Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ballet Girl!!

I signed little miss up for Miracle Dancers, a dancing class.  We have missed the first three weeks because of that great big pink cast (I couldn’t get her in her costume!).  So today I dressed her up and we headed for the studio.  Poor baby whimpered – she thought I was taking her to yet another doctor’s appointment, but NO!  When we got there and she saw all of the other ballerinas…heaven!  She pranced and spun all over.  All of the little girls LOVED her!  She’s so small!  She’s so flexible!  And she had a blast! 


Made this Mama’s heart happy to see her in there with everyone else!  Way to go my dancing girl!


After class, she was so happy, she did this little dance for me.  She is such a little miracle!

Monday, September 28, 2015

And the cast is (finally) off…


Sweet girl.  She was terrified, she was sick, then the hospital wanted no part of dealing with her airway, then we were re-scheduled, so the fourth time, that cast finally came off. 

Sweet thing wouldn’t even be calm after versed.  They waited and waited and ended up just taking her back still screaming.  She was just too worked up.  They let me walk with her all the way to the surgical doors, but I couldn’t go in with her.  It broke my heart.  It was our third time in that same OR department in four weeks.  Everyone recognized us and try to love on our girl, but she was too scared.  She knew where she was and what was about to happen.

She wasn’t really even totally ever under.  They just sedated her enough that she was gone, they took off the cast, removed the pin, and then let her wake up. And she woke up MAD!  But once she realized we were taking wires and tubes OFF, and once everyone left her alone, she crashed hard on me and slept and slept.

I felt so terrible as they took her away screaming.  This was not her fault.  Not that any of her many surgeries have been her fault, but they have been a by-product of her health, her DNA, the way she was knit together.  It is what it is.  But this one, this one was from me.  I caused this one.  I broke her bone.  Yes, it was totally an accident, but how guilty I felt (and feel).  Once again, Bella is having to go through something she didn’t ask for, that she didn’t deserve.  I thought of our Savior – sinless (like Bella), suffering for something someone else did (in this case, me).  When He died for us, He cried out.  He did it because He loves me (and all of us). 

Anyway, poor girl.  So grateful that is over.  Her finger is healing nicely.  She can have baths again (yeah!)  Her nail has started to grow again and she’s starting to use her arm again.  Love you, my amazing girl!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Our Week

Well, Bella’s cast is still around.  She got sick the night before removal, so we had to re-schedule.  The hospital has already rescheduled that one as well.  They are afraid of her airway, so we will head downtown around lunch time on Monday  - third? fourth? (losing count) times the charm, I’m hoping!

I saw this cheap drum set at the store and got it.  They love it!  I thought Brother would like it, and he does, but it’s the girls who go crazy with it!


This week I worked all four days – a first!  Yeah!  I was about to write that no one had to go to the hospital for anything, but that’s not true, poor Jason ended up in Urgent Care with another Kidney Stone.  Time and lots of water (and pain killers) is what that needs.

This week marks the end of yearly physicals.  We have been slowly trickling through our favorite pediatrician's office.  Now for labs and a few referrals.

Saturday was a big day.  The Stake had a Temple Youth Day.  They had baptisms, workshops, and pizza for the youth.  They were gone for four hours.  They had such a wonderful time!  I picked up some seriously hyper girls!

Afterwards we brought home some friends who stayed with us till the Women’s Broadcast that night.  We bought paint to paint mason jars.  Lizzy is planning a huge activity for YW – A Modesty Fashion Show.  (Basically a small reception with centerpieces and decorations).  She’s using it for one of her Value Projects in Personal Progress.  Sammi and her friend baked cake for us and brownies for the broadcast.


Then we all headed out to the Broadcast.  Fun to have such a big group!  I took Joy this year!  We had a great dinner at church and then moved into the chapel for the broadcast.  I loved Sister Wixom’s talk on Divine Nature.  About that time, Joy told her she was ready to go home.  OK baby.  It was so late!  It doesn’t even start until 8PM here in the Eastern Time Zone!  So I got her home and back to hear Pres. Utchdorf’s parable about Ava and Great Aunt Rose.  One of my questions going into Conference was am I hurting my babies with my part time job?  I found great peace in Pres. Utchdorf’s comment about filling our lives with meaningful activities.  How grateful I am for conference and revelation!  It was a blessing for me to be there last night! (and yes, Joy did remove her hat before we got to the church!)


Joy dressed herself this morning.  I told her she looked so cute and her answer was adorable!  “I look like Gecca!”  This girl loves her sister!  Exhibit A  (picture of Jason and Becca) as evidence – boots, jeans, shirt.  Smart girl!


Brother has a new nickname – Destructo Boy!  We love him to pieces – and he’s breaking my house down to pieces! – broken drawer, broken wall, broken faucet, broken toilet seat, broken clock, broken toys.  Oh well.  They are just things.  Love this cute, destructive boy!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Camp Crooked Creek

Joy and Bella’s class went to Camp Crooked Creek.  They had so much fun!


Selfie Queens – it’s too bad no one loves these kids!! Smile



Boating and fishing



Exhausted on the way home


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fun Times!

Bella is currently obsessed with the show “Barbie, Life in the Dreamhouse.”  We all think it’s funny.  But she has a hard time saying  “Barbie.” So to ask for her Barbie show, she’ll bring me something Barbie related  - a Barbie doll, a closet, a car.  She cracks me up!  She has discovered if she sits on the car, she can make it go. :) So funny!

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At a Fall Festival

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Checking out the fire truck


Dancing to the music


Meanwhile, Lizzy and I drove out to Lexington for a Seminary and Institute In-Service.  Kentucky really is beautiful!  We loved the drive there and back.


We stopped on our way back in Frankfort from some candy from Rebecca Ruth’s.

Thanks for being my companion Liz!                      ‘Cause it’s fun!