Saturday, September 10, 2016

Birthday Party, Batman Style!

September is birthday month in our home! On Wednesday, we celebrated Molly's 9th birthday. On Saturday, we celebrated Hudson's 7th. This year, it was Hudson's turn to choose the birthday party theme: Superheros! ... with strong favoritism given to Batman. (Last year, Molly chose a safari theme.) We are thankful that the rain held off so that the kids could attack the piñata outdoors. The kids had a lot of fun! Special thanks goes to my mom who supplied superhero decorations and costumes and to our friends, Daniel and Cristina who made the piñata. (Photos were taken in our home and in our apartment courtyard.) 
The last photo came from our family celebration for Molly's birthday on Wednesday. I had fun making a Chutes & Ladder themed birthday birthday card for her ... though Hudson won when we played it.

But really, Saturday's birthday party was for both of them. As she herself said at the end of the day, "I love birthday parties!" It didn't matter which child was able to choose the theme ... but it will be very interesting to see what Molly picks for next year. I'm sure she's already starting to plan it. : )
~ Kevin

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Family Retreat

This year's Family Retreat was held from July 28-August 1. It  involved 30 families with children affected by disabilities plus a 15-member Joni and Friends team, our organization's staff and dozens of volunteers including doctors, therapists and special education teachers.
There was a carnival, talent show and countless games and activities for the kids.
It was a meaningful experience for all!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Day Camps, Summer 2016

Things are moving quickly! We offered day camps on June 18, June 22, June 25, July 2, and July 8 ... just in time to prepare for two water days at the park, a family retreat reunion, and then the 2016 Family Retreat. But we don't want to get ahead of ourselves, so here comes photo glimpses.
 ~ Kevin