Good Things

In no particular order:

1. These red plastic cups I found at Walmart. People like to hate on Walmart, but where else ya gonna get plastic cups? These look about a zillion times classier than the hot pink tumblers we’ve been using for the last few years. Squint hard and you can see the bubble pattern at the bottom that makes them look like antique glass or something. LOVE it!fourth 027

2. Pelicans. The Gulf thing is still bad, bad, bad, but I’ve seen a few Pelicans recently and that has improved my mood tremendously. I’ve also seen pictures of them releasing cleaned birds on the Atlantic coast, and while I miss them, I’m glad the birds are finding new, clean homes.

3. Charlie’s vision. His field of vision seems to be improving—he can actually make eye contact from over a yard a way, which is pretty darn impressive for a kid we used to think was blind. charlie-vision

4. Charlie’s voice. He doesn’t seem even a little interested in walking these days, but I DO think talking is starting to look good to the C-Man. When he’s really upset, I can ask him to talk to me and he babbles something. I don’t know what, but it’s a start.

5. This video of Caleigh testing out a power chair. I’m dying of jealousy. I can’t imagine what Charlie would do in a chair like that. Honestly, he’d probably head right on over and lick the TV—gotta have priorities, right?

6. My blog redesign. You heard it here first—Bird on the Street is getting a facelift, ladies and gentlemen. I figure I spend enough time on this space, I might as well spend some money and make it look just how I like. I’m really excited. 

6. The Blogging With Substance Blog Award that Mo has given me. That means a lot. Substance. All this time I thought I was just word vomiting on the page. 


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  1. I'm with ya on Walmart!

  2. Kristin says:

    Power wheel chair.

    My friend's 7 year old daughter headed right for the boys bathroom the first time she ever tried one out.

    Because a 7 year old girl is a 7 year old gir.

  3. cj's mom says:

    These are all good things! Charlie making talking sounds is huge!!! You might want to try some oral motor therapy. Blowing bubbles, feathers…I have a list somewhere of things I did but I can not find it or remember them it was so long ago. If I find it I will let you know. May be a good question for Barbara at the TherExtras. Cj is trying to talk more then ever at 7! He can say somewhat, I love you, more, up, Ma, Dada and sometimes I hear a little sentence. I want up. I will never give up hope!

  4. I thoroughly enjoy the substance on your blog. I always learn something new. In this post…. check out the tumblers at Walmart. :)

  5. Wahzat Gayle says:

    Charlie's vision is getting better is GREAT.

    wonderful–I love babbling this means he is attempting to communicate WILD

    looking forward to the new look
    have a great weekend

  6. John W. Quinn says:

    My name is John Quinn and I am the author of Someone Like Me – An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy.

    I just wanted to commend you in putting this blog together – It is very well done and I can see that it serves as a very useful resource for parents seeking information and most of all, hope for their loved one. There is always hope!

    Keep it up and all the best to you and your followers!

    Dream Big! John

  7. Nadine Hightower says:

    redesign? Can't wait.