Sunday, June 29, 2008

Breakfast on the Farm

This morning we took kids to a local farm (Doc and Ann Van De Walle Farm) which offered an all you could eat breakfast for just $6 each with the kids eating for free. They lost money on Abbey. Breakfast included pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, cheese curds, locally taped maple syrup and ice cream. The eggs were the best, cooked with bacon and cheese on top. We also took a walking tour of the farm which featured about 1500 cows and even was able to watch them milk the cows. Other activities also included a petting zoo, a picture with a calf, milk mustache picture booth, a bouncy room for the kids, and an opportunity to ride a pony.
On the way to the farm it was raining but by the time we started eating it had stopped and the rest of the morning was dry. The hospitality was tremendous and the event ran like a well oiled machine, even offering a hay ride to your car. I'm not too surprised since it was run by a bunch of good ol' country folks. The kids had a great time. Abbey loved the pony ride but was surprisingly a little nervous around the petting zoo. Alex wanted nothing to do with the ponies but had some interest in the petting zoo. Kim loved the ice cream, not a big surprise.










Andrew even enjoyed the food!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Back Home


We arrived back home last Saturday. We left Kentucky around 2am and decided to take another route, going up through Illinois. It was a much better trip and we did it in the amount of same time even with hitting a big delay north of Chicago. The kids were great.
Everyone is on an antibiotic. It all started the week before we left. Kim called from home saying she had strep throat and since Abbey looked like she wasn't feeling well the doctor called in an antibiotic. Once we got home Alex had a low grade fever for several days. Since he had all the signs of strep the doctor put him on an antibiotic. So we had him check Andrew and he also put him on an antibiotic.
Abey's summer speech pathologist came to the house twice this week. She will be coming twice a week every other week for the rest of the summer. Her sessions are 30 minutes each. I am really impressed with what I have seen.
The audiologist has scheduled an ABR for Abbey. After the results from the ABR she will also do some hearing test in the hearing booth. All of this will hopefully give us a better idea of Abbey's hearing. We are slowly moving in the right direction in getting an appropriate education plan together.
The kids are adjusting to their new summer schedule. I have a 8th grade girl helping me out several hours each day. It allows me to take them to the park, the library, or others places. We have made several trip to the park and had a great time at the library on Thursday. Stuart Stotts (musician/storyteller) was performing. When we go to these things I'm always worried if Abbey is going to be able to pay attention long enough. The last several times she has done great. I must give credit to the school for teaching her this skill. She has her dad's gene when it comes to this!
I have started a Scripture Study on the Gospel of Matthew on Monday nights. I went to the first class last Monday and it was great. Father has changed the daily Mass schedule so Kim is able to go to morning Mass twice a week. We have also volunteered to work the upcoming parish festival. Hopefully all of this will help us get plugged into the parish and the community.

Monday, June 16, 2008

More about Kentucky

Everyone has gone home but the kids and I are staying a little longer. The kids had a blast with their cousins!



Sunday, June 8, 2008

Kentucky

We are in Kentucky for several weeks visiting my parents. The trip down was good except for the deer that decided to jump out in front of us. It was about 4:30 in the morning and we were on some back country road because of construction being done on the main road. I noticed several deer off the road to the right but missed the one to the left until it was too late. Everyone is fine but Kim woke the kids with her loud scream which caused them to start crying. After a few minutes Andrew went back to sleep and Alex's said, "that was fun daddy". I'm not sure Abbey even woke. The van drove fine and I pulled ove about a mile up the road to see the damage. It could have been much worse. All in all we were very fortionate. Thank you St. Christopher.
It is really hot. The temperature has been in the 90's since we have been here and the rest of the week looks the same. Abbey and Alex are having fun playing with their cousins. Andrew is still not sure of all the new people but is slowly making new friends.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Alex Barton

Many of you have probably heard about Alex Barton, who is a kid with Autism, who was voted out of his kindergarten class by his classmates. If you haven't read it you can read it here.
She has more and a great discussion on "the whys and hows of inclusion". It is something almost every parent faces when their child with special needs begins school. It is long but a must read.

Weather

It's the beginning of June and things are starting to warm up. It was in the 60's last week and 65 this weekend. It did get back down in the 30's Thursday night. The best thing, NO HUMIDITY. Kim took some pictures of the flowers outside our house.