Thursday, April 10, 2014


Here are some family photos!

And then it was summer...

At least that is what it feels like here.  The weather has been crazy hot and it's only April.  I'm hoping it will cool down and that this isn't an early indicator of a very hot summer to come. 

We've been enjoying the past few weeks with Brad's family.  Tim, Rachel and Joy have been here and this past weekend Jared and Laura came down to visit also.  The kids have been eating up "relative" time...especially cousin Joy time.  They can't get enough.  So sadly, today is the last day as they head out of Bakoland.  :(  We are just so grateful for the time we've been able to spend with them. 

Here are some pics. 

Friday, April 04, 2014

Hello April

Last week there was a bit of excitement at our house as Mia graduated from Physical Therapy!  After almost 6 years, she has reached completion of that part of her journey.  The requirements for her graduating deal with her balance, her ability to go up and down stairs, her ability to jump and overall strength.  This is such great news, she has been working so hard and we were just so excited for her.  It's hard to believe how God has transformed her life over the past 6 years.  I remember starting physical therapy and asking her therapist, is she going to crawl?  Is she going to walk?  And she kept telling me...she will do it Lisa, just give her time.  Praise God for this miracle! 

We still have other therapy in the bag, we still get Occupational Therapy, which deals with fine motor skills.  Because of her left sided weakness, she struggles with many tasks that require two hands, but we continue to see improvement and Praise God for that!

She will also continue at MARE which is an overall therapy.  They work on physical, occupational and speech with her.  So, she will keep on riding horses for continued strength and mobility improvements. 

And of course, down the road if we notice a lag in her physical development, we can always go back to PT, but for now, it is a nice reprieve. 

She has come a long way and it is only by the grace of God and His healing power that she is where she is.  Thank you Lord for our little miracle!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bumps and Bruises

When I was a child, I was clumsy.  Always bumping into things and getting bruises all over.  I had a few fairly large mishaps.  Asher may be following after his Mama's footsteps...

On Wednesday while we were picking Mia up from school, Asher managed to face plant himself into one of those tall skinny sprinklers.  I think back now and am so grateful that he landed where he did, it could have been a lot worse...a whole lot worse. 

After a trip to the doctor and a tetanus shot later, the kid is running around and not fearing much of anything still. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Is In The Air

It's been so nice here.  The weather has been perfect and the kids have been enjoying being outside as much as possible.  Of course, we all got sick with a yucky cold bug and are still trying to recover from that.  I don't know why the cough has to linger so long with kids, but it does.  Part of me wonders if the allergies in the air aren't contributing to that also. 

We are just plugging along.  We are looking forward to seeing Brad's sisters and families in the next few weeks and hopefully we will be finished with all the sickness by then!

So, I guess no news is good news, right? 

Our peach tree in full bloom.

Love these colors!

Asher loves to dig!

Calvin riding his bike.

Mia almost doesn't fit on this trike anymore!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The Dentist

Mia and Calvin had their routine check ups to the dentist today and they both did great. 

It is still very traumatic for Mia to get her teeth cleaned by the dentist, so I'm always super grateful when she doesn't have any cavities.  We try so hard to brush and floss daily because we know that it will be awful if she ever has to get a cavity filled.  Her mouth is really tiny, so there is some concern about space issues as she loses her baby teeth and gets her adult teeth, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.  She does have a couple of wiggly teeth, but none that have come out of these days. 

About a year ago I realized that Calvin watching his sister get her teeth cleaned was making him anxious, so I started bringing a helper (today Grandma Cheri) and she waits out front with the kids while I go back with them one on one.  Calvin did fantastic today, no tears and no trauma.  What a big boy!

Asher will have his first teeth cleaning in a few weeks, he already has 12 teeth!  And I think he has a few more that are coming in right now.  His 1 year molars are already in and have been for awhile now.  Time to start him on the dentist routine.  :)

Thank you Lord for no cavities and good visits to the dentist!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Happy March!

