Friday, October 5, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

The shorties and I ventured down to Wilcox this week to go to the Pumpkin Patch, we also enjoyed picking some veggies and exploring the farm. The kids were especially interested in the tractors, and were a bit disappointed they couldn't climb all over them. It was 90+ degrees, so it was a bit hot, but we had a great time with some amazing friends! Picking our pumpkin off the vine really reminded me of when I was younger and doing the same back home. I wish we had an arboretum here in AZ like they coin Dallas, but alas they do not. I'm hoping the weather will turn more fall like, but I've been told not to hold my breath. I really miss actually having season!

Shorties trying to convince me that it was o.k. for them to climb on and around the tractor. No worries, it didn't happen.

Landon taking a break walking through the pumpkin patch. He really enjoyed getting to pick his pumpkin off the vine. 

E and Landon looking for the pumpkin they wanted to pick off the vine.

E playing in the pumpkin area they had set up!

Landon told me he wanted to drive tractors when he grows up after seeing this one drive by us in the pumpkin patch.

A rare, but fun pic of the shorties and I in the pumpkins. 

Landon absolutely loved carrying this orange bucket around while we were looking at the vegetables you could pick. He loved helping me try to find veggies to take home to eat. 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mito slideshow

One of our amazing Mito Mom friends made a slideshow for Mito Awareness week last week. I am a little late in sharing it, but I hope it will help others. It can be a tear jerker, so just a fair warning before you watch it. Please feel free to share, we need all the help we can get in educating as many as we can about Mitochondrial Disease. Click the link below to view the slideshow.

AZ Mito Slideshow
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mito & VLCADD facts

Since this is Mitochondrial Disease Awareness week, I wanted to make a post about what Mito is as well as specifically VLCADD which is the thyme of Mito that Landon is effected with. I hope this helps educate those who weren't quite sure about Mito and/or VLCADD. I forget with everything we've learned along the way that not everyone has been through the journey with us and doesn't get all the information we do through our support groups and from the doctors and nutritionists. When I met with Landon's geneticists the first time, I literally went in with pages upon pages of questions. He said he had never had anyone 'grill' him in that way about the disease. It was information overload, but I just had to know everything I possibly could right then and there. We then had to wait 11 weeks to get the results from Landon's skin biopsy that was also taken that day when he was 3 weeks old. So, as you all know this a cause near and dear to my heart and my families as well.

Mito and VLCADD Facts:

What is Mitochondrial Disease?
  • Mitochondrial disease is a chronic, genetic disorder that occurs when the mitochondria of the cell fails to produce enough energy for cell or organ function.
  • The incidence about 1:3000-4000 individuals in the US. This is similar to the incidence of cystic fibrosis of caucasian births in the U.S.
  • There are many forms of mitochondrial disease.
  • Mitochondrial disease is inherited in a number of different ways
  • Mitochondrial disease presents very differently from individual to individual.
  • There may be one individual in a family or many individuals affected over a number of generations.

How common are mitochondrial diseases?
  • About one in 4,000 children in the United States will develop mitochondrial disease by the age of 10 years.
  • One thousand to 4,000 children per year in the United Sates are born with a type of mitochondrial disease.
  • In adults, many diseases of aging have been found to have defects of mitochondrial function.
  • These include, but are not limited to, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, atherosclerotic heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer. In addition, many medicines can injure the mitochondria.

What are the Challenges of living with Mitochondrial Disease?
  • Affects multiple organs, affects multiple family members, affects multiple generations.
  • Lack of awareness and understanding of the disease
  • Families are continuously forces to expend their very limited energy to explain their disease, advocate for themselves and fight for services.
  • Mitochondrial disease is often an " invisible disease."
    • Good day - patients look fine and healthy. They have more energy and appear rested.
    • Bad day - - patients appear tired to significantly ill. They are obviously fatigued and/or have significant illness. Repeated "bad days"often lead to decompensation and patients have difficulty returning to baseline.
  • Mitochondrial disease is unpredictable. Day to day, hour to hour patients can develop symptoms and their stability can be threatened.
  • Difficulties establishing a diagnosis interfere with a patient's ability to obtain adequate recognition, medical care, adequate insurance coverage, healthcare supports and disability services.
  • Lack of understanding of the disease and misinterpretation of symptoms can lead to misdiagnosis. Further progression of symptoms can occur if the symptoms are missed and opportunities for treatment and support are not recognized.
  • An individual can become symptomatic at any time in life despite the fact that it is inherited.
  • It is difficult to diagnose.

