Saturday, May 28, 2011

Kickin' Off Summer

Nothing says "Summer Has Arrived" like a little backyard pool action!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Getting Friendly

Anna has been getting a little too friendly with the ladies at the eye doctor's.  They love to have her visit and they let her play on their phone and give lots of hugs.

Apparently, Anna loves to go visit them too.  Especially if  you consider that we have been in there 4 times since she got her glasses only 4 weeks ago to have them repaired.

I have a feeling we will be best friends with these nice ladies before the summer is out -- and long before Anna decides to keep her glasses on! =\

Friday, May 13, 2011

Cuteness Overload: Anna's First School Picture

Reader Beware -- You may just die from cuteness overload!

During Anna's first week of school, they did spring school pictures.  I was unaware, otherwise I would have chosen a cute little dress and maybe thrown some bows in her hair.  But if you ask me, they turned out pretty darn cute anyway =)

And yes -- we are buying some of these! =)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Deductibles and a New Specialist

Well, this year we made it all the way until April before we met our health insurance deductible.  That is a great improvement over last year when we hit it before the end of February!

We were fortunate to have a healthy winter (i.e. no hospital stays).  But new orthotics, a trip to the ER for a  busted open chin and 6 stitches (Charlie), and new glasses have helped put us over the top.

Medical expenses have become the norm the past couple of years.  I am just thankful that God has provided my husband with a good job that has pretty great benefits.

So, now we are adding a new specialist to our repertoire -- Pediatric Endocrinologist.  Anna's 3-yr. bloodwork showed increased levels of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) indicating Hypothyroidism, a condition common in individuals with Down syndrome.  The increased levels and Anna's heft (35 inches, 34 lbs - she's a beast and completely off the Ds growth charts!) prompted our pediatrician to refer us to an endocrinologist to determine if meds and/or diet modification are needed. -- Blech!

But, I will save my complaints because I know that in the big picture, this is such a non-issue.  Because today I just read two blogs that made my heart soar and have me singing praises to God!

You may remember Sweet Ella Grace and Emily (on right sidebar)?  I am so happy to report that Emily has finished her final round of chemo! We are praying that it is her final round Ever!  And Sweet Ella - it was just about 1-yr ago that she was first diagnose with leukemia. She finished her chemo in December and has been in remission since!!

So, in comparison to leukemia and chemotherapy and having your child's life at stake, I will gladly (ok- not gladly, but quietly without complaint) deal with glasses and hypothyroidism.  Someone please remind me of this when I am grumbling about having to take Anna to the Eye Dr., yet again, to have her glasses repaired. =)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy Birthday, Paige!!

Happy 5th Birthday, Paige!!

What a big year Paige has had...she learned to ride her bike with no training wheels, learned to read, learned to ski.  Now if we can just get her to learn how to be quiet for longer than 10 seconds =)

She is the life of the party and the ring leader of her friends.  She is the fun sister,  and the annoying sister.  She is the ultimate cheerleader and the slowest eater you will ever meet.  She is extremely determined -- which is both good and bad.  And, she never ceases to entertain us with her spunk and spirit.

We love you, you Crazy Beautiful Girl!!!

If the video above does not work, you can Click here for Paige's birthday video. (Still working out the kinks on the website, but the video should work).

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Anna Birthday Video -- Another Try

We have been having video difficulty recently. Sorry about that!
I have tried uploading Anna's birthday video directly into Blogger. We will see how that works! =)

Can You See Me Now??

Well - maybe if she left them on for more than 10 seconds at a time!

Anna got her new glasses today.  I am pretty sure it is going to be a "fun" struggle to try to keep them on.  Too bad because she is pretty cute in them! =)

Testing out the flexibility of her new frames

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Anna's Birthday Video

Here is Anna's birthday video (a couple of weeks late!)

Click Here for Anna's 3rd Birthday Video

This is a link to my new MobileMe website. We are still working out some of the kinks.  But, hopefully soon you will be able to access all our fun videos in one place.

If you have trouble playing the video, try clicking on the video and hitting your space bar.  (One of those kinks we are working on) =)