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Friday, November 23, 2007

We are thankful


When Peter was first diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, we knew our job was to educate our family so we could manage this situation to the best of our ability. One of the best tools we found was a book called "My Bi-polar Rollercoaster". Well...the title pretty much says it all! We have been on rollercoaster ever since. This has been a crazy year, full of ups and downs. With all of the nonsense and craziness in our lives, we feel that we are truly blessed. Dave is doing well with his internship at NASA, and plans to continue working for NASA when he is finished. Ben is doing great in school and is developing into quite the renaissance man--with a love of art and music far beyond his 15 years. Peter is doing great...managing this bi-polar monster that lives inside him. He takes his medications, has a positive attitude toward his therapist and psychiatrist, has an active social life ( at school and with his skating friends) and is making good grades in school. Gary and I are happy in our jobs, marriage and family life.
We were fortunate to have a wonderful Thankgiving meal with my parents ( who are active and in good health) and the boys yesterday. It is good to have a house full of wolfecubs...they are getting along and happy to be together as a family. Dave was a wonderful big brother and brought home a Wii system as a Chanuka gift for his family. They have been playing the games...all 4 of my boys...The laughter and silliness is refreshing and a welcome sound in our home.
My hope for all my friends is for a wonderful holiday season, surrounded by the happy sounds of family united, and children matter how old those children may be!
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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Thanksgiving is coming!

Each year, we kick off the holiday season with a family Thanksgiving Feast in my classroom. We held our feast on Friday, so it would be less stressful for me to do my own feast next week. All I can say is WOW---each year, it seems as if we have more and more people join us! This year, I have 10 students and we had a ton of people at the feast. I cooked a 20 pound turkey, we had dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, cranberry sauce,rolls, cupcakes, fudge, cookies and punch. The leftovers were at a usual! After most of the parents left, Jared, Stacy and Joelle stayed to help Linda and I clean up and then put up the Christmas tree. We only have school Monday and Tuesday next week ( yeah) and then I have to start working on my own feast!
David comes home from California late Wednesday night (actually Thanksgiving morning around 1) and we are all really excited! Mom and Dad are coming to have turkey with us,too. I have been sick for the last few days, not sure if it is strep ( going around school) or if it is sinuses....I will try to get to the doctor Monday so I am not sick for turkey day!
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Monday, November 5, 2007

Peter turns 13!



Yesterday marked Peter's entrance into the teen years. We weren't sure how he would handle all the excitement, as last week was really hard emotionally for him. He spent Saturday at the skate park and had a super time. They spoiled him with extra treats and lots of attention. Sunday morning, he woke up and wanted to go out for Belgium waffles smothered in strawberries and whipped cream. Then, he wanted to go shopping at Kohl's for some shirts and stuff. These are two things that he usually does not want to do! We did both, then came home and he did homework and some skating. Around 5pm, he decided that he wanted to invite some friends for cake. We quickly scrambled and called Brady and Noah. They know what Peter has been going through and knew he may wait until the last minute to invite them over to share his day. They are awesome kids, and great friends. We also called TJ and asked him to come on over with Jody and Michael.

Well, all's well that ends well, and Peter did not let his battle with bi-polar disorder ruin his 13th birthday!
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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Birthday Spa Party


Saturday we had a friend come over to treat us to a spa party. Since Kelcey's birthday is Tuesday, we decided to make it a combination birthday celebration and spa party. Here you can see Terri, Shannon, and Kelcey relaxing ( they actually have eye pods and green tea warming treatment on under their warm towels). It was lots of fun!
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