Apr 21, 2015

Track Meet 2015

Landon loves running track.  It's good for him because he has so much energy to burn and simply loves to run.  I'm not sure if this will be his last year of track since they offer it in school going forward, but it definitely will be the last for the Bears.  I can't believe he will be in middle school this Fall!  He will be attending the better middle school of the two in our district that offers quite a bit for their students.  I can't wait!

Anyway, back to track.  For the last couple of years sitting in the stands was miserably hot.  I was drenched from head to toe after sitting and watching for two hours.  This year was the complete opposite.  It was very windy and cold.  We had to break out our winter gear again.  This weather is crazy here right now!  I asked Landon if he wanted to wear pants and a long sleeved shirt under his t-shirt and he refused.  He gets hot very quickly like his dad.  He doesn't like feeling restricted, especially when playing sports.  He seemed to be okay, but the rest of us were dying.  I took Liam back to the car to warm up before Landon's next race.

Liam and I had a blast.  Sitting up in the nosebleed section was nice.  There was nobody up there, which is very helpful dealing with Liam and his issues.  Dad even made an appearance to watch his baby boy's race!  Aaron got Landon's attention before he took off.  They waved to each other, Aaron watched, and then Landon came running up to his dad and said, "Thanks for coming dad, I really appreciate you being here."  Aaron got choked up, as did I.  I know it's hard on Landon that Aaron works so much.  :(

Landon did very well and helped his team win!  The crowd went wild!!  I think they are talking about having another meet after ISTEP.  We shall see.

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Apr 20, 2015

Thunder Over Louisville, Of Sorts

This year was the very first year that we decided to stay home and relax.  We went last year so Liam could experience Thunder, and times before that, we just parked and enjoyed the firework show.  Liam wanted to go, Landon didn't, and Aaron was on the fence.  I didn't care either way since both boys had gone.  We have been doing non-stop home projects, shopping, etc. so it was just a busy day, and a beautiful one to boot.  Our neighbors thought the same thing and decided to stay home and have a get-together.  Tents, bouncy houses, grilling out, kids playing, and so on.  It was so nice that we could all hang out in the comfort of our back yards and grill together (okay, okay, maybe at the same time).  All of the food smelled fantastic!  Well, as time went on we found ourselves getting busier and busier and losing track of time as well as daylight.  Our grilling came later that night, complete with brats, hot dogs, and smoked sausage.  Yum!  After we grilled we noticed that all our neighbors had switched their lights on.  It was so nice to chill out and enjoy the view and the weather.  We all watched the fireworks on TV.  Liam loved it! Oh, and I might add that I made us margaritas on the rocks.  That was probably the highlight of the night for me!!

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Gummy bears are a Thunder celebration must-have.


Look, mommy, the planes!


OOF, but love it anyway.


Apr 14, 2015

Amazed, Proud, Shocked, Happy

Back in September of 2014, Liam was diagnosed with ADHD and ASD, then later diagnosed with ED and possible Torrets.  Some kids on the spectrum are aggressive and some aren't.  Liam was one of the unlucky ones.  We have been seeing a Psychiatrist recently to find a good balance of medications that will help him (and us) have some normalcy in his life.  At this stage, he can't be around others, we can't take him places, he can't have play dates, etc.  It's imperative that we find a solution and soon.  Well, the doctor has been playing around with two medications and tweaking them as we go.  We're still having some issues, but I have heard that it can take a long time to get him stabilized.  One person said it took her two years to find a mixture of meds that worked for her son.  He is a lot like Liam.  Two years seems like a long time, but there's still hope.

Liam curses, hits, kicks, blows air in your face, throws things, and back talks.  It's been quite a challenge, and I'm trying to find the patience buried deep within to deal with these issues.  Landon finally had his first game of the season due to bad weather and the fields being drenched.  I always cringe around this time of the year because I know what I'll have to deal with.  It's not about watching Landon, it's about watching Liam.

This game was special.  Not only was it Landon's very first game in the majors, but Liam did a phenomenal job playing nicely with the other kids and listening.  I'm not sure if it had anything to do with the recent change in medication, his mood, or just being occupied by toys and having fun, but it was awesome to see him in such a happy, cooperative state.  I was pleasantly shocked.  Since the aggression began, I had never seen him like that.  He was gentle, giving hugs, sharing toys, and most importantly, keeping his hands and feet to himself.  He didn't curse either!!  I was SO proud of him!  I didn't know who he was.  Is this really happening?  Somehow I was confused.  Happy, but confused.  This put me in a great mood, and I was able to watch Landon play.  I am hoping and praying whatever this is lasts.  Maybe it's all a fluke, I'm not sure, but I am trying to stay as positive as I can.

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Apr 11, 2015

The Rain Gods Have Given Us A Break

Man, what a couple of weeks we've had!  Floods everywhere.  Basements soaked.  Power outages.  Business closings.  I didn't think the rain was ever going to go away.  Landon's Opening Day of baseball was cancelled a few times.  We are still waiting to have that first game of the season because the fields were holding so much water.  I never thought his team pictures would come before his first game, but hey.  Let's just say The Rain Gods have had their fair share of humor for us all.  Well, we finally got a break yesterday.  We were all ready to enjoy a little sunshine and 65 degree weather after the multitude of severe thunderstorms we've had.  It was so bad Liam was afraid to leave the house.  He thought the "thunder" was going to get him.  But more importantly, our dog thanks those Rain Gods for being nice for a change.  He is beyond terrified of storms!  I called Peyton a scaredy cat during one the storms and Liam quickly corrected me and said, "No, mommy, he's a scaredy dog."  Funny.

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Shopping for dandelions.