Today marked the start of the 2014-2015 school year for our kids. We also said goodbye to Oma after her 2 week visit. It was a big day (especially for Livy and Rudy who started at new schools) with some mixed emotions (sad to see Oma go, Livy’s nerves over starting Jr. High) but we’re ending the day on a happy note…Rolf, Olivia and Max ran off to the beach to surf as soon as Rolf got home from work…a big hurricane swell came in (!), Wilson is having a rare quiet evening at home and Rudy is quietly playing with a basket of cars after a 2 1/2 hour nap!!! Ha Ha
The last few weeks have been so packed…right up to the end of the summer which made today feel like a crazy abrupt start to structured life again. I may not be ready for summer to be over but I’m super excited for the kids…it’s going to be a great year!
– Wilson is embracing his senior year with GREAT enthusiasm,
– Max is excited about playing hockey again this season and looking forward to a stellar sophomore year,
– Olivia has so many new experiences waiting to happen as a 7th grader – she’s going to LOVE the greater independence and responsibility that comes with being in Jr. High.
– And, Rudy? Well, he started at Mountainview Elementary today as a full-fledged Kindergartener in a split special ed/typical class. It’s a good placement for him and we expect the fun trajectory of progress he has been on lately will take flight in this new educational environment.
I anticipate there will be much to savor this school year!
Rudy had his routine appt with Dr. Harake (cardiologist) last week and his heart function looks as it did after the stent implantations in July…stable for Rudy so it looks like we’ll have a procedure-free fall. Yay! It would be great for him to have an uninterrupted season of school and therapy. Big stuff!! 🙂
‘Hoping your summer is wrapping up nicely. Happy Back-to-School Day to you and yours!
My oh my! Talk about taking advantage of EVERY minute of our little family summer vacation! We were blessed to go to two very special weddings two weekends in a row…one in the Bay Area and one in Malibu…so we turned it into a family road trip and filled our week on the road with a college visit for Wilson, a day at Knotts Berry Farm, a stop at the US Swimming Natl Championships in Irvine, a Angels/Red Sox game in Anaheim and visits with friends we haven’t seen in a long time…we were only gone for a week but we packed in a ton of fun experiences.
Sadly, once we got on the road, Rudy came down with the same fever bug Olivia battled the week before so our itinerary changed a bit along the way as needed but, all in all, he was a real trooper and managed to have a little fun too. His fever lingered between 102-104 degrees for 7 days! Because it was a viral infection, there wasn’t any medication we could get him to help fight the bug so we had to wait it out and tried to keep him comfortable. In a situation like this, our biggest concern is dehydration so keeping him well hydrated was our #1 priority. Like with Olivia, once his fever broke, he bounced back quickly and is definitely back to his perky, goofy self…especially now that we’re home.
Because our road trip was filled with significant life celebrations and opportunities to reconnect with dear, old friends, I’ve come away from it all grateful for life, grateful for where we’ve come from, grateful for how God has directed our steps along the way and so grateful for the people with whom we’ve shared the journey. This trip was a reminder of how rich we are in relationship and I don’t take it for granted one bit…here are some of the highlights:
With that our summer is nearly over. Wilson headed back to school on Monday for Marching Band Camp and we have some school shopping to do. School orientations/paperwork are next week. We’re finishing the summer on a high note, though, with a visit from Oma who arrives this evening! It’s hard to believe another school year will soon start but it’ll be exciting as Livy and Rudy start at new schools and fall sports start up again. This was a packed summer on many levels and not particularly restful but I’m grateful for what it all meant in the life of our family and praying for energy and God’s grace as we gear up for another year.