Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August happenings...

We wanted to share some memorable August events with you but also give everyone an update on how Jack is doing.

Jack has begun 2nd grade and is doing well. He has had one tough day so far but otherwise is faring pretty well. He continues to break down emotionally over little things that didn't use to bother him but I believe is beginning to understand that he can control that. If it continues or gets worse, we will talk to his neurologist about it. His new elementary school, Patriots, is great and they have been very supportive of Jack and we feel very confident that he will have a very good year.

Now, for some pictures....

Mom and Dad came to visit and Jack enjoys a little lap time while Grampy reads the comics.

1st day of 2nd grade!

with appropriate attire

Kris and Shannon's moving day. A sad day for us as Kris moves back to Chapel Hill for his 4th year of med school.

Moving that dadgum treadmill again. I thought that's why I gave it away?

Kris and Jack making their way to the big truck.

Kris and Jack

Jack ready to drive the big U-Haul

A "vacation day" for us as we took Jack to Discovery Place

I swear this child has talent on the drums although I'm not sure we want to promote this. He could be the most famous one-armed drummer of all time.

Jack got to visit with a very large iguana

Monday, August 16, 2010


This summer was unusual in that we didn't have much of an opportunity to have fun. But, with a successful surgery for Jack behind us, we wanted to share a little bit of fun we did have.

Maggie celebrating the 4th (she's thrilled)

Kasi and Shannon singing along with Jack
"We like to move it move it"

Kris lighting a sparkler... CAYLIE wanting to eat the sparkler

Celebrating on the deck

Soon to be newlyweds

A poster from Jack's classmates wishing him well

Another poster from the Criders wishing Jack well

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Busy time of year

Sorry it's been so long since our last update but this has been a very busy time for us. I've been doing some traveling for business and Lisa has been taking Jack to a lot of therapy appointments before school starts.

Jack is doing pretty well but remains very fussy most of the time. The hallucinations have pretty much dissipated as best we can tell but he wakes crying most mornings and abruptly changes emotions frequently.

We are concerned about him starting 2nd grade with this going on but we are meeting with school administration and his 2nd grade teacher tomorrow to discuss the upcoming year. We feel confident that they will keep his best interests at heart.

We recently celebrated Shannon's birthday. Here are a couple pictures from her and Kris's visit.