Galaxy Purple Hair!!! And a Cardio visit...

After much consideration, Carla decided that she REALLY WANTED to dye her hair Galaxy Purple! We have always been an "it's your hair, do as you wish" family.  So, after three and a half hours at the salon on May 13th, Carla's dream of Galaxy Purple hair became a reality... Here are some shots of the process... 

First we had to bleach it... (she wanted an hombre type look, so that's why we didn't bleach the top).

All ready for the color...

The foils were heavy, but worth it....

Rinsing out the color...

And boom, galaxy purple and blue hair... It actually matches the Make a Wish shirt she is wearing.

She was really happy with the results...
 On Tuesday, the 16th, Carla and I few out to Seattle for some doctor visits.
Saying goodbye to Daddy at the airport.

Waiting for our plane... it was running a bit late.
Wednesday morning Carla had an echo followed by a cardio visit.  Everything looked good and then we were off to a neurology appointment in Everett.  Everything there also looked good, we are blessed!
Echo time...
 After a long day of doctor and driving, we made it to see Amy, Jason and Ethan.  It's so fun having family in Seattle.  We have missed seeing these guys the last couple of times, so it was fun to catch up.
Carla, with cousins Amy and Ethan.

We stopped to see this cool waterfall after dinner.
 Amy got a kitten for Mother's Day.  Carla couldn't get enough of the kitten!
Petting Lilly Grace

Snuggling up Lilly Grace
 While in the Seattle area Carla seemed to be pinker than usual and was also full of P&V... probably because she felt so good.  Here she is being a stinker...

Love, Jen

Tom's Graduation!

Bobby's "Little Brother," Thomas, graduated from MSU Billings on May 6th!  So, we all traveled to Billings to celebrate his achievement. Bobby's folks, Bobby, Cody, Carla and I arrived before Tom, Mandy and her family, so we found a fun place to have dinner.  We consulted the Yelp Gods and settled on the Samurai Japanese Steak and Seafood House.  It was absolutely fabulous and we had a fantastic time! 

Mom & Dad, enjoying some tempura veggies. 
Our little Wright children :)
Dinner time!
After a couple of hours at the Metra, Thomas received his degree.  We are all very proud of him!
Mom & Dad, with their graduate.

 The ceremony gave us all some really great ideas for when Bobby graduates... We are thinking blow horns and megaphones... Bobby says no, but we will see ;)

Bobby and Cody

Carla, loving up her Uncle Tom.

He is one of her favorite people in the whole world.

Family picture :)

Tom & Mandy with her parents, Tom and Julie.  


The happy couple. 
Mandy's Grandma and Aunt came all the way from Oregon to celebrate Tom's achievement.  

 Of course, we had to stay somewhere that had a pool so that Carla could enjoy a swim...

 After the weekend of celebrating with fun, food and family, Bobby and his folks wanted to drive around Laurel and reminisce about the old neighborhood they lived in back in the early 80s...
Carla was spent...

Where this little Wright family began... At the old "Funk House" in Laurel, MT.  It's a bit run down now, but it was fun to reminisce about the old times with them.  

Easter Pictures

I am a very bad little blogger!  I have been so busy "doing life" that I just haven't had the time to blog.  Now I'm almost two months behind, so you are going to have to bear with me.  I have a bunch of cute pictures of Carla dying Easter eggs... I remember when she was little, she ABSOLUTELY LOVED dying eggs.  So, we were dying eggs weekly for a while.  Funny the things you do for a child when you are aware that you are not guaranteed another Easter... Anyway, she STILL loves dying eggs.  So, we ended up dying about 18 or 20 more eggs than we needed.  But, oh well. :) 

In years past I used food coloring for egg dye, but this year we used the dying kit that you buy at the store.  It was fun because the colors were brighter than we were used to and the eggs dyed super fast! Plus, we had those fun little plastic covers that you can put on the eggs.  

Here are some fun pictures documenting the experience...

Look at the bright red egg!

Carla and her eggs...

Getting ready for the Easter Egg Hunt...
Carla had a lot of success this year hunting eggs.  In years past, her eggs kept falling out of the basket as she ran around.  This year Mommy got smart and we used one of those plastic bags the hospital gives you to throw up in!  She thought I was embarrassing, but didn't lose a single egg!
I bought a new camera in March, so had a lot of fun doing a photo shoot with Carla on Easter. Here are some of those pictures...

When I told Carla that she was a natural in front of the camera, she said "Well I grew up with it."

Part of being a "Celebrated Child" I suppose.  :)

Love, Jen


Happy Easter!!

I hope everyone is having a blessed and happy Easter!

