Swiming and Tubing and School, Oh My!

If you are reading this you may be thinking, "it's about time! What have they been up to? :/"

Well, things have been good. As they say, "no news is good news." We've been having a good Summer. Since Emily's party we've been relaxing and getting some things done.

The biggest event for Emily this Summer has been her debut at the local pool. We finally ordered a swimming collar and tried it out right away at our neighborhood pool. She was a little nervous at first, but she absolutely loves the weightlessness the water provides her otherwise helpless little body. This is her chance to "swim" and she's pretty good. :)

Additionally, we started aqua therapy so every now and then she gets an actual therapy visit in a nice warm therapy pool. She just lights up in the pool. All smiles.

Other than that - I have finished my final college paper, so I have one test to go and I am FREE AT LAST!... and valid part of the working class. :/ Anyway, it's a B.S., appropriately... hehe, snort.

Finishing the deck was one of the major physical accomplishments for me this Summer. As planned, Mommy, Annabelle, and Emily enjoy it very much. It's quite nice to sit on the deck, swinging to the tune of "squeeek, squeeek, squeek!" Guess I have to fix that. Otherwise the deck has been a wonderful addition to our house/life.

Big things for this Fall -- Annabelle AND Emily are starting school on the 25th! Yes, indeed. We are excited and nervous at the same time. Excited that Annabelle will have something to do with herself, and nervous that school will bring sickness into our home. We're praying God will keep us healthy and strong this Fall and Winter. NO HOSPITAL VISITS!!!

Oh yes - before I forget :: If you've learned something about and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and want to do something about this disease, please sign this petition to find a cure for SMA. Quite a few signatures have been collected so far. Please join us in petitioning our government to GET INVOLVED!!

And the tubing, of course. My family has a long history of boating and water sports. Annabelle simply LOVES it!

I had a lot of things I wanted to write about, but taking too long to get them on the blog has forced them to go elsewhere. Once I track them down I'll post them here.

Peace <><


Barb said…
Emily is beautiful.
I especially love the entry from Emily's birthday. I have a grandson with SMA and that post says everything I feel. I hope that Emily continues to do well; God bless!
Nana Barb
Nancy Lee said…
Emily looks like a star in her sunglasses! Such a cutie! So glad you've found another fun activity to help our little girl enjoy life.
Dawn and D.J. said…
The sunglasses are definitely very cool. What a doll!
Anonymous said…
Everyone is looking good! Kyle's not so sure about the water, but Emily looks great! I'm happy everyone is well and not sick! I'm already dreading the school/sickness thing as well, but like you all, pray that it stays away! Have a good weekend!
Nate said…
Thanks for checking us out!!

Keep those kiddos well, barb and jana!! We can make it through another Winter - we can, we can!! :)