This is a really exciting event that the kids look forward to all year. This year the kids all wanted to get their hair colored with temporary dye.
Our youngest daughter is pretty in pink, her favorite color!
She was delighted with her new hairdo.
There were several craft tables for the kids
to make pretty gifts for their friends and family.
It makes me so happy that there are events like this where my kids can be who they are and not worry about sensory issues or medical issues. Everyone there knows what it is like to live with extra difficulties. It is truly a non-judgmental environment.
A Bingo game where everyone wins if they play long enough.
The girls won teddy bears and Tom Sawyer won a sensory ball.
Even my husband got his hair dyed!
Tom Sawyer got a dragon painted on his face as well.
I think the highlights this year for the kids were the moon bounce slide and the balloon man. The balloon man was really impressive. He made this incredibly funny hat for Tom Sawyer.
He also made these really cool balloons with little balls that rolled back in forth inside. My husband is holding them in the picture below. Yes, my dh is a character in front of a camera at times.
In March it will be one year since starting Tom Sawyer's special diet. What a year it has been! We have seen our grocery bill double, miraculous improvements in Tom Sawyer's behavior and health, and we have come to accept this new way of eating as a way of life. Lunch was provided at this wonderful party, but Tom Sawyer could not eat any of it. A few months ago, I would have resisted going to the party because of the food issues. However, I have learned to work around it, so I called ahead and found out what was being served. Then I bought safe organic soda, organic hot dogs, a grain-free bagel and some organic gummy bears. Tom Sawyer was able to enjoy everything his sisters had and without getting sick.
He did however have a reaction to the hairspray and/or face paint. Oy! This allergy thing is very hard. However, I am grateful that we are on the right road to making him healthy and happy.
Lastly, I have wanted to get my face painted by the face paint artist for years. However, the line has always been so long, and I didn't want to take away from the kids. The artist was hidden in a corner this year; and we found her with a very short line, so I got to get my face painted, too.
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