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Happy Valentine’s Day 2017

February 14, 2017 by

The singing of the traditional Valentine’s Day song is getting harder and harder to produce with the kids scattered about but we managed to pull everyone together via iMovie to create this year’s “tech” version!  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone…’wishing you a whole year full of love and kindness!!!

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CHECK THIS OUT!  An unearthed treasure from 2003…never before posted on Rudy’s Beat!!!!!

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You are loved…by us!

Rain Out

February 11, 2017 by

Rudy has been raising money this past week in a $1.00 donation campaign for his school’s Move-a-thon that was supposed to happen yesterday.  Sadly, the Move-a-thon had to be postponed (for the second time!) due to rain.  Spirits might have been dampened a bit but not our gratitude!  A BIG thank you to the dear ones who sent Rudy a $1 (or two!).  Hopefully we’ll get to share some pics of the fun when the school field dries out and the Move-a-thon is rescheduled!

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A rainy school drop off…full of smiles!

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Rudy’s name was entered in a school raffle for the donations he turned in and he was one of several winners! Rolf is happy he won the Surf Country Surf Shop gift certificate. Ha Ha

We actually welcome all this rain.  After being in a drought for nearly 5 years, the many winter storm fronts that have passed through our area are desperately needed.  The hills surrounding Santa Barbara are green again and our lakes are filling up!  A good thing for sure.  May our land get it’s fill.  Happy Weekend Everybody!!

We. Like. Bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

February 9, 2017 by

It has been awhile since we updated on Rudy’s progress in oral feeds….in part because there hasn’t been much progress.  Rudy’s interest in food ebbs and flows so when he’s interested, we jump on it and when he isn’t, we let it go.  The tomato basil soup at Kyle’s Kitchen is still a big favorite and his go-to request at home is ranch dressing.  The “eating” that he does is limited to smooth textures that he can lick off a spoon or carrot stick.

Well, Rudy’s interest in food is flowing this week and while he was licking his ranch dressing at dinner last night, he requested banana.  Banana?  Rolf popped up right away and grabbed a banana and spoon from the kitchen and I got a spoonful of banana up to Rudy’s mouth before he could change his mind.  A couple of bites in and Olivia got some video footage!!!!…

This is significant because this is the first chunky texture he’s been able to swallow!!!!  Yay!  Baby steps may be small but they’re steps in the right direction…Go, Rudy, Go!

 

Up, Up and Away!

February 7, 2017 by

Rudy had another big “first” this past weekend.  He (along with Rolf and Max) had his first private plane adventure thanks to a friend of ours here in town.  I really can’t say much about it since I wasn’t there but Rolf was able to capture a bit of the take off on video. Clearly Rudy had something to say there at the end of the short clip but couldn’t quite find the words…priceless!

The Geyling men enjoyed their 30-minute aerial tour of Goleta’s beautiful coast and bird’s eye view of our cul-de-sac.  SO FUN!  A big thanks to Steve (and his dad) for contributing to those “quality of life” experiences that, quite literally, expand world views, lift spirits and fuel dreams!  Awesome!!

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Our cul-de-sac in the top right…

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Thumbs up!

While the boys were flying the friendly skies, Olivia and I had a fun girls weekend visiting friends in Temecula and Los Angeles AND we even snuck in a quick lunch with Wilson! Speaking of Wilson, he was featured on the APU Honors College Facebook page last week.  His quote encouraged me…the occasional sound bite into his life at the ZOO is always a treat.

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Speaking of college life, Max decided this week that he will be attending Point Loma Nazarene University in the fall!!!!  We are thrilled for him.  I lived in San Diego for a couple of years and LOVED it there…I’m certain Max will fall in love with it too.  Yay PLNU Sea Lions!!!

