Wednesday, August 16, 2017

First Day of School 2017-2018

Ryan is in 7th grade, Matthew is in 6th grade and Molly is in 3rd. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Surgery is Done

Ryan's surgery was completed yesterday and it went as planned. We stayed overnight for observation and came home today. Unfortunately, we have to wait two weeks for our waterproof cast but two weeks is nothing compared to his other ortho surgeries. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017


Over the last 10 days, we've had two rains of 5+ inches each. Due to our experience in July of 2016, large and heavy rains put me on edge. Since the basement flooded, we have:
  1. Put in a sump pump with a battery backup
  2. Added dirt around our foundation
  3. Put downspout extensions on all of our downspouts
  4. Extended our drain tiles further out into the yard
  5. Added water alarms in the basement
  6. Installed a dehumidifier in the storage room
Since our flood, our basement has been bone dry. I'm hoping that all of our work (and money) has proven to be just what we needed.  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Classroom is Done!

With Ryan scheduled for surgery next Wednesday, I took advantage of the time I had this week to get my classroom set up. The before pictures are from two years ago but every year I am starting with the same clean slate. I switched up some colors this year and I really like how it turned out!  I report back a week from tomorrow and kids start the 16th!

Friday, July 28, 2017


Earlier this week, I took the kids fishing in my parent's neighborhood. Each kid caught one and though the fish weren't biting great, we enjoyed the nice day. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bad Week for Dr. Appointments

Yesterday we had Ryan's spine follow up. He is now at 51 degrees of curve and getting worse. In 18 months he has gone from 27 degrees to 51. We have put spinal fusion surgery on the schedule for May of 2018. It will be a 5 day inpatient stay followed by a six week home recovery (which is why we're scheduling it over the summer). If it keeps getting worse, Ryan would continue to have back pain and possibly compromise his organs. It is very common with Prader-Willi Syndrome. It's something we knew would likely happen just not when.