Tuesday, October 12, 2010

1 Month + updates

Today makes one month since the girls and I have been working out. I'm not sure the day we started that I thought it would continue. I am so glad we have. This weekend Barry and I went and got memberships to World Gym. We realized with the colder weather creeping in we won't be able to walk outside for much longer plus the gym offers other things that walking doesn't. I am excited to get toned and feel better about the way I look. I also can not believe how much exercise helps with stress and anxiety. It is something I wish I had learned when I was much younger. I am thinking that it would be good for Cassidy as she is pretty stressed right now about all that is going on with her life.
For the past few weeks several people have mentioned that Cassidy appears to have a lazy eye. We took her to see the eye doctor on Saturday and she does indeed have one. There of course is a large medical term for it but I can't remember it and probably couldn't spell it if I did. She has one of worst powers of it. Since you usually know about a lazy eye much earlier then this we are doing an MRI tomorrow to see if there is any other underlying cause besides genetics. They are also saying that surgery to correct it is probably her best option and they are recommending the pediatric ophthalmologists down at Primary Children's to do it. So that means another trip to SLC to meet and visit with the eye doctor and then schedule another surgery. There is a good possibility that while she is in the hospital in December that she will be having not one but two surgeries. Thankfully the eye one is a lot less traumatic and dramatic then the one for her chest. I sure love this little girl and am sad to see her struggling with these things. I am grateful for the power of the priesthood to help comfort at times like this. I think maybe we both need one this week.
Hayden also graduated from his dyslexia class that he took this past week. I couldn't believe how willing and even excited he was to go to class everyday. While everyone else was off playing during spud harvest - here he was still in class. He did great though and while he was there he went from reading on a 2nd-3rd grade level to reading at 5th grade - in 5 days! WOW - He is so awesome. I am so proud of him. As Barry and Judy and I sat across the table from him and listened as he read a passage (at 5th grade level) that he had never seen before and only make 2 or 3 mistakes it was all I could do not to cry. ( I didn't want to embarrass him) It has been hard to watch him struggle with reading. I love reading so much and it is awesome to see him reading and actually enjoying it. So that has been awesome and I hope that we can do all the things that we need to to keep it going. The class was interesting uses some different techniques to"orient" his brain - but it works so I'm not arguing. I just want to do all I can to keep it going for him.
I am also excited because we got Ammon's Christmas flight home booked. He will arrive in SLC on December 19th. I can not wait to see him. That will be a pretty crazy time as Cass will still be recovering from her surgery but it will be fantastic to see Ammon. I have missed him like crazy. I hope he choses to move back home at some point but want him to be happy and healthy so I am trying not to put pressure on him or make him feel that he has to chose between his parents. I am not always the best at sharing and I don't like sharing my children. I also understand however that there are certain consequences of divorce and this is one that I get to deal with on both sides of the issue. I have dearly loved having Hayden live with us but also have empathy for his mother as she is missing him too.
Hope you all have a fantastic day! If anyone has some advice or experience with any of the issues above let me know - I'll take all the help I can get!

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