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Kidney Walk

I heart this pic so much!  Does it get much more precious???

I heart this pic so much! Does it get much more precious???

Since Chris has worked in Kidney Dialysis for over 18 years now, renal failure is an issue that is close to his heart.  Because of this, he dragged me out of bed early on an otherwise perfectly gorgeous Saturday morning to participate in a 5k Kidney Walk.  It was actually fun.  We took 2 of our spawn, Zachary and of course little Ashton. 

Ashy and I both got these Kidney Walk t-shirts because we raised enough donation money!

Ashy and I both got these Kidney Walk t-shirts because we raised enough donation money!

Me with 2 of my boys

Me with 2 of my boys

< half of our family!  The 4 of us at the walk.

< half of our family! The 4 of us at the walk.

Chris, Ashton, and I at the beginning before the walk got underway.

Chris, Ashton, and I at the beginning before the walk got underway.

Here we are at the end in front of the lake that Ashton spent the first half hour of our day trying to throw himself into.

Here we are at the end in front of the lake that Ashton spent the first half hour of our day trying to throw himself into.

 

So all in all it was a really fun day and over $30,000 was raised for research.  This was just a small walk, there is a big one in October.  I have been informed that we will be a part of this one as well.  Lucky us!  I guess since now Chris is in upper managment, and the “boss”, he wants us to be more mindful of these kinds of issues.  I just went for the free bagles and cream cheese.  🙂

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New Beginnings

Well, we finally did it.  Amidst all of the other responsibilities in my life, I decided to add another one.  A puppy!  And she is a cute one, let me tell you!!!  I found a breeder I wanted to use, hung out with the mom and dad for a while to check the temperments, and put a deposit down a few months ago on the litter.  We went and picked her out when they were about 6 weeks old, and picked her up on her 8 week birthday last Friday.  It has been nothing but joy!  She is a good, good puppy.  She has been really easy to potty train so far, only having 2 accidents in the house.  Thank God all we have is hard wood and tile, so it hasn’t been a big deal at all!  Hopefully she will be completely accident free when we move.   The breed we chose was a Golden Retriever.  We had tried a puppy before but he was a mix lab/golden and he was not a good fit for our family.  He has a wonderful home now with a single gentleman who takes him hiking and caming and they are the best of friends.  We needed a bit calmer (smarter) dog for our needs.  We really wanted a friend for Kai and I want Ashton to grow up with a dog.  Our puppy was born exactly a week after Ashton’s 1st birthday.  They are going to be best friends!

Yes you heard right.  Move.  As in, we got the house!!!  That big beauty I posted about here a few weeks ago is officially ours.  We make the big move in August.  My kids couldn’t be more excited because they have so many friends who live right there.  And I am going to be so happy to spread out!  And fit!  And finally get to make a nursery for my baby who will be 16 months old when we move!  We went inside again the other day and the guy we are buying from left us there by ourselves, so I went through and pawed at everything, opened drawers and cupboards and was in total awe over all the space.  Room space, cupboard space, storage space, yard space.  I am totally in love!

Our little Ashton is becoming quite the character these days too.  He is 14 months today and so much fun!  He is a little ball of energy all the time, learning and exploring his world.  He loves to vaccuum and wipe floors which is just too cute.  He holds the puppy like she is a baby and I caught him this morning laying his head on her.  I am having such fun with him and just being present in his entire life.  I love it.

Here is a picture of us with the puppy:

At the pet store getting all her new princess puppy stuff

At the pet store getting all her new princess puppy stuff

Oh, and her name is Colait.  Pronounced Koh-lay emphasis on the “lay”.

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Ashton had his first swim lesson today.  And no, I am not trying to teach my 13 month old how to swim.  This is a special swim school that teaches children the survival back float until 3 years of age which is when they begin teaching them how to swim.  It was really cool.  Ashton got into the pool with his teacher, this is a private one-on-one lesson, and she had lots of little floating babies like Elmo and Caillou, and she floated the babies then would lay Ash back and count to 10 like she did with the babies.  He wasn’t crying at first, then another baby girl entered the pool with the other teacher and was screaming bloddy murder, and there was a little girl working with her father and she was screaming, and with all that Ashton had to have thought something catastrophic was going on so he cried too.  I wanted to cry!  It was horrible listening to all of it!  Luckily it was only 15 minutes long and he did really well.

The premise of this is that after 16 (or so) lessons, everyday for 4 weeks, Ashton will be able to get in from the side of the pool fully clothed down to his shoes (the way he would be if he were to accidently fall into a body of water), get himself to his back, and float completely unassisted for 5 to 15 minutes.  Pretty amazing shit if you ask me!  It is expensive but so worth it.  They say you can never drown proof your kid, but you can give them a fighting chance to live and wait for help to come in the event that there is some accident of some sort. 

Today we took video, tomorrow I will try to get pictures to post.  I just think it is the neatest program and how awesome for these ladies to give this gift to so many kids.  They were featured in our local paper and it is getting really hard to get in with them.  Only the best for my boy!  🙂

The side note – for whoever found my blog by searching “I hate my mentally retarded step son” please email me if you come back!  I’d like to hear your story and maybe give you some coping techniques.  We have all been there, if we are being honest with ourselves, where we have negative feelings about our biological kids, much less our step kids, and if one is special needs it can be very taxing, very exhausting, very incrediblly difficult, and you are not alone.  I hope we can talk.  mitnchris at aol dot com

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