Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

We decided to drive up to Hutchinson today and go to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.  Olivia has shown an interest lately in planets and rockets and space, so we thought she might enjoy it.  To be honest, I was never interested in any of that as a child so I’m trying to re-open my eyes to it.  LOL!  We even made it to an IMAX show about elephants and orangutans.   When the show first started, Olivia asked, “Are we IN the movie?” It was too cute.  I’ve always been impressed by the IMAX theater at the Cosmosphere  too. 

photo (45)

photo (46)

I guess we were both looking up at the wrong camera. . .

photo (43)

I think she had a good time.  Upon leaving, however, we found out that she was disappointed because she thought she was going there to ride in a rocket.  So, it didn’t quite live up to her expectations. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Around our house, we have Squinkies growing out of our ears!  Olivia got some last year in her Easter basket and has been mesmerized with them since.  Her very favorite one is her beloved Peacock (actually I think it’s a blue parakeet, but Olivia insists it is indeed a peacock.) Every time you see her, chances are, Peacock is tucked safely in her hands.  She even sleeps with it every night clutched in her fist.  (Until she wakes up at 3 am crying for Peacock and I’m in her room with a flashlight and hula hoop trying to retrieve it from under her bed.)

photo (49)

Anyway, a few months ago, we misplaced Peacock and after a few weeks of hearing Olivia pine over it, we figured out what series it came in and got her a new Peacock. We thought she’d be happy, but she told us it was NOT Peacock. It didn’t have big eyes, she said. I argued that it was exactly the same as her Peacock, but she consistently told me it was not. One happy day, Olivia found her old Peacock and was overjoyed!! And. . .come to find out. . .she was right.    

photo (50)

They are not the same because her peacock has bigger eyes. That’ll teach me not to argue with her. LOL! Notice that Peacock’s wings have both fallen off and it’s no longer shiny. But, to Olivia it is the most special toy in the world!

photo (43)

Olivia and her Peacock

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day

I thought of making a candelit dinner for Ryan, but it wouldn’t quite have the same romantic feel with a 4 year old.  So, Olivia and I decided to put up streamers and blow up some balloons.  I even helped Olivia make daddy a cute handprint valentine. 

photo (46)

I did also make him his favorite dinner. . . .

photo (43)

and Olivia and I wrote down all the reasons that we love him.

photo (45)

Here are some of Olivia’s. 

*I love daddy because he gets me donuts.

*I love to watch Spiderman with daddy.

*I love daddy because he makes me lots of things.

*I love daddy because he plays Squinkies.  LOL!

photo (47)

Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

March for Babies 2012

The March for Babies is in 2 months.  This year, it is on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9 am.  The walk starts at 10 am.  If you’ve previously been on the Olivia and Logan Team, we’d LOVE to have you back to walk with us.  If you haven’t, please consider joining.  We have a great time together.  As Olivia gets old enough to understand what she endured, I want her to know how much she continues to be supported and loved.  This is also one of the few ways that I have to honor my son’s memory.  Together, who knows how many babies, like Olivia, will be saved.  The above video is one that I made for National Prematurity Awareness Day.  It also tells our story and why we march for babies.  It is something very near and dear to my heart.  If you cannot attend, please consider giving a small donation to our team. . .every little bit helps.  Just click on the link on the sidebar to your right.  Thank You!