Thursday, April 17, 2014


The Sunday spring break started, we took a trip to Ohio to see my grandma with Court and my parents. 4 kids, 4 adults, 2 cars, and a few hours later, we made it there. Bless Grandma's heart, her memory is not what it used to be, but she knew having 4 of her 6 great grand kids, 2 of her 3 grandchildren, and her son together under one roof was something special.

Unfortunately, we did not get great photo documentation of this day. But hey - memories, right?

Probably the best shot of the day

Sibling love...

Dad with my kids

Courts kid's

Best group shots...

Grandma and Charlie


David has been begging to play soccer for years...yes years. I finally found a place for him to try it out as a weekly clinic. He liked it so much, we signed up for a second session, and now he is playing in a church league.

Really, he just wanted to run and kick the ball really hard, but he does have some speed and a nice kick. We're still working on the dribbling and not using our hands.

I have to say, mom kind of likes soccer too. David always asks to take a nap on soccer Saturdays. :)

Friday, March 21, 2014


Today marked the end of an era for David. He graduated from speech.

David has had a journey with his speech. In February of 2010 he got his 1st set of tubes just shy of 9 months. That August, he still didn't have many words; mama, dada, uh-oh, so his ENT referred us to First Steps (Early Intervention in some states) for an evaluation. From what Dr. Trigg (the wonderful ENT) could see from his testing, David did not have hearing loss, but thought we should get the speech delay checked out. By the beginning of November that fall, he started speech. She was wonderful! We had had much success with sign language for David and she continued with that, but also worked on him saying the words he signed. We loved Jennifer! She saw him at school, but also came to our house in the summer when I was off to see him. (At that time, providers did zip codes. His school zip is in a good area. Very few providers did our home zip code because it's not the best zip code, even though we are in a great neighborhood.) In the spring of 2012, he turned 3 and First Steps stops at 3. :( David had his last session with Jennifer, and was evaluated by the school to continue services through Early Childhood. He was picked up for services at the school, and since the fall of 2012, Nate has taken David to speech every Friday morning. (Last year he went to the school he will be attending in the fall. They have a school bunny that he loved. This year he was at the district administration building. No bunny.) My little guy has now met his goals! He talks, non stop, and gets all of his developmentally appropriate sounds correct. He still has a hard time with /l/ and /r/ at times, but those are harder sounds and will come. He's done.

It's bittersweet for me. I have loved the people that came into our lives to help our little boy get to where he is today.They will always hold a special place in my heart.

As one journey is ending, another is continuing. Molley was evaluated by First Steps in August for physical therapy. If you recall, my girl was a scooter. She would scoot everywhere and on any surface. She didn't walk until November 1st. I remember that because I was home with her that day because she had a fever. She was walking everywhere! At her evaluation., it was determined that she did indeed qualify for PT services. Ladana has been in our lives helping since mind September. At first, Molley hated her and wanted nothing to do with. She asserted her divaish attitude and would ignore Ladana completely. As time went on, she warmed up to her, and would even cry when she left school. As walking was more and more, we notice more rotation of her leg, most likely due to that muscle being weaker from the scooting. We have been doing lots of exercises and used kinesio tape. Ladana is looking at the potential of derotation straps to help, but hopefully it corrects on its own soon. Molley will hate those straps!

Next week, Molley will be evaluated again to look at the addition of speech services. Her speech is, in my opinion, very delayed. She doesn't use any word purposefully consistently. We have heard baby, doggy, mama, dada, uh-oh a few times. We don't hear all of the sounds either, and bless her stubborn heart, the girl will not use sign language, leading to very dramatic, very consistent frustration tantrums when we don't know what she wants. I hope that she will qualify for services so that we can do more to help her. I have exhausted the list of things we did to help David and none of them have helped us with Molley.

So, as David's journey ends, Molley's continues.

Friday, February 7, 2014

David Says

From the mouth of a 4 (and a half) year old

David: Mom, dad is a kid!
Me: Am I a kid?
David: No. You're a parent.
Me: And how many kids live here?
David: 3 mom. You're the only parent.

Sounds about right.

David went shopping with me while I was on the hunt for new pants. After we left the 2nd store with no pants in hand...

David: Mom, you didn't get anything...again. You should just go to Walmart.

David: Mom, we should go to Chuck e Cheese.
Me: Why?
David: Because I've never been there. 
Me: Yes you have.
David: Oh, well the 'mercial says its fun for adults and kids. 
Me: What commercial.
David: You know, the one that plays after Super Why.

Thank you PBS for not advertising toys, but instead advertising a parents hell.

David: Mom, can I have some candy.
Me: We'll see.
David: Mom, that means no, doesn't it?

I didn't think he was supposed to figure that out for years.

David: Mom, will it ever stop snowing?

My thoughts exactly.

David: Mom, I have an idea. Do you know what we should do?
Me: What buddy?
David: Mom, remember when we were at the zoo and we rode the roller coaster? Remember I was scared, but I went and I liked it? Remember mom? And remember the day I wanted to go, but it was just us and Molley and you didn't want to leave Molley with a stranger.
Me: Yeah.
David: Mom, we should do that this winter. We should leave Molley with daddy and we should go ride the coaster.
Me: Bud, it's not open in the winter. It's too cold.
David: Oh (insert sad face)
Me: But maybe this summer we can go somewhere with lots of rides and a water park.
David: That would be fun mom! 

David: Mom, would you remember to pack my swim trunks?
Me: Yes
David: And my spider man swim shoes? Would you remember to pack those? 
Me: Yes buddy.
David: Mom, I think they are too small!! Mom, I need new ones! Mom, I think I should sell my small ones to Jackson.
Me: Okay, we can do that.
David: And we can buy new ones from someones porch. 
Me: laughing Sure buddy.
David: Good, 'cuz I need new ones.

Kid might have picked up on my Facebook Market Place buying and selling...

David: How many more sleeps until I'm 5 mom?
Me: Um, I'm not sure..a lot?
David: It's just taking too long, mom!
Me: I don't think so. You will be 5 soon enough.
David: Well, once I turn 5, how many sleeps until August?
Me: Not too many. Why do you want to know that?
David: Because that is when I start Kindergarten.  

This kid has been ready for Kindergarten for 2yrs now. His mom, not so much.


David to his teacher after he had to pull his card to yellow.

David: Miss Lori, we have a big problem here! There are just too many people who want to play with me, and I get in trouble with those boys. You need to keep them away from me. 
Miss Lori: David, aren't you in control of who you play with?
David: Yes, but I can't say no, so you will have to for me.

Takes after his mother and grandfather...


David: Mom, you know when you used to call me your baby. 
Me: Yeah.
David: And I didn't like it. You know, when I was 3.
Me: Yeah
David: I think I like it now. Mom, will you call me your baby again.

Always my baby boy, always.