Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Arrival of August

And just that like summer is winding down. We have three full weeks of summer vacation left and then we will hit the ground running. It's going to be a whole new experience for our family this upcoming school year as both boys are going to be enrolled at the same school!! I sat down today and typed out our ideal routine for school days. I shall post it on our fridge and enjoy trying to stick with it for ohhhh about two weeks! Anything else beyond that will be a miracle.

Our summer has been a great one! We have managed to take the kids swimming several times, gone on vacation to Atlanta to visit family and friends and see a Braves game, made a day trip to get some yummy BBQ, and made several trips to the local outlet malls in search of school clothes times two this year!  Adam and I even snuck away for an overnight date night a few weeks ago, thanks to Aunt Missy, who watched the kids. 

Addie's first time swimming this summer! She loved it! June 7, 2013

Our family of five at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA June 29, 2013

All 8 of us!! Chapman Family outside of Marietta Diner June 30, 2013

Addie ready for the Outlet Malls on the Fourth of July!

We had to take a trip to UT campus to get a copy of my transcript for my graduate school application. Had to take some pictures while we were there!! Hook em!
 July 12, 2013

Getting our BBQ on at Louie Miller's BBQ in Taylor. It was gooood!! July 23, 2013 

Medically speaking,  Addison is doing awesome!! She saw Dr. George, her neurosurgeon, on June 7th after having her fast aquisition MRI on the 6th. She got a great report. Scans are normal for her and we don't have to go back to see him for a FULL YEAR!!!! Amazing!! We are so excited and thankful! A tad surreal to go that long without seeing him but we are thrilled that Addie's able to go so long without an MRI. Of course, like always with hydrocephalus, things can change on a dime and we will continue to watch for any signs or symptoms of shunt failure. 

In other medical news, we have recently started clinical PT again, this time at Dell Children's Rehab Clinic and we LOVE it. Well, I love it! Addie isn't a fan of the work. Her physiatrist wanted her to work up to a Walk Aide device ( more info here ) to help strengthen her left leg when she walks to improve her gait. Her new PT has tried it on her five minutes here or there and Addie isn't a fan. But the fact that Dell just has one sitting around on a shelf to try is pretty impressive! I miss all our ECI therapists but really feel like this is going to be a great thing for Addie's physical development. We drive down one morning a week and it's an easy drive, free parking, etc. Awesome! It will be even easier once the boys are both in school. Thankfully Aunt Missy and Mom have been around on and off to watch the boys so they haven't had to come hang out for the hour too many times.

Addie saw her eye doc this past week and Dr. R wants to try Botox again. She feels we saw a marked permanent improvement with the first treatment and that it warrants trying again before we move on to surgery. So we have that set up for September.

Addie waiting to go back to see Dr. R. July 31, 2013

Speaking of September, she has her next follow up with her neurologist in September and then of course we will be following up with ophthalmology to watch her eyes after the second round of Botox. She'll have a 30 month well check sometime in November and a follow up with her physiatrist in October. That should round out all the medical appointments for the year. It will be weird not seeing her neurosurgeon in November... but pretty awesome too!!

In non medical upcoming events -- we have a Disney trip planned in November which we are really looking forward to!! A family reunion the week before we leave for Disney, and a trip to Albuquerque in December. Busy busy!! And then as soon as the New Year rolls around I will be going back to school!! It was a big decision for our family but I am ready and I think it's going to be a good thing for all of us. I will be (hopefully) taking two night classes a week, working toward my Elementary Education Masters and Initial Certification. I have already applied and been accepted. I'm just a little excited!! The goal is to be able to student teach the Spring of Addie's kindergarten year. Which is insane to think about. I have the luxury of time since I'm not wanting to go back to work before she's in school full time. So this program will work out and this way I only have to take two classes a semester.

Our back to school list is almost done. We are working on moving the boys rooms around so that's what out next three weeks will be filled with. Paint, school supplies and catching up on Project Life to get ready for all the back to school pics. Then it'll be time for kindergarten orientation and meet the teacher for Grayson. Already. Where does the time go??

August 27th here we come!!