Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Countdown to Sesame Place

We are taking a roadtrip to Philadelphia, PA in a couple weeks, which will include spending a couple days at the Sesame Place theme park.  I made the mistake of telling the kids about the trip as soon as I booked our hotel.  Ever since, they keep asking "are we going to see Elmo today?!"  So.....I threw together a paper chain countdown using construction paper, craft glue, a 2 inch scallop punch, sharpie marker, googly eyes and scissors.  Here is the finished product:

Boo...Printer was out of ink so my signs aren't very pretty!

14 paper chain links to start our countdown!
Cookie Monster (my fav!) and Elmo
Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch
Grover and Best Friends Bert and Ernie
Bert, Ernie and Abby Cadabby

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Happy Shunt-a-versary!

(June 3, 2009 s/p VP shunt placment)

Ashlyn Grace's VP shunt is 3 years old!  Is it silly celebrating the birthday of an inanimate object?  Not at all!  After all, for a child with hydrocephalus, this medical device, which drains excess fluid off of the brain, is a matter of life and death.  Ashlyn is an energenic, normally developing 3 year old diva thanks to her shunt.  Many hydro kids are not as lucky to have such a reliable shunt and require frequent revisions and replacements.  I am blessed that we have gone 3 years with no major problems and pray for many more surgery-free years!    

We spent Ashlyn's "shunt-a-versary" at the Strong National Museum of Play, our favorite place in Rochester!!  We had a blast as usual, and I was overjoyed to be able to watch Ashlyn playing like any other normal, happy, healthy 3 year old.  Thank you VP shunt!  You rock and that excess CSF doesn't stand a chance against you.  Happy birthday!!   

 Ashlyn and Daddy giving hula hooping a whirl!

The gang hanging out at Sesame Street.

Papa teaching Ashlyn how to play the archaic video games from back in "his day".  

My 3 year old is a genius...she can play a mean game of chess!
(Of course, by chess, I mean just randomly moving pieces around with a intense look on your face.)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Happy Birthday Ashlyn Grace

Happy 3rd Birthday!! 
Here are some pics from Ashlyn's special day. 

 The birthday girl with her birthday surprise!
(I found the idea on....where else?  Pinterest!  http://pinterest.com/pin/203647214370626293/)

Another birthday surprise!

Good morning birthday girl!

A special breakfast of pancakes, syrup and sprinkles. PanCAKEs deserve candles too!

Ashlyn playing with one of her birthday presents, a new easel!

Birthday Princess

Birthday girl's dinner: Her favorite food, PIZZA!

Birthday Cake!
(Can't beat a cheap and easy cake from Wegmans)

Make a wish!