Friday, April 20, 2018

Owen is 8.5!

Owen is 8 and a half!!  As I searched for photos I realized that most of what I have saved are videos of him dancing and sports pictures!  This sums him up!  He makes us laugh every day and we spend a lot of time watching him on the field/court!  


He now weighs approximately 65 pounds and has gotten so tall this year.  He wears size 8 clothing and size 3.5 shoe.


He enjoyed dressing wacky for "Fun Friday" at school!


He caught on to snow skiing very quickly and was independent enough to go up and down the ski lift alone!  He really wanted to eat the snow!


He loves to keep busy and doesn't stay still for very long.  He especially enjoys math and science!


He won an award for his storybook pumpkin this Fall!


He did an excellent job representing the Woodway second grade in Spelling UIL in January.  He learned to spell hundreds of worlds and we are so proud of him!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Easter 2018

Happy Easter from the Smiths!!  So thankful that He is risen :)




Saturday, March 17, 2018

MAGIC

Owen enjoyed being a part of the MAGIC basketball team this Winter!  Jarrod was the head coach and they were lots of fun to watch!  




Owen's biggest fans :)


Spring Break 2018

Over Spring Break we headed to Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine!  There was so much for the kids to do and they have already decided to return next year :)






Hudson's first tryke

On his birthday, Hudson was presented with a beautiful red therapeutic tricycle!  For months we had been working closely with the CenTex Ambucs chapter, working out the details!   


Ambucs provides AmTryke bikes for people of all ages and abilities.  Their organization focuses on creating mobility and independence!  Hudson's tryke has hand pedals and his legs are secured so that they follow the hand motion.  He figured it out almost immediately!  He is going to have so much fun keeping up with Emma and Owen outside this Spring that he won't even realize that it's great exercise and therapy for him :) 


The UMHB Doctor of Physical Therapy department was so sweet to host a pizza lunch including a cake for the birthday boy :)  They also graciously raised funds for parts needed to prepare his new tryke!  We are so appreciative!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hudson is THREE!

It's hard to believe that our little guy is already three!  He now weighs 29 pounds and measures 31" long.  He wears size 3T outfits, size 4 shoes and size 6 diapers.


We hosted a DINOmite celebration the weekend before at Big Daddy and Lita's house.  Lots of family and friends attended and we had a great time :) 


This was a BIG year for him!  He got his first wheelchair, stander and therapeutic tricycle,  which have all given him so much independence and freedom!  He met his only living great grandparent, rode a horse, went adaptive snow skiing, bowling and enjoyed his first carousel ride!


Hudson really loves music!  His favorite songs include 'Jesus Loves Me', 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' and 'If You're Happy and You Know It'!  A guitarist visits his Sunday School class each week and he absolutely loves it.  He has started picking up on the lyrics!  He also enjoys rolling up to the piano and banging the keys.

His single word vocabulary has exploded!!  He does speech twice a week and recently started combining a couple of like words such as "Knock door", "Byebye Car", "Ready go" and "Eat bite".   His newest phrases include Happy Birthday, I Love You, shirt on, Sic 'em Bears and Hi Daddy.


Just after the New Year his therapy clinic opened their amazing new facility with all sorts of fun things!  He attends weekly PT, OT and speech and also started hippotherapy last month!  He looks forward to visiting his therapy horse Cleo each Thursday morning ;)


He has started recognizing logos such as Chick fil A {"chicken"}, Baskin Robbins {"I-ceam"} and HEB.  In the HEB parking lot he starts saying "Cookie!" because he knows they give out cookies in the bakery!


There are some things that I never want to forget about him at this age:

He correctly identifies Baylor and A&M but mostly chants "Sic 'em Bears" anytime he sees the BU logo!

He sleeps best on his tummy with his hands tucked underneath.  He still uses the Wubbanub, but mainly at sleep time.  He likes to pray and sing 'Twinkle Twinkle' together at bedtime.  

He recognizes heart, circle and star shapes - and points them out everywhere!

He enjoys reviewing flash cards and knows many words!  He always confuses kite and cup.

He just started counting to 5 on his own terms but does it anytime he spies numbers!

The way he sings 'Skidamarink' is quite possibly the cutest thing I've ever heard!

I have to strategically plan out our shopping trips to the mall.  He knows exactly where Great American Cookie Company is located and begs for a cookie!

He enjoys riding on elevators and says "door open" each time he sees one.

He can identify a horse, cow, bear ("beah"), fish ("bish"), dog, cat, zebra ("zewra"), dinosaur, frog octopus and turtle

His favorite TV shows include Sesame Street (Elmo!), Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Splash & Bubbles (PBS) and anything with cars!

He enjoys mealtime but is still working toward using a fork!  His favorite foods include pizza, cookies, ice cream, pasta and avocados.  He has a Mickey Mouse face shaped waffle for breakfast each morning.

He only likes one type of sippy cup and will pitch a royal fit when given a different kind!

He really is pretty easy going 99% of the time!  Lots of people compliment on how happy he is.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Emma's first cotillion

Emma participated in her first cotillion this month.  The group met four times and then showed their new skills to parents on the final evening.  She learned dance styles {waltz, swing, fox trot, country/western and more}!  She learned basic etiquette, proper introductions and how to carry herself in a variety of social situations.


Participants were encouraged to invite a parent to dance.  Emma is a lucky girl to have such a fun dad!  He busted some moves on the dance floor :)


It's incredibly bittersweet to watch our girl grow up but we are so proud of the young woman she is quickly becoming!