Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy Holidays 2016!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! I have taken a lot more pics recently but for now I wanted to share the family ones from our card. We did them more mid-year this time. I loved how they turned out but it was actually two different sessions because the first one was a disaster for Avery. Getting the right light ended up being too late for her, and she was miserable. Lesson learned! Luckily, we have a wonderful photographer who met up with us again and got some great shots.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Updates

I guess my new tradition is to wait until the absolute last day of the month and suddenly realize (at around 11pm) that I haven't posted once! Awesome. I also literally took about 5 total photos this past month... also awesome. We will have to revert to bullet point updates because I honestly don't have the brain power to compose further adequately structured paragraphs.

-Late Halloween night, Avery started having clusters of seizures again. We hadn't seen these since last February before she started on a new medicine.  Instead of the short, individual ones that she was having 1-3 times a day, these were more intense and would go on every couple of minutes for 30-45 minutes in the middle of the night. NOT COOL. She had them every night for almost 2 weeks before her med increase seemed to kick in. We were all very tired. 

We are still seeing the clusters every now and then. The individual ones we see during the day are also longer and more intense, but come one at a time. We are still increasing her meds and crossing our fingers that we they will go away! 

-Baby Bubba is doing well, growing just like he should be. I had my 19 week anatomy scan and it was so fun to see him movin' and groovin'. He's kicking me like crazy lately, even as I type this. If only we could agree on a name for this sweet thing...

-I got to accompany Maddie's kindergarten class on a fieldtrip to a local farm and it was both entertaining and exhausting. Maddie had a blast! Here are two really terrible phone pics of her on the pony and riding the choo-choo train with her friends.

-Rachele, one of my best friends from childhood came to visit with her daughter and it was so nice to catch up! Her daughter Elizabeth and Maddie had TONS of fun together. We hadn't seen each other since our trip to Hawaii almost 2 years ago. 

-Bub the hub and I got away last minute for an afternoon and evening to attend an Aggie football game. It also happened to be our 11 yr anniversary! Whoop! The Aggies managed to tank the football game. Not whoop. Still had a good time!!

-Hubs had a full week off of work for the Thanksgiving break, and it was incredibly nice to have him home, especially since Avery was off of school a full week. Her behavior has been pretty challenging lately and we just barely made it thru the week. BUT we did have a very nice Thanksgiving day with both of our families. This is the closest to a good family pic we could get. :)

I'm just noticing now that the girls look SO OLD. 
I can't even take it.
Going to bed! xoxo


Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween 2016

I'm so embarrassed that I haven't blogged in 2 MONTHS! Poor blog. I have a pretty good reason though. I mean, it will be good at the end! We're expecting another little pumpkin!!

And this momma has been feeling pretty sick for about...3 months. Ugh. This last week, I've finally been feeling considerably better.  IT IS TIME! And we found it it's going to be a boy!! Ahhh! We're so excited.

Here are the pics you are really waiting for though: Minnie Mouse and Belle!!


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Back to School 2016

My beautiful girlies started their new school years last week. It was incredibly less stressful for me this year because I finally hired a caretaker to help me with Avery. It's something that I've wanted to do for a long time, but a hard step to take. Our new helper started in late July and it's definitely been easier for me to juggle Avery's needs with her assistance.


Maddie Brynn started Kindergarten

She was ecstatic for her first day and showed no nervousness at all. She already knew her teacher very well from last year and had a couple of friends from PreK that were in her new class as well. I was so proud of her. She walked right in with hardly a look back!

Maddie's Kinder teacher, Ms. Davis, is our fav!!

My Avery wasn't quite as sure about starting back. We talked about it a lot, and even went to a "meet the teacher" day to try and get her familiar with the new classroom and teachers. It was nice to have her caretaker with me to actually get some decent pics of her on the first day!

We went with a big bow and super cute, fluttery dress for the first day. 

She whined a little when we first walked in but adjusted and started smiling within 10 minutes. Her new teachers are just wonderful, and instill so much more confidence in me than those in her previous classroom. They are enthusiastic and cheerful and so accommodating to all of her special needs.

I went home that day and realized that I hadn't even thought about shedding a tear at either drop off. This is HUGE! I am usually so emotional, especially when it comes to Avery. Maddie always tells me exactly how she is feeling, and what happened during her day, and I honestly almost never worry about her. She adjusts to new situations so quickly and without drama. Avery, of course, is a whole 'nother story, and it's hard to ever feel comfortable leaving her with new people. 

This year has been so freeing. Avery adjusted so well, so quickly, and continued to smile at every drop off for the rest of the week. This wasn't even happening after months and months last year! She was really showing me how comfortable she was with the new teachers, which made me feel the same. I think both girls are going to have a wonderful year.

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