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Summer 2021 went by SO FAST. With our wacky school schedule, we start shifting gears to get back to school when most of our family and friends around the country are just starting their summers.
We've been back in school since mid-July ish now while most of our friends are still mid-summer.
Raina was in school all of June and summer was consumed by activities and therapies and habilitation...but we were able to get in some camping and boating, lots of swimming, and FINALLY...after too long a wait....some visitors.
Anyway, this was how it all went.
Raina is totally fine. The giant bandage on her head is just holding all the electrodes onto her little noggin (and itching her like crazy!)
We didn't really get any answers from this testing, only that her tremors are probably not related to epilepsy, which is a good thing.
But I knew I would have an extended period of time in a little room with my cute little sweetie (but without the ability to do any work during my busy season) so of course, I brought my camera.
She's a rockstar.
We started in-person school this week after a 2-week online version of school that kinda worked. The teachers at the kids' school were AWESOME and so well organized with great material and engaging videos and lessons. But, here we are. Day 2 of the kids being back in school. We also are under a heat advisory so there was no recess yesterday which sparked Darius to ask if he could switch to online. I explained what that would be like (through the district's Virtual Academy) and he said he would decide after a few weeks. HAHA! We chose in-person over the Edgenuity online school that the district offered because Raina needs to be in school. The online stuff was pretty pointless for her. She needs her therapies and her teachers who went to a whole bunch of school to learn how to teach kids like her.
That being said, we have reached what appears to be the end of this endless summer...or spring break. We were on spring break when this whole thing went down/got real and we just never went back. It has been a long, stressful, lonely, quiet (other than the kids screaming at each other) couple of months. We finished last year online the best we could and I spent every evening out in the road with a lawn chair, a beer, and our amazing neighbors while the kids rode their bikes and other wheels around while screaming their heads off and burning off energy.
We took a lot of pictures, we made a lot of things, we gained 2 pets (a fish and a hamster), we grew some really tall sunflowers and a few veggies, baked a little, built a lot of Legos, swam for like 5 hours each day, built a lot of forts, watched a lot of TV, played lots of video games. We didn't venture out into nature enough. I had good days and bad days and probably could have used some outdoors but a lot of days were a struggle to do anything really. I knew that if I got the energy up to out to the mountains or to the river that I would be frustrated with the crowds (there has been an unprecedented amount of litter, etc in our parks and rec areas during this time). and wouldn't be able to get the peace that I had gone there for. The lows were lower than anything I have ever experienced and the highs were moderate. The highs were pretty much all due our neighbors...if it weren't for them it would have been so very much harder for me. Friends are my oxygen.
We were able to continue with Raina's horseback riding without interruption, thankfully. And we were able to travel to NJ several times to look after the farm. Djavad kept working this whole time, which is much better than I can say for a lot of aviation families. I have had a few sessions here and there but didn't have a whole lot of time to work/edit outside of refereeing the kids arguments and keeping them on track. I used the time I did have to work on my website and SEO and marketing and even take a few more photography classes! I am hoping for a super fall!
Here are some of our memories from this time at home:
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