Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Most Tolerant Dogs Ever

Digby and Alaska were made for kids.  Truly, they were.  We were never sure how Digby would be with kids being that he was a rescue from a horrible situation where they treated him terribly.  But, he is without a doubt, our mellow fellow.  Nate was standing on him the other day to get around the coffee table.  Standing on him!  Both dogs are gentle with the kids and that includes when they feed them. 

Nate is able to get right up to Alaska.  He just took her chewy away.


Another one of the kids trying to give it back to her but Nate kept taking it out of her mouth.


She gets it again.  Notice Digby is quietly hidden in the back.  Usually, he'll go outside to chew his and bury it.  

And she doesn't even snap at him.  No snapping, no growling, no nothing.  She goes with the flow.  Like I said, we have some very tolerant dogs to put up with all our kids. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Manic Monday

Well, once again the busy weekend escaped me.  So, back to writing during the week on more of a schedule.  Here's a little of what is happening:

  • shed from old house was moved to our new home today
  • Warren had a medical procedure this morning and doing great.  Healthy.
  • both dogs got a bath this past weekend
  • completed paperwork for Summer
  • completed neurology paperwork for Nate
  • completed new therapy paperwork for all
  • new speech therapist coming this week
  • another child has therapy this week
  • youth group this week
  • kids all signed up for 4-H
  • having to find 4 different songs for 4  youngest for Miracle League
  • Miracle League starts in September
  • may or may not sign up Summer and Sofie for cheerleading
  • kids start AWANAS soon
  • reorganizing school room
  • Sofie wrote on the windows in said school room
  • still have to work on old house
  • new renters moving in soon
  • too many sleepless nights lately 
  • going to the library
  • planning day trips (lots of free things to do out there folks!  Places to see)
  • think it will be a fun school year
  • kids were thinking of Halloween costumes already this year
  • need to be creative this year so need to make costumes
  • Bojan is liking his new school 
  • Max needs to pay his ticket from a few months ago
  • Going through all girls winter clothes this week to see if missing anything
Lots going on and it has been busy.  But slowly getting things where they need to be.  More to update this week.   

Friday, August 28, 2015

Birds, Breakfast and Brothers

Trying to get caught up a bit here and there on the blog.  Today we had an actual lazy day.  Well, not exactly but more lazier than normal.  Forgot I had an appointment for Nate at 8:20 in the morning.  Umm, fastest getting ready ever.  Took Nate, Summer and Alyona with me.  Summer b/c she had a wart that I figured they could take care of while there for Nate.  And, they did.  Froze it.  Will have to go back in about two weeks to get another treatment.  No biggie.

Then we had Nate and his quick check up.  Doc says he's doing great.   And, he will give me a script for a DME.  A  medical safety bed for Nate!  This was awesome news as it has become a safety issue with Nate being in the crib.  He needs something bigger yet something built more like a crib.  Fingers crossed all works out.  He gets his legs stuck in teh crib and he's also outgrown it. But the real trouble comes w/ trying to stand up, falling and cracking his head on the crib.  Like I said, safety at this point.  Doctor agrees which is great.  Working on all that stuff next week. 

Speech therapist came today.  May be one of the last times she's here.  See, while here evaluating some of the kids, she received a call.  It was THE call.  She had to report to the hospital as she got the news she was getting her transplant that she'd waited so long for.  You could see how excited she was yet sad in the same token as you know it comes at a price for another family.  She will be handing over our stuff to another therapist and we'll take it from there.  I am not worried about it.  Was just so overwhelmed with emotion b/c even though it's not happening to you, you know that it means life for the person standing before you.  We wish her all the best.


We have all sorts of wild life in our yard.  Including, rather large birds.  This one isn't a very large one.  We've seen hawks swoop down in the yard.  Amazing to watch the birds in the woods.  It is really making us think twice about the chicken coop idea.


SOFIE ROSE!!  I say that name more times than I want to lately.  The child hates, and I mean hates eggs with a passion.  I came back to the kitchen to find this mess one day.  She poured ketchup over them like syrup.  Looks like a murder scene.  And no, she didn't eat them.  So, other kids were thrilled b/c I made sure we had ice cream sundaes that evening.  


Every night almost, Max and Nate are on the couch.


Max plays with Nate and here, Nate is wanting popcorn.  And, successfully gets it.  He likes popcorn.

Irina feeding Nate peanuts.  He curls himself up like a pretzel.  Great to have so many older kids that want to still help with their little brother from time to time.




My Kids' Runners!