What is VLCAD deficiency?
Very long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (VLCAD) deficiency is a condition that prevents the body from converting certain fats to energy, particularly during periods without food (fasting).

Signs and symptoms of VLCAD deficiency typically appear during infancy or early childhood and can include low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), lack of energy (lethargy), and muscle weakness. Affected individuals are also at risk for serious complications such as liver abnormalities and life-threatening heart problems. When symptoms begin in adolescence or adulthood, they tend to be milder and usually do not involve the heart.

Problems related to VLCAD deficiency can be triggered by periods of fasting, illness, and exercise. This disorder is sometimes mistaken for Reye syndrome, a severe disorder that may develop in children while they appear to be recovering from viral infections such as chicken pox or flu. Most cases of Reye syndrome are associated with the use of aspirin during these viral infections.

How common is VLCAD deficiency?
VLCAD deficiency is estimated to affect 1 in 40,000 to 120,000 people.

What genes are related to VLCAD deficiency?
Mutations in the ACADVL gene cause VLCAD deficiency. This gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called very long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase, which is required to break down (metabolize) a group of fats called very long-chain fatty acids. These fatty acids are found in foods and the body's fat tissues. Fatty acids are a major source of energy for the heart and muscles. During periods of fasting, fatty acids are also an important energy source for the liver and other tissues.

Mutations in the ACADVL gene lead to a shortage (deficiency) of the VLCAD enzyme within cells. Without sufficient amounts of this enzyme, very long-chain fatty acids are not metabolized properly. As a result, these fats are not converted to energy, which can lead to the characteristic signs and symptoms of this disorder such as lethargy and hypoglycemia. Very long-chain fatty acids or partially metabolized fatty acids may also build up in tissues and damage the heart, liver, and muscles. This abnormal buildup causes the other signs and symptoms of VLCAD deficiency.

Read more about the ACADVL gene.

How do people inherit VLCAD deficiency?
This condition is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, which means both copies of the gene in each cell have mutations. The parents of an individual with an autosomal recessive condition each carry one copy of the mutated gene, but they typically do not show signs and symptoms of the condition.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

New Design!

To Celebrate Mitochondrial Disease Awareness week, we decided to debut our new blog design! There are little hints of Mito awareness (ahem, the ribbon) here and there in the design! I am so excited about it, we'd had the old design forever and we found an amazing blog designer to incorporate all of it into the design for us!

I hope you have your green light bulbs on your porch lights to help us raise awareness. If you do, please feel free to share a picture with us we would love to see them all!

Finally, feel free to steal our button over there to the left and share it, put it on your blog, etc. The more people we teach about Mito and make aware of it the better!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sunday starts Mitochondrial Disease Awareess Week. A very talented Mito kid made the banner below, and again please feel free to use it on fb, twitter, your blog whatever. The goal is to get the word out to raise awareness and find a cure for these kids. Hopefully you have purchased your green lightbulb for your porch light by now. No excuses, they are $1.88 at Walmart!

Friday, September 7, 2012

It's that time of year again

Mitochondrial Disease Awareness week is coming up in just a little over a week. This year it is September 16-22, please help us spread the word and help find a cure. Once again this year, we will be turning our porch lights green. You can buy a Mito green light bulb at Walmart for $1.88, so I don't want to hear any excuses about not having one!

I personally find it ridiculous that Mito only gets 1 WEEK for awareness, where as other disease get a whole freaking month. We need to get the word out about this disease and how it effects both adults and children. I only hope that no more of Landon's friends will have to suffer and/or die. We lost waaaay too many friends this year, and they were all so, so young. Please, all we ask is for a green porch light for a week to try and help find a cure for kids like Landon. Feel free to share our blog, or post about it on Facebook, twitter, whatever it is that you use. Thank You in Advance, and feel free to steal the picture below and use it to help us.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sneak Peak!

The shorties and I are in Dallas visiting my family and collecting furniture for our new digs! While we have been here, we had pictures taken by an amazingly talented photographer. Here is a sneak peak of the pics, I will update with more pics and on our fun here in Dallas in a few days! We still have almost a week left, and will be plenty busy, so there will be lots to share.

E looking so grown up, she turned 20 months on Aug 5th!

