On Sunday morning Natalie and I met our friends Annie, Aron, Ella, and Luke for breakfast at the Golden Nugget. Natalie and Aron had a great time being silly together. For the whole series of pictures see Anna's blog.
Summer session of Hippotherapy started tonight. Natalie and her favorite horse Shorty B get to spend time together every Thursday night for the next 2 months. It's going to be cool to see Natalie use her Talker in this setting. More updates on this in the coming weeks.
Natalie spent last week at Camp Emanuel and had a blast! Camp Emanuel is a day camp for children with speech/language impairments and/or hearing impairments. I was very impressed with the staff and the great stuff that the kids got to do including swimming, going to the Columbus zoo, bowling, and to the movies. Natalie had a buddy named Sue who helped her each day and they really bonded. I'm not positive but I think that Natalie was the youngest kid there (ages are 5-14) and the other kids seemed to be interested in helping her out (and checking out her cool Talker). Natalie will definitely return next summer.
After 3 years of preschool Natalie has graduated! I think she's ready to move on to bigger and better things in Kindergarten! She was lucky to have her mommy, Cook, Howard, Mamaw, Aunt Tammy, and Sammy there at the ceremony today to cheer her on. It was "A Day at The Beach" theme so there were lots of cute fish songs and some refreshments afterward. Natalie had little enthusism onstage but once she was offstage and with family, she started dancing and talking!
I am mom to Natalie Elizabeth, a strong and feisty 8 year old born, along with her twin brother Andrew John, nearly 17 weeks early on 9/2/06. Andrew passed away on 9/4/06 and Natalie spent 110 days in the NICU. As a result of her premature birth she has Cerebral Palsy. Despite her challenges, she is constantly doing new and amazing things and surprising everyone!