Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer is here!

Finally, Summer is here. My moods so often reflect the weather and I'm thrilled that the sun is here to save those around me. :)

So much has happened since my last post, I have been far to scattered to sit down and blog it all. In a nutshell, Chloe's leg is 10% longer than it was 3 months ago; Kieran is now a 4th grader; I planted a garden; we had an anniversary (11 years of being a Barr for me); I'm starting school in August to pursue my Master's Degree in Art Education. So yeah, a lot has happened.

So to clarify a little, Chloe is doing fabulously! She is walking around - her gait reminds us a lot of Frankenstein but she is continues to amaze us with her tenacity and strength. She starts therapy this week but is far beyond where we thought she would be by now. She is riding her bike, swimming like a pro and is determined to walk just about everywhere. Dr. Dahl's orders were for "light activity".... uh, yeah....right.

Kieran last day of school was June 20th. So long 3rd grade! Unfortunately Kieran was moved from Track B to Track D which means that he switches schedules and starts 4th grade two weeks after his last day of 3rd grade. That totally bites. We have decided to take a few weeks for family vacation in July, he'll just have to miss a little school. We are heading up to Yellowstone for a few days then over to Idaho to meet up with Ron, Christie and the other members of the Stagg Party Machine. We are doing a covered wagon ride and authentic cowboy dinner and are hoping to go horseback riding and rafting while we are in the wilderness. God help the person who tries to get in Chloe's way. I'm sure she'll be a pro at horseback riding before we know it. Is that considered light activity??? Anyhow, we're in the clear for a while. Her next lengthening will be when she is 7 or 8!

I've finally decided to pursue my dream of going back to school to teach art. I've wanted to go for years but our moving around really made it hard to enroll. I know the classroom is where I'm supossed to be and I'm anxious to go back. I've got 9 months of courses and student teaching ahead of me but by this time next year, I should be graduating or very close to it. I'm focusing on gifted and talented as that was the program that got em where I am today. It feels so good to have a clear vision of what I'll be doing when both kids are in school full time. I'm just not cut out to be at home in a big house all by myself all day. I am way too social for that. The thought of going back to working as a Graphic Artist depresses me, so here I am! Filling out forms, registering for aptitude tests and writing essays to beg them to let me into the University of Denver.

For our anniversary, we traveled a few hours north to Estes Park, home of the infamous Stanley Hotel. We took the ghost tour there and stayed the night! No real incidents though, just some orbs in our photos and some crazy foot steps all night above our room. Oh, I did feel this bizzarre gust of cool air on my back for a long time when Iwas in the "vortex" on the bottom floor. Supposedly there are many mediums and ghost hunters that love this particular area of the hotel. I just thought it was oddly cool, but only on my back. No matter which way I turned, there was a cool breeze behind me. Weird. It was a gogeous hotel and I would love to go back with the kids. Kieran would get a kick out of the hotel. He is reading all sorts of ghost books and gets a little freaked out now and then. Some mornings we wake up to every light on on the entire top floor.
We hiked Rocky Mountain National Park the next morning in the darned snow. I hate hiking in snow. Jason loves it but that is because his feet are as large as snowshoes so he doesn't sink like I do.