Saturday, August 31, 2013


My brave boy. Another ear surgery. This one was much more in depth. What was supposed to be a reconstruction of the middle ear bones, so our boy could hear well again, turned into more. Once inside his ear, the surgeon found a large mass growing, a cholesteotoma. It was a mess, even growing into the mastoid bone. The surgery took almost 3 hours, but was overall successful. The surgeon was able to do all the work inside the ear, and avoid cutting outside. Time will tell if he got it all. If he didn't, it will start growing back. The reconstruction is postponed until his ear is healed and we're sure the cholesteotoma is completely gone. It was a shocking turn of events, but we are thankful our boy was in good hands. He was so brave, and recovered extremely well with the help of new Lego's! :)

Sunday, August 25, 2013


Our summer vacay was to one of our favorite cities...KC! We went back to the Great Wolf Lodge, where we celebrated Annie turning 9! We swam to our hearts content, and really enjoyed the lodge. The kids thought our suite with an upstairs room was amazing! :)

We ate at the T-Rex cafe again, and went to the KC zoo. Last time we tried the zoo, it was extremely hot and we didn't get far. This time it was beautiful, and we did the whole thing, Skycoaster and all! We hit Crown Center before we headed home for some Fritz's food, of course! It ended up being a great trip!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Birthday time!

We celebrated Annie and Elaina's birthdays with the family! We sure love our pizza arcade birthday tradition!

Saturday, August 17, 2013


The girls both went to their first sleep away camp this year! They LOVED their time at Camp Lookout! They both had wonderful counselors and made great friends. Austin missed them!

First place!

Ellie has been taking riding lessons for a couple of months and loving it! She was so excited to participate in her first horse show! She showed Zydeco the pony in the halter class, and one First place! Yay, Ellie!!!