Saturday, June 27, 2009

a quilt.

Kate is a member of the ponds (parents of near drownings) group... she is not a parent of a near drowning, but is a quilt maker. She has a long waiting list for her special quilts. Isabelle has been on her list for years. At least two years ago Kate mentioned some of the patterns of material she had found and wanted to know if anyone on the waiting list was interested. She mentioned an olivia the pig pattern and I said I thought Iz would love that!

The Olivia the pig quilt arrived this week. Such a beautiful quilt full of so much handwork and love. The border around the edge says, "exercise is good, accessorizing is better." Isn't that cute? There are pigs with bows and different accessories on the quilt. It's a great size and I know Isabelle will enjoy it so much. We've had fun just looking at the different pigs on the quilt.
The quilt group is "Circle of Hope." Thank you Kate & Circle of Hope for such a wonderful quilt of love and... well... pigs :) !

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

a surprise

Today was Izzy’s day for ESY … which is Summer school. She has been missing Melanie (her favorite teacher)! Today Melanie came to surprise Izzy! She brought balloons… and one was ORANGE. Izzy grabbed the orange balloon when Melanie showed them to her. Word was that Iz did better with Karen and Camilla than she has all Summer. Melanie is a great motivator. Lots of exciting things to look forward to this school year including a new classroom of their very own that is bigger and can accommodate all the things needed to make school perfect! So great.

Thank you Melanie for coming to school today to surprise Izzy. She was so happy to see you! (so was I) :)




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Thursday, May 21, 2009

izzy's teachers...

I made the teachers and therapists t-shirts... they all wore them on her graduation day!

I'll be back later to post report card info for ms. smarty pants Isabelle :) !

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

zoo and orange...

Yesterday when I was picking up Isabelle from school, they were letting her choose the color of her new hand splints. I usually just order pink or purple when we get any type of splints or orthotics... anyway, with her new found ability to make choices using her left hand for no and right for yes... they were eliminating choices and had it narrowed down to three. Pink, neon green, and orange. I watched as they showed her each color several times and she chose orange! I couldn't believe it! Gram and her love of OSU has obviously had more affect on Iz than I had thought! So she'll be sporting fancy orange hand splints.

Today was the zoo field trip. After an early morning State Honor Society breakfast, me and Izzy headed to the zoo. We actually beat the school buses by almost an hour! I was happy to see a few old friends from church and then a couple of "girls" I graduated with not many years ago :) ... It was nice catching up and then we hit the zoo!

It was a very humid day. My hair is the biggest evidence of that!!!

Izzy and Emelia (Izzy's school para/mom's daughter) got airbrushed tatoos at the zoo. They chose butterflies.

We braved the stinky snake house! Here's Izzy checking out a tortoise!

The snakes were icky! But we looked at them all!

There were two things I didn't exactly enjoy about the timing of our zoo trip. 1. It was feeding time which meant there were a lot of animals gnawing on a lot of nasty bones and other things... and 2. Those things have to come out of those animals and the gorillas made quite a show of that. I will spare you the details, but lets just say some things should NEVER be eaten!

This is teacher appreciation week and me and Izzy sure do appreciate these two girls!!! Michele and Melanie are the most awesomest bestest para and teacher ever!!!
Here's Izzy and Michele's daughter Emily. They had fun zoo-ing together today!
This is what kept me and izzy hydrated! Our favorite drink!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

izzy's great day.

Izzy had a great “blogworthy” day at school…

(here’s the note that came home with her today)

Special times in Isabelle’s Day


1. Ate lemon pudding in the cafeteria with kids and opened mouth wide!!! :)

2. Used yes/no response cards for lessons (and got them all right) for 30 minutes!

3. Sang all through music.


Told Margaret, “I want to go.” after Melanie left the room. Margaret said, “you can go when say Melanie” SO IZZY SAID (drum roll) elanie!!! Yes she got to go back to Melanie!


Sat in Michele’s lap after a lot of hard work and smiled BIG!

A+ day - showed us how smart she is today - made Michele cry, (happy tears)!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Report Card

I thought I would share the details of Izzy's report card for this 9 weeks at school. She has been doing really great at school. We are so extremely blessed with the group of people who work with Izzy at school. They are the BEST!

Izzy's IEP goals page showed the following::::::::::::::::::
While in supported sitting or standing, Isabelle will initiate reaching for object or switch, 3/4 presented.
10/14/08 25%
1/6/09 40%
3/11/09 50%

Goal #2
In supported sitting or standing, Iz will maintain head/neck in neutral position for two minutes, 2/5 trials, while engaged in visual or academic activity.
10/14/08 10%
1/6/09 25%
3/11/09 50%

Izzy has been doing great with head control activities in all positions. She has been able to hold a neutral position while prone over a wedge and without complaint!

