And just like that, Madi is 6 years old!
Its gone by so quickly!
Madison started her birthday weekend with a Friday night dinner celebrating Grandpas 65th and her 6th.
When Madison woke up Saturday morning she went straight to her iPad and searched for a birthday song. She then woke up the rest of the house by blasting “Happy Birthday” from her iPad while she also sang it at the top of her lungs. She then climbed into bed with the fam and everyone looked through her baby pics and other birthday pics which she and Jack got a kick of. It was a great way to start her birthday. She then opened her gifts and had a nice breakfast.
It was then time to head to her birthday party! Madison decided she wanted to have a spa party this year. They ate waffles with every topping under the sun and cupcakes too. They then went down to the main spa area to have fingers and toes painted, makeup on, and princess outfits on to start a dance party! It was an awesome party and it was nice meeting some of her new classmates and watching her interact with her girlfriends.
Once the spa was done, Madison headed to Pam and Medford’s house to celebrate. They had a nice visit and she was spoiled with gifts.
It was then time to meet up with the boys at a campsite. Madison LOVED camping this summer and asked to camp one more time before putting the camper away for the season. She had a great celebration playing games, eating cake, roasting marshmallows and having a sleepover with Nate.
The next morning everyone went out for breakfast to finish off the celebrations and then went to the Village for a swim with Ryan.
Madison works so hard and rarely gets to choose how she spends her time so we told her she could pick anything to do for her birthday and then we ended up doing it all! Thanks to everyone for all the birthday messages and gifts, Madison had an amazing birthday!
This week marks the start of fall activities that everyone has been looking forward to. Tonight was Jacks first sea turtle swim class and Madison’s first meeting back with Sparks. Thank you Pam for sewing all of Madison’s badges onto her sash just in time for tonight!
Madison and Jack had a wonderful summer full of family, friends, new experiences and lots of time outdoors. Madison has many firsts this summer including camp at Variety Village, camping in 4 different Provincial Parks, learning to stand up and walk on grass barefoot, jumping off the side of a pool by herself, doing consecutive jumps on a trampoline and showing more independence with her self help skills. Jack also had many firsts this summer. He played tball with Sportball, rode his first rollercoaster, went to camp, started preschool, learned to catch minnows, and can now dress himself. We are so proud of all they accomplished and are thrilled with how well they spent their summer together having fun and strengthening their bond with one another. Today, their last few hours of summer was spent drawing with chalk, having a dance party, playing outside with bubbles and scooters and enjoying a rocket popsicle. Tomorrow starts a new adventure… Grade 1! Which means less support at school… no more daytime therapies, more activities of Madison’s choice and lots of new experiences!
Madison has loved the water since her first swim as a newborn. The water is her happy place where she feels in control and free.
Today Madison had an excellent swim with Ryan. She was confident and did really well listening to his feedback and trying new things. She was so happy! I realized while she was swimming that it’s been 4.5 years since her first lesson with a Ryan…here is little Madi at 1.5 years old!
And today’s swim…
Madison also had a great session at Smile Therapy this morning. Her ankle was a bit sore from falling this morning but Jo-Anne helped her with some tape and she did great!
Mr Jack had a blast at Sportball tonight. They played their first soccer game and Jack ran hard and laughed the whole time.
Madison has been away from March of Dimes for about a month so she was very happy to return today for Conductive Ed camp this week! Jack helped pick her up and then the two spent the afternoon in the pool.
Tonight Jack had Sportball and did great!
Madison is a trooper and pushed through a physically demanding day. Camp has been an amazing experience so far but it’s been exhausting for her. Today’s camp skills included swimming, throwing skills, jumping skills, time outside and lots of camp games in the gym. Madison said the best part of the gym is when they all raced around the track. After camp Madison had an awesome swim lesson with Ryan. They focused on backstroke, floats with rolls, deep end swimming and kicking. After swimming Madison had a great workout with Melissa in the gym – she walked across all 12 treadmills sidestepping to avoid the lava on the floor lol.
Jack had his first morning camp today! The theme this week is sports. He went with his buddies and had a blast. After camp Jack took Rusty for a walk, played at the park and then met up with Madison at Variety Village. He went for a swim and then played baseball in the gym while Madison worked out.
It was a super active day for Madi and Jack so they were in bed asleep by 6:30!
Madison and Jack had an awesome day!
Today was Madison’s first day of sports camp at Variety Village. They started their day with swimming and then went to the gym and worked on balance skills with an obstacle course, played some camp games, worked on climbing and throwing skills and finished the day with free time outside. She loved it! It was a full day of fun – 7 hours of moving and grooving! She said the best part of camp this week is she gets to swim everyday and spend lots of time with her cousin and her friends.
Tonight was Jack’s first night of Sportball! It’s a mix of soccer skills and t-ball skills at a park in our neighbourhood. Madison cheered him on! Jack loved it and did really well. Tonight they focused just on soccer so Jack was a little disappointed as he LOVES baseball! But he is really looking forward to going back next week.