Sunday, July 19, 2009

Therapy Pro

The past two weeks have been fairly low key around the Zurliene household. Zachary started his physical therapy last week, and surprised Mommy and Daddy with all the abilities he showed during his hour long session. He started out somewhat lethargic, as he does from time to time at home, but less than five minutes into the session he began to reach out and play with the blocks, cups, balls, and various other toys they had on hand. From that point on he went non-stop, playing, reaching, talking, and blowing us away with all he was showcasing. They even had him up on his knees for a while as well, a position we had never even tried with him before with his casts, and now his shoes. Overall, it was a great day. Zach will continue with the therapy once a week for a while, until either his needs change, or he makes some big improvements.
Mommy and Zachary have been spending their summer days hanging out, and going to lunch and play dates with some of their new and old friends. We were also able to find a wonderful place where Zach will be spending his days when Mommy goes back to teaching in August. He will be the only baby under the age of 2 and should get lots of love and attention with only a few other kids there as well.
We have a couple more weeks ahead before Zach's next plane ride to Illinois, and we're anxious to see the progress that Zachary will make at physical therapy. Mommy and Zach have been taking a lot of walks around our neighborhood, and there's sure to be a few more. We are grateful for all the amazing progress Zachary has made so far, and cannot believe he is already 7 months old. We're enjoying each new day and each new detail of life that he becomes so interested in. We hope you all are enjoying a fun filled summer, and we'll have plenty more to share in the weeks to come. Love and God Bless - Brian + Kimmie

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A Fun 4th

After returning home on Tuesday, Mommy and Zachary have had a good week settling in. We all enjoyed fireworks Friday night at Colorado National Golf Club, and did not do a whole lot yesterday, but enjoyed a quiet day with just the three of us. Zachary has been progressing wonderfully with his motor skills. He seems to do a little bit better with each new day, which is all we can ask for. Working with him each day is fun and rewarding for us to see his enjoyment as well. As you can see from the video, Zachary enjoys dancing and singing, albeit not very good singing on Daddy's part! We hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day, and wish you all a wonderful week ahead. God Bless - Brian + Kimmie

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Back Home

As they say all good things must come to an end.  Zachary and Mommy returned home last night, and they spent the day re-establishing Zach's routine here at home.  The trip to Arizona was a wonderful time had by all.  
Friday Zachary visited with all of Aunt Kelly's co-workers, then had his first experience in the pool "loungin'".  He also made a new best friend with Uncle Dana's dog Cara.  She wanted to lick and be next to Zach as much as possible, even in the pool!  She loved to swim over and sniff Zachary through the netting in his floatie.   Saturday was a relaxing day spent with the whole family.  We visited with Grandma and Grandpa's neighbors Francis and Mario, and enjoyed taking over some very tasty limoncello!  After our visit we all enjoyed some more pool time and barbecue cooked by Grandpa.  The whole family was there, including Uncle Dana and Holly, Aunt Kelly and Aaron.  Sunday was a fun day with all of us taking a new family portrait, then off to lunch at Mommy and Daddy's favorite... In N Out!!!  Check out the picture of Zach trying to sneak in a bite!  Daddy came back home Sunday night, but Mommy and Zachary stayed behind for a couple more days.  Monday was a trip to G&I, the family business. Zach tried out the new pales, and gave his approval.  Monday night was another family dinner, followed by Zachary's last pool time.  He definitely developed an affinity for the pool and his floating lounge.  It was a great diversion and a good way to tire him out before bed.  
Zachary had a wonderful time on his first plane trip, and was very enjoyable on both flights according to Mommy.  He slept for most of the trip out, but didn't get much sleep on the way back.  No fussing on either flight, he did great!  For now its back to life as normal here at home, just enjoying our little animated guy and all the new tricks he shows us with each new day.  We hope you enjoy the photos, and we're glad to be back home, away from the 100+ degree heat and into a "modest" 90 degree "heat wave" here in Colorado!  Our Love to You All - Brian + Kimmie