I am in love with this picture of Landon and I, he rarely sits still these days so it was wonderful to capture him and I here.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Life never slows down!

We've been incredibly busy around here lately. Landon was released from the hospital on Friday July 20th! He's been doing amazing since, he had a follow up with the pediatrician and they said he looked wonderful. No other Mito/VLCADD issues since, and he has adjusted well to the reduction in MCT Procal our Metabolic Nutritionist put into effect in June when we went for his check up at Phoenix Childrens Hopsital. He dropped from 5 scoops a day to 3 scoops a day, and therefore he has to intake more calories from food to make up the difference (low fat of course). 

We've been spending our summer days playing with friends, hanging out, swimming,  and now watching the Olympics. We are Olympic nerds here, I was a gymnast for 12+ years so it's a must watch in our house. The kids also love to watch the swimming competitions, E goes 'yay simming' when she see's it come on the screen! Landon loves to jump off the couch the same way the swimmers jump off the blocks, no worries we put pillows under him, and he always lands on his feet. Landon also seems to know who Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps are and loves to cheer them on, he and E will scream, 'go, go, go' at the tv the whole idea who they get that from ;)

There's quite a bit of behind the scenes activity around here, that will hopefully calm down by early fall.  We are definitely looking forward to the cooler temps, it's been 109 degrees plus here most days and it gets old quick. We are really looking forward to the holidays for sure starting with the TX state fair, haha! 

The neighborhood had a water balloon fight a few weekends ago, and Landon and E just had a blast! Here is Landon helping to pick up the balloon pieces, until he decided to dump them back out!

Landon in the thick of the balloon fight, he and his friend J were in the middle of the action the whole time. E really enjoyed it as well, laughing every time someone was pegged with a balloon and it busted!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hospitalized, again

Landon and I are sitting in the hospital for the second time in 4 months, we have been here going on 4 days now. He has been such a tough little trooper through all of this, and I hate having to snuggle with him while he is continually being poked to check blood sugars, poked at 3:00 a.m. for blood draws, you know the normal hospital routine. The poor guy anytime someone walks in that is wearing scrubs, he starts crying and saying, "no, don't poke me please" It just breaks my heart. This is the shortest duration for him between hospital visits. He was hospitalized in March for 3 days for a cold type virus with a high fever, but before that he had not been hospitalized since he was 10 months old. I quite like the longer periods between visits, and this is precisely why daycare and school with all their germs scare me with this one.

Back tracking to Tuesday when we got here, apparently E was sick this past weekend but since I didn't have them I was unaware of it and was just told "she's sick" when I picked them up. E had a slight fever and some gastric issues, but she's also been cutting those bottom canine's so really at that point it could have been either or. Well Tuesday morning at 5:00 a.m. Landon wakes up dry heaving, my first thought was, "oh crap please do NOT be getting a stomach bug." Well low and behold at 5:30 he puked a few times and then again at 7:00 a.m. So knowing as all Mito and FOD moms know, I started packing a bag just in case. I called the Pediatrician and she told us to head to the ER, just to keep an eye on him and have him in the right setting if further intervention was needed. He refused to eat or drink anything, and slept 80% of the day. They decided to admit him and put him on D-10 since he was puking unless on Zofran and running a fever. He needed to rest to fight the virus, but couldn't rest and take in enough fluids and food to keep his blood sugar out of the danger zone which for Landon = a hospital stay.

He continued to do o.k. on zofran, but still sleeping a lot, spiking high fevers here and there and puking as soon as the zofran wore off. He finally was able to keep food down early Thursday, but his potassium levels were really low, so we had to start on iv fluids with D-10 and Potassium and were told we would be staying another night.

Fast forward to today, his 3:00 a.m. labs looked great, his potassium was back to normal and his metabolic levels were all where they want them to be! They turned down his maintenance IV this morning in hopes this would trigger him to eat and drink more on his own. He's had more this morning than he has over the past few days, but nothing compared to his regular appetite...which again can be partially attributed to the constant fluids. If he can keep his blood sugar up on the reduced fluids, they will lower them again sometime this afternoon. If he can keep blood sugars stabilized then and eat and drink enough then we will be discharged this evening. I am really hoping he can be discharged tonight, we are both tired and worn out from being here and miss our E bug so very much.

