Sunday, December 11, 2011

No blog November??

November I find is a blah month... Except for jordans bday, no holidays or events. I find it's the month where were just stalling before Christmas!

Don't get me wrong, we still got around and had plenty to do. Played in the first snow fall, decorated the house for Christmas, watched Avery's ballet class, Jordan's kids work Christmas party at Galaxy Land, went to Calgary for baby Tyson's baby blessing (our only Heavenor cousin so far) and visited with my Aunties while we were there, had a sick little baby with her 3rd brutal cold of her short 4 month life! Took her into emerge... to find out it was just a bad viral cold.

Well this year November was particularly busy. With my calling right now December can be busy with Christmas plans for the kids and mostly with planning and preparing for next year. Last year I tackled all this during December and all the Christmas craziness, but I had this feeling I needed to get all my primary stuff done for 2012 on November and try and get most of my Christmas prep done early too. It was some what logical since me and a few girlfriends had a trip planned from dec.10-18 . We were going to fairmont with our kids and staying in my girlfriends time share. But I do also think the Lord was preparing me for something else that I didn't know was coming that would need my full attention.

Well (see bottom 2 photos) our little sweet pea Marli has a bit of a adventure ahead of her. Like her momma (me) we have found out she has Hip Dysplasia. Basically it is where the babies hips have not developed properly into the sockets. I had it when I was young and wore a brace from 6-18 months. Both of her hips are out, and the left in particular is quite bad. I guess its out and at a weird angle.

We met with the Orthopedic Pediatric Sergent last week and she feels the brace may not fully correct it because of that angle. So we are giving the brace a go for a month and sending us for another ultra sound. If there is not enough improvement she will have to have a "Closed reduction" where she is put to sleep and they reset her hip and make a small incision in her inner thigh to cut a tendon so that the hip can stay.

Then to keep the hip in place she will need a "Spica cast" which is basically a body cast from her chest down (with a hold where I do diaper changes... yea... fun!) So lets all pray that the brace works! So that is our next adventure. I must say... I'm glad out of my 2 girls that Marli is going through this. She is so happy and chill and easy going! She has adjusted amazingly with the brace! Such a trooper!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

What a fun Halloween filled month we had! Avery was so into Halloween this year! Every store we went in that had Halloween monsters etc. we would have to run from the monsters! She was so dramatic and into it, I loved it! We did lots of crafts and baking and lots of celebrating!

Avery was lucky enough to wear her Rapunzel costume not once, not twice, but thrice! At our Church party, my girlfriends little kiddy party she had (which was adorable) and trick or treating last night which was a blast to watch! Avery had so many funny comments at the houses. Some of my favourites included: "Who killed that cat", "Ah, scary bat, I don't like bats." Many more I wish I could remember.

Avery and Talia met up with my scary cousins, Casey the Vampire and Kristin the witch!

It was really cute, Jace was facsinated with Avery hair! We couldn't get him to look forward forever cause he just stared at Avery!

Avery in her Rapunzel glory with her weapon... the frying pan!

Marli dressed up like a duck for our Primary party, but it was a little short for her and I'm not sure how comfy she was. So she sported a cute Halloween shirt. I hope all of you had a happy and safe Halloween!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Chopper Ride = One of the funnest surprises!

Jordan's big 3 0 is this year! His real birthday is Nov. 6. I snuck his phone and peeked at his Calendar and there was 2 weekends that really could work before his real birthday that he didn't have class or a assignment due for his CMA program. He was onto me, but I knew he did not like big surprise parties... and meant it!

As many of you know Jordan did Fire Fighting for the Forest Service for many summer before and after his mission. He loved that job so much, and a big part of that was flying in helicopters. So I had the idea of setting up a helicopter ride for him with Avery and myself. I know Jordan and knew that the best part for him would be enjoying the ride with us.

I contacted Jordan's old boss at the Forest Service in Edmonton (he did dispatching for them for a couple summers after we were married) and he connected me with Canadian Helicopters (who were fabulous to work with by the way!)

So thanksgiving weekend Avery and I picked up Jordan from work Friday night. He knew something was up, but didn't know what. My Mom was watching Marli and when Jordan got in the car he asked where Marli was. Avery said "Happy Birthday! Were going on a helicopter ride!!" Jordan looked so surprised and was really excited!

