Jason, Rachel, Chase, Malayna, Kaylie, and Evan

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Yeah, so it's been awhile......

Sorry, since I've started working I'm having a hard time keeping up with things like the blog!  I've also started really slacking on taking pictures....as in I realized the other day I didn't take any pictures in November!  How awful!!!!

So here's what's been going on since I last posted:
We took a cold, rainy trip to Eckert's this year to pick apples.  It wasn't the greatest weather, but the apples were good this year!
 Cleaning out the pumpkin to carve--slimy!
 The boys and girls couldn't decide on a pumpkin design this year.  The boys liked this one, the girls wanted something more intricate.  The boys won this year!
 Happy Halloween!!!!
 
We went straight from Halloween into getting ready for Christmas this year (yes, we celebrated Thanksgiving in between, but I don't have any pictures of that.  It was a quick Thanksgiving anyway, and kind of an odd year since we didn't get to see Uncle Scott and Aunt Sherry--they had to stay in TX, or Aunt Coleen because she had pneumonia, and Chase is currently battling HSP which is an autoimmune disease causing lumps on his legs, joint swelling and pain, and upset stomach--what a November!).

 We put up more lights in front this year
 and did a little on the back too!
 St. Nick came Sat morning and left some goodies!
 Like yummy big apples....
 new jewelry...
 iTunes cards, and lots and lots of chocolate!
We're getting ready for Christmas though and looking forward to a hopefully healthier new year!
 
Chase's HSP should go away on it's own in a month or two, but in the meantime he has to see the dr weekly to monitor it.  I feel so sorry for him because it causes him quite a bit of pain, and the only thing we can do for it is rest, fluids, and Motrin.  Poor kid can't catch a break this year!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Flag Football and Horse Riding

Yes, it's been awhile since I've posted here!  We've been soooooooo busy this fall, it's incredible.
 Chase is playing flag football again this fall.  He's having a blast playing (even though they've only won 1 game!).
 Malayna has started horse riding lessons this fall too and is loving it!
Kaylie is continuing horse riding lessons this fall too.  She is loving it again, but is a little sad that her favorite horse to ride, Dixie, passed away on Monday (from old age).  She's been very upset and misses Dixie a lot. 
 
Evan is as stubborn as ever, but is loving preschool now after getting adjusted to it.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

 Well, it's been a very quick summer, but we've enjoyed the past few weeks of hot weather at the pool.  To celebrate an end to summer we rented a last minute pontoon boat on Monday on Stockton Lake (thanks to the heavy storms that rolled through that morning there were some cancellations on the boats and we were able to get one for the afternoon!).  The kids were excited to get out on the lake for a bit!
 Evan only swam for a few minutes at a time...I don't think he was a fan of the lake water because he loves to swim at the pool! 
 He preferred fishing instead (although he didn't catch anything!).
 Malayna jumping in.
 Kaylie jumping in.
 Chase jumping in.  They spent most of the time jumping off the boat, climbing up the ladder back in and jumping off again!  It wore them out. 
The girls tried fishing for a while....they didn't catch anything either.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

First Day of School 2014

 I can't believe summer is over and today was the first day of school already!  It starts earlier and earlier every year!
 Chase--4th grade
 Kaylie--2nd grade
 Malayna--2nd grade
Evan--preschool.  Evan LOVED preschool.  He didn't cry at all when I dropped him off, and when I went to pick him up he was all smiles and having a blast playing!  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Coming to the end of summer already!!!

Yikes!  Hard to believe that summer is almost over already, and I have been really bad about updating the blog this year!  So Chase had his follow up appointment with his CF dr in July and they went ahead and took out his picc iv line (thank goodness!).  His pfts were better than when he was in the hospital and he has started gaining some weight back, but his dr would still like to see some improvement on the pfts.  They will also repeat his chest xray when he goes back next week and they are hoping to see everything cleared up, including those nodes.
 
In the meantime, we have been trying to get back to summer....playing, swimming, just having some fun before school starts next week.  The Ozark Empire Fair was last week, so we went to that again.  The kids loved the rides even more this year, and I rode most of them this year too, so I didn't get very many pictures.
 Chase on the swings.
 Kaylie
 Malayna
 Evan and Daddy
 This was Chase, Malayna, and Kaylie's favorite ride this year...and luckily they were all tall enough to ride without an adult because this would make me sick!!! Ha!  They rode it 3 times in a row!
 Evan wasn't tall enough for this one, but the other 3 were!
 Evan rode some cars instead. 
 And here are my monkeys at the park...just hanging out!  Malayna
 Kaylie
 Chase (he was having a hard time holding himself up...need to work on those arm muscles!)
Evan was too short to hang upside down.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Botanical Garden

 We're trying to get out of the house so we don't go stir crazy, but it's hard to find activities that everyone can do since Chase can't get his picc line wet, or do anything that might bump it, etc.  We walked around the Botanical Gardens the other day, and that was fun!
 Can you find Evan in the mass of flowers?!
I tried several times to get a nice picture where everyone was smiling, but we were just having one of "those" days where everyone was silly.....so this is what I ended up with!  

Happy 4th of July!!!!

 We were so glad to have Chase discharged from the hospital on the 4th.  We made it to Grammie and Papa's house just in time for dinner and fireworks!
 Mmmmm, smores.
 Nice and gooey!
 Malayna and Kaylie are such nuts!  They were being silly on Papa's four wheeler.
 Snacks and fireworks...the perfect way to relax and enjoy the evening!
 Papa helped Evan roast his hotdog over the fire.
 Yay for fireworks!  Jason put on a good show this year!