Kyle came home from camp. I want to Thank you all so much for the outpouring of kindness and love shown to my son as he left for camp. (see previous post to explain) here is a group picture, then the 2nd pic is Kyle, his camp counselor from Kenya (BTW an AMAZING GUY) and Kyle's new best friend. First words as I hugged him hello. "Mom, can I come back next year?!" That's exactly what I wanted to hear. I wanted to get more pics in here but the disposable camera had to be sent out and won't be back for a week. Lol... Anyways. He swam and was the only camper to pass the deep water swim test. So he got to go off the diving board. They went canoeing, hiking, Rockwall climbing. He said they cooked out on a campfire most every night. Had Bible studies, sang camp songs, crafts and went to a ranch for farm animals. Food was good and he has made lifelong friends. The director told me Kyle was so helpful. Doing chores like setting tables etc... But most important he said Kyle went out of his way to help the other campers who needed help. I couldn't be more proud. Kyle was there with people who were blind, had downsyndrome, physical disabilities etc... And he came to help them. The director was genuinely gushing over Kyle. Kyle journaled each day so he wouldn't forget. To top it all off his new best friend lives close enough for some get togethers. Despite the ups and downs of raising a special needs child into adulthood... Through the failures the triumphs I can only stand back in aw that together he and I have done pretty good. With a lot of prayer in between. ☺️
Today I had a scary moment with my dragon Penny. Some of you may have already experienced a dragon drinking too much water and stopping breathing. This has happened to me before... I have had many friends this has happened to as well. I hope that it doesn't ever happen to you but I thought I'd post a video series on what to do...Swipe⏩⏩⏩ So that you are prepared ahead of time. Hopefully with knowledge you can stay calm and do what you need to do for them. Even with supervision a dragon can get into this situation. Please swipe through this multi video series and maybe learn a thing or two and feel empowered to help your dragon if it were to happen. Thanks and yes I feel awful. So please be kind. This was an accident but I sure am glad I knew what to do. To my friends who have experienced this and also shared their technique of life saving skills... I thank you as I learned from you all as well.
So today my son Kyle left for camp. Lots of kiddos go to camp right?Pretty common for them. But, Kyle is 26 years old and this is his first camp experience. Having a son with special abilities / disabilities has many moments of joy and frustration. One big frustration is finding a camp for kids and or adults with disabilities. As a child Kyle couldn't attend any church camps etc because of what came along with him. It was simply a NO... Then to find a camp for children to take him they were thousands of dollars. So this past year my son and I started attending our local Methodist church. As we got to know these wonderful people it was a great fit for him and I. We were listening to them talk about camp for the kids and fundraisers. A lady asked if Kyle was attending. I chuckled and said he's 26. She's like yes... But they have camp for special needs adults that he can attend. Three different levels depending on where he fits in for his needs. I about fell over. I was like OK... How much? She's like you pay the registration fee and we will include your son in the scholarship program and fundraising. Kyle left today for a week long journey without me for the first time ever. I couldn't be happier, a bit nervous and feeling more grateful than ever. We got him settled in. I knew he was a bit wide eyed with everything new but I know he's going to have a blast. The camp personnel were genuine and warm. I know I left him In good hands. Sometimes churches just touch you on a human level. It's not religious or political. There's no strings attached. This is one of those moments where I am thankful for this amazing group of people that came together and helped make something happen for my son that I alone couldn't do. Yesterday people slipped him "fun money" for the camp store.. Wished him well and shook his hand telling him how they loved camp as a child. Kyle said Thank you and smiled back. (Unusual for him) He felt their excitement. Kyle has no idea of what to expect but I do know this will be an amazing week for him. He will come home and have a few stories to tell. I hope to hear he wants to go back again. That will say it all to me. Then I know he had fun.
A huge thanks to @planetpleasures. I ordered a few foraging and chewing toys from them. First let me tell you that getting "pictures" of birds is very difficult because they are in none stop motion... So here's a video of Baloo and Bijou enjoying their new toys. Definitely their favorite is the "Crunchy Munchy"... They have chewed this non-stop.The toy next to it is the Octopus Piñata. I was like getting a babysitter in a box. Lol!!! Birds are like perpetual toddlers so having good chewable, natural toys to rip apart is great. Now my floor and play gym are a disaster but a bit of vacuuming is well worth their lil minds being entertained 😂 Thanks again @planetpleasures