I signed up for a wonderful program called I Run For.   The link is:  http://www.whoirun4.com/.  It is an awesome program that matches runners from all over to your special needs child.  I have signed up Nate, Sofie, Summer, Nik and Alyona.  The runners dedicate their races to the kids and such.  They also are pen pals at times and so much more.  Support, self esteem booster, etc.  It truly is a wonderful program.  We have been matched with such fantastic runners.  Truly, we hit the jackpot!  Nate's runner is a geologist in Canada.  Nik's runner lives in VA, only an hour and a half from where we live now.  Sofie's runner is training and shooting for the Olympics.  Oh yeh, and she's 8yo!  Alyona's runner has been writing her back and forth which is awesome.  And I am just getting started with Summer's runner.  So it is fantastic and we really have had fun with it. 


This was the first letter/ package that Sofie got from her runner.


Everyone was interested as you can see.


Irina reading what Mak wrote Sofie.


Sofie received medals that Mak had sent her from races she had run in.


I think the smile says it all.  After this she kept running around the house outside saying she's running like Mak.  Keep up the great work Mak and all our other runners!  Kids are truly enjoying this adventure.  Hoping to meet a few of them in person for sure.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Today

I really don't have time to blog today so this is a quickie.  LOL.  It was busy.  Bojan's schedule was finally straightened out.  He is in 10th grade, 8 classes. Not an easy load by any stretch but confident he'll do fine.  Other kids are working on school work though today was really a review day and an easy day compared to lately.  Kids went to the library and checked out some more books.  They are actually reading the books they check out and love to read now.  Awesome we are in this habit.  Story time starts back up in September.  4-H forms were dropped off and that starts in September as well.  Little by little, getting things done.  One of the kids had therapy.  Rest of the day we just got things done.  Tomorrow will be hopefully quiet.  Got a speech therapist coming for Nik but other than that, think it will be quiet.  I hope.  Just wanted to touch base here as we are swamped with trying to get neuro paperwork done and stacks of others to.  Checking the list one by one.  Oh, and Max may have found a job.  Super excited.  Interview went well today and they called back!  Know more tomorrow.  Not sure who is more excited.  Me, or him.  More updates this weekend.  For now, need to go back to paperwork b/c I promised myself we'd get it done.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Bouncy Surprise

Not too long ago, my parents sent the kids a package.  Wasn't expecting anything, no one's birthday so we all gathered round the kitchen table to open it.  I wished someone had taken more pictures but we didn't as we were all too excited opening it.  And that's okay.  We don't document every single moment of our lives, we live them.  But there were a couple pictures someone managed to take. 

They were so excited for the basketballs.


This one even glows in the dark!  They can play at night.  And yes, they do.


They all took off right away for the basketball goal.  Was just what they needed.  They were using an old beat up soccer ball to play.  Wasn't working too well but they didn't complain about it either.  They knew with us having to spend thousands to fix up the old house from what others did, a basket ball was not priority.  Thankfully, their grandarents thought it was.  My mom said she looked on the Amazon list for Boyd Bunch and picked something out.  Made their week and yes, they play every single day.  They also play with the neighbor next door.  My kids love the outdoors so play equipment for them is more of a necessity.  I'd rather that than video games.  Just was a very special surprise for them.  More posts tomorrow but this is #5.  Nate is still up. 

Logan's Birthday

today Logan turns 15 yo.  We brought him home at 11yo.  Lots of change in four years time. That is for sure!  Logan is definitely a teenager.  He has an awesome work ethic and is truly becoming a great reader this year.  Positive changes to be sure.  Turning into a wonderful young man.


We were all still tired from working on our other home the previous day but managed to make a cake per Logan's request.  Cake w/ peanut butter icing. Homemade by Irina.


Ahh, now a smile is starting to come out.



They sign happy birthday song along w/ singing it.  Ironically, Nik never signs it.  LOL.


Logan looks thrilled, doesn't he?  Like I said, we were all pretty tired that day.


Getting ready to make a wish and make it count.


And 15 candles out like that!  It was very low key and that's okay.  Just us, no one else this time. 

All the kids know we still have to do our birthday bash for this year.  I'm pretty certain we are going to defy gravity and then out to dinner with everyone.  See, we usually just have cake on their birthdays that they get to pick.  Alex picked ice cream sundaes and we were all actually loving that choice.  Anyhow, we then do some activity with all of them to celebrate their birthdays.  One year, we went snow tubing.  One year, we went to a water park. Last year, it was supposed to be an amusement park but Reni got sick.  This year, we think we'll stay local and go to Defy Gravity and then out to eat.  We started doing this a few years ago as it was getting to be too much to do birthdays all the time along w/ all the other activities such as soccer that we had going on.  It works for us this way and so, we keep on doing it.  Also makes it easier on the kids that don't really have all that many friends.  We'll probably end up going to our birthday bash either September or October.  We'll see.