It's been a long and often diffucult summer but we also had a lot of fun. We decided at the very last minute that we really needed to, and could, get away as a family. So the best fitting option for us turned out to be a cruise to Mexico. We have never cruised before (honestly were never interested); bareboated, but not cruised, but with Long Beach so close (no airfare for 6, let alone travel time) all food taken care of (yeah!) and having some kind of activity for 2 yr olds through 20 yrs olds, it had something for everyone in our family. Can't say that we are big fans of the big boats, but it was a great way to spend time together and get away from it all.
Cory and Jamie have had a busy summer, Cory worked and helped out with the littles and all the Dr. appointments we've had. Jamie has been working out, relaxing after her Jr. year and spending time with her sisters.
Kelly stumped us, and her doctors, by coming down with Henoch-Schonlein purpura, a childhood vasculitis in early July. It's an autoimmune disease that forturnately usually goes away by itself in a few months, and usually has no lasting damage. It took a long time and many tests to confirm, and it did cause a lot of "down" time for her this summer, but she's doing great now, and we hope to be done with it.
Drew continues to amaze us with her developement and recovery from her surgery in June. It took awhile to make sure that all her systems were fine and untouched by the surgery, but everything seems to be perfect and she continues to be the "wild woman" of the house. She is still in her Developemental Delay therapy group, but is about to be kicked out, due to her not needing it! She has started Speech Therapy with Kelly's first SLP, Chelsea, and loves it. I think this will be needed for quite awhile, as it's her worst delay and her speech has not improved nearly as rapidly as the rest of the delays (which are now gone). Her behaviour is true blue two, a wonderful thing to see her act like a typical, annoying, loving, demanding two yr old.
School starts for Jamie and the littles in a few days, Cory returned to Cal a few weeks ago, so the routine is about to settle in. What a summer!