Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
"Hey, What About Us?" - Supporting Families of Young Children Who are Hard of
Authors/Presenters: Janet DesGeorges, Melissa Wagner
Room: Grand Ballroom A – 1st Presentation
For families whose young babies and children are identified as hard of hearing, the support
needed as they journey through the EHDI system often brings with it a myriad of questions and
unique considerations when sorting through information and decision making. Assumptions are
often made about children who fall under the “mild – moderate” range of hearing loss by both
professionals and parents. This session will be presented by two parents of children who are hard of hearing, and will discuss the journey from the standpoint of the emotional reaction to the
“news”…to communication decision making…to transition/school planning from the viewpoint
of the “hard of hearing” experience.
Hey all...I've been thinking a lot about my upcoming presentation for New Orleans and I wanted to pass along a little of what I presented when I was in Chapel Hill, NC. The above song is by a group called Nickel Creek. My sister Samantha got me started on them and we've attended at least 3 of their concerts (or is it more, sis?) Anyways, this song I posted is called This Side. It reminds me of Anna. As I was thinking of things to write about for my presentation, I think of how my journey with hearing loss has taken me from being scared to being totally at peace with how life's path has changed. The lyrics talk about it being foreign on this side and to me, that represents how I felt. It didn't seem right, like we were somewhere we had never been and people were talking in a language we didn't understand. There's a line that says, "There's no path to follow once you're here. You climb up the slide and then you slide down the stairs." There is no path for parents that have a child born with a disability. No one way is the right way, but whatever choices you make for your family are the ones that are right for you. (Haha! To all my H&V readers, you know where I got that statement!!) So, anyways...I need to get back to working on my presentation. :-)
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Me and JuJu Chang (yes, there is a real JuJu Chang, but she's Korean)
Anna and me hanging out, waiting to do presents
Cam and Wayne
Julia and Grandma Darlene
Ok...here's the scoop. This is a bread bowl. A HUGE ONE! My mom bought it for dinner, it's full of Christmas colored rolls. I thought it was pretty cool. Kids liked eating red and green rolls.
The girls acting all silly
Cam, Julia and me
Wayne in the U of M Wolverines hat that Cam got. Too funny!
Another goofy pic
Anna trying to get me to act like a Vegas showgirl!
So Saturday morning was spent with my dad's family at the Stewart house in Pentwater. It's still weird to be there with no Grandma and Grandpa around. I have fond memories of eating M&M's, getting new jammies and slippers as presents and sitting in the "backroom" playing cards and hanging out with my cousins. Now's it different that I have a family of my own. But, we still manage a good time. Sorry, there are no pictures of this event as I forgot my camera at home. Imagine that heartache. Any fellow family blogger knows that you can't leave the house without a camera in hand. Ugh.
Moving on to Sunday. We spent the afternoon at my mom's parents house in Hart. We're there like every weekend, so it's no biggie to be there. :-) Too much food as usual. My Aunt Pam makes the best shrimp dip. MMMmmm....didn't help my diet, but it was good. The kids had a great time and I did remember my camera, so there will be pictures to follow.
Last night we went to my parents house for dinner and presents. Theresa surprised us with a HUGE gift certificate to Great Wolf Lodge for our family. My parents also got us one. The kids can't wait to go. You've seen pictures of us there before, it's a giant indoor water park in Traverse City. We have a great time (and now I can walk around in a bathing suit not worrying what I look like!! Wohooo!) and the kids love having dinner there. Samantha got me 2 really cute porcelain dolls that are dressed in Chinese Christmas outfits. I couldn't figure out what they were at first, but...they are really neat and will match my collections of Chinese things. Again, I remembered my camera and will be posting pictures.
This leads up to this morning. The kids are heaven unwrapping gifts and showing us everything that they got. Anna loved the white stud belt we got at Hot Topic and Julia really liked her puzzles and Aquadoodle. Cam got a new bike and some really cool new Ps2 games. It feels great to be able to give your kids the things they wanted for Christmas...except.....
Friday, December 21, 2007
Julia's friend Jordyn. I love the red tights and white shoes. ;-)
Julia's feet...Dawn, want to add this to EmmaLi's collection? LOL!!!
Sister...can't ya feel the love? (Shameless plug...The girls are wearing bows from the Amazing Tonni at 4Princessbows go check it out if you'd like some like this!)
Cam and Julia at his party today.
Cam and Alexis
Ok...this is my neato pic of the day...MICE!! They are chocolate covered cherries (the butts) with the stem sticking out for tails and Hershey's kisses for the face with almonds for ears. By far the coolest school treat I've seen in awhile.