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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Successes In Every Way

It's been a great week.  We've been busy celebrating the Christmas season and are excited for the new year to roll around.   Thanks to Danielle Bean over at Faith and Family Live! I'm taking one last chance to identify my successes in 2010.

1.  This week we pulled off a successful Christmas complete with 5 celebrations and two relatively happy boys for all of them.  We were able to celebrate with the Seka side of the family on Christmas Eve morning, the Rekowski side of the family on Christmas Eve in the evening, we opened presents over Skype on Christmas morning with the Garcia's, enjoyed Christmas afternoon at my parent's house, and topped it off with the Lou Juan Hills Christmas on Monday night.  Needless to say - I don't know where we're going to put it all.  Is it unreasonable to ask our landlord to build an addition because our children have too many toys?  (Maybe we should do some purging first)

2.  I got two cavities filled.  OK---the success here is not that I have the cavities, but that I finally bit the bullet, went to the dentist and then went back a week later to get the cavities filled.  Maybe if I didn't wait 2 1/2 years between dentist appointments I wouldn't need that second trip? 

3.  We've been working with John's therapists this past week to get everything in order for his annual review by the state.  His need for occupational therapy seems to be diminishing so we're hopeful we can trim it down to once a week.  However, we've encountered some bumps in the road with his speech needs (more elaboration once we have more information) so it looks like we'll be keeping that at twice a week for now.  John will have a few more progress reviews in the upcoming months, but this will be his last services/needs review before he graduates from the program on his 3rd birthday.  That being said - we're looking to the future and trying to figure out how best to navigate the transition from Child & Family Connections to our local school district with a child that needs a little extra help.
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I feel like it's been a successful week!  What about you?  Share your successes!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pardon My Absence

It's been a LONG time since I've been on the blog!  Wow!  Over a month...the holidays do that to us.  But let's bring the world up to date on our accomplishments over this past month.

We spent Thanksgiving in San Antonio with Matt's family.  It was a busy couple days surrounding Thanksgiving this year.  We celebrating "baby" Lizzy's 9th birthday, Grandpa Warren's 89th birthday, Chris and Stephanie's engagement, Thanksgiving, and Nathan's Baptism!  Whew!!!

John had a blast spending time with his paternal grandparents and extended family.  In fact, he cried when we got in the car to go to dinner without "baby" Lizzy - even though she was meeting us at the restaurant!  He also cried when Grandpa left for work one morning.  John missed his friends!  And it was great for Nathan to get to meet so many of his family members for the first time.  Since not many people were able to come visit us after Nathan's birth this was his first introduction to both sets of his great-grandparents, all his great-aunts and uncles, and all his distant cousins.  We quizzed him on everyone's name after the trip but he wouldn't let on if he knew them or not....

Nathan's baptism was everything we expected!  Father Charlie continues to be a great friend to our family.  I honestly don't know what we would do without him.  The ceremony was great, his company was wonderful and we were excited that he agreed to perform Chris and Stephanie's wedding this upcoming May as well as Lizzy and Charles' wedding the following year.  And he should be coming to visit us in February!  He is such a blessing!

Christmas was wonderful this year!  John's at the perfect age.  The speed at which we were being asked to open and construct presents was overwhelming to say the least.  Santa brought him two 'big' toys this year....a kitchen and a workbench.  He thoroughly loves both and plays with them everyday.  Nathan had a equally 'big' first Christmas courtesy of his two sets of grandparents.  He received his big boy car seat and a giant bouncer that takes up a large chunk of space in our living room.

We were able to celebrate Christmas 5 times this year (Seka's, Rekowski's, at home, Grandparents Rekowski and The Hill).  I afraid John will think that Christmas lasts weeks on end and that every day you should get to wake up and open a new present!

Needless to say, we've been super busy around here!  Nathan had his 6 month check up and passed with flying colors.  He continues to be off the charts on height and a little on the chunky side for weight.  The doctor continues to tell us he can eat as much as he wants (which may result in me going back to work if we're going to be able to afford all his baby food!) and he's mastered Gerber puffs and Cheerios now.

Pictures of all of the above will follow soon - I promise!