Last Day of School!!

I am happy to report that today is Carla's final day of 1st Grade!!!  It has been a good year, full of fun and learning, but it will be super nice to have her away from germs for a couple of months! 

This year Carla continued to read above her grade level, she developed friendships and enjoyed new things! She continues to be a ray of sunshine in our lives and I cannot express how incredibly grateful we are to have her in our lives. 

Here's to a fun filled summer!!!


May Updates

Well, I can't believe that we are almost half the way through May already! This month has been pretty busy and I am really looking forward to Carla being out of school so that we can all get healthy for a couple of months!  Carla has been sick, pretty much since Good Friday. She has gotten "better" at times but she has yet to get over the terrible cough that she's been battling!  I would have kept her home last Monday and taken her to the doctor, but she really wanted to try out for the "Princess and the Pea" production that the Missoula Children's Theater was putting on... try outs were Monday and Carla got a big role, for being a first grader. Tuesday her class had a field trip to the Holter Dam, followed by a visit at a dude ranch. We took a long wagon ride and all of the kids had a chance to pet the horses. It was pretty neat. Unfortunately, Carla was dealing with a cold, and her nose was running like a faucet, but it didn't stop her from having a good time. After the field trip, she had play practice until 5:45. Unfortunately, she woke up Wednesday morning in a lot of stomach pain... she caught the dreaded tummy bug that has been going around, but on top of the tummy bug she also had the terrible phlegm cough and was hacking up bunches of green gook!  Yuck!  Poor baby!  We went to the pediatrician and pretty much got every bodily fluid sample possible, so now at least they know what they are treating and we are hoping it does the trick! Her stomach bug lasted about three days, so she had to bow out of the play... she was disappointed but said "It's for my own good." Saturday was Bobby and my 17th wedding anniversary we had a nice day and I took Carla to the play. We sat in the front row and she acted out all the parts she knew from her chair... she's such a doll. I was proud of her for going and supporting her friends even though it was disappointing for her to not be able to be in the production. Sunday was Mother's Day and after Bobby got off of work we drove to Missoula because Carla had a cardiologist appointment with Dr. Hardy Monday morning. Dr. Hardy said that Carla's heart function is still looking great, that is always a relief to hear! After her appointment we drove to Helena and spent some long overdue time with my folks and dropped in on Jenny and Morgan for a few. On our way home we were going to stop at Suds Hut to pick up some fried chicken and Jo Jos and my Dad and Sue just happened to be there too!  So, we had dinner with them before driving back home and getting ready for bed. It was a really fun day!

Bobby has completed his first year of college and is now impatiently awaiting his grades. All A's so far, but we shall see... he will either be on the Deans List or the President's list, so I told him to settle down and wait ;)  Grades are due by the 14th, so we will know by tomorrow for sure!

Carla's last day of school is May 29th! I am looking forward to having her home and spending some fun time together this summer. We have decided to take a drive down to California to see our family in the Sacramento area. Our plan is to drive down the Oregon coast after Carla's vocal cord procedure on the 15th of June. It should be a fun time and it will be so neat to see all the sights along the way. We have never taken a vacation like this before, so we are excited! We plan to see the Oregon coast (and some towns along the way), the Tillamook Cheese Factory as well as the Redwood forest and of course San Francisco. We actually have not taken a real vacation (other than Carla's Make a Wish) pretty much since Carla has been born. All of our trips revolve around doctor visits! So, we are very excited to just get in the car drive and see some sights. I guess I had better bust out my "real" camera for the trip, instead of just the camera phone!

 Anyway, here are some pictures from the past couple of weeks.

Carla got some gift cards for her birthday, she bought a video game and this cool Minecraft t-shirt with her money :)

Carla and Morgan, at the Vigilante Day parade in Helena.

Having a snack at the Holter Dam.

Getting ready for a wagon ride!

On the wagon ride.

Headed out!

On the ride.

Petting the horses.

That made her happy :)

Walking with Mrs. Cobb to pet the regular size horses...

Letting the horse smell her hand.

The horses liked Carla, she is so gentle.

The Princess and the Pea cast.

Carla enjoyed the play, and acted out whatever parts she knew ;)

Mother's Day dinner at the Outback in Missoula.

Settled in to the Ronald McDonald House in Missoula.

After lunch at the Jade.

Our little poser!

With the giant Hunter's Point Moose from Auntie Jeannette :)


April news...

Carla got sick right before her classmate birthday party, which was scheduled for April 12th. Luckily we were able to reschedule the  party for the following weekend. It was so much fun and all the kids seemed to have a great time!  Here are a couple of pics from the party...

McKenzie, swimming...

Blurry, but still cute :)

Something about this picture reminds me of when she was really little...
Carla and her party goers... such a great group of kids and we all had lots of fun!

Opening presents...

Thanking Aubrey...

Blowing out her candle and making a wish...
We were supposed to head off to Seattle the day after this party so that Carla could have another vocal cord procedure on April 20th.  Unfortunately, Carla's cough had not gotten better (and is still lingering) so we cancelled the appointment and rescheduled for the middle of June. Hopefully she will be better by then!

