Friday, October 5, 2012

Grandpa Ashland

Grandpa Ashland (My Dad) and his brother Gary

A couple of cuties!

3 Sets of Twins....

Family Reunion....

3 Sets of Twins - Cousins Marsha and Morgan, 
My twin, Sharon next to me with My twins, 
Kinnick and Carver.

April 29th, 2012

Wonder what happened to my magazine?

Fun in the sun with big brother, Hayden.

My little helper!  Thanks for helping me with my flowers.

Sleepy boy

April 23rd, 2012

Got funding for Carver's second Cochlear Implant - Neptune!  I will only have to pay $250 out of $8,500!

April 21st, 2012

Bob and I enjoyed a much needed vacation in Costa Rica.  A week away for "Couple Time"

Beautiful Waterfall

Another Beautiful waterfall in the Rain Forest

White Faced Monkey getting a drink

Did you ever wonder where Cashews come from?

The beach at our Resort 

Thousands of Gators!

Our dear friends we met from Hutchinson, KS enjoying a "Spa" treatment with us


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday Kinnick and Carver!

I can hardly believe that my little 1 lb babies are now 5 years old. Kinnick and Carver turned 5 on March 29th. We celebrated on Sunday, April 1st.

Since cake hasn't gone well the past 4 years, I thought I would get an Ice Cream cake this year. Kinnick and Carver have been eating Ice Cream and bananas as a snack for quite a while, now. So, I thought that they would surely eat their cake this year. Well, Kinnick was mad at something. She wouldn't even look at her cake and refused to sit by it. Carver tried a few bites, but it was so cold, he wasn't real interested. I suppose if I would have put it in the microwave for a few seconds and mashed some bananas in it, then maybe they would have eaten it. I still have a piece left, so maybe I'll give that a whirl.

Kinnick was excited to get her own Ipod touch. She LOVES music and drives everyone crazy begging to listen to Itunes on their Iphones.

New books are always a hit. We gave her a book about a dinosaur that cleans up his room. I'm hoping she takes a hint.

And of course, she got a new BLUE sweater. She wanted a blue sweater for school pictures, but we couldn't find one small enough for her.

Carver got some cool gifts. He got a soccer beeper ball. He's already learned how to turn it on.

Carver did a great job helping unwrap his gifts.

We got Carver an Incrediblock, so he can work on sitting. This will give him something to play with while he works on sitting. He seems to really enjoy it and the new bumblebee ball.

Carver is outgrowing his baby swing, so he got a new swing with a higher back to help support his head. I can't wait to hang it and take him out to swing.

And, one final picture of Kinnick giving her big brother, Hayden a hug. So precious!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Guess who started Pre-School on Monday!

Kinnick started Pre-School on Monday! Finally! She was so excited. She talked about it for 2 weeks.

Kinnick's O&M rode with Kinnick to school on Monday. She wanted to show Kinnick how to get to/from the bus with her mobility device. The goal is to help Kinnick be as independent as possible. She does amazingly well!

Getting a little nervous. Kinnick refused to have her picture taken.

Kinnick was so excited to get off the bus and tell everyone what a fabulous day she had at school. Kinnick has a Nurse that rides to/from school with her and another Nurse that stays with her in the classroom.

Once Kinnick gets off the bus, the Nurse gives Kinnick her mobility device and off she goes!

Kinnick is loving school and can't wait to go back the next day. She talks about all of her new friends and all of the fun things they do at school. She has a lot of "social skills" to learn. She doesn't see, so she tries to see with her hands. Not everybody likes to be touched. She has to learn to follow directions, and do things with the other kids. Sitting in circle time means sitting in a circle. Kinnick just sits in front of her new friends. It will just take time to learn how things are done. Vision plays such a big role in learning every day.