Thursday, April 1, 2010

What's up????

Wow, I see it's been 3 months since I posted - I guess I've been busy. I have gone back to school and am in the Master's Program for Visual Disabilities at FL State University. I am taking 2 classes; one on line and the other I drive to Fort Lauderdale once a week. Both classes are very informative with info on Torrie! This has helped with her IEP with the district.

It has taken a year, but Torrie will receive cane instruction beginning April 5th when she returns from spring break.!!!! This is an answer to prayer!!! God is faithful!!! We got an independent evaluation which "saw" a lot of things that David and I have been seeing. My job now is to find the kindergarten that will best serve her needs, so I have been checking out classes.

Bryanna is in her last semester of middle school! OY! She wants to go to the public high school and she is looking at the criminal justice program. She is on spring break this whole week and has been hanging with friends.

We hope that everyone will have a wonderful Easter!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

We enjoyed the 5pm service at church on Christmas Eve, especially The Little Drummer Boy Stomp rendition. The music was too loud and lights too bright for Torrie, so she & I were in the back of the church listening. She got to see the lights on the tree and the candles we lit which then were lit all over the church. I told her it was Jesus, who is the Light of the World.

When we got home, we left cookies and milk for Santa and oatmeal on the grass for the reindeer. This is Torrie's first Christmas that Santa is "making sense." I had to keep telling her to SLEEP thru the night if you want Santa to come visit.

We had a great Christmas day in FL! Of course, we had the air on with the temp toward 80 but there was no snow. The girls opened presents in the late morning (Bry slept in) and Torrie got a Braille/print letter from Santa that she is thrilled with. Both girls got a lot of clothes. Bry is thrilled with hers!

My dad and sister came over for ham & cheesy potatoes for dinner. We opened presents and then had dessert. Torrie combed Grampa's hair - just like Bryanna used to way back when. It was a great day.

We wish everyone a great Christmas and wonderful New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Bryanna!

Bryanna turned 14 this morning at 8:13am - of course, she slept thru it all! It seems like yesterday when we got the call from the attorney saying that Bryanna was born. We saw her that night and brought her home 27-1/2 hrs after she was born! Today she is a beautiful young woman.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Catching up

Well, I just saw it has been over 2 months since I posted anything. Today was Torrie's Thanksgiving Feast at school. It was great -- we were entertained by the kids singing several songs. Torrie had an awesome lunch of turkey, stuffing, corn, yams and the canned cranberry sauce!!! She will eat her fruit for snack later. The kids were all Pilgrims ... so Torrie is following in Bryanna's steps. In 1st grade, Bryanna was a Pilgrim in the school play and Torrie has her hat home to wear later.

Bryanna is going to the premier of "Twilight - New Moon" at midnight tonight. She and friends are going and then they will be having a sleepover till Saturday. What are we to do with the QUIET?????? Don't worry, Torrie will make up for it!

All is well with us ... we have had some cool weather but are hoping for a lot more! We hope you enjoy Thanksgiving and are as thankful as we are for God's great blessings!

Love, Doreen

Thanksgiving Feast

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Monday, September 7, 2009

School and more

Well, the girls have been in school for 2 weeks now and they both love school.

Bryanna has had homework almost nightly since she started (she is using the A-beka program at Faith Baptist). She is delving into new territory - her science is on "matter," her history is American History, and she is in pre-algebra. She has joined drama again; they have just gotten the Christmas program and parts will be decided shortly. She loves being in school - yes, she is very much the social butterfly! Bry is not doing volleyball but will do basketball when the season starts in a few months.

Torrie has been enjoying her class with new friends also. Her day is packed with many different activities and she does have "free" time where she can decide what center she will go to. Torrie also has a small playground that she has been on and she enjoys the water and sand boxes. Her teacher is a blessing with helping her by handing her materials for Torrie to see up close and also remind Torrie "thumb up" when using Dora, her cane.

Both girls are doing well in their schools. Torrie celebrated her birthday there, and this year, Bry will be celebrating with a goodie (there are 2 other girls who share her birthday).

This coming weekend (Sept 11-13), Bry will be going to Rock the Universe at Universal Studios. She is going for the 3 days with one of the moms from the nursery. Bryanna cannot wait to go and enjoy the parks and the concerts! I would love to go, but at this point, it's not going to happen. Maybe next year!