May 17, 2014
Our neighbors invited us to go along with them to Rocky Point, Mexico. It would be the first time the kids would travel outside the US, they were beside themselves with joy. We stayed at the lovely Tessoro Resort.
The one great thing about Rocky Point is the tide pools that occur when the tide goes out. The kids LOVED finding creatures and searching around for all sorts of animals.
There were tons of stingrays in the water and tide pools. Our neighbor renamed Annie, Bindy Irwin. She was so bold in her searching for animals and picks them up without really wondering if they are safe or not.
Paul loved to spend time in the “chacuzi”. He loved the warm water and playing with friends.
We are so glad they invited us to come along. It was such a fun time.
May 11, 2014
In my life these children are my greatest blessings. There 4 souls intertwined with mine long ago and I cannot imagine being a mother to any others.
May 9, 2014
Paul is the Toothless Wonder. If he has a tooth that is barely loose you can expect him to pull it out within a couple of days. He just works at them the whole time until they give up. His current smile is pretty adorable!
May 8, 2014
We have decided to take Madeline back to a therapist to deal with some of her issues.
As long time readers know, Madeline had apraxia as a child. She went to tons of therapy and made a lot of progress. So much, in fact, that she was released from therapy with the knowledge that at some point in the future we may need to go back.
She also took occupational therapy for her impairment due to her grand mal seizure and brain damage.
It has become clear that we need to reopen this book. We need to help Madeline to be able to live happily in her skin once again. This is an uphill battle. One we have traveled on before.
I was devastated when we first decided and got her diagnosis once again. It felt like we had already done this. Wouldn’t we get a pass for all the hard work we did the first time? The answer was no. We have to travel this road again and she actually will never get away from it. When I heard those words my heart broke a little. This is one of the things I will never be able to fix for Mimi. Something that no matter how hard she works on it, it will still be there in the background. It reminded me of the helplessness I felt dealing with my own infertility. I want so much for us to have battled and won this.
Madeline has now been diagnosed with limb discoordination and apraxia. The apraxia rarely presents itself in language, however we see it often in her motor planning and sensory loss. She will be seeking therapy one day per week and have homework to work on throughout the week. I am nervous how she will respond to all of it over time. She is so old that if she isn’t really dedicated to it she won’t do well. She can make her own choices at this point.
One of the first things we did was get her eyes evaluated. She had some issues with her testing that led us to take her to an eye doctor who specialized in occipital lobe damage. He said that the strain is hard on her eyes and that while she doesn’t need glasses to read she needs them so that her eyes don’t tire so quickly. When her eyes/brain tire she gets more irritated and we see the undesirable behaviors.
She looks adorable in the glasses and we will work this summer to get her to wear them more often. Because of her sensory issues she really doesn’t want to wear them often.
She has already begun therapy and has a long way to go.
May 5, 2014
I absolutely adore this picture Bill and I took when we were in Carlsbad. You can see each one of our kids in the background enjoying the ocean and we are there enjoying it all. There is something so simplistic about it that makes me smile each time I see it.
May 3, 2014
Madeline has never been a big crowd kind of person. When her birthday fell on Easter that made it easy to suggest that she just take a couple of people out to dinner, a movie and a treat. She thought about it some but finally came to the decision that she would do that.
She really enjoyed the party. She had three friends go with us and we had a lot of fun.
She wanted Chipotle for dinner.
Rio 2 for the movie. We got to the movie pretty early and we were the only ones in the theater. Madeline asked if they could run around and dance. Since it was a party I said yes. She had a great time running around with her friends.
She wanted treats at Rita’s Ice.
I can’t believe that she is 9 years old. The picture of her with her Rita’s shows just how old and mature she is becoming. My little baby is growing up. I am so proud of who she is becoming.
April 23, 2014
Our Girl Scout cookie season has come and gone. Our Girls love collecting cookies for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Once again they had a huge number of donations for the hospital. We were able to deliver them and take a tour of the hospital. Way to go Girls!
April 21, 2014
This year Easter fell on Madeline’s birthday. It was kind of a weird day but we still had fun and got through everything. After many tears and fussy people we finally got a good picture of my 4 pack.
We celebrated with Grammy on Good Friday. I had to snap a picture of her with the kids before they went out hunting for eggs at her house.
