Sunday, June 18, 2017
If you saw in earlier posts for Hailey's 9th birthday she picked a TROLLS theme party! It was nearly impossible to find Trolls birthday supplies, but with some help from Pinterest we figured it out!
Hailey was able to take cupcakes to school on her birthday and all the kids were thrilled when the Trolls cupcakes arrived!
Hailey's grandma works at M&M world and had some M&M's personalized for Hailey. This was a huge hit! Such a fun idea and totally worth it if you can use someone's employee discount! LOL!
Hailey had mentioned that she wanted to see her name in balloons and when she came home from school, that is what she saw! So fun!
Every party is a lot more fun with balloons right?
I received the most thoughtful text message from our friends at Raising Canes! They invited our whole family to come down for Hailey's birthday. They even had gifts and a cake for Hailey. So fun that all the employees sang to her. Love the Raising Canes family that we have. They really love Hailey SO much!!
For Hailey's actual party the next day we had a lot to do starting very early in the morning and even before that. I always apply for an Icing Smiles Cake and this year when I did they had told me the rules have changed and I'll just paraphrase " there are a lot more hoops to jump through when applying." I did end up getting all the proof and paper work needed just in time for us to be granted a cake. Look how wonderful it turned out!! Thank you to Nancy's Sweets and Treats for donating this cake!
We needed somewhere to have the party but we couldn't afford an outrageous priced place. We tried Dave and Busters but it was SO expensive and there was no offer for any discounts from them. We knew Hailey wanted a pizza party so we ended up at Peter Piper Pizza. Everyone there was terrific and we were able to have the party there without having to pay a price per person since I did all the decorating myself. It was the perfect place!
When Hailey arrived to see her party she was beyond thrilled. Each child that passed by us would ask if they could be a part of our party. Even the staff had said that our party was one of the more extravagant ones they had seen!
Like I said, lots of help from Pinterst and Target!
I was so glad I could put this party together for Hailey even after my radiation therapy treatment. I was in pain and exhausted but I wanted her to have the best party!
Thank you to everyone who sent gifts to Hailey off of her Amazon wish list! We love that you love Hailey!
One of the gifts that Hailey was so excited for was LEGOs! Who knew that Hailey would love LEGOs so much! We had many family nights helping her build and play with Legos!
Thank you to everyone who has bought an "I'm Awesome" shirt so far. We have a few more days until we will see if we reached our print minimum. If we reach 24 sold items then we will be able to print and mail out our shirts. If you like to see what we have available for sale you can check the shirts out HERE.
We also have a coupon code for our Etsy shop. Use code SUMMER25 for 25% off your purchase of $5 or more for 1 week only!
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Time to talk about April even though I know we are in June. Read on and you will cut me some slack. It's been Crazy!!
The month of April didn't start off too bad. Hailey went to horse therapy and had been doing great!
We were able to celebrate Easter and Hailey's Aunt got her this cool Easter shadow egg. Hailey would look inside every time she passed by the egg. It was so neat!
We did go to a few Easter Egg hunts but Hailey started to not feel to well. It was spring break and she just seemed like she wasn't feeling to well. No fever, but she just got worse and worse.
She did start throwing up and not holding anything down so we ended up in the emergency room! She was ataxic and due to disease progression she was becoming lethargic and dehydrated.
We discovered she also had strep throat and a bladder infection. She was given antibiotics and was doing fine until...
We discovered that she was allergic to her anti biotic! We did go to her pediatrician and we now have to add allergic to amoxicillin to her charts...
Everything cleared up pretty quick and Hailey was back to normal. Which was great because we always have fun things planned for her!
She attended a dinner for the Make a Wish volunteers and she had a ton of fun.
We were also invited to Bonnie Springs where they were raising money to be donated to Make a Wish. It was put together by another wish kid that is someone very close to Hailey. We had so much fun!
There was so much to see! We loved the animals and the train rides!
Then this happened....
Hailey's mom was diagnosed with Graves Disease or a Hyper Thyroid and needed to undergo radiation therapy. She was also going to be in restricted isolation for 3 days and then modified isolation for 2 days after that. Hailey's grandparents flew down and Hailey was able to face time with mom. It was pretty odd not being able to be with Hailey when that's all Hailey's mom did. She took care of Hailey 24/7. Being in isolation meant NO contact, No sharing bathrooms, beds, towels, linens. No touching food or plates or utensils. Throwing everything touched into a garbage bag and holding the garbage for 6 weeks.
