Monday, October 31, 2011

trick, trick, trick or treat!!

Our Halloween plans were a bit different this year, so we didn't really know what to expect.  With it falling on a Monday and having the little one without legs yet, we stayed in town so Charli could go door to door!  Both kids had a great time.

Sunday night we had trunk or treat at Charli's school...which gave us a ton of candy.  Monday night doubled our stash, so if anyone has a use for all of the candy - please come see me!!

the kids the day of their party at daycare!! 

ahhh, movie night the way it was meant to be!!  It was SO nice to have the cast off this week...can't wait for the rest to fall into place!!

Harper had a hard time letting go of his "leg" pillow!! 

what a fun perk to live close to friends!  Sunday morning we woke up to being "boo'd"!!  What a fun way to start you day...candy :-) 

back to playing !!!

spiderman #2 had a lot of fun going from trunk to trunk!

spiderman #1 got a little tired of saying "trick or treat" and "thank you" 90 times at our trunk or treat!!  She had a good time...but I think it was a bit much!  Not to mention, so much candy between the two of them!

Happy Halloween!!!

big muscles!

a PORTION of our candy from the two days!! 

a night for kids to enjoy....

I stole this from a friend's facebook page tonight.  I thought it was too important not to share...

Its Halloween. Tonight a lot of creatures will visit your door. Be open minded. The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills. The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy might have motor planning issues. The child who does not say trick or treat or thank you might be shy or non-verbal. The child who looks disappointed when he sees your bowl might have an allergy. The child who isn't wearing a costume at all might have SPD or autism. The child who is screaming at the top of her lungs probably can't help it. Be nice. Be patient. Its everyone's Halloween. Make a mom or dad feel good by accepting their special child.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

just some random Tuesday....

It makes me laugh that good things always seem to happen to us on some random Tuesday...

 Harper getting around the house like a pro - getting almost everything he wants one way or another!!

Charli working on her "homework"

Grandpa Bob found a great way to keep Harper on board!

we even found a way to let Harper swing!!!  We are finally getting the hang of this! ;-)

Grandpa Borg and Harper playing tractors and cars!!

cast or no cast....some things never change!! tickle time :-)

even Harper gets in on mom will hate this picture!!  I assure you that he was laughing!!!

 the great beginning of our random Tuesday!

and this was our next step!!  YAY....we got the cast of 72 hours ahead of schedule!!
Harper had been complaining of pain in his back and on his side, and not sleeping well at all - so upon Chad's request I called to see if they could get him in even a bit earlier than Friday and much to my happy surprise they got him in this morning!!! 

good-bye!!!  I am sad that all of that amazing artwork (by Chad and others!) is gone - but I got over that as soon as I got to hold him and love on him like a typical mom and son should!!

look at those amazing legs!!  They are dry as snake skin tonight...but I couldn't care less!! 
Harper wanted to walk, but was too scared to put any pressure on his legs.  He is getting better and each day will get closer and closer to walking again!  When we got home, he couldn't even sit up on his own - it is amazing to me the things which he forgot.  He will remember in no time.  By bed he was crawling pretty well all over the house.  He is favoring his right leg, and you can tell which muscles are weak.  It is part of the process...and one we are happy to be doing right now!!

it felt so good to sit around the table with the kids like we used to!

He was SO SO SO excited to take a bath tonight, he played in the water for a long time!

Harper is very excited to go to Lynn's house tomorrow...but we are all also sad to be leaving the center which helped us out so much in our time of need.  It really is bitter sweet...they took him in when we needed their help so desperately and he loved going there!  Charli, on the other hand, is not that excited about his cast coming off because "now he will be in my room all the time again"!  She did get spoiled by not having that pesky brother in her stuff! 

Harper is sleeping in his big-boy bed with no cast...but still insisted on having his "leg" pillow in bed with him -- he is attached I guess!!

We are a happy house tonight in deed we are!  Thank you to everyone for the love, prayers, and support it took to help us through this bump in our road!! 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

long time no see?!!

I am realizing we are going on two weeks without a post - that doesn't seem possible or fair!! 

Here is a quick rundown of our life, sans pictures.  I have been fighting a cold which has taken a lot out of me for the past 10 days, Harper had a fever...I have the stomach flu.  We have FIVE full days left in the cast, and Charli is super excited for all of her Halloween activities coming up!! (one we had to bail on today thanks to me being sick, way to go mom).

Did I mention, only five more full days in the cast?!!!  I think the days to follow will be difficult, but know we will be on the road to progress!  37 days down....5 to go!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

fun day - sunday!

