"Adventures, I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull...But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually...I expect they had a lot of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten."

-Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

Friday, June 21, 2013

Two months post-op

Summer has finally found us, and while we are very busy running back and forth to PT every day for Alina (and PT and OT for Anna twice a week), we are trying to enjoy the warm weather that has finally arrived! Our pool is all set up and the solar cover has done its job of turning our frigid well water into the kids' favorite activity! The boys have been on a few Cub Scout/Boy Scout adventures, Alina is in summer school a few mornings a week, and Anna.... she's just Anna!

Alina is really doing well in PT. She's getting so strong, she's able to half kneel all by herself, knee walk and keep her balance across the house. She gets on her bike and goes like crazy! Before surgery, her feet had to be hooked to the pedals because she couldn't keep them on the pedals. Now, she doesn't need that. She pedals herself with no assistance on her feet!

Her walking is also coming along beautifully. Her feet still turn in a bit when she's not paying attention, but she's heel to toe walking perfectly, and when she's 'nice walking', its perfect! Right now she still uses her wheelchair for distance but is starting to use her walker a bit more at home when outside playing as ok'd by her physical therapists. She also knows that if she starts walking like a dork, she loses her walker. She's really tired of the wheelchair, and wants to be done with it. :)

Overall, we are extremely pleased with the surgery and her progress. Just seeing how easily she can transition to different positions on the floor, move around, and how excited she is to be able to do simple things like tap her toes or stand in ballet positions that were literally impossible for her before.

First Position!

We are so excited to watch her progress. We love her therapists and her team, and everyone is working so hard for her best interest. She's a very hard worker and takes almost everything in stride. She's excited with everything she can do now, and knows she will only continue to progress if she works hard!

Alina Ballerina

Anna adores her big sister!

First day of 1st and fifth grades, and last day of 1st and fifth grades!

Pretty poser and the blur

The difference in Anna's left foot in only a few months of therapy

Al is 11!

At the Capitol

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