Oh my, what happens when you get so behind?! 450 pictures to go through! We have been riding a roller coaster from the lows of colds, ear infections, and stuffy noses to highs of excellent adventures. We are trying to make the most of our beautiful weather before the summer grilling starts. I narrowed it down to just 93 pics and 2 videos. This should have been at least 10 different posts!
We have a lifetime membership at the Odyssey Aquarium, and we are getting our money’s worth in the first year. We like to spend time there! There are sharks in the bathrooms!
Trevor like the large catfish
Stingrays are his favorite though
Touch pools – he is petting a sea slug
They will spend a lot of time playing with this water table.
There is a new over-sized lite-brite
They have some new Hawaiian stingrays that are really large. This is with the fish the boys call BFG. Like Big Friendly Giant, but instead it is Big Fat Grouper.
With a diver for scale
When you come on Wednesday mornings, it is like having the place all to yourself. On the weekends, you can hardly get through this tunnel because of shoulder to shoulder people!
Trevor is continuing to do his swimming lessons. Swimming is right near the big aquarium on Wednesdays, it works out great.
No hands on this boy, he is really swimming himself! He made it about half the width of the pool.
Then he waits for the rest of his classmates to make it.
Brendan keeps me company in the parent area. He looks forward to swimming some day.
The school treats Trevor to a free popcorn after the lesson. He orders an ICEE too because they always overfill it and it erupts like a volcano.
One Saturday, I was feeling really sick so Bill and the boys took a trip to the mountains to meet some friends.
They took their Jeep.
There is so much funny about this picture
The boys each got to have a ride on a friend’s “real kid quad”
The destroyed a cardboard box with sticks in the wilderness. How much more fun can you have?
All the kids in camp took turns in the Jeep until they wore the battery out
Rocks in water!!! The best!
The next day, we decided to take a drive up South Mountain. It is a nice place to go for views of the city
Trevor continues to go to martial arts, but we have missed a lot due to illness and scheduling issues.
Brendan is almost done with his 12 week intensive feeding program. He has made some good progress and learned some skills, but he has a lot of practicing to do. We were able to eliminate one daily hour-stuck-to-the-feeding-pump from his day. It is a little extra freedom. I am glad to be done with the program for now, it was so much driving and extra time out of the day.
Trevor would spend the time in the lobby waiting for Brendan and making friends.
Now, Brendan is going to SCHOOL!! Three days a week for 2.5 hours, he is in a real classroom with about 14 other kids. So far he really likes it!
This past week, the boys were on Spring Break! We met one of Trevor’s school friends at LegoLand for the day on Wednesday.
The three boys had a blast for hours
Brendan likes all of the new Lego Batman Movie stuff that has been added.
We made a batwing in the free-build area
And raced it on the ramps
He was disappointed that we had to leave it there, so when we got home, we had to do it all again with our own Legos.
It was time for the annual Chandler Ostrich Festival. Brendan had seen an ad for it months ago and was so excited! He love the show “Miles from Tomorrowland”. The boy, Miles, has a pet Robo-Ostrich named Merc that is one of Brendan’s all time favorite characters.
The Ostrich Festival had ostrich racing
Trevor made friends with an emu
The emu was very intrigued by something on Trevor’s shoes and it kept pecking them. The boys found this hilarious.
There was a petting zoo with tiny baby pigs.
A very hungry llama tried to steal the feeding shovels. The boys got to feed goats, llamas, pigs, and even a zebra.
We are waiting for pig races
I have a new phone that actually has a decent camera. The boys want to take selfies. We are silly in our hats, but it was already 90 degrees!!
And they are off! The winning pig gets an Oreo cookie
There was a cool STEM tent at the festival too. It was just nice to be in the shade.
We didn’t get enough ostrich, so we had to make a trip down near Tuscon to the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch. This was such a fun place, I am not sure why we haven’t been before. It was a massive petting and feeding zoo.
They give you this 5-stage cup of chow and you head out to see all the animals. It starts with miniature donkeys. There was even a baby one.
There is a seed stick for the parakeets.
Then feeding the deer
The “Goat Penthouse” is hilarious. The boys sent the chow up the conveyor belts to dump in to their feeding cups.
This is actually a good way to keep the goats from crowding, pushing, and jumping on kids. It was also quite funny.
On to Brendan’s favorite. This ranch has a tremendous herd of ostriches. I am guessing easily in the hundreds that were visible.
We researched on youtube to find out what sound an ostrich makes. Brendan practiced. At the ostrich festival, he was making ostrich calls and they were actually coming over to him. I think here there were just too many of them!
Each one of these ostriches pecked Brendan right on the head. I think it kind of hurt, but he thought it was so hilarious, he was OK. Next time, we won’t get so close.
Feeding banana chips to bunnies
We saved some chow for the sheep
We each got a cup of nectar to feed the lorikeets.
They told us not to take the the lids off, the birds like to do it.
Birds on heads
Who knew that an ostrich ranch would have stingrays? Trevor’s favorite! These were captive bred and hand-fed from the time they were babies, so they were very friendly about being touched.
Trevor could have stayed all day right here.
We will go back for sure!
Brendan bought this t-shirt and he asks to wear it every day.
