Now that we are vaccinated and able to spend time with our families, my husband and I had our nieces and nephews at our house for a sleepover last weekend! We usually have a big sleepover with all five of them at least three times a year, but the pandemic kept them away from us for far too long!
When the kids arrived, I was so thankful to be sitting in my iLevel Power Wheelchair. I am positive that they all grew at least a foot in the past year! With one press of a button, I matched their heights and began to play. We started with taking the dogs for a walk around the neighborhood. With five kids and two dogs, things can either move really fast or really slow, so I appreciate that my power wheelchair can keep up with everyone no matter what speed we’re going.
After walking the dogs, we came back home to make dinner. Cassidy, my niece who is three, is very interested in helping these days. She loves to sit on my lap to reach the counter to help me measure the ingredients and she especially loves helping me stir the food on the stovetop. She is so proud of herself when she helps cook our meals. I enjoy every moment of teaching her. She even helped us to serve all the other kids by putting everyone’s bowls on the table.
iLevel on the Playground
When we finished with dinner, we went to the playground where all of my nieces and nephews had a blast. In my motorized wheelchair with iLevel, I elevated to push some of the kids on the swings while my husband watched the others on the slide. When it started to get dark, I turned on my fender lights and led us all back home.
Movie and Snacks with iLevel
Once we got back to our house, we all snuggled up in the living room to watch a movie before bed. Of course it was snack time, so I elevated my motorized wheelchair to reach the popcorn in the cupboard. I put it in the microwave, which is above our stove, while my husband grabbed a bunch of napkins to pass around. We watched a movie and everyone passed out before the closing credits!
It was such a great sleepover and we loved every moment of it. We’re so happy to be able to have sleepovers again and spend quality time together!
About Stephanie Woodward: Stephanie is a brand ambassador advisor for Quantum Rehab® and works as a disability rights activist. She has received many awards for helping communities become more accessible, as well as for her actions in fighting for the rights of disabled individuals as it relates to Medicaid and other support services. Click here to learn more about Stephanie.