When Charli was in treatment Chad and I made sure that we did one thing each week which was "out of the ordinary" and called it our fun day.  We tried really hard to stick with that even when life went back to normal.  I think we held on for awhile, but eventually it went away.  We have tried to capture that in the years since but it is just hard to keep it up!  With Harper in his cast we have tried to do it again.  This weekend was a trip to a small-town zoo, which was by far one of the best zoo experiences ever, and I hope you can go too!! (with the exception of our behind the scenes zoo experience this summer -- but this is a close tie I would say!!)

Charli scored FIVE points at soccer on Saturday, and played a great game! 

After soccer Charli and I took a fun trip to shop a little and she picked out new sheets for Harper - that he loved!!  Still no pictures of his bed, which cracks me up!  I do have a picture of them in the bed - but I took it because Charli was reading so cute to Harper.  Maybe I will wait for his bed debut when he has legs!

Speaking of legs...   On Saturday Charli told me "mom, I really miss Harper's legs."  It was the saddest and sweetest thing ever!  She has been a great help with him, I thought it may wear off but at this point I think it will stick around.  We have 2 weeks and 4 days left.  That doesn't sound so bad, and I cannot wait for that day!  Who wants to come over for a party!  Last night I realized that he will probably seem really-really tall!  I was looking at the wall where we measure the kids and I cannot picture him to be as tall as he was marked.  Amazing what your brain forgets over a few weeks when you don't see it every day!

Enjoy the pictures and thanks for the prayers!

Harpe was shy about petting the hedge hog, which could be yours for only $75!

Charli loved this because it was called a "red dragon"!

Harper trying to speak to Coco the monkey.  As you will see later, they were friends!

Charli showing her monkey pose as well!

 They were great at the Horn T Zoo.  It was like we had our own person guide.  We always had one of the owners there with us telling us about the animals and letting the kids pet, hold, or feed them.  It was a great experience and so much fun for the kids!

Coco was so interested in Harper's cast!  At first Harper wasn't sure if he liked the monkey-paws all over his legs but as soon as Coco tickled his toes I think they became friends!  It was so funny! 

Then Coco decided to hang up-side down to eat which you will see here made everyone laugh!

I can't remember his guys name.  When they offered to let the kids hold it, the first thing that came out of Charli's mouth was "is it's mouth tapped shut?" I am not sure why she asked that, but lucky for us it was!!  Mom and dad happend to be coming through town and came with us, which made it even more fun.  It is a lot of fun to see the kids have so much fun with my parents!!  I would imagine everyone feels that way about their kids interacting with their parents?!!

Speaking of kids and parents...
Charli helped me make cupcakes on Sunday.  We were talking about her dad and I said "you know you have a super good daddy, right?  Not everyone has a daddy that does so much fun stuff!".  And then she said, with the most serious voice ever..."Listen mom, did you and dad not have a good daddy or what?"  !!!!!  The message I got from that was 'listen lady, I get it.  I have a good dad, why do you have to tell me all the time'!  So , then we talked about my daddy :-)

rough on top and soft on the bottom!!  I am not sure how big this lil guy will get, but he was the perfect size to hold how!  He fit right across Harpers bar on the cast!

even grandma got in on the fun!!  Grandpa loved this part the most I think!!

Charli's turn with the hedge hog!

this little horse was too cute!!  behind him is a miniture donkey!!  They even let Harper sit on this little horse!

Loved this!!  Her head is as big as Harper!!

Had to include this picture...not the best of any of us - but as you can see from Charli's face the horse was moving her head back and forth and smushing us!!

Harper and a skunk!  I held the skunk and it felt so strange, like I shouldn't have been holding it!!  But, it really did feel like a cat...and wanted to nuzzle up! 

We even got to take a hayrack ride to the "pumkin patch"

the rule was that if you want the pumkin you have to be able to lift and carry it strong arms had no problem!

this little guy did not have it so easy, he couldn't reach them.  stupid cast!!

but he did find a great way to transport the pumpkin, his fit perfectly on his cast!!


after picking th perfect pumpkin the kids got to paint and sticker theirs up!  notice Charli's green paint under her eye..the sign of a true artist!  :-)

again, another reason they helped make this day so great!  Here is one of the owners of the zoo helping Harper!  As Chad and Harper decorated the pumpkin he decorated Harper's cast with stickers!! 

In typical Harper fashion, he wanted to kiss all of these animals...this little guy was so soft!

don't mind Chad's shifty eyes ;-)  Proud Harper and his pumpkin!

Thanks Horn T Zoo for making our Sunday a Fun day!!  Also...thanks to Ron & Ronnette (and family!!) for the visit making the day special too! The kids loved the treats and the extra play time too!!