The school year is coming to an end and I cannot believe how fast the first grade is going to be over. Bobby's freshman year at the University of Great Falls will be over at the end of next week.  I am so very proud of him, he has worked so hard and is doing great in school. It will be nice for everyone to have a little break from school and we are planning to have a great summer.

This morning was the most beautiful day of the year so far. Carla just so happened to wake up early, and then decided that she wanted to ride her bike to school. This was significant because since we bought Carla's bike over a year ago, she has been very afraid to ride it, and has declared on several occasions that "That thing is going to  kill me!" Her fear stemmed from falling the first time she rode it, and ever since she had been very stubborn about not wanting to learn to ride her bike. This morning's bike ride was all her idea and she did a great job!  Bobby, Mario (the dog) and I walked with her and she only needed a little bit of help (her legs are still not really strong). When we arrived at the school she wore her helmet and pads all the way to her classroom.  She stood like she was 10 feet tall and strutted like a baller. She was so incredibly proud of herself! It was an epic moment to witness. When she got to her class she said, "I rode my bike all the way here and didn't even fall down!"  I'm hoping that her enthusiasm continues.

This Friday is the Vigilante Parade in Helena. Vigilante day is a day that Helena celebrates her heritage.  The parade is at high noon and is put on by the high school kids. It was always such a fun day when I was a kid, and I have really missed it since moving form Helena. This year I'm going to take Carla and watch for one of my very best friend's son in the parade.

Next weekend Bobby and I will celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary!  I can't believe how time has flown!

Love, Jen


Carla's Birthday/Easter - picture bomb!!!

Carla had a fantastic 8th Birthday!  It was about a 2 week celebration that lead up to the following pictures...

The morning of Carla's birthday opening her presents from Mom & Dad :)
The night before Carla's birthday we had a little Wright Family birthday party... we had gotten together with my family the weekend before while Auntie Jeannette & Rina were in town.
Carla, posing with her cake.

Cody says, No, this is my cake!  

Cody & Carla

Opening her year 8 doll from Grandma Sue

With her doll.

Books!!!  Carla loves to read!

Watching Carla open her presents.

Thanks Grandma Bev

Mario, holding still long enough for me to get a good shot of him.

Reading a really long birthday card.

Opening the present sent by the Mosbrucker family in Washington.

Thank you Matt for the tiny Root-beer float cup, and the sweet story about Grandma Carla.

She's such a little ham...

Mario and Ranger, playing tug of war.  Ranger lets Mario win.

Popping Bubble Wrap... next year she just gets bubble wrap. 

Carla, being sung to.  

She's such a sweetheart.

Make a wish!
On her actual birthday, I took Carla and her Grandma Tammy out for lunch at Applebees (Carla loves Applebees).
After thy sang to Carla and brought her dessert!
Easter was right around the corner, so we moved on to egg dying and getting ready for Easter dinner.  While Carla dyed eggs I did a bunch of prep cook so that Easter wasn't a rush.
Saturday before Easter, Carla dying eggs.

Carla and her Easter basket.

Hamming it up...

Hunting the living room for eggs.

Found one...

Getting ready for the town Easter Egg Hunt.

Carla and Ryder :)
Monday, Carla had a cardiologist appointment with Dr. Hardy in Missoula. We left the house by 8:45 for the 11:45 appointment. Everything looks good and they coronary disease found in December has not affected the function of Carla's heart.

Before her echo.
Since we had to travel 3 hours for a doctor appointment (and 3 hours home) we thought hitting up Red Robin while in Missoula was a fun and special treat. It's always good to have a Mommy/Daughter date.
Mother-Daughter selfie!!

Nummy Spaghetti!
(Since being taken off of Cyclosporine this child actually eats!)

We were having a really fun time together.  

After getting in the van... she slipped and cut her chin on her to-go milkshake straw.
But at least she didn't spill the milkshake! :)
Good Friday, Carla popped up with a pesky cough... At first I thought it might be allergies but when it persisted to Saturday I realized she was sick. I was slathering her up with essential oils, and it seemed to be working... but going back to school on Tuesday I think was too soon. By Thursday she was clearly developing an infection. I took her to the pediatrician on Friday, she has a little bit of a bronchitis going on, so we started antibiotics and breathing treatments as needed.  Carla hasn't done a breathing treatment since before she got her heart.  She was quite a pro!  
Doing a breathing treatment at the doctor's office.
(Yes, she wore her PJs to the doctor's office).

Carla's classmate birthday party was supposed to be today at the Peak in Great Falls.  We had to cancel and have rescheduled for next weekend!  Hopefully she will be all better by then.  Also, next Sunday we will be flying out for Carla's vocal cord procedure that is scheduled for Monday, the 20th.  Lets pray she is all better by then, because she can't do the procedure with a cold.  We did that last time and the procedure was somewhat unsuccessful. So, if this cough doesn't clear up, we will have to reschedule... (which would be a total pain in the bottom). 

Love, Jen