Back in 2008, we referred to ourselves as the “Fairly Odd Family”. This was in part due to the boys’ affinity for the animated show, “The Fairly Odd Parents”, but also in greater part due to the fact that we just rolled differently than other families. We were (and still are) quirky, off -the-wall, and a bit wacky. Evan had renamed himself “Sevan”, and would only respond when addressed as such. We built and decorated cardboard boats and paddled them in an annual boat float competition. We had a trampoline in the living room of our apartment (with a loft ceiling, thank goodness). Evan’s OT had recommended a trampoline for him since the beginning of therapy, and I didn’t want him to miss out on needed therapy just because we were spending a year in an apartment. We basically marched to our own drum, and it worked for us. Still does.
In September 2008, Brian approached us, all excited about a contest he had seen on Nickelodeon. It was called the “Wii Fit Family Challenge”, and the winning families would receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Florida. The sole requirement was to submit a short video showing our family, in action on the “Wii Fit” or engaged in another fitness-related activity. Since we didn’t own a Wii Fit, we opted for one of our favorite activites…geocaching. In the spirit of Floor Time (joining in their interests and engaging in activities about which they were excited), I wrote up a simple script. The boys had fun memorizing and acting it out, and off we went to videotape.
Ultimately we were not selected as “Wii Fit Family Challenge” finalists, but it was a great day…for a hike, a geocache, a few laughs, and just for being together.