Friday, March 21, 2014

Telling Time?

Bryce has been holding out on us again.  Or maybe (obviously) I just haven't asked him the right questions to find out what he knows.  I learned this morning of something else Bryce is able to do.  He can tell time!  I knew that he would watch the clock and know when it was time for recess or something like that, but he could have just known what the clock looked like when it was that time...since it is the same every day.  I've wondered about this!

Well, today his Para at school said that she has been working with him and she now knows that he is able to actually tell time!  She has been holding up a clock, setting it to a certain time, 1:00, 3:00, etc, and asking him what time it is.  She then lets him choose (with his eyes) from multiple options.  She said that he has answered correctly with every one of the "on the hour" times that she has asked of him.  Every single time!  She did say that he made a couple of mistakes on things like 1:30, 3:30, etc, but otherwise got every other one correct!  She has just done on the hour and half hour so far, but who knows how much more that boys knows.  I'm guessing it's a lot!

What really amazes me is that no one has ever sat down and taught him how to tell time.  He just knows!  He has just picked it up by observing and listening to what is going on around him I guess. 

Unbelievable, okay, not really, but I am just so thrilled to know that his brain is working as well as I have always thought it was.  I love that someone outside of our home is actually discovering this and continues to find new ways to challenge him and discover what he knows.  

I cannot wait for this boy to get home from school so he can show off for me as well!  :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Fashion Show Fundraiser

March 15th!  It's less than a week away!

I have to tell you, the goodness of people never ceases to amaze me.  A while back I got a call from my friend Luhanna Chesley.  She said that she, and her Mary Kay director, Linda Christenson, want to do a Mary Kay Fashion Show Fundraiser to earn money for Bryce and Annalise.  Linda is from California and will be coming to Arizona on March 15th just to do this fundraiser for our children.  She is also planning to do one in California as well.  Here is the information on the one here in Arizona.   We will be there with Bryce and Annalise.  Anyone and everyone is welcome to come! 
When:  Saturday March 15th at 1pm.
Where:  8220 E. Garfield St.  Scottsdale, Az.
Cost:  $10 at the door.  
There will be an awesome door prize, and other raffle prizes to be won!
The audience will be the judges, so we need as many people as possible to help cheer on their favorite model.  

I wasn't sure what to say when Luhanna approached me about this fundraiser.  It's a pride thing I guess, but it is hard to accept money from other people and to know that they are putting so much of their time toward helping our children/family when I know that there are so many other families out there who are in greater need and who go through so much more than our family does.  The volunteer models are regular people just like me and you who are giving up their own time to help our children.  Most have never met Bryce, Annalise, or anyone in our family and yet they want to help us.  Wow!  It's just amazing to me.

Luhanna has put my mind at ease through this process and made it a breeze for us.  I am so very, very thankful to Luhanna, Linda, and all of the people who are volunteering as models in an effort to raise money to help with our children's daily care.  Every bit of money that is raised during these fundraisers will go toward the daily costs of caring for Bryce and Annalise including feeding supplies, therapy supplies, durable medical equipment, medical supplies (that are not covered by insurance), and maybe even an adapted toy or two for Bryce.

Again, we are so, so very thankful to everyone who is working so hard to make this fundraiser a success.  I know that I will not even get to meet or thank most of you personally, but I hope that you know how much we appreciate every bit of time, money, thoughts, and prayers that are spent and said in behalf of our children.  We are very blessed!  Thank you!