Saturday, November 11, 2017

Grand Nationals

The end of the band season is finally here.... BOA Grand Nationals.

Avon Place 3rd in Finals.

Madison's cheering section
(So excited to have Aunt Beth, Evelyn, and Thomas with us)

Here is the finale
 Madison is playing the trombone on the platform (she is on the left side of the platform)
Celebrating a great show with two of her good friends
Well Done Moopers and The Marching Black and Gold- be proud of your hard work and a great show.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Our school district is implementing e-learning for the students to utilize on days off of school and weather issues or delays,
All assignments and responsibilities are listed online for the students to complete.

It was an interesting day with moments of challenge and moments of blessings.

 Everyone hard at work.
And when the work was complete, it was time to play :)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Texas Bound

Madison is heading off to Texas with the band to compete in the San Antonio BOA Super Regional

We are so proud of her and the band members and the hardworking they have put into their season.

Have a fantastic trip Madi.

A new way to play

Legos when Cooper is really tired :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween

 The cutest Princess Leia and adorable Darth Vader

 Battle time
 These are my two favorites... I love Cooper using the "force" on Luke. He's so cute.
 Not to be left out of the dressing up.... Momma Llama and the beautiful baritone marcher

Friday, October 27, 2017

Warrior Strong

My cough is improving and the antibiotics seem to be helping. 
Blessed to have a great team of doctors continuing to give me the best care possible. 

So I continue to fight ... For my Sparkles and happy memories 

Warrior Strong

And coffee fueled 😉

Zoo Fun

A bit cold and nippy but a great day to see the animals up close and personal at the zoo with Nana and Papa.

Watching the dolphin show (and warming up)

 Popcorn snacks (Cooper's favorite part of the zoo)
 Love my favorite Zoo Boo Sparkles
 Cooper and his Lions
 and a visit to see Omi's giraffes.

Another great fall break adventure

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Brave Cooper

Today is the day... time to take care of Cooper's cavities (all 4 of them 😳)

Just a few pre-appointment snuggles and kisses

 Ready to go
 Being so brave
 All finished.
He did amazing- all 4 filled in the same visit in the half the expected amount of time.
 Two bouncy balls for being the most amazing patient :)

So proud of this little boy. 
No tears, a model patient, filled with smiles. 

Until we were driving home, and Moo-ie's arm came off. 
Suddenly it was no longer the very best day (as he had said moments before). 
Dr. Nana to the rescue and after many more snuggles and a few tears, Moo-ie was put back together and the day was almost the best again :) 

Monday, October 23, 2017

More Fall Break Fun

Monday was a rainy day....

a perfect day for starbucks sipping, wellie wearing, Harry Potter reading and Sparkle snuggling

and later a visit to Orange Leaf- Cooper's favorite (Lillian was having a sleepover at a friends)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Just a Day

just an ordinary day....

at least that is how it began.

But this pesky cough just won't go away, it was finally time to call my doctor.

I should have called sooner, but fear has a way of stopping us from doing what we know to do.

Because this journey began not so long ago with a pesky cough and I was afraid the merry go round was beginning again.

So I called and was asked to come to the hospital (where my doctors office is located) for a chest X-ray and an appointment.

I quickly showered, dropped off the littles and headed downtown.

Nervous does not seem strong enough to describe how I was feeling as I drove downtown, there wasn't even time to grab my favorite cup of Brave.

Chest x-ray went fine and I hurried upstairs for my appointment.

I was immediately hooked up to an iv, blood drawn and a very uncomfortable nose swab completed.

 In the rush of the morning, at least I remembered to grab a book.

The emotions flooded as I sat in the infusion room waiting... waiting is hard. But with waiting comes answers.

I have bronchitis and the early signs of pneumonia- its not just a pesky cough.
I was assured (multiple times) that it was right to call and that I am to also call on Monday to give an update on my symptoms (the hope is that 5 days of antibiotics will begin to make a difference and no further testing will be required).

3 hours later I was headed home and treated myself to a frozen coke- it had been a long day

 With mandated rest on my agenda, I snuggled up with comfort snacks, the same good book, my favorite blanket and chair and a peaceful heart.
I still feel pretty crummy and worry is always waiting to take hold, but there is much to be thankful for and always joy to be found.
 And when I finished my book, I started knitting on my loom.
Because its a lot easier to sit when your hands are busy.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support.
The road to remission continues and I am hanging on for the ride.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fall Break Fun

First week of Fall Break is complete and we have enjoyed our stay-cation.

A long weekend visit with Grammie which of course included a trip to Danny's ice cream.

 Fierce Batman waiting to go outside to play
 Lunch at Red Robin (thanks Pops and Grann) then shopping for fall clothes
 Jammie breakfast and cartoons
 And a trip to the children's museum
Thank you to everyone for your help to make this a fun and memorable week for the Sparkles.
We love you

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pom Pom Hats

Its finally getting cool enough to wear their new winter hats and the Sparkles could not be more thrilled.