After isolation was over Hailey's mom developed thyroiditis and needed to be put on steroids. Then now that we are 7 weeks after radiation we receive our bill which is HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of dollars. Hailey's mom set up a booster to try and help raise money to pay that bill. You can see the booster HERE if you are interested in helping.
That was April. Now on to May...
Monday, May 22, 2017
So we have some new items in our Etsy shop! Ideas come from necessity and that's what happened when we came up with our new items. The first item we created was a pin holder for when you are at places like Disneyland or Disneyworld. On Hailey's lanyard she didn't want to trade specific pins. We put the pins she wants to trade on a pin holder we created and the pins she will trade are easy to get to and display.
Another item we created was a pouch holder that attaches to a lanyard. I have to constantly take out our passes to get them scanned for when we take Hailey on rides. The pouch holders I've purchased in the past easily break so I made my own. I can put our passes in our pouch and have them scanned through the plastic! YAY! We are so excited for these items! Everything is listed in our Etsy shop and to make room we have put almost every other item on clearance! Be sure to check out the new items and let me know what you think!
We put the pins that Hailey wouldn't mind trading on this pin holder. It has an eyelet so that we can attach our favorite lanyard and she can wear it if she wants to. The pins are easily ready and are displayed so that you can get tons of compliments!
This is the basic pattern without the pins. We have all sorts of fabric and colors that are all Disney inspired!
We also have lanyards available for purchase as well!
Another item we have are the pocket pouches. These come with an eyelet that you can attach your lanyard to as well.
It's wide enough that you can fit money, gift cards, or I even put in my passes.
Every time Hailey wants to ride an attraction I have to get out our passes. Well not anymore. My passes can easily be scanned through the plastic!
If you already have a lanyard then those will attach too! We love all the patterns of fabric we have. Hailey had SO much fun picking out her favorites!
These are going to be the perfect Disney accessory for our next trip!
We even have superhero fabric just in time for the Summer of Heros coming up at Disney California Adventure!
If you would rather not have a snap closure we have pouches without them as well. Maybe put in your map so you can get to it easier. I always fold mine up and put it in my pocket.
Theses are the new fabrics we have. I'm excited for BB8 and Captain America!
All of the lanyards in our shop would go great with our pocket pouches or pin trader pads.
This is Finding Dory
I can't wait to get these out into the parks! I am excited to use them myself! And remember you seen them here FIRST!!
The store is open. You can shop HERE!!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Every year people anticipate what theme will Hailey have for her birthday? Any guesses??
As we get the party planning underway Hailey did pick a theme and really it couldn't be anymore perfect for Hailey.
This years theme is:
Have you seen this movie? Trolls have times throughout the day that's designated as HUG TIME! That's perfect for our Hailey!
The Trolls theme hasn't been easy to come by. We did find a few things at Target and we did apply for a cake through Icing Smiles. I just got word they did find a baker, but they have not contacted me directly yet...
Everything else will probably be Pinterest inspired or purchased on Amazon and I can't wait!
If you want to get Hailey a gift off of her Amazon Wish list that is located HERE.
If you'd like to make a monetary donation you can do that HERE.
We can't wait for May!!
Wow! So I'm just now posting about March when April is almost over...LOL! Things have been crazy over hear as per usual so lets get this update started.
March was the annual Walk for Wishes event. In the past you saw Hailey in all the promotional videos prior to the race. Sadly not this year. It's others turn. Our teams were huge back then! Our team was about half the size of last years, but we still walked and raised money for wish kids like Hailey!
Every year Hailey and her cousin cross the finish line together holding hands. This year was no different!
We did catch our friend Captain Jack walking and join him and his crew for a bit.
You can't have leprechauns not be mischievous on St. Patrick's Day! This is always so funny to Hailey.
There were so many nice days weather wise at the barn where Hailey does Horse Therapy. When the chickens lay eggs Hailey wears the egg apron and goes collecting. She LOVES it!
The way this chicken looks at us cracks me up! HA! HA!
Hailey's Horse Lena is the second horse we've done therapy with. When Hailey started we worked with another horse. Does anyone remember his name?
When Hailey first started lessons she worked with Pablo.
He did a great job with Hailey. It's a scary thing to ride a horse when you've never done it before, especially as a mom letting your child ride a horse when they never have before.
Sadly Pablo did pass away unexpectedly and our hearts were broken. When we told Hailey she asked if Pablo was with our Daisy, who passed away last year, in heaven? She's understanding more and more and it's very sad how much death we experience. She loses a lot of friends.
But we keep the memories. Goodbye sweet horse. We will miss seeing you Pablo!
The month of April is on it's way our and May is around the corner. You all know what happens in May right?!?!?!?