Mito sucks, and I hate that I can't take this from him and deal with it myself. He is so brave and such a trooper though. He has all of the nurses and techs, residents and med students wrapped around his fingers. They play with him when they come in and have brought him blankets and toys to take home...he's a ham even when he's sick, and loved by so many.

I want to say thank you to all of our neighbors and friends who have been so kind. So many of them have brought food up here so I wouldn't have to eat out of the cafeteria for every meal, offered and promised meals for when we go back to the house so we don't have to worry about food for a few days, they've asked if we needed anything brought up here, and have just come to visit so we could see some familiar and friendly faces. It's really hard having ZERO family here and Landon being hospitalized, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being so amazing.

Landon in the ER on Tuesday morning, poor guy.

He was feeling a little better on Wednesday with the Zofran and some IB Profen to help with the fever and headache, so he was able to sit up in his bed and play blocks for a bit. E even came to visit and kept knocking his tower down. 

Miss Emeline came to visit, and thought it would be fun to try and hitch a ride on Landon's IV pole. She really liked coming to visit and trying to find all sorts of goodies in Landon's room that he wasn't interested in eating or drinking. 

My little snuggle bug, he kept saying 'snuggle with me mommy.' It was nice to get the alone time with him, he's usually too busy to snuggle these days.

He loved having E come visit, she would immediately want to sit in his bed and steal his food and/or drink. They are best buddies and I just love that they are so close, which does make for some typical siblings spats here and there.

Monday, July 16, 2012

FOD Spotlight in USA Today!

This past weekend, FOD's were given a spotlight sectioning the USA Today's charity banner! FOD's, or Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorder, are under the Mito umbrella and is specifically the type of Mito that Landon has. Little is still known about FOD's and Mito in general, as each person presents differently. The expanded newborn screen has allowed children like Landon to be identified at birth, and has saved numerous lives including his. Had Landon not been caught on the nbs, he probably would had died when he was 10 months old and went into a metabolic crisis from a simple stomach bug.

Even though Landon is considered "mild" by medical terminology and diagnosis wise, this disease is in no means mild in the way it presents and effects these kids and adults that are affected by it. We have lost way to many friends to Mito, even ones that were 'mild.' It's heart breaking to have to try and explain to your 3 year old that they can't see their Mito friends anymore because God needed to play with them now.

 The banner brings awareness to so many more people throughout the U.S. and hopefully will help us spread the word about this disease and expanded newborn screening. Please if you get a minute share the pictures and help us spread the word.

The colored banner that was displayed in USA Today, one of our fellow FOD families dad made this, his daughter has MCAD.

This is the banner that was inside the paper under the Charity Spotlight!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mito Friends

I want to start by saying we have the most amazing Mito and FOD friends on the planet. I would have never made it this far without their help, support, information, and general amazingness to help us all that are stuck in this journey. We love and our thankful for each and every one of you, we just don't say it enough.

Mito hit really close to home when Landon lost an amazing friend to this horrible disease last week. She was such a fighter and a real inspiration to us all, as are her parents. They faced what no parent should ever face with the most grace, poise, and strength I have ever seen. I know that I would never have been able to be as amazing as they are. It still reduces me to tears to think about his friend, she touch so many lives in her short time here and I promise princess I will always think of you especially when I see a butterfly.

We must keep raising awareness for Mito & FODs and find a cure so these precious children no longer have to suffer. Please take a moment to watch the following video, and help us raise awareness and educate others on Mitochondrial Diseases.

Mylee's Mito Journey

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mito Kids Video

The following is a new video on "Mito Kids." Finally information is getting out, but we have to keep pushing to spread awareness for Landon and these kids. The facts in the video are heartbreaking, but also so very, very real. Please take a minute to watch it and share it with everyone you know. Thanks.

Mito Kids

We hope everyone is having a great week, we are just laying low around here!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

AZ Mito walk

Some amazing friends of ours have put together a walk in Peoria, AZ to help raise awareness and help children with Mitochondrial Disease! Of course, we are doing everything we can to make the walk a success and to help spread the word about it. Please go check out the page, and walk in spirit if you can. I will making a Team for Landon, but not sure if we will walk or not quite depends on how some things play out in the near future. Regardless we will 'walk in spirit' like we did with the last walk, and help raise awareness and fund to aid in the research of mito and to hopefully find a cure to help kids like Landon.

Here is the website, please take a minute to go look at it. See if you can find Landon!

