Saturday, November 22, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Last night we went to a Christmas party put on by make-a-wish. It was such a lovely night. Very kid friendly and low key. Being around so many sick kids made me feel thankful for how well Cora is doing.

This week brought cold weather and snow. The girls were thrilled with their first snow day if the year. I think kids in snow gear look so cute. The wet gear heaped in piles afterward is not as great though.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Soccer is finally done!

Our soccer team made it to state, so last week we braved the cold weather and headed toward Cincinnati. They did great, and thankfully we had a quick loss so we did not have to hang around all weekend for more games.  
Quincy was an impressive little second grader keeping up with third, fourth, and fifth graders.
Liezl performed in a vetran's day program and had a solo in the Star-Spangled Banner. She is such a happy, sel-motivating girl. When she has a vision, she goes all in. She just started a blog: You should check it out and comment. She would be thrilled.
I love her.
Cora is still not sleeping well. I am excited when she gets older and I can put her in her own room with a tv, toys, books, or track she can run laps on. Until then, we have fun taking pictures with plastic frogs on our heads.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Teeth and scans

Kids are hard work. Really hard. It has taken me a while to decide if I should document our excitement from last week. We are all happy with how things have worked out, so here it goes. Monday was a long infusion day at the hem/onc clinic with Cora and then Tuesday we went to the base to get her front teeth pulled. The medicine she is taking has made her teeth and bones weak. That, along with feeding her anything she wants in the middle of the night while she is running laps around me has made her teeth rotten. Infection was the main concern, so they had to get pulled. She only had shots to numb her mouth and me as a papoose board to get her through it. It was pretty traumatic for both of us. Her face got pretty bruised from holding it still. This picture is later that day. She is so amazing. I think she does not realize she is supposed to feel terrible, so she smiles and plays and stays happy.
 Her smile has never showed her teeth much, so you can't really tell. Eating has been a little tricky, but she is figuring it out. Some of you are asking for pictures. Her sisters ask to see her teeth all the time, so she is used to pulling up her lip on request. There is literally nothing to see though.
Ava was the next lucky girl to spend time at the children's hospital. She has had bladder issues for a while and has been on medicine to help prevent her frequent utis. She had to get scans down under to check her anatomy and reflux (when her urine gets pulled back up towards her kidneys resulting in bacteria). Ava has a strong will and stubborn personality so I knew it would be a fight. She was only given laughing gas while we pinned her down to shoot dye up inside her and keep her still for pictures. I think it was more traumatic than the day before with Cora's teeth. She faught like a bear. The results showed that her kidneys are pretty angry and her reflux has gotten worse. She has been given another medicine to take every day and might have to get surgery in a couple of years. She has been happier with the extra meds and has got to be the strongest five year old ever. Seriously, she should be put in a strength competition of some kind because she gave four adults a mighty workout trying to keep her still.

Even with all the stress they cause, raising my girls is the best. I cherish the times when we pile together to read stories. We fall in love with the characters and like drawing what we think they look like. 
I love seeing them interact with their friends. I love seeing them develop talents and working hard. Here is Liezl and Quincy with their buddies at our soccer practice last night. It was dark and pouring. We had a blast!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Before the craziness of tomorrow's school parties and trick-or-treating, I thought I would post some pictures of the girls' costumes. Along with the rest of the five-year-old girl population, Ava chose to be Elsa.  I bought the perfect small rectangle sequins for her bodice, but Ava had her own vision of how her costume should look.  She glued on all of those plastic jewels by herself.

 Quincy always chooses the most creative (and most difficult to make) costume every year.  She is Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon.

Cora could live in her Anna costume if I let her.  She LOVES it! 

 Not many people recognize who Liezl is, but I think her costume looks the closest to her character. She is Luna Lovegood from Harry potter. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


We just got back from a week's vacation to Utah.  It could not have been better.  We had so much fun spending time with cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.  Whenever we visit I am reminded of how much I miss it all.
 These girls love, love, love their cousins and are already asking when we can see Lucy again.
 We have not been back for the fall in a really long time.  The mountains were beautiful, the weather was perfect, and we had a lot of fun activities to try out with our families. 
 Sling shot apple throwing was one of the favorites at the pumpkin patch.

 We were able to meet Teddy, Alessio, and Tercer for the first time on this trip. All of those darling boys, I love them all!
 Just one more picture from the pumpkin patch.  Cute girls!
 Josh's dad asked some friends and neighbors if our kids and their cousins could do an early trick-or-treat night which was followed by a Halloween party organized by Josh's mom. It was such a fun, thoughtful night. Thanks Dan and Judy, we had a blast.
 After spending some days with Josh's family, we headed north to spend time with my family.  I grew up near Ogden, and for those of you who don't know Utah well, Ogden is known as the slums of Utah.  I adore it, though.  I think it is beautiful.  I really do miss it.

 We visited the new temple just built downtown and had ice cream afterwards.
 My mom loves gingerbread houses and built the girls a Halloween house for them to decorate.
 We went to the Dinosaur Park at night for a costume party...pretty spooky!!! 
The last night we were there, we went to my Aunt's house for a family party.  It was so nice to see all of my Aunts and Uncles and some of my cousins.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall happenings

Ava had a field trip to a pumpkin patch this last week and was terribly excited until she realized it was going to be a rainy day. She has aquired a real phobia of rain. It is pretty debilitating. She cries, throws fits, and can not see reason. So the only way to get her to go to her field trip was to drive her there, and let her wear an outfit that was comfortable and familiar...not the green shirt she obviously was asked to wear.

The rain stopped and she had her sister there to show off, so Ava calmed down and had a blast.
This last weekend we went to a pumpkin patch as a family and it was freezing and windy, so we did not stay long. 
We have been doing yoga before bed lately and this is how it usually ends up.
Today was wacky Wednesday at school. Pretty silly girls. Ava's interpretation of wacky was letting me braid her hair.
Cora has not grown at all for over a year so she has been wearing her same beloved pair of twinkle toes shoes for that long. Best pair of shoes I have ever invested in! Whe We got her a new pair this morning, she specifically asked for blue shoes. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

This week

Cora finished her four week round of chemo and is doing great. For those who did not know, she had some elevated cells rolling around in her body that the doctor wanted to attack before they caused problems. She is amazing!!
Josh and I ran the Air Force half marathon a week ago. I was pretty nervous going into it, but it felt amazing!! I felt super great the whole run and did not get too sore afterwards. I did get an impressive blister though.

Cora and Ava are the best of friends. They both adore books and love to be outside. When Ava gets home from school, they both head outside with a stack of books.

Liezl and Quincy's last soccer game was tonight. The other coach promised the girls if we went undefeated he would let them shave his head. We lost two games and he still let eleven little girls use clippers without a guard on him. They loved it!!