Yes, I know, it’s been a while since I’ve updated Bethany’s blog (like since February!) but sometimes life is busy and I just don’t have a lot to say.
BUT, I will attempt to add a few things about Beth.
In General: Bethany is doing well. Her short term memory is slowly getting better and better. Some days are better than others and it’s still a mystery the things she will remember and things she doesn’t. We have a hard time pin pointing any one thing that helps more than the other, although if she writes things down it seems to help, but it’s difficult to get her to do that. We’ll put note pads in her back pack, her pockets, anywhere we think it will help, and she just doesn’t remember she even has them, let alone that she’s supposed to write in them. We’ve started numerous logs to have her write down things as they happen through out the day, and for a day or two it works, and then it doesn’t. But we’ll keep trying as eventually something will click and it will happen.
Bethany still wants to be a nurse and I’ve started the process of financial aide (FASA) but until she can study and pass a test (driving permit) we are hesitant to actually have her start classes.
So, let’s see if I can do a quick sum up of some of what Bethany did this year:
May 2012: In May we traveled to Palouse Falls and had a wonderful time hiking and had a picnic. The hike was especially challenging as we hiked all the way down to the water falls which in itself was tough, but just before we got to the “castles” (it’s the bunch of rocks just to the left and above the falls) we had to cross a section of trail that was at the most about 14 to 16 inches wide and fell off very steeply on either side. Both Cass & I had an iron grip on Bethany as we traversed that section. But as you can see below it was well worth it!
We appear to have done a fair amount of hiking this year as I was looking at my Facebook stuff and see pictures from various hikes. One of the places we found (Sandy found, or was it Cass?) is Iller Creek hike just past Dishman. We did a hike with Beth’s aunt and uncle from Boise, and then when her friend “Mutt & Elle” (love these names!) was visiting Spokane he and his girl friend joined us for another hike up and down Iller. It’s a great place as you can see on both sides of the hill, Spokane Valley, and the Palouse. Very nice.
There’s more we did, but it’s close to my bed time so that’s all for now…oh wait, except for the hike we did today at the 9 Mile area north of Spokane! It was a great hike, steep at 1st then leveled off, and on the return leg we had great views of the valley and river. Sat on a bench and had a nice snack of cheese and apples..good times!