Monday, June 25, 2012

Day 1488 - Jun 25, 2012

I know I haven't written for a couple of weeks, but there really just isn't much to say anymore. I think my posts will be fewer and farther between from here on out and I'll only come on if we are doing something fun or if my feelings just need to be vented. I will come on also if too long goes between posts and just upload some pics of the family and catch everyone up.

So anyway, Kevin went fishing with Johnnie on a trip with the rec therapist from the VA. He had a lot of fun and I guess he caught 7 fish - one of them being the largest on their boat (I think it was a 21 inch trout). This was a HUGE milestone for us as it was the very first time Kevin went somewhere overnight without me. Johnnie has been with us for about 2 years now so I think he is fully capable of handling Kevin's needs and he did well. They had a great time together and I think Kevin only called me maybe 20ish times? This is VERY GOOD for Kev. (although one of those times was when he was about a mile from the house and he called as a joke to tell me he wanted to come home, lol)

Here is a pic of the guys on the boat; Kevin, Johnny and Jose, the rec therapist:

My friend Aggie is here visiting from Ohio this week and we skipped out quite a few days too. We are having a wonderful time and I'm gonna be sad to see her go home tomorrow.

So to end here are a couple of pics. The first is little Christian. I had bought some shelves for my scraproom and he was helping me put them together. He apparently is going to be a builder of some sort because he had an absolute blast.

This one is of Kevin. I forgot to mention that we had went to an Astros game while in Houston with Impact A Hero. It was a blast - we were all in a box suite with a full meal served and Kevin really enjoyed himself.

And to end, I have to show you guys a layout I did with a photo of Kevin when he was a little boy. It's the pic you need to see - he was just so darn cute!

That's pretty much it! We've just been hanging around the house doing a whole bunch of nothing so I guess I'll catch ya next time!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day 1475 - Jun 12, 2012

So last weekend was a very special one! Kevin, Breezy, Christian and I drove up to Houston where Kevin was inducted into the Impact A Hero Wounded Warrior's Hall of Fame! It was a most touching event and was made even more so as Joel was also inducted!

Oddly enough, the day of the gala was the fourth anniversary of Breezy and I meeting Maritza and Jose at BAMC. This made it an all the more emotional weekend as it was like we all were back together again.

So anyway, when Kevin was called the three of us went up on stage to make a speech and Breezy and I were all teary. I couldn't tell you what I said, but when they handed Kevin his crystal glass, he held it up above his head like Rocky. You can see a photo on the rolling headlines here:

Impact A Hero

And here is a photo of us with the Taveras!

It was a truly amazing night and I want to thank Dick and everyone else at IAH for inviting us!

(We were supposed to go for the whole weekend, but Kevin wasn't feeling well so we weren't able to - hopefully next year!)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Day 1463 - May 31, 2012

Today was Kevin's Alive Day! It was 4 years ago today that he was attacked; 4 years of some honestly horrific events and 4 years of some truly amazing events.

I have to admit that I have been in a pretty funky mood the last week just knowing today was coming. Sometimes it's hard to see the good because life on a day to day basis isn't very fun, but I do know how lucky we are! I do know my son is alive and I do know how far he has come!!

This has actually been a pretty good year for us in the scope of things. Kevin is truly stable now and able to travel to some fun places. Do we still have issues when traveling - sure we do, but we aren't going to let it stop us. Kevin still gets overstimulated, but it's not like it used to be. He can go for hours now and we usually just hang out in the room the whole next day.

So to name a few places, we went to LA and met some awesome folks out there, to the Grand Canyon and Last Vegas and Kevin even went snowboarding - who would have ever thought he would do something like that? I can still hear the doctor's saying that he wasn't going to live much longer. Guess we showed them, huh? LOL.

Anyway, today was not your normal day and this day will always have good meaning as well as bad now. You ask why? Well today my daughter purchased her very first home!! It's a very nice starter home not too far from her work and Christian's daycare. She got the call late last night that she was closing at noon today. We hurried up and got all their things moved to the new house tonight and didn't get home until almost 1am. We are all beat!

That being said, I am going to sign off, but before I do - I want to ask Andrew and James to continue to rest in peace. Keep watching over both Kevin and Daniel as I know you have been and I hope your families found some comfort today somewhere. Forever in our hearts!