Life with the oldest sister who loves theater and fashion, a boy who has Hypoplastic Left heart Syndrome, now Heart transplant and partial Liver from Aspergillius, but thinks fishing and electronics rule. The most amazing middle-child-sister-aspiring artist. Also, a girl and her Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome, Neuro Endocrine Cell Hypoplasia, Lumbar Hemangioma, asymmetrical gluteal cleft, Pectus Carinatum who loves littlest pet shops, American girl dolls, playdates. And one yummy baby brother who has a coarctation and bicuspid valve and thinks super heroes are the best.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

A little of dis and dat...

The garden is turning out so fantastic this year. It's such a big space that it usually filled with weeds faster then we could manage it. Now it is turning into a place we can all be happy to maintain. Each family member chose something to grow. We decided to start with the oblong troughs but found the rounds and just need to get a few more next year. Eden chose flowers, hers will be a great big sunflower. Alex chose cucumbers, May and Asher chose pumpkins, Ry chose tomatoes and peppers, Daddy chose carrots, and I chose beets and Kholrobi. So far everything is doing well, except the carrots:( I need a better idea about how to do them. I chose the seed tape this year. It isn't doing so hot. Oh, and the  leaves on the pumpkins and rhubarb are looking kind of sad with all the holes. The hail the other day was as big as a quarter. I don't know how I could have protected them better? 
Everything is looking so tidy.

The little girls got to go on a date with grandma H. They had so much fun. 
Haha hehehe hahahaha!!! 
Abbie and Asher.. 
This little guy turned one on Sunday. He is such a sweet baby boy!
He is walking all over the place, can say momma, daddy, uh oh, caca, and scream which is universal for get what I want/need right this minute. He loves to throw around balls, eat anything and everything, be outside, and be entertained by his siblings. He is growing super fast and is in the 92% for his weight. He hates to snuggle because that means he is holding still. But he blows the best kisses ever. 

These last puctures are just some park fun. We sure do love to play.. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The busiest boy

I decided some days are just not meant for me to be a productive adult. They are meant for running around after the kids, especially the littlest. Look at that face, I just love it. 
I thought it was a great day to clean out the van.. I knew the girls could entertain each other. I thought if I gave the baby a ball he could play with it in the garage while I got all the garbage out of the van. There wasn't really a ton, but literally three seconds later the ball was under the van and so was the baby. And he was ticked because he was wedged. #momfail #rescuehimnopics
I had to pull him out by his little leg. He was filthy, but rescued.
I gave him sink bath #1 and we were back in business. 
(Oh, and yes he still wears his voodoo beads) 
Lunch time (sorry no photos) he covered himself with his lunch. I put on a bib, unfortunately that is the only area that stayed clean. So those guys don't really help me. Sink bath #2.
For dinner he thoroughly enjoyed everything including his rice which he chose to wear on his forehead while he finished his watermelon. I did not put on a bib this time and he watermelon juiced the entire outfit. Sink bath #3...
Rice is one of the hardest foods to clean up. It sticks to the floor and broom. I have to wait until it dries a little, which makes it much easier to manage. I did get smart and just let him go nearly naked. We went outside to practice Gators spelling words. He did it with sidewalk chalk. The girls also drew while we were out. Asher just ate the chalk. 

He offered me some, that was a hard pass. I tried to distract him with the balls. 
In the end I just gave up, took off his diaper and let him be one with nature.. 
He totally loved the sprinkler. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Things are moving.

Wow!!!  Check out how much Alex's teeth have already moved. He doesn't have to crank them anymore. What a relief. Although it does what its supposed to do, it's not my favorite job. It ranks right up there with potty training and giving Lovenox injections. All important, just not fun. 
Here is the before... Day 1...

Day 13..
The back tooth is moving into place and the expander has pushed those two front teeth apart perfectly.. He also got to choose some new bands. Doctor Bills Rocks!!! 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Most recent activities and happenings

Moving into the hotter months means the splash pad opens up. Asher loved it. He would try and grab the streams of water but could never hold on. At one point I sat him behind an arching stream. Every time it shot out it startled him, but he loved the surprise so I let him stay. The girls loved running right down the center and Eden got a surprise enema when she positioned her booty over the spray. I don't think she meant for that to happen because she squealed and told the little girl next to her not to stand that way. 


Once May gets cold she doesn't have any desire to be in the water anymore. So she watched from the sidelines. 
Gator is really enjoying scouts. Besides the Derby they did this boat racing called the Raingutter Regatta. 
He really did well and placed 2nd for the Bears. Way to go Gator!!

Yesterday was national donut day AND we discovered that Children's Miracel Network Headquarters is right here in our very own state. Alex is the 2016-2017 Champion Child for Primary Children's Hospital. What a great excuse to visit HQ and take donuts. We met Brooke, she took us on a tour of the whole building. It looked like a really cool place to work. We are so thankful for all their hard work that makes it possible for hospitals around the United States and Canada able to support patients like Gator and MayLee.