Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July Selfies

My normally could-care-less-for-pics lil'bub was all about the selfies earlier this month, which I obviously need to share.



That smile just lights up my heart 

The BIG news is that this sweet love has been seizure free for over two months!!
This is the longest she's gone in YEARS.
Such a relief.

There are some other big changes happening with this bub that I will share soon.
ALLLL positive :)

And not to leave out this sweet little sister bub, who has a new look....


glasses!!!


She picked out the pink ones herself, and she's not wearing them full-time, but boy does she look cute when she does. The eye dr. says she's far-sighted and the prescription is very small, but it's a good idea to start early. The dr. thinks her sight will actually improve over the years! I'd never heard of sight improving. I assumed everyone just slowly became blind as a bat like I did! So glad it seems like her vision will not be as bad as mine was.  Meanwhile she will rock the cute pink glasses.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Swim Team

For the past month and a half, Maddie has been attending swim practice and meets with our neighborhood swim team. She was eager to get in the water every single day. From beginning to end, she became a completely different, independent swimmer, and it's been so cool to watch.

We were also excited because Maddie's cousin Molly joined the team, which made everything so much more fun :)


The first thing the coaches did was teach her how to breathe and swim at the same time. Which is actually pretty hard to do, especially when you are four! Here is after the first week or so when she got a hang of the breathing thing. The coach would tap her on the head to remind her to breathe to the side.

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After a month of practice on most week days, Maddie was ready for her first swim meet. Here she was, totally relaxed before her first big race.....


I really had no idea what to expect and she totally blew me away by swimming the entire length of the pool only using the breathing cues from her coach. I was so proud!!


Maddie ended up going to four swim meets! Some of the races were harder than others, but she fought through them and finished strong every time. She really enjoyed getting those ribbons too. Ha.


What I especially loved about the season was that she learned how to be on a team, and cheer for others. The kids would do a team cheer at the end of practices and it was great to watch them all pulling for each other.


Maddie is at the bottom right here doing the cheer. Go Sharks! I loved the spirits of these kids. We are excited to do the team again next year. I am really hoping she loves to swim as much as her mommy did. So far so good!


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Monday, June 27, 2016

Last Day of PreK

Only about a month late, here is Maddie's last day of PreK! She had a wonderful year, and we are very proud of her. She's grown up so much. She had excellent progress reports and we know she will definitely be ready for Kindergarten.



oh that dimple!


trying not to be too silly...



too hard!

Maddie already misses her two beloved teachers. They were exactly what she needed this past year. I can't believe how much she learned this year. It's the reading that really clicked though. She is putting words together more and more.


Mrs. Campbell was her lead teacher. 


Mrs. Arocha was the assistant teacher.

She adored them both! And we love her little elementary school. I can't believe my baby is going to be in Kindergarten :)


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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Day by Day

This past week was Avery's last week of school before summer break #1 and this week is Maddie's last week of Pre-K and I just cannot comprehend how this school year is already over. So much has happened this past year. SO much. 

Avery is still sleeping better but we are seeing more seizures again which means we need to up her medicine, and upping her medicine just invites the crazy side effects back. Which means we have to go painfully slow and won't make it to her therapeutic dose for some time. So the seizures will probably keep coming back. But it's so much better than it's been.

It's one of those times of year where I really just have to take everything day by day because looking into the future is more overwhelming than usual. I have not planned much of our summer yet and there is no summer vacation in our sights either, which is a first. The main reason for THAT is because we have begin construction on Avery's new downstairs room!! Which is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. We have been anxiously waiting this modification/construction that would mean no more carrying her up and down the stairs, which is exhausting. It also means a new special bathtub that would make bath time so much easier on everyone. Of course, the downside is dust and mess and noise and lots of people in and out of the house.

Here is a view looking into our old master bedroom, where Avery's new room and bath room will be.


The new wall separates our old bedroom. The opening will be a small linen closet. To the left will be the new bathroom and to the right will be the new bedroom.

Here is a view from inside the new bedroom. Her closet is on the right. You can see our old master bathroom in the background, which will soon be demo'd to make a closet and then start our new bedroom toward the back of the house.


We hope everything will be finished by the end of the summer. Famous last words. It will be so worth it though!!! I keep repeating to myself.

And to sum up a very, very busy month: 

-->I had a wonderful Mother's Day, where a beautiful and delicious brunch was brought TO ME, which was all kinds of awesome. Here we are with my lovely momma and brother, enjoying our brunch. Sorry crappy phone pic. And cut off Avery :/


-->Avery had an abdominal MRI to make sure there were not any evil tubers hiding in her kidneys (common for her genetic condition) and praise! there were not.

--> I had my first massage in almost a year which was GLORIOUS. Thank you bff Ali for that gift. xoxoxo

--> Maddie started swim team and has already learned so much!! She is wayyyy more independent in the water and the coaches are teaching her how to breath correctly. Here's my little fish in action!

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--> We took new family photos and I can't wait to share them. Here is a preview of my littlest beauty. In the wildflowers :)


OK summer, let's do this.

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