Finally Fall!

After 3 full months of unusually hot temps and humidity here in Santa Barbara, the summer heatwave of 2015 has finally broke and we’re enjoying the beautiful weather we’re known for in our little corner of paradise.  There’s actually a chill in the air this evening and it’s a relief to finally move on to a new, cooler season…just in time for some traditional fall activities:

Rudy and his class enjoyed the annual field trip to Lane Farms' Pumpkin Patch last Thursday...Rudy found a perfect pumpkin!
Rudy and his class enjoyed the annual field trip to Lane Farms’ Pumpkin Patch last Thursday…Rudy found a perfect pumpkin!
The hay ride is always a highlight...
The hay ride is always a highlight…
Rudy and Nurse Sara and big buddies having fun on the hay ride.
Rudy and Nurse Sara having fun on the hay ride.
Later on Thursday, Mascot Rudy attended Olivia's 2nd cross country meet and gave the boys and girls fist bumps before their races. Woo Hoo! Go Mariners!
Later on Thursday, Mascot Rudy attended Olivia’s 2nd cross country meet and gave the boys and girls fist bumps before their races. Woo Hoo! Go Mariners!
The winning streak continues...Olivia with her Bible Study leader Becky. :)
The winning streak continues…Olivia with her Bible Study leader Becky. 🙂
Rudy doing his best to distract Max from doing his homework!!!
Rudy doing his best to distract Max from doing his homework!!!
Rudy and I were blessed to go to Camp del Corazon's Family Festival fundraiser on Saturday in North Hollywood. One of the first friendly faces we saw was Nurse Katrina (Kit Kat) who took care of Rudy in the CTICU!!!!! She is now a nurse practitioner and volunteers her time coordinating nurses for each camp!! So glad we know people in high places! ;)
Rudy and I were blessed to go to Camp del Corazon’s Family Festival fundraiser on Saturday in North Hollywood. One of the first people we ran into was Nurse Katrina (Kit Kat) who was one of Rudy’s special angels in the CTICU!!!!! She is now a nurse practitioner in adult cardio and volunteers her time coordinating nurses for each camp!! So glad we know people in such high places! 😉
Max had a hockey tournament in San Luis Obispo on Saturday and the rest of us headed south to APU for Parents Weekend/Homecoming. Wilson had some official ROTC commitments during the festivities but we enjoyed a quick visit over dinner. :)
After the Camp Walk, Rudy and I headed over to APU for Parents Weekend/Homecoming. Olivia and Rolf showed up after her soccer game and we all enjoyed some fun with Wilson.  (We missed Max who was at a hockey tournament in San Luis Obispo enjoying 2 wins for SBB!!!)
We especially enjoyed meeting some of Wilson's new buddies...
We especially enjoyed meeting some of Wilson’s new buddies…
Olivia and Rudy getting into the cougar spirit before the game!
Olivia and Rudy getting into the cougar spirit before the game!
We finished our weekend with a stop at Monster Ball on Sunday...this is an annual gathering of special needs families that has become a favorite of ours over the years...Rudy loves the BIG BALLS!
We finished our weekend with a stop at Monster Ball on Sunday…this is an annual gathering of special needs families that has become a favorite of ours over the years…Rudy loves the BIG BALLS!
Playing with new friend and UCSB volunteer George...
Playing with new friend and UCSB volunteer George…
Friends Paige and Ava helped steady Rudy's hand during a session with the face painter! :)
Friends Paige and Ava helped steady Rudy’s hand during a session with the face painter! 🙂
Bubble-fun was an added treat this year.
Bubble-fun was an added treat this year.
Yay Fall!!!!!
Yay Fall!!!!!

Fall often includes Rudy’s annual IEP meeting as well.  Each year the many different folks who play a vital part in Rudy’s developmental and educational progress come together to discuss specific goals and action steps to meet those goals in what is called an Individual Education Plan (IEP).  IEP meetings can be long and mind-boggling with the amount of detailed information that is communicated and opened to a group discussion but I’m so grateful for the investment of time that goes into these meetings.  I’m grateful Rudy’s team is willing to take the time necessary to insure we’re all on the same page and that there is continuity in his care in general.  Rolf and I are humbled by the number of gifted individuals it takes to not only educate Rudy but also make it possible for him to even attend school.  (For example, we discovered this month that there was a change in Rudy’s enteral supply provider and it took a couple of weeks to get the prescribed Pediasure Rudy is usually fed.  While we waited for delivery from the new provider, we ran out of feeds and so we headed to Costco to get the Pediasure they sell…not exactly the same formula but we figured it was close enough.  Little did we know what we were in for!  Poor Rudy ended up with a crazy, severe case of diarrhea that we couldn’t get under control…even with the GI doc recommendations!  If it weren’t for Nurse Sara and her willingness to deal with the blow outs that occurred at school, we wouldn’t have been able to send Rudy to school for two whole weeks!   A relatively simple dilemma but with some pretty serious consequences without the extra support Rudy receives.)  Rudy didn’t meet all of his developmental and academic goals from last year but he made progress in most areas and we remain grateful for progress of any kind!  Slow but steady is good…we’ll take that any day!  🙂

The Wonder Team
The Wonder Team!  Regional Center Coordinator, District Asst. Superintendent – Pupil Services, General Ed. classroom teacher, Adaptive PE “Coach”, Speech therapist, School Occupational therapist, District Nurse, School Principal, Special Ed Teacher (California Children’s Services Physical and Occupational therapists and Classroom Nurse – not pictured).

4 thoughts on “Finally Fall!

  1. What a wonder to see the village taking such loving time to educate “our” miracle Rudy. Love hearing about all the Geyling activities. Congrats, Olivia.

  2. Yes…it warms my heart to hear about all the educationers and nurse practitioners who are dedicated to Rudy’s development!!!

  3. And then, of course, it got HOT AGAIN TODAY. WHAT THE?? Love these pictures – and we know a lot about IEP meetings as 3 of our grown kids are special ed teachers – orientation and mobility skills for blind and low-vision students. Big, big jobs these folks do.

  4. Oh Trish, I’ve never had parents try to take a picture of the attenders of an IEP meeting. It is a feat to get all of those people together in one room. Too cute of you for wanting to get a photo.

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