Sunday, April 13, 2014

Daddy Snuggles

     Froggie typically snuggles with me in bed, or takes up an entire half of the bed, but she rarely snuggles with Hubby. Recently she's been loving her daddy and will walk around the house screaming "Daddy" until he does whatever it is that she wants him to do. The other night she really wanted to snuggle with Hubby and so this is how she spent most of the night.

Daddy makes a good pillow

Feeling Froggie?

     Froggie was rolling around on the carpet in my classroom and I thought it was a good opportunity to take a picture of her laying on the Frog spot - just for fun.

Ribbit, Ribbit

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Egg Hunt Part One

     Next weekend is Easter, but this weekend we had a couple egg hunts to head out to. We started the day at the Egg Dash, which is the egg hunt sponsored by my employer. Last year was the first year we went but it has been a ton of fun. There are always bouncy houses set up along with games and face painting all to do before  the dash begins.

     The kids had a blast and got a TON of candy. On top of that it was a beautiful day in the middle of our gross weather.

Picking a sucker

Climbing the bouncy house

Look at all those eggs!


Ready to get some eggs

Froggie wasn't sure about it… 

And they're off

Finding some eggs

Filling up his bag

Check out all those eggs!

     After we headed back towards home we headed to the college campus and did another egg hunt there. Froggie got the hang of egg hunting pretty quickly and Big Brother is already a pro!

Big Brother and the bunny

Ready to get more eggs

Froggie and the bunny

waiting to go get some more eggs

Big Brother and his bucket

Froggie and her bucket

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

     To kick off our weekend we decided to head to the mall for their Easter trail of treats and to meet the Easter Bunny (since this was his big kick off for bunny pictures). We waited to see the bunny before doing our walk to collect some candy in our Easter buckets. Big Brother was so excited and Froggie kept peeking through the gate at the giant egg and would point and get excited again. She was so cute, even the photographer from the mall took some pictures of her!

Peeking at the Easter Bunny

Checking everything out

too cute!

     This all ended as soon as we went in to see the bunny though. Big Brother wanted to sit on the decorations and Froggie cried every time Hubby put her down. We ended up just saying hi to the bunny and going to follow the line with the promise that if the kids were able to listen well while they collected their treats.

Big Brother with his bucket

Playing peek-a-boo

checking out her bucket.

trading eggs for treats

trading eggs for treats

     The kids had fun collecting their treats and we did end up going back to try a picture with the bunny with the understanding that there would be no sitting on the decorations. Froggie cried but Big Brother sat so nicely with the bunny. I don't really buy into perfectly posed pictures, I've never cared if my kids have a binky or a toy to keep them calm and I feel that needed to be said as an explanation as to why I paid for a picture of my son sitting so nicely with the bunny while his sister cried on the bunny's lap. That being said, here's the picture of the kids with the bunny:

Mommy, Daddy, Big Brother Date Night

   It was a pretty last minute decision but we took Big Brother to the movies to see The Muppets Most Wanted. He was pretty excited and did well with the movie even though it was a pretty late showing for a 3 year old. He worked on his snack box and drank his blue icy. When the movie was done he wanted me to take his picture with some of the stand ups in the hallway. He got a little cranky at the end but it was a fun little date night for the three of us while Froggie stayed with my mom.

Holding our tickets

One of the Most Wanted

Captain America

Posing with Toothless

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Wait is OVER!

     The wait is FINALLY over… We made it to Froggie's appointment and headed back to have her X-ray done. She was really upset to even be laid down on the table and was even more upset that I left her with the technician and stood behind the wall while her X-ray was taken. She calmed down pretty quickly and was happy to go back out to the waiting room and play with Big Brother.
Playing in the waiting room.

     She weighed in at 18 pounds and we headed back into an exam room to wait for the doctor to read her X-ray and come let us know what that meant for Froggie. A nurse came in and reviewed Froggie's previous treatment with us before the doctor came in. The staff there are always so nice and genuinely interested in interacting with our kids.

Waiting to be seen

laughing with Big Brother and Hubby

Showing off her boo-boo's

Such a climber

     Froggie's doctor came in and said her hips were perfect! He said that we wouldn't need to return and that her treatment was officially over. He wanted to see her walk a little before he let us go and Froggie got pretty upset with being asked to preform for the staff but she walked across the exam room and then we headed back to get a copy of her X-ray since I keep them with her medical records.
     While Froggie and I were waiting we met another family who was going through treatment for Hip Dysplasia and I spoke with them about the Hip Hop 5K that I'm working to bring to the area. I spoke with the girl's mother for several minutes about the new policies at the hospital where I had Froggie and that I hoped her daughter's treatment was successful. I left my Healthy Hips For Life bracelet with her to show her some support and walked away feeling even more dedicated to the Hip Hop 5K and it's cause.
     My wrist felt naked for the rest of the day without my bracelet but we had a fun filled day after work. We went to the mall and I let the kids play in the play area there for awhile. We also went and picked up some chocolate and small stuffed animals as a celebration for our good news.
     While we were walking in the mall Froggie dropped her new toy (a small stuffed piglet) and when we turned around to check for it on the floor and with the shop we came from it was gone. After checking with customer service and security Hubby and I decided we were suckers for Froggie and went to buy another Piglet. The woman at the Hallmark store where we bought it was so nice, she gave Froggie the Piglet and thanked my husband for his service (since he had met us at the mall after leaving his office). We tried to pay for it but she refused to let us and after talking with her for a few minutes we found out that she was related to another sailor who Hubby has worked with.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Counting Down the Days

     Tomorrow…. Tomorrow morning we head back to Shriners, first for an X-ray and then to see the doctor once he's reviewed it. I have mixed feelings about tomorrows appointment because, much like her first X-ray, this appointment may be her last. I'm excited that her journey with hip dysplasia may finally be over but I'm also nervous that her X-ray may be abnormal or her doctor may not be happy with how she distributes her weight on the joints, or any one of a thousand things that would make tomorrow just the start of a new journey.
     Today, however, we went outside and enjoyed the clear sky. The kids ran around and played with a ball. Froggie did a lot of falling down but she was so excited to be able to explore outside. Big Brother loves to be able to run around and was sad that we had to head back home when Froggie started to get tired. (By tired I mean she was laying on the ground kicking her feet and would giggle and fall back down whenever she got up.) So tomorrow is another day but today we had lots of fun!

Froggie loved being outside today

playing ball

Love this little girl

They're so stinking cute!