Life has changed a lot since I used to post! We moved to Houston, then back to Colorado, where we hope to stay. Health was the overriding factor in moving back, but it sure is great to be back! We really missed the mountains and the snow and our church. We’re not actually living in the mountains this time, but we’re near the foothills and have some pretty views. We got plenty of snow after moving at the end of February, and the boys loved it! I was pretty happy to see it again too. Christopher and Luke got to have their first snowball fight:
Luke got his second brace a year ago, then in November, his spine was still straight, so he got to take a break from the brace. We had another checkup a couple of weeks ago, and his spine looks perfect! The doctor said Luke is essentially cured now, and is no more or less likely to scoliosis than any other person. We don’t even have to go back for more x-rays unless there’s a concern from us or the pediatrician. So no more brace!
Luke turned 3 Sunday! We had a birthday party at a park with a nice playground. Luke loves bears, so I made him a chocolate bear cake. This Sharffenberger recipe makes amazing chocolate cake! Sharffenberger cocoa powder is a huge step up from any other cocoa powder I’ve had. I want to try making brownies with it.
A picture from Luke’s party:
We’re in Houston now, staying in an apartment for a month while we find a rental home. The boys handled the trip well, and took things better than expected. I was worried how Christopher would handle bedtime in the hotels and apartment, sleeping in new rooms in a pack and play, but he’s been great with it all. Unfortunately, we got hit with the flu a few days after getting here and are still sick, but we’re slowly improving. We’re having a pretty quiet Thanksgiving as we try to recover.
“So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture Will give thanks to You forever; To all generations we will tell of Your praise.” (Psalms 79:13 NASB)
Big changes on the horizon! Ryan got a new job in Houston, with a starting date of November 18. So we’ll be moving next week! Things have been moving along quickly, and this last month has been extra chaotic. We would appreciate prayer as we make a big move with two toddler boys, try to find a house in Houston, and try to sell this house long-distance.
Monday, I took the boys to a pumpkin patch. Christopher had a blast! The weather ended up being pretty cold and windy, so Luke stayed bundled up in the stroller. Christopher didn’t mind the weather, though! First we went to the petting zoo there. They had a couple of goats, a turkey, roosters, and alpacas. Christopher was so excited, he kept running back and forth, and didn’t know what to do with himself! I told him he could hold his hand out and let the goat smell it. Christopher thought it was really funny and kept yelling, “Tickle! Tickle!” I carried Luke around to see the different animals, and he kept pointing at the goats and saying “dog”. He’s pretty into dogs.
Next, we checked out the pumpkins. Christopher has really liked pumpkins lately, and gets excited whenever we see pumpkin decorations somewhere. So the pumpkin patch was perfect for him!
He helped me pick out our pie pumpkins. He also picked out some smaller gourds, which are going into the sensory bin later!
Wednesday, Luke got his cast cut off and his removable brace put on!
He enjoyed riding in the wagon at the hospital.
After we got home, I got some pictures of the brace.
It ended up being a little too tight around his stomach, and was giving him stomachaches. So I took him back yesterday and they cut a bit more off and loosened it up around the waist. It seems great now! It’s so nice having in the brace instead of the cast. The brace is a lot trimmer and lighter, and I love being able to take it off him sometimes. He wasn’t too happy about taking a bath, though. He didn’t know what to think about being stuck in a bunch of water! It’s been so long since he’s been able to have a full bath, I’m sure he doesn’t remember it.
Overall, he’s responding really well to the change. They had warned me that it could take a while for him to be steady with the brace off, since his upper body wasn’t used to supporting him. But he hasn’t had any problem with it, and is just as active either way! He’s pretty excited about learning to walk, and loves going short distances on his own. This change hasn’t slowed him down at all!
During our apple week, we did a bit of apple stamping. Christopher had a lot of fun decorating a shirt.
It’s one of his favorite shirts now! He wants Luke to have one too, so we might need to make another one soon. After the apple, I gave him an apple cookie cutter to stamp with, and he also enjoyed learning to use a paintbrush.
Next week, we’re going to try pumpkin stamping! This time, I have a shirt for each of the boys.
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By far, the favorite sensory bin yet has been the apple cinnamon bin. I used a mixed of quick oats and old fashioned oats to make the texture more interesting, then added a bit of cinnamon, some foam apples from the dollar spot at Target, and cinnamon sticks. Christopher loves the cinnamon sticks!
Still trying to catch up on the last few weeks! We’ve been taking things pretty slowly, while I’ve been sick and we’ve been working on the house.
A few weeks ago, during our apple week, Christopher and I made homemade applesauce. I peeled, sliced, and core the apples, and Christopher helped me break them up into smaller chunks.
He also had fun learning to use a table knife, under careful supervision!
He helped me add some spices, too.
Then it cooked in the slow cooker for several hours until done. It was very good, but I added too much spice. I don’t think Christopher liked the cloves in it. We’ll have to try again without the cloves and see what he thinks! Store bought applesauce isn’t even on the same level as the homemade kind, though we certainly go through plenty of jars of Tree Top applesauce!
We’re resuming our fall-themed learning today and woke up to this!
Christopher’s response: “Whoa! Snow! Snowing! Whee, snow!”