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Rudy is definitely feeling more like his old self after battling a virus for a couple of weeks…just in time for his school’s annual Move-a-thon scheduled for this Friday, CHD Awareness Week, Valentines Day, the fun 4-day President’s weekend and a trip to San Diego at the end of the month!!  Woo Hoo!  Stay tuned for some fun pics…;)  Happy February Everybody!!!

The Beginning of the “Lasts”

January 29, 2017 by

Well, it has begun…the reality of Max graduating and heading off to college later this summer is starting to sink in as we watch him experience significant “lasts” with each passing season.  For example, yesterday marked the end of Max’s high school hockey season…and he played in his last tournament!!  (sniff, sniff)  Rolf and I couldn’t help but get a little verklempt as we made the familiar trek up to Santa Maria knowing it would be the last.

Santa Barbara represented well as both varsity teams advanced from the semi-finals to play against each other in the championship game.  It was a fun way to end this chapter…getting to cheer for both teams in that final match-up filled with kids Max has played alongside for the past 5+ years!

We are so grateful to the administrators, coaches, players and families that make up the SB Youth Hockey Association for the positive fun, special friendships and investment in our family!

Well done Maxo!  Thanks for introducing me to an experience I wouldn’t have had otherwise and for turning me into a hockey mom!!  😉

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Getting a fist bump from the team’s #1 fan before the final game…

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…and a celebratory hug afterwards!

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Way to go SB Gold!

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The graduating seniors!

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Rookie Max

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Next generation?

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Maybe not…but this little guy is going to MISS the rink most of all, I think.

 

Not Yet

January 27, 2017 by

Rudy had an EEG appointment yesterday.  It has been several years since his last EEG but because Rudy hasn’t had a seizure in almost two years, Dr. Corazza recommended we retest to determine whether or not we can begin to wean Rudy off his daily doses of phenobarbital.  Rudy was a happy and cooperative ROCK STAR during the hour long test and the tech said she was able to get some “beautiful data”!  Dr. Corazza called later in the evening with the results…unfortunately the results are “not normal and continue to show a seizure tendency” so he strongly recommends that we leave Rudy on the pheno for now.  I’m a little disappointed as it would have been super fun to see some healing in this area for Rudy but I’m not surprised given the nature of Rudy’s brain injury.  So, we’ll continue to do what we’ve been doing and pray Rudy’s current dose of phenobarbital will continue to keep the seizures at bay.  He’s actually at the maximum dosage for pheno…if seizures were to surface again, we’d have to make a medication change.  Anti-seizure medications can have some pretty disturbing side effects and Rudy has done so well on pheno that we hope it can be his drug of choice as long as he needs it.

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On The Mend

January 25, 2017 by

We’ve had a quiet start to 2017…Wilson headed back to APU the first weekend of January and hit the ground running in his new schedule of classes.  Max and Olivia still had semester finals to prepare for when they headed back to school on the 3rd.  They were thrilled to finish finals week last Friday!!!  Olivia sailed through her first high school finals week and Max is one big step closer to graduation…the countdown is ON!  🙂

Rudy enjoyed getting back to his friends and teachers at school after the long break.  He’s back to his twice weekly physical therapy sessions but has yet to be assigned to a new OT since his last OT retired in December.  He had a routine check-up with his neurologist a couple of weeks ago.  Because Rudy has been seizure-free for almost two years (his last seizure was in Feb. 2/15), Dr. Corazza scheduled an EEG for tomorrow to determine whether or not we can begin to wean Rudy off his anti-seizure medication.  That would be exciting!!!  We’ll keep you posted…

Rudy has been battling his first bug of the season this week.  He was sent home from school early last Thursday and has been home sick ever since.  Thankfully, his fever broke on Monday and his energy is returning.  We’re hoping he’ll sleep through the night tonight (after several sleepless nights) so he can return to school tomorrow.  🙂

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Rudy happy to be back at school with his friends and teacher Ms. Ochoa!

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On the mend after a week long viral bug.

