Sunday, April 17, 2016

Renovation - Exterior

Finally! Almost 18 months since the renovation ended, we're ready to share the exterior of the house!!

It's been SO much work getting it to this place. SO MUCH CLEANUP! Followed by landscaping, landscaping, landscaping; painting; waiting for grass and plants to grow in. There is still so much more to do outside....but if I waited to be "done" before I showed it off, it would probably be in a decade. So here it is. Just a couple of photos to whet your appetite...the rest can be found in an album here.

Front entrance - yard re-graded for access to the house and accessible parking

Back of the house from the yard

Don't forget, if you haven't seen the interior before and after pics, you can find them here. Any questions about doing an accessible reno? I'm your girl, so fire away!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Enter the Stander

STANDING: something most of us get to take for granted. Mostly, because it leads to walking - something else we take for granted. But do you know that when your skeleton was developing throughout childhood, standing was incredibly important to proper bone development?!

Standing is something that has been on our minds every day since Asher was a wee babe. Because if you are unable to stand on your own - but you want your hips, spine and legs to develop properly - you better find some way to support you in doing it.

Enter this little number. 

Asher has borrowed a standing frame since he was a year old. Standing has always been a big part of his routine, and currently, he stands for up to an hour a day at school. But we've finally decided he's old enough that we no longer want to borrow an "ok" one - we want to buy a "good" one.

So for the next few days we're trialling this one. It comes in at the low low price of about $3500 - which is a STEAL OF A DEAL compared to the nearly $8000 model we first looked at. We really want this one to work (because HELLO! price tag!) so can you shoot us some good vibes that this stander is the winner?

So far, Asher's hips have been doing GREAT. So great that at last hip x-ray his doctor said he'd never think they were the hips of a child who is in a wheelchair full time. But it's work, oh boy is it work. And no matter how much we get him standing, it does not mean he won't develop hip problems, or he won't inadvertently break a brittle femur doing a transfer one day. So don't take your ease of movement for granted ok? Cause I have a little dude who works his butt off every day for all the things that come naturally to the rest of us.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Homecoming - 6 Years

Celebrating this day will never get old. It was the happiest and most overwhelming day of our lives. After more than 5 months separated from our babies we were finally reunited six years ago today.

Boys, you have been writing your own story from the beginning. With the start of each new chapter, the circus that is our love and laughter-filled lives never ceases to amaze me. You are wise, brave, hilarious, beautiful, smart, annoyance-inducing, potty-talkers and I wouldn't change a thing about you.

Happy homecoming boys. You deserve to be celebrated.