Landen getting sick isn't the end of the world nor is it when Olivia gets sick but it's just so much harder when Olivia gets sick. It's scary, it's full of unknowns and uncertainties - I absolutely hate it. As much as we go through to prevent the spread of illnesses, Landen and Olivia are best friends, they share everything, unfortunately as history has proven, that includes the passing of germs. No matter what, we always make sure Landen feels loved and comforted when he's sick and we try to reassure him that no matter how much we wash our hands and take measures to prevent getting sick, sometimes it's not good enough and in the end we all get sick every now and then. We make sure he knows that he did all he could and that all kids get sick. We try to ensure that Landen doesn't feel bad about being sick and in fact we go out of our way to make sure he doesn't feel like it's his fault. Getting sick for a kid is a part of life, we know that, but I also know that deep down despite all of our reassuring that it is what it is, Landen is smart enough to realize that when he is sick and Olivia gets sick a few days later, it came from him. Again, I hate when the kids are sick, but what I hate the most is how awful Landen feels when Olivia gets sick, it breaks my heart. No 5 year old should ever have to feel blame or upset because his sibling is sick. Landen does, he's smart, he knows that it's different for Olivia, he gets that it's worse for her and for only being 5, I think he really knows a lot more than we realize he does about CF. He may not know that Olivia has CF, or what it even is, but he does know it's different and that when she gets sick, it's much worse for her.
So yes, I'm for sure not looking forward to that part of school, but I will remain somewhat hopeful that this year will be better in terms of sicknesses for the kids. After all, I have a year under my belt too, I know what to expect and I honestly have to believe that the further along we go on our CF journey, we understand things more, we relax a smidge more and we know that we do all we do to the best of our abilities and despite all that, sometimes, many times, it's just not good enough. I know things could be much better or much worse than last year, we have to wait and see. As with so many things in life, and especially with CF, we take it day by day.
When May came and school was out for the summer, I made a mental note to do and pack in as many fun things as we could this summer, to take advantage of the time away from school and sicknesses, to just enjoy life. So far, our summer has been great, it's been wonderful to get out and about, to do new and different things and make everlasting memories to cherish. So as I continue to cringe the thought that there is only one month left of summer, I thought I'd post reminders of July, to remind me of all that we have done this summer and how fun it's been for us and that no matter what the fall/winter has in store for our family, we did have a kick butt summer and it's not over yet!
Of course as detailed in my previous blog post, July started out with a bang as we were on our yearly camping vacation. Here's a photo of the whole gang - oh how fun it was!
The warm summer days have been perfect for outdoor water fun. Landen got Daddy good in this water balloon fight.
When cousin Braelyn is over, there is no telling what the kids will come up with. Here they have turned leftover party hats into noses, running around telling us that they are "ant eaters".
Another fun way to keep cool on this hot day was to spend it inside an ice cold movie theater. Darci and I took the kids to Madagascar 3. Loads of popcorn, a funny movie and an unforgettable memory, the perfect way to spend a summer day.
July 9, 2012 - Olivia officially has learned how to pedal her trike. This past weekend we went on a bike ride and Olivia would have no part of being in the bike trailer, instead she pedaled her trike as far as we let her, which was about 3 blocks, before we convinced her to take a break and ride in the trailer so we could go a little faster. She was so proud of herself for her accomplishment and Jeff and I were just as proud, it was precious.
We love to spend summer days in the pool but to change things up a bit I thought going down the slide into Shelby's small pool would be something fun and different to try. Landen had a blast and his face in this photo cracks me up everytime!
Olivia thought going down the smaller orange slide was more fun that flying down the bigger slide, which surprised me as she is usually fearless and willing to try most anything and everything.
Anissa, Darci and I at the Scentsy Party we had in July. I found out yesterday that through our sales, we raised $170.00 for the CFF. Considering this was a pretty small party, we were all pleased with this amount as I most certainly know that every single dollar raised truly does help.
Landen and Olivia got to attend our friends' daughter Harriett's 5th birthday party, it was delightful to be able to hang out with our friends and get all the kids together. Here the kids are enjoying the aftermath of the party with their balloons that they got to take home.
Despite the high heat and humidity, Landen and I baked up some Dinosaur cookies early one morning as Landen had been asking to make some ever since he got a very cool Dinosaur book with cookie recipes in it for his birthday from Aunt Em, Uncle Mike, Austin, Carter and Makayla. They turned out yummy and of course Landen kept all the T-rex ones for himself.
For Landen's birthday from Grandma Pam & Grandpa George he got some awesome new dino bedding and absolutely loves spending time in his room now with all his cool dino things.
As is the norm around here, Miss Olivia and Landen were of course being rowdy and rambunctious and Olivia hurt her toe/leg one morning. So after a day of her limping around we took her to the doctor to get things checked out. Thankfully, a check-up and an x-ray ensured she didn't break anything. Of course they also weighed her and she hasn't gained any weight since May. I cringe at this yet know at the same time we are trying and pushing very hard at this point and will address it further at the end of August at her next CF clinic visit and in the mean time will continue to stress out and provide her with as many calories and fats that we possibly can get her eat.
Landen and Daddy enjoyed a boys day out and decided to fill up on popcorn at the new Ice Age: Continental Drift movie. They had a lot of fun and are still laughing and re-telling funny parts of the movie.
More hot days, more water fun. Cooling off with the Wham-O Slip n Slide.
Olivia's final night of swimming lessons. After 4 weeks of being afraid, she finally had a blast the final 2 weeks and was enjoying it. She finally let her teacher, Ms. Tracy, get a little closer to her without crying on her last night.
This past weekend Landen and Olivia got to enjoy some fun pool time with Daddy. Once again, Landen is getting Daddy good and wet, this time with his shark squirter.
This past weekend, we also decided to get more use out of our boat and spent the afternoon at a lake. The weather was gorgeous. The kids did a good job, they had fun swimming, boating and fishing.
Landen is turning into quite the fisherman. He has "out fished" both Jeff and I now for the past few years. He was the only one to catch a fish this past weekend, bringing in a nice perch and he was pretty proud. Of course Olivia wouldn't keep her pole in the water long enough to get a nibble, but she sure had a blast casting it out and reeling it back in, over and over and over again.
That about sums up our month of July. It was a good one, we are hoping August will be equally as awesome as we have a few more fun day trips and adventures coming our way.