Friday, July 3, 2015

Crafting The Fourth...

Now that we are settled in, we have been crafting up a storm around here.

I made this quick and easy popsicle stick wreath last week...


I saw something similar on Pinterestwith clothes pins, but I had no clothes pins, and I had a box of one thousand craft sticks. I spray painted them in red, white, and blue, and hot glued them onto a flat wood wreath, then added the stars. All together, it took less than two hours, and I love it!



My babies love them some paint, so we painted us up some patriotic fireworks...


We used pipe cleaners, twisted together, and splayed at the ends.


The kids loved this, and we have MANY firework painted papers.


If there is anything the babies love more than paint, it's glitter...

I don't love glitter, but it makes my babies SO happy. Little M chose the gold and red.


Baby J chose the green and blue, and he took the glitter shaking business very seriously...


Tiny P chose pink and blue, and we all talked about how cute her glitter shaking was. Her little arms are not strong at all, and she shook the glitter so gently that it took forever for her to cover the glue with glitter. Adorbs.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Little M's Little Room...

As soon as we saw that one of the bedrooms in the new house had a wall of built-ins, we knew that room was going to be little M's. We went electronic years ago, and we only have a few paper books left. But little M is a paper book girl, and her book collection is only growing.


Also, she loves "seeing" all of her things. The rest of us like stuff put away, but little M likes her stuff to be out on display where she can see it.


With some trepidation we let her choose the colors for her room...


And even though she collected some paint chips that made me sweat a little bit, she eventually chose a very pretty purple and pink.


The purple was fortuitous, since she had so much purple decor from her previous room...


It turned out very sweet, and pretty, and I am just thrilled it is not lime green with orange. Ha.


Also, does our girl look like she has grown in the last month?! She needs to stop that...

 


Monday, June 29, 2015

Come In...

The house is painted, the boxes are unpacked, and we are settled in. Summer has also settled in, and even though we still have quite a few doctor's appointments for tiny P, we are enjoying some quiet days, and time together...

We are going through our house room by room and making our to do lists. Some rooms, like the kid's rooms, don't really have many, if any, changes to be made, but other rooms have a lot we want to do on our someday/to get to list.

The entryway is easy, though. It will change with seasons, but there is not much going on, so we can call it complete...

You remember the sea of white?


Sooo, so white...


It almost hurts me to look at it. If you love white walls, I'm not judging... but we do not love white walls.



So we painted them. Naturally.


The color is harvest wheat...



It's sort of a taupy gray. I love it. It is warm enough that it doesn't make my babies look yellow in photos, and lets face it...that is a big deciding factor in our color choosing.


The entry bench is from Target, and the bins hold the kid's shoes, which keeps them off the entry floor. We will likely paint the stair risers at some point, you know, whenever we need a project to keep us busy. Ha.




Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday...

You are one of a kind, made on purpose, deeply loved, and called to be courageous. ~ Annie F. Downs

Oh, sweet little M...you are one of the most brave, confident little people I know. Don't let anyone ever dull your sparkle!




Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nine Months...

Nine months ago we got home from China with the newest member of our family.
And we were terrified.
I was sure that our lives were never going to be the same. And I was right...

Our lives are completely different, forever changed because of this one tiny little girl.


She has completely changed our lives, in just nine short months.
She has been through so much, with nine hospital stays in nine months, and hundreds of doctor visits...
And still, she has not lost one bit of her fight, her strong will, her power of super sassiness.


She is beyond sassy... and she is the sweetest little cuddle bug ever.
She is so smart, and she loves to sit and "read" her books. She can count to twenty, and knows her abc's.
She loves to be up in little M and baby J's business, and she excels at tattling on them.
She is funny...she keeps us laughing, even when she's not trying to.
She is a naughty little thing. She touches everything, and everything goes in her mouth.


She keeps us all on our toes, and she keeps everyone hopping around her, doing her bidding. Little M says that she is like a tiny little queen.
She is generally happy, but when she is not, everyone knows it. She is loud, and she lets her feelings all hang out.


We didn't know this in China, since we were so scared we couldn't see it, but this girl was perfectly made for us. We couldn't see it then, but we see it now... we needed her just as much as she needed us.

We cannot imagine life without you, precious girl!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Heart Things...

Today this baby is spending the day at the hospital...


Her cardiac team met after her heart cath to discuss her case, and the next moves.

They discussed the possibility of a Fontan, and it was decided that despite her much lower pressures, she can never be a Fontan candidate because of her liver and her protein losing enteropathy.


They discussed leaving her with just a Glenn (the operation she had done in China), but of course that would only be a short term solution...

For now the consensus is that our girl is going to need a heart transplant. She is stable, and is doing fairly well for now, so we are not rushing into anything, but the unanimous decision was to proceed with the process to get her listed.


So today, we are meeting with her social worker for an evaluation, then we will be off to do labs, and then we will meet with her cardiologist for a checkup.


It will be a busy day for the baby, but we are excited to get the ball rolling for our girl!