Mr. Andi and I have been talking about taking the kids on a trip once Sarah Kate makes substantial progress in rehab as a sorta-reward. The problem? We won’t have a lot of moola to spend this year because of all the medical expenses. Enter Haley, who recently posted a great piece on visiting New Orleans with your kids.
New Orleans may just be the perfect choice. The kids have never been there, it’s only a couple of hours away, and summer is the cheapest time to go – because of the sweltering heat and humidity, no one wants to travel there. We’re “lucky” in that we live in the exact same climate so we can either be hot at home or hot in NOLA – might as well be NOLA!
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I’m trying not to think about the beaches. We live so close to them, but right now they feel so far out of our grasp. It’s always been a challenge to take both kids to the beach – Sarah Kate can’t be loaded down like a pack mule like most older kids because of her poor balance, and Nathan loves to run (not always when it’s convenient for us to chase him). In the past, at least, Sarah Kate’s been able to walk by herself down to the sand and waves, but I don’t see that happening this year.
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Sarah Kate got another award this week at school – the Superintendent’s Award for having not just an A average, but straight As in every subject for the year. We took her up to the school for the awards ceremony, and her principal gave some opening remarks recognizing three students who exemplified compassion, teamwork, and courage. Guess who was “courage”? 🙂
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Not only was Sarah Kate the example of “courage,” but her buddy Connor was “teamwork”. I’m so proud of them both!
Mr. Andi is on his own with the kiddos this weekend while I’m off with a friend on a scrapbooking retreat. He shall soon learn the joy of having Nathan dump out all the dog food and water while he is in the other room with Sarah Kate helping with her exercises. He will soon know what it feels like to hear an unidentified noise that requires immediate investigation while he is unable to move because he is spotting Sarah Kate as she holds a standing position.
I anticipate a warm welcome upon my return.
As predicted, Mr. Andi was floored by yesterday’s post. My friend Dawn texted me as soon as she read it to tell me she fears I may have PTSD from the past six weeks of being at home with Sarah Kate. If I decide to do it (and I shouldn’t really say “I” because it would be a family decision), it won’t be until kindergarten so I have a year to research, plan, and decide if I have what it takes. I’m doubtful but we’ll see. If you have any thoughts, send them my way!
Have a great weekend!
This post was inspired by and is linked to Conversion Diary‘s 7 Quick Takes.