Magnifying glass + sun + wood = A learning experience

The final result

The final result

With no friends around for the afternoon and me busy with weeds, I sent Bekah back in the house to grab a magnifying glass and try her hand at wood burning. When we were at the Mansfield’s last night we’d seen some of the work Matthew had done and it was quite impressive – he didn’t even hurt himself!

Well, I had to finish my weeding and come alongside her to do the ‘creating’ together, but we got pretty good results. I’d never actually done this before and had to figure it out a little by trial and error, i.e. we practiced on an ant to figure out if we were actually generating heat. We were! ūüėČ She asked for her name – I wrote “Bekah”, then she wanted the “Re” added. Then she started on the “M” for “Mom”. I think it turned out really cute. She then wanted to put it up somewhere and we decided that the aging play structure was a great place for it. So now, we’ve officially tagged the structure!

Getting the angle right was challenging.

Getting the angle right was challenging.

The structure with crazy Benny on the left and our board on the top cross beam.

The structure with crazy Benny on the left and our board on the top cross beam.

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Horseback riding therapy – “hippotherapy”

Jordan - with physical therapist and occupational therapists at Little Bit

Jordan - with physical therapist and occupational therapists at Little Bit

Jordan has been on the wait list for Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center for over 3 years and we finally got the call for him to come in for an assessment. 

After talking with me, viewing Jordan’s IEP (with school physical therapist’s notes), and setting some goals, it was time for Jordan to mount onto Bjourn and take his first lap around the arena.

Heading into the arena with all his team

Heading into the arena with his team

For the early riders, there is a PT on one side, an OT on the other, and another person behind who actually steers the horse kind of like a plow horse.

Here is Wikipedia’s brief explanation: In the hippotherapy environment, a¬†therapist¬†uses the¬†horse‘s movement to provide carefully graded sensory input. A foundation is established to improve¬†neurological function¬†and¬†sensory processing, which can be generalized to a wide range of daily activities. Unlike in¬†therapeutic horseback riding, where specific riding skills are taught, in hippotherapy the movement of the horse is a means to a treatment goal.

Jordan is so looking forward to his next time up on the horse.

Jordan is so looking forward to his next time up on the horse.

Jordan will be able to work on strengthening his trunk muscles, gait movement, visual tracking, hand strength, fine motor skills and a myriad of other things. He starts the summer quarter on Monday, July 6th at 3:00 pm! Yay!

Jordan’s ability to walk independently has grown so much in the past year. In November we sat down with the educational team and set goals for the year. The PT wanted to set a goal of Jordan walking 60 feet independently, to which Willie and I pretty much, well, laughed. He was currently doing almost 30 feet. Well, only 7 months later he was walking over 100 feet independently! God is so good to continue healing and growing this boy.

Garden bounty

With all the warm weather this spring our strawberries have ripen really early and quickly. We had our first strawberry June 1st! I’ve picked enough for spinach and strawberry salads, and this picture is of the bunch I picked for a volleyball party’s fruit salad. So yummy!¬†

Can’t wait until the carrots, beans, peas, tomatoes, and fruit from the trees are ready!

Berries picked from the garden on June 8th

Berries picked from the garden on June 8th

An afternoon interview

Willie and I had our first interview with Antioch today. It is this interview and their conversations with our pastors that determine whether or not we are accepted into their ministry. Of course, this whole thing is up to God, so who knows what the journey will look like, but we’ve started something.
As part of the documentation that I’d like to present this potential child someday, I took a picture of Willie and I on this special day.

What Willie and Steph looked like on the first face-to-face meeting day with Antioch

What Willie and Steph looked like on the first face-to-face meeting day with Antioch

Suite night at Safeco!

May 22, 2009 –

Our 2nd game of the season, this one was a gift from the Fitch family as a thank you for Willie’s help coaching Faith’s (and Jordan’s) baseball team over the years – well, and because we’re friends, too! As a Mariners employee, Ede gets a suite once a year and their family chooses to thank supporters of their family by inviting some of those people – Mariner fans – to enjoy the suite with them. This is our second year attending and it’s been a blast both times. This year, Jordan’s principal and his wife also attended so it was fun to chat with them.¬†

The Big Unit warms up in the bullpen

The Big Unit warms up in the bullpen

We watched this stance for so many years with Randy was with the Mariners it was really amazing to have seats right above the bullpen where he warmed up prior to the start of the game.

The wind up

The wind up

The delivery

The delivery

The Moose even visited during the 3rd inning!

Willie & Steph with the Mariner Moose

Willie & Steph with the Mariner Moose

Brian and Ede Fitch

Brian and Ede Fitch

Faith & Hannah Fitch with the Moose

Faith dances with the Moose while Hannah tries to jump in

Ede with Dr. and Mrs. Parnell

Ede with Dr. and Mrs. Parnell

The game was a very exciting one which ended up going into extra innings. Not only did Randy Johnson pitch for the visiting Giants, but it was Felix Hernandez bobble head night and the Mariners pulled out a victory in 12 innings! 

Willie and I had to leave the game early to catch the bus. The bottom of the 9th arrived, bases loaded, and the pinch hit Griffey – the place went wild. It was a bummer that he struck out but the electricity in the place to have Griffey in Johnson back together in the same game was worth going into extra innings. Following the game on Willie’s internet-enabled phone, we learned while we were passing Northgate on the bus that we won it in 12!

Fun night!

Kids!

What is up with this?!

I think this one speaks for itself...

I think this one speaks for itself...

Not exactly what I wanted to deal with as I rushed to get the kids ready for church Sunday morning. I didn’t deal with it, but I did manage to take a picture of it.

Morning Moments

A couple weeks ago the 9:00 hour rolled around and Bekah still hadn’t rolled out of bed. I headed upstairs and the following conversation ensued:

Me, “Come on,Bekah-boo, you need to get up and get going.”

Bekah, laying in bed, “I’m waiting for you to get me clothes.” (Which I never do!)

Me: “Are you kidding me?” I pick out some random clothes and toss them on her.

Bekah: “Are you kidding me? Those don’t even match!”

I’m still laughing.

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