Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mattie's First Day of Pre-School

Monday was Mattie's first day of pre-school. She is in a pre-school program that is designed for children with disabilities. Mattie did great at school and she used her walker. When she got inside the classroom a little boy came over to her and one of the aids was talking to her. Dan and I said goodbye to her and she waived at us and continued on with her business. Of course over the weekend one of the straps on her orthotics broke and her glasses broke, and that is why she is not wearing either one. I do not have any shoes for her and I knew I could not send her barefooted to school. Thank goodness I remembered that my sister-in-law gave me some clothes and shoes for Mattie and I found a pair that fits her perfectly. Thanks Debbie for saving the day.

Walking to the classroom. She is suppose to be wearing shorts but they are long on her and look like pants.

Waiving goodbye

Coming out of the classroom. Check out her backpack.

Waiving to me when she saw me standing at the gate to pick her up.

Michael's First T-Ball Game

Saturday was Michael's first t-ball game. Michael was the catcher for this game. All week Michael has been asking for Lobster. He has never had lobster but he kept seeing the commercial for Red Lobster on TV. We surprised him after the game and took him to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sunshine and Butterflies

Today I have a ache in my heart. This week has been a long week because I have had to emotionally prepare myself for this day. Today came and I handled it well but today I had to say goodbye to a wonderful lady named Irene. For almost 3 years, since Mattie was 4 months old, Irene has been coming to our house weekly to visit Mattie. Irene is a Developmental Specialist and because of Mattie's cognitive delay Irene was provided to Dan and I to help us with Mattie through the state system. It is hard to explain but Irene is sorta like a crutch that you need to help you through the system and to help you raise a child with a disability. Irene taught Dan and I skills and gave us information and ideas when it came to Mattie's development. She would come and play with Mattie and always had a new toy or idea for her. She was always ready to answer our questions and listen to our concerns. When Mattie was in the hospital for 3 weeks she checked on us every day to see how she was doing. Irene played, spoke and loved Mattie like she was her own. She also always acknowledged Michael and David. Irene has become a huge part of our family. She has become a bright star in our lives, a good friend and has been through a lot with us. She has seen Mattie's "first times", illnesses, family deaths, pregnancies and births. I have loved getting to know her and hearing about her family. She is excellent photographer, loves nature, the outdoors and travel. She also likes to garden and cook. Everyday she drives from Superior to come and visit her families. Under state guidelines when a child turns 3 or enters the preventive pre-school program you lose your Developmental Specialist. Mattie will start pre-school on Monday. It is time for a new chapter in our lives, Mattie is growing up, starting school and technically is becoming a big girl. I realize that us losing Irene is sad and she will be dearly missed but it is also good because it means that another family will gain her and learn from her and be blessed with her knowledge and love. Today she told me that she already has a new family, a 4 month old boy with Down Syndrome. With our last progress note that she left she wrote a message to Mattie and our family. The last line said "May your days be filled with sunshine and butterflies for Mattie to enjoy".

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring into the 2010 Garden

Ha Ha get it spring into the garden. I know corny. Anyways if anybody has called or stopped by the house you know that part of February and March Dan and I have been busy in the garden. This year Dan built 4 new box gardens. We put the peach tree in one box. The other 3 were used for various things. One box is dedicated to different types of tomatoes (6 total plus 4 in a different container from Fall). Another one is for various vegetables. The last one is for the Blueberry, Blackberry, and Raspberry plants. In addition we have our previous boxes that are growing various vegetables and the big garden in the ground. This year in the ground garden I planted 4 rows of corn and green beans, Zucchini, Cantaloupe and Cucumber. Dan is going to build one more box garden but it will be bigger and that is where we will plant the Watermelon. Everything is growing and blossoming, even the apple trees and grapes. If you can't tell I'm really excited about all of it. Everyday I go outside and look for new progress. Michael has joined in and has become the official water garden guy. Mattie and David just like to play in everything.

Michael and a pincher bug. After I took the picture he told me it pinched him.

The big garden and a box garden with various things growing. Also the black container is a composter.

Last box farthest away is the tomato box (6 plants). Closer to the front in the green container are more tomatoes from the Fall season. In between everything are the berry plants and more vegetable boxes.

Peach Tree and Strawberry Plants

My little helpers-David was taking a nap
My 8 year old niece, Regean has been playing the violin for a year and her teacher thought it would be fun for her to put on a recital. She did a great job and was not even a bit nervous about it.


My dad and David. This is who David is named after. I should explain that David is my dad's middle name and Wayne which is David's middle name is the other Grandpa's middle name (Dan's dad)

Together with the family

My niece Mylie

David and the balloon that kept the kids entertained

Dan and Michael

Center is Uncle Jim, Left is my mom, Right is Linda (Uncle Jim's wife)

The guy with the mustache is Coleman, next to him is my mom and my nephew Lane

Mattie-Oh look at that face. She ate a entire(kids plate) of Ravoli's plus some of my dinner.

In February my cousion Coleman, who is orginally from Mesa but know lives in California was in town for work. We were able to get together for dinner one night with him. My Uncle Jim and his wife Linda were able to join us. Due to personal family reasons I have not seen my Uncle in many years and maybe in the past year he and my mom have rekindled their friendship. I have to mention that Dan was able to be with us since he did not have to work that night. The only person missing that night was my brother who was at work. We ate a Demi's at Power and Williamsfield and had a wonderful time. There were 12 of us total and so the ownder sat us in a room that was to ourselves. The kids had a great time with each other and the adults laughed so much and talk about the old times.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Gold Canyon Candle Giveaway

Kelly form This and That is hosting a Gold Canyon Candle Giveway. Check it out and enter for a chance to win a Pomegranate Candle.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Valentines Day

We went to the zoo for Valentines Day. I was a slacker and did not take any pictures expect for the above picture. David was not even in the picture but I promise he was there. It was nice to get out and walk around and look at everything. For dinner that night Dan did take-out from Texas Roadhouse.