Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tooth Fairy Visits Again

Today Emma had two more baby teethed pulled.  Her two teeth that had fallen out on their own, were starting to come in and had no room.  So sweet girl had two teeth pulled to free up space.  Daddy took her, while I stayed home to watch wild man:)  He said she took the sleepy medicine with no complaints and did well for the pulling according to the dentist.  She however, typical of Emma on vercet, was not so happy the rest of the day.  That stuff makes her so emotional and she cried and cried and cried, finally my mom came and held her and that calmed her for a bit.  Then, she ate a little applesauce and two ice pops and calmed down some, but she really wanted Pizza silly girl.  After a few rough hours, we finally got her to lay down with me for a nap and she slept for two hours till Taylor came in to wake us up.  It was getting close to dinner.  She ate some mac and cheese and pudding and we went on a short walk and swing time at the park. She was still pretty wobbly so no slides or stairs today.  Praying tomorrow her emotions are a little calmer.  So proud of her!  She is so brave.
Fun side note: she was afraid of the tooth fairy coming in her room, so her tooth is on her door with a note of where it is:)

Another medical issue handled

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Just Another Day...

7:10-Taylor wakes up and wants to snuggle
7:15-Emma wakes up wonders silently into our room to find daddy
7:18-daddy takes pity on me and take both kiddos into the other room for diapers, cartoons and breakfast
8:40-the sweet sound of little bare feet hitting our hardwood floors wakes me and I hear the door open and the kiddos come in to wake me while daddy showers.
8:45-Start to get Emma ready to hit the door.  Dress her, grab her bag packed the night before for Speech class, grabbed a small cooler for extra waters for daddy and Emma, added Miralax to one of the waters for Emma, walked out into the garage with the crew to wave to Daddy and Emma as they leave for Speech school for Emma.
9:05-Taylor walks with me back into the house to play while I eat a quick bowl of cereal and then get him engaged with his new to him duplo block table while I jump in the shower. 
10:00-I try to get Taylor dressed, but he was so excited about seeing Sid the Science Guy come on NPT, he sat down and wanted to watch
10:10-I convince him to watch from the couch as I dress him to go to Meme's for the day.
10:25-after loading the car with several bags (Emma's diaper bag with extra diapers and clothes, Taylor's bags for Meme's, my purse, dance bag, and snack bag), we head to Meme's to leave Taylor for a few hours.
10:40-Taylor gets so excited to see water play at Meme's already in full swing with Hudson his cousin. Get him down to his diaper and chat with Mom for a few minutes while laughing at the boys playing
11-jump back into the car to drive into Nashville to meet Daniel, who took the day off, and had been waiting on Emma's school to be done (only an hour and half class).  Called them to tell them what time to leave the cool park they walked to next to her summer school location.  Drove happily listening to Steven Curtis on the radio instead of the Farmer Jason CD the kids like.
11:30 meet up with Daniel and Emma to head to VCH to eat at the food court their before heading to the main hospital for her hearing test.
Enjoyed a good lunch of Taco Bell whoop not!  But enjoyed my sweeties while we ate.  Window shopped at the coolest gift shop at the Children's hospital and headed to the sky crosswalk to go to the other hospital.
1-check into the ninth floor for her appt.
1:05 taken back to the sound room, chatted with the Audiologist and then started her testing while another lady looked her aids over.
by 2-Emma had become too stressed with the testing and we decided she had enough information to chart from so we ended.  Sadly Emma really stressed out today and it was so sad to watch!!  I almost cried.  This testing was in a sound booth testing her hearing thresholds. 
3-we had dropped daddy back to his car and was headed to Kingston Springs to get Taylor and play with Hudson for a few before heading back out
4:00-dance party with Aunt Nay showing off Zumba moves from last week
4:30-got dance bag out of car and changed Emma into her dance wear just in time to get a few hugs from Papa when he got home
4:45 loaded back into the car with Taylor in tow, and headed to the house to leave Taylor with daddy who had made it home from his quick trip to Costco for milk and diaper run;)
5:05 had Taylor dropped off and headed to ballet class farther into Bellevue
5:30-6:15 dance class for Emma and talking with some cool mom's for mommy
6:20 back into the car to head home to finish up the dinner prep and eat dinner.
by 7 we were all eating dinner
7:30 baths for the tired kiddos
8:00 books and bed
9-two tired parents ready to collapse

It has been a day as you can tell
Just wanted to share a typical crazy day in the life of a special needs family.  It was a long but eventful day.  Emma's hearing is stablizied which is great news.  They also learned more and more about her hearing loss and will be doing a new testing in three months to check how she is actually processing with her aids on, up to now the testing is has been all without the aids as they are still trying to keep a track record of how her hearing is doing and figure out what parts of her ear etc are reacting.  She was really stressed today by it but after some extra love tonight hopefully will be okay tomorrow.  Oh yeah she got a TInkerbell book as a treat too!

 Eating before the testing
About the time she hit the stress wall and we had to end.  what a sad face!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Zumba and Art Camp

Emma had a wonderful week!  One of the YMCA's my hubby works at, had a Zumba and Art Mini camp from 9-12.  Well, thanks to a wonderful program they have called Full Circle, which is a program for special needs people, she was able to go.  Full Circle has special programs just for special needs children but they also assist them in attending regular Y programs.  What a blessing for special needs children to be able to join their friends in fun activities at the Y. 