Aside from cute things the kids say every now and then, there's not much new news to report. 

Mia had a kidney ultrasound at the beginning of the month that came back normal.  We still do these every now and then because Mia still has some mild reflux in her bladder. 

Calvin slid down the slide face first in his Sunday School classroom and hit the carpet resulting in a major large rug burn on his nose.  It is so hard to keep him from playing with or picking at the scar.  We're just hoping that there won't be a permanent scar when he finally heals. 

Calvin has also taken to reading these days.  He is recognizing more words and starting to sound out basic ones and loves to sit and read with anyone.  It brings back such fond memories of Mia starting to read.  I love how excited he gets when he can read a word.  

Asher is becoming more verbal and it is easy to see that he understands so much.  I can ask him to go and find his shoes in the morning and he will go over to the shoebox and bring me back one.  His favorite activity these days is to find a tub of something and dump it all out.  I'm not sure why that is so much fun for kids, but it is. 

Thank you Lord for these little lives, what a precious gift they are!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Check Up

Asher had his 1 year check up today and is doing great.  He weighed in at 22 1/2 pounds, is now 31 1/2 inches long and very healthy.  Praise God!  His doctor is very happy with his progress and we are too. 

I got to get away for the weekend, my first time away from Asher Daddy held down the fort while I went away to the coast with the girls in my bible study.  We had such a fun time and I was so thankful for Brad letting me get away.  I was just as happy to come home...I missed my babies, of course they had so much fun with Daddy and the grandparents that they told me to go away again....hehehe :)

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Asher!

Dear Sweet Baby Asher,

It's hard to believe that it has been 1 year!  You have definitely kept Mommy and Daddy on their toes this year.  What a joy you are and we love watching you grow up.

It is true that God makes each baby different, you are definitely your own, unique person.  I kept wanting to compare you to Mia and Calvin, but you kept wanting to do everything differently...I finally realized I should stop comparing!

You are so much fun, you have a joyful laugh and personality.  You eat everything and when I say everything, I mean everything.  We've lost many nerf balls this year because we find you trying to eat them.  If it fits, you will try it.  I have never fished so many different items out of a baby's mouth than yours.  Thankfully, that is starting to subside, but not completely yet.

You love to sleep.  Thanks to Daddy, you have become a very good sleeper.  You are the only baby who has been able to fall asleep on their own at such an early age, we sure hope you continue to be a good sleeper.

You love music.  When we turn on any music, you get very excited and start to dance a little.  It brings a smile to our faces and we just so enjoy watching you find joy out of it.

You came into this world at 10 pounds 4 ounces and are probably close to 22 pounds now...we don't have an official weight on you, but you are very healthy and tall.

Some of your favorite words are:  mama, ball, apple and bye.  And you love to be outside.  In fact, that is your favorite place to be.

We love you sweet baby, thank you for bringing us such joy!

Love Always and Forever,
Mommy, Daddy, Mia and Calvin!

Saturday, February 01, 2014

One Very Hungry Caterpillar

Today we celebrated Asher's 1st Birthday.  We went with The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme because, well, Asher does really like to eat.  We thought that would be cute and appropriate.  Pinterest gave me quite a few ideas and it turned out so cute.

I've become quite "crunchy" and would prefer less artificial colors for my kids, so I used beet juice for my red coloring and spinach for the greens.  The kids gobbled it up and thought it was great. 

We made a caterpillar on our wall that featured one picture of Asher from each month up until 11 months.  The kids thought that was so much fun. 

Getting him to take a picture with the chalkboard was virtually impossible for our wiggly little caterpillar!

The cake though, was definitely a success...I think he liked it!

Did you notice his cute vest and bowtie?!  Grandma Cheri made it for him using material inspired from the book, the bowtie has caterpillars on cute!

