Tuesday, December 30, 2008
In a terrible twist of fate(I say blessing in disguise), Adam's younger brother Skyler was involved in a awful 4-wheeler accident breaking 4 ribs, crushing a vertebrae, breaking both bones in his forearm, breaking his femur off at the hip-socket, and puncturing a lung. This happened about 10 days before Christmas. Through constant phone contact his brother made it through 2 lifeflights and was stable. As a result, Adam decided to tell his boss about the situation and see if there was a chance he could get an extra day or two before Christmas day off. His boss must have been visited by the ghost of Christmas present, because he let him have the whole week of Christmas off.
We took care of business at church and jumped in the car to make the 15-hour road trip. My parents had no idea that we were coming and I really wanted to surprise them. Adam saw his brother and most of the rest of his family. We were in constant contact with my sister to keep my parents in the dark. My brother and sister-in-law had their baby while we were there. When we got to may parents house, we snuck in the front door while my sister was distracting my mom in the kitchen. We went right behind her back and into her bedroom without her noticing. Lindsay kept trying to get my mom to go into the bedroom by telling her there was a big, ugly spider in there, but my mom just told her to kill it herself. Finally, she came in and saw us and was almost shocked to tears. It was really nice to be home.
Tori and Lindsay got a bunch of games for the Wii, so the bulk of our vacation was spent in this manner. My favorite is Tori trying to do the hula hoop in the Wii Fit....hilarious!
I am working with a family right now with 3 kids. The primary reason they need my help is because of their middle son, Christian. He was born with cerebal palsy, which means he has little control over the muscles in his body. Besides for the fact that his body can be very rigid, his condition is best compared to that of an infant. Although his physical capabilities are very limited, he makes up for it with a large dose of personality. He fully lives up to his name. I have never met a five year old who is so compassionate, patient, positive, and optimistic. Anytime that I or his mother suggest some activitiy for him to do he responds very politely with "sure" or "that sounds great". He is always commenting on how beautiful the weather is and how nice it is to be friends. Sometimes it's like living in Mr. Roger's neighborhood. At the same time, he is very much a 5-year-old little boy in many ways. He likes to tease his younger sister and can't laugh too much at farting and burping noises. He is a truly happy little spirit and I often think of him when I start feeling sorry for myself.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
That same day we also made our way down to Stinson beach. Even though it was a little bit cloudy and windy there is just something about the beach that brings out the romantic in everyone.
The next day we packed up our lunch and headed to Muir Beach. Since the tide was so low we found a treasure trove of sea creatures.
That smile is totally genuine!
We took in a session at the majestic Oakland Temple and then picked up a Christmas tree on the way home. That evening everyone was preparing for Christmas in their own way. Adam was cheerfully helping me decorate the tree, Roy was intensely reading, and Juli was coloring and preparing Christmas gifts for her grandkids.
It's Christmastime in the city! San Francisco was all decked out for the holidays and it wasn't too cold either so we took a little cruise around the bay so that Roy and Juli could experience Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge up close and personal.
On our final evening we made it back to the Oakland Temple to see the Christmas lights. We were very impressed by the display! It was the perfect ending to a wonderful week!