"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." - Shel Silverstein

Monday, January 31, 2011

Rissa Roo's First Field Trip

Rissa had her first field trip with her pre-school class today. Her class actually had a field trip back in November, but it was to the roller skating rink and we didn't think she should go because of her hip issues. But today, they went bowling, and Marissa had a blast! Daddy took time off work to come and teach her how to bowl. It was so much fun!

This is Sully, the little guy I have been watching every week day since September. Isn't he a cutie?

Strong Rissa!!


She bowled a 115! Not bad for a first timer! Next time we'll have to see if she can throw it down the lane "old school". :-)

Monday, January 3, 2011

2010: The Year in Review

2010 was a very busy, very exciting year for our little family. It was full of many life-changing events. Here's a recap, in pictures:

January: Hunkering down from the cold and getting sweet kisses.

February: A visit from Uncle Brian and Aunt Julia, just in time for Uncle's 30th B-Day!

March: Rissa Roo turned three years old!

And, she had an unfortunate accident resulting in a broken wrist.

April: Rissa added pneumonia to her broken wrist. :-( Luckily, we caught it right in the beginning so it did not hit her as hard as in the past.

May: Hung out with friends and enjoyed the warmer weather.

June: Rissa had her big surgery to reconstruct her airway. Just a step along the way to getting her trach out!

July: Getting dressed in her 4th of July best and hanging out with two Aunties and an Uncle!

August: Sleep study, complete with goopy hair and marker on her face. Yet another step toward decannulation.

September: This was a huge, exciting month! It started out with a visit from Grandma. She stayed for a week and she and Rissa loved on each other lots!

Then, I started taking care of my friend's baby boy when she went back to work during the weekdays. Now, Marissa has a "little brother" to boss around!

Then of course, the biggest and most exciting part of the whole year: Rissa had her trach taken out for good! So awesome!!

October: Showing off her naked neck and being Minnie Mouse for Halloween.

November: Another huge milestone: Rissa started school! She absolutely loves it!

December: One last milestone for the year: Rissa's first haircut. We only took about two inches off but it looks great!

Finally, a wonderful Christmas spent in Grand Junction, at Nana & Papa's farm with our awesome family!
Whew! Can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for us! Happy New Year, Friends!