Wednesday, April 30, 2008

DC Bound

Bayden's little chipped tooth
Parker's Big chipped teeth (I think he needs to floss)

Well here we are a few minutes before Midnight and it looks like Mark and I will be pulling an all-nighter. Tomorrow we leave for our much anticipated trip to Washington DC and North Carolina. We are so excited to see all of the fun sights and most of all Ky, Haley, Olivia, Mitch, Ali, Cairo, Levi, and Cameron. Unfortunately, before we leave the laundry needs to be put away, floors scrubbed and one more bathroom cleaned.

Our kids were so excited tonight that we had a hard time getting them to go to bed. Their luck hasn't been the best the past 2 weeks, so we are hoping this trip breaks that spell. Believe it or not, but in a one week period, McCall fell at school (really funny story) landed on her head and ended up in the ER with a minor concussion. The next day Gracie came down with Strep Throat. Two days later Bayden chipped his front tooth and we have no idea where or how he did it. The following day he had a terrible Asthma attack and a bad case of croup, so again we had to call our doctor after hours and run in for some steroids. Later that night Parker sliced his two front teeth in half jumping on the trampoline and we ended up having the dentist meet us at his office late on Saturday night to try and fix them as best he could. Two days later he fell again on the trampoline (I know you think we should get rid of it, but they love to jump) and sliced his head open. Finally, Bayden got another sinus infection. I'm sure our pediatrician wanted had thoughts of reporting me to CPS, but she knows us too well.


On a positive note however, we were told last Monday he would need 8 root canals and last Friday we found out he will probably only need two!!! I've never thought I would be elated by the fact that my child only needs two root canals! Seriously though, I almost hugged then Endotontis on Friday when he told me. Parker is a champ, he never even cried when it happened or when he has had to get fillings put on the teeth twice. Needless to say we are really looking forward to a fun and relaxing time away.


Well I better run I need to finish up a few last minute details for Teacher Appreciation week and find a few more things to keep everyone entertained during our long flight. Mom, as promised I will try and post some pictures throughout our trip. Hopefully I'll have time, but we may be too busy just having fun!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

JOG-A-THON




One of my favorite memories from Brook Knoll Elementary School were our Annual Jog-a-thons. I loved the thrill of everyone cheering you on and having people hand you water in cute little paper cups. This year both Parker and McCall's school and Carson's school did Jog-a-thon's. I was so happy that my kids would get to experience the fun (I don't think they were half as excited as me.) Unfortunately we were unable to make it to Carsons, but here are a few shots from McCall and Parker's.

Each grade had a competition to see who could raise the most. The entire first grade dressed in blue and had a team name of the Marlins (because it is the fastest fish in the sea). Hence, Parker's outfit for the day. His teacher was great, she was the only one out there running right along with the kids. Carson & Gracie were happy to eat Popsicles and cheer from the sidelines.

When we were filling out the pledge sheets, I asked the kids if they wanted me to sponsor them per lap or do a flat donation. They said it would be fun to do a per lap donation. I asked them how many laps they thought they might be able to do, so I could gage my donation. McCall said, "Mom, I really don't think we would run more than 10 laps. 15 at the most." Apparently, they must have had Wheaties for breakfast because 47 laps later I'm sure wishing I had done a flat rate donation. Thank you so much to everyone who supported the kids by sponsoring them.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Last Lecture


This book is at the top of my wish list. Someone forwarded Mark and I a copy of Randy Pausch's last lecture on YouTube sometime last fall. After watching it we both loved it and were really inspired by it. I can only imagine his book will be just as inspiring.

If you haven't heard of him or his lecture it would be an excellent use of your time to take a moment to watch his lecture on YouTube. You won't be disappointed!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Opening Day





Basketball has ended and now we are full swing into Baseball season. Last Saturday we had opening day parade and games for Parker and Carson's baseball. This year Carson is playing for the Nationals with Mark as his coach. Parker is playing for the Marlins. They both had a great time at the parade and at their games.



