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I am so grateful for programs and groups who have activities targeted to special needs children and families.  We ran into “Paul” at a BYU Volleyball Game a few weeks back.  He was one of the boys’ teachers last year and is heavily involved with the Utah Regional Ballet executive board and he mentioned there would be a special pre-open performance for families with special needs children.

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Thanks Paul! At Utah Regional Ballet’s Performance of Peter Pan

 

I wasn’t sure how the boys would take a ballet performance.  Quite honestly, I think I’ve been to the Nutcracker once ages ago and I don’t remember too much of it.  However, the performance was Peter Pan and since the boys are familiar with the story, we took a chance.

We ended up running into a number of friends there. . . . . DJ from their class showed up and sat with the boys fourth row from stage right in the middle.  I think we were the loudest section.  We also saw a handful of kids from their school, a few other parents we’ve met through different autism functions, and even one of my college friends who I haven’t seen for 7 years was there with her son.

Utah Regional Ballet's Performance of Peter Pan

“Dad – I can see the ropes!” Nevertheless, they thought it was way cool

The boys really enjoyed the performance.  All three boys had Peter Pan hats on and they laughed and cheered.  We had bets going on whether or not the crocodile would be real or not and also, if we’d see Darth Vader or a storm trooper come out.

There were pockets of empty seats throughout the hall and I’m sure that if this becomes a consistent event, those seats will be gone quickly.  I am extremely that we were able to take our kids ~ now I know they will be interested in a show like this .  .  . though we’d need to work on our volume control!

Peter pan by the Utah Regional Ballet Group @ Covey Center Theater

Twin A trying to look cool. . . Twin B smiling big!

Thank you Paul . . . . Thank you to Utah’s Regional Ballet Group . . . . . we appreciate your consideration and hospitality!

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Da Boys’ grandparents, Papa and Coco, were here for a few weeks visiting my sister and her baby, the newest additions to our family.  Their trip coincided with my brother’s work trip to Las Vegas and he came to spend a few days with us before heading back to Hawaii.  We decided that one night, we would take Papa to his first BYU Men’s Volleyball Game.  We took the boys to their first game a few weeks earlier (check out the post here) and they were excited to get to another game.

Showing off their verticals

Showing off their verticals

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Boys Love The “Y” and BYU. Whew!

 

My parents knew some players on the Univ of Hawaii’s Men’s team a few years back and they’d go to a few games a year on Oahu.  My brother’s and I played volleyball and even though we’ve all lived here for almost two years together, this was the first game the three of us were able to get too.

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Thanks for the memories!

My little nephew ‘Fela knows the BYU Fight song by heart and it’s been fun to see the boys learn it as well .  They were so excited to take pictures on the court and try and touch the net . . . . I feel very fortunate that we are able to do social activities like this with the boys and also, that BYU is so family friendly as a university.  Fun night.

They brought it back!  GroupOn has had a few “SCREAMING DEALS” that I hope they will run again and again.  The first was a pay 50% off Old Navy Coupon that they ran a few years ago and  I haven’t seen it since.  That was seriously the best school shopping trip ever.  🙂

The second is one for Soldier Hollow, a nearby recreation retreat in one of the valleys not too far from our home.  Besides having a great golf course, snowshoeing course, and hosting the Utah Dirty Dash that my wife and siblings ran in (check it out here). . . they also have a great tubing run that the kids love.

I love this picture - the kids were so happy!

I love this picture – the kids were so happy!

We went last year (here’s our post on it) and I was so happy to see the 50% off GroupOn for this winter.  We got enough passes to go twice – the first was a few weeks ago and the run was spectacular – fast and easy to move around in.  We went again this past weekend (the final weekend of the season) and the run was considerably slower and harder to move in.  Nevertheless, the kids loved it!

Twin B and Big Sis

Twin B and Big Sis

The biggest difference this year was Twin B enjoying himself.  Last year, I think he got some snow in his face on one of the first runs and he didn’t want to go again.  This year, he just kept saying, “let’s go again” and off we would go.  I mean really, the kid has it easy ~ I don’t think he got out of his tube once in two hours!  We’d pull him to the lift, he’d take the lift up throwing snowballs at me form his tube, and we’d pull him to the run and down we’d go!  Twin A, more often than not, insisted on getting out and pulling his own tube . . .  I looked back once and saw him walking by his mom on the way to the run . . . . one of my favorite scenes of the day.

Top of the run before heading down

Top of the run before heading down

I feel extremely lucky that we are able to hit up public events and places like this.  However, we do our best to prep the boys for things that are happening and we run try to be as prepared as we can to make the experience a good one for the boys:

  • Calendar Post: Once we secured the RSVP and time off from work, we put it on their calendar
  • Basic Needs: I mentioned this in a previous post but in a presentation we attended, the presenter (a social worker) said that when a kid is struggling and breaking down, one of the first things they do is make sure the child is fed and taken care of.  Likewise, we leave with treats and water and try and hit a convenient time between meals.  The second time we hit Soldier Hollow, we had a 12pm run and we didn’t have a good lunch. . . . there was a noticeable difference in the boys’ demenour
  • Crowd Control: We’ve been venturing out in our excursions but we still try and avoid extremely crowded and busy places.  Our first trip to Soldier Hollow was a weekday at 2pm and it was much more enjoyable for the boys
Family pic!

Family pic!

Again, I know that da boyz don’t have some of the severe sensory issues or social anxieties that other kids do yet we do our best to put them in a situation that they will have a good time and enjoy being there.  This is one of our favorite activities of the year and we are grateful we could go again!  Thank you GroupOn and Soldier Hollow for a fantastic outing!  We appreciate