So, Monday morning my hubby took her to his work and met the Full Circle staff member who would be helping with Emma's bathroom issues, carrying her supplies, and generally making sure she was safe etc, and handed Emma off for a fun filled morning.  He walked by a few times and she was loving it!!!  I was a little nervous, but Daniel stayed at that Y all morning and kept an eye out and the staff members (all those working the camp) took really good care of her and told him everything cute she was doing.  They even sent a few photos and videos to us!  Emma quickly took the hearts of all the staff members:)  (that is my social butterfly)

Well, Emma had so much fun, when I got there to get her she talked for about 15 minutes straight all about it!  Loved listening to her tell me about: doing dance moves, learning Zumba, having snack, going potty, washing her hands, holding hands and making a big circle and waiting her turn for the game, and that there were lots of friends there.  She talked and talked and talked about it.  Then, when we got home she started doing the Cupid Shuffle dance with lyrics (AMAZING PROGRESS IN THE HEARING DEPT).  She could not wait to go back!  This is how it was all week!  She loved each and every day of Zumba and Art Camp. 

She was so tired from the hour and half dancing they did that she even took a nap two days, which is unheard of for her.  I just loved knowing she was safe, cared for and having fun.  I am so very thankful for the program that helped her have an amazing week being just one of the kiddos at camp.  She felt so grown up and gained so much confidence and muscle power as she says.  We hope to make a special snack and take it by for the staff this week as a special thank you.  I really loved how much they paid attention to her needs, I went to work out on of the days and they saw me wave at her and came out to ask me a question or two to make sure she was doing okay.  Made my day, well that and them showing me the video of her leading on of the workout dances!  She was so cute in the video and did a great job. 

Thankful for a wonderful new experience for sweet Rosey!  Now to enjoy our last two full weeks of summer break!  17 days till school goes back for her.  whew the summer is going to fast

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summer Sunday!

The heat is out of control here, over 100 most days, so my brain is fried. But thought I would share some photos of the last few days and hopefully will blog soon about our Summer Fun.

 Back Porch swimming
 Bedtime smiles
 Meeting Tinkerbell
 Papa Earl and Taylor playing
 Emma talking To Spiderman
 Running fast
 Cookie Break
 Dancing with the dance team at the party
 The fourth!
 Heading to the party up the street
 silly boy!
meeting Gnash the hockey mascot in our town!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy 92nd Birthday to my Grandmother!

This Saturday, despite the over 100 degree weather, we celebrated my Grandmother's 92nd birthday with a Red, White and Blue picnic at my awesome Aunt Linda's house.  She has the coolest covered deck with tons of seating and fans built in.  For an added bonus since there is somewhere around 20 small kiddos as part of the great big Clark Clan, she rented a water slide to play in to cool them all off.  They all had a blast, but more about that in a minute.

I just adore my amazing Grandmother!  I have so many memories of hanging out with her as a young child.  She loved to read and no matter how many times I brought her the books "Harry the Dirty Dog" and "Ms. Suzy" she would stop and set me beside her on the couch or better yet the porch swing and read them to me.  I actually have the Ms. Suzy book she read to me now, and need to pull it out and read it to Emma now.  She also use to take us to the local park with a swimming lake and we would eat sandwhiches under a large shady tree and play in the water for hours.  I really remember the dreaded hike up and down the large hill to get there:)  I remember delivering Meals on Wheels with her sometimes too and the smell of the food in the backseat with me as we went house to house.  I also remember that she loved to travel.  Both my grandparents did, and they took bus tours all over the US till my grandfather decided he was too old.  She then, took me on two trips with another lady friend of her's.  We went to Washington D.C. when I was like in fourth grade and it was amazing but cold from what I recall.  Then I was maybe in eight or ninth grade maybe I went to Memphis with her as well.  That was a fun trip, I loved the ducks at the Peabody hotel. 

I have so many more memories with this lady but those are some that really stick out in my mind.  She loved to cook fresh food from the garden, she loved to read, she loved any body of water since she grew up in Florida, she loves anything sweet and really likes when I deliver her some baked goods with the kiddos in tow, and she loves to sit on the front porch surrounded by family and friends.  I hope she has many more years to live, as now Emma loves to go and visit with her and play with the cool toys she has tucked away by her bookshelf full of photos of all the grandkids and some of her many many great grandkids and her now vintage golden book collection.  Happy Birthday Grandmother may God bless you this year!!

Back to the waterslide!  Emma had a blast, well after she decided to finally come down it.  She sat at the top about ten minutes before sliding down and then would only do it, if the rope to help you climb up the stairs was thrown to the front and she could use it to slowly slide down the slide and land in the bottom full of water.  But she loved it!  And had so much fun, she spent well over and hour doing it.  Taylor splashed around in the small baby pool we took over for him to stay safely out of the way of the older great grandkids running around.
 All dressed up!
 Mommy and the kiddos
 Taylor and Aunt Nay
 My sweet grandmother and her sister
 Peaking over the rail
 Hudson has no fear!
 Gathering to pray, no this is not all of us yet
 Still more of us not in this shot!
 The family that prays together stays together!  Thre generations right here!
 A few of the great grandkids on the slide, Emma is the second from the right

 Splish Splash Taylor is having a blast!
 he gives me heart failure

All in all a fun day!