Progress report

Izzy is a sweet young lady who always tries hard. She has shown much
improvement this school year. Since our last progress report Izzy has
shown an increase in her ability to answer yes/no questions using her yes/no
cards. She has shown us that if given 3-17 seconds to respond she will
wiggle the fingers on the hand that has the corresponding answer.

A definite improvement in her head control and eye gaze has been made this
semester. She holds her head straighter and holds her eye contact longer
when using the new CCTV machine in the classroom. Her attention span is
longer and she seems to really enjoy looking at the material presented on the

Izzy loves to ride the bike and do things that are physical. I have
watched her develop an increase in fine motor control. When I place items
in her hands she holds them for longer periods of time. She likes to draw
and color.

Izzy is holding her head up for longer periods of time while on her
stomach. She is becoming more vocal when she wants something. On the
occassion that her teacher says or does something silly she cuts her eyes over
and gives us "the look!"

Michelle and I look forward to seeing her everyday. She is a joy to
work with.

Melanie C.

Like I said, these are such great people who encourage Izzy to do her best and push herself daily. I am so thankful for them!

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

izzy rides the bike!

I got a call from Izzy's teacher, Melanie, right before arriving at school today. She told me my presence was requested in the hall to watch Izzy ride the bike! By the time I got there she was pooped, but she still pedaled! The video is of her bike ride, towards the end she starts pedaling by herself again.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

kid walk

Here are a few pics of Iz in the kid walk today…

The first one is kinda funny because she was working to get her head out.

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Friday, January 09, 2009

izzy's report card

Kindergarten Progress Report
January 8, 2009
Izzy is demonstrating improvement on a regular basis in several areas since our last progress report.
Izzy is using her eye gaze on a more consistent basis to choose activities and when making her preference known from a choice of two things. She is becoming more vocal both with her likes and dislikes!
In the general education classroom she sits very attentively during group time on the carpet and has started responding vocally when the other students are interacting with her.
Izzy’s new chair is allowing her to be more on the same physical level as her peers in the classroom. The students love to sit beside her or stand by her chair and help her with her work. Izzy shows she enjoys this as well by looking at them and trying to do what is asked.
In Physical Therapy Izzy is showing major improvements. She always pushes with her legs when asked to stand and seems to be developing more head control.
My goal for Izzy is that we continue to provide her with many opportunities to communicate her wants and needs to friends and teachers and give her many opportunities to communicate what she is learning. We will continue to try to make school fun, interesting, challenging and a place where she can make many good friends.
Izzy is precious and a delight to work with!
I HEART Melanie. She always expects a lot from Isabelle and I give God the glory for each and every improvement, but expecting things from Isabelle is wonderful because she meets those expectations.
After school yesterday Melanie mentioned she had a good day with Camilla. When we got home Camilla had emailed this:
Sorry I had to leave today before I got to talk to you. Izzy did a fantasticjob in P.T. today. Her standing looked incredible - feet flat on the floor (shehad her braces on), working really hard to keep her knees straight, keeping herhead up. I was really encouraged today and I am so excited for that Kidwalk tocome in. Izzy seemed pleased, as well, and smiled several times. It was a greatday. I told her she brought joy to my heart!!! Hope you all have a greatweekend. Camilla
I ♥ Camilla! She has always pushed Isabelle with love!

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Saturday, January 03, 2009


We got word from Asbury that the "kid walk" is finally all ready to be delivered! It is amazing when you go through the steps/hoops for something like this and finally get it! It is such a happy "finally" moment! We first tried this piece of equipment out in June. The pic is from that first trial of the kid walk. It is pretty new and we were all excited about how she looked in it and had great hopes for her in it. After a trip to the orthotist in November we began working on getting her feet in a flat position so that she wouldn't be working against them. Gary the orthotist made special stretching foot splints with springs that allowed her to push against them, but when she sleeps they automatically pull on her feet constantly. She has made such great gains over the last couple of months wearing the splints mostly at night. We tell her that she is getting her feet ready for the kid walk and she really seems motivated to tolerate the splints. We also got the swash in November and it has made a world of difference in her hips. I wish we'd had this all along!

They will deliver the kid walk Wednesday to school. I can't wait to get her upright more and see her have an opportunity to move. All she has to do is simply lean at first and the walker will roll in any direction. I am hoping that she will be excited about moving herself.

Isabelle had a good Christmas, she had a little cold but overall seemed to enjoy the holidays more this year than in previous years.

AFO measurements... left 18, right 8! The plan is to pick up the soft body cast (removeable and for positioning) in one week, revisit in two weeks for adjustments and at that time make molds for the new standing/walking afos and order the little shoes!!! We are so close!

God is good. All the time.

Happy New Year!