Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Holidays and celebrations can be trying times around here so I always look forward to these with a bit of trepidation. Tortuga turned 11 on Saturday so we did what every good parents of special needs kids who can't handle the anticipation do. We told him way in advance that we were not celebrating until mid-month, when our friends from Boston will be visiting, then we went out the night before to celebrate! We went out and got him a bike (he has never had one before and didn't know how to ride), took him to his favorite restaurant for dinner, and got his favorite ice cream before he had time to ruin it! It was perfect. On Saturday he wasn't expecting anything so he was pleasantly surprised to wake up to streamers all over the kitchen/breakfast area, balloons, and his favorite breakfast. We spent much of the day doing Easter preparations including finishing up our Easter eggs (cascarones) and then I cooked one of his favorite dinners. My sister and niece came over and we had dinner and ice cream cake plus a few more gifts. All in all he handled it beautifully with only a few minor bumps.
Of course, I was dreading what Sunday would bring since usually too much of a good thing is NOT a good thing. It was a little rocky but with lots of breaks in his room he managed to enjoy most of the time with the family. We had a few neighbors over and did a massive Easter egg hunt. The kids played, ate, played, ate and of course, had too much sugar! Milagro was so tickled that the Easter bunny left her basket in our fireplace that she had to tell the story to anyone and everyone who would listen. Her retelling usually started with "THAT EASTER BUNNY IS SOOOOOO FUNNY!" and ended with "I was SOOOOO SOPIZZZZZED!!!" (surprised) Too funny...
We are slowly making our way back to normalcy although Corazon is still angry at me for leaving so she had declared a moratorium on doing her schoolwork. I am going to have a really clean house if she stays angry too much longer since she insists on being near me at all times and I just keep putting her to work!