Sunday, October 30, 2011

Adam's a Cub Scout

Adam decided to try out Cub Scouts this year.  We are all enjoying it!  At the Pack meeting last Monday he earned his first patch!  He has already completed all the first year requirements, so he is able to work on the Wolf stuff with the rest on his den.  We are so proud of him!!

This is the amount of popcorn the pack sold this year!!  Adam is holding the comma.

So handsome!!

Justin and Adam attended the field trip to Delaney Farm Saturday and had a great time.  Unfortunately I know nothing about the pictures since I wasn't there.  (Noelle REALLY needed a nap and I was having severe ligament pain, so we stayed home.)

Monster Mash 2011

Our neighbor, Heidi, took the kids with her to the elementary school's Monster Mash last weekend.  They only stayed about a half hour because there were just too many people.  She did get some great pics of all the kids though!
Keelie, Riley, Adam, Noelle, Max

Wolverine Adam

Everyone loves the Chick-fil-a cow!  They all spun the prize wheel for coupons.

Snow White and Wolverine


J and I went grocery shopping while the kids were with Heidi, we are so much fun on a Saturday night!!  When we got home everyone was waiting for us and we decided to head over to Chick-fil-a for dinner.  We all had a ton of fun and the kids got to play together for longer.

Off Track visit to The Denver Zoo

The kids and I went to the zoo towards the end of September.  It was especially nice to have Adam with Noelle and I since he was off track.  We had a great time and the weather was perfect for it.  Fall and Spring are my favorite times to visit.  The kids helped take pictures on this day, so these pictures are a combination of each of our picture taking skills, LOL!

The bird on the left has a mouse in its mouth.  We watched it carry it around and kinda play with it for a good ten or more minutes.

LOVE the Kangaroos!

I've been taking pictures of kids in front of this Penguin exhibit for about 10 years now!

I like when we get to see an animal eating. 

Adam is really into reading the placards now.  I LOVE how he enjoys reading and learning.

These next 3 pictures are taken by the kids and are a peak into the new Asian Tropics that will open in Summer 2012.  It's going to be awesome!!

This bee decided to join us for lunch and share Adam's applesauce.  Adam was less than thrilled and I told him he didn't have to finish it.  The bee walked around on the cup for about 10-15 minutes and would leave/come back  once in a while.

This is in the new Off The Shore by the Sea Lion pool.  It was a huge sand area, rocks to play on, and a stream for kids to play in.  It's lots of fun!  And I have to admit that I was ready for the break when we got over to this.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fetal Echo

Everyone should have heard this by now, but just in case there is anyone who reads this blog who is not a real life friend or isn't a Facebook friend, I thought I should write about it.

I sent both the kids to school/daycare on Friday on order to go to Children's Hospital to have the Fetal Echo done.  It went great and the Doctor said he is very confidant that Little Girl's heart is completely normal and healthy.  Her heartbeat was at about 130 throughout the test.  This is low for Little Girl, but still normal.  The tech who did the actual ultrasound was great and very personable.  She gave me a good overall view of baby before she focused in on the heart.  I spent about 45 minutes looking at the heart on the screen and she was great about explaining what she was looking at and answering all my questions.  I had drank a 1/2 caff Mocha from Starbucks and had a couple donuts on my way to the appointment, which usually puts Little Girl to sleep for half the day.  Not this day!!  She was moving all over and making the tech really earn her money a few times.  When the tech got everything she needed I was allowed a break while she grabbed the doctor to finish the test and explain the results to me.  Since I was at a children's hospital there were free snacks and drinks in the hallway for everyone!  After maybe 10 minutes the Doctor and tech came back and finished the ultrasound. 

Now, about the hospital I was at.  I was really excited to get to go check out the new Children's Hospital Colorado main campus.  I had been to the old campus in Downtown Denver a couple times in the last 8 years with my son, once to the ER when he was just 4 weeks old and once for a surgery (can't seem to recall if that was her eye surgery or his tonsil/adenoid removal).  I was NOT impressed either time.  I didn't like the location and it just seemed grungy.  The new campus is super easy to find and parking is plentiful.  I couldn't believe how gorgeous and clean it was inside!  I didn't notice this for myself, but I hear everything is color coded.  The main entrance is very open and it was easy to figure out where to go.  I was also impressed by the free snacks and drinks in the cardiology unit.  Everyone I encountered was personable, patient, and spoke in the perfect tone of voice for working with kids.  The room I was in had a flat screen on the wall with cable and DVD access to help keep kids happy while waiting and during procedures. 

Before seeing the new campus I would not have chosen to take my kids to Children's Hospital for anything.  Now that I have seen it though, I think it would be a great place to choose.  I'm sure we will continue to go to the outreach at Parker Adventist for minor ER visits.  But if one of the kids breaks something or needs another surgery Children's would be my first choice.