Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Break Day Three...

Nothing...and everything!
We took no photos this day because we really didn't do anything but hang out around the house. I will probably look back on this day as one of my favorites!
Oh well...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring Break Day Two...Recovery

Having thought I was going to be stuck in the house nursing sick children today...I made no plans...but children can be tricky and by lunch time...Austin was feeling better and out the door.

Ella decided that this would be a great time to learn to roller skate.
So on went the new princess skates and off she went...
I think the helmet made her a little top heavy myself. Good thing for the "big" girls who helped out the little people.
Ella was frustrated that she couldn't just skate off like one of the bigger girls.
But she kept at it and pretty soon she could walk without falling.
Of course she prefered to fly down the driveway with Lexi.
Looks like she might have it...
And then there's this. Non stop throwing up from yesterday morning until this morning and now look at him...he told me today that he just needed some fresh air to feel better and I guess it worked because he was outside the whole rest of the day feeling fine.
Of course Tim took advantage of the warm weather to tune up his boat after work. I like to think he is blowing me a kiss here and not just commenting on how "sweeet" the motor sounds.
I found Shawn in his favorite tree.
I swear that child is part monkey.
It's not the tallest tree in town but it fits a few kids quite nicely.
We had a minor meltdown. The Cricket retreated to her room where she proceeded to open the window so we could all hear her displeasure. Brat!!
Shawn worked on his flips on the trampoline. I couldn't seem to catch one is progress but they were pretty impressive and he was able to land them on his feet.
My handsome guy!
I was afraid to ask. Seriously...don't ask...
And we celebrated the warm weather with a summer meal...BBQ chicken and potato salad...yummo!
It was like a summer day at our house with 20 assorted children running in and out and staying over til 9pm to watch a movie. I had forgotten how many snacks they go through...time to restock the pantry!

Day we come...

Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring Break Day One...Field Museum (sort of)

The kids and I decided to start out our spring break by visiting their favorite museum...

We invited our friend Kailey along for the ride. I had no qualms about taking 4 kids to the museum alone...they are great kids! Here we are upon arrival.
My Bubs...pre-sickness
Aren't they cute!
I love "walking away" shots. Call me crazy...but I do.
Hanging with Sue while we wait for other friends to arrive.
The Cricket was in her glory with another girl to hang out with.
A little Elephant Butt...I mean really, would your day be complete without it??
Aren't they sweet...I think Shawn has a little crush on this "older" woman.
Good thing I took so many photos right when we arrived.
We finally met up with our other friends. I always laugh at how there is so much to do but my kids could spend half the time just playing on the tile "world".
The gangs all here...even the scary skinny dude.
One of my favorite was fun to share this with friends who had never been to the museum before.
Of course it was also here that Austin first lost his "cookies". (literally & figuratively)
Thinking it might be an isolated incident...we persevered.
And headed to the beach...where we had a minor recovery.
(please note the Cricket's famous "hip" pose)
(I have to quit looking at this one cause Shawn looks like a teenager and it scares me...)
Unfortunately, the recovery was short lived and we ended up having to rush home to tend to a sick boy. Poor guy...I promised the disappointed children that we would attempt this trip again soon. On to Day Two...hope it's a bit less exciting...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Austin's in the game!!

As many of you know, Austin has recently taken up wheelchair basketball. The team he plays with is called the Warriors. Although he is just a junior member, still learning, he was able to participate in a real game at a recent fundraising event. Boy was he excited!
He was given his first jersey and his official number..."4". Then he met with Coach Kevin for a little pep talk.
Ella and I were there to cheer him on.
(Please disregard the above outfit...she is still on the Tutu a Day program.)
Austin spent some time practicing his technique like the cool way he picks the ball up by rolling it on his wheel.
He also did a little dribbling.
Sorry...I can't get enough of this move!
Austin's teacher passed the word along to his classmates and he was so excited when his friends started showing up for his event.
Miss Sender was not intimidated by the wheels...she jumped right in and challenged Austin.
Austin's teacher Miss Keith was there to cheer him on along with some classmates.
(I think I heard Miss Sender say that some ice packs were in her future after all this pushing)
Miss Keith looks like she is having a "sweet ride"!
Here is Austin with Miss Keith...she is a wonderfully supportive teacher and we are so grateful that Austin is in her class this year.
Wheelchair conga line anyone??
Miss "J", Austin's amazing school aide along with a classmate.
The Cricket catches a ride.
Miss Sender is Austin's special ed coordinator at school. Again, we are so grateful to this amazing and supportive staff who took their own personal time to come to this event and support our son. He was stoked beyond belief to have his own cheering section in the bleachers. (And boy did they cheer...AAAAUUUSTIIIIN!!!)
All of the visiting friends got to try their hand at wheelchair basketball. It really gave everyone a taste of what it is like to be Austin for an evening.
Austin even took a few friends for a ride.
Austin joined his teammates on the sidelines for the start of the game.
When the coach first asked him if he wanted to go in to play...he said no. But they don't take no for an answer so in he went.
I was so proud of him...he played his heart out.
Especially considering that it wasn't just the kids out was the adult Bulls as well.
Go Austin!!
Of course the game was just for fun, and to raise money to help support the team. Unlike most sports, wheelchair sports involve very expensive equipment as well as many travel expenses. Austin's friends made sure that those Bulls didn't stand a chance by donating $1.00 a point to keep the Warriors ahead throughout the game.
Not only did the team raise some much needed money, but everyone had such a great time cheering them on.
Even Dad was on hand to high five a very triumphant Austin.
Thanks everyone for coming out to support our son and the Warriors!
We are so proud of this guy!!
Love you Austin...