Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween 2018

It was a wet one this year! Thankfully we knew that ahead of time and took advantage of the nice weather the day before to take some pics of the kids in their costumes (Sully & Mike Wazowski) at a nearby pumpkin patch. We also arranged with a few of our neighbors a little Halloween eve trick or treating! This worked out perfectly as the weather was great and we were able to keep it short and enjoyable for both kiddos. The day of Halloween it was cloudy but dry until the sun started going down...aka the beginning of trick or treating. Ryan and I made it to one neighbors house before having to turn around and come back for the umbrella and rain boots. Thank goodness we did, because the rest of the way it rained and rained hard. We really only made it to the end of our street and back and my little monster was drenched! Our decorations were a big hit as always! Although they did miss the scary clown, my mom, who was not here this year. All in all it was a wet but good Halloween.

Scary clown grandma

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Central Texas UMDF Energy for Life Walkathon 2018

It was not the best day for a walk. Reagan was on the verge of a bad day and there was rain in the forecast. We had her dressed and ready but ended up having to leave Reagan behind with her nurse. She was just too stressed. It rained a little on our drive there, but held off long enough for the walk. It actually turned out to be nice, it was overcast so it was cool and there was a nice breeze (which Reagan would have hated). Reagan's little friend Carley joined us, which was so sweet, because she knew in advance that Reagan wasn't going to make it but she came anyway to represent for her friend. Reagan's teacher and her family came too, which was nice. My mom drove in for the walk as well as three of Mike's sisters and their kids and my dad and step mother. It wasn't our biggest group, but not a bad showing considering the weather. The rain started up right after the walk so we all headed to breakfast. We didn't stay long, as we had to get back home to Reagan, but it was nice to get to talk with everyone for a bit. Reagan got worse as the day went on and escalated to a "bad day". It was unfortunate that she had to miss but I guess there's always next year. You can still donate if you'd like by clicking this link to Team Rallying for Reagan. I will post more later about another opportunity to donate toward a cause that could help Reagan directly in the very near future!

Reagan and her nurse 

Sweet Carley

Who's having more fun?

Monday, September 24, 2018

Day 10- Home at last!

Today we got up and had breakfast then loaded up the car for the drive home. It wasn't a short trip, still 6hrs or so, but compared to our other expeditions it wasn't bad. We got home around 3pm and then began the long process of emptying the car and putting things away. It was a loooong wonderful trip. It was the most time we've spent together as a family EVER. I saw sibling bickering for the first time ever and I have to admit, it warmed my heart. It was a lot of work for me, acting as a full time nurse the whole time we were gone, but it sure was nice to have this time alone with our kiddos. Tomorrow it's back to school for Ryan, back to work for Mike, back to therapy for Reagan, and back to laundry for me...but what a ride it was. What a trip. I loved every second of it and have a feeling we'll be talking about this one for years to come!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Day 9- Texas bound

Another long drive today. Flagstaff to Lubbock. Flagstaff sure was a beautiful town, very wooded and cool. We stopped to get coffee and then got on the road. It was a beautiful drive. Much of the scenery reminiscent of the Grand Canyon. It was a long drive but we made an effort to stop every few hours to get Reagan out of her seat. I think that helped. We also had her sitting on a memory foam cushion. Poor girl, the pressure sore thankfully never got worse, but it's still there and red. We resisted the urge to stop and see a meteor crater and still didn't get to Lubbock til around 8pm or so. We did get pulled over by a cop, right after we crossed the Texas border, but he had mercy on us and our travels and let us go with a warning! Another night crashing and looking forward to sleeping in our own beds tomorrow!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Day 8- Grand Canyon Bound

Last night was another ROUGH night. Reagan was crying nonstop and Ryan had to go sleep on the pull out again. Again, we were just super thankful that we weren't kicked out of our room. Reagan finally got sleepy around 4 or 5am and dozed off. Everyone was exhausted and slept in a little. I had to get up early to finish packing and then had a quick breakfast and met Zoey and Heather in our lobby. They came by to say goodbye. It was so nice to finally get to meet them after 10+yrs of friendship! I wish we could have spent more time together but I'm thankful for the time we had. We were a little late in getting out of the hotel, but Reagan woke up feeling much better and we were ready to conquer our big drive. We were a little worried about our ETA to the Grand Canyon. We were going to be cutting it close to sunset. Mike was up for the challenge though and the last bit of the drive he really gunned it to get us there on time! We made it and it was AMAZING. Surreal really. So glad we got to see it. It got dark and we headed to Flagstaff admiring the sky full of stars as we drove. We picked up some pizza from a place that had been featured on diners, drive ins, and dives. We ate our warm cookies and pizza and then crashed for the night.