Sunday, March 29, 2009

Preschool Performances, Getting Flocked, Egg Hunts and Bare Bottoms

It has been a week of kidtastic activities. Kate had her Preschool Bible Study performance the other night, and embraced her inner diva:

Yesterday, we enjoyed beautiful 90 degree weather and an Easter Egg Hunt at our church. Kate was all about getting the pink egg in front of her and Addison wanted to open the eggs as he went. So easy to please (some days)! It didn't hurt that Addison scored some Twix, his very favorite candy....

We were also flocked earlier in the week, courtesy of The Boltons. This was a fundraiser for our church's children's ministry program. You can flock someone, then they have to pay to get the flock removed and passed along to someone else's house. Such fun, despite their VERY POOR TASTE in decorations.
Kate just laughs at the pathetic Cardinal logo....
And then she starts plotting....
Cardinals, really? Kate knew what she was doing when she kicked that Cardinal-cursed flamingo to the ground. That's my Cubs girl!
This final picture is my bare-bottomed boy, after he peed all over his bottoms, my shoes and my hands when we tried to do a side-of-the-road pit stop. He ended up riding home in his t-shirt and shoes, then proceeded to dance in the driveway when we got home. And thus ends our post....

Monday, March 09, 2009

Stretched but not broken

Life with two is wonderful and difficult. Scott and I find we are stretched beyond our capacity right now, but little of that has to do with the kids, really. Melissa is working 50 minutes away from home, longer when taking Addison to Aunt Cindy's first. Scott is working longer hours because, in this economy, we are both just trying to keep our jobs. Scott works for a small business and Melissa won't have her tenure back until June, 2010. Needless to say, we do what we have to do right now.

Unfortunately, that means leaving the house sometimes at 6am and returning at 5:30 or 6pm. Not ideal for the kids, or us, but we'll make it through together.

Addison is blossoming and his language is exploding. He still needs work with articulation, but he's getting speech therapy for that. He is an absolute charmer who loves Thomas the Tank, sand, tricycles, boobies (Yes, boobies. I could go into more detail, but I won't.), school, "his Cindy" (he calls Aunt Cindy, "my Cindy"), and us. He's devilish and sweet, has definite selective hearing and is sure to get cranky when reprimanded. All boy with a soft heart.

Kate is learning so much this year and tries so hard to speak in sentences. We can hear through the inflection that she's saying a sentence, but it's unintelligible. We are slowly working on teaching her to use a Talking Box (it's a low-tech computer device), but I'm struggling with how to teach it to her. She currently has the flu and we're hoping she can fight it on her own, but know that the hospital might be an option. For some reason, when Kate gets sick, she gets really sick. So, we'll see. And we'll pray. And then we'll just follow what comes....

We are going to take a trip to Atlanta in June, most likely, to have Kate tested for Mitochondrial Disorder, which is highly suspected. Some of the symptoms are slow-to-heal (check), compromised immune system (check), when sick, the bloodwork is all haywire (check), autism (check). There's no cure for Mito, but knowing would help us better manage her health care, and would give us the opportunity to be in trial studies should that time arise.

Please keep our family in your prayers, especially Kate. We are blessed, but we are also feeling the stress of life right now, so we could really use your prayers right about now.

Still the Lucky Ones,

S., M., K, & A

Thursday, March 05, 2009