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
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Stamp this one
is now organized!
Ahhhhh! Doesn't that look nice? I have a wonderful husband that is so talented at making stuff like this. And, the best part,
I love the matching curtains!
The beds look so sweet!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
All kidding aside, we were very happy get the chance to meet the newest member of the family a few weekends ago when they came to Florida. Aunts, Uncles and cousins came from miles away to wish the happy couple well.....and to, you know, get a look at the new guy! Who, incidentally is named.....Shaun. Shawn and Shaun. What are the chances? Now they need to have a son and name him Sean! Okay, that is not really funny. Anyway...
Well, I guess this is a better shot!
And we enjoyed hanging out. I love to travel with my family!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
But, we homeschool and I set our schedule, so today was our first day. I wanted it to be Monday, but I was sick on my "teacher workdays" last week…..so it was postponed. That would be the beauty, and the curse of homeschooling. Beauty that I have the freedom to postpone as needed, the curse is that I don’t know for sure when we will finish….when it’s done, that’s when. When we have fulfilled our 180 day requirement. Right now, my calendar says it will be June 7th. Here’s hoping!
And, for all the money I had to spend on curriculum, at least I don't have to take my kids shopping for new school clothes. I know some of you enjoy that. I'd rather buy books! They can do their school in pajamas for all I care. I do actually buy them clothes people! I just don't care to run through the malls two weeks before school starts to try to find deals on all the hottest, latest, greatest craze in fashion! That's all I'm sayin'! Isabel
This year I have two 7th grade boys, one 3rd grade girl and my little preschool princess to deal with! I also have a new laptop with some pretty snazzy software that is taking a whole bunch of time to figure out. I hope it will make my life easier, but that remains to be seen at the moment! If all goes according to plan, the software will keep track of my lesson plans and the kids assignments and spit out agendas and report cards for me! Hmmmmm. We shall see.
The great part about the laptop is that it’s mobile! You knew that didn’t you? Well, that is the great part! What does it mean for you and me? Well, duh! That I might actually get to update this blog a little more often than I have lately! For example, I am sitting in my van right now. Well, not now that you are reading this….but, I was when I wrote this! On my way to take the Drama Queen to her drama classes, I grabbed my new toy and here I sit, while she…..ummmmm, impresses her new acting coach with her stage presence. And, I am writing a post. I know! It’s a fabulous development in our relationship!
Okay, moving on! Our first day of school was eventful. And, not because it was loaded with learning. Nope. Well, of course it was loaded with learning, that just isn't the reason it was eventful. That's all I'm sayin'! It was just full of events. First I had to have Claire at the dentist at 7:45am. Have I mentioned how much I just love getting up before 7 o’clock? Have I? And, have I mentioned that while the dentist is a mere 10 minutes from our house, it takes 30 to get there in the morning! So, it was a great morning. Up before the sun and traffic!
How did the dentist appointment go, you ask? Oh, peachy. Lets see, the Demerol that knocked her out last year, did not this year. She was still wide awake when they decided they needed to begin. And, she was none too happy to be strapped down to a chair! I stayed by her and held her hand, which seemed to calm her a little, but she is just too curious now. Every time the dentist did anything she would holler, “What is that?”, “What is he doing?” Holler! And she wanted no part of having a gas mask over her nose! She finally calmed enough that he could do a few x-rays, so I left the room. By the time I got back, she was blissfully asleep…..for the time being. She managed to wake up before he finished the work and there she is, mouth held open with clamps, huge pink gas mask covering her nose, tools sticking out of her mouth…..I can only imagine what she thought when she woke up! It couldn't have been good because she started screaming “MOMMY”. Thank goodness I’m a calm woman. I have a feeling my friend Rina would have knocked the dentist in the floor and snatched the child up, tools flying, chair uprooted! I calmly walked over and took her hand…..unfortunately, this made it worse. We had flailing and kicking, and in restraints no less!
Now, don’t go thinking that these people don’t know what they are doing. Last year, two similar procedures went off without a hitch. And they really were trying. The hygienist/helper lady was talking softly to her, and for his part, the dentist was trying to get out of her mouth as fast as he possibly could! When it was over, she was fine. A little shell shocked, but fine. The bad news. He only got half of it done and we get to go back next week and have the other half done!
We managed to get home in time to make “first day of school” cookies. Can’t have the first day without “first day” cookies. Right? Just a little tradition my mother started when I was in school….you know, a few years ago. Claire helped and we called that pre-school. So, she had a fieldtrip and a project in one day! The others got tons done without me and some done with me after cookies. Then I loaded the Queen in her chariot and here we are at the place where Drama is made….as if we need some more! Ahem.
