Another week flew by just like that. I did manage to fill out pages of forms for Adam, Caleb, Annalyn, and Julia to go to Mexico in a few weeks. Each of them have to earn $50 to put towards the trip. John will be taking Rachel, Sveta, Anna, and William to a family camp where they will be working to help fix it up. And yes this event required that a bunch of forms be filled out too. As did the forms for seven of the kids to go to Sky High tonight. All those forms are perhaps the reason why the week flew by. :) Caleb, William, Galina, Annalyn, Sveta, Anastasia, and Anna had a blast at the indoor trampoline park. The rest of us went to Paul and Andrew's baseball game. The first at bat, Paul swung at every pitch-- even the lousy ones and was struck out. The second at bat, he hit the ball hard and took off running. He was so gung-ho that he kept running till he was tagged out at third. But it didn't matter-- we were all thrilled including him and he did bring in two runs. Way to go Paul! Andrew had a great hit too but was called out for throwing the bat. He was just so excited as were the other boys who were called out for throwing their bat. When Paul saw this, he set his bat down as gently as he could before he took off running. It was too funny!
Oliver has seven teeth now! He recently got two of his top molars. Talk about strange. He hasn't gotten his canine teeth yet and only now is he cutting one of his incisors. But with only seven teeth he is still beating his four year old brother Nolan who has a total of five teeth!
Nolan went back to the ENT today for a check-up. The doctor removed the sponge in his ear and threw out the word cholesteatoma. She said she can't say for sure until she gets a better look when Nolan is under anesthesia next week while she places at least one tube. Of course, we are praying that Nolan doesn't have this.
Despite all the progress that Anastasia has made in school these last two years, I have requested that she be formally evaluated to see if she qualifies for an IEP. She is going into high school next year and will have trouble completing the standard remedial curriculum so I hope an evaluation will help in figuring out where she needs the most help. It is not that I do not think she can get a high school diploma-- I just don't want it to be such a struggle for her.
We are continuing to eat more healthy but have slacked off some. Still, the changes are obvious as our family is drinking more water, eating out way less, not buying junk food, and serving more fruits and veggies at every meal. I don't want this to be a phase so I am not treating it like the latest fad.
The change has been hard on most of my bio children who I did not insist try new things. When I was younger I actually had the philosophy to wait to push "adult" foods on them like sautéed onions and so they never learned to like them. Now, I serve up big helpings of cooked veggies like broccoli, kale, squash, red peppers, and onions to Alex, Dennis, and Nolan. And guess what?? They eat it no problem. Oh how I wish I had done some things differently.