We visited our friends Kenny and Christina in New Jersey this past weekend. It was a quick trip, but oh so worth it. We spent Saturday at an Amish Farmer's Market near there house for lunch, and then drove out to the zoo in Cape May!
Natalie made a new best friend in their dog, Stout, who pretty much gave her a bath with all his licks.
We grilled pizzas, drank beers (the adults, of course), played with bubble wands, and enjoyed the outdoors!
And then endured a 4 1/2 hour drive home on Sunday, in what should have been a 2 1/2 hour drive...God I love New York....
We always have a good time with Kenny and Christina and I am so glad, that even with a little one, we are still able to keep up our yearly visits!
Whether they suffer from
common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight
bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle
Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of
sick kids. To show support for the organization and the one in 10 kids
in North America who are treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
each year, Walmart and Pampers have teamed up to donate $200,000 in the
month of June. This month, by purchasing products like Pampers Swaddlers at your local Walmart,
portions of the proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network
The infographic above speaks for itself, but additionally:
When Katy Perry belts out the lyric, “I am a champion, and
you’re gonna hear me roar!” Grayson can’t help but sing along with her. He
loves her song “Roar” and can certainly relate to it.
When Grayson was only 2 years old, he started complaining
the room was spinning. Fast forward several weeks to his diagnosis: an
inoperable brain tumor and the start of chemotherapy to shrink or maintain the
tumor’s size. Less than a year later, Grayson suffered from another devastating
injury: he was in a lawnmower accident that resulted in the loss of four toes
and partial amputation of his foot.
Praised for his optimistic attitude, Grayson hasn’t let
these traumatic events get him down. He thinks of himself as the comic book
character Iron Man, and lovingly refers to his primary oncologist as Dr.
Octopus. Just like Iron Man, Grayson has turned his own medical challenge into
an opportunity to fight back.
If this is an organization you could get behind, visit Walmart.com/cmnh for more information and to make your own donation today! I am so lucky that, so far, Natalie has had a healthy journey in life, and I never take that for granted. But I know that not everyone is that lucky, and that there are children who are suffering from various illness, conditions, ailments, accidents, in hospitals all across America every day.
It's summer!!! Ok, so I feel like our house is somewhat semi in-order, and I can hopefully share a little house update soon. Even though we still have workers here almost every day, and I still have some more decisions/things to figure out with the house, as a whole it is looking great and things are really shaping up!
I am so excited for this summer with Natalie. I feel like I can actually do fun things with her and take her fun places.
Here's a little recap of what Natalie's been up to for the past 6 months, and I plan to do a lot of updating on all the fun things we have planned this summer!