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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

MY VIEW...

This is my view from my sunroof in my car.

I took this shot this morning with my iphone before heading to the beach with my Mom again for the day. It was too perfect of an angle to pass up. I looked up, breathed in the fresh sea salt warm Florida air and thought..."I must be dreaming. I can't believe I live here now." Mom and I hit the beach for the 2nd day in a row after the kids were all tidied in at school. I laughed when typing my facebook status this morning. I commented on how these daily beach trips with my Mom have the potential to become a very bad habit. God help my domestic duties at home. I'm in trouble! :) Mom and I sat there taking in the sites on the beach and just can't get over the shock of this being our home now. I was at Kenidi's school earlier and went to itch a spot on my arm only to suddenly realize how absolutely fried I was. (sun burned) I giggled to myself when I realized that this time I don't have to worry about my tan fading because my vacation will eventually end. Now we can just hit the beach or the backyard lanai and touch up the tan when need be. Oh yes...life is good sista's! Life is good. I know you guys must be getting so sick of seeing palm trees and hearing of Florida stuff and I apologize for that. This is our life now though and I'm not sure that the shock and awe of it all will ever wear off. Again, I apologize for that up front. :) Hopefully you can bare with me as I adjust to the sheer joy that living here brings me as well as the emotional side of it when I reflect on how much I miss my parents and friends back home in Indy. With this move comes a two way street. Lots of emotions that stem from opposite ends of the spectrum. Thank God for the individual who invented SKYPE. I love knowing my Dad and Cathy are only a computer screen away when I want to see their faces.

As for the kiddo's, they had another great day at school today. Kenidi's teacher and aides have informed me that our child is quite the dancer. The aide told me again today that "this child can dance." We laugh because we know. She can put Shakira's hip shaking to shame. Ha ha! Tomorrow (Thursday) will be a big day for me. Kenidi will start riding the bus to and from school so I'm a bit nervous about that. I've been taking her and picking her up thus far. Please pray that she'll do well on the bus and that it will be an easy transition for her from the bus into the school and vice-versa. Sometimes going from point A to point B with Kenidi is trying - especially for those not familiar with her. I know I am already loving her teacher though. I've learned so much from her in the past 48 hours regarding how to deal with certain behavior issues Kenidi has. (running for doors, dropping to the ground seeking attention, etc.) The stuff she has helped me with thus far has been amazing. Things I would've never thought of but yet they make so much sense now that they've been explained to me. And the door issue - her escape tactics - this teacher already has her "stopping" at the door and not opening it as she normally would have. I'm blown away. The teacher also told me that when we return from Christmas break she will help me tackle the potty training issue with Kenidi. I'm so eager to start that process. I know Kenidi can do it - she was almost there last May but then got spooked and reversed. She just needs someone who can help her communicate it and I feel like this teacher is already breaking those barriers for her on the 2nd day in class. I'm hopeful and confident that this change - this move to Florida - was yet again just another stepping stone toward what is best for Kenidi and Brennen's future. I know God has his hand in every direction we go in life. This move South was no different even though we had moved just a year and a half earlier in Indy. It's all in God's timing - his stepping stones - block by block - path by path - house to house - school to school. Each exit or diversion has a reason. I'm confident in that. And on a funny note...normally when I take Kenidi's shoes off back home after a long day of school, a bunch of mulch from the school playgrounds would sometimes fall out. In the past two days when I take off her shoes following her day here at school, a bunch of white sand falls out from her playtime at recess. Some would find that annoying. I find it absolutely "MARVVVVAAAALOUS!" :) Oh yes...life is good sista's - life is good!

Until tomorrow...Angie

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Alison Rubel said...

I am SO happy to hear that your new program is working out! Sounds like the teacher is great :)

12/02/2009 4:52 PM  
Blogger CZ said...

So very, very happy for you Ang! It's a very cold and rainy gray Indiana day...and I know you don't miss it one bit! And I'm so glad to hear about Kenidi's teacher! What a blessing! :)

12/02/2009 5:08 PM  
Blogger Malisa said...

Sounds wonderful there!!! I would love the sand to fall out of my kids shoes! Enjoy!

12/02/2009 6:20 PM  
Blogger Momofgirls said...

Okay, a couple things...
1. I am so happy you are happy! (how could you leave that beautiful home though...I saw it on Kelly's Korner home tour!!!) I hope you will post new pics..I LOVED Kenedi's room in your other house, and the whole house actually!!

2. My best friend lives in Naples, her hubby is the football coach at Naples High! She lives right around the corner from the school.

3. Kenedi will do great on the bus. My "special needs" daughter LOVES the social aspect of bus riding, but there is NO WAY she will ever be up and readyto ride TO school! UGH!

4. One day i want to take your on line photography class...your pictures just draw me in!

12/02/2009 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie, I'm so glad the kids are adjusting so well. Esp Kenidi. God is blessing you and your family tremendously.

deb williams

12/02/2009 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Mommy said...

Hey Angie, now is no time to worry about domestic duties! Women have those their whole life! They never leave! Wecan count on them like death and tax'es. We have worked very hard the last few weeks and we have stressed over everything, now is our time. I wish Brent could get time to enjoy it with us. I am glad the kiddo's are doing so great at school. I am especially thankful for Kenidi's new teacher. I didn't know if we would ever find another like Mrs. Rubel. Hi Alison, I am sure miss kenidi still miss'es you as much as Angie does. Never met you but heard great things. I know people are sick of hearing about how happy we are, but, it's been a long time coming, hey Angie???? As you say, who knows what the future will bring, but right now, (Pardon the expression) I am happy as an Idiot with a string! Just an expression, not making light of anyone here. I just Love to see my Baby Girl Happy! xoxoxox

12/02/2009 8:21 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I am so glad to hear that you love Kenidi's new teacher! That is wonderful :) I'm glad my kids aren't the only ones who get mulch all in their shoes. I bet you are thrilled it's sand now! That is so neat!! I'm glad you're happy. God is so good!

12/02/2009 9:22 PM  
Blogger Tonia Hobbs said...

So happy for you! I am thrilled that you are confident and comfortable with the schools that is such a blessing!
I must admit, I would love to live in FL. We took vacation there this summer, and I cannot recover. I want to be there by the water so badly. It's just we have young kids that are planted in good schools here, and my husband has a job that is kind-of hard to "get-on". . . so here in Arkansas I am. . . but please continue to post your gorgeous pics. My heart loves them, and they are good for my soul.
I completely missed the post about why the move to FL. . . I will try to look back, but maybe you can fill me in briefly. .

12/02/2009 10:40 PM  
Blogger Eloise said...

I am SO glad to hear about Kenidi's teacher! What an answer to prayer.

Vivian rides the bus to and from school, and it is a huge help to me (especially since I used to have two others that I had to get to school on my own - our district only has bus service for the students in special ed). Vivian sometimes has transition issues getting on the bus, but she seems to get it out of her system then because they tell me she gets off the bus and walks into the building without incident.

I'm so glad to hear how much you and your mom are enjoying your proximity to the beach! You deserve every bit of this!

12/02/2009 10:53 PM  
Blogger Carolyn Sharkas said...

Welcome home to Florida, Angie, I have been keeping up with the move, but just now having the time to comment. I am so glad you love it here. Enjoy life in Paradise.

Hugs,

Carolyn
Tampa, FL

12/03/2009 3:10 PM  

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