Clinic Day

January 13th, 2013

This past week we took our annual drive to Children’s Hospital for Ami’s cleft team appointments.  Though we gave ourselves more than an hour extra travel time, we finally made it just 5 minutes late!  You can see why ↓.  After driving with very poor visibility over the first mountain pass, going 23 mph behind 3 snowplows over part of the second pass felt much safer!

We were thankful to make it home safely that evening after waiting for avalanche related closures to open back up on both this and the other route home!

This time around, Ami didn’t meet with her surgeon, just ENT, SLP, and audiology.

This, of course, requires wait time, but they actually do a great job scheduling the appointments one right after another.

Ami chose a book from the prize box after going through a minor “surgical procedure.”  Her T-tubes ↓ had worked themselves out of her eardrums, and were residing in her ear canals along with a fair amount of wax.  She has had them for about two years.  The ENT was hoping they would stay in another year or two, as her anatomy is still prone to ear infections.  Instead, she now has a small hole (left ear) and a large hole (right ear) in each eardrum which will continue to act as tubes.  They may or may not close on their own over time.

After that procedure, Ami passed her speech assessment with flying colors!  She has worked so diligently these past two years, and we are all thankful for her amazing progress.  The hearing testing in Audiology did not give us such great results, but we were comforted to learn that her minor hearing loss is temporary (while her eardrums are perforated), and it is in the low frequencies that are not crucial to speech development.  We will most likely continue to hear her frequent, “Huh?”  Our laugh for the day was when Ami was in the sound-proof room being fitted with special ear pieces and wires for the testing.  Her comment to the assistant:  ”I don’t want nobody to see me like this!”

Embracing Autumn

November 9th, 2012

The weather is getting nippy, but oh, the colors are spectacular!

Although the girls ask daily when it is going to snow, they are still enjoying having all the leaves to play in.

It’s a good thing Grandma has big trees, because we don’t have that many leaves at our house!

We do have nightly visitors though.  Usually we just see their tracks, but this couple traipsed boldly by midday this week (our property is a thoroughfare between their home in the hills and the orchards/river they visit at night).

I imagine hunting season had something to do with their early visit.

At least I don’t have to worry about them eating my garden anymore, since harvest is done.

I practiced writing with a rake this week.

The girls made a big nest.

They were the chicks.

Peep, Peep!

There was also running, and jumping, and disappearing acts…

We’re still finding leaves.  In shoes.  In pockets…

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Four Years Old!!!!

October 21st, 2012

Ami, how is it that you are four already?!  What a big girl you are becoming!  Not in stature so much, but in every other way!  It doesn’t seem so long ago that your turned two …

And then three …

And now you are four.  You’ve waited for this birthday for so long, trying so hard to catch up with your jie jie.

But we like you just the way you are:  full of spunk, meeting the world head-on, and leaving a smile on the face of everyone you encounter.

We love you, Ami!  Happy Birthday!

Just Swingin’

September 7th, 2012

The Davis School is back in session, but we’re still enjoying summer weather.

We’ve got the best Dad in the world!  Thanks for the awesome swing set.

A swing with a view!

This is where all recesses are now spent.

And we have several each day.

Look closely, and you may be able to guess what Miah wants for Christmas…

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The Ocean

August 27th, 2012

It was fun to go back to one of our favorite, non-touristed beaches.

We arrived at low tide and found some shells, some agates, and observed life in the tide pools.

But the girls’ favorite pastime

Was just playing in the water,

Watching the waves,

And splashing through them.

Again,

And again,

And again.

Chasing the last of summer.

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