Last weekend was an unexpected 3-day weekend for our family. My work schedule was adjusted so I ended up with Friday off and Shane had already taken Friday off to bring Caleb up to Baltimore for another therapy session. I suggested we let Wyatt in on the fun and after therapy we’d hit up a pumpkin patch or something.
Wyatt really enjoyed seeing where Caleb does his therapy. He was mesmerized by all the toys, balls and cool equipment there was to play with. Caleb was busy practicing transitioning from kneeling to standing and walking around a little. He also got strapped into the Gait Lite device and was put on the treadmill! He wasn’t wearing his AFOs (ankle foot orthotics) which keep his toes from pointing and at first he was toe-walking pretty badly but as he got warmed up, he started to become more flat footed and we saw that great heel-strike motion that we work so hard on. I uploaded a short video to YouTube of Caleb on his treadmill, sweating to Michael Jackson on the radio and Elmo on the iPad.
After therapy, we headed to Butler’s Orchard to take part in their Fall Festival and had an absolute blast. This was the first year the boys were actually old enough to take part in some activities. We had lunch (which included some fantastic apple cider donuts), we visited some farm animals, we checked out every pumpkin we saw, slid down the slide (several times), maneuvered through a corn maze and capped off the afternoon by taking a hay ride up to the pumpkin patch to pick out our very own pumpkins. The boys enjoyed 4 hours on the farm and were in a fantastic mood despite only getting a very short nap. Such a fun afternoon!
On Saturday, Shane put us all to work in the yard! He and I would rake and the boys would jump in the piles and essentially un-do all our hard work. Who knew leaves could be so entertaining!? They worked up a huge appetite and then slept for a good part of the afternoon.
Later that evening, our friends dropped off their 2 year old daughter and 2 month old son for us to babysit so they could attend a wedding. The boys had been looking forward to Lily coming to visit and I was selfishly looking forward to snuggling a little baby for several hours. There were some times when things got a little chaotic (particularly bath time) but the evening was a total success and we were just glad to be able to help out our friends.
On Sunday, I took Caleb to the shoe store to get some new sneakers. It’s only been 4 months since we got his last pair but because he tends to drag his toes when he walks, he created a pretty big hole in the toe and it was starting to affect the toe portion of his AFO as well, so we couldn’t wait much longer.
After that chore was taken care of, we headed to Cabin John Regional Park to take a ride on the “Eye Spy” Halloween Train with some friends. Of course, the whole metropolitan area had the same idea and there weren’t any tickets left to ride the little train, which was a bummer. However, the kids had a blast at the extensive playground area which has several age-appropriate sections for toddlers. Caleb loved the slide and crawling through the tunnel and Wyatt loved, well, Wyatt just loved everything.
Such a fantastic fall weekend with our little family. Since the weather will be equally as nice this weekend we’re going to try our hand at the Halloween train one more time and maybe “let” the boys rake our yard again. Happy weekend!