This blog was inspired by 31 for 21 & is about my wonderful family.

"As a mother, my job is to take care of what is possible & trust God with the impossible." ~Ruth Bell Graham

"Never look down on someone, unless you're helping them up!"

Friday, July 22, 2011


     We've been SO busy lately that I haven't had any time to blog! 
     Yesterday, Troy had a speech evaluation with a local therapist that comes HIGHLY recommended.  She was totally awesome & we are very pleased that she'll be working with T-boy.  She had nothing but kind words to say about him & doted constantly on how smart he is!  She administered the test & was worried that he would not qualify for services because he was surpassing all of the guidelines!!!  She commented that he had the best tongue/mouth control she had ever seen!  She even asked me if I taught him to keep his tongue in his mouth.  After the test was finished, she told me that he was one of the brightest kids with DS she has ever worked with.  She must have told me a million times that I was doing a wonderful job & that I am an awesome mother for working with him so much.  Then she asked me if he had ever had an ear infection, I told her that he hasn't had a single one & she was surprised.  Then she asked me if he had any heart problems.  I told her that he has had 3 heart surgeries so far, & we don't know if or when he'll need another one.  When she found out that he had already endured 3 heart surgeries, she really was astonished at how well he was communicating, how bright he is, & how well behaved he is!  She said that normally parents "baby" their kids when they have heart problems...she was just amazed, period.  He's only approximately 6 months behind where "typical" kids should be in his communication/speech/comprehension skills.  That's so awesome...I figured he was at least a year & a half behind.  It makes me feel so much better knowing that he's learning, that means I'm doing my job!
     I think that horrid virus has finally left our house for good!  Now my Troy is spitting up again.  I'm thinking that it's the PediaSure.  He wasn't spitting up at all when I stopped giving it to him a few weeks ago.  I'm going to take him off of it again & see if that clears it up.  If not, we'll be going to see a pediatric gastroenterologist again.  He's eating so much better now, so I don't think he needs the PediaSure...I just started giving it to him to build him back up after that virus.  Today, he ate almost all of my Lean Cuisine Chicken Penne Pasta at lunch!
     We're gearing up for "back to school!"  Chancey will be a freshman, yes, I said a freshman, this year.  He starts high school on August 8th.  He still doesn't have his schedule....which ticks me off because he has friends at several other schools in our county & they all have their schedules.  We're supposed to know his on August 2nd & have an ice cream social on August 4th.  Open house isn't until towards the end of August, which is pointless if you ask me!  I hope he'll get a basic tour when we go for the ice cream social.  He's excited about being in high school, but he doesn't really like this school, so he's not really ready to go back.
     Mack & I have started eating & drinking more healthy & we are working out 5 days a week.  He's lost 10 lbs & I've lost 20!  We were walking 4 to 4.5 miles a day until I fractured my foot on top of tendonitis in 2 places in my foot.  Now we hit the recumbant bike & do 5 to 7 miles per day then do some weight lifting afterwards.  I'm so proud of our progress!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Our vacation

     We had the most WONDERFUL time last week on our first family beach vacation!  We went to Jacksonville Beach, Florida because it is very special to us.  That's where Mack was stationed at while he was in the US Navy & that's the first beach we took Chancey to when he was the same age as Troy is now.  We arrived around 11:30 a.m. so we decided to hit the beach (because we couldn't check in at the motel until 1:00 p.m.)  At first Troy was a little scared of the ocean.  But when he realized that it was water, he was so excited!  He looked at the ocean & signed & said "bath!"  We let his little feet touch the water because he had his clothes & diaper on, instead of his Little Swimmers & his floaty suit.  He decided to go a little deeper & got SOAKED!  Then he wanted to sit down & play in the wet sand.  We played for a while until it was time to check in at the motel...we needed to bath Troy & get our suits on.  While we were there, we would tell him that we were at the beach, so he learned to say "beach!"  And for the very first time, he learned to say "water" instead of "bath!" 
     We also took a trip down to Daytona Beach & played in the ocean there...mainly because Chancey wanted to go there.  We were able to play in the ocean & on the beach before the rain started.  We wanted to do the tour of Daytona International Speedway (since we're HUGE Nascar fans), but we couldn't in the rain.  Chancey wanted to ride go karts, but he couldn't in the rain.  So we did some shopping & headed up A1A to St. Augustine.  It was rainy there, as well so we couldn't tour there either.  :(  We wanted to go to the fort, since we took Chancey there when he was 5, but it was closed.  We headed back to Jacksonville via A1A, so we could see the beach the entire time.  The next morning, it was the day of the very last space shuttle launch for NASA, so we went to the beach to see it.  But it was too cloudy to see anything.  We headed back toward Georgia...I wanted to go to Savannah/Tybee Island.  Man, Tybee Island was more crowded than Jax & Daytona Beaches put together!  But, Jax Beach is by far the most beautiful beach!  We ate at some AWESOME places, too...Dick's Wings, Salt Life Food Shack, Mama Mia's, Whattaburger, & Western Sizzlin....YUM! 
     We try to go on a little vacation each year, but we normally head to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, TN.  It's special to us, too....that's where Mack & I were married! ♥  I don't like to get too far from home with Troy's heart.  But I prayed about it for quite some time.  I also made sure his cardiologist said it was safe before booking the trip.  We really wanted to take our boys to the beach!  Chancey & Troy both just LOVE the water!  I think they had a blast!  I know that Troy won't remember this vacation, but I took TONS of pictures to show him when he gets older (Chancey is at that age where he doesn't want his picture made, so I had to either bribe him or sneak pictures when he didn't notice)!  If you want to see my pictures, check out the album: Vacation 2011 on my facebook page.
     We don't look like we've been to the beach...I COVERED everyone with 50 SPF sunscreen (we went through 2 1/2 bottles of sunscreen).  Chancey did get a little sunburn because he got in the pool while Troy was napping, I was putting on makeup, & Mack was scoping out what to do when Troy woke up.  I got a little sunburn on my back, but that's it.  I wish we could've stayed longer, but our dog was REALLY missing us, so we came home.  Four days without us was too much for her!  Chancey was really upset that she was having a hard time at home without us...so he wasn't enjoying himself the last day.  But, I appreciate my FIL & MIL house sitting for us & trying to help our dog cope.  They're AWESOME!  :)  I had such a wonderful time with my perfect little family, we made memories that I'll cherish forever.