Sunday, December 2, 2012

Abilities Expo, Thanksgiving, Santa, and Some Pretty Amazing Videos

Hello Everyone!

I really need to get better about these updates, especially since my school schedule is slowing down at the moment (for a few weeks...everything ramps up again in January).

We went to the Abilities Expo in San Jose a few weeks ago.  When we went last year, we were very new to the SCI world and the whole experience was a bit overwhelming--information overload.  This year was different-we knew what we wanted to look at (stuff for J's chair) and had a better time.  It was amazing to see how many people we knew there-the SCI world, even in the vast Bay area, is quite small.  It was also a day to realize how lucky we have been with J's injury.  We've always been hesitant to feel better about our situation because people around us had it worse (worse injuries, more complications, etc etc), but it is hard not to have this happen--not to see that things could have been worse. The only way I can rationalize it is that I'm certain there are people that have looked at our family and been grateful for not having to walk (or wheel) in our shoes.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving day. Savannah helped me bake and cook (she's quite the little chef).  Another Cal grad student came over for dinner (he made the most amazing turkey) and we had a great dinner.  

The real fun for me, though, came the next day when we started decorating for Christmas.  We decorated a wonderful gingerbread house (this was mostly Jason and my brother, Bo--Savannah was more interested in hoarding the candy for herself).  We also put up a tree, planted Amaryllis bulbs, put together a Christmas Lego scene, and assembled our Advent calendar (Savannah got her first prize from this yesterday...she's a fan).




Savannah also visited with Santa...for our Bay area parents, I strongly recommend the Santa at Stanford Shopping Center...he spent over 10 minutes with Sav.  He read her a book about the North pole and gave her a cute little reindeer stuffed animal.

Jason's mom, Gail, has been visiting with us for the past few days.  On a normal day, Savannah is spoiled, but with Grandma in town?  Wow, spoiling is in overdrive :)



But since Gail is in town, I was able to go with Jason to SCI-FIT yesterday and get some video footage of what he's up to these days....wow...I was so amazed at the progress he's made.  Really impressive.  I think the folks at Kennedy Krieger are really going to be excited about the gains he's had in the last 6 months (another reminder for MD folks, email me if you'd like to meet up while we're in town in January!).  


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Walking sideways


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Kicks!!


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I'm not entirely sure what this is called, but it looked difficult.

I hope you all are having a great weekend (and for our bay area friends, staying dry in this torrential rain).

Love you all,
Ashley

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