Monday, February 29, 2016

How'd I Do?: February

Even with the extra day, February has flown by all too quickly!  Here is an update of how I've done with my 2016 Intentions.  There are a few areas I'm really hoping to focus on in March, and the biggest one is BLOGGING with PICTURES!

1. Catch up on the blog (including Disney!)....not yet (March!)
2. Visit Grams B 2x a Month (0/24) Complete and Total FAIL:(
3. Finish Daily Dose of Knowledge: Bible with Brian We do this every night still!
4. Visit each of Brian's grandparents 2x other than holidays (0/4)
5. Complete the 12 Months of Family Fun board we gave the kids for Christmas (2/12) On Track!
6. Cross off 35 things from my 101 in 1001 list (13/35) Getting there!
7. Follow a strict budget Cracking Down!
8. Keep track of all of Gavin's Appointments and Procedures in 2016 (See Below)
9. Work on my weight loss and do something active at least 3x a week Yeah Bad...
10. Make Disney scrapbooks with the kids
11. Spend 30 minutes each day really playing with the kids
12. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night Pretty much did this!
13. Drink at least 64oz of water every day
14. Keep up our new bed time routine (Bible stories, down time, lights out at 8)
15. Get Gavin a wheelchair (Fitting 1/14) Hopefully it will come in by April
16. Visit the Indianapolis Children's Museum 4x by November 30th (1/14, )

Appointments/Procedures:
1/14 -Wheelchair Fitting
2/22 - Dr. Walsh
2/23 - Dr. Hon
2/29 - Dr. Neely

Monday, February 1, 2016

Birthday Letters

Each year around their birthdays, I write each child a letter on here.  Since today is Gavin's birthday, I thought I would include all three.  It is so hard to believe that I now have a 7, 6, and 4 year old.  Time flies, and as they say...DON'T BLINK!!

Dear Macie,
May Lu, Lubie, May....how in the heck are you 7 years old?  At seven, you love soccer, Good Luck Charlie, arts and craft projects, all things American Girl, reading, being outside, and friends.  You have shown me such a mature side to you at times and are starting to think more about others before yourself.  I love watching you get closer to your brother and sister.  Even though you fight me at times with Math, you are really thriving in school and I enjoy reading our Junie B Jone's books together.  You have a love of life and fully experience all of the highs and lows.  You still love to cuddle and I'll take it as long as I can!  In the past year you've lost your first teeth, scored your first goals in soccer, and went to the American Girl store for the first time.  You are a worrier, but you don't meet a stranger.  You have an adventurous side and recently announced you are going to live in Mexico when you are older.  Even when you are at your worst, I am so proud to be your mom!  You are my first born love!  Always remember, you are smart, beautiful, kind, and important!
I love you to the moon and back,
Mom


Dear Gavin,
G, Dude, Freddy Frenchfry...how in the heck are you 6 years old?  At six, you love legos, Minecraft, Skylanders, Pok√©mon, being outside, Bentley, and your Kindle Fire.  You are the bravest Kid person I know!  2015 was a year of many trips to the hospital and procedure after procedure and you are such a rock star and so stoic, not letting anyone around know how you are feeling (except mom and dad). You are loved by all of your doctors and nurses.  You still like Super Heroes and even have your own super hero name, Nitinol Man!  You take your time to figure out things and how they work.  You tell me you want to be a scientist and science is your favorite thing about school.  You have quite the stubborn streak, but that persistence and passion will bode you well in life.  You also have a very giving spirit and want others around you to be happy. It melts my heart when you put others in front of yourself.  In the past year, you lost your first teeth, bought your own dog, got glasses, were on TV, and started reading!  Even when your anger and frustration rear its ugly head, I am so proud to be your mom!  You are my favorite boy in the world! Always remember, you are smart, handsome, kind, and important!
I love you to the moon and back,
Mom


Dear Lilah,
LJ, Lilah Jean Swimmin' (Dancin') Machine...how in the heck are you 4 years old?  At four, you love Doc McStuffins, Cailou, babies, gymnastics, Mommy, and being outside.  You are such a caretaker and tell us you want to be a doctor when you grow up.  Despite being the youngest, you do not let your big sister and brother boss you around.  You love school and have taken off this year!  Math is your favorite subject and you are learning all of your colors, shapes and counting.  You are so good with Bentley and he listens well to you.  You love snuggling with Mommy and Daddy and we eat it up.  You tell us you want to have lots of babies and that you will live close by so you can visit with them.  Your room is always the cleanest room and it bothers you when other kids come and mess it up.  In the past year, you started gymnastics, started going to science class, and have become very independent (when you want to be). Even when your sass takes over, I am so proud to be your mom!  You will always be my baby, no matter how big you get! Always remember, you are smart, beautiful, kind, and important! 
I love you to the moon and back,
Mom

How'd I Do?: January

Each month, I am going to attempt to evaluate how I am doing with my 2016 Intentions.  Here is how I did in January:

1. Catch up on the blog (including Disney!) - Well, I've started blogging again...hope to catch up this month!
2. Visit Grams B 2x a Month (0/24) - Total Fail!  We will visit this month
3. Finish Daily Dose of Knowledge: Bible with Brian - We are reading this every night!
4. Visit each of Brian's grandparents 2x other than holidays (0/4)
5. Complete the 12 Months of Family Fun board we gave the kids for Christmas (1/12) - We had a family choice dinner and went putt putting since our play was cancelled.
6. Cross off 35 things from my 101 in 1001 list (11/35) - I've crossed off 11 things and started a few more!
7. Follow a strict budget - Compared to 2015, we are doing great, but I'd like us to be a bit stricter!
8. Keep track of all of Gavin's Appointments and Procedures in 2016 - Done! Only one this year...what!?!?!?!
9. Work on my weight loss and do something active at least 3x a week - I'm down 15 pounds, but need to be more active for sure.
10. Make Disney scrapbooks with the kids
11. Spend 30 minutes each day really playing with the kids - While I can't say I've done this every day, I've done it more days than not, which is a success!
12. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night - Most nights I've done this!
13. Drink at least 64oz of water every day - I was doing really well with this and have slacked off and boy can I tell a difference!
14. Keep up our new bed time routine (Bible stories, down time, lights out at 8) - This has made our life so much better!
15. Get Gavin a wheelchair (Fitting 1/14) - Fitting completed and we should get the chair in a few months.
16. Visit the Indianapolis Children's Museum 4x by November 30th (1/14, ) - We went once and plan to go later this month!

Appointments/Procedures:
1/14 -Wheelchair Fitting