Sunday, February 11, 2018

Splendid Sledding - Week of Feb. 5th

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” ~ Zig Ziglar

About this time of year, Michiganders start complaining about winter hanging around.  Typically the snow begins to melt a bit and then another round of the white stuff appears.

It may be chilly, but it does allow us to engage in some spectacular outdoor fun!  Last time we ventured out sledding, we braved the front yard hill and this time, Cam chose the backyard.  It was a long trek out there and the snow was a bit deeper than we expected.  The incline is just steep enough to make for a super fun ride, especially when Jane can hop on the back with her own 'mini' sled, with brake attached. 
The most hilarious part of the day though, wasn't captured by picture or video.  Chris had inflated our sledding tube and when he arrived in the backyard, it didn't look quite blown up enough.  When we asked, Cam's dad indicated that he had to patch a small hole, but no worries.  Then, Chris took a running leap and landed on his stomach on the tube, which simultaneously 'popped' and collapsed underneath him.  The tiny hole that was patched had become a large opening that ran from one end of the tube to the other!
After quite a few sledding runs, we ventured over to Raisch's pushing/pulling Cam's sled with one parent in front and the other in back.  When we arrived at the Raisch family backyard, we were able to see some college girls playing broom-ball on their homemade ice rink!
The next evening, the Raisch girls (minus a sore throat Megan) arrived for dinner.  Anna was a special guest since she was on winter break from college. 

Stella likes to hang around in the evenings, typically on her usual perch, the top of the couch. 

Our Sunday evening dinners with our Raisch buddies give us the motivation to look forward to the following week and leave any consequences from the previous week far behind.

Camology Quotes:
Cam is a happy kid.  However, make no mistake that he does find himself occasionally in trouble for not following a parental request.  On a school evening after he knew he was in trouble, he asked if he would have a consequence.  Cam's parents told him he would not have any time on his iPad after school the next day.  When Amanda arrived to watch him after school, she shared the following conversation they had...

I do not like the consequence.
Well then, you shouldn't do things that make you have a consequence. 
(long pause) "I guess I will just need to listen to my parents."

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Back to Work - Week of Jan. 29th

A quiet Saturday morning with
front yard visitors
"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them." ~Ann Landers 

Cam headed back to the workforce this week.  For several Wednesday evenings, he arrives at Grand Valley State University to work with the graduate PT students.  For this winter session, he's fortunate to be paired with two ladies he already knows.  Becca and Jenae first met Cam last spring, shortly after his hip surgery.  They were very happy to be meeting with him again.  During this hour long session, they assist with stretching, walking and engaging Cam to advance his physical therapy goals.

In the process, though, it seems that our son teaches the adults, in more ways than one.  Some of his subliminal instruction may include: try not to assume what someone's capabilities are before seeing them in action, never underestimate the power of encouragement, challenge others to push further than they think they can.

At home, Cam is now doing his own daily physical therapy every evening.  His new gait trainer arrived, shiny and blue and ready for use.  With any new equipment, there is a small army of people working in the background advocating for our son to enable the delivery of a necessity such as this.
Cam has made a commitment to walking in his house and his proud parents can't help but cheer with each step.

On SuperBowl Sunday, the Raisch family joined us to watch the game along with our longtime neighbor, Ken.
Ken is "Papa" to Cam since he is Ms. Amanda's grandpa and now Mr. Ken has gained another 'grandson' in his buddy.

We had quite a spread of food and treats to accompany the exciting football game.

The excitement lies in not only watching the plays on tv, but in also watching the reactions, seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of those close to you.

Camology Quotes:
Cam often goes grocery shopping with Jane on the weekends.  He usually leads her around the store, often remembering things that aren't even on the list.  Cam told his mom that he thought Dad needed more yogurt.  Upon arrival home...

Mom: "Cam picked out raspberry yogurt for you."
Dad joking- "Oh, I don't like that kind!"
"Don't joke about that, Dad, I take that stuff seriously!"