Sunday, March 27, 2011

Prom 2011

It's that time of year again... but this time, it's a little different....

This time is the last time for our first-born....

No more up-do's....


And no more fancy dresses....

until her wedding day, that is ;-)

Allie was so excited to find her dress! She knew she wanted something fun, but originally thought she wanted something with lots of color. After trying on several, we hit one final store and found the perfect gown!

She's been to prom every year for the last 3 years, and each dress has been so different from the other!

Her date, however, was the same ;-) Yep, although Jake & Allie are no longer dating, they attended one final prom together! Jake was so sweet to come back from college and escort Allie to her senior prom!


Our beautiful first-born.....

Allie and one of her very best friends, Courtney.....

Allie went in a group of 14 people! We all gathered at Jake's house for a photo op before the big night.....


The group....

The girls....


The guys....

Leaving for dinner....

Yay Allie!!!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Good things come...

to those who wait ;-)

It's true. At almost 11 months old, Caleb finally had his first real bath!

It's taken me countless times of trying....

and feeling like he would never enjoy the water....

I even asked my pediatrician about his fear!

Since his birth, he's only had one bath a week, and even that's been the quickest cleaning EVER! We have been taking him in the shower with us, and he has screamed bloody murder every time. Oh, I tried the bath....many, many times! He was so incredibly afraid that the second his foot touched the water he was screaming. He would turn bright red, and I honestly found myself thinking he had some strange disease that made the water hurt him!!!!

I guess that's not the case ;-)

He even used to scream when we washed him with a washcloth or put his hand under the water running in the kitchen sink! It was a challenge, but with a little patience, we now have....

a water baby:D

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Endo-know...

Like my new shirt?

I got one for each of the girls. I also got this one because March is Endometriosis Awareness Month...

And I got this one just for Allie...

She wore it to school today.

It's been a long road.

It's going to continue to be a long road.

But, I have hope.

In fact, I've been doing some research over the last couple of weeks and have come across some new information. Not only is there a clinic in Atlanta that is specifically devoted to endometriosis, but they have a different approach to how they treat the disease!

I'm reading good things about a procedure called LAPEX. Instead of using a laser to eradicate the endometriosis, the surgeon goes in with a pair of rotating scissors and excises the tissue. The result is supposed to be so much better.... not only getting rid of all of the endo, but also keeping it away for years at a time in some cases!

"In contrast, with lapex (laparoscopic excision), all endometriosis is removed. Any adhesions that may form will do so immediately post op, because no disease has been left behind to create new ones on an ongoing basis. Our follow-up surveys dating back to 1991 for hundreds of women demonstrate a recurrence rate of only 10-15%. More than 85 of every 100 women will have no more endometriosis."

Allie had the laser removal in December of 2009, and although the doctor says she was able to get most of the endometriosis growth she could see, Allie has continued to have debilitating pain over the last year, despite the surgery.

I was beginning to think we would simply have to live with what we've been given. Allie will continue to suffer, her life will be completely altered and dictated by the disease, and she will probably have to have a hysterectomy at an early age with no hope of ever bearing her own children.

Maybe I was wrong.

Maybe, just maybe, we still have some hope!

I'm not sure what to expect, especially since we now have to deal with insurance issues, but we will do what we have to do, spend what we have to spend, to get the help that we need.

I'm so excited to get more information from this clinic! We plan to send them an email this week, and they will review Allie's records.....

it's a start.

HOPE.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Caleb on the move....

I think....

we're.....

in trouble.....

now!!!!!!

Caleb learned to crawl & pull himself up.....

ALL in ONE week ;-)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A sledding we will go....

Well, this will be my last post for a few days! We are going sledding today and then we begin the long trek home tomorrow....ugh! Although I must admit that I'm looking forward to going home to some warm temps- I heard it hit 80 degrees yesterday :D

We went sledding yesterday out on the back of my parents' property- they have 40 acres with nice hills and even a nice little creek running through it! It was a long haul out to the sledding site, but the boys got to ride....

Caleb loved it!!


You can see the house in the background as we were walking down the road! Then we headed out onto a snowmobile trail to go around the back of the property and up on the hill.

The hill was perfect! Really steep!!

Caleb had a ride with his daddy :D

I took this picture from the bottom looking up- it was really cloudy and it looked as if they were walking off the edge of the world up there!

Here's Josh coming down! The snow is so deep that it took a long time to make a decent run. Zack used the snowmobile to plow a path.


Caleb gets a kiss on his cold little nose :D

This is Sophie & Jacob coming down!!

And Matthew with my parents' 8 month-old puppy close behind!

Zack, Sophie, & Noah coming down on the toboggan!

Matthew had his own idea of how to use the sled ;-)

AND how to wear his hat :D


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