Thursday, January 30, 2014


This past week, Calvin and I were playing when he observed my wedding ring.  He wanted to know what it was and so I was trying to explain that it was a wedding ring and that some day he would find a nice girl to marry and get his own wedding ring.  Of which he quickly responded, "but I want to marry you Mommy."  Talk about making your heart melt.  I then had to tell him that I was married to Daddy and so he couldn't marry me, which made him very sad.  What a sweet moment that I will treasure always.  I so love my sweet children and am so grateful for each of them. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

All in the family...

I was looking at family pictures at my mom's house and had to take a double take on this one from when I was a little baby. 

If you took away my pigtails, you might mistake me for this guy...

A slight family resemblance...

Friday, January 10, 2014

Two Steps Forward and One Step Back

That's what life feels like with a baby.  We had just gotten our sleep down, when I mentioned it in my last post and then guess what...yup, you got it...I've got a baby waking in the middle of the night again.  One of his top molars just started poking through yesterday, so I'm sure he's just in teething discomfort, but it is so frustrating when you feel like you are making progress and then you get a setback.  And naps...totally fell off the bandwagon with his naps...oh well, that's life with a baby.  :)

We were in LA yesterday for our yearly visit with the neurologist.  He is so pleased with how well Mia is doing and how far she has come.  We continue to share that it is all because of God.  I had an opportunity at the end to share with a room of about 8 residents that we know it is because of God that Mia has been healed.  Praise God for our miracle!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Happy Eleven Months Asher!

Somehow we have arrived to 2014!  This vacation we were all sick.  That rule about when 1 kid gets sick, everyone gets sick...well, it's true.  We are on the mend as we start the new year!  Thank you Lord!  We had a nice Christmas and celebrated Christmas with Brad's family yesterday...I think the kids actually enjoyed spreading it out and getting to open gifts over several days instead of one.  Every toy that Asher opened, Calvin immediately wanted, yet didn't want to share his own toys with Asher. 

The kids have been sleeping in (I know, totally unheard of) which has been really nice for us, but I fear Monday as we will need to be up and moving to get Mia to school on time.  She will be excited to go back to school though, I know she really enjoys school. 

Asher started taking steps this month.  His record has been about 5 or 6 six steps.  This is the earliest step taker we have ever had.  I love this stage, it is my favorite, when they are toddling around and wobbly on their feet.  Just such a sweet time. 

Asher finally started sleeping through the night, thank you Lord!  I love that we can put him in his crib awake for all naps and nighttime and he goes to sleep with minimal fussing.  His naps have finally gotten better also, I get a decent morning and afternoon nap out of the little guy also. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Long Overdue Update

So we've been battling illness in our family.  Mia's cold turned into a sinus infection and she is now on antibiotics...hopefully that will get her completely better.

Last week I went up to Madera with Calvin, Asher and my mom.  We stayed for a couple days while Calvin was getting some allergy testing allergy testing.  It all came back normal, so at this point, there is nothing we are aware of that he is allergic too.  I decided that I should keep a food journal to see if we can isolate the symptoms with the food and hopefully that will give us more answers.  He was a trooper though and did really well. 

On Saturday we got an early Christmas gift.  Asher had another echo done of his heart and it came back perfect.  The tiny ASD that he had is now closed!  Praise God! 

The kids have been enjoying the holiday season.  They are enjoying all the festivities that are leading up to Christmas...we have a few outings to look at lights planned and just really trying to spend quality time as a family. 

My brother and his wife and kids are coming from North Carolina for Christmas this year, so we are looking forward to spending time with them.  It's been over a year since we've seen them, so we are excited that they will be here. 

Asher is super close to walking...he can now stand still for a few moments.  He did actually try to take a few steps the other day, but nothing too serious yet.  One of these days.  :)

Monday, December 02, 2013

Happy 10 Months Asher!

10 months already?!  Now time is just flying.  We've settled into a nice routine with the little man.  He still naps 3 times a day, but that's probably because his afternoon nap gets cut short to go pick up his sister from school.  Regardless, it works for our family and I am thankful.

