Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Favorites

January 2016 is coming to an end - how'd that happen so fast?!  Happy Friday regardless - it's time to celebrate, cheers {with a little vanilla steamer}!!  
I'm linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites.

{one}  One of my most favorite nephews turned seven this month.
Happy birthday Samuel, aka Sam-well or Butter-bean :)
I'm so glad that we got to celebrate this special little guy.  He had the best birthday party.  Who knew dodge-ball would be so much fun?!  The Baker family dominated...
Guess we should've known :)

{two}  Home with my three cowboys will always be my favorite, happy place.
I traveled for a funeral without them this month and oh boy, I couldn't wait to see them.

{three}  Vision Therapy Fridays with my big guy has it's perks.  I cherish the one-on-one time, watching his progress and getting grocery shopping completed before the weekend even starts.  It's becoming my favorite weekday afternoon.
Keeler's making such progress with his VT and most importantly his academic confidence is improving.  He's honestly like a different kid.  We'll never be able to thank his teacher enough for suggesting we go a step beyond having his eyes checked and have him tested by a Behavioral Vision Therapist.  Therapy is time consuming and at times, frustrating but our his hard work is paying off.
Did you know?...
• 25% of students in grades K-6 have visual problems that are serious enough to impede learning.
• When vision problems go undetected, children almost invariably have trouble reading and doing their schoolwork.  They often display fatigue, fidgeting, and frustration in the classroom - traits that can lead to a misdiagnosis of ADD, ADHD, dyslexia or other learning disabilities.
• It is estimated that 80% of children with a learning disability have an undiagnosed vision problem.
• Early diagnosis and treatment of children's vision problems is a necessary component to school readiness and academic learning.  A vision screening, either at school or at the pediatrician's office, is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor who specializes in developmental vision.
• Early testing for vision problems is critical to mitigating learning disabilities or, in some cases, significant visual impairment in children.
• Vision is a complex process that involves over 20 visual abilities and more than 65% of all the pathways to the brain.  One in four children has an undiagnosed vision problem which can interfere with learning and lead to academic and / or behavioral problems.  However, it is important to know that these children frequently do not report symptoms because they think everyone sees the same way they do.

I've had a few friends/readers reach out to me regarding vision therapy and please continue.  I was so blind, pun intended, to this problem.  We'd had his eyes checked - twice and everything was fine - 20/20 vision.  Unfortunately, we were thinking that he was going to be a "slow learner" when in fact he hated reading for a reason. “Even the most gifted students will struggle academically if they have trouble seeing the blackboard or focusing on a book."

{four}  Sunday the weather was gorgeous.  We had a load of cattle arrive early in the morning so after church we went out and helped Tyler on the farm.
This photo of Kal is certainly one of my new favorites.  Kal loves his candy and his horse loved his candy face!  
Keeler's friend went along with us.
Keeler loved showing him around and driving us in the Ranger.  Certainly in his element.
My favorite little cowboys.  This photo just makes me smile :)

{five}  And lastly, my new favorite shoes, 

Vionic Women's Ease Sydney Loafer

I bought mine right around Christmas and catch myself wearing them almost everyday.  Leopard is a neutral!  I found them at Dillards for over $120 but as soon as I tried them on, they were a must!   It's rare to find a shoe with such cute style and amazing comfort. This is my first pair of Vionics but supposedly their "Orthaheel Technology naturally aligns your feet and helps relieve heel pain by reducing over-pronation..."
Since I got my pair - my mom, sister and SIL have ordered a pair.  We found them on Amazon Prme for a fraction of the price too :)  Win! Win!
Linking up with: Erika/Narci/Andrea

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  1. well if this isn't the cutest blog i ever came across! your boys are so adorable! im glad i found your blog through the linkup and can't wait to follow your blogging journey! hope you'll stop by mine as well!

  2. LOVE those loafers! So cute. Learning about your son's vision therapy is SO interesting to me. I've always had a very slight lazy eye (mostly when I'm tired or angry). A few years ago my vision in that eye started getting funny, a little blurry, and after my son was born it got worse. I eventually went to the doctor and they told me it was a result of an issue I must have had as a child that went diagnosed and treated. I'm told that if I had got to therapy/worn a patch as a kid, the eye would have gotten stronger and healed itself, but not my 'strong' eye has overcompensated so much that there is not much they can do at this point. Thankfully, it only really bothers me when I'm very tired or hormonal (nursing and pregnancy definitely make it more noticable!) and I can work around it. All of that to say, GO YOU momma, for taking the initiative to find out the issue and correct it!