Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Chockablock Fun-Filled Day!


We signed Brogan up for soccer starting at the beginning of September, and he has been loving it!
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He plays ever Saturday morning at 9am. They do 30 minutes of practice and then a 30 minute game. His ball handling skills during practice have definitely improved already, although that doesn’t necessarily carry over into actual game time :) Isn’t he the cutest little soccer star?!
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One of the little girls who plays has an older sister, and on the first day of soccer she came over to make friends with Avery, and they are SO CUTE! Her name is Greta, and this week her Mom told me that on Friday night Greta told her that she couldn’t sleep because she was so excited to see Avery :) How cute is that?? She gave Avery her phone number this week on a tiny little slip of paper, so tomorrow I will let Avery call her and they can talk about what they want to do for a playdate :) Oliver played “catch” with Gabe, although the whole closing-his-eyes-and-hope-he-catches-it thing didn’t really work out so well for him :)
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Brogan putting his skills to the test against one of the instructors :) It’s nice to see him putting effort into something, because sometimes he gives up when something doesn’t go right on the first try. But he’s enjoying soccer, even though he’s aware of the fact that he’s not that great at it yet :)
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Oliver really enjoyed kicking the ball around with Gabe too :) So darn cute!
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Oliver cheering for Brogan, and then watching videos on my phone. Avery is actually pretty good with a frisbee these days!
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I managed to get a shot of Brogan actually taking charge of the ball during the game, which was lucky because it doesn’t happen very often ;) He mostly likes to run around chasing and/or racing all the other players :) And then, of course, there’s always time for a little hugging in the middle of the game :)


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After Brogan’s soccer practice we headed over to the gym and Gabe and I both ran 5k on the treadmill, and then Avery had her swimming lesson! She is still enjoying swimming, although I feel that she has really plateaued ever since her wonderful teacher Ann left! I think one of the main problems is that the two teachers she has had since then haven’t really known what to expect of her. I can understand that, but if they don’t push her, she won’t progress. And I really think that, with the right instruction, she can be expected to keep up with her peers in the water. So I had a long discussion with my swimming teacher (Yes, I’ve been in a group swimming class too! It’s been great), who also happens to be one of the pool directors, and she was in complete agreement with me! So we discussed strategy a little, and she had a talk with Avery’s teacher. So I think things will get better. In fact, they already are! One huge problem we’ve been having is that, even with the wetsuit, Avery is so COLD by the end of her lessons that she can’t function at all. Even putting her in a warm shower for a few minutes barely even touches the cold and her body is completely locked up. So now Avery has permission to sit in the hot tub for 3 minutes after her class (usually you have to be 14 to use the hot tub), so this week she was actually able to help a little bit with getting dressed after swimming :) It was a lot less like dressing a plastic doll that doesn’t bend, so hooray!


After swimming we drove out to Healing Strides for their annual fundraising hoedown :)
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Oliver took his nap on the way :) After the delicious lunch, the kiddos played some games and roasted marshmallows (no pics of that!)
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They were all very happy to see the horses :) Avery loves her horses, and was so excited to ride on a horse again!!! That wasn’t part of our plan, but she was so excited about it that we paid the extra $5 to let her go for a ride through the woods…
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She loved it! I am so looking forward to getting her back into hippotherapy in the spring :) It worked out pretty well because the boys were distracted by all the other stuff, so didn’t see her riding, which meant that they didn’t want to go too… ;) Afterwards we stopped at the bake sale and Avery picked out rice krispie treats for herself and the boys.
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Oliver bit all the m&ms off his treat as we walked up to the barn to see the animals :) Then Brogan spotted a boy with a spiderman face, so he insisted on going back to get his face painted too. Avery and Oliver stayed to pet the cute animals :) Soft bunnies, and a goat!
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Gabe put Oliver up by the goat, and he wasn’t a fan…! But he did like the chickens :)
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Llamas! Oliver was a little nervous about touching them, but once he plucked up the nerve, he liked how soft they were :)
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When Brogan and I got back (they didn’t have any red, so he was a green spiderman!!), Avery wanted to get her face painted too, so Gabe took her to do that, and the boys and I looked at all the animals :)
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Brogan was hoping there would be pigs, so hooray! Avery got a horse painted on her cheek :)

Virginia Museum of Transportation

The fun continued as we headed back into town to go to the transportation museum! The kiddos have been wanting to go for months, and we had discounted tickets for that one day, so we knew we had to fit it in :)
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Miniature trains are awesome!!!
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Super fun playground, and then a real train to watch :)
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Don’t tell anyone that they sat on the train… we saw a sign saying it wasn’t allowed after we’d already sat them up there… :) Brogan turned into a train and chugged along the track, so Oliver did too :)
Oliver has been working on his swagger :)
Now THAT was one jam-packed day of awesomeness!!!!


Kim said...

That is a fun filled day. I love all the pictures.

Gabe tried soccer last year but he wasn't that into it. He spent a lot of time running around the people who were actually playing. He lacks a "killer" instinct. Hope the rest of the season goes well for Brogan.

Cerebral Palsy Family Network said...

Great blog! This sounds like an awesome day for the whole family :) And such cute photos! It sounds like Avery is doing really well, but if you are ever in need of cerebral palsy resources, be sure to check out our site. Good luck to you and the kiddos!