We did some sleep training and he falls asleep on his own so easily now...but he still needs me when he wakes up and can't get back to sleep.  Probably partly out of habit, and partly out of comfort...I am his pacifier.  One of these days I will cut him off, but I'm not quite ready yet.

Sadly, our days of growling like a bear have been replaced with sharp, high pitched screeching.  I want my baby bear back.  It upsets Mia more than anyone else and as much as I tell her that he is a baby and he is just learning to talk and will make unpleasant noises, she still doesn't understand why.

We put up the Christmas tree on Friday and Asher got so excited.  And then when we turned the lights on, he was awestruck.  At first, we thought we might not need to barricade the tree and that he wouldn't really play with it, but after we were putting ornaments on for awhile, we realized that he would pick a tiny needle off the tree and then attempt to eat it.  Sigh.  I will not miss the days where everything goes in the mouth.  So, our tree is now blocked off by a baby gate, a couch, and a rocking horse.  So, far it is working to keep the munchkin out.

Here is our handsome little man.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a really nice Thanksgiving with family.  It was a relaxing day with lots of great food (of course) and fun times.  Asher really enjoyed his first Thanksgiving meal...he downed a piece of pumpkin pie (a tiny piece) and was sad when we wouldn't let him have anymore.  Here are a couple of pictures :)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

New Glasses!

Mia got new glasses on Thursday.  She loves them.  She looks so grown up in them. 

The Vehicle Parade

A week or so ago, Mia's school had a vehicle's almost a rite of passage for the Kindergarteners.  They make a vehicle they can wear and then walk around school so all the older kids can see what they've done.  Mia made a Rainbow Bus, she picked it out from Richard Scarry's book.  She had so much fun doing this and was so proud of her work. 

This last one is the kids in Mia's class.  She really enjoys all her friends. 

A Long Overdue Update

It's been fairly crazy at our house these past few weeks.  When I lay my head on my pillow at night I exhale and thank God that we made it through the day.  It just seems like our calendar has filled up with doctor appointments and life. 

Mia had an appointment with her orthopedic doctor a week or so ago and that went really well.  There is no significant change in her hips or her back (mild scoliosis), so the plan is to recheck in a year and go from there.  Because her muscle tone is on the limper side, her hip bones aren't completely in the socket...down the road that could lead to some hip problems, but it could not we are just watching it at this point.  She also has some mild scoliosis, which could be related to the tethered cord or her lack of muscle tone any event, it is stable, so we will just watch it at this point. 

A few days ago we also went to LA again for her yearly echocardiogram.  Her heart looks the same, and it was so comforting to hear her cardiologist say that her heart is completely comparable to a normal person's heart.  She has some mild regurgitation, but even normal hearts get that, so as long as it remains the same...which it has for 5 years now, there isn't anything that needs to be done.

Great visits, Praise God!  We love positive reports and I realized that we are down to 4 specialty doctors...that is it, just 4 extras at the moment.  And 2 of those are yearly visits, so our trips to LA are so infrequent, it is so nice.  Thank you Lord!

Calvin is excelling at reading...I'm always slightly shocked when he will read things when we are out and about, but he loves learning, just like his sister.  He might just love inflatables a little bit more though...and at the moment, his favorite store is Walmart because they have Christmas inflatables in the store that he can see...every day he asks if we can go to Walmart.  Hehehehe. 

Asher is just growing up so quickly.  He now loves to climb on everything and if I don't watch him close enough, I will find him on end tables and small rocking chairs...very proud of himself for getting up there.  Of course, a day without falling and bumping would be abnormal, so he's got plenty of bruises and scrapes...but a tough kid because it doesn't stop him from trying and trying. 

One more...a cute Mia story, so when we were on our way to LA for her echo she was asking where we were going and for what.  I told her we were getting an echo done.  She said, "what's an echo?" and I said, "it's a picture of your heart."  And she said, "no mama, an echo is when sound bounces back to you."  What?!?!?!?!  I said, "where did you learn this?"  "From Guess with Jess, Mom."  An adorable British cartoon with animals in it...too cute.

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