Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!

We've had a wonderful Christmas here at Ruth Lake.  The eve was spent with our dear friends and their family we were a group of 25 for dinner.  Santa arrived on cue and Summer was quite enthralled with the big guy.  We had a great dinner and visit then it was home to get the treats ready for the reindeer and Santa's visit to our house.  We stopped by our neighbours who were having a party of their own to spread some more Christmas Cheer and Summer Hugs.

Christmas morning was very enjoyable.  Summer loved all her gifts and had fun playing with them for most of the day.

Trace and Geof had us over for Xmas Day dinner along with friends Nancy and Rob from Toronto.  Summer received more gifts - her favourite one, the baby bear.  It's just like 'baby alive' but the baby bear version.  Today, we already had to replace his batteries...

Santa visits on Xmas Eve

Treat's for Santa and the Reindeer

Santa Came!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Concert Cuties

This afternoon was Summer's school Christmas concert.  It was quite a production. They started out by presenting a local charity group with over $900 raised to help build a school in Kenya.  Then the singing festivities began.

Summers group sang several songs.  Don took still photos and I captured the video - a well coordinated effort.  The darkness in the gym made both challenging. 

Afterward we popped into Summer's class to say bye and I snapped a few photos of her with her EA Nicki and her buddy Ethan.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What's happening this weekend?

Last night was Summer's weekly dance lesson.  At the beginning of class the group has a huddle where they discuss what is new with everyone.  Renee, her teacher asked the kids about the coming events this weekend.  Summer spoke up in an authoritative voice and said "it's Football Sunday!"

Yes, Summer, and it's also Christmas!

Last weekend, she was playing with our nativity nesting dolls, and she points to Mary, "Hey Mom, Mary is holding Baby Jesus! - I love that guy."

Thursday, December 8, 2011

She's Blown Us Away

Sometimes certain statements just stay with you.  Last week, Don and I attended a routine IPRC (The Identification, Placement, and Review Committee) meeting at Summer's school.  This committee:
decides whether or not your child should be identified as exceptional - Summer's 'Exceptionality' is defined as Physical: Cerebral Palsy; decides an appropriate placement for your child and reviews the identification and placement at least once in each school year.

Basically we discuss if Summer's needs are being met.  This time, the meeting was with the new principal and the Special Ed Coordinator.  It is an opportunity for us to voice any concerns with her learning or school experience.
Basically, the areas identified as Learning Needs are Summer's gross motor, fine motor, personal care, and self care.  So, that means she needs help with shoes, coats; tying, buttoning, zippering etc.  Nothing new there.  It's hard to get it all done with only one good hand. 

Her strengths were identified that she is a tactile learner, she is highly motivated, social skills with peers, positive attitude and intellectual curiosity.

The one statement that stuck with us is when the Special Ed Coordinator said: "Summer has really blown us away."  I guess others can see how hard she perseveres and are impressed by her - as are we.   

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Letter to Santa

To be honest, I am not the biggest fan of the Christmas season.  It is overwhelming, expensive and I hate the crowds and the 'clutter' that comes along with it.  OK, I am not a scrooge.  I like the music, lights, treats and eggnog.

I also love seeing Summer's excitement when she sees Santa and the Christmas morning free-for-all of flying wrapping paper.  I feel nauseous when I think about when she no longer believes and when she starts to question why Santa sounds so much like Jade's Grandpa, Dale. 

Last weekend we put up our Christmas tree.  It's a fake one, since the 'Leak of 2005'.  But it does the job and Summer loves to hang the ornaments she's made over the last few years.  Then Don and Summer sat down to write 'the letter'.  He was very patient with her, and I think there was a 'play break' or two, but they persevered and got it done. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011


 Last Saturday we took Summer to the Backyardigans show at the Capitol Centre.   She enjoyed it, but I think she is at the cusp of being too old for it. 

She is wearing her new outfit from Auntie Corrine & Uncle Don

On Sunday we made some 'hello kitty' cupcakes for our neighbour Barb's birthday. 

Summer and Barb-the birthday girl

Sleeping Beauty