Wednesday, July 29, 2009


After 5 years of having a little girl who was scared to death of getting even a drop of water on her face...........5 years of her being afraid to take a bath/shower..............5 years of her being scared to wash her hair........... Our little Zoe is swimming!!!!!!!!!!!! As of today!!!!!!!!!!! I was in the pool, she was all sunblocked, had her t-shirt on, then asked if she could sit on the steps. I said sure! Next thing I know is, I've convinced her to get in with me without using her 'swim vest'. Then we started practicing doggy paddling......then I let go of her!!! She did it!! Several times across the shallow end (of course, with me right there) We are so excited.....our little girl is getting braver. Hopefully this will lead to doing things like 'nasal washes'!
Other news..... Caleb has been gone into the Army Youth Challenge Academy for almost 2 weeks now. I miss him. He will be gone for 5 months. I really hope and pray that this will enable him to grow up a bit and be ready for the big real world.
After much thought and tears, after exclusively home schooling for almost 20 years, after my 15 year old pleaded his case, we have decided to allow him to attend public high school. It was a hard decision. The school does seem to be a 'good' school. They have a complete seperate building for the 9th graders (which is what he will be), it is called the 9th grade academy. Hopefully it will all go well.
My son, Dalton, and his wife, Donna, who live in N.J., are coming to visit for the first time since Christmas!! They will be driving down. And to make it even more special, they are coming the weekend that Mel and Jazz are here! My oldest daughter, Tara, and her boyfriend, Cecil, will also be coming that weekend! It will be a crazy, wonderful time! I can hardly wait!
Zoe has had a 'yucky' nose for 2 weeks now. Still just watching it to see if it will go away on it's own.
She got her ballet leotard, tights, shoes and skirt in the mail today. She is soooo excited about starting ballet classes on the 10th. This is the first class of anything she has ever taken. She loves to watch ballet. Of course, I am nervous. The first thing she has ever done outside of her cf world. Being around other girls....I start with all the what if's.......what if they tease her about her throat clearing/coughing/ her nose being congested, her big tummy, her gas, you know..... I know she can't stay protected forever.... Then there is the sickness factor, I'm hoping that parents don't send their girls to ballet class sick. ugghhh. Obviously, I'm thinking WAYYY tooooo much.
Well, I suppose this was long enough...
Take care everyone!!!


  1. Way to go, Zoe! I remember my son was afraid of slides for the longest time and then on a birthday he just suddenly started going down slides.

    Have a great time with Mel & Jazzy. Sounds like you'll have a FULL HOUSE!

    Hope Zoe can stay "healthy"

  2. Yaaayyyy Zoe!!! I can't believe she is swimming and going to dance too!! I am so proud of her and also of my wonderful, brave Mom!! You are giving All of us kids exactly what we need.. as always...
    I love you Mom.. And we can't wait to get up there and see everyone!! Love... Tara