Summer of 2015

Last summer we were so busy we didn’t even make it out of the state of Arkansas. Natalie attended several dance camps including an audition into an apprentice dance company for which she was accepted. She also was taking swimming lessons for the first month of summer.  We quit those at the end of June though as she was getting almost daily practice in our swimming pool and has become a proficient swimmer.  Natalie also continued her speech, occupational and physical therapy for a total of 6 hours a week.  At the end of summer she finally tested out of physical therapy -Yay!  All that swimming and dancing has made her so strong!  We also spent lots of time with friends and family.  We saw Nat’s Great-grandmother and granddaddy in SW Ark.  We made several trips to Magic Springs Amusement and Water Park where we did the scariest thing I have ever done in my life.  It is called the Sky Shark… a ride that pulls you 115 ft into the air and then drops you straight down.  (see the final picture).  It was all Natalie’s idea; ironically she gave me the courage to try it.  She wasn’t a bit afraid and immediately wanted to do it again when we were done.  It’s driving her crazy that she won’t be tall enough for several years to ride all of the adult thrill rides at the park.  Natalie is cautious about so many things, but she had a very adventurous side.  During a birthday party at the Science Museum she volunteered without hesitation to hold fire in her hand during an experiment.  Brave girl!

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