Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Ian's 13th birthday was last Friday, but thanks to some crazy schedules, we aren't celebrating until this Saturday.  However, since he and the other boys had a day off (fall break) on his birthday, we took advantage and went to visit a dear friend who invited us over to meet her new dog.  All 3 boys love dogs (and beg regularly for one) so they loved meeting Owen!

Not only did they get to meet and play with Owen, Lynn also had cupcakes for them......even on a cake stand that plays "Happy Birthday!"  
They all had to push the button and couldn't wait to dive into those delicious treats.
And not only was there a dog and cupcakes (and hot chocolate) but a new DVD as well!  
This same dear friend accompanied Ian and me to every doctor appointment he's had since surgery (each week) and he loves her dearly.  In fact, he always "asks" if she's going with us when we get in the van by pointing to her seat.  Not only that, but she brought dinner most every time she went with us!  I regret not getting a picture of her with the boys but I will do that next time.  Thank you, Lynn Collicott for your love and friendship and nourishment and time and for Ian's birthday surprise!
We love you!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Good News and Bad

The good news is that Ian got his casts off this afternoon.  The bad news is that he's been having horrific spasms ever since.  Apparently, this is not uncommon because of his high tone and the muscles being stretched and in casts for 5 weeks.  However, he was in so much pain that the surgeon had us get x-rays to make sure he hadn't broken a bone.  They made his night casts and after 5 hours of being at the doctor's office, we headed  home.  He's had 2 doses of valium (sp?) and 3 hours of changing positions, but he's still crying softly from the pain and can't get to sleep.  I never dreamed that getting the casts OFF would be a problem!  We are praying that the spasms will subside quickly and he'll be back to his perky, happy self!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday, Brenna!

Two years ago today, Tom and I had secured a sitter and were planning to have a quiet, early anniversary dinner.  Instead, we spent the evening at the hospital waiting for our granddaughter to make her appearance.  We couldn't think of a better way to spend our date night!!!!  I can't believe that has been 2 years ago.  Time seems to be racing by all too quickly!  
Brenna Noelle is growing up and her personality continues to emerge.  She is spunky and determined and sweet and funny and is definitely going to be a leader!  She bosses her 3 uncles (at this house) around and gets them to do pretty much whatever she wants.  
Happy 2nd Birthday, Brenna!  We love you and are so thankful for you!!!

 Opening a very interesting gift from cousin Olivia (and her mommy and daddy.)
 Bring on the rain
Ready to jam!
 Mommy will never have to clean again!
 If you need anything squirted and wiped down (your face, a window, anything at all), this is your girl!
 Blowing out the candles on a yummy ice cream cake
The whole family (she would not turn loose of the squirt bottle and sponge.)
Today we celebrate Brenna!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Personal Concert

Last spring, some good friends held an adoption auction to raise funds for their upcoming adoption and among other things, we purchased our very own Joel Brovont concert.  Since we like hanging out with the college kids at our church, we decided to have the concert outside and invite them, too.  Tyler Daugherty played with Joel and they came 90 minutes early to set up and warm up, so our boys got their own personal concert while waiting for the big kids to show up.  Needless to say, they LOVED it!!  

It was a beautiful evening with good friends, great music, an awesome bonfire (thanks to my pyromaniac husband), s'mores and hot chocolate.
Showing off his missing tooth and the new one that's coming in (which looks like it will take up his entire, tiny mouth.)  I think major orthodontia is in our future!  Pretty cute though!
Unfortunately, I waited until it was too dark to get good pictures of Joel, Tyler and the college kids.  However, you can check Joel out here:
Thanks so much Joel and Tyler!