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Wednesday, September 19, 2012


About to wrap up week four of Kindergarten and 3rd grade here.  Surprisingly, Jenna is really struggling with spelling tests--despite the fact that she spends a huge percentage of her free time at home reading voraciously.  I hate hate hate playing the role of taskmaster, but the time has come.  This chick is sooooo gonna be an expert speller in about two weeks.  I'm not saying I'm going to beat her (not going to help her spelling), but let's call it spelling test boot camp.  We've been lucky that she's been so motivated and independent in her school work thus far, so maybe a little struggling isn't so surprising.  I shall coach her until her scores go up and then we move on.

The twins continue to do well.  Their para at school is fantastic, and now that I've completed all the training to work in the classroom I'll be splitting my time between their two classrooms.  It will be interesting to watch  them in their classrooms, witness the dynamics

My left leg injury continues to be troubling. And by "troubling" I mean "my PT told me I shouldn't run but I did because he is not the boss of me and so anyway I ran quite a lot and now today I wish I hadn't but whatever".  Don't feel sorry for me.  But I just can't sit still.  If I can walk then I can hike.  If I can hike then can hike fast.  If I can hike fast then hey-o I can run.  That's when I learned that I shouldn't run.  I am hurting myself with every stride.  I am so frustrated.  It's not like I'm an athlete or anything, I don't know what I'm supposed to do.

Anyway.  Kyle was casted for new AFO's today, finally.   What design did he choose again for his AFO's?   A baseball, of course.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Kitchen Sink

Voila! And just like that, my orthopedic surgeon released me from the confines of my air cast.  I am to wear actual (non-flip flop) shoes for the remainder of my (future uninjured) days.

So what do I do?  Chill out?  Hang back?  Pop bon bons and watch soaps while the kids are at school?  Nah.  I pushed myself  And I lied to everyone I know.  I hiked.  But I went slow.  I didn't hurt myself.  I won't do it more than once a week (for now).  But I found my trail head and I hiked and NOBODY CAN TAKE THIS AWAY FROM ME.

Whew.  Sorry, I've been stir crazy though.  Just me, the dirt, the treks up the hills, and the sweat.  That's what it's about.  But see that's what it was all about that last time, until the snake appeared and caused the commotion which resulted in the muscle tear.  It's always something.  I did love getting out and getting active, though.  It's been too long.  I can't believe that my trails have been affected by the weather so much since my injury.  What a lazy loser I've been!  But I am so close to coming back, I promise.  Nothing makes me happier than letting my my Dixie Mountain Loop make me miserable and hate life to it's fullest!  (it really does, but in the best of ways.  I love to hate that stupid mountain.  stupid stupid stoopid.)

Kyle's foot ulcers have vastly improved.  I pretty much just Bactined the hell out of them and hoped that would be enough.  It was. Thank goodness.  He'll get fitted for new AFO's in a couple weeks.

Lauren spent all last week out of school with an upper respiratory infection, and then a stomach bug.  Though a stomach bug while on vacation is kind of preferable to a stomach bug at home, because Mom doesn't have to do the laundry.  In any case, her final puke was around Queen Creek on the way home and was perfectly manageable via hotel washcloth + suction machine.  She went back to school this week and has been in good shape.

One cool thing that happened last week was getting our Make A Wish scrapbooks in the mail.  Click here to check that out.  Super cool.  I have awesome friends.