Corey Briest's Journal
Written Feb 27, 2014 11:41pmToday celebrated Corey's 33rd birthday. He had a wonderful day. We let him sleep in a little before he headed to work. He said he felt special at work because they sang to him. I also got a message that he did the best productivity that he has done in a long time. Tonight we had family over for cake...a Mt. Dew lemon cake....two of his favorites combined into one! I have seen over the last couple of weeks improvements in his productivity at home, his walking, and his sight. All welcomed blessings. He continues to work hard at occupational and physical therapy. Over Christmas break we took a trip to Hawaii. We celebrated our 10 year anniversary there and also renewed our vows. It was lovely and very hard to come back to South Dakota...of course we flew back on the day that it was -40...burrr! Corey loved sitting on the beach and soaking up the sun. The kids loved snorkeling. We made tons of memories. So far this year we have celebrated my birthday, Kylie's 12th birthday and our 11 year Anniversary. I can't believe how fast time flies! It has been an extremely long and cold winter and Corey is def ready for summer. The cold makes him tense up and in turn hard to move around, but he doesn't let that stop him from missing anything. Kylie tried out for the Science Olympiad team and took 3rd place in one of her events (13 people tried out that ranged from 6-9th graders...we are so proud of her). Connor is becoming the math whiz just like his dad. Corey and I had a nice weekend getaway with our guard family in Sioux Falls a couple of weekends ago. We attended a hockey game and just hung out...I love to see Corey with his "brothers," his face just lights up. Keeping up with the kids is a full time job, so sorry for the lack of posts. Thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.
8th Alive Day
Written Dec 5, 2013 12:04amToday we celebrated our Champion's 8th Alive Day with our annual open house celebration. Thank you all that braved the cold weather (8 years ago it was nasty cold and blizzards!) and helped Corey celebrate all that he has accomplished. Thank you also for everyone's phone calls, emails, and messages to Corey--they really do mean a lot. Today is a hard day for everyone in our family, so we choose to celebrate and look at all that Corey has accomplished. He has had a hard year and I am so proud of him for not giving up when he so easily could. Corey continues to go to therapy three days a week to do OT and PT and then has a trainer that comes and works out with him three mornings a week here at home. He enjoyed a Charlie Battery Iraq Reunion last month and is looking forward to the Guard Christmas party this weekend. He so enjoys hanging out with all his guys. Corey and I went to Hollywood with the Wounded Warrior Project in September for an Emmy Viewing party. We had a great time with his fellow Wounded Warriors and their families. Corey met many celebrities, but the ones who really stood our were the actress (Wendy Davis) that plays Joan from Army Wives, the actor (Quinton Aaron) who played Big Mike in The Blind Side, and the actress (Jes Macallan) who plays Josslyn on Mistresses. Wendy and Jes both took the time to really get to know the Wounded Warriors, their families, and their stories. They were not their for publicity, but because they really cared. Quinton was awesome. He hung out just like a friend would do. We met all of these guys at a Style event. The next day Quinton came to the hotel we were all staying at and had pizza with all of us and then went bowling with some of the attendees. All three of these actresses/actor were just normal and just enjoyed being around us, it was nice. Connor played his first year of tackle football and loved it. Corey enjoyed cheering him on. We all enjoy watching Duck Dynasty as a family and this Halloween both Corey and Connor dressed up like them…they were a hoot! Connor celebrated his 9th birthday with a scientist birthday. Corey really enjoyed listening to him and his friends do all their experiments. We have had a pretty nice fall/winter, but now it has turned cold. Corey is not ready for the cold. His body gets very tense and hard to move in the cold, so he's not looking forward to that. This is an emotional day, but a day that I am glad I have as it means I still get another day with the love of my life. Thank you to all that keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
Written Jun 9, 2013 10:36pmWe stepped right back into our crazy schedule! Friday we planted flowers and got Connor sent off for Boy Scout Camp. Saturday Kylie and I had Girl Scout Camp all day and Corey headed off to the Rich Schild Memorial Poker Run. It rained all day Saturday, so Connor came home from scout camp a day early as there campsite was flooding. We helped get him and his stuff drive and warm him up! Corey is doing a great job walking here at home and its been the best I've seen in a long time! He's enjoying the day to day activities and it excited to go watch Connor at track tomorrow morning. He's enjoyed being back in his own bed, chair, and just surroundings. Corey will start his therapy schedule back up tomorrow, so we will see how that goes. Thanks for all the well wishes!