Grammy’s old trampoline broke and the kids were super surprised to see a new one in her backyard when they came over. They bounced on it for hours.
At home on Easter the kids enjoyed their baskets.
Paul couldn’t wait to get a bite out of this huge bunny.
The kids searched for eggs inside and outside.
It was a great day to spend with family and to relax and be together. The kids are quickly growing up so enjoying this precious time is so important to me.
April 20, 2014
This year Madeline turned 9 years old. It was such a weird birthday because it fell on Easter.
We woke up and gave Madeline her presents, then had Easter, and at the end of the day we had Madeline’s cake.
Book: Harry Potter
Restaurant: Carlos O’Briens
Holiday: 4th of July
Cereal: Fruit Loops
TV Shows: Full House
Movie: Harry Potter 1
Toy: American Girl
Thing to do: swimming
Place have been: Arizona, California, Washington
Place to be: at the beach
Place want to go: Rome
Time of Day: morning
Song: Don’t Go Breakin My Heart
Treat: ice cream
Happy Birthday to my sweet Madeline.
April 8, 2014
The Girls enjoyed Fall Encampment so much that we had to go again in the Spring.
This camp had bunk beds and Mimi and her friend spent each night together in the top bunk.
The girls had a great time playing in the lodge,
Doing trust exercises (that is Annie being held up by her troop),
Enjoying the beautiful outdoors,
Annie finding critters,
Madeline doing ceramics,
Kimberly and Annie doing archery,
Taught the kids how to make plastic lanyards, played by the creek, cooked outdoors and just hung out together. It was a great weekend. We all were so tired when we came home.
April 2, 2014
Annie and Kimberly earned Honor Roll and Principal List once again! Way to go Girls.
March 29, 2014
Check out the description on these cupcakes.
Kimberly was reading the ads and was shocked and appalled when she read this type of cupcake. Kind of creepy. Not even sure what the typo could be instead.
March 28, 2014
While in California we took the kids out whale and dolphin watching. I had never been on a specific dolphin watching cruise and I really didn’t know what to expect. We found a huge pod of dolphins. They were all around the boat and very interactive for the children.
We also saw a grey whale mother and calf. It was a great trip.
Right near our hotel was a pick-your-own strawberry field. On our way out of town we had to stop and pick a basketful.
March 27, 2014
Over spring break we took the kids over to Carlsbad, California.
We had to head out to the beach once we got all checked in. The kids loved playing in the ocean even though it was freezing. We tried to get a selfie of us all at the beach. After many attempts we were able to get one.
While in Carlsbad we went to LegoLand.
The kids really enjoyed it. I was less interested. For me, if you see something made of Legos you’ve seen them all. Honestly!
Paul enjoyed seeing the Lego Movie set.
Mimi and Kimberly loved all the statues.
Annie liked the Lego creation areas.
We spent the whole day at the park. One day is plenty of time to see everything.
March 19, 2014
During the Spring Band Concert Annie and Kimberly were chosen to do duets with some other students. They did a great job. I am proud of how good they have gotten in just one year!
March 15, 2014
We went to help out Feed My Starving Children with our Girl Scout troops. The kids had a really good time even though it is hard work. I am proud of the helpers that they are becoming. I pray that they will continue to feel a passion for helping others as they grow.
All the food we packed was planning to be sent out to Guatemala. The kids can’t wait to go back.
March 8, 2014
Paul participated in his first Pinewood Derby. He made a car and named it Blue Bullet.
He was excited to win 3rd place!
We participated in the Thin Mint Sprint again this year. My arthritis is not great so running is not something I can easily do and when I try to do it I always incur an injury. This is something that I just need to make amends with. I can still be healthy without running so Annie and I walked the 5K while Mimi and Kimberly ran.
We all had a fun time. It was nice to get out early on a Saturday morning and do this with the Girls.
February 27, 2014
I have always loved vintage style sofas far more than the overstuffed sofas that are so popular these days. I found a wonderful sofa at a thrift shop that was in impecable shape. It is from 1976 and I don’t think anyone ever really sat on it until it came to our home.
We have such a small living room and overstuffed furniture takes up so much room in it. This sofa and the chairs makes the room so much larger. I am in love with it.
Annie was so stunned by it that she said it made her nervous to live in such a fancy home. No worries, the junk all over the floor definitely makes it a lot less fancy.