Monday, March 17, 2008

Birthday weekend recap...

It's been a fun weekend at our house. Ava turned four on Friday, but the celebrating continued through Saturday. We went on a family outing to see the new Horton Hears a Who movie. The only spot in the theatre that had enough seats for us all together was in the very front row. So we saw it close up! The kids loved it. There was lots of laughing and popcorn eating and smiles from all of the kids. We grabbed a little dinner at Applebee's and then had 'butterfly cake' and icecream per Ava's request.
I've had several inquiries via email wondering how Wyndham is doing, as well as how I am feeling these days. I am happy to tell you that we are both doing much better than last month. Each week we have both gotten more energy and back and it has made a difference in the moods of all of us. I am 12 weeks along in my pregnancy today. Which is a good place to be as the morning sickness begins to fade some and my extreme fatigue seems to be disappearing too. I was pleased to have gotten two loads of laundry done and a butterfly cake baked and frosted before 11 am on Saturday. Just a week earlier that would have seemed nearly impossible! So I am definitely perking up. {And for those who are really following the details closely, I've gained about 4 pounds already too.}
Wyndham is still in the process of weaning off of one of her anti-seizure meds, but seems to be tolerating the medication with fewer side effects overall. She is still requiring extra sleep and extra help with balance and sometimes with eating, but more and more she is getting back to full-strength. I was so glad that she really enjoyed the movie and party activities this weekend. It was fun to see everybody so happy and it felt good to be having fun and be 'relaxed'.
Today we want to wish my Grandma Shirley and extra special "Happy St. Patrick's Day". It's been one of her very favorite holidays for as long as I can remember. We all have a bit of green on if we were in Minnesota we would certainly get in on her Irish Dinner. Love you, Grandma!
Tomorrow we will celebrate and remember what would mark Teagan's 11th birthday. I have received some donations and gifts in her honor to which we will be sending on to Roxanne Robbins and her work with the children in Uganda, Africa. It is a bittersweet time to reflect and wonder and wish and remember. Still, I thank God each year that we even have this date to celebrate. It means Teagan was a part of our lives. And she will forever be a part of our hearts.


Jessica said...

Did you have a mold for the butterfly cake or was it 'constructed' from peieces? I have a girl called Ana turning 5 and I'd LOVE to copy the butterfly cake!
Write back if you can!
Thank you, Jessica

Jody said...

Hi Jessica.
It's just a circle cake pan that I cut in half and placed together with the cut sides out. Then you simply cut notches to make the wings, frost and decorate. Good luck and Happy Birthday to your little Ana soon!

Hillary said...

Hey Jody, If Ava loves'll definitely have to take her to Meijer Gardens. They have been flying around like crazy and landing on all the kids. It's been so much fun to watch.

the rye family said...

Oh, Jody, we celebrated our Taya's 11th Birthday on Sunday and though I don't "know" you, I feel like I KNOW you! You caused me to hug my 11 year old just a little tighter! :) Thanks for sharing your heart and you will be in my prayers tomorrow on what I'm sure must be a very bittersweet day for you and Chip. GOD BLESS YOU! (Glad you and Wyndham are feeling better and that you had a GREAT birthday weekend with Ava!)

Laura said...

thanks for the update! glad that the birthday festivities were great, and that you and wyndham are perking up!!! extra hugs to you tomorrow, jody.

Q's NEWS said...

Tomorrow is my youngest daughter, Anna's, birthday and she will be 22. When you think about it, is seems a little odd - 11 x 2 is 22. Hmmmmmmm. I will forever remember Teagan on her birthday now that I know it is the same day as my Anna.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

Love from WV,

Jane-Jane said...

March 18th is my birthday too... well,the day I was saved by grace and the same day I quit smoking, so lots for me to celebrate. and then my physical birthday is the 20th.

I will be praying for you.

So Many Scraps said...

Your blog inspires me so much, well I guess I should say you inspire me! God is using you each and every day and Teagan and Jesus are smiling down at you proudly! I will be thinking of you today and praying to, especially during my devotional time! There are some things happening at our church right now and I find it so sad that sometimes (NOT you ) that people need a tragedy in their life to wake up or to let God use them. Sorry I am a little fustrated right now that people can be part of a church and then do things that are so sinful. I wish I could send your blog to about 20 people right now! But instead I will pray for them also! If you have a prayer list add my Pastor Larson! He is sure under a lot of stress right now, Satan is attacking hard as our church is growning and building!
sorry for spilling my guts on your blog comment! totally surprised myself! WOW! okay I will not go back and erase, God must have a reason!
GOD BLESs you!!

Jessica said...

THANK YOU! I was hoping it was going to be something like that which I could do!