Well, we took a long break from blogging and it was my fault. I am happy to think that we will be back to it more regularly in 2020. My goal is to get two blog posts up a month and anything above that would be great. So let’s catch you up on what has been going on here.
Ryan is now a teenager. We are in the middle of our fifth year of homeschooling and it has been going well. Ryan’s favorite subject is Math this year. He loves solving algebraic equations and word problems. It has been challenging for me to keep up with this but it is fun to watch his brain work.
Ryan is still typing up a storm. We take the bluetooth keyboard everywhere and people are entranced by the technology. Ryan feels like he has a real voice now and we have even started programming it so that he can recite the Pledge of Allegiance, the Boy Scout Oath and the Scout Law during the Boy Scout meetings along with everyone else.
When I asked Ryan what he wanted to blog about, he typed the following:
In addition to typing, we have also started bringing a Boogie Board everywhere with us. This is a portable blackboard/erase board that Ryan can use to hand write answers on. This comes in handy for one word answers or choices. His handwriting has improved tremendously. Anyone can read it now.
Which leads to another one of the things that Ryan wanted to talk about on the blog, his drawings. Ryan has gotten into art lately and has been doing some drawing with pastels at home. What we have done is that we try to think of a subject to draw and then I look it up on the computer. I let Ryan scroll through all of the images and he picks which one he wants to emulate, but can still put his own personal spin on it. These are some of his recent works that he wanted to share with everyone.
Again, I am not sure how to convey how amazing this is. Ryan could not even replicate a line just 3 years ago. Now he looks at the image and then attempts to replicate it and does it! He chooses the colors and I hold up a clipboard with the paper attached to it and he draws the image. I am very proud of him. This is a great creative outlet for him.
Another creative outlet continues to be the piano. Ryan is still taking weekly lessons at School of Rock with Melissa. The main gift that Ryan wanted for Christmas was A LASTING PIANO.
Ryan has made a lot of improvement during piano lessons as well. He is improving his independence with the keys. He has also been playing some songs with just chords, so he needs to use both hands to do this. I love watching him practice because music does not come naturally to me, but it does to him.
As most of you know, 2019 was a challenging health year for Ryan as he was diagnosed with epilepsy. It took a long time, but we seem to have gotten it under control. The medications that Ryan is on have really taken a toll on his body and his energy level. Almost daily, from February until November of this year, Ryan would spell/type I AM POOPED or I AM TOO TIRED. He was. It was hard for me to watch my energetic son be so tired every day. His body adjusted to the medications but he still had no energy to do simple things that he used to do. In November, with his doctor’s recommendation, we added in a supplement to support mitochondrial dysfunction, Ubiquinol, and the difference was dramatic. Ryan has not once said that he is TOO TIRED since beginning it. Now there are still days where sleep is challenging or he stays up later and is tired the next day, but those things are normal for anyone. I am so happy that Ryan is feeling so much better and that we plan to do more physical activities in the future.
So now I will talk about the new year! Ryan made four resolutions that he wanted to share on the blog.
- To do more art and create 50 pieces of original art this year.
- To get back into running/walking and to try and participate in a few races this year (he would not commit to a number because he is not sure if he can wake up for 8 am starting times for races–this is being a teenager and wanting to sleep in–not because of overall extreme fatigue.)
- Continue piano and learn more songs.
- To get to the Tenderfoot rank in 2020.
So we have our work cut out for us! If you are still here and following us, thanks for staying around! We hope to produce a lot more quality content in 2020!