Monday, January 23, 2012

Birthday Time

Our family had a wonderful time celebrating Whitney's 8th birthday last week.  Fist, off it was dinner at Arctic Circle, Whit's dining establishment of choice.  I have a hunch it's because they serve chicken nuggets and have an indoor playground.

Melanie did up some birthday cupcakes and had Whitney try to blow at least one candle.  But she's still working on that skill.  So after a few attempts, little brother, Liam was happy to step in and extinguish the flame.

Then it was time for presents.  Whit got a new dress, a new shirt and hair clips from her cousins and some new shoes to go with her new ankle braces.  Just like with her new iPhone case that I mentioned last time, Whitney picked out her new shoes.  Melanie took her to Payless and the two of them spent quite a bit of time finding different styles that would fit over the new braces.  By the way, black, white and pink seem to be Whitney's favorites right now when it comes to footwear.

I promised a few readers I'd try to give some info on what we found that fit well, but there was no trend where certain brands or styles fit.  Mel and Whit mainly went by trial and error until they found a couple of pairs that worked.  One thing I can say is that, as Whitney's feet have grown and the braces she uses have gotten longer in relation to their width, shoes that fit have gotten easier to find.  So for parents of younger kids, you'll have better success in your shoe search.  It may just take a few years.

Happy birthday to my little Whitney.  You're not so little any more.  Thank you for all you've taught me over the years. I can't imagine my life without you.  And I know we're in for another adventure of a year this year.

7 comments:

misslady said...

I am a mother of a 3 year old girl and an OT student. I am currently studying lived experiences and living with disabilities. This semester we are encouraged to follow a blog related to this, and I chose yours. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your touching story with the world. I truly believe I will learn a lot through your blog!

-Kristin

Nathan Hanson said...

Hi Kristin, Our family loves OTs, they've helped Whit a lot over the years with her skills. Hope all goes well with your studies! Thanks for following our adventures.

the green's said...

Can't believe she is 8, time has gone by way to fast. Glad she had a great birthday!

Heather Thorup said...

Happy Birthday Whitney!

Genevieve Ross said...

I haven't had much time lately to keep up with blogs but wanted to say:

Happy Birthday Whitney!!!

Wow- 8 years old! Here's to another amazing year!

Nathan Hanson said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes. Whitney's growing up so fast! We love that you're all part of her life.

Candle Ends said...

Wow. 8 already. Our munchkins are not so munchkiny anymore. Happy Birthday Whitney!