Alex and Maddy

Alex and Maddy

Monday, June 30, 2014

Eight Months

It doesn't seem possible, but our sweet Maddy Moo is 8 months old today. The last month has been so much fun as her personality continues to emerge. She is so sweet and loving. She is such a little lady. She is quieter then Alex was at this age and she is a little more reserved. Alex was ALWAYS happy , smiling, talking. Maddy spends more time observing and taking everything in, but lights up when something makes her happy. She is definitely a Mama's girl, but no one gets as many smiles as her brother. He can get a smile and even a giggle just by talking to her. She squeals whenever Mia comes in the room. She loves to play peek a boo and LOVES her bath. She grabs my face and give me big open mouth kisses. She has two teeth and is already starting to sign some words. Her hair is turning red and she has a little temper that matches. She is our little doll and we couldn't be more in love!










Now let's see...My sweet boy! Every single person who has spent any time with us over the past 8 months has said the same thing..."He is the best big brother!" And how right they are. Maddy is the luckiest girl because she has the kindest, most loving big brother. He will do anything for his sister. The last month has been so fun for me as I have watched Alex have a "normal" little boy summer. He has been feeling pretty good and he has spent two weeks in camp! He went to Cub Scout camp for one week and surprised us all when he was able to stay from 9-4 for 4 days straight!!!! He had so much fun and went a long way towards achieving his goal of becoming a Super Achiever as a Webelo and earning all 20 badges instead of the 12 required to earn your Arrow of Light.  He also went to VBS this year at our church and enjoyed being part of the older group of 5th and 6th graders. He even participated in a fundraiser car wash and has helped build bookshelves for Habitat for Humanity. Besides camp he has continued to work hard at Taekwondo and is now a high blue belt. We are so blessed by Kick Tiger Martial Arts and the "family" they have become to us. Alex and I started 5th grade yesterday and so far he really likes the curriculum we have chosen for this year.

In between all of our fun, we have had to squeeze in a bunch of doctors appointments for both kids, so needless to say we have been busy! Thanks for checking in with us!
Ali

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Special Day

Today was the most special of days....

My Sweet boy is 10!!!!! I cannot believe it has been 10 years since I held my little angel for the first time. I was instantly in love with him and that love has grown every day for 10 years. When I dreamed of motherhood this is not exactly what I imagined in my dreams, but I wouldn't change one minute. I thought I would be the teacher, the motivator, the comforter, but just as often he is my rock. His strength and grace amaze me on a daily basis. He has the most pure heart and his faith is unlike anyone I know at such a young age. He is smart, loving, kind, funny, everything a mother could want. And while I didn't think it could get any better, watching him love his Maddy has been  more then I could have ever asked for. She is the luckiest sister in the world. Happy Birthday, my Buggy boo!


To make today even better, Maddy was baptized and Bug renewed his vows of baptism so he could claim Jesus as his savior for himself. We were so lucky to have Mimi, PopPop, Grandpa and our closest friends with us to celebrate this special occasion.




 
This is a day I will remember forever.
Ali

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Another Month!

I am not sure where the time goes!!!! Another month has passed without me updating this blog.  This month has seen the end of many of our activities. I am glad to have a break from some of the running around!

Let's start with Alex...Alex finished 4th grade on Wednesday. We are both HAPPY to be done. I cannot believe we just finished our 5th year of homeschooling. Alex's science class and homeschool co-op both ended in the last few weeks. He is back to doing aquatic therapy and is LOVING his new PT. They are having so much fun together. It makes all the difference when therapy is fun and not a fight. We are waiting on some new braces to come in that Alex will sleep in. These will help stretch his heel cords which are extremely tight. Alex continues to participate in Taekwondo 2-3 times a week and loves it. He once again had belt testing and is now a blue belt. He has come so far in 8 months. He is excited to be going to a few day camps for the first time this year. Medically, we have had to do some testing this week. I don't have the results yet, but it appears as if we may be adding a new diagnosis for the first time in years.
Alex accepting his blue belt

Alex with his favorite instructor


 Maddy is still taking Kindermusik classes and loves it. She had her first playdate. She is really developing the sweetest little personality. She loves to jump in her jumperoo. She squeals in delight all day long and lights up when she sees her big brother. Alex continues to be absolutely AMAZING with her. Anyone who sees them together can attest to the special relationship they have. Bug is so helpful to me and keeps her entertained when I need to get stuff done. We continue to soak up every minute with our little princess.

We have spent much of the last month with our Make A Wish family. At the end of April, we volunteered at the Wish Upon A Par golf tournament. This was our 3rd year helping at this tournament. We love to see good friends and familiar faces each year. This year was also the first time Alex chose to perform at Wish Night. It was an incredible experience. We had rehearsals several Saturdays in April and May and then attended Wish Night on May 17th. We continued to be blessed by the Make a Wish Organization and the "family" we feel so lucky to be a part of.




We are gearing up this week for another trip to Houston. While we dread the drive and the appointments we are always happy to see good friends. We are also picking Mimi and PopPop up in Houston and bringing them home with us. We can't wait for that.
Thanks for keeping up with us!
Ali