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Thursday, March 31, 2016

March Catch-up!


Auntie got a new puppy!!

Hard to believe this is New England in March!!

St Pattys day! :)

Hot Chocolate!! :) one of our follow up visits in Philly :)


the girls had an Easter class!

We had Reilly re-baptized at our church!

she was so serious :) 

Reilly did my hair for Easter dinner with the family

Browny was not impressed!

All ready for Easter dinner!

met the easter bunny at the base!

time to dye the eggs

it was very messy!

Easter am we had our usual scavenger hunt.
Reilly could not believe how early everyone got up for this! and on a weekend!!

everyone smiling! :)

ready for Easter service

So angelic!

this is more like them!!

sister love!

Monday, February 29, 2016

February catch-up!

pick up after school - she loves when the dog comes with me :)

beautiful day in February! time to bike!

then it snowed! :)

Reilly made a snow heart!

a snowman!
 we then did a family art night!
Reilly and Victoria were partnered together

Dan and Gerri were partners

Danny and I were partners!


this is Danny and my creation :)
 Then it was Reilly's first birthday with us!!
pretty cake! she was shocked!

we rented a space at Wegman's and she did not know what to do with all the attention!

she opened up gift after gift and did not know what to do  :)
Being the center of attention was very hard, but she did great :)
:)

Ash Wednesday!

got a mani/pedi for her birthday :) she LOVED it!

doing school work, yeh, that's it!

small birthday party just us at home :)
she loved it! :)

Then it was February school vacation and we unexpectedly had surgery for Gerri's left leg.
She had been complaining about leg pain and we thought there was a bone cyst.
We got a call on Wednesday before vacation that we could come in the following week for a quick surgery.  then on the Friday before vacation they called to say that surgery slots had opened up because of the flu and we could (if we wanted) have Gerri;s big surgery done! (we had been waiting two years for a surgery slot) I said yes then had to run around and get stuff done asap so we could head out. thankfully the orthodontist fit her in to have her palate expander removed. then I ran to her school to let them know what was going on so they could plan for once she got back since we knew it would be in a wheelchair. Gerri was only told that she was having the quick surgery for the cyst.
car ride down :)

so very thankful for ronald mcdonald house!
The morning of surgery I explained to Gerri that the surgery was going to be more than the quick in and out. That she would finally have a straight left leg and probably come out in a cast. We had already been talking about the cast so she was not surprised about it.

waiting on the silly juice!
 had a nice talk with dr vb about the surgery and we decided he would do as much as he could while in there. so she will have her left leg derotated (her bones were curving and causing her knee to face to the left and her foot to curl up. He also said he would reposition the head of her femur so she could sit upright again! yah! I mentioned about her rocking side to side when she walked and I thought her legs were growing differently so he quickly measured and said, yes you are right. The left leg is quite a bit shorter again. (two years ago we had to do a fixator on her femur to grow 2 inches) so I told him to do whatever he felt necessary :)
silly juice on board! dr vb gave her the marking pen once he was done :)

all done! no cast! but a fixator on for leg length!
the good thing about the fixator is that it is NOT a cast :) so she could shower and it is much easier for her to live with. and being on the tibia instead of the femur is easier to sit and move around.
It was SO weird to see her knee pointing up to the ceiling!

in her room, all settled in! my comfy bed on the right :)

feeling a bit better!

finally eating a cracker!

upright!

got her to play :)
she kept scoring on herself!

back at ronald mcdonald house! relaxing for one night before the long drive home

home sweet home!

Reilly was very happy when I got home!
She kept asking when we would be home.
so we did a facial mask to celebrate!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Christmas was Amazing!!



first day doing advent calendars! :) wow! chocolate! :)

even Brownie got some christmas bling

all this excitement is exhausting!

we went to see the Lexington Symphony Pops Concert!

all dressed up! :)

Reilly did my nails!

so cute!

I told Danny i would keep this picture and post it! :)

our new orinament!

the entire 7th grade went to the theater to see "A Christmas Carol" - they loved it!

Bake 'em and Take 'em for christmas! yum!
 This year we gave each kid $20 and they had to buy gifts for each other. They had SO much fun and really thought about what each would want. I had to take them to different stores separately, so I spent a whole day doing this :)
Reilly really had fun picking stuff out and then wrapping it :)

under the tree is all the gifts to each other

our 2015 christmas card!

we had everyone over for christmas eve get-together.
we each made parts of the meal, lots of crock pots.
We made borscht and chili! 

all the adults around the hor'doerves

after dinner, Auntie Denise made the kids all take a walk :)
the weather was AMAZING! we were able to have all the doors open!

then it was present time!!

patiently waiting!

how funny!! onesies!!

everyone was SO tired once done! :)

our tree all ready for the kids to wake up!!
(I color code so we know whose is whose)

stockings were full!
Victoria could not WAIT for Reilly to wake up!! video

everyone got what they wanted!!

A very happy girl!
She told me this was her best christmas ever! :)

we used the hair curler she got for christmas!
 Then we had a quick birthday party for gerri, it was just us :)

video

very happy to be 12!!!!

lots of new clothes!! and a gift card for game stop!

and for her birthday, they all got premium PC minecraft accounts!!

Hope everyone had a great holiday! we sure did :)