Friday night was a jamboree for my big kids. I was home with the rugrats. Friday night is pizza night and they are always excited for that.
Saturday was Special Needs Day at the Wilson County Fair. The fair normally opens at noon, but they opened early at 10am for special needs families. From what I hear, last year attendance was around 1,000. This year the attendance almost doubled so the line to get in was a lot longer. We did have to register by Wednesday. They allowed two people to get in free with every special needs attendee. That means free entrance and rides. Yes, the line was long to enter, then another line to get your name checked off and ride ticket, followed by another semi long line to get your hand stamped.
Jake left me and walked straight over to the clown. hahahaha Surprisingly, neither were scared of him. wow.
All-in-all, it took us about an hour to get in. The boys were getting very fidgety, but they made it. lol!
As you can see, the first rides were a success!!
Jesse’s favorite ride were the swings. He rode the little one once, but the BIG one three times. He was JUST BARELY tall enough. We had to keep going back to them
The longest we waited for a ride was about 20 minutes for the Mouse Trap. Jake LOVED it. Jesse loved it until it started spinning and then he was over it. :p
Our attempt to get everyone in and smiling didn’t work so well.
After a few hours, the boys had enough. It was a rough start, but quickly became so much fun. I can’t tell you how it felt to look around and be totally accepted. No one was staring at my boys when they became over stressed. No whispers, no sad eyes. Everywhere you looked there were meltdowns, flapping, Eeeeeeing, tears, wheelchairs, and braces. The fair was full of special people, both young and old, with special needs. It was comfortable to let my boys be exactly who they are… Jake & Jesse.
Awe, the girls had to get a shirt before leaving.
After going home, having lunch, and taking a breather, it was time to get ready for The Color Run Night with a couple of friends. It was my first night run and I didn’t really know what to expect. Here are our before pics…
and our after pics…
It was a lot of fun. The best thing was that I ran the whole race thanks to a friend keeping me encouraged along the way. It was only a 5K, but it was the first one that I have actually ran the entire way through since surgery this summer. woohoo! I’m glad to be back.I have quite a few races planned for this fall.
Today, we enjoyed a great service at church, got a few groceries for a home cooked meal this afternoon, and now we are just relaxing and snuggling. I didn’t get to blog the fair opportunity in advance because I didn’t have this blog up and going, but from now on I will share the information so that other special needs family can have some fun, too. Also, I added a resource tab at the top. It is empty right now. I will be adding information to it this week and along the way.
Hope you all have had a great weekend, too!! I’ll be blogging our back to school experiences this week, so check back in.