Today the center where the kids go to physical therapy held their Christmas party! I'd intended to take them right after school, but I got caught in traffic on the way to get Connor and by the time I got home Eden was thoroughly ensconced in her homework. Once she starts something, she really likes to work straight through until whatever activity she's involved in is finished. So I waited to leave until Eden got to a stopping point before we left for the party.
We ended up getting there about half an hour before the party was finished, but it was still absolutely packed. The therapists manned tables set up around the center with all kinds of fun crafts and activities for the kids to do, and there had to be well over a hundred children of all ages there. Connor got really overwhelmed about five minutes in, but Eden seemed to absolutely revel in the chaos. So I ended up taking the little guy to the restroom to calm him down for a bit while she bounced from one station to the next, happy as can be.
Eden made a picture frame and a Santa beard, both of which she immediately gave to Connor. The kids fished for prizes, and then we trooped up the circular ramp to the second floor, where they took a picture with Santa. We finished up with that right about the time that the party was shutting down.
Then we went back home, where Connor crashed pretty much immediately. I think once he got used to the noise at the party he enjoyed himself, but it definitely wore him out! Eden, however, was pretty wired when we got home; it's funny to see just how differently the kids handle the same situations. She eventually calmed down and went to work on her book report, which she wrote on until dinner.
It's pretty amazing to see her writing enough to fill the front and back of a page, when just last year writing a single paragraph took hours. Now she just asks me to spell the occasional word for her, instead of having to help her read and spell everything, and even though her grammar and spelling are still pretty creative things are coming more easily to her. It's great to see her more confident in her school work. Also I have to admit I'm not exactly missing our six-hour-a-night homework sessions.
I'm proud of my girl!
2 months ago