Where does the time go? I can't believe we have a 4th grader, a 1st grader and a Pre-K under our rowdy roof. We keep trying to slow down and the harder we try and faster the wheels on our mini-van seem to screech.
Noah is spending his summer beach-bound. With dawn patrol surf sessions with Dad, Jr. Guards with his friends, plenty of soccer practice with his new team, and countless hours of skating at home and the park. We're still trying to figure out where his energy comes from. We'll have what he's having...
And then there is little Miss Cecily. You can't keep a good girl down. She is on fire! It is hard to describe the progress of Cecily other than yet another "great awakening!" We made some changes to her medications and she has been thriving! Her language is improving, her response times are faster, and her ability to really convey emotion and her feelings are through the roof. It is now not uncommon for her to run around the house telling everyone she loves them! (To say I've dreamt of this would be an understatement...) There is nothing better than curling up with the kids and having them declare their undying love for you. Yes, I never get sick of it! Lay it on thick... and they do... when they ALL want something. I don't even care as long as I get a good cuddle. Cecily is now potty training in her new Minnie Mouse underwear and the sky is the limit. She just keeps on keeping' on and we couldn't be more proud.
As I type this she is in surgery (we lost track of the number of procedures along the way) but I find writing calming. I like to think of all the positive things our family has to look forward to when we're facing something stressful. One of the many blessings of Cecily is the lens she has provided us with to view life. We appreciate how far she has come and we truly appreciate how lucky we are as a family, and the life we have been gifted. We also know that we have faced down several severe challenges and Cecily always comes out the other side stronger, more fierce and even sassier!
Cason, the youngest and perhaps the most mischievous four-year-old on the block... brought a big bucket of joy back into our life. He can make any situation funny. He had his own surgery right before summer (his third...) and he had the staff smiling and laughing with his humorous take on hospital protocols. He has a way of finding the silly side of any situation and was coaching Cecily today since he "just had surgery..." and he knew what to do! It's fun to see him turning into a "big boy" even though I miss my baby. Cason is wild, rowdy, smart and crazy. He is perfect in every way to us and he challenges our patience and teaches us to have fun - ALWAYS!
Brien and I enjoy how he keeps us in stitches and we hope the parenting classes we have taken (and the ABA techniques we are learning for Cecily) will come in handy because we're quite sure Cason is going to push the limits on everything, forever!
But it is summer and we're trying not to sweat the small stuff. We're looking forward to more beach days, more play-dates, hopefully some grown up dates and seeing family and the cousins! Life is busy but we're quite sure it is never going to slow down so we're holding on for the ride and looking for the fun along the way.
Onwards and upwards!