For some reason this morning, I'm remembering of our very first Easter with Carla.  She was born the Monday morning before Easter, had her first open heart surgery on Thursday, and I remember Easter Sunday morning, being at the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake with Bobby's parents and brother as well as our son, Cody, when I received a phone call that they had decided that they didn't think Carla was quite ready to have her chest closed that day.

Weird the things you remember...

Because she was born so close to Easter, I think when we came home we had like ten stuffed bunnies or something.  We spent another Easter at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake, when Carla had just turned 4, and had been hospitalized after catching RSV and suffocating. I have a picture of her with the Easter Bunny that was at the hospital that day... I think we have actually spent almost every holiday in the hospital at some time or another.  So, on this beautiful spring day, when I wake up to my 10 year old playing on the computer and begging to eat the chocolate in her basket, it feels just a little sweeter.

Today will be a pretty low key day.  Cody will come for breakfast and stay for the day... Carla will participate in the town's Easter egg hunt at 1:00 and then we will do a family dinner around 2:00, with Our little Wright Family, plus Bobby's folks and brother. Bobby has to leave for work at 3:00, so that's about it for the festivities.

I cannot help but to feel incredibly blessed and happy.

Love, Jen


Birthday Celebrations!!!!

The whole last week of March, Carla was sick with something similar to pneumonia. She had fevers every few hours and was coughing out really dark greenish brown phlegm.  We started her on one antibiotic and then, after lab results, they started her on a second antibiotic.  They finally started working by Friday, but unfortunately, we had already cancelled Carla's all girl sleep over that we had planned to celebrate her turning a decade.  We rescheduled for this Friday (the 7th) instead and luckily everyone was healthy enough to attend.  

Sunday, the 2nd, was Carla's actual birthday.  I cannot believe she is already 10! How time flies! There  is something significant about turning a decade old, and it was hitting me pretty hard that I wished so much that my Mom could have been here to help us celebrate.  I bet she would have been such a fun Grandma and she was always good at organizing a party, so that had me missing her too. 

On the morning of her birthday, we had our usual Sunday morning breakfast with Cody and Bobby's folks. Thomas and Mandy also came out, so that was fun too.  In the afternoon we went to Helena and had a celebration with the Morgan side of the family.  It is always so good to see everyone.  On Wednesday, we got together with Bobby's side of the family and took little miss out to Applebee's for dinner.   She loves it when they sing to her and bring her ice cream.  The big birthday sleepover was last night and I can honestly say, it was a hit!  The girls had so much fun and there was giggling, singing, screaming and down right energy going on.  They stayed up past midnight talking and thinking they were getting away with something.  I got up this morning and made them cinnamon rolls, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and sausage. I knew 3 of them had a busy morning, so wanted to make sure they had enough to eat.  

I have to admit, I am super tuckered out from the festivities and have been super lazy all day. The chances of me getting anything done tonight is pretty much nonexistent.

Here are some fun pictures from the birthday week :) 

Opening presents on the morning of her birthday :)

 In Helena with our family ...
Carla with Aunt Diane

Snuggling up her Great Grandma Morgan

Carla and Daddy

The three of us with the beautiful cake Grandma Sue got for her.

That cake was not only beautiful... it was delicious!

Hugging her cousin, Kamden

Give me some knucks. 

Grandma Sue with Kamden and Uncle Bill

Nightmare Freddy Fazbear

Some cool gifts from the neighbor.

Being a sweetie..

Showing Kamden the bears.

Grandpa is signing and Carla couldn't help but to join in and sing and dance. 
 Wednesday night at Applebee's
Just after being sung to and getting her ice cream. 

Strike a pose, with Uncle Tom

You guys! Get your tongues back in your mouths!

Carla with her Daddy & Uncle Tom
 The Birthday Sleepover.

We invited all of the girls in Carla's class (because it's a fairly small class). Last week we would have had 8 girls total but because of circumstances this week we only had 5 total.  I have to say, 5 is a lot of little screaming girls.  AND I never fully understood just how quiet both of my kids are.

Here they are... I was trying to get a nice shot of the 5 of them, but it went off more like a blooper reel...

Decorating their own goody bags :)

Headed downstairs for some karaoke...

These girls are total hams...

 After singing for a while, they had a snack and then worked on a play...

 Later on we did presents, and ice cream cake.

 Aunt Carol (or as we call her, Aunt Cares) bought Carla this cool candle.  It lit like a torch and then sang and spun around.  I thought we maybe should have had the fire extinguisher a little closer... :)

It has been a very fun Birthday week and we are so very blessed to have had 10 years with this amazing little sweetheart.

Love, Jen