|Can't you tell how happy he is about that?!|
Mateo turned 4 years old at the end of April. I didn't want to do a big party at our house by myself so we had his party at the zoo in Tampa. He loved it. The zoo did an excellent job too. They provided a party room for us and after a little over an hour, they let everyone out into the zoo for the day. We had an EXCELLENT cake. It was made my Caridad Santana and I would recommend her any time. We were approved by Icing Smiles Org. to receive a special cake, free of charge, for his birthday. Icing Smiles is an organization that finds local bakers (either professional or in-home) that will donate their time and supplies to creating a beautiful cake for a child with a serious illness. It is such a neat program and we were so honored that they accepted our request. The cake turned out delicious and looked amazing!
|Mateo and his birthday cake|
Mateo also saw his eye doctor in June and we were sent home with great news! Mateo no longer needs to wear glasses. His focusing issue has been resolved and while his vision isn't perfect (which it probably never will be) its not bad enough where he needs to wear glasses or patch anymore.
Mateo, Mason and myself spent 5 wonderful weeks in Wisconsin with my parents over the summer. It was SO good to be home for that long. My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough! I could have stayed through the rest of the year. It was nice having the extra help with the boys. Mason started eating baby food while we were there. Mateo got to play outside with reckless abandon, like boys are supposed to be able to do.
He had sleepovers with friends, playdates with cousins, several "gator-rides" with my mom, we went to Bay Beach, bowling...etc. No wonder he didn't want to come home!
|This is farm life!|
|The giant slide at Bay Beach...Mateo LOVED it!|
|Mateo finally got to ride a Ferris wheel...his face says it all|
|Meeting Smokey The Bear at the Scandinavia Corn Roast Parade|
He had a great time with his cousin and my parents. He hated to leave. We've been home for 3 weeks now and he STILL asks if we can go back to stay.
We got home just in time for school to start.
Mateo is attending the same school as last year. With so many "unconstants" in his life right now, I didn't want to go and change his school on him too....not that I had wanted to. We love his school and all the teachers there. They do a great job and Mateo loves it there. Plus, a lot of the kids that were in his class last year are in his class again this year. So I didn't want to take that familiarity away from him. He is loving school. I want to be as involved as I can be this year, but we'll see how it works out with Mason and his schedule. Life always revolves around the baby!
One other piece of exciting news is that Mateo was chosen to have his picture and story put on a poster that would be displayed in select Subway restaurants and Regions banks. They will be promoting the Heart Walk put on in Tampa by the American Heart Association. We are really excited about it, so if you see his poster out and about in Tampa, Brandon or Plant City let them know you know Mateo and feel free to purchase a heart in honor of Mateo!
|A rough picture of the poster!|
|Notice the head tilt!|
|Pretty little head :)|
Mason is also starting to experiment more with foods. He LOVES his avocado and he likes anything I put in his netted teether. But he prefers any of the orange veggies...even over fruit.
|Look at them baby blues!|
The same week I signed up to do the mud run, I also registered to do The Color Run in St Pete. Seriously, I don't know what I'm thinking. But I'm getting this high off of running right now, so I thought....why not? It looks like fun. Its not timed. I'm not trying to prove anything. I just want to run and have fun (seriously, I just used those two words in the same sentence...who am I??) and have it be MY thing. Mama needs some time to herself!
So we are living life to the fullest right now and having a good time doing it. Life sure hasn't been boring lately and it doesn't look like its going to slow down any time soon. But that's the way us "Douglases" like it!