Monday, May 19, 2008

Photobucket Nolan's GRAND Achievement

Nolan is 9 years old. He has spent the past S*I*X years in speech therapy. The first three years it was 3x a week, the 3rd-5th year it was 2x a week, this year it's been once a week.

His therapist has said that he has all the sounds now, except for "R". We'll work on that. He still has some processing issues....but we can work on that as well. This is a huge step for us. SIX years is a long time to have speech. I'm relieved to be able to school without the pressure of breaking to run to appointments.....I'm excited that he can usually be understood these days. It's all good.

EXCEPT - Nolan has always gotten very attached to his therapists. It was hard to say goodbye in Alaska and move here. It was hard to say goodbye today to Miss Natalie. She is moving to San Antonio so I explained that he wouldn't see her even if we DID go to therapy next year. LOL

He wanted to get Miss Natalie a gift. I had several choices for him. He said, "I'd like to do flowers and chocolate". FLOWERS AND CHOCOLATE. I was rather proud at having raised such a thoughtful and insightful young man.

He didn't really love any of the ones that the florist had made up. He told them he thought Miss Natalie would like sunflowers and daisies. What a sweetheart. They made up this and he agreed that they were perfect.


We didn't get the chocolates. We delivered the card and flowers....and everyone ooed and ahed over the sweet boy.

On the way out I told Nolan, "Wow, I've taught you how to treat women WELL. You did that just right."


He replied, "Actually, Mom, I've been watching what Dad gives you all the time and flowers and chocolate are what you like."

Score - Mike was gloating over this one. He deserves to gloat. His young son has learned how to treat a special woman in his life. Way to go Mike and Nolan.

When we got home the other kids had decorated the house with signs and streamers...and a giant blanket fort that they will sleep in tonight.



When Nolan walked in they all yelled SURPRISE!


Great kids one and all! I love the care they have for each other. We weren't able to use the celebrate plate or do a special dinner as I was out tonight...and will be tomorrow...but WEDNESDAY we'll celebrate.

They're all out and about watching the Spurs game tonight....I think I'll give up on crunching numbers and sleep on it.


Anonymous said...

WooHoo! Congratulations Nolan!!!

We know the hard work you've done. CT and AJ started speech therapy at Prescool age and had to work hard like you for many years too!

We all say, "Yeah! Well done!!!"

Your teacher's gift was beautiful too!

The AK R. family

Anonymous said...

Great Job Nolan! That is a long time in speech, congrats on working so hard!!!

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Anonymous said...

Way to go! I love seeing siblings supporting each other and being best friends. (Ours are that way, too.) Enjoy the inside fort!

Michelle said...

Congratulations to Nolan on his hard work, to his parents and siblings for their loving support!

berrypatch said...

Yeah, Nolan!!!! Congrats on working so hard for so long!!!

Anonymous said...


We are so proud of you and really congratulate you for a job well done! Even at Christmas we could see how far you had come.

Miss Natalie is pretty and you are an awesome young man for the gift you gave her. What beautiful flowers!!!

Bet you all had a nice campout last night to celebrate.

love you tons and always praying for you,

your 2G's T

Lisa in Jax said...

What a sweet young man you have there! Congrats on graduating!

Linda said...

That is just so awesome on every front. Sweet kids all around!

April Williams said...

Congrats! Way to go! Good Job! Any kind of therapy is hard. It took hard work to climb that mountain and you did it! Woo Hoo!
April from SHS

kmjrose said...

Congratulations, Nolan!!!
I love the picture of Nolan with the big, big smile!
Karen in VT

Bess said...

Awesome job Nolan!!! I think The "You totally rock dude!" sign is awesome.

Kristine said...

GREAT job, Nolan!!!!! Both of my kids were quite a bit older before they got R down too. It will come!

I love the sign they made for Nolan. At first glance, I thought it said, 'Your so totally yuck dude.' And I thought, wow, that's something I'd see at MY house.

(JUST KIDDING about the my house thing!)

Seriously, way to go, and what a blessing to see all of Nolan's work rewarded.

Jodi said...

Congratulations Nolan!!!!

Lots of milestones and achievements at your house this past week or so!

Cynthia said...

GOOD WORK! We didn't spend as many years in speech as you did, but I still remember those years! It was a LOT of hard work, but it was So worth it!