Thursday, February 18, 2010

Where or where did Sarah go? I don't even know if anyone's still out there checking in on this blog?

Well, see that snow covered hill up there?  That's the hill that I was sledding down that put me into a CAM boot and crutches!  We had fun though.  Fractured my ankle and heel in multiple places.  Don't ask; just understand that I wasn't about to "bail out" heaving my body off the sled like the kids do.  Instead, I put my foot up to brace the impact as I slammed into a large-raised cement drain at the bottom of the hill.  Yep, ouch!

So our skies went from this...

Several times during the months of January and February, much like most of the country, even though we live in the south.

My 80 + year old aunt, who is a retired elementary school teacher, sent this doll to Ava from her personal collection.  She used the dolls in her classroom during different topics of study.  I wish I had videotaped Ava opening the box because when she saw the doll she whispered, "huu...prettttty".

She is doing fabulous.  I'm volunteering in her class 2 days per week during reading and writing.  I really enjoy it.  I can tell that she enjoys having me there.  Her english is coming along fantastic.  She had an 8 word sentence to her teacher last week, all in english!  She is a math mentor in her class to students who need the help.  And she has moved out of the kindergarten level of assisted reading and writing (ESL) to the 1st grade level.  She's only been in school 4 months!

As for Eliza, we found a fantastic OT who is tapping into her sensory seeking, need for movement and response to music -- and combining that all into a therapy plan that seems to be working.  She's got fantastic tools that she's teaching me.  I also have Eliza in a gymnastics class w/ 1 other autistic child who needed the socialization.  Eliza is responding really well to that as well and I love the fact that they're willing to have a class just for these 2 special children.

Keeping busy w/ all 4 kids home and (ha, ha) trying to stay off my foot to let it heal, which is next to impossible.  You learn to live w/ pain!  As for the little black kitty-now grown up -- he's still back home w/ us and is quite happy sharing life w/ his BFF Hogan!


Tami said...

I'm still here, Sarah!!!
Love the update on Ava! Sounds like she is doing wonderfully and it is encouraging to my heart!
Glad to hear that Eliza is doing well, too!


Jean said...

I'm still here too! Hoping that you would come back!!

So sorry about your accident- you poor thing- ouch. Take it easy and heal up quickly!!

Glad that Ava and Eliza are do so well- that is amazing! I bet it feels so good!

Post again soon!!

Catching Butterflies 3 said...

I'm here too! I'm sorry about your foot. I broke mine on Christmas wrapping paper Jessica took off my desk. I rolled by my leg didn't. It's never been the same. I wish we had special classes for Jessica growing up. That would have been a gift. Get well soon! Glad to read your girls are doing great!

babyarnie said...

Glad to see the update but so sorry about the leg! How awful.
So happy to see the girls are doing great. They are beautiful. Maybe see you soon at the playground again! :)

Holly said...

I sure loved reading that good news too. Great to hear from you again!

Reena said...

Of course I am still here. I know how quickly things can get super busy. Great news about both Ava and Eliza!

Enjoy the snow! You have more there than we have in RI!

The Montieth Family said...

Hi Lady! Love the pictures. Your updates about the girls were great...your foot not so great. ;( I'll answer your emails soon.

Dinn Family said...

Glad you were able to update. We hope to travel sometime at the beginning of April to Guilin. I'm so glad to hear Ava and Eliza are doing so well.

Anonymous said...

I still read the blog. It is helpful to read of your experiences adopting an older child as we decide if we should

Colin and Jill Canada said...

Oh I'm so glad your back and doing okay. Well kinda okay...sorry to hear about your foot, sounds dreadfully painful. I cringed at how it happened. Ouch.

Ava is doing fantastic! A mentor at math? Isn't she an amazing girl. Way to go Ava!

Glad to hear things are going good for Eliza too...and she is getting the help she deserves.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, Valentines and CNY!

Love, Jill xx

McKayGreenFamily said...

Me too! OMG that is NOT what you need right now a fractured foot! OUCH!!!!!!!!!!! That is fabulous about the OT for Eliza and the gymnas. class! I'm not too surprised about Ava and school. I think the school at the SWI was a great one, Hannah is also WAY above her SK level in math, she does some of Josh's old Gr 2 books, for FUN! I love that photo of Ava and the doll. :0) what a great story.

Truly Blessed said...

I'm still here, too. A bit late to the party, but fashionably late is what I aim for!

So sorry about your broken foot -- ouch! But everything else sounds like it's going along quie well. That's such great news.

Tiffany said...

Oh Sarah I am SOOO sorry to hear about your foot. I was just thinking I needed to email you to see if all was ok....

So glad to hear that Ava is doing well and Miss E too!!!!!

I think of you girls all the time!!!!

Hope your foot is feeling MUCH Better VERY soon!


gratefulfor8 said...

hey have you read up about trotters and fjord horses? they are doing wonders for many kids with autisim /cp/ and downs,
they are down at our riding place in Springville Utah. called "Hoofbeats to healing.". check out their website.. I can't believe what is has done for many of the kids with special needs.
Bummer about your foot. I don"t sled much anymore even though I love it.. Got to watch my back and protect my bulging disk or I'd be a mess.

day by day said...

just stopping by to say "hi"! My blog is greatly neglected these days, too! Glad to see you are all well, except for your injury! Hope that heals soon!!!

take good care!


Kristi said...

Of course I'm still checking in. I myself have been quite the absent blogger of info lately. I'm just not feeling the blog bug as of late.
So glad to hear your girls are doing so well. Eliza is going to find her groove. Remember, for some reason age 4 in our experience was a tough one. The OT and gymnastics class sounds great for her development. Sorry to hear about your leg. Ouch!!