Helping in the Kitchen 
Monday, May 31, 2010, 09:49
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Christina was a big help this weekend. Sunday we made pancakes and Christina helped mix the batter. After breakfast she also helped sweep the floor. Christina even helped with the dust pan and little broom.

Saturday Christina and I went to Irvine Park for Kevin's long awaited reception. Christina ate super well. I think she likes Kevin's cooking(he grilled). After eating and visiting we joined Aunt Sheri and Dylan playing on the slide. Christina and Dylan both sat on my lap for a trip down the slide. Both did excellent sitting well and holding on. I forgot to bring the camera to the play equipment so I did not get a picture. I'm still kicking myself for that. Then we headed for the animals. Christina got to pet a donkey and a calf. We also saw big turtles. One of them was eating lettuce. Most of the animals were trying to stay cool so they were hard to see. Then we stopped to get our feet wet in the creek on the way back.

Sunday Christina got to meet more neighbors. Simon is three and Max is six months. Christina was shy, but did say "Hi' to everyone.

I saved the best for last...
Christina has been walking in her gait trainer on the deck for awhile. Sunday she walked the whole length by herself. She got lots of encouragement and it was tough. I walked next to her for part of it. No hand holding, she did it on her own. When Christina made it to the end we were all done and I gave her a huge hug. I am so proud of her. We then went for a long shoulder ride as promised.

There is no one with more determination than Christina.

I will check into getting video up on the site. I do not want to use the 'free' sites.

Here are some pictures from Christina helping.

Another good Thursday 
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 23:16 - General, Doctor
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Another Thursday and it went well. Christina and I had a busy morning. We had a couple of meetings and Christina showed off. She is so cute and fun.

This afternoon we played outside a lot. Christina was a little sick yesterday so we took it easy. Lots of breaks and plenty of fluids.

I had the chance to see the moon shining down just right on the river tonight and it was beautiful. The moon is almost full and the river looked peaceful. Kinda relaxing just looking at it. I needed that. I still haven't decided if I like a full moon better or a new moon. Each has its place.

Also trying to decide on a date/time for Christina's birthday party. Leaning towards Saturday and early afternoon. Nothing fancy, small, and cake.

The day went by fast, already late. Gonna call it a night in a few.
Hot Weekend 
Sunday, May 23, 2010, 22:38 - General, Doctor
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It was hot this weekend. I turned the air on Sunday morning and very glad I did.

Saturday Christina and I went to the Mom Show with Haley, Jaycie, and Kassidy. Christina entertained them with her singing on the way there.

Christina and I went for a walk on Saturday and stopped at a couple of thrift sales. Christina met the neighbor kids this weekend and she had lots of smiles for them. We played with them on Sunday running and kicking the a ball. I am getting too old to run.

Christina did super well with everything we did: walking, using the gait trainer, in the Kid Cart, socializing. She is growing up so fast.

Mom Show 
Sunday, May 23, 2010, 22:12
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Saturday Daddy and Christina went to the Mom Show. Christina met Haley, Jaycie, and Kassidy. We picked the girls up and they went with. Christina sang for the girls on the way to the Mom Show. Christina did very well while we were there, she was a little shy. She did have smiles for everyone and a few "Hi's".

Christina and I went to a couple thrift sales close to home. Didn't find anything interesting, but we had fun bouncing and singing on the way there. Christina also played with the neighbor kids this weekend. We played outside until we were too warm then cooled off in the house. We went back and forth a few times, it was hot this weekend.

Christina did wonderful this weekend walking with and without the gait trainer. I am so proud of her. I think Christina is proud of herself too.

Back: Jaycie, Haley
Front: Derek, Christina, Kassidy
Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 22:43 - General
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What a good day for a stop at Dairy Queen. It hit the spot.

What a warm day. Almost turned the air on. Gonna see if I make it through the weekend with the air. I get a good breeze coming through. Christina's room and my room stay cooler than I expected.

I was going to go through the pictures, but I'm feeling lazy. It was a busy day. Time for bed.

Big Breakfast 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 07:39
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On Saturday went to have breakfast with some of the Kademan family. Christina did super well on the ride there, it takes about an hour to get there. It was the first time there was anyone sitting in the back of the van with her and she was cute trying to turn her head to listen to the conversation. Christina ate really well. I don't know where she puts it. Christina has always been a good eater. Some days though, it boggles my mind how much. Eggs and cheese, potatoes with cheese, sausage. The lil firecracker would not eat her fruit until after she had some eggs.

Christina also let grandpa hold her and they talked. Grandpa walked with her and she did well, but Christina held back some.

On Sunday we saw Grandma Kar and she treated to ice cream, yum. Christina and I played at the park. Christina loves going down the slide. She is so cute when she laughs at me trying to get on the slide.

I will work on getting new pictures up soon.
Weekend Update 
Monday, May 17, 2010, 00:16 - General, Doctor
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The weekend went wonderful. We had beautiful weather all weekend and Christina and I were able to spend lots of time outside. Sunblock weather it is.

Saturday morning Christina and I headed for the Kademan Family breakfast. We picked up grandpa, Julie, and Marilyn. Hope you are feeling better Don. Christina did excellent on the way there. She even was turning to look at Marilyn and listen to the conversation Marilyn and Julie were having. It was cute. And to add to how proud I am, it was the first time Christina had anyone in the back with her. Christina ate super well as usual. She played with grandpa and walked well for him. Christina also showed off how well she knows the alphabet. Christina said individual goodbyes when we left and had smiles for all.

Saturday afternoon grandma Kar came to visit. Christina was pleased to show our singing talents. And she wonderful walking in the yard. Thank you grandma Kar for the kitchen items and gas can.

Sunday Christina and I went to the park. We had a blast going down the slide. I still fit, yea me. Pam and Jake came to watch. Christina was giggly and wanted to show them how well she walks in the sand. Grandma Kar also came to watch, she even treated to ice cream. Yum, Christina ate most of it of course.

And, I even got the lawn mowed this weekend.

It was a fun weekend. Miss you Christina.

Sending cards 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 07:05
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Daddy took Christina to the mailbox so she could mail the Mother's Day cards she picked out. It made for a nice walk as we talked about all the cards we looked at and how she picked the ones she did.

Christina was sick last night and I hope she feels better today.

Christina was under the weather over the weekend with a cough. We stayed home and played on Saturday. Christina did wonderful walking around the house. She was not a fan of the gait trainer or her braces. We did come to an agreement and she did well even through the tears. Christina takes some of her best steps when she is mad and does not want to work at it. When Christina is done with the agreed time/steps she has that proud smile. She knows she does well.

Monday, May 10, 2010, 22:32 - General
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I thought it was April showers and May flowers. Not here. I don't mind the rain so much but the wind can settle down a bit. And the temp, I like it cool(some would say cold), but with the wind and rain it needs to warm up a bit. I'm not going to go for a walk in this stuff.

I saw some friends the other day and they made me feel old. If you are reading this Haley, Jaycie, and Kassidy; you all have grown up a lot since I last saw you.

Angela said Christina is sick tonight. Poor little girl. Daddy has you in his thoughts Christina.

I'm syncing the iPod before heading to bed and it needs to hurry up. Maybe I'll go see if it is still windy out before bed.

Have a good night.
behind on updates 
Friday, May 07, 2010, 07:54 - General
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Just a little shout to let everyone know that I have not forgotten to send an update. It has been busy around here and I take a little time in the evening to do nothing and attempt to clear my head.

I also want to send an individual email to all of you as opposed to the form letter.

Christina is doing well, you can always check her blog(I don't update that as often as I should either) at

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