Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Broadway Bounce

The NCAA Division 1 Women's Basketball Championships were held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville this year.  As part of this Final Four event, Coca Cola sponsored the Broadway Bounce on Saturday, April 5, which is where kids ages 18 and under could dribble a basketball through downtown Nashville.  There were over 2,000 kids that participated!  Before the dribbling began, though, a few local clubs were asked to come and perform, and Colby's TOTs group was one of these clubs.  These kids did an awesome job showing off their dribbling.  Just like their shirts say...they are small on size but big on skills!

I couldn't help but get teary eyed watching Colby perform and dribble his basketball through downtown.  This is only one week after his cath procedure.  He simply amazes me and inspires me to always give 110% at everything I do.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Colby's Cath Procedure

We ended our Spring Break week with a one night stay at the hospital.  Colby's sats have been dropping over the last year, so Dr. Doyle wanted to do a cath to see what might be causing the lower sats.  Colby was so excited about going to the hospital.  He acted like he was in Disney World while waiting in Pre-op.  This boy can have fun anywhere!  

To Dr. Doyle's surprise, the problem was his fenestration hole from his Fontan operation 3 years ago was still open.  These typically close on their own within 6-12 months...but not Colby's!  Dr. Doyle inserted a device that closed up the hole, and Colby's sats immediately went back up into the mid to high 90s.

It took him a while to completely wake up from the anesthesia, but once he did, there was no slowing him down.  He wanted to eat, and he wanted to walk around the halls to look at all of the artwork.  He was very happy when Poogie and Gacky brought Brody by for a visit.  Then later, Catherine brought Cain to visit too.  By morning, he was officially back to crazy Colby.  Right before they discharged him, he was racing us around the halls.

We went to dinner to celebrate his successful cath.  No one would have ever guessed what he had just been through.  This kid is truly amazing and inspires me daily!

The next morning, I found them in Brody's bed together.  I guess they really missed each other after that one night apart.  These 2 have crazy love for each other, and it just makes me so happy!

Colby was given a big card signed by many of his friends from Children's Church and a teddy bear when he went to church Sunday.  He was so surprised and happy!  We are blessed to have such an awesome church family.

Spring Break 2014

We kicked off our spring break week with a trip to Sweetwater, TN for the Lost Sea Adventure.  I had never heard of this place, but I am so glad that Jason found it.  We had a lot of fun walking through the cave and taking a boat ride on the underwater lake.  

We left Sweetwater and headed to Gatlinburg.  We only stayed in Gatlinburg one night, but we had a lot of fun while we were there.  On the way home the next day, we stopped in Pigeon Forge for go karts and the boys' first ever air brushed hats.  They were super excited about the hats!

The rest of our spring was spent playing at home, going to movies, and hanging out with friends who also stayed in town.  We unfortunately had a very cold spring break, and just like last year, it even snowed one day.  This didn't bother the boys though.  Brody even took advantage of the snow day to practice counting money like his teacher suggested.  He found all of the spare change in our house, counted it, and rolled it.  Our little business man even negotiated a 50/50 split with us for all of his hard work.  He ended up with $75 and even shared some of his split with Colby!  This was a win for all of us...the boys got money, and I got all of our change rolled and out of the house.  That is a productive Spring Break!

Monday, April 7, 2014

2014 CHD Research Donation

The final total from our bake sale and direct donations is...$2,667!!  We are so happy to donate this money to the congenital heart defect research being done at the Monroe Carrel Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.  We continually pray for this research and the effects that it will have on those living with a congenital heart defect.  

Thank you again to everyone who played a part in this year's Bake Sale and Blood Drive!