Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Horse Show

Here's video of Monica in the Costume Class at the Horse Show. Her theme was "Flower Power". I kinda feel bad for making a male horse wear flowers, but it looked really cute!

Monica turns 8

Here's some video of Monica's 8th Birthday!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Summer's almost over :(

Monica's last day of ESY (Extended School Year) was this past Wednesday. Now we're just chillin' out till school starts on Aug. 17. Next week is her 8th birthday! Wasn't she just a baby yesterday?!?

Our biggest problem with Monica at the moment is her need to be more independent. She thinks she can do most anything on her own. Today she tried to help herself to some microwave popcorn. She cut open the bag with a pair of scissors, leaving buttery kernels all over the kitchen! Well, at least she didn't try to put it in the microwave :)

Our biggest success with Monica lately is her speech. She has so many words now, and even says 3-4 word sentences! Her latest phrases are "I'm scared" and "Stop it!". And of course her favorite "Sim Poo" (swimming pool).

I will hopefully post a video of her at the horse show soon...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Horse Show Saturday

Everyone is invited to the MVTH Horse Show this Saturday!! Here's the info:

The 2nd Annual Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship


Saturday, June 20

Classes Start at 1pm

Rain or shine

MVTH Therapy Barn

192 Hope Hill

Oak Ridge, MO

I55 to exit 117, East on KK, South on D to Hope Hill

Free Admission

Concession stand

Monica loves riding horses!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Summer "vacation"

First of all, I need to say that I love being a mom, and I am especially proud to be Monica's mom. She is a wonderful, sweet little girl. If it weren't for her, there are sooooo many things and people that Shawn and I would have never known existed.

However, It is NOT EASY to have a child with a disability. Actually, sometimes it is extra difficult and quite overwhelming. I can't even begin to count the number of things Monica has broken, torn apart, lost, cut (her hair), etc., and that's just in the past 3 days. She is becoming more independent. It's impossible to keep an eye on her all day long.

We are blessed with supportive friends and family, but sometimes I think they are so used to Monica that they forget her disability. Of course, that's usually a good thing. It's hard to explain to those who don't have a special needs child. Others depend on us for our time and resources, and they don't understand why we don't always have the time or energy to help.

Sorry, I just had to spill a little bit. If I don't do that every once in a while, I may literally explode, then who would clean up that mess? :D

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monica's blog

Okay, so I'm starting a blog for all our friends to check up on Monica and her brothers and sister. We always have lots of stories to tell, mostly funny. Monica's special education teacher is having a party for her students at her house this week. We're getting excited about that. We are also excited about Lauren's preschool graduation Tuesday night! More soon...