 AZ Mito Walk

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Yes, we are still kickin'

I promise we are still kickin'! Landon accidentally spilt water on my computer at the end of February and it's been in the shop getting fixed until this past week. So, I promise we haven't abandoned the blog. We are all doing quite well. We went home for Easter and had an amazing time with all of our family and friends, we truly are blessed by the amount of love and support we have in Dallas and with our friends all over. We would be lost without all y'all, and are truly thankful for you. Landon has been doing amazing, and E is talking up a storm now. She picks up words so quick, and has become quite the opinionated toddler. She LOVES to climb everything, and now says Landon as she pats him on the head! They are best buddies and have a blast together, I love watching them play! Here are some recent pics of the kiddos, they have grown so much!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Donuts for Landon!

Today Landon, E, and I decided to try our hands at making home made low fat donuts. I had found a recipe for them on Pinterest, and have been itching to use the baked donut maker my mom gave to me for Christmas! The recipe is completely Landon friendly, it has no eggs, butter, or milk. It uses mostly applesauce, but does call for a tablespoon of Canola Oil which I substituted Coconut Oil for (coconut anything is medium chain fats, and therefore perfectly safe for Landon to eat because his body can break down medium chain fats). They turned out really well, they were of course baked instead of fried in the donut maker. Next time I think I will add a bit of cinnamon in them, it would compliment the cocoa powder very well.

The donuts were a hit! Landon, E and I both really enjoyed them and I even hid his MCT Pro-cal in them successfully! The recipe can be found here: donuty goodness

This is the outside of my donut maker, love it and can't wait to use it again!

Here's the inside of the donut maker, it makes 5 donuts in about 3 minutes!

The end result of our donuts! They won't last long!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Hospital Stay #2

I will begin this post with saying that we have been incredibly blessed that Landon has only been hospitalized twice now in his life. It is very rare for a child with VLCAD to have so few hospitalizations. A major part of it is that he has never been in daycare, and the other part is diligence. I am probably a borderline germaphobe when it comes to Landon. If you have been in contact with someone who has been in contact with someone who was sick, especially throwing up we will not be visiting you..sorry, it's nothing personal. The eczema on my hands is so bad from washing them constantly this winter season.

Landon was hospitalized Monday afternoon for a respiratory virus. He refused dinner except for a few bites Sunday evening, and refused his nightly snack with his meds in it. I checked his blood sugar and it was in the 80's , so I tried not to think too much about it. E woke up around 5:00 a.m. and once I got her settled back down, I went in to check on Landon. I just had a mommy gut feeling that something wasn't right. I gave him a kiss and was ON FIRE. I took his temp and it was over 102 degrees. I took his blood sugar which was 86, and gave him some motrin. I rechecked at 9:30 and he was still burning up and his temp was still way above normal so I gave him some tylenol and took his blood sugars, which were 81...again, they were fine. He refused breakfast, but had a small amount of apple juice to drink. We had to run an errand, so we packed up and headed out. I put a call in to the pedi to see their thoughts. The fever was what worried me the most, because fevers raise your metabolic rate and he was not eating and barely drinking which meant not keeping up with the raised rate.

In the store for our errand, Landon started whining and exhibiting signs that he was crashing (blood sugar wise and metabolic wise). Luckily the Pediatrician called me back at this point, and agreed that he should come in immediately. We left the store and headed straight there. His blood sugar was all over the place, it had dropped to 74 when we first got there but spiked to 94. His fever on motrin ( I had given him more on our errand because he was still burning up) was up to 104.3. He fell asleep on the exam table and was just lethargic, uninterested, and whiny and again showing signs that he was crashing. We stayed at the Pediatricians office for awhile, they did a strep test that was negative, and he still refused to eat or drink so we made the decision to admit him.

We spent 2 nights and basically 3 days in the hospital. I know we made the right decision by having him admitted. He would not eat or drink anything other than a few bites/sips until late Tuesday night. He had his D10 IV so we were not worried, and they kept a great eye on his blood sugars. Poor guy though had to have his fingers and toes priced so many times. He was petrified of his IV for the first day, as long as we kept it under his blankets. He insisted I stay in the hospital bed with him and 'snuggle with me' as he put it. He was scared and not feeling well. Sleep obviously for me was a little hard to come by, but I am so thankful that he was safe and had the peace of mind that he would get better and would not go into a metabolic crisis.

