Thursday, April 24, 2014

Meet Me in St. Louis.

A few days before the kid's spring break was to start, Mike & I discussed our plans for the upcoming week. A big vacation wasn't in our plans, but we were craving a change of pace. Fast forward an hour; we had a destination, hotel reservations, an idea of what we could do when we got there. We decided to go south, as the idea of warmer temperatures was incredibly appealing; we also knew it had to be in a comfortable driving distance since Jack has proven to be the world's worst traveler. 

Six hours south, a reasonable, decent hotel and a host of family friendly activities. St. Louis bound we became!

The weather was perfect (mid-70's and sunny), the kids were for the most part near-perfect, the car ride was manageable, and heck all 6 of us spent three nights in one hotel room we actually all got some sleep. Amazing. 

Descending the arch in the "pod"

Happy Spring break!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Swinging into Spring.

Charlotte is feeling much better. We are happy to have her surgery behind us, and Charlotte back to her old self. She lost a little bit of weight due to her limited diet during recovery, but overall, it wasn't too bad. She is a tough cookie. 

Spring came to Wisconsin for a few days, and then left again. We are hoping it returns soon; I pretty sick of waking up to snow. 

One of Charlotte & Jack's favorite spring activities....

Hoping for more spring weather soon!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

No Kay.

Charlotte is doing okay. We are coming up on a week since her surgery, and while she isn't back to her old self, she is powering through. With the exception of some weepiness, refusal to eat and/or drink at times, and not really knowing what she wants when we ask, she has been okay. Her new favorite word is "No Kay" ...a combination of no and okay, meaning maybe I want it, maybe I don't?!

We have been watching a ton of movies (thankfully she is off her Frozen kick and onto "Wreck it Ralph,"), and keeping her busy with all the great get well gifts she received from family and friends. We are grateful. 

Today we decided to get out and enjoy the nice weather by visiting the zoo. I thought a ride in the stroller would be good for Charlotte. However, she had other ideas and did not want to sit back and relax in the stroller and preferred to walk (which normally I encourage, but considering the heavy duty meds she is on and the little bit of food in her tummy, I figured riding would be a better option).

Luckily a train ride cheered her up.

However, when the ride was over, tears started flowing and it was time to head home for naps.

Thanks for checking in. Hopefully she will be back to her old self in no time. Special thanks to my parents and aunt for taking over her (and Jack's!) care tomorrow so I can attend a Special Education Law and Advocacy conference in Madison. I am looking forward to a whole day of no one "needing me" and learning some new things too!! I'll let you know how it goes.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Surgery is done, and Charlotte is doing well. She is currently felling pretty good thanks to all the pain meds they gave her in the OR. 

We are settled in our room where we will stay tonight. Right now Charlotte is napping, and we may try a Popsicle when she wakes up. The nurses all tell us what cute, polite girl we have (not many kids thank them for taking their blood pressure apparently). 

More updates to come....



Not a fan if all the junk on her feet. They couldn't get an IV started in her arm (she is a tough stick, and is covered with poke marks now, ugh) ....

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bab-baids and Popsicles

We are going to try this tonsil/adenoid surgery thing again. Charlotte is scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning at 9:30AM. Knock on wood, Charlotte is healthy, not even a runny nose. 

Today we went to Target and stocked up on post-surgery necessities; ice cream, popsicles, a new magna doodle, and bab-baids (bandaids...Charlotte's cure-all for everything, I am sure she will be requesting them after surgery).

I think we are ready. I'll post an update tomorrow night from the hospital. Thanks for thinking about us!