Saturday, June 09, 2018

Summer So Far…

We had all of the family over plus the missionaries – my poor teeny house was about to burst!  But it was fun!

Meanwhile Jason had been suffering from chest pain for several hours, so we ended up at the ER to get him checked out.  No heart attack, so he gets the privilege of a stress test out patient.IMG_2736

I’m sorry, but my kid’s teacher is better than yours.  Look what he sent today – along with two videos walking through the school showing Bella that there was no one at school and she wasn’t missing anything.  I love him!


So my latest teaching aid for Kai cost me $1.38 for the ping pong balls.  I just had to cut the egg carton in half.  We are starting with what braille is.  I want him to know that braille is the name of all of those bumps he feels in his books.  He loves his alphabet songs, so he is getting familiar with the alphabet.  So today we started on a braille cell.  A braille cell has six dots.  We counted to six.  We filled the cells with ping pong balls.  We counted them.  Then we worked on the letter A.  A has only one dot, dot 1.  We talked about A being in his name.  We sang (I sang) the song  for his name, “ K A I, K A I, K A I  spells Kai, Kai, Kai.”  We will repeat that for the next several days till I see some understanding and recognition.  Tonight in our story, we found the letter A.  He furrowed his brow.  Which means, he has no idea what I am talking about – or he made a connection.  We’ll see.  Time is what he needs.


This little monkey!  She has the most expressionate eye brows!!  Her Mama had a 2nd job interview today – so exciting!!


Playing with Joy’s new pop jewelry.


I love flowers!                             Cute Benny and his new helmet


He really is the happiest guy!                 The littles playing on the trampoline


Bella’s knee check up.  Looking good – knee immobilizer for the right leg, left brace for the left. Selfies while we wait and wait.



Fruit snacks?  Sure, but first you have to count them!


Joy treated us to McDonalds.  She and Bella had so much fun in the playplace.



Sawyer Park


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Daddy/Daughter Dance

In Activity Days at church, they had a Daddy Daughter Dance.

Oh my goodness – Bella was in heaven getting dressed up!  Joy loved it too!  (My makeup is no longer safe!)

I guess because the girls don’t go to Activity Days normally, they was a super special treat!!  They had so much fun!!


*More photos to come!!  Smile

Senior Recognition Night

At church they had a Senior Recognition Night.  Their super amazing YW Leader, Sister Satterwhite, talked about each Senior and then opened it up for other leaders and youth to talk  about their memories and experiences with the Seniors.

I am so grateful for her sweet leader.  She celebrated their characters, not their accomplishments.  there wasn’t talk about what school they were going to, although all three are headed off to universities.  She focused on the beautiful people they have become!

Jessi was described so well – what a blessing that she took the time to get to know my sweet girl!  Jessi is empathic.  Jessi is brave.  Jessi is funny!  And she talked and talked about how amazing she truly is!  To sit next to Jes and see the tears gathering in her eyes – and for me, as Mama, to see others recognize the remarkable woman she is becoming, I just LOVED it!!

In our family prayers that night, Jessi thanked Heavenly Father for wonderful YW leaders!



Friday, June 01, 2018

Joy’s 11th Birthday

Joy’s day started with a trip to the donut store.  She has a pin that says Birthday Girl.  The donut lady was so kind and gave her a free donut – she was so excited!! (she was super kind and gave Bella a donut hole too!)


This year her birthday was on a Friday – therapy day!  So we shared donuts with all of our therapists.


We ordered pizzas for lunch.  Joy was so excited!! 

Waiting for the pizza pies to cook……


And, of course, McDonald’s for dinner!! (she was so proud to sit up there with Liz)


Cake!!  She had to have her name in RED!!


She loved her presents this year – Fireman Sam and Pirates!!!


Turpins gave Joy some cash – she was so delighted!!!  “Dollars!!!”

She spent it all at McDonald’s – surprise anyone?


Grandma Ball sent Joy an Amazon gift.  Her presents came!!