I was a little nervous that Avery would get worried and scared and not want to go... and then what do we do?!? So all week I watched You Tube videos with her of helicopter rides. I would show her how it was going to be loud and that she would have to wear head phones. On a side note, Avery knew about the helicopter ride for months while I was planning this and didn't say a word! Pretty good for a 3 year old!

Well all my worries were washed away, this girl apparently has no fear and must be an extremist! She showed no signs of fear, and was nothing but excited! It made me and Jordan laugh the whole ride to see the joy on her face!

Since Jordan has flown so much in helicopters, he insisted I sit in the front which was really cool! So him and Avery cozied up in the back.

About to take off!

Love this pic of Avery, pure joy!

We flew over downtown and thought it would be neat to drive over my parents house. They loved having these ariel shots too!

Avery thought it was so cool to talk into the headphones, she loved hearing herself. She is quite the chatter box lately, so Jordan was joking that it was nice to turn her off! In the front our head sets just automatically worked when we spoke. In the back Jordan had to press a button so he decided when Avery could be heard, haha!

She got so giddy at times, and she has quite the imagination! At one point in the head set she said "Mom watch out, there is a alligator!!!" The pilot thought that was pretty funny!

We drove over our house, its a little harder to point out that my parents! haha, tad smaller! The big field and building is the school right beside us. Basically we are facing the main road (106 Ave) and the second house in east of the school.

I'm so glad we went in the fall cause it was just beautiful! Shot of downtown Edmonton as we came back to the downtown airport.

Jordan's new building, new Epcor building.

Coming into land at the downtown airport.

Just landed!

In the hanger after the flight.

So much fun! One HUGE regret is not taking a video! Both Jordan and I had our I-phones and Avery loves watching videos on our phones that we take. DUH! Totally forgot, don't you hate those moments, its like you want to rewind time because its not like we are going to do a helicopter ride again anytime soon!

Afterwards we went to Jordan's favourite restaurant Thanh Thanh's. I told him just my parents were there, but he noticed a few peoples cars in the parking lot! We had our immediate family there as well who could make it! We had a really nice dinner and then came back to our house for cake. Pictures to follow of that...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Avery girl!

I cannot believe how late this post is! The problem was all the pictures were on my parents camera, so believe it or not I just got them!

So this was Avery's 3rd birthday party... Dore theme as requested! I hate to admit this, but it was very thrown together... and my 39 week pregnant body was quite exhausted so not as elaborate as I would like! But my sweet little 3 year old did not seem to notice or care! We had a lot of fun.

I was trying to cram this party in before Marli arrived! And man... I did it just in time. Unfortunately the weekend that we were able to do it was the Friday of August long weekend so a lot of our party guests were out of town. But we had a nice time, and as you know Marli came a week early (2.5 days after this birthday party) so I really did sneak this in party in just in time!

Here are some pics from the happy party!

Enjoying the swing, I just love my parents house! Its like a one stop Birthday place, an extreme activity center!

Avery and her cousin Casey, she just adores her!

Avery loves Dora... and loves Rapunzel from Tangled almost just as much! So this present from her cousins Kristen and Casey was just about the most wonderful thing! She just loved her Rapunzel dress!

I think this was our last picture as a family of three, with our sweet little three year old!

Me and Rachel literally ready to pop! The next day Rachel went into labor and had her son about 36 hours after this photo, and I went into labor just over 48 hours after this photo and have Marli 2.5 days after this photo!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Tree House!!!

This tree house was yet again another labor of love from Jordan! And sheer creativity and INSANE construction skills! When Jordan had this idea to build a tree house in the back yard I had NO IDEA it would be to this magnitude! The really crazy part is that he thought of this all by himself, lots of people who have seen it have asked if it was a package he bought... nope! Designed and constructed by builder man Jordan ;)

Jordan has said it was a project where he bit of more than he could chew. It took countless hours, and most of those hours were right after we had Marli. So he was helping me, working, and trying to finish the tree house!

Here are some pictures of the tree house project! Avery was Jordan's little helper, she spent lots of time out there with him while I was inside with Marli. He got her some little tools and she just loved being out there with Dad.

The Finished Product!

The amazing thing is the deals that he got on everything. The slides were off kijiji, Tube slide for $200 and the one underneath for $50. Most of the wood he got for free at this place pat Nisku. It was raw natural cedar and maple, so he even planed them down to show the nice wood grain and then stained it all! Pretty incredible!