Thursday, February 23, 2017

February in the Park....

We've been having some unusually warm temperatures here in Indiana.  No complaints from our end!!  This past weekend we spent the majority of the time outside and at the park.  Here are a few pictures from our adventures:








Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Alexis's Science Project 2017....

I could not be more proud of my little Peanut.  Her teacher made science projects mandatory this year.  Alexis decided that she was going to figure out how to make an avocado ripen more quickly.  She loved avocados and hates waiting for them to get "ready to eat".  We did some online research and she decided that this was what she wanted to do.




This is her original hypothesis....which proved to be false. 


Alexis decided that she wanted to type up her findings..... I told her that if she wanted it typed that she would need to do it herself.  She sat at our computer for close to three hours typing everything.  Below is the work in progress....  My OCD is/was seriously kicking in because the cutting isn't straight and some things are crooked.  But I just had to keep telling myself this isn't my project.



And here is her finished report...  I don't know if she will win any awards, but I do know how hard she worked and how proud of her I am; that's all that matters!!!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

January 1st, 2017.....

On the first of the year the weather was rather nice.  Grandma and Grandpa had come to visit for the weekend.   Grandpa took the girls out for a bike ride and they stopped at the park.  Unfortunately, Addison took a little tumble and broke her two front teeth.  Of course, these are permanent teeth already and not her baby teeth.  She was a huge trooper through the whole process. 





All fixed up.  She was still under the influence of the gas and still really numbed up. 


A few weeks later..... One of her teeth broke again.  She was laying in bed and told me she was biting on her fingernails and her tooth chipped again.  I called the dentist the next day and we were able to get her in right away.  Because she knew what to expect, Addison was super nervous and very scared to go through the process again.  The dentist brought in reinforcements..... Their office therapy dog, Pearly.   This was a pretty amazing thing.  Pearly sat right next to Addison during the whole process.  He calmed her down and the dentist was able to fix her right up. 






Monday, February 20, 2017

Playing Catch Up....

It's been so long since I've blogged I wonder if anyone is still reading?  We've been a little busy around these parts and I sometimes tend to forget to document the moments I want to remember.  

This post is going to be a little hodge podge of everything just trying to get caught up.


The next few pics are from our annual Christmas eve bowling tournament.....



Game one.. .  Addison on top, Peanut (aka Alexis) next, Mommy & Daddy on the bottom.


Game two.... Same lineup -- Alexis was so excited to hit 100 points.


Christmas Day 2016....  The girls got desks that they had been begging for, for their rooms. 





The girls love going to Home Depot and Lowes for their kids clinics.   This one was obviously at Home Depot.  They are getting to the point where they need little, if any, help from us.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2016 Christmas Pictures....

On November 27th, 2016 we had pictures taken of the girls for our Christmas cards.  Little did we know that one of these photos is going to make them famous.  We were contacted the week after our photos were done asking if the studio could buy back the rights to a specific picture to use in their global marketing campaign in 2017.  Since I no longer own that photo it is not posted here.....but if you received our Christmas card this year, it's the front photo! 


Here are some of my favs.....














Friday, December 23, 2016

Second Arm Surgery for Alexis....

On Monday, December 19th we returned to the hospital for Alexis to have the rod removed from her arm.  We left our house bright and early at 4:45am in order to be at the hospital by 5:30.  I wasn't sure how the traffic would be as well as the road conditions.  We arrived at 5:20 and was almost immediately taken back from prep.


Alexis changed into her hospital gown and had her arm marked.  She absolutely hates this process.  She doesn't understand it and hates that it takes almost 10 days for the marker to come off.


Despite the marker, she smiled through the whole process.  Ignore her bed head.  I literally woke her up like 5 minutes before we were leaving.  She went to the bathroom, brushed her teeth and quickly brushed her hair.


Still smiling even as the wheeled her off to surgery.

It took her a little bit to wake up, but she was still smiling.



We got home a little before 10am.  She jumped into my bed for a short nap.  She only slept for about 90 minutes and was awake and ready for lunch.  She really has been so brave throughout this entire process.  As I type this, we are four days post surgery.  We've removed the wrap and she only has a little butterfly bandage over her stitches.  The first day after removing the wrap she was struggling slightly to move her arm.....that has since went away and I have to constantly remind her that she still has stitches and she needs to take it easy.  Hopefully in another week those stitches will be gone and we can regain normal activities.