And in other news, the elusive college kid is back. I can’t prove it because I didn’t get a picture of her yet, but she’s back in town, and she's been here, and she will come back. When she does, my camera and I will be ready.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
'Cause there is a whole lota cuteness uploaded here!
Scroll down to the bottom there,
and mute that music because you will want to hear,
as well as see the miracle that is Claire.
A year ago, this child was still up to her thighs in hot pink casts, courtesy of Dr. Dobbs and the Shrinners Hospital of St. Louis. In October, having never taken an independent step in her almost three years of life, she put her first, "corrected foot" forward with the help of a two foot high walker......and there has been no stopping her since!
Today, 10 months and hours of hard work later, she leaves her walker behind!
Upon meeting our "Determinator", her therapist declared, "one day she will just let go and take off" and she did!
There is a doctor in Guangzhou, China. If you go there for a Visa medical, you may run into him. He may even look at your child, as he did at ours, and question if you are sure you want that child..... especially if your child has "deformed" feet....to go with the 6 inch scar across her back....that clearly indicates, if only to him, that she will not walk. "Do you know your child's feet are deformed?" the translator asked us as the doctor looks to us for confirmation that we understand. "Yes." we say. "You understand that she can not walk?" We nod. We understand what you think. We know what our God can do though!
And just to take it over the top for you, have a conversation with Miss Sassafras....because she is ALL that and a bag of chips!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Truthfully, I am on my laptop.....in my bed.....where I have been for 48 hours. And, I don't have any photos on this computer even if I did what to upload them here.
And, I haven't got the pluck to get on my desk top computer where the pictures are.
We had a wonderful weekend. Take my word for it.
Aside from trying to weed through the 137 emails delivered to my in-box between Sunday night and Tuesday morning, I have only had the stamina to read blogs and deal with my Facebook addiction today.
At some point in time, I managed to contract a nasty little stomach virus that has me sicker than I've been since November of 2000. Yes, I get sick so infrequently that I know the date of the last time I was sick. Sad, I know.
Anyway, my sweet husband has been playing nurse and working from home and taking care of our kiddos since I woke him at 6am on Monday asking for ginger ale and crackers. I don't remember much else of Monday. Except, I might have sent him to take Claire to the dentist, only for him to find that Claire's dentist appointment is next week. Oops.
At least today I'm coherent. Just not active.
I woke the husband this morning around 8am to remind him that Claire had therapy at 8:30. "Are you sure?" he asks. Now, why would he question me? Oh, yeah. That whole dentist thing.
And, even though I don't have the pep to post a picture, I had to brag about said therapy session.
Though my head is a little swimmy right now, from sitting up for so long, I HAD TO BRAG.
Ms. Denise hasn't been here in two weeks. She took an extended vacation from therapy to spend time with her kids before school started for them. So, she had not seen the leaps and bounds progress that our Claire has made recently. She was blown away this morning!
I wish I had video I could post.....but, then I need....you know, the energy to post it.
So, I'll just have to tell you about her. She is walking like no body's business, y'all. She walks up and down halls and across rooms. She can start and stop right in the middle! This is a big deal, because when she started walking she always had so much forward momentum that she couldn't stop until she either got there or fell over forward! SHE CAN MAKE TURNS WHILE WALKING! I'm not even kidding here!
After our vacation this summer, I quit taking her walker everywhere we went and instead just let her walk with our hands or would let go and tell her to go to it on her own. She wasn't crazy about that at first, but it has worked wonders for her not to have that walker as a crutch. She still falls a good bit, but not nearly as much as before and she has so much more control.
Ms. Denise said that she now has to redo Miss Claire's entire therapy goals sheet and exercise plan, because in just two weeks so much had changed. She also said that she doesn't need therapy every week any more. It's like a graduation of sorts!
So, I had to brag!
I can't wait to post a video.
Just as soon as I can find some get-up-and-go juice.
And, guys keep us in your prayers. I don't need my whole family coming down with this crud!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Un-Extreme Home Makeover: Phase III, Part 2
They were thrilled with this opportunity.
Can't you just see it on their faces.
We finished the girls room and furniture!
Then the boys ran down to get the bunk beds....some assembly required.
'Cause she was the only one that could read the directions, you know!
Awwww, isn't that sweet looking!