Kenny has been receiving physical therapy, occupational therapy, and therapy from our chiropractor pretty much since his diagnosis just over a year ago. Recently we started Speech Therapy; it’s not a major concern, but he is a little behind. Things have progressed so well that as of today Kenny has reached his physical therapy goals so with this we say good-bye to Kenny’s PT Beth. She worked so well with Kenny and was always a source of reassurance for Tammy and me.
With regards to OT, Kenny works with a great therapist named Mary (we will have to get a picture of her soon). A few weeks ago Mary had us attend a special week of intensive therapy with a lady named Sheryl Field who specializes in a technique called the Feldenkrais Method. Kenny’s OT will continue the therapy with him on an ongoing basis. The therapy was great and helped Kenny’s fisted left hand to relax more.
I (Dana) have brought Kenny and Emma to Emma’s swimming lessons the last two days. Don’t know if it is all the water, but both days I have had to use the restroom. Having Kenny with, I just chose to hold him while I stood and did what I needed to do. Today after all of this occurred, it was time to get Emma changed into her dry clothes. Since she is only 4 she was in the men’s changing area with me and while I was helping her Kenny was roaming free.
Kenny almost immediately headed for the urinal (small detail, these are full length urinals that go all the way to the floor). Since I was concerned that he might start playing in the urinal, I started walking his way. As I was walking I noticed that he had stopped right in front of the urinal, he then lifted up his shirt, and then this is the best part, he grabbed onto a little extra skin that is part of his belly button and just stood there facing the urinal. He did exactly everything that I had done just minutes before, just with a different part of the anatomy since he hasn’t yet figure out how to get his diaper off. At 20 months it seems to me he is ready to start peeing like the big boys.
We had a busy day today, so there will actually be three posts. We started the day at Sorghum Mill Christmas Tree and Blackberry Farm and picked some blackberries. The nice lady that we met at the mall yesterday told us about the place. It was fun and the owners of the farm said that they had a bumper crop of blackberries so it wasn’t too hard for us to pick a pint. A lot of the pictures do show red berries, but those were just blackberries that weren’t ripe yet. The berries were big and juicy. Our pint didn’t last long.
Day 4 of our trip involved going to some local parks with the kids in the morning (it was 84o and humid at 8:30 am), then we cooled down at the mall where we met a really helpful mom who shared some great ideas on fun things to do in the Edmond/Oklahoma City area. The day ended hanging out with some great friends, their son, and their two dogs. We ate a great dinner with them at their house and then spent the rest of the evening staying cool in their neighborhood pool. Spending time with friends is usually a big part of our family vacations and visiting the Zuckermandel family was a major reason we wanted to get back to Oklahoma for a visit.
Sorry Owen, I guess we needed something more exciting by the camera. You do have a nice profile though.
Oklahoma City has a nice science museum and the four of us spent the whole morning learning and playing there. Emma really enjoyed the gymnastics exhibit and then the kids’ area where she could do her own face painting. Emma also got to ride on a Segway. Kenny enjoyed the water area and the bubbles.
In the afternoon, we decided to try going to a movie with both Emma and Kenny. We went and saw Toy Story 3. Emma did a great job, but Kenny being only 20 months needed to get out of the theater for a while to stretch his legs. It was a great Father’s Day.
Our second day of our trip involved visiting our dear friends the Ongs. They visited us just before Christmas, but we wanted to visit them in St. Louis before they left to go back to Singapore. While in St. Louis we also wanted to do a little sightseeing. We, along with Grace Ong, made a quick visit to Grant’s Farm where the highlight was feeding goats from bottles. We also saw the Budweiser Clydesdales, parrots, giant tortoises, and quite a few species of deer. It was a lot of fun.
After Grant’s Farm, we went downtown to the St. Louis Gateway Arch. I didn’t mention yet that it was hot (mid 90s and humid). Well the Arch was so busy that we stood in line outside in the sun for almost a half hour just to get into the visitor center. Once inside we found out that it would be another 2 hours to get onto the elevator to the top of the arch. Needless to say, with too little kids and an 8 hour drive left, we didn’t go up the arch this time. We hope to be back someday and we will buy our tickets for the elevator in advance.
To start our trip to Oklahoma, we actually left from Welch, MN where Kenny had one week intensive Occupational Therapy with a lady named Sheryl Field. Our goal was to make it to St. Louis on this first day, which we did. Most of the driving actually was not on Insterstate Highways. Instead we took a lot of local highways. As a result, our first stop eneded up being in Pine Island, MN at an A&W.
The actual recital went very well and Emma enjoyed performing and watching the other dancers perform. The grand finale involved all of the dancers and the younger dancers literally looked up to the older dancers to help with the routine.
The last couple of pictures are just to show Emma’s hair which Tammy did for the recital.
The Sreckov’s came over for a visit to watch Serbia play Ghana in the World Cup. The Sreckov’s have Serbian blood, but even with their cheering Ghana still came up victorious. The kids all got their soccer jersey’s on for the event. It was hard to let Emma wear an England jersey just one day after playing them to a draw, but it was all that we had.
Emma was in a dance class all year and as with most dance classes, the year end event is a recital. This first post is actually from the dress rehearsal where we could get nice and close to take some pictures.
On the last day of school for me (and usually on the first day back in the fall) Tammy and the kids bring me lunch. It is tradition. Whenever the kids come to school they need to write on the whiteboards. To keep the markers from staining the kids clothes they get to wear some of my old undershirts. Fun memories.
When Emma was dedicated, the Ternbergs gave her a rose bush. We planted it at our old house on Emery Street and it was in bloom for Emma’s 5 month birthday so I’ve included that picture in this post. When we moved to our new house two years ago, the rose bush came with us and as it bloomed this year we got another picture of it with Emma.