Mommy and Daddy were happy for the weekend to come. Things get done around the house and everyone gets to spend time together with no major plans.
Mommy and Daddy love weekends but Madison does not do so well on weekends. She does well with routine, structure and a day full of activity. After a morning of difficulty at the house, she visited with Pam and Medford to have some lunch and have some fun. She loves wearing her backpack and marching next door in her walker.
After a failed attempt for a nap, Madi helped Mommy and Daddy with an art project. She painted different pictures to hang on the wall in the family room and helped Jack do his handprint for a family canvas. She loved painting with Mommy and helping to clean up the family room and prepare the new gallery wall.
This is a secret…Madison does not know!!
Mommy received the best phone call today! Million Dollar Smiles called and Madi is getting a playground for her and Jack for the backyard!
Million Dollar Smiles is an organization that brings playgrounds to the backyards of children dealing with critical illnesses or to children with different physical or cognitive disabilities who would benefit from a safe place to play.
Here is a note from the founder Anna Lopes:
“Over 10 years ago I started Million Dollar Smiles with the simple goal of wanting to bring smiles to children facing life threatening illnesses. I began with a small group of volunteers and together we helped change the life of 10 families in our first year through our Travelling Teddy Bear campaign. After years of running numerous fund-raising events resulting in many smiles, we have grown into a group of dedicated volunteers who organize fundraisers that support our gift-giving campaigns and special events.”
Million Dollar smiles did 60 playground builds this past year in Ontario! We are thrilled to be a part of it.
Madison does not know about this….it is a surprise that she will see on the day of the build once it is complete. Please help keep this secret!!!
Here is an example of a playground that has been built:
Madison will be receiving an accessible swing that will be mounted right next to a baby swing for Jack! The doorways of the house will be wide enough for her walker and there will be a sandbox and chalkboard that will be at her height and fully accessible. We will also mount flower boxes to the structure for her to have her own garden.
It is the most perfect timing… It will be built September 11th… 3 days before her birthday!!! The 30 volunteers will arrive around 8:30 and build until 2:30 rain or shine. The organization provides breakfast and lunch for all the volunteers. They will then bring Madison out to unveil it to her and provide cake to celebrate!
Everyone is thrilled that Madison will have a place to invite her little buddies over to play on a safe, accessible and fun place!
Madison loved having a play with Nate this afternoon and the three musketeers had a great time at Madi’s favourite piggy restaurant with Nana and Papa.
Madison stopped by Nana & Papa’s this morning to drop off a card from her, her brother Jack and her cousin Nate to wish them a happy 40th wedding anniversary! Mommy tried to explain to Madison what an anniversary is and she later explained to Daddy that Nana and Papa had a special day today and that they are getting married! Hahaha
Congrats on 40 years Nana & Papa!
Madison and Mommy then went to Variety Village for a swim and to get a good long stretch in the hot pool. Mommy can’t keep up with the stretching Madi needs lately, she continues to get tighter by the day. Thanks for lending Madi your floaters Nate! She liked trying them out to swim a bit more independantly.
Madi also liked supervising Daddy in the backyard this afternoon while he cut the grass. It was a low key afternoon before the start of a busy week.
Mommy was thankful for Madi’s massage today. The Botox has pretty much left Madi’s legs and she is up on her toes again and when trying to stand is in a crouch position. She is up more in the night and has been complaining about her feet. Shannon tried a new approach to massage today. She tried active massage where she targeted specific muscles as Madison was standing and her muscles were fireing. Madi didn’t love it at times but it really helped. Thanks Shannon!
Madison and Jack helped Daddy shop for some things to install the air conditioner in Jacks room so he can move in, and out of Mommy and Daddy’s room.
Madi was a great big sister and entertained Jack while Mommy and Daddy worked on Jacks room.
Madi had a great week at camp. She was tired today so they did more games and camp activities and will pick up the physical curriculum again next week.
Madi asked Mommy if she could go into Jacks Pack and Play to do her exercises. Mommy had no clue what that meant. This is what happened hahaha
The Three Musketeers were in fine form tonight with Nana.