LegoLand opened a new exhibit during spring break – all about space! We went on Thursday right when they opened. The line of people queued up at the door was insane and we almost turned around. But we were members and did not have to wait. A very awesome employee helped us go in through the exit and bypass all of the welcome movie and ride line that would hold up the crowds. We went straight for the new room and had it all to ourselves for at least 30 minutes! AWESOME!
There were so many free-build stations full of buckets of space themed Lego bricks.
Many different models to admire
Mini master builders getting to work!
We watched some of the 4D movies.
Thursday night, we were invited to watch Trevor’s karate instructor test for his brown belt. He had a lot of support. After two exhausting hours of demonstration and sparring, he got his belt. Congrats Mr. Nick!
The whole family is mostly healthy. I am not sure with all of the orange trees blooming and grasses changing, we may be dealing with some allergies too. Other than Trevor’s quick ER trip, we have actually done well this winter. Zero admissions for Brendan!!
We want to wish a super happy sweet-16 birthday to Kayla!! (on the 16th) It’s your golden birthday too!
This is a February potpourri, some pictures of a little of everything. We have been battling a never ending train of illnesses and it is getting really old. First Trevor had croup, then Brendan got croup with ear infections and missed a whole week of feeding therapy. Then Trevor ended up at the hospital in the middle of the night with a croup attack again. He missed his belt test and the Valentines party at his dojo. Bill and I had to cancel the date night we had arranged for the first time in easily over a year and a half. He missed a friend’s really cool birthday party. Just when Trevor was feeling better, he got pinkeye and missed his Valentine party at school and a swimming lesson. Then Brendan got a fever again and missed more feeding therapy. Then Bill and I both got the nastiest cold. Then Brendan and Bill got pinkeye.
Now I have pain in both my ears and can’t wait until tomorrow when I can see my doctor. It just doesn’t end!
On to the positiveness..
The boys enjoy their science and the weather was nice so they played outside. I give them a pile of baking soda and vinegar and they can be entertained for hours.
Trevor had worked so hard practicing his combo for his belt test. It went: Ridge Hand Strike, Vertical Punch, Roundhouse Kick, Double Outer Forearm Block! It is a lot for a kid to remember.
Yesterday, the 18th, Trevor was able to go to a belt test make up. There were only 6 kids testing so it was less intimidating. There were far less distractions! He did great!
After breaking a board with his side kick, he earned his upgraded Yellow belt. Yellow with a black strip – his Batman belt. 🙂
Cheese for the camera with his instructor Miss Charlie
This is “Show me your samurai face”.
We were just barely healthy enough to go to the private roller skating event with HopeKids. First time on skates!
Bill was looking forward to it as much as the boys
Brendan was a lot more stable than I expected. He did great!
The roller rink has these “walkers” for kids to use now to learn to skate.
Brendan has to use his headphones because the music was so loud
Trevor did well with the walker thing.
A few more older pics..
Trevor had a crazy hat day at school so I made him a hat that looks just like his favorite puffer fish stuffed animal.
A couple of pictures from last week’s ER trip
Brendan is done with his five day a week feeding therapy and is now in the transition phase where we are going two days a week for the next six weeks. He has made some progress, but it is a very difficult process. Now that he is not so busy, he is going to try something new and exciting. We are going to let him go to school! He will have the same teacher that has come to our house for two years, but he will be in a classroom with other special needs kids. He says he is excited. We just are doing all of the paperwork and medical training necessary. More on that in the next post!
I have a bunch of photos to update for this super busy month.
We attended a fund raiser car show for HopeKids.
Food trucks and really expensive cars made for a nice afternoon out.
The boys were more interested in playing with the hotwheels they got at check-in.
There was a big variety of interesting vehicles
If we could afford a “mid-life crisis car”, this is what Bill would pick!
This car was actually a metallic ruby red color
We all loved the paint job on this one
These car owners are also some of HopeKids’ biggest donors, so we appreciated the event.
One day, the boys really wanted to “do some science” so we had to try the diet coke and mentos combination.
You have to put in a lot at once for the best reaction
We made it through two solid weeks of Intensive Feeding Therapy and Brendan was doing very well. He is making great progress, even if it is slow. Then Trevor picked up a nasty virus at school and had some bad croup attacks in the night for a few days. Once he was about over it, Brendan got it. He was scary sick for 10 days and is just now feeling better. He fought the virus but ended up with a sinus/double ear infection. He is still finishing his antibiotics and is still on oxygen. Now we are seeing if he can pick up where he left off in eating. He missed a whole week.
This week, we are being visited by Aunt Beth and Uncle Steve. They have escaped the IL cold to hang out in AZ (and play with electronics sets)
The boys are lounging on their uncle and trying to teach him how to play minecraft.
Beth and Trevor played pillow toss for at least an hour!
Today, Trevor had another tip test. He went through his stations demonstrating his techniques.
Trevor knows his moves pretty well, but in the super busy gym where they are testing so many kids, he freezes up. He has a hard time focusing.
He earned the tip on his belt, but he was told he needs to do a lot of practice before his belt test. He says he is serious about ninja school and he will practice really hard.
My brain is still feeling foggy after such a busy and stressful month. I hope February is kind to us.