Friday, July 25, 2014

Florida 2014: Mini Land

This was Caleb's favorite part of the entire trip.  He absolutely loved Mini Land and could have stayed there all day if we hadn't dragged him away kicking and screaming encouraged him to get on some rides!
New York City

 They had a huge display of DC.  It was especially cool, since we knew what everything was.

Caleb loved The Vietnam Memorial!  (It's his favorite memorial...doesn't everyone have a favorite?!)

See the tiny Obama family?!

There was a big Star Wars display.  Here is the ewoks' tree house that was Caleb's inspiration for his own tree house!

Although I looked through it all much quicker than Caleb, I have to admit that it was pretty cool.  The amount of detail involved in these structures was incredible.  Caleb has decided that this is the exact job he wants when he grows up: he wants to design Mini Land for the various Lego Lands across the country.  :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

World's Greatest Day: Preschool Edition!

Waaaay back in February when we first found out Abby would have to have surgery, my dear friend Jenn suggested a World's Greatest Day:  Preschool Edition so that we would have something fun to do in these last few weeks.  (Matt does a World's Greatest Day for middle schoolers every year that is an all day/evening day of fun!  The preschool edition is an abbreviated day so accommodate naps and hopefully avoid meltdowns!) Jenn's two girls were looking forward to World's Greatest Day, but sadly Allie got sick and wasn't able to come.  We missed her!

Our first stop of the day was to see "Planes:  Fire and Rescue."  This is a sequel to the original "Planes" movie and was really cute.  There were a few questionable references that made Jenn and I glance at each other with big eyes, but thankfully they went right over the girls' heads.

I can't for the life of my figure out why these are sideways.  They are vertical when I load them, then sideways when I post.  Just turn your head a little..

Our next stop was to get pedicures!!!  Only Jenn had ever actually gotten a real one, so this was a first for Emma, Abby, AND me!  It was really fun!

Caleb was thrilled with the extra iPad time he got while we got pedicures.  He could have stayed with my mom, but he didn't want to miss the other fun stuff we had planned!  He was perfectly content.

Abby was amazed by all of the colors of nail polish!  She just stared at the display for a while before finally settling on a medium purple with sparkles on top.

I sat her up in the chair. They put a pillow behind her to have her sit up more. She looked a little nervous in the beginning, but was okay.

Once the pedicure started, Abby got totally into it. She loved splashing in the soaking tub and giggled when it tickled. Although I couldn't capture it on camera, she had this cute little smile on her face most of the time.  She really enjoyed the whole experience!

Although I don't typically want anyone to touch my feet, I have to say that it was really nice!

Abby and Emma both enjoyed getting their toes done!  Emma was already planning the next time she came!

Check out our pretty toes!  (Caleb wanted to prove that he did not get his toes done!)

Sparkly toes

Our last stop was to Sweet Frog for some froyo!

Evidence of a fun day!

It was a perfect day...The World's Greatest Day, in fact!

I Wish to Be...


Abby's Make A Wish was approved, so now we can tell you that she is going to be Elsa at Disney World!  We're not sure exactly what that will entail, but it will be something along the lines of Abby dressing up like Elsa, signing autographs with her, being in one of the shows, riding in the parade, etc.  She will BE Elsa for the day!!!  We are ecstatic for her!

We will also be able to enjoy a trip to Disney parks and the other attractions in the Orlando area.  The details will be worked out in the coming months, and I'll share them as I find out.

Because we have to get her through the next year of at least 5 surgeries (2 VEPTR implants, a gtube closure, a jaw distraction, and at least one VEPTR expansion), we most likely won't travel until the fall of 2015.  But that's okay, because this gives us something to focus on when we have hard days.  

THANK YOU to Make a Wish Mid-Atlantic for giving us something to look forward to! This came at the perfect time.  THANK YOU to my friend Karen who is able to be her wish granter!  I absolutely love that we are able to work with someone who knows Abby and her story. 

Yesterday was a rough day for me as I began to pack.  Isn't it just like God to me something to make me smile when I am down? 

Thankful Thursday

This sweet niece of mine is so darn cute!  I am so thankful for her.  She loves her Aunt Julie too!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Gotcha Day, Chloe!

Today marks one year since we adopted our sweet Chloe.  When we got her, she had been rescued from a life of being an outside dog tied to a tree, fighting four other dogs to eat out of a single bowl of food.  She was understandably aggressive with other dogs in the beginning, but she has come so far in the last year!  From the very beginning, Chloe was wonderful with the kids.  We often have to peel them off of her, tell them to let go of her collar, or keep them from piling toys on her.  Through it all, she wags her tail!  Her love for "her" kids is obvious.

I'm so thankful for this sweet girl!  We plan to celebrate with a walk on the boardwalk and some extra treats!  We love you, Chloe!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Florida 2014: Lego Land!

On Sunday and Wednesday, we headed about an hour away to visit Lego Land.  It was a big hit with everyone!!

My sister made these adorable shirts.  She is the queen of iron-on tshirts.  I am just not creative like this.  It's hard to see in the picture, but their names are on the heads in the Lego font too.

This is the face of a super-excited boy before we go into Lego Land!!

At the entrance to the park.

They had a whole "Build and Test" lab where kids could build their own cars and race them.  All of the kids got really into it!

They also enjoyed driving and boating school.  The parents realized we have a LOT of work today before we let them out on the road by themselves!

The main characters from The Lego Movie came out for pictures while we were eating lunch, so the kids ran out to get their pictures taken before the line got too long.

One of the hardest rides was the Firetruck Relay!  You had to pump the truck to make it move down the track, and it was HARD!  I may have needed the help of both employees working there in order to get our truck to where it needed to be...

Caleb and Abby both loved these horses that rode around the track.  Caleb swore that he went faster when he clicked his heels and yelled, "Giddy up!"  :)

The parents got to enjoy some rides too!

I have lots more to share from Lego Land, so stay tuned!