Rudy has actually had a long, healthy run the past several months so we pray this bug will run it’s course quickly and be the end of Rudy’s cold and flu season!  😉  ‘Hoping your new year is starting off healthy and happy!

 

Goodbye 2016

January 1, 2017 by

We sure enjoyed our Christmas and hope you did too!  Our holiday was filled with the usual Rescue Mission and church events but we also had the added joy of celebrating with old friends from out-of-town this year.

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Rudy is good buddies with Joyce the camerawoman from our local ABC news station and tried hard to use his insider connections to steal the stage during an interview with Dad at the SBRM Christmas Feast.

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Christmas fun with the Zovaks.

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The Zovaks have lived overseas most of our kids’ lives so it was particularly fun to see the kids reconnect!

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Christmas eve candlelight service.

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Rudy’s favorite SBRM donation of the season!!!

We made the most of every second of Christmas Day (nearly pulling an all-nighter) as we got up before dawn the following day to make our departure for the airport at 4:30am!  We traveled to Key Largo, FL for a Geyling family reunion…big trips like this are  uncommon for us, especially around the holidays, but we enjoyed the opportunity to connect with Rolf’s family (many of whom Rudy and I haven’t seen in 5 years) and see a part of the country none of us have been to before.  Rudy traveled well and enjoyed 4 days of non-stop cousin fun!!

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Beautiful Key Largo, FL

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The Geyling Cousins

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Quality sibling time too!

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Oma and the California Grands!

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Another set of siblings having fun! 😉

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Rudy discovered the joy of boating this trip…on small ones…

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…and big ones! (with Captain Gavin on a snorkeling cruise)

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Olivia, once again, made friends with dolphins at the Grassy Key Dolphin Research Center…

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And the big boys discovered the joy of jet skis!

We packed in a lot of fun in the four days we were with Rolf’s family…a great end to 2016 making fun memories to cherish for years to come (Thank you Oma!!)!!  Bye, Bye 2016!

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Happy New Year dear ones!  Welcome 2017!

 

 

 

The Christmas Countdown is ON!

December 21, 2016 by

With Christmas just 4 days away, excitement and anticipation are building for sure!  Rudy has figured out the whole unwrapping gifts routine making it necessary for us to rewrap a few gifts already!  The gifts that arrive early and typically sit patiently under the tree until Christmas have now been stashed in the closet for safe keeping!!!  Ha Ha

The last couple of weeks have been filled with a combination of holiday festivities like the SBRM Staff Christmas Party and Auxiliary Tea, key medical appointments for Rudy and some Silver By Trish shows.  In the midst of all the seasonal and routine, we enjoyed making a new friend from Australia when we hosted Luke for a few days last week through a program at the kids’ high school.  Max and Olivia were great hosts and had fun introducing Luke to many of their friends.  Rudy was particularly happy to have a new playmate!  Ha Ha Thanks again, Luke, for being fun and spontaneous and for putting up with our brand of crazy! 🙂

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Rudy’s new Australian friend Luke!

Last week also included a bittersweet goodbye to an old friend when Rudy’s OT celebrated her retirement from the Medical Therapy Unit!  We will certainly miss Janine but we are also very excited for her and hope to see her around town doing fun retirement things! 😉

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Saying goodbye to OT Janine!

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Bye Bye Friend!

I got to go to Rudy’s class for some more holiday fun on Friday and while I was there, Rudy showed off his new classroom desk!

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Big boy Rudy at his desk.

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School fun!

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Letter to Santa? (check)

Wilson is home!  Yay!!  Max, Olivia and Rudy are on winter break!  Yay!!  And we’re ready for Christmas!  Double Yay!!

Oh yeah, and Rolf reached a major 2016 milestone yesterday:

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1000+ miles in 2016!! Way to go Rolf! YAY!!

Merry Christmas dear friends!!  Wherever you are in the world and whatever you have planned for this weekend, I pray it includes memory making moments with people you love and countless reminders of how very much you are loved and appreciated!

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