Tuesday, July 19, 2011

summer update:-)

         It has been a busy summer! Kevin decided to go back to school. So this summer he took a couple of classes- and of course aced them both:-) It is not easy going back to school when you are in your mid forties but he rocked! Plus now I can say I’m living with a college guy:-P haha! The kids are doing great.
            T graduated from her NR therapy in the Spring. She’s still doing great. She just recently had to have oral surgery. She’s getting braces next month. She had extra teeth that caused severe crowding in her teeth. Since she had to get those removed we decided to get her wisdom teeth pulled at the same time. That totaled NINE teeth! Poor girl. But she is doing really well. Her face is pretty swollen but otherwise she’s doing great. Her braces go on August 8th. She’s pretty excited to get all of that over with. She was going to take a dental assisting course at the Tech school this summer but the class got cancelled. Just as well with all the actual dental work she’s been having LOL. Before all of this Kevin took the kids rock climbing again. T is ready for the next level! She went up and down that climb so quickly it amazed me:-) She’s awesome!
            J and R have been having swimming lessons- well more like swim practice. They are taking an upper level class to perfect their strokes. They’ll be starting Water Polo for the first time next week. That should be fun! I’m looking forward to watching them. The boys have also been doing a lot of volunteer lawn mowing and weeding for a few Elderly couples in our neighborhood. They also have a few paying lawn mowing jobs. It is good for them to earn a little money. J is now saying that he’d like to be a landscaper. He and I looked online to see what all was required to become a landscaper. It looks like a good first step is getting a job at a nursery. Maybe that will be something that he can do next year. He’s never had a 9to5 type job before, so that’s a big step for him. He’ll be starting 10th grade at the High School this August. I can’t believe it. I’m glad that T is already there so she can keep an eye on him for me:-) R is still set on going to Culinary school. He’s hoping to take Food and Nutrition next year in 9th grade at the Junior High. The tech school also offers classes that he can get duel credit for in High School starting after 9th grade. So he’s really looking forward to that. For right now both boys are just really excited to start water polo next week. We’ve also started them both seeing a Chiropractor. I’ve never been to one myself so this is a first for all of us. They’ve only been going a few weeks. Nina, their NR practitioner, thought both boys needed some Chiropractic work done to help them get through some of their issues… so we took the plunge. It is too early to know if it is helping or not. If it goes well we’re considering taking T as well.
            C is doing great. She officially started NR this summer. She’s already showing some improvement. With her mild Cerebral Palsy, she was very clumsy. She stumbled constantly and didn’t have the ability to correct or catch herself. So every tiny stumble meant she went crashing to the ground. She also had very poor reflexes. Most people are able to grab onto something if they are falling etc, but she would just throw her arms out and fall. In just the few months that she’s been doing NR she can already catch herself when she stumbles! Hopefully her reflexes will continue to improve. She also has no idea where she is in “space.” She will see something in front of her that needs to be picked up and she’ll reach behind herself, to the side, etc constantly missing it or not being able to grab onto it at all. I don’t know yet if it is my imagination or not but I think that may be slightly improving as well. She also struggles with the signals her body is telling her. Her shirt might be bunched in the back and she feels it but doesn't understand where that feeling is coming from. She'll keep tugging on the front of her shirt, instead of the back- feeling the discomfort but not be able to tell where it is coming from exactly. Hopefully we'll see improvement in that in time as well. We put her into swimming lessons. She can’t swim at all and with her physical issues I don’t know that she’s even capable of learning at this stage. But we put her in the class to help her feel more comfortable in the water and to help develop her gross motor skills. She’s having a blast!
            The garden has been my domain this summer. We are finally getting a steady crop of vegetables coming in:-) I love planning meals around our vegetables. We’re also getting a lot of raspberries. The kids love to pick the vegetables and berries. Our zucchini weren’t doing so well. It turned out that they weren’t cross pollinating so I’ve been hand pollinating them… we’ll see how that works.
            Kevin and I finally got our bedroom painted. I’ve been wanting to do that for a long time but Kevin needed to do some work on the walls around our window. He finally had the time to do that so I got to do the painting. Our walls used to be a dark sage green. Our bedroom gets very little natural light so it always felt like a dungeon. So I did something very odd for us- I painted all of the walls pure white LOL! It is the only white room in our house. But it does look a little brighter now.
            This has been an unusual summer for us. We haven’t been getting out much. We’ve had so many appointments and classes etc. We’re hoping to get out more next month before the summer is over! In the meantime, I’m loving eating from our garden every day and seeing how healthy and happy my children are. It is kind of a new thing for us- all of this emotional stability hahaha!

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