My husband and I were gone all day Friday and Saturday to an Adoptive/Foster Parenting Conference in Nashville (more on that in a later post). Even though we came home both nights, and Waylon got to spend both days with people he loves and had fun with, we could see that he was having a rough time with us having been gone all weekend long. So, we wanted to apply some of the parenting principles we had learned at the conference with our biological son. Parenting skills for any type of child will work, whether it's a bio or adopted/foster child. You can never learn too much how to care for your children. Back to the topic at hand. :)
Mainly, we wanted to reconnect with him. So, we spent Sunday doing things he would like to do, and one of the most fun things was my husband building him a fort in the living room, so he could watch a movie and eat snacks with him. And this was no rinky-dink fort, either, folks. It was pretty state-of-the-art, as far as forts go. It had A/C, electronics (to watch Cars, no doubt), a chemlight, sleeping bags, pillows, my snacks (haha) and with the way my husband rigged it up, it was not going to crash down around them. So, I found it appropriate to create a Muffin Tin for their snacks. Two birds, ladies. I figured I would throw in a photo of the fort, for good measure.
From Top Left Clockwise: Ingredients to Make Mini Smores - Marshmallows, Chocolate Chips, Honey Graham Cereal, Fruit Snacks, Trail Mix (Because who doesn't need just a little more chocolate thrown into the mix with a 2 1/2 year old? This chica!), Cheese Crackers
*Note* - Yes, I totally see that there is no nutritional value WHATsoever to this snack. And...this was after we had donuts at the park for breakfast that morning. No, they did not teach us at the conference that sugar is the way to reconnect with our child. That was our bad. He did have a semi-healthy lunch and I will say...a very healthy dinner. And...a very good nap, after the sugar high ended, and he crashed. We all did. Don't judge. Making forts and taking photographs is tiring. :) Oh, and learning. Learning can make you tired.