Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Summer Update!

Well, it's been a busy summer so far! 
Before I even get to summer, I've been meaning to post an update from this past spring!  I've tried unsuccessfully to edit a short video clip, so, instead I'll just add some pictures.  In April we went to Isaiah's Place for the dedication of the new barn.  It was a wonderful weekend and especially memorable because the barn was named in honor of Tanner!   What a special time for us, and so fun to see the surprise on Tanner's face when he realized it was his name on the barn.

Another spring event was that Tanner completed the 3rd grade successfully and passed both the reading and math TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) tests!!!  This meant that he was able to start summer 2 weeks earlier than I had planned!  We were all somewhat surprised and also thrilled that he passed!

In June, we attended Family Weekend Retreat at the Texas School for the deaf where Tanner loved spending time with other deaf children. 

Also during June, Tanner completed 2 weeks of swimming lessons, loving every minute!  He was excited to complete the seahorse level this year and move up to the crocodiles next year. 

We've also enjoyed the summer reading program at the library, playing with friends, swimming and getting excited about summer trips! 

We just returned home from a trip to Cozumel, Mexico.  We went with several friends and my parents met us there as well.  Tanner loved spending time with Grandma while the rest of us went scuba diving.  I don't have all of the pictures downloaded yet, but, here's one for now.

We are looking forward to a few days at Isaiah's Place next week for ASL VBS.  It's very close to Jon's parents, so Tanner is excited to be able to spend some time with Grandpa and Grandma as well. 

The last week of July we are scheduled to go to Michigan to spend some time with my family at a cottage on Glen Lake.  We always look forward to this time of nice, Michigan weather, swimming, climbing the sand dunes, spending time with family, playing games and lots of rest.

Prior to the cottage, and after arriving in Michigan, we'll be driving down to the Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio) to see a pediatric neurologist who specializes in headaches.  Tanner's neurologist has run out of options for treating his migraines and is hoping a fresh set of eyes can look at him from a different perspective and hopefully have some new ideas for treating Tanner.  We're excited that there may be some new options, and yet are trying not to get our hopes up too much. 

So, that's our summer through July. I'll try to keep up a little better throughout the rest of the summer.


Velma said...

That is so exciting about the barn being named in honor of Tanner! Just shows how special he is and how much everyone loves him!
I am amazed at how much he has grown! Praying for the trip to the Cleveland Clinic and hoping for some answers.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know you were in Mexico! We need to talk more. I'm sorry! Glad you had a great time. Miss you guys!

carolen said...

Thank you, both, for your time with Big Jon and I with our two surgeries. Thank you, both, for time here with us and the grandchildren for the IT VBS. The children all learned so much, but could not have even had them here without your help. IT is ALWAYS wonderful to see Tanner and you'll.WE LOVE you so much.