Tuesday, February 28, 2017

4th Grade Field trip {Inner Space Caverns}

It's incredibly bittersweet to me that our Emma only has three months left of elementary school.  I'm sure they will fly by, too :( Hudson and I were excited to accompany the 4th grade Woodway class to Inner Space Caverns in Georgetown this week. 

Emma and her bestie, Hallie.  Hallie's mom {Mrs. Echols - Owen's teacher!} rode with me and we were able to check the girls out early.

The first educational activity was panning for treasure.  The girls found several different types of minerals, rocks and arrows and were excited to keep them as souvenirs. 


Down in the cave!  What a neat experience! 

This bunch was so very well behaved.  We enjoyed the day :)

Red Heat Basketball

 Owen really enjoyed his first season of basketball!   He played with Woodway Family Center and his team was called Red Heat.  Many of the players were from his flag football team.

Owen learned a lot this season and improved more and more as the season progressed.

He became much more confident in dribbling, shooting, rebounding and scoring.  He even made several baskets :)

Time out for some serious strategy!

The guys were so excited to be undefeated this year!  They actually won the last game by one point!

On to baseball season......

Monday, February 6, 2017

Hudson is 23 months!

Hudson is 23 months this week!  He now weighs 23 lbs 10 oz and measures 29" long!  He just promoted from the Tiny Turtles to the Bouncing Bunnies nursery class at church.  We plan to take his Bumbo wheelchair to allow him to better interact with his peers. 

Earlier this month he was evaluated for both speech and occupational therapy.  He cooperated very well and pleasantly surprised me with some of the things he was able to do!  At this time he falls within the average range for speech so will continue to work on that ourselves.  He starts weekly OT sessions later this month.  During the evaluations I discovered a lot of ideas we can work on at home.  After his OT eval we went straight to Target to grab this wooden shape puzzle, easy-grip crayons and a tiny red toy car.

He finally started MOVING in his Bumbo wheelchair!!!   He has mastered going forward and is still working on maneuvering backward and around obstacles.  His arms have become super strong and he is especially motivated by Dum Dum suckers!  :)  We are so proud of our little guy and love that he is becoming more interested in being mobile.

He occasionally repeats what we say.  We are still earnestly working on vocabulary.  He can also make a kissing noise with his lips to copy us.  He still enjoys bath time and has loved exploring the new bath toys he got for Christmas :)

A couple of weeks ago he cruised through Hobby Lobby sitting like this for the first time.  He enjoyed the view!

We took lunch to Emma at school one day and had to snap a quick picture!  All of her sweet friends always love to visit with him.

He absolutely LOVES pulling the string on the ceiling fan, tuning light switches on/off and opening/closing cabinets and drawers.  In fact, he stays entertained for quite awhile!  He is army crawling like a pro!  It doesn't take him long to travel across a room with the right motivation :)  Over the past couple of weeks he has had several follow up medical appointments including ophthalmology and ENT.  We also transferred his urology care from TCH to McLanes in Temple.

He is still a great eater!  This month he enjoyed his first very own nugget pack at Chick fil a!  He attacked and devoured them all right after I took this photo :)  He is a great eater and the only foods he refuses are lettuce and black olives!

I snapped a photo of him watching Trump's Inauguration since it was such a huge piece history!  Of course he was more interested in wheeling forward to push buttons on the DVD player.

It's hard to believe that he will be TWO next month.  Can't wait to celebrate!!