The Prairie City Mountain Bike races have also started up again on Wednesday nights, so Mark had his opening race last night. Unfortunately, he had MAJOR mechanical difficulties after just one lap, so he had to drop out. There are 11 more races to go in the season, so I'm sure he'll be back for more fun.

McCall, Parker, and Carson have all started up their swim team practices again too. Their official season starts on May 17 with Time Trials. They have been busy swimming every afternoon. They swim for about an hour which makes them super hungry and super sleepy. They love it even though we have had a few chilly afternoons lately. Gracie thinks she is on swim team, but I don't think hanging out in the hot tub counts.



Since my favorite sport is eating, I thought I would share with you one of my favorite snacks lately. This is what I will be eating while everyone else runs, rides & swims past me on the sidelines. McCall and I think it is "Heaven in a bag!" Go get yourself some Chex Turtle Mix and Enjoy. Caution: When you open a bag you won't be able to put it down until it is finished.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Kinetic Cycles









I've had many dreams come true, and starting this past fall, I was able to embark on one more dream...a bike shop! With the best partners, a remarkable brand, a great location and an investment of time and passion, Kinetic Cycles opened on Feb. 19th, following stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California. Here are a few pics from that great day.


The shop is a Specialized Concept store, meaning we carry almost exclusively Specialized product. We certainly have a Nor Cal flair as the non-Specialized product is almost all from the area. It is a great shop, and without bias, would say it is the nicest shop I've ever been in. It's far enough away that I don't spend too much time (or money) there.


The night of the grand opening we had almost 500 people come through the door. It was incredible. We had great food, and lots of fun playing with the kids, and talking with our friends and partners who were all there to celebrate with us. You can see a few more pics that have been posted by a local race promoter at: http://www.racemtbikes.com/021908Kinetic/index.htm#33. Also, our developing website is http://www.kineticcycles.com/.


Oh Happy Day!

Carson when he first started speech

Carson and Candice at the clinic on one of his favorite swings
Carson with Candice receiving his certificate of mastery. He loved Candice and had a little crush on her.
Gracie and Carson on their way into speech for the last time.
Erin and a few of the other therapists brought donuts and juice and planned a farewell party for Carson! They all came to wish him good luck.
Gracie and Carson with Erin one of his therapists. Unfortunately most of my pics are fuzzy from that day.

We are still trying to catch up on a few more of the important events that happened earlier this year. A HUGE event for Carson and one he keeps looking for pictures of on the blog was his graduation from private speech and occupational therapy in February! I wouldn't want to forget to document this very important day for him. This was a huge accomplishment for him. After 3 years of private speech 3 times a week and Occupational therapy 1 time a week he was cleared for take off.

I really admire Carson for his hardwork and perserverance during this time. His various therapists would always tell me that they couldn't believe what a hard worker he was. He approached his therapy with his usual happy style and charm. Even on the days when he was less than enthusiastic about going, he managed to find his smile and do his work. He had a great relationship with all of his therapists and we had many tearful goodbyes our last week. We have to give a lot of credit to the wonderful therapists that helped Carson find his way. Each and everyone of them were so kind and loving with him. Also, hats off to Parker, McCall, Gracie and Bayden for sitting through many a therapy sessions in a very boring waiting room. McCall and Parker were also so helpful at helping him each week with his homework.

Now if I can brag for a minute, I will share with you a comment from our IEP meeting. When I met with the team of specialists for his IEP, they mentioned that less than 3% of kids with the deficit that Carson had at the beginning of this process go on to graduate from services before the completion of Elementary School. They said rarely have they seen a child exhibit such a strong work ethic. I think this comment is a testament to Carson's hard work! He graduated before he even began Elementary school. Our goal was for Carson to be within "normal" limits prior to his entrance into Kindergarten and he reached that goal and far exceeded everyone's expectations!!

The week of his graduations he kept telling me that he was a big boy now. He would share with me and Gracie all of the things big boys do. He is so proud of himself and if you can't tell from this post we are too! Here are pics from what Carson called, Oh Happy Day! Way to go Buddy, We Love YOU!