Saturday, May 31, 2008

Swirly Ramblings

I just wanted to blog some things swirling around in my brain:

A couple of weeks ago Riley was in a play called "Winnie the Pooh and Friends". He was a panda bear. He sang one song by himself and did a cute little dance. Then he sang another song with a few other kids.

Here he is in his costume. (My mom made it.)

Here are the kids in front of the hundred acre woods. (I helped paint the backdrop. I think it turned out pretty good.)

While I'm showing pictures. Here's my big boy at the athletic awards banquet. In just a few short weeks he'll officially be a Senior. I can't believe it.

We went to the academic awards banquet last night. He received an award for highest average in History and also for highest average in SAT Test Prep. He was also recognized for making all A's and B's for the whole year. And, he was recognized for being a Marshal at this year's graduation. He's ranked 3rd in his class.

My boy's so smart! ;-)

We have a movie night every week or two. Usually Holden picks the movies. On Monday we watched the very, very long 3rd Lord of the Rings movie. I have never had any interest in watching the Lord of the Ring movies but Holden insisted. It turns out I kind of liked them. The third one was my favorite.

My favorite character was Samwise Gamgee. Why? Because he was so nice and called everyone sir or ma'am. And, because
Goonies never say die.

Thursday night we watched Cloverfield. While we were watching the movie Holden received a text from one of his friends (one of the boys in his class that has D). He texted him to let him know that a boy in the 5th grade at their school had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

I don't even know the boy, but the news hit me like a ton of bricks. I feel so badly for him and his family. They have a rough road ahead of them, a never ending road.

Whenever I hear news like this it makes me sad. That sadness is mixed with anger. It makes me angry that kids (and adults) have to deal with this.

I don't really know his parents, but I plan to write them a letter to offer my support.

When I opened my email this morning I found out that my blog had been ranked an 8.0 out of 10.0 at Blogged in the health/condition and disease category. Neat.

My son has diabetes at Blogged

While I was perusing some of the other blogs this morning. I found JJS Diabetes. And from there I found a news story talking about research to develop a vaccine for Type 1 diabetes.

Not long ago I didn't have any interest in a vaccine. I figured it couldn't help Riley so I never paid much attention to them. But, while reading the story I couldn't help but think of that 10 year old boy who was recently diagnosed. And, I thought of how wonderful it would be that if at diagnosis the doctor could give him a vaccination and say come back every six months for another one. No finger pricks, no insulin, no counting carbs, no balancing exercise and food, no lows, no highs.

Sorry for the discombobulated post. Now I'm going to go clean my room and then maybe we'll head to the beach to soak up some sun.

Have a great weekend!


Donna said...

Penny - I think it's sooooo cool that Riley was a panda bear! That's my very favorite kind of bear. He looks so cute.

Holden is a very handsome guy. Don't you hate that they grow up so fast?

Unknown said...

A week and a half ago my 11 year old son was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. It has been a tough week and a half and what a blessing it was to discover your blog. I have read through your early posts and have been so encouraged by your strength through the journey. Can't wait to spend some time on your blog but just wanted to say hi and thank you for your honesty in sharing about your life.


k2 said...

Pen - So wonderful on all levels. Thanks for the recap! Great family and great BLOG!