"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Lots Going On!

Life keeps moving on and we are busy!

Katya had a good Thanksgiving break. We were able to meet up with friends at the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens the Friday after Thanksgiving. Planning this was a bit of a nervous moment as we were not at all sure how Katya would do with it, but we were hopeful that with plenty of preparation ahead of time, she would enjoy it. And she did! Stan Hywet made it easier for us by posting photos and short video clips on their FB page for several weeks leading up to our trip there and so we made sure to show Katya those and discuss it, as well as marking the event on her calendar. When the day came to go, I said, "Katya, tonight we are going to go to the big house to look at lights!" She moved over to her calendar, pointed to the correct day and looked at me with a questioning look on her face. She was happy to get confirmation and took the whole event in stride. She loved walking and looking at the lights outside, and even handled the crush and slow shuffle through the house quite well!

I think two of my favorite memories of that evening involve her. One was her wide eyed stare inside the house at the tree as we were going up the stairs! (She's there--you just have to find her!)

The other memory was after we were done with the tour and were getting ready to part ways and go home, we asked our kids who wanted hot cider. And just like that, Katya's hand flew up into the air! She wanted it! She stood patiently in the long line till her Daddy was able to get the cider for her and her siblings who wanted it. Such a long, long way Miss Katya has come! It felt so very nice to be able to be able to do something with friends as a family again!

Chad's room has been getting a "make-over" to make it more friendly for his allergies and asthma. Since we were stripping out the carpet and putting down a hard floor, we decided to pain the walls before hand since they were in need of paint after a succession of children through that room in the last 10 or so years.  Chad was happy to choose Gratifying Green from Sherwin Williams.

The room is not entirely put back together but we are very nearly done. Chad is pretty happy with how it is shaping up. It feels good to be getting that project behind us, and I'm pleased with the fresh look.

We also, shock of shock, actually managed to get some family snap shots taken this December!!

After several years without any family pictures, I'm quite happy about that! It was a bit of a challenge to manage to catch everyone home as our adult kiddos have schedules that they need to adhere to, and Paul's work makes catching him at the same time as everyone else super hard, but we finally had it happen!

Now we are busy with different Christmas related events--musical events and other things. It's a most wonderful time of the year! ;-)


The other day Katya came home from school and we went to offer her a snack of jelly bread. She began to fuss heavily. It was obvious she did NOT want jelly bread! "Katya, I hear you don't want jelly bread! Get your 'talker' and tell us what you DO want for a snack!"

She knew what she wanted for a snack!

You want crackers and [goat's] cheese? Indeed you shall have that, child!!

Little by little, a little more communication is coming.

We are very, very thankful for that!!

Katya loves to tease. The other night I was tucking her and Kristina in and went to leave the room. "Good night, girls!" I said. Katya immediately faked giant snores. It is hard to believe such giant snores can come from such a petite miss! I began to laugh and said, "Oh no, Kristina! Katya beat you going to sleep!" Katya began to giggle and giggle. I asked her if she had been trying to tease me and she giggled even harder.

Thankful for this kiddo and her siblings every day!!!