This year was full of events, Savannah had a 24 hour EEG and we were told that she has a high risk for seizures and have to carry diastat with her now.

She had another surgery, tendon transfer, which put her in a wheel chair for about a month. She is a strong girl, we are blessed that her cerebral palsy is mild and the spaticity only affects her left leg. The surgery has helped and she is regularly in physical therapy. Gianna helped her sister so much, she wanted to take care of her and help her recover from the surgery. Savannah has a new brace to wear, which makes its difficult to find shoes that she likes, but we manage and sometimes buy two different sizes.

Gianna made several new friends and transitoned through 1st to 2nd grade, she really enjoys school and learning. Both her and Savannah are readers, they seem to want books a lot and read often to us. We are so proud of how they are doing in school.

I finished my treatment for liver disease and so far everything is looking great! No more weekly injections and fighting the exhaustion that is caused by the medicine.

We had a swimming pool put in late in the summer and everyone loves it. There was a cookout to break it in and are will be many more next summer.

We took our first trip to Disney World! We made a roadtrip out if it, driving about 900 miles each way to the magical kingdom where dreams come true.

We had so much fun, the drive was long but we took our time and stopped along the way to enjoy the trip. The kids where exceptionally good for being in a car for so long, we spent a day at Daytona Beach and then 4 days at Disney.

Savannah and Gianna loce their gymnastics class, Savannah switched to tumbling which is better for her leg and Gianna was promoted to pre-team.

This year we lost four wonderful people, sadness filled several months as we dealt with the passing of our grandparents.

Pappy Hays (July 17, 2011)

Grandma Hess(September 22, 2011)

Grandma Mary(November 28, 2011)

Nane(November 30, 2011)

 

Sadly, we Aunt Rose lost her battle with cancer this summer, she fought a long and hard fight. Uncle Jack was suddenly and unexpectedly taken way from us as well. This year we shed a lot of tears as we endured the pain of loss.

As we bring 2011 to a close, I think back of all the happiness and sadness of the year. I reflect on our family members that are no longer with us and also enjoy the time we have with all family and friends.