Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring Break

We have had a wonderful spring break week!  It started with an Easter egg hunt and two birthday parties.  This week we have been hanging low.  Tuesday was the first weekday this year we didn't have anything scheduled, it was amazing to just hang out!  We have had a couple play dates and still had one therapy today (daddy even came with us which was a nice treat).

We have some sad family news.  On March 23 we had to put down our 15 year old dog, Apollo.  He was in a lot of pain and having trouble getting up and walking.  As hard as it was to come to the decision, it was even more painful to see him having so much trouble and living a life with constant pain.  Annabelle was very matter of fact with it all but still does not understand the concept of death.  Someday she will understand and see the pictures of her with him and realize the love they had for each other.

The past two days have been so beautiful, yesterday into the 70's and today in the 60's.  Unfortunately we have snow in the forecast for tomorrow.  It was a nice sneak peek of spring and reminds us we are almost there!  Both days we were out for walks, playing, and enjoying the weather.

Monday we are back to school and our crazy schedule.  I think both of us almost missed the running this week.  Although Annabelle did nap every day this week which is not the norm when we have school.  I think the 20 minute ride to and from school is enough down time that she doesn't want to nap (or she naps in the car).

Happy Easter to all, I hope the bunny is good to you!

Making cookies - shortcut style

Keira's birthday party - music and art party!

Annabelle and the birthday girl

Annabelle and Ella

Passed out after the party holding her balloon

Loves doing workbooks, getting so smart

Walk on April 2 - 72 degrees

RIP Apollo 9/9/99 - 3/23/15

Annabelle and Apollo

Saying goodbye is hard!

All ready for the Easter egg hunt

Hunting for eggs

Annabelle and Keira at the egg hunt

Coloring Easter eggs

so proud of them!

showing Clyde her baskets

Still have a little snow, 72 degrees :)

silly girl <3

fun with beads, such a little ham!

Playing on her desk next to mine

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Our year has been off to a good start.  January was a fun month that flew by!  Nothing big going on, just staying busy as usual.  There were a few doctors appointments thrown into the mix, not much new, just follow ups.  Everything is going well with her health, still only 24.8 pounds, little peanut.

February has been a fun month.  We started it off with going to see Disney on Ice - Princesses and Heroes. Our seats were amazing, front row!  Annabelle was so excited to see all the princesses and especially Frozen.  Most of the show was music which kept her attention for the entire 2 hour show.

Last week Annabelle had a Valentines party at school.  They gave out valentines, shared snacks and played fun games.  This week is February break, we have had lots of fun so far.  I love having the week to spend doing whatever we want rather than having our school schedule.  We had a couple play dates and getting things done we usually don't have time for.  We have two more playdates this week and feeding clinic.  Annabelle really enjoys all her therapies, when she doesn't have one she is always asking (with her communication device) when we are going to dance, music, school, etc.  I love that she can ask and communicate with me.  Every morning she asks what we are doing later, apparently she likes to plan out her day like I do ;-).  We are now looking forward to spring and being able to go outside to play and run around!  Hoping the groundhog was wrong and spring is right around the corner!

my super-girl <3

playing with sands alive

doing some coloring

tub painting - a favorite

playing princess cupcake game with taping of her hands to work on pincer grasp

"baking" cookies - shortcut style

fun at gymnastics

loves the foam pit

ready for dance, or a 1980's Jane Fonda video <3

working on OT - dropper, colored water, and snow

Disney on Ice - front row!

Family selfie


Just a little excited <3 <3 <3



Our Valentine's Day project - fun fingerpainting

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

As 2014 comes to an end and we begin 2015, like many, I'm reflecting back on our amazing year.  I saw on a blog I follow that they did top 10 list and thought I would write my own.  

Top 10 things that happened at the Kresge house in 2014:
  1. Best moment of the year was Annabelle starting to walk, when she was diagnosed at 2 months old we were told she may never walk.  She proved them wrong :) 
  2. In April we received Annabelle's ProSlate which has become her voice.  She has taken to it and does amazing!  Everyone is so impressed with how fast she navigates around to say what she is thinking.
  3. Annabelle is vocalizing so much more.  No words other than mama but her muscles are getting stronger and we hope and pray 2015 could be the year for her speech.
  4. Her fine motor skills have improved a lot.  She is now using more mature grasping patterns and less of the raking motions.
  5. We added lots of fun activities later in the year.  Now we have gymnastics, music, horse therapy, and dance class.  I'm looking into a special yoga for over the winter, it's taught by an OT.
  6. In November we started going to a feeding therapy at Step by Step (the agency we used for EI so we get to see lots of old faces).  We have already seen so many improvements, now we have worked up to fork mashed foods rather than puree.
  7. Annabelle rode in her first horse show.  She did a great job!
  8. Daddy celebrated his 40th birthday!  We had a big party for him and all had a great time.
  9. We started riding at Never Say Never stables in Webster for the summer.
  10. Another year seizure free!!!!!!!  
That about sums up our year.  Lots of new friends, old friends, fun, & play dates.  We also had some tears, hard work, and a lot of determination.  Looking forward to what 2015 brings.  Happy New Year!

Valentines week

Visit from Grandma and PaPa Elder

Horse show

Father's Day pic

Flat Stanley came from our friend Sean in CA

Holding a snake at the museum bday party

Easter at Eastview mall

best buds <3

Fun with daddy at the park

New Mercedes

New big girl bed!

New splash park

Hanging out with Ella at a fundraiser

Love our car naps


haircut at Golden Shears

with Scarlett after school on Halloween

First time at the circus

2nd year of preschool pics

Thanksgiving with cousins Curtis & Sydney

On the Dancing with Denise float for the electric parade

Annabelle playing with Annabel before gymnastics

Smiles for santa

Lots of snow to play in

St Patricks Day parade (this year she will walk in it)


New house - even Clyde likes it!

With her friends at her 1/2 birthday party in June

Zoo fun with daddy

4th of July

Pool fun at Grace's house

Doing some painting 

At the zoo with her friend Grace

Shaving cream fun

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First dance class 

First ferris wheel - she loved it

Annabelle & Scarlett at a local farm before Halloween

Minnie before trick or treating

Family selfie
Watching santa's video to her on Portable North Pole