Monday, August 29, 2011

Today was the BIG day!

Wake up sleepy head!

They were both happy and excited about the first day of school.

Adam's bus comes early.

He was slightly nervous when they were loading him.

This was new experience for all of us.

As usual he was all smiles.

I used to be a public school special education teacher.
I have some experience on that side of this.
However, today as a parent, I have a whole new appreciation for what it
feels like to send your child with special needs off to school.

It was hard to do!

Next it was Sammy's turn.
She is ready to take charge of the school.

And there she goes!
She will do great.

I think I should have titled this post:
"So what do I do now?"

My children are all in school.
I thought I would feel like I have my life back.

The truth is my life got on a school bus this morning and left.
And now I am just sad.

It's going to be a long day!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

The End of Summer

Summer is officially over.

Another new chapter has begun.

We have had a good summer.

The constant eating has come to an end.

There has been more fried bologna and Ramen noodles consumed than
I would like to admit to. The three older kids all think they are cooks now and could be found in the kitchen this summer on a regular basis. However, what they cook is mostly limited to fried bologna and Ramen noodles.

Parts of our summer were hard but overall we enjoyed it.

C.J. started the 11th grade today.

Audrey Kate had her first day of middle school.

Samantha and Adam start kindergarten next week due to a staggered start.

Adam's bus driver did not realize his first day was not until Monday.
This morning while I was making breakfast before anyone was up I noticed flashing red lights in the cul-de-sac. I looked out the window and saw Adam's bus, parked with the wheelchair ramp down, waiting for him.

I ran out in my P.J.'s and explained to him about the staggered start.
He said he would be back next week for him.
Adam is so excited to ride the bus!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A New Chapter

We have turned the page to a new chapter.

We took our firstborn to college last week.

We helped him settle in as much as we could.

He had his first college class yesterday.

We have received one text from him since last Friday.
He said he was very happy.
What more could we ask for?
(good grades might be one thing)

While we were at ECU I introduced him to a special place.
I was once a Pirate too so I do know a little bit.
Cubbies Cheesesteak is a must!

We had lunch there before we left.
Both Greg and Stephen agreed it was great!
In Stephen's text he told us he has already eaten there again.
Just like the good ol' days.

More new chapters are coming to our home.
I am just trying to keep up!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Today's the Day!

Time to move on...
Say goodbye to his old life...
Embrace a new experience...
Live on his own...
Make his own decisions...
and mistakes...
Make new lifelong friends...

Sure will be different around here.

We are leaving for ECU today!

Go Pirates!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Adam Update -Part 2

We are so excited to be Back to Football!

No one is as excited as Adam.

Ever since he was drafted he truly believes he is a Panther.

The Carolina Panthers are a top notch organization on every level.

Adam welcomed Cam Newton to his team and even
agreed to share his # 1 jersey with Cam.

Adam was invited to a practice last week.

We hung out on the sidelines watching his team get ready for the season.

That's Cam wearing #1.

The players are all so nice and remember Adam.

After a long practice they still stop to talk and sign his football.

Danny Morrison stopped by.

So did Coach Rivera.

DeAngelo Williams is one of my favorites. He is so nice to Adam.
Here he is teaching him to fist pump then "Blow it Up!".

Jimmy Claussen gave Adam his towel.

Cam was walking up the hill and yelled Adam's name from far away.
No kidding!

He loved Samantha and talked with her for awhile then signed her shirt.

He signed Adam's football.

Then he asked Adam for his autograph.
Actually Adam signed three autographs that night.
Cam is such a nice kid. We really like him and we are glad he is a Panther!
Did you see them win the first preseason game?
We won 20 to 10 over the NY Giants.
It is going to be a fun season.

Adam is not only a football player, he now plays basketball.

He is on a team called the Rolling Bobcats.

He has a coach and teammates.

He had a blast at his first practice.

He just loves being part of a team.

Who wouldn't love this?

Adam has such a fun life.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Adam Update -Part One

Adam had a neurosurgery checkup this week at Duke.

With a tethered cord there is always a chance of re-tethering.

We always pray for good news.

We were going every three months.

Then we went every six months.

But this last visit the doctors said he didn't want to see us again...

Until next summer!


Once a year is the goal with all Adam's doctors.

We are pretty much there with all except urology.

It has been a medically challenging 18 months but it has paid off and now
Adam can start kindergarten with a year almost free of medical stuff!

Sunday Snapshot

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