Thursday, June 23, 2016


Day one of vacation this year started out very early.  So Raygen had a little nap mid morning.  We had a 6 hour drive ahead of us and our first stop was the beautiful Spokane.
We spent the afternoon at the awesome Riverside Park.  Isn't this the greatest slide?
Great views.  The weather was perfect.  Warm.  I noticed the weather at home was pouring down raining so this was an improvement :)
Raygen loved being pushed around the park.  She is such a people watching kid.  She loves being outside.  I think it's her happy place.
We promised Zoie lunch at Red Robin.  I love Red Robin because they hand out balloons on sticks.  It's the greatest thing ever for a mom because we got two and Raygen was entertained the whole time.  It made for a peaceful lunch and I actually got to finish and not dash out of the restaurant with a screaming kid.  It also helped a little that there was a near by Starbucks so we got Wi-Fi ;)
Views from the park.
Of course, Zoie, had to have her picture taking with the totem pole.  Not by her choice, but because I wanted her to ;)

Day one was awesome.  After a couple hours at the park and lunch we all loaded back up in the car and headed toward Idaho.

Silverwood here we come....



Saturday, June 18, 2016

Aiden's Make a Wish

Aiden had his Make A Wish Day this week.

We love Justice Boy!

I think it is a must read for anyone who loves a heart hero.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Busy Girl and ABA

We had a busy week.  Besides Raygen being her happy self and not letting mom keep the canned food put away were also are in the process of getting ABA Therapy.  This is such an awesome, exciting step for Raygen.  ABA Therapy is suppose to be the best therapy out there.  It is completely based on Raygen.  It works with her and not against her.  It will not only help Raygen, but it will help us with Raygen.  The therapist will come to us and work with Raygen where she is comfortable.  I am not sure when it will start or how many hours a week Raygen will do, but I am really curious and excited to see how it works.  It's a very new therapy with a very long waiting list so we are very blessed to be starting soon. :0) 
Zoie discovered she can no longer make private forts because her little sister will take them over :0)  I just love this picture.  My babies are no longer babies.  They truly are my inspiration in everything I do. 
You leave Papa outside with Raygen for one minute and you come back to this...... 
in her pool, filling up with water, with all her clothes still one.  Even the shoes :0)
Papa and Raygen together is nothing but trouble, lol! 

Scheduled Raygen's next cardio appointment for July 11th.  I'm nervous, but confident that she is doing good.  The funny thing is, that I never feel confident and that makes me more nervous, lol!  I am known to be a worrier so if I don't have anything to worry about, that makes me worry.  It's a never ending cycle for me :)

Vacation is fast approaching.  I hope Raygen loves Silverwood!!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Rehab Doctor Visit

On our discharge paperwork from our visit to Children's last week I saw that they listed Raygen's surgeries in order.  I am just in awe of what she has went through and conquered.  It's amazing to me that all her surgeries look so small when typed out on paper, but each one was a chance we could have lost her.  Thanks to an amazing God, hospital and an amazing daughter she fought through each one and is certainly a hero in our book.
My little wiggle worm.  This girl no matter how large the bed ends up doing circles in her sleep.  I've learned the safest bet is a mattress on the floor.  She hates blankets on her as well so if you try to cover her up she immediately kicks them off.  She is total opposite of her mom in that category.  I have to have blankets :0)
Raygen did wonderful on her visit to see the Sports Rehab Doctor at Seattle Children's last week.  The reason I wanted to take Raygen was to see if there was anything I needed to be doing to improve Raygen's function on her right side.  The great news is the doctor said "No."  She said that Raygen was doing great.  She said that Raygen won't ever walk completely normal because she did survive a stroke that does affect her right side movement.  The doctor also stated that she is happy to see how Raygen runs and walks and even how she uses her right hand.  Raygen doesn't use her right hand much, but the doctor stated she used it enough not to need any braces :0)  She also stated that Raygen didn't need any bracing for her feet :0)  I am so relieved because when we did try to brace Raygen's hand and feet she refused to use them.  She didn't walk and didn't use her right hand at all.  Basically, Raygen will come up with her "way" of doing things and that's okay.  It may not look "normal," but really what's normal?  Raygen's stroke affected so many areas of her body and now that she is growing and becoming so active we are seeing more and more of it.  Also, where her brain was damaged with the stroke is very close to the language area of the brain and so that may be the reason she is speaking yet?  I also learned that Seattle is doing some studies on CHD children and brain development and they are coming to the conclusion that even full term CHD babies brains when they are born are not developed full term.   Their brains are still that of a preemies??  I am so thankful that we have a wonderful group of doctors that continue to research and discover so many amazing things that will help the lives of our CHD babies here today and ones to come in the future.



Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mother's Day

I had a wonderful Mother's Day Weekend.  Saturday we had a huge family picnic to celebrate my Grandpa's 82nd Birthday and it was fun to get the whole family together.  It was a beautiful sunny day.   
Sunday we took Zoie saddle shopping and Raygen got a new cowgirl hat.  She loves it.  She looks so cute in it.  
I love these two wonderful girls.  They make my life so much fun.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Dressing Up

Raygen has been into trying on my clothes lately :0)
It's the cutest thing ever.  I love how she has to go look in the mirror and see how she looks. 
My girl busy at work. Raygen has decided she likes to sit in the office chairs through out the day.  She's very professional. 
Raygen and her cousin Layton.  There some what playing? at least sitting close to one another.  That's a big deal for Raygen. 
I just love how grown up she looks in this picture.  There are moments when I just look at Raygen and know she is wise beyond her years.   
Trying on Mom's boot socks, lol!  I think Raygen and I have the same taste in clothes, lol!

I just love this girl so much.  There isn't a day that goes by that she doesn't inspire me, make me laugh, or teach  me.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nero Update

Friday Raygen and I headed to Seattle Children's to see a Neurological Developmental Specialist.  It is only the first of many visits in our future.  This was basically an appointment to make an appointment, but worth it.  This way the specialist has a base line of where Raygen is.
In true Raygen form, we started the visit off with a huge puke all over the exam room.  This is something that happens when Raygen works herself up, so I'm used to it.  I don't think the doctor was though, lol!  When Raygen realized that nothing was going to happen to her she became her happy, laughing, wonderful self.
The first step in trying to figure out if there is something besides autism going on with our girl is a 45 minute clinic appointment with a few different doctors, where they play with Raygen and interact with her in a playroom setting and observe.  After the play they will meet and discuss what their thoughts are and then relay those thoughts to Randy and I.  I am very nervous, but excited for this appointment.  I really want to make Raygen's future as bright as I possibly can and knowing if there is a better method to teach her or understand her, I am all for it.  Regardless of any test result we love her just the way she is. 
Raygen also had her 5 year wellness check and is 38lbs :0)  I so glad my girl is finally putting on a little weight. 
I'd like to welcome AJ to our family.  Zoie's new best friend.  I am so excited to help make this beautiful girl's dreams come true.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Trike Riding

Trying to work a little fun into physical therapy.  I don't think the trike is a big hit yet, but we will keep working on it :0)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Another week...

Sunday is always food prep for Raygen.  Cooking up some meat for protein and I like to freeze my banana's so they last through the week.  Plus there a great snack for Mom :0)
After leaving Walmart on Saturday.  It was crazy!!!
She loves making a mess.  Rubber bands go a flying everywhere when Raygen's around :0)
Yesterday Raygen ran into my desk at work.  Not her first black eye and probably not her last, but makes me so sad.  



Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Easter and Doctors

I took Raygen to the doctor on Monday for a check-up.  It was day 14 of medicine trying to control her cold that she just can't kick.  She has improved a ton I am happy to report and so relieved.  We are doing two weeks of a probiotic and doing mineral oil drops in her ears to help break down the wax so we can get a good look at her tubes.  We will go back to the doctor and have her 5 year wellness check, hopefully her ear tubes will be unblocked, and she will have to receive two shots :(.  The doctor recommended we hold off another two weeks before returning to preschool.
Raygen loves to play with the rubber bands at work.
I think more then anything Raygen just loves making a mess at work.
Raygen enjoyed Easter.  It wasn't a sunny day here in Washington so we pretty much stayed home and inside.  We did go visit the Grandparents early in the day, but we had a nice dinner at home and spent the day relaxing.
Even took a nap and that never happens in this house.
PS: If you live in the Lewis/Thurston County area and want to be part of our new Mended Little Hearts Chapter please send me a message.  Were looking for local members ;0)