May 24, 2012

A day in the life... {a Mayes family outing}

The strawberry season is nearing its final days here in North Carolina (at least in my neck of the woods). And boy does my family love strawberries. So, a couple weekends ago Aaron and I packed up the boys and made our way down to a local family farm to pick some of the juicy, red berries.


Even though Grant's anxiety can make outings more complex, Aaron and I are determined to pursue "normal" family activities as much as possible.


Grant's attention span has continually been getting shorter (or it's just getting more and more obvious as it greatly hinders his cognitive and social development), so I get excited about hands-on activities that engage him and foster learning.

Unfortunately, even with much preparation, Grant's anxiety spiked and he resisted leaving the comforts of the car. But my sweet, loving husband put forth a great effort to teach him how to pick a couple strawberries and then led him to another part of the farm so I could focus on filling our carton.


Wesley was a big helper. He stayed by my side and diligently picked the choicest berries.



After the strawberry farm, we headed out to Misty Meadows, a beautiful horse farm, for their annual Mighty Riders Spring Fling.


Grant enjoyed watching the equestrian shows and clapped, with much enthusiasm, along with the rest of the crowd.

Harry and Marilyn Swimmer, owners of Misty Meadows Farm, have huge hearts for children with special needs and developed a wonderful therapeutic program (learn more about it here: miteyriders.org). We are hoping Grant will get into the program when he turns five.


Sweet Grant, all tuckered out... In addition to ADHD and anxiety, Grant struggles with hypotonia (low muscle tone). So he tends to get fatigued a little easier. I can't help but to give him a few smooches while he is calmly sleeping on Daddy's shoulder. 


When we got home the boys enjoyed big heaps of fresh strawberries. They were bowl-licking delicious! I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning and preparing the strawberries for homemade jam, bread, cake, and strawberry-rhubarb crisp. Yum!


That evening we went for a walk and I was reminded of all the pockets of good times we have as a family. Life can be difficult, but we have much to be thankful for...


... and with the Lord's grace, we keep truckin' along. :)


I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121

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May 24, 2012

A day in the life... {a Mayes family outing}

The strawberry season is nearing its final days here in North Carolina (at least in my neck of the woods). And boy does my family love strawberries. So, a couple weekends ago Aaron and I packed up the boys and made our way down to a local family farm to pick some of the juicy, red berries.


Even though Grant's anxiety can make outings more complex, Aaron and I are determined to pursue "normal" family activities as much as possible.


Grant's attention span has continually been getting shorter (or it's just getting more and more obvious as it greatly hinders his cognitive and social development), so I get excited about hands-on activities that engage him and foster learning.

Unfortunately, even with much preparation, Grant's anxiety spiked and he resisted leaving the comforts of the car. But my sweet, loving husband put forth a great effort to teach him how to pick a couple strawberries and then led him to another part of the farm so I could focus on filling our carton.


Wesley was a big helper. He stayed by my side and diligently picked the choicest berries.



After the strawberry farm, we headed out to Misty Meadows, a beautiful horse farm, for their annual Mighty Riders Spring Fling.


Grant enjoyed watching the equestrian shows and clapped, with much enthusiasm, along with the rest of the crowd.

Harry and Marilyn Swimmer, owners of Misty Meadows Farm, have huge hearts for children with special needs and developed a wonderful therapeutic program (learn more about it here: miteyriders.org). We are hoping Grant will get into the program when he turns five.


Sweet Grant, all tuckered out... In addition to ADHD and anxiety, Grant struggles with hypotonia (low muscle tone). So he tends to get fatigued a little easier. I can't help but to give him a few smooches while he is calmly sleeping on Daddy's shoulder. 


When we got home the boys enjoyed big heaps of fresh strawberries. They were bowl-licking delicious! I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning and preparing the strawberries for homemade jam, bread, cake, and strawberry-rhubarb crisp. Yum!


That evening we went for a walk and I was reminded of all the pockets of good times we have as a family. Life can be difficult, but we have much to be thankful for...


... and with the Lord's grace, we keep truckin' along. :)


I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121


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