For the past 5 weeks, Beckett has been working for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week doing conductive education therapy. 

This is the same type of therapy he did two years ago in Santa Rosa but this year, we worked with UCP to bring a program to Reno. It was so nice being able to stay home and still give him the therapy he’s so been missing! Since we stopped seeing his OT beck in February, I feel like he’s regressed. This program was exactly what he needed to kick him back into gear and perfect timing for school to start in a few weeks. 

A typical day consisted of morning circle and singing, floor stretching, potty training, speech activities, table stretching, snack where Beckett held his spoon and practiced feeding himself,  individual activities where Beckett worked on rolling and head control, sitting and standing activities, walking, potty, lunch, fine motor crafts, then more walking to end the day. 

There were 6 students in THRIVE this year. All super sweet boys with great parents which made the days go by much faster. Jimmy was able to cover a couple mornings each week so I could juggle work hours, which is also great so jimmy can help carry some of the therapy program into Beckett’s daily routine. 

His principal, kinder teacher, special education teacher, school OT (who is his old private OT!), new private OT, and new private speech therapist all came to observe the program. I’m feeling good about the team we have in place and think Beckett’s going to see a lot of progress this year. 

Fingers crossed UCP can get funding to continue THRIVE in the future!

Fun Summer Days


I feel like school got out pretty late this year. Addie’s last day was just over a week ago, and Beckett’s was a week before that, so really, we only had one week of summer before Beckett started his conductive education intensive therapy program this week (more on that soon). We managed to pack a whole lot into that one week, though! Horse lessons started up again for Addie and Beckett. Actually, this was the start of the second session. They did a few weeks in May. We had our first pool days since our community pool opened up a couple weeks ago. We spent an entire day at Burnt Cedar beach in Tahoe. And, if all else fails, backyard pool days were a good backup plan. Add that to recital and Father’s Day and it seems we packed more into one short week than we usually do into a whole summer! We’ve had some crazy busy fun days with hopefully a whole lot more to come. No place I’d rather be than with these loonies!

Father’s Day


With our crazy busy week leading up to Father’s Day, our actual day was pretty low key. Church and dinner at my parents house was pretty much all we had left in us this year. Addie made the most awesome present for Jimmy though, so that made up for the lack of excitement surrounding the celebration.

Recital Round 4


Another recital in the books! Addie danced hard this year and pushed herself way outside of her comfort zone. She did a leaps and turns class which had mostly competition team students. Addie was the youngest and easily the least experienced in the class. She spent a month in tears every week, and just when I was about to let her quit, something flipped and she loved the challenge. She also didn’t want to do another combo class, and instead chose to do tap. Her teacher is the owner of the studio and an amazingly talented tapper. Addie had a great time and really improved this year. Their routine was very challenging. They did great and had so much fun performing. But Addie said her favorite part of the recital was dancing on stage during the finale with her friend Elle.

It’s been so fun to see her progression from age 3 to now. Isn’t she the cutest?



Waaaay behind on this old blog…sorry! A couple weeks ago, this darling had her final day of kindergarten. What a journey she’s had in just one short school year. She entered kinder reading basic words and is now at a 3rd grade level. And while we knew her reading was amazing, her teacher was blown away with her growth in math, too. What?! She scored 99th percentile on the end of year MAPS testing in both areas. Who is this brilliant little soul? We couldn’t be more proud of her growth this year in academics and socially.

Her last week of school was filled with awards ceremonies, field day, and class play. Lots of fun memories. She chose to be a story teller in the play, which meant she had to memorize lines throughout the entire thing. She was pretty stressed about it but practiced multiple times every night and, of course, nailed every line when the day came.

At awards night, she received the general class excellence award, which her teacher described as the valedictorian of the class. The Friday before, she also got an award for reading 30 books in Spanish. The best part, she’s such an eager little learner.

The day before the final day of school, they had all-school field day at the park. Her class took a group hike (she and her buddy William lead the pack), had face painting, ate lunch, and played water games until mom ruined the party and made us go home before getting too much sun. Then the last day of school was pretty much just a freebie. Addie was in tears. She had such a good year and was so sad to leave her friends and amazing teacher.

This girl! My goodness, we couldn’t have been more blessed when God gave us this amazing daughter! We so love this beauty!

A few weekends back, my amazingly talented friend Seema and I hosted a baby shower for our dear friend Jocelyn. This was such a fun shower to plan, thanks Pinterest. It was so pretty with yummy food and even yummier cocktails, and of course the best of friends! Jocelyn is the most gorgeous preggo mama! I can’t wait to meet the darling Ellenie in August. 

This smiley little dude is heading off to kindergarten! He had such an amazing preschool teacher so it’s bittersweet, but he’s ready for a new challenge. Not sure I am, but he’s going, like it or not. His class had a cute little ceremony to honor the graduates. Beckett thought it was the best! Praying for good things and even more amazing teachers in the future.