Monday, October 27, 2014

Bowling Birthday Party...

It's been nearly 11 years in the making, but yesterday Max had his first friend birthday party.  Last year, a few great friends went on a bike ride with Max on his birthday, but this year, he wanted a full on party!

We gave Max some choices of places to have the party, and he chose the bowling alley. Max has never been bowling, but when I saw a friend post about her child in a wheelchair going, I asked Max if he would like to try it out, and he said yes...only after we assured him he would get a turn.  He's been asking that a lot lately.  It's his way of making sure he's going to be included.

I booked the party and then he got to work deciding which friends he would like to come.  I think he would have chosen every 5th grader in his school if money wasn't an issue, but we told him he could invite 10 friends, and he would make #11, for his 11th birthday party.

Yesterday, he was excited all day for the fun.  We chose the party time to happen during the Broncos football game, so the place was empty except for Max's party.  All of Max's friends know the importance of feeling healthy to be around them, and amazingly they all were able to come!

Max's party had three lanes, and a party room.  They had decked it all decked out to be neon fun for the kids.

As all his friends arrived, they put on their shoes and chose their bowling balls.  Most of them got the smallest, but of course, a few of the boys had to also get the heaviest.  

They bowled a couple of games each, all with their own special flair. 

And of course, Max got a turn too!

They had a ramp for him to use, and the kids would get it set up each time, aimed just right for Max to knock down all the pins by kicking the ball down the lane.  He got a strike once and they all thought it was pretty awesome. 

After bowling, it was time for pizza, a tour of behind the scenes of the bowling alley where they set the pins, and cake and presents, before they played arcade games....sound exciting and exhausting?  It was!!

Max and Daddy had to play the motorcycle game! Max kept kicking the motorcycle to make Steve crash.
A huge thank you to all of Max's friends for coming out to celebrate his birthday!  He had a wonderful time.  In fact, he was having so much fun, when it was time to leave and go home he had himself a good cry for about an hour because he was sad it was over.  He got over the sads when his nurse got here last night and he stayed up most of the night telling her all about it.  

It was a great kick off to birthday week...Friday is the big day...11 years old!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Symphony Field Trip...

Today was Max's first field trip for 5th grade.  He and his entire grade went to the Colorado Symphony!  It's no secret, Max's love of music.  A few weeks ago, his school music teacher asked if Max would be able to join them in this field trip.  I asked his doctor if we were clear to get out in the germs for an hour with him, and she said if we took his mask and kept his hands to himself, he should be fine.

This morning, we got a very excited and happy Max ready in his finery and headed downtown to listen to the music.

All ready, except for shoes and glasses!
We drove around the block a few times once we got downtown, trying to find a parking space for Max's van.  We finally found one pretty near to the concert hall, and ended up following his class in directly after they got there.  Good timing!

His music teacher asked if there were some friends she could call down to sit by Max in his front row handicap seating.  I thought of the handful who usually ride bikes with him.  Their names were all popping into my head too quickly, so we went with the few who came up to the top of the list.  I think he would have been ecstatic to sit beside every friend he's ever had in class.  Even though he couldn't 
sit with all his 5th grade friends, they all were great to say hello to him when he walked in.  His teacher and principal came over to say hello too.

Max with his friends from the neighborhood.
The lights started to dim, and Steve and I stayed on either side of the group, while Max sat in the middle of his friends.  I was unsure as to how he would take to the symphony,  since he much prefers opera to just classical music at home.  But, he really loved it.  We told him before we went in that this was a quiet concert, and he would have to talk and sing quietly.  He sang along a little bit.  And if he started to feel upset the music had stopped, his friends were quick to reassure him there was more coming, and they were still sitting by him. 

The Colorado Symphony warming up.

Watch how his friends direct their eyes to Max to see how he reacted to the symbols. 

Max really enjoyed the drums, but recognized all the music they played today.  When the show was over, we hurried out ahead of the herd of 5th graders, and other schools.  When we got home, Max had speech therapy and told B it was awesome, and yes, yes, he liked it! Directly after speech, he had physical therapy.  Once that was finished,  he fell asleep, and is now snoring in his chair.  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

School Photos...

OFFICER MAX, 5th grade

We finally got Max's 5th grade school photo back!  The photographers who took Max's photo were incredibly patient with his blank stares and looking away from the camera. Most of his peers took about 30 seconds for a photo.  It took two photographers over 30 minutes to get Max's photo. 

When we took his glasses off, he was finally ready to smile and was happy to show off his badge from his officer friends.  He was especially adamant about getting to wear his officer badge in his school picture.  

Now...for a stroll down memory lane.  From 1st to 4th grade.  My baaaaaybeeeeee!

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade (Max was in hospital this year for school photos)

4th Grade