Don't forget her most favorite thing in this world....letters...and puzzles, how cool when you can get them together!!!
Hey child up and go; A big world is out there waiting for us to live in every day. Outside you will find, there is love all around you; Takes you, makes you wanna' say; That it's a beautiful life and it's a beautiful world and it's a beautiful time to be here, to be here, to be here. -Fisher
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Please enjoy these short video clips!
These girls are dancing with spinning plates over their heads....very graceful!
This one takes table dancing to whole new level!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I also want to mention that Isabel and I are still hanging on to these nasty colds. It makes for days filled with phlegm and snot coupled with coughing fits and head aches. Guys, it's not pretty! We would REALLY like to get past this and get back to normal, and would greatly appreciate ANY prayers that you felt you could send this way!
Oh, and check this out!
This is the first day that she has been able to walk unassisted with her crutches! She's not known for her speed yet...but that's okay, it's one more step towards independent walking and I LOVE IT! Please note that she was not freaked out when the dogs came in the room!! She didn't even loose her balance! Please do NOT notice the huge chunk of missing wallpaper....what can I say, I'm not Martha Stewart, people! I know how bad it looks, I just care about other things. I say every year (yes, it's been there for years now) that I'm going to have my nieces help me strip the paper and paint the room in the summer.....but you can see where that's gotten me. There's always this summer....right Brooke and Brianna?
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The rat was discovered hiding out with the Ty Beanie babies....yes folks, that sneaky little rodent concealed itself there with the pink poodle and the tender young fawn!
But our Piper, she would have none of that!
Piper uncovered it's trail and drug it out of hiding!
She ruthlessly attacked the vile creature!
choked it out!
And left it for dead....whatever would we do without that cat! I feel so much better knowing Piper is on the job! :)
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Year of the Ox
Ancient legend holds that Buddha called all the animals on Earth, but only twelve came: the rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the sheep, the monkey, the rooster, the dog, and the pig. To reward them, Buddha gave each animal a year to represent in a cycle. This is the year of the ox! The ox is said to be steadfast, loyal dependable, honest and strong. I don't know any oxes........so I can't really say! However, anyone born in the year of the ox will supposedly resemble these traits. Not bad!
To celebrate, we decided to join in the festivities with our local Chinese Association. Yesterday they held a nice New Years Eve party at a local school. There was dancing, singing, food and....door prizes (I'll get back to you about that)!
We got there a little after the activity had started, but just in time to see the very important Lion Dance! The Lion came from the back of the room, where we were, right past us, and up to the front. Claire was mesmerized by it and not at all scared.
Here, she and Lizzie are watching as the Lion passes by us!
Yep, there he goes!
Coming right at us!
Isabel and Claire wore their traditional Chinese clothing. So pretty. But, Claire was a little tired, it's nap time, and was not going to smile for any pictures. That included when the guy from the paper wanted to get a shot of her eating her oranges.....she ate, but no cute expression on her face. Oh well!
Noah, Parker and Lizzie....ready to go but being good sports!
A man's size shirt of some kind made with "digital ink"...whatever that is! Yes, she was actually thrilled with this. She wore it home over her silk outfit, wore it to bed last night and came down stairs with it over her shirt this morning! Great. Just what I needed. Hey, at least it's not a shower liner!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Claire is young and has not begun to really understand how she is different from her "Sisabel" (Isabel) the way Ellie over at AND NOW THERE ARE FIVE has realized she is different from her Josie-Tatum. She has not yet said "I wish I was Isabel." Maybe she won't. Hopefully she won't. But, I know at some point she's going to realize that she is not like most other kids her age and she probably won't like it. And telling her it's okay, won't make it so.
I am thankful for blogging and the window it has given me into the lives of others like us. I am afforded the opportunity to see how parents and their children are handling these tough issues before I have to and that is priceless. Pip over at Significant Source is always an inspiration to me and so are the children of Always In My Heart, especially Elaine. And this guy should be an inspiration to all....(turn the music of at the bottom before starting the video)
Today is the Prayer Meetin' over at Significant Source and I'm about to head over there to join in. Feel free to join us by clicking on the button. Please remember sweet Hannah in your prayers today. Her mother says she is doing great! Also pray for our Claire to continue to progress each day.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Miss Denise is a wonderful therapist. She does lots of different exercises with Claire and we have seen lots of progress. Of course once a week is not enough, and I have to exercise with her throughout the week for it to work very well. It does seem that after some huge steps, Claire's advancement has leveled off a little...but I assure you we are still seeing steps in the right direction, even if they are baby steps. The other day she stood balanced, talking to me and using hand gestures without even realizing it for several minutes. No one had ever seen her stand that long before and we were clapping and carrying on.....and she looked quit confused about this! She is very adept at using her walker now, so we are hoping she will move into the fore-arm crutches this year.
Getting some trunk strength from doing the "airplane"
Playing with Denise
More leg lifts
The best part is that Claire is self-motivated. She wants to do everything and she loves to do her exercises. She will say "again" and work so hard the whole time! She is a therapist's dream and Mrs. Denise says so every time she is here. We are so blessed to have this child!
Monday, January 19, 2009
They were crawling all over my house today starting at 8:30 this morning, and had the whole thing off before 11 0'clock! DO YOU SEE HOW STEEP THAT ROOF PITCH IS? Yeah, that would be why my Paul is NOT on that roof and won't be....ever again, because that is a 30 roof folks!
And who knew that roofing was a spectator sport? These guys had the day off from school and guess what they chose to do.....watch the roofers, of course.
By lunch time we were onto stage two: putting the new roof on!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Now she is gloating! Yes, she is. Our 2 year old Pomeranian Chihuahuas are curious, but afraid of the 2 lb kitten that we adopted. Piper has decided to take full advantage of that every chance she gets! As a matter of fact, she had our 95 lb Lab cowering under the kitchen table, whimpering just this morning. All she did was chase the dog out of the living room hissing and spitting. She didn't even get her claws out yet!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Please go and read about Abby....and pray for the Riggs family. Far more important than my silly head cold. And, please don't forget about Hannah. I haven't gotten an update from her mother so I'm sure all is going well as of right now! Praise God!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Parker about to be fouled by his good friend, Zack!
Noah bringing the ball.