Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving Week

Playing around


Speech re-eval.  Joy understands so much and communicates with me so well, that  it’s interesting (and a little sad) to see the official results of her speech eval.  She doesn’t understand the word ‘not.’  She doesn’t do plurals.  She can operate in her world just fine, but can’t use the vocabulary to answer questions beyond ‘what’ questions.    Putting all of that aside, she knows what she wants and she knows how to get it.  I understand her.  That is the point of therapy to expand her abilities so others can see this amazing girl!IMG_2333

Cuddling                                                                                      Welcoming Grandpa


Setting up for Christmas – she was so excited this year!  She put that stocking around her neck and took off.  She wanted to do everything!  She is so excited for Christmas!


Thanksgiving at Grandma and Grandpa Ball’s house.  She loved their cat so much, the cat finally run up into the tree to escape!


Our Black Friday shopping was fun!

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Joy has entered into a new phase.  She doesn’t want to eat meals anymore.  Now she hasn’t stopped eating.  She just doesn’t want to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  She wants to eat all the time, but only slices of bread, green apples, grapes, and that’s about it.  Gotta work on that one!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

How Joy Goes to School Everyday

joyfully, of course

Joy’s Week

Croup hit our house and Joy took her turn.  Poor thing!


Slowly she got better and better and better.  Till Saturday when she was well enough to go to Dance class!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Joy’s Week


Tuesday was no school.  Instead Joy and I went to school for Parent Teacher Conference.

Poor Joy – she was so confused! We are going to school, but without the backpack and I can bring the ipad?

Her teacher said she is doing great!  She said Joy is a a joy to have in class! :)

For the rest of the day we made cookies and played with sisters.



Playing with sister


Friday we skipped school and went to the zoo!  Joy loved the map and petting the goats!


Joy has found sister’s old softball helmet.  She loves it!  She gets all dressed up and settles in to watch TV  - it’s the funniest thing!


Sunday, November 04, 2012

Joy’s Week

I can check out my own books, thank you!

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At Uncle Nathan’s baseball game

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The girls love their baths together!               Joy and the pumpkin


Joyful jumping, hanging out with sister and puppy, Joy and her cousin


Halloween – oh Halloween!  We brought the stroller with us to help Joy get to each new house.  If she doesn’t want to do something or gets tired, she just plops down and there is no moving her!  So we thought the stroller would save us.  And it did – for about the first 5 houses.  Then she figured out that she was getting candy from these houses.  And she noticed that everyone gave her sisters one treat, but her two or three because she is so cute!  To the point that she started putting up her pumpkin for the extra piece before she would leave the house.  Then she would sweetly and politely say, “Thank you” in her cute voice and nine times out of ten she would score another piece of candy!  Little Miss Bumblebee figured this out fast and she started running from door to door – we had to try and keep up! 

And then she was almost hit by a car.  Oh my goodness!  She and her sister were standing and waiting for a car to pass them on the road.  Joy saw me across the street.  She was so excited – she wanted to tell me something exciting!  She tore away from her sister and came one foot away from being hit.  Her sister screamed.  I screamed.  The lady driving the car stopped and flew out of her car to make sure everything was OK.  Jessi, the sister who has been holding her hand, was sobbing.  How grateful I am that Joy was OK.  How terrifying!  Joy was strapped into her stroller and had to do the rest of her Trick or Treating from there. 

She got quite a haul that night – but we were most thankful that she was alive to eat her candy!  That girl must have a legion of angels assigned to protect her!


Finger painting – we had to take a bath afterwards to get all that paint off!


Headed out to Ballet Class.  Sister drove her.  They both wore pig tails!


Dancing at sister’s party!