Monday, April 27, 2009

Quick Update

So, I really only have a sec (since I just spent so much time already reading all or YOUR blogs :)...but I wanted to give you a quick update. Mackenzie is doing great- actually picking up new words pretty rapidly these days...cookie being her fav. She did have the evaluation with Early Steps (love them...if you have a concern about your little one, please don't hesitate to have them checked out), and she is going to get speech therapy once a week. Hurray! I am so glad. I am fully optimistic that her delay is a temporary setback from switching languages (I realize no 6 mo old is talking...but they are learning) and from all of the hearing issues. Even so, I am so glad that she will be able to get some focused help in catching up from someone who really knows what they are doing. And...her surgery is scheduled for May 14th. So, I am expecting great things.

And, yes, my friend, I promise to look into ISR further...

Friday, April 17, 2009


Seriously? I think maybe God is preparing me to be some sort of water safety advocate. We went fishing yesterday with Grandpa...just he and I and the two youngest kids. We were delayed quite a bit setting off b/c I had to run to the store to get Mackenzie a new infant life vest- I think we left hers behind at the beach. So glad I did. We were anchored close to an island on the lake. Teaching Mason to cast, snacking on all the good junk food we brought (must have cookies to fish you know). Kenzie was toddling around the pontoon boat...keep in mind it has a rail about up to her armpits. No worries right? Wrong. She grabbed the net, reached it over the rail...and SPLASH! Into the lake she went. Thank goodness for that life vest. It had her flipped onto her back in an instant...crying, of course, but completely unharmed. The funny part of the story is that when I saw baby girl fall overboard, I was just a second behind her without even thinking. I spent the rest of the afternoon dripping wet, when we could have easily just reached over the side and pulled her up. Plus...I hit my hand on something on the way down, bent a favorite ring into an oval, and cut and bruised my hand pretty good. So praise God that she is totally completely fine...and I just cant stop laughing at myself and my hand.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Today Mackenzie meet with her new ENT doctor. We discussed her history,and then he examined her. His recommendation- ear tubes and removing her adenoids. I tend to agree. She has had chronic ear infections that have been getting closer together in the past few months...she has respiratory issues, constant congestion and sinus drainage. And perhaps the worst symptom of all in my eyes- she has a hearing loss that has affected her speech development and caused a significant delay. Frankly, I am relieved. She has been on so many rounds of antibiotics and oral steroids...inhalers and nebulizers...I am relieved about the possibility of a very common simple surgery ending all that...and in all likelihood, completely reversing her hearing loss. So while I am of course concerned about her undergoing general anesthesia and the thought of "surgery", I am glad that all of this is actually easily correctable. The Lord has been watching over her this far in her life- I am confidant that he will continue to protect her. So, now we just need to get it scheduled...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sand and Sun

Ahhh...the beach. We got to spend 2 days and 2 nights at the coast and it was just what I needed. A little sun...a little sand...and some freezing cold ice water! I am such a wimp when it comes to cold water- I really have no idea how I used to do the 6 am swim practices in an outdoor pool in October. The water was so cold this week. The kids didnt seem to mind though, they splashed away anyway. I will admit that day 2 at Jetty park was warmer than Cocoa. The evenings were cool- but with a light coat- perfect for kite flying. We had a great time, although I will admit- the beach with 3 kids is a lot of work! Sand in the car and lugging beach toys is a small price to pay for these memories however.


This is what happens when you leave Daddy alone with the baby:

Happy Easter

Happy Easter! I hope that yours was as blessed as ours was. Our day began with a wonderful service at our church. At the end they had several church member share silent testimonies. They stood at the front with a poster board with a statement about how their life was before Christ was in their lives (or a time that he helped them overcome), and then flipped it over to reveal how he blessed them. For example "Unable to have a child for 12 years." flip to "Samantha born on...", "Practicing Muslim since birth"..."Saved by Jesus Christ Aug 2008...this is my FIRST Easter." It went on like that...from depression, drug addiction, cancer, forgiven by the miracle of his sacrifice on the cross, and feeling loved and secure in their relationship with Him. It was really powerful.

After church we came home to share lunch with my parents and prepare for the real party later in the afternoon. Since Ashtyn's birthday is tomorrow and her cousin's was a couple weeks ago, we celebrated Easter and birthdays all together. I loved it- everyone pitched in on the food- and my how we ate! The kids swam, rode four wheelers and mini bikes, played on the playground, hunted eggs... We had a great time. The Easter bunny was thoughtful earlier in the day and had kindly brought some new pool toys and outdoor fun. Kenzie LOVED the pool as usual (she is such a water bug), didn't care too much for hunting eggs, but thoroughly enjoyed having pretty much anyone she wanted at her beck and call. Mostly she drags her grandpa around by the finger all day....but if he gets distracted, she will find another willing adult to push her on the swing, or hook her up with Kool aid or some other goodie. She is so put her in her wagon and she gives everyone the princess wave just like she is in a parade. She is completely convinced the world does revolve around her.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Spring Break Fun

So Ashtyn is really excited to be out of school this week. We are packing as much fun into these few days off as we can. She had some friends sleepover on the weekend...we went Easter shopping (dresses were done, we needed shoes)...slept over at we hit Sea World with some friends. Hopefully tomorrow we will head to the beach. I am really looking forward to that salty air! I think Z and Mason are glad to have her home as well- we never get to play this much. You should have seen Z's face when we saw the pet show today- she was so into it. I sat there whispering animal names and sounds in her ear. She did her first animal impression the other day- "Quack Quack!" I was so excited for her.