Monday, October 12, 2015

Olivia's 6th birthday, pumpkins & Kitty

Olivia celebrated her 6th birthday on October 1st. What an amazing day . . .



She was the snack helper for her class, bringing in special treats in honor of her day. She also got to wear a birthday crown for the entire school day and was the "line leader". I happened to be at school volunteering and when I saw her, she looked so happy. She absolutely loves her teacher. I refer to her kindergarten teacher as "Olivia's security blanket" at school, just as I am her security blanket at home, so getting to lead the class line and hold Mrs. H's hand, I'm sure she felt so proud.


After school, I picked the kids up and we raced home to change, let the dog out and have a snack and then we were off for bowling, arcade and pizza.


Olivia had been, for weeks, talking about how excited she was for pizza and bowling. We bowled 2 games, and then headed into the restaurant for the long awaited pizza party, followed by the arcade.



The kids had an absolute blast and Landen even beat me in both games of bowling. Now, either I'm just that bad, or he's pretty good! Once we arrived back home, we headed down to the movie room for presents and cupcakes with a 1 Direction themed birthday party.




We gifted Olivia with her very own iPod for her birthday. Jeff has one that he uses out in the shop and that was her thing to do, her way of "helping Daddy" out in the shop. Jeff would be working away and Olivia would be tending to the playlist, which is always One Direction songs, played over and over again. I joked with Jeff after we had tucked the kids into bed for the night that now Olivia would never want to be out in the shop since she has her own iPod now! Little did I know, a new reason for Olivia to spend time in the shop would arrive a few days later . . . 

After the fun, Olivia did her evening treatment and fell asleep as soon as her head hit her pillow. As I tucked her in, she sleepily looked up at me and said, "Mom, that was the best birthday ever". Indeed baby girl, it was.

So much has happened in 6 years. From where our journey started to where we are today . . . it baffles my mind sometimes.  Every birthday, every year is so special. Six years ago, I honestly didn't know what our lives would look like in 6 years. I had no idea what cf would be like for Olivia and on her 6th birthday, it was pure joy. Jeff, Landen and I reveled in the excitement with Olivia and honestly, there wasn't one thought about the what if's or the tomorrows or anything relating to cf. It was all about living in the moment and enjoying every bit of the day.

Now as I sit here and think about how far we have all come in 6 years . . . I'm truly amazed. The things we now do, the places we now go are so much different than the isolation we lived in and with those first years of Olivia's life. I'm so proud of all of us for getting to a point where we can live and let go and just be, and be content and satisfied and happy with that. It hasn't been easy, there have been many ups and downs, trials and glories, but we are all here and all together; thus life is good.

I'm so thankful for the amazing 6 years Olivia has had. Yes, there have been ups and downs with Olivia's health, but all in all, things are pretty good and I always know, could be much worse. Her lungs are still healthy and without nasty bacteria and for that, we couldn't be more thankful. Her weight has reached a good, healthy point, where in the past was a tremendous, never-ending struggle, she goes to school, which in-and-of-itself, is an amazing accomplishment of us letting go. She's happy, she's growing up, she's becoming the person she was meant to be . . . the list goes on and on.

Jeff and I are so proud and so thankful and blessed to continue this journey together as a united force, raising our amazing daughter and son.

Happy 6th Birthday to you Olivia, we love you so much!

In other October happenings . . .

a week ago today, I was cleaning the house and heard a very loud meowing. I stopped and listened, and began to search around the house for one of Olivia's FurReal toys that might have been left on. I found nothing but as I got nearer to my front door, the meowing became louder. I peaked out and here on my front step was a tiny little kitty sitting at the door meowing.

Now, we have a dog, a big dog that hates cats. I knew I couldn't bring the little thing in so I closed the curtain and pondered what to do next. In the meantime, this kitten really wanted in as I heard scratching, looked back out and the tiny critter had proceeded to climb to the top of my screen door.

Not wanting her to wreak havoc on anything else and/or shred the door, I went outside. She came right to me and began to purr and purr. Her little chin was bleeding but otherwise she looked in good shape. Kitty was clearly not leaving so I took her down to the shop, made her a home, got her some water and food and set out some litter . . .

and now a week later, it's her home. We've named her "Kitty" and she loves Jeff's shop. So many places to hide, so many trinkets to bat around on the floor. It's her home and she loves it. Over the weekend, she'd venture out a bit to play outside and then as soon as she'd get spooked she'd race right back into the shop. The kids are thrilled. Olivia has always wanted a cat, and she now has one. Kitty has touched all of our hearts and even Jeff is coming around and likes his new little friend, as long as she stays out of trouble in the shop, so far, so good!

I introduced Kitty to the kids on this day after school . . .



Olivia said, "My wish came true!", and she reminds me daily how much she loves Kitty and now she has another reason to spend countless hours out in the shop, helping Daddy!

Last week we took our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. It was cool and damp but the kids loved it all the same and it didn't take them long to pick out their perfect pumpkins.



Halloween, is right around the corner and it's one of our favorite times of years. We have a cute wolfie and a scary Ghost Face this year.