Monday, April 30, 2007

Weekly Update... It's been a busy one!!

It seems that last week just flew by! I can't believe it's Monday again and I am looking at a schedule that is equally as hectic if not more so than last week! Saturday Jake had a Lacrosse game in the morning then we had Ben's Birthday party in the afternoon... 15 1st graders for a round of Monster Mini Golf was a lot of fun and pretty crazy too.. there are pictures of it in Ben's album.

Sunday we had Special Olympics... I just have to take a minute and tell you just how proud I am of Jake. He is only 11 and even though David is 12, Jake has taken on the role of big brother with David and of course he is also big brother to Ben and Caroline.. all 3 really look up to Jake. Anyway.. Jake plays on the Special Olympics Soccer team as a unified (peer) player. Anyone who has ever watched Jake on a playing field.. any playing field.. knows what an aggressive athlete he is. To see him on the soccer field with the kids on the team though, you would never guess. He is kind and caring, he takes every opportunity to pass the ball to one of the athletes and encourages them to kick the goals. He gives high fives for jobs well done. He acts far beyond his 11 years.

Today is Ben's actual Birthday. He had a good day in school and when he got home this afternoon he opened gifts from us. Then we went to Aric and David's track meet. David is running on the Middle School Track team. Today was the first meet and the first opportunity I had to see him run. He ran the 400 meter.. which is a substantial run for him. One of the 8th grade girls ran with him to pace and encourage him. He finished the race and his team mates cheered him on. I got a couple of pictures and i will post one below. It was very emotional for me to watch him run. He finished last, but he finished... and he was so proud! All this from a boy who didn't walk independently until he was almost 3 and 3 years ago sustained such severe burns to his leg that he spent 2 months in bed and couldn't walk without a walker. He just amazes me with his determination.

After Track we came home for dinner, Birthday cake and ice-cream. The boys played baseball in the back yard while I cleaned up after dinner. It was a good day.

Anyway.. enjoy the pictures!