I always find it fun to get a glimpse into other people’s lives so for those of you wondering how a typical week is at our house- here is a little peek at our week:
We had our first and second vision therapy sessions in Omaha. About 2 miles from the therapy office a truck hauling chunks of asphalt left us this little souvenir. My husband wasn’t impressed…I was just thankful it didn’t come through the windshield or dent up the car!
Vision therapy is completely different than what I imagined it to be. I found it to be really interesting that after watching Nora do one exercise, we could see why she can’t balance very well to ride a bike.
The exercise was simple. Nora lays face down on the floor and tries to lift one leg, arm, or her head without moving any other part of her body.
After achieving that, she moves both her left arm and left leg at the same time (without moving her head or anything else.) Repeat with right arm and right leg, right arm and head, left leg and head, etc as long as both are on the same side of the body or her head which is the midline. Each time all of her body is to be on the floor except for where she is touched by the coach.
We discovered it is almost impossible for her to do the left side of her body without wiggling and bobbing her head up and down. She also has to mentally “prepare” herself before trying each time. Therefore, we have a lot of work to do and that is only one of the therapy exercises.
Each week we are given a calendar of therapy exercises that Nora needs to do 5-6 times a week. She set a goal of at least 5 days a week of therapy and last week we did 5 so she made her goal.
(I love that they are teaching goal setting to kids! Each time she reaches her goal she gets a sticker and after she gets 4 stickers she receives a “treat” that we agreed on. Her first goal is a new stuffed kitty.)
Every day therapy takes between 30 minutes to an hour. On top of that she is limited to 2 hours of television each week and needs to read at least 20 minutes each day. The television has been a struggle, the reading has been a joy. All of the kids are adopting her requirements on t.v. and reading because that is only fair (and there’s no way I’m going to monitor 2 hours a week for 5 different kids)!
After therapy we celebrated her effort with lunch at Chick-Fil-A before heading home.
Tuesday was truly the beginning of a 5 year goal Jason and I have been diligently saving for. We broke ground on our home. I am so full of emotions that they are hard to put into words. It’s already been a journey getting this far and I’m praying the rest of the process will go smoothly.
Jason caught up on farm work and I played the right hand man. 🙂 We’d had a couple of new babies that we needed to tag and I always love going to check the cows and watch the babies. I had a good laugh when I saw this little guy! He’s all black but the white by his nose is all milk from his momma. Humans aren’t the only ones that get a milk mustache!
For all of you mommas out there whose kids battle ear infections, I know where you are coming from. We took David in for an ear check today to find out that the poor guy needs tubes for the third time (he had his adenoids out last time, too). This poor guy can’t get a break when it comes to ear infections. The sad part is that he doesn’t even complain that his ears hurt anymore so I usually don’t know when he has one unless he has significant drainage or a fever.
Each time we’ve done tubes he always feels like a new guy after getting them so I’m hoping we have the same success this time. (He was pretty proud that he got “cool orange plugs for swimmin”.)
We had a family weekend with a trip to Sam’s Club so I could get some supplies to start freezer cooking. With the crazy summer coming up quickly, I’m starting to prepare now! (Here are 4 ways we’re simplifying now to savor summer!)
We made it to church and David blew my socks of reciting all he’d learned at Sunday school. It’s so fun to hear your kids tell you about Jesus!
We also met my dad for a fun afternoon of glow in the dark mini golf and to play at our town’s huge indoor playground. We topped off the day with some ice cream and the kids were worn out when we got home!
What was your favorite part of last week?
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