While adjusting to Life with Vi,
and Eden rocked second grade, and
the beginning of third. We were so lucky
to have a kind and amazing teacher for them last year, along with the continued
support of the rest of the team. They
learned so much, and were able to work through some of their challenges. They were also really lucky to be in a class
with a great group of about 10 girls who became good friends. It was pretty much smooth sailing over the
course of the year.
This year has gotten off to a good start as well. We chose to keep them together in the same class once again. They have two teachers who are splitting one job, but both seem to be good solid teachers and the girls don’t seem to have had any problems adjusting to the unique schedule. Our biggest disappointment at the beginning of the year was that none of their girlfriends from last year are in their class. I might have been more sad about this than they were. They have made a couple of new friends, but we have also had some “girl drama” that we had been lucky to avoid up until this year. It seems to be working out ok for now, and both girls are happy at school and seem happy when they get home. We had conferences last week and their teachers had a lot of positive things to say about their personalities and behavior at school, which is wonderful to hear of course. Both continue to struggle with math. It is coming along, but it certainly doesn’t come easily. They are both great readers and enjoy reading, but sometimes have a hard time talking about, summarizing, or explaining what they have read. This makes it tricky to know exactly how much they comprehend when they read independently. I am certain this skill will come with time.
Both girls are doing Brownies again this year, and finished up two seasons of Miracle League Baseball at the beginning of October.
started Choi Kwang Do lessons twice a week last February and recently tested
for and earned her gold senior belt. She
is doing an awesome job with that! Eden
continues to ride horses 1-2 times per week at two different barns, one for
hippotherapy and one therapeutic riding, though they are currently on hiatus for the winter.
Holland went to a week long drum
camp over the summer, and has taken a few drum lessons. Eden
has had one piano lesson with her aunt (John’s sister) and is interested in
continuing as we have time and can coordinate schedules. Eden
went to a sign language camp over the summer and really enjoyed that as
well. She would love to take lessons or
a class to learn more but I just don’t think I can cram one more activity into
our lives at this point. Not and still
maintain my sanity!
There are still so many holes in the blog due to the super busy nature of our lives.
I never talked about the horrible illness Eden had last March that caused her so much pain and loss of function, and brought our lives to a major standstill.
I never talked about us looking into the possibility of a second cochlear implant for
starting the process and the necessary testing. We are still on that path with
another appointment coming up soon.
I never talked about ordering and receiving
new pink power wheelchair, a Permobil M300, and its pros and cons. That was
quite a process (and still a headache).
I never talked about going to the Abilities Expo in
in June, and all the cool things we saw and the nice people we met.
I never talked about our super-fun summer vacation to
Upper Peninsula, and Mackinaw
Island . It was our first vacation as a family of
I never talked about
finally hitting a growth spurt and surpassing the 40-pound mark! I also didn’t talk about her newfound love of
mac-and-cheese for breakfast…everyday.
I didn’t talk about John and I celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary and our 20 year anniversary of being together as a couple.
What a journey it has been!