Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer fun with my boy

Summer is hard when you have a special needs kiddo. Monkey wants to do all the normal summer things. Parks, pools, zoos, etc. Most of that, Peanut can do also. But some things she just can't go to. Monkey has wanted to take his (demonic couch-eating) dog Hannah to the dog park. Unfortunately it is nowhere near wheelchair accessible. He also has been wanting to go to Adventure Playground, a big mud park. Also not wheelchair accessible. So we are taking advantage of the 4 shorts weeks of summer school that Peanut gets. Here is what we did last week!

We went to the mud park with Monkey's best friend. They rode rafts in a giant mud lake, slid down a slide into a giant mud puddle, and built stuff with hammers and nails.

On Friday, I took Monkey to the Dog Park. Before we went in, we stopped at this little restaurant in the park that serves dogs too! We ate a giant gooey delicious (calorie free of course!) cinnamon roll, and fed the ducks. And pigeons, and squirrels and rabbits! Monkey had a BLAST.

Then we walked around the lake to the Bark Park. It was so much fun. Hannah is a small dog, but she was bored on the small dog side so we went into the big dog side. She played fetch until she exhausted. Then she found a rope toy, which is her favorite. Monkey had so much fun playing with her.

Monkey found a dead Japanese beetle on the ground. He thought it was cool, and then it decided not to be dead! LOL It hadn't moved the entire time he picked it up (ugh) and played with it (double ugh). All off a suddent it started walking! (Oh my hell, boys are gross) He was in heaven playing with this nasty creature. Finally it flew off to my relief, and we were back to playing with the dog.

It has been so much fun spending alone time with my boy. He is such a sweet, loving kid! We are going to Disneyland on Wednesday and Thursday this week, to spend some time with out-of-town friends. It's going to be great!


Alicia said...

I am glad you are getting alone time with Monkey. That is so important. That mud park looks like so much fun!!

The VW's said...

It's is wonderful that you are able to do these things with him! This is a difficult thing to do when you have a special needs child, but it's so important to focus on our other children too!

Looks like you've enjoyed your time together! Have fun at Disney too!

Treguboff Family said...

It looks like you guys had a great time! Is Monkey's dog a Boston Terrier? If so we have one of those too! Such crazy dogs they are. :)

Lacey said...

I know that our other kidos get left out a lot. How nice to spend some quality time with Monkey.