Last night, I began working on the video to commemorate Andi's past year, in celebration of her birthday in 20 days! I found myself cussing at the mediocre software, then after a few clicks I was cheering. At one point, I was giddy with my creation and said aloud, 'this is fun!'
Today, I sold the crate used to house Maddux on his Delta flight to Atlanta. It was a craigslist purchase prior to departure, and we don't have any use for it anymore. It was a bit small for him anyway. The odd thing about this sale -- the buyer is a guy from Sacramento, who moved to ATL 6 months ago, via Portland, OR. Uhm, that's exactly my route here too, well, with a few side hops. I told him we'll be best friends, and we'll have them over for dinner. His wife/fiancée is a daycare provider/nanny/sitter. So, he said if we ever need someone to watch Andi... uhm, HELLO!!! :) They also have a 10 year old and a 2 year old. Thought that was a cool meet-up.
I went to Andi's school today at the request of her teacher. It was "field day" where the whole school participated in mostly outdoor games and activities. Her teacher asked that I come help Andi navigate the outdoor environment. I'm glad I went because it would've been a lot for them to handle -- 8 kids while helping Andi as much as she requires. I also got to see Andi grab at her friends, overly love them with some "hugs" which look more like some neck yanking, debilitating wrestling move. One kid was a complete spastic disaster. He not only didn't listen, he was all over the place. When we left at 11, Andi's teacher thanked me for coming to help. I thanked them for having me. She said, "sure, any time!" I jokingly responded, 'there's not enough booze on the planet that would enable me to do this every day.' It was rather loud & chaotic. I see where some of Andi's new habits are coming from, both the good & the bad. The one thing that came out of my visit is my new found desire and conscious responsibility to complain about the special education classroom. They have eight pre-K kids, a teacher, a teacher-assistant and an interpreter in a classroom the size of my master bathroom. I mean, for a bathroom, it's pretty dang big... but, for a classroom containing all those people, it's way too small. I feel the need to voice my concerns about their well-being in such a small area. I think I'll wait until tomorrow when I'm a bit fresh, and have the knack for pulling out the really good letter.
The one thing I was delighted to see while I was at school today, was to witness Andi getting off the floor and standing unassisted. She's great if she can hold onto something, but today, I watched her stand without holding onto anything. It was AWESOME! I'm so glad I was able to see that.
Here are some recent photos - for those not following us on Facebook.