I want to say thanks to our amazing Pediatricians, they came to see Landon a couple times each day and took the time to hear what he had to say about how he was feeling. They truly are amazing and we are blessed to have found them. I am also especially grateful to an amazing nurse Landon had named Erin. She went the extra mile to make sure he was comfortable, well taken care of, and he was not scared and the pokes were as quick and as painless as they could be when we had to do them. So Erin if you are reading this, thank you so much for taking the time to learn about Landon, listen to us, and for treating him like he was your own. I also want to say thank you to the child life specialist Sarena. She was amazing in keeping Landon focused on her and not on the IV going into his arm, she let me use her ipad charger so I could stay in touch with my family (I had nothing, and we live 45 minutes from the hospital), and she took such amazing care of Landon and really made him comfortable and safe. He was way more at ease when she was there for the pokes. She even gave him an amazing batman car with batman for being so brave. So thank you so, so much to the nurses, staff, and especially Serena and Erin on D5 West, our experience was made that much better by you.

Landon was released Wednesday Night after eating and keeping his blood sugars stable on his own throughout the day. We are very happy to be home, and hope and pray it can be another 2 years (at least) before we have to have another hospital stay.

My sweet boy sleeping. The 'cast' looking thing on his arm is a cover over his IV. This pic was on Tuesday when we didn't have to have it covered all the time. He would cry and say it hurt if it wasn't covered, so heart breaking.

 E came to visit Landon on Tuesday. She wanted to go for a ride in the wagon that Sarena the child life specialist let us borrow so Landon could venture out of his room. E did not want Landon to ride with her and expressing her opinion on the matter here.

My sweet guy when he was admitted on Monday. Poor thing felt awful. The nurses gave him that pillow case and he was able to bring it home with him. He calls it his 'hosipal pillow.'

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rare Disease Day

I just wanted to write a short note about today being Rare Disease Day. As you all know, one of my goals for this blog and in my life is to help raise awareness for children like Landon. I thank God everyday that Landon's disease was caught on the Newbirn Screen. We learned through further testing when I was pregnant with Emeline that Landon is the only known person in the world at this time with his DNA mutations that cause his non-cardiac version of VLCADD. 90% of the healthcare professionals he will encounter in his life time, besides his geneticist and metabolic specialists of course, will have never heard of his disease or how to even treat it. I carry a protocol letter in my car, because if something were to happen while we were out I have to have the letter so he could receive the proper treatment and care until they could reach his geneticist. This letter also explains his disease and the consequences if it were not to be followed (coma, death, etc). I must tell you the first time I read it, it was a shock to the system and made me cry. I knew all of the information already, but to see it written in front of your face with your child's name on it is a whole different story.

Please take a minute to help us spread the word and raise awareness for Mito, FOD's and VLCADD. You never know who you may be able to teach or help.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Trip to a new park

Yep, I am horrible at keeping this up to date bad. In my defense life has been  ball of stress, busy-ness, and a lot of fun and soaking in the kids. We decided to venture out to a new park the other day, it's not far from a shopping center we frequent and the kids LOVED it. There was an amazing slide, climbing structure, bridges, etc. There was also a little walk through 'safari park.' They had bronze statues of safari animals as well as some others (pigs, turtle, etc). The kids thought they were so much fun, they practically begged me to take their pictures on them! We will definitely be going back soon to play.

I hope to be able to blog more from here forward...and possibly pull myself away from Pinterest ;-)

E sitting on the on the turtle, you can't tell but she is saying 'cheese'

Landon riding the pig at the safari park, not sure why they had a pig in a safari park but hey it works!

Riding the Elephant! He was singing the 'elephant' song the whole time

E loves to swing, it is her favorite thing to do at the park!

Riding on the turtle, she was such a ham.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday Sweet Boy!

On Thursday Landon turned 3, THREE. I can't believe he is so big, my little guy isn't really all that little anymore. He is 40 inches and 33 lbs, he's going to be a tall one! We had a small birthday party with his neighborhood friends at the park. It was TX Rangers themed of course, that boy loves him some Texas Rangers Baseball. He had a blast, and so did E. We went to the zoo, played at the park, and overall had a great day. He told me, 'this is the best birthday in the whole wide world, mommy' so I am assuming he enjoyed it as much as we did.

Birthday boy and his cake!

Close up of his cake, Shannon does such an amazing job!

E having a blast playing football!