My blue eyed boy turned 9 years old September 1st. To celebrate, he wanted to have a small family gathering. His only request was that I incorporated Snoopy.

I made Charlie Brown Oreo pops for our guests. Since Tyson is completely wheat free, we purchased gluten free oreos.

I created a fun food table. I found free cupcake toppers online, made a simple cake, painted a Snoopy poster board and added other little cute touches.

Charlie Brown himself made a special appearance at the party! (Tyson's little brother, Keean.) This "costume" was so simple and inexpensive to make. All I needed was one bald baby, a yellow onesie, eyeliner, a black marker and shorts. - I didn't have a yellow onesie, so I dyed one. I then drew a zigzag with a black marker around the onesie, gave my little bubba eyebrows, added the famous Charlie Brown bang and then threw shorts on him. Voila! 

For a little extra fun, Tyson filled out an "All About Me" questionnaire. Each guest had to write down what they thought Tyson would answer. The person with the most correct answers won a prize.

One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing how excited Tyson was to help a local charity. In lieu of gifts, he asked each guest to bring two Toonies. (A Canadian two-dollar coin) One was for himself to purchase a special birthday book. The other Toonie, was to be donated to a charity of his choice. Tyson chose to donate to CARMA. He was able to proudly raise $60. We are so thankful and proud of our family for helping us raise money.

And, last but not least! Tyson requested breakfast for supper! I tried to make it a little extra special for him. He thought his meal was hilarious!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Welcome to the world Keean

I'm very excited to announce that I'm officially a mommy of two. Keean Aubrey Michael Kenny was Born December 14th at 7:36pm. Weighing 8 pounds 6 1/2 ounces and 21 inches in length.

Keean came fast and furious during a snow storm, he didn't waste anytime at all making his appearance. I'm so unbelievably blessed to have had my mother and fiance by my side. They helped me through everything with unconditional love and support.
Big brother Tyson is adjusting well. He's been very accepting to all the changes. I'm so proud of how well he's been doing. Dealing with sensory issues isn't easy. Especially when you throw a baby into the mix.

My heart is so full, there really are no words to express my love for my boys. It's been an exhausting, emotional yet amazing two weeks.
Let the fun begin!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween 2015

We carve/paint pumpkins every year to help us get into the Halloween spirit. We made a "poop empoji" (my son's idea), autism awareness pumpkin and traditional jack o'lantern.

This year my son decided we should be Dr. Seuss characters. I thought it was an adorable idea. This will be his last Halloween as an only child, so we tried to make his day extra special. We even made my baby bump into "Thing 2".

The only things I purchased was the blue wig and stripped hat. The rest was made or we already owned. (If you'd like more information on how I created these inexpensive costumes, don't hesitate to ask.)

Warning: These last two pictures may cause a little scare. Please don't look if you're afraid of clowns!

My fiance entered a contest at his work, and wanted my help. He asked if I could turn him into a creepy clown. The makeup took over an hour to complete, and we had most of the clothing already. He won first place!!

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. My family and I had a blast. We are already thinking about next Halloween!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Exciting Family News

We are thrilled to announce we will be adding another addition to our family. This month has been exciting, and full of emotions. Tyson can't WAIT to be a big brother, and has been telling everyone. The expected due date is December 14th, 2015. (Christmas will be extra special this year.)

If you love this sign as much as we do, click here!

After announcing our news, we celebrated by going out for dinner, then taking a walk in the bird sanctuary. We made a couple little friends that day. An adorable squirrel who loves sunflower seeds and two sweet little birds.

Tyson was so excited, he couldn't stop giggling. (I admit, I couldn't stop either!) It's definitely a day we will always remember and cherish.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

DIY Sharpie Plate (Kids craft)

Tyson wanted to make his Nana a special gift for Mother's day. We searched on Pinterest, and stumbled upon tons of Sharpie mugs. Instead of using a mug, we decided to purchase a serving plate.

The first thing I did was pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
Then, we gathered all the supplies.

- Vinegar
- Cotton balls/rounds
- Sharpies
- Serving plate (Mugs can be used as well)

I prepared the plate by rubbing vinegar all over the surface. (This removes dirt and oil.) Once finish, I made sure to wipe it clean with more cotton rounds. You can also allow it to air dry.

After the plate was dry, I let Tyson create his masterpiece! (You can even erase mistakes. Just dip a cotton ball in a little vinegar and wipe away.)

Once he was completely done his work of art, we placed it in the oven for 30 minutes.

We allowed the plate to cool completely before touching. It becomes very hot, so please be careful. 

It turned out great! It won't fade, smudge or wash off! Tyson's Nana was thrilled with her new gift! She couldn't believe Tyson printed all by himself! He's struggle for a long time, but he keeps getting better each day.

We are looking forward to making more sharpie art. Maybe we will make mugs next time!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

World Autism Day 2015

Happy (almost) world autism day! As most people know, my son is on the autism spectrum. In honor of April 2nd, I thought I'd write a blog about our experiences.
I always knew something was unique about Tyson. When he was a baby, he would often be in his own world. I fought with doctors and explained that my child needed extra help. He wasn't reaching milestones, rarely responded to his name and seemed lost. They all thought I was overreacting and said "he's just a boy, he'll grow out of it." At 11 months, Tyson couldn't sit up without assistance. My family doctor referred us to an Occupational Therapist. (Unfortunately, it wasn't much help at the time. We were only able to receive monthly appointments.) to how to pull up, crawl and even walk.

After a two year battle, Tyson was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. He was three years old, and showed characteristics that finally made the doctors realize I wasn't crazy. He went to speech therapy, along with ABA therapy. Things were starting to come together, and I saw more life in my sons eyes. The ABA therapists at Autism Consultants NB were amazing. They taught him life skills, and prepared him for kindergarten. I can't thank them enough for what they did for him, and continue to do for others.

Tyson is now 7 years old and
attending a fantastic elementary school. All the teachers and staff are so understanding. They go out of their way to be kind and never hesitate to help. Ty struggles with fine motor skills, but is getting better each day. It amazes me how far he's come.

As I sit here reflecting on the past 7 years, I can't help but smile. Autism and motherhood have taught me so much.

  • Patience beyond measure.
  • Unconditional acceptance
  • Quality is more important than quantity  
  • Sensory processing disorder is real.
  • Always celebrate even the smallest of victories.
  • There's a difference between meltdowns and tantrums.
  • Teachers deserve bigger pay cheques.
  • Never stop fighting for what you believe in.
  • "Normal" is overrated
  • No words are more beautiful than "I love you mommy!"
  • We all need a little quiet time once in awhile.
Most importantly, I've learned that Autism doesn't define my child. It makes him one of a kind, and I wouldn't want it any other way.

Please feel free to check out an older post I wrote about
World Autism Awareness Day