Lake Trip…the rest of the story…

Yesterday I posted a lovely trip to the lake. We really did have the best time…except maybe Steve. As he was getting in the boat from the dock, he hit his foot on a bench seat that was open up and it brought him to his knees in pain. It was a fluke accident that he would have a hard time recreating and we could all tell he was hurting.

But he muscled through the pain and took two kids wake surfing.

Steve loves surfing and we knew he was in a lot of pain when we tried to get him to go without the kids and he declined the offer – his foot hurt too bad to do it any more.

By the time we got off the lake he was really limping and by the next morning it was looking nice and purple and swollen. Clearly his toe was broken. But our podiatrist was out of town and really what can they do for a broken toe?

Each day his toe started to look better. He still limped around but he felt it was starting to get better.

After four weeks that toe was still causing him pain when it got bumped. He finally went to the doctor (after much prodding) and sure enough the doctor confirmed it was broken. And really hadn’t started healing. Exactly what we predicted.

He got hooked up with a sweet surgical boot to further stabilize the toe in hopes it will start to heal. He’ll wear it for 6-8 weeks – he’ll have follow-up x-rays at the end of the month and fingers crossed it will look better and he can drop the boot. It’s amazing how disrupting a toe injury can be!!

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Lake Trip…

The lake is my favorite place to be in Arizona in August. The summer starts to get long by this point and yet there seems to be no reprieve from scorching temperatures. The pool is starting to feel more like a hot tub and not nearly as refreshing as one would hope. But the lake – it’s just the right temperature – in the water at least. Sitting on the boat gets a little toasty, but nothing a quick dip can’t remedy.

That smile! I remember Steve holding Hunter on a wakeboard years ago this very same way. Wakeboarding doesn’t seem to carry the same draw it used to and I’m glad wake surfing has taken its place – far less painful when you fall!

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All about me…Bennett…

He is my third, 3rd grader and this is the 3rd time we’ve made an “all about me” poster.

Bennett doesn’t require much supervision on his homework, he just goes to work. However, when projects are assigned he wants to talk through each step and make sure he’s got it all. The only problem I have with this is he wants to do a whole project like this 10 minutes after he gets home on the first day it was assigned to him – regardless of having a week and a half to work on it.

He’s learned to be patient with me as I’m trying to help everyone with their homework and after school needs. And I’ve learned he needs the time and attention. We’ve found our middle ground; we break the project into parts and we set aside blocks of time to complete them across multiple days – and you better believe he holds me to that schedule!

Although he came up with this idea on his own, he needed help locating pictures and picking up his poster board. The rest is all him.

Here’s a list of his favorites:
Color: Red
Animal: Gorilla
Restaurant: Taco Bell
Movie: Spiderman into the Spider Verse
Food: Burrito Bowls
Sport: Basketball
Book: Stink

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September 11th…

I saw this video today and it struck a chord with me as I’ve been reflecting on the history of this day. I love this song and although I hadn’t heard this cover before, I found it appropriate for the tone of the video.

It’s a little hard to watch (may not be for everyone). It stirred up emotions of hurt and pain as well as pride and gratitude for all those that showed up that day and went to work.

As we reflected on today’s events, each of my kids came home and shared what they learned in school. I’m grateful for all their teachers who made it a priority to teach them about it and for a preschool teacher who finds it important that even kids as young as three years old know what this special day represents and why we honor it each and every year.

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Healing fields…

Healing Fields Tempe

We were introduced to the Healing Fields in Tempe a couple years ago by a friend. It’s an exhibit of flags representing each person who lost their life on September 11. It’s on display for several days leading up to September 11 and we’ve been able to attend the last couple years.

Healing Fields Tempe

The display is powerful on so many levels. Each flag has a name card describing the person it represents. We like to meander through the flags reading the name cards and learning about so many lives – both young and old.

It’s humbling.

And a good reminder of a tragic event that seems so distant to my kids but yet in my mind it seems so clear. We visited the flags with friends and each one of us could recall the exact events of that day 18 years ago with detail and clarity. I had just started college the week before and Steve was on his mission in a foreign country.

I remember every thing about that day. I remember.

Although my kids weren’t alive – I want them to remember. Visiting these grounds each year is one way we’re teaching them to remember.

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