Sunday, May 17, 2015

Final Gymnastics Meet of the Year.

Ally was pretty excited for this meet. Her friend Hannah was competing this week too. Ally placed 4th out of 18 for her age group and scored a personal best on the vault.


All dressed in her warm up suit walking to the gym. The theme for this meet was Hollywood, and so they had a Star for each gym. 

Watching another team compete. 


The vault!

Bars

Dismount

Hands up to finish

On the beam.

At home with her trophy. 

It was a fun meet and we continue to be so very proud of Ally. She works incredibly hard at gymnastics and is very committed. She wants to keep going three times a week even though competitions are over and she asked to start team practices this summer and go three times a week to that. That would be 9 hours of gymnastics a week!!!! She explained it to me. 

We talked to her coaches and they thought she should start with two times a week and see how that goes.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Cloey!!!!

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I made cupcakes with purple frosting and Becky stopped on her way home for purple balloons. Today is Cloey’s 1st birthday. Ally has been talking about this for months. We have a small party planned for next weekend. This was just Cloey’s small party at home with her family.

 

 

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Ally got to blow out the candle on the cupcake.

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Pretty fun time.

And in other fantastic news Ally practiced at full strength today at gymnastics and even did her vault and round off back handspring. We are so proud of her. Not just for gymnastics but she got another fantastic report card and her teachers had lots of positive things to say about her at our conference yesterday.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

We are still here

It's been a busy and stress filled few weeks. Fun was mixed in there too and I hope to get blog caught up soon. 
But here are some fun pics

Ally has been asked to join the team at her gym starting this summer and she is very excited!!! 


Cloey can always be counted on for fun.


Becky is a good sport. They were reading Spanish and Ally was looking over Becky's shoulder and just couldn't resist messing up Becky's hair.


Ally received a fun care package from Graat Aunt Martha and Uncle Phil this week. Thank you


Ally has been loving reading lately.

We are still here

It's been a busy and stress filled few weeks. Fun was mixed in there too and I hope to get blog caught up soon. 
But here are some fun pics

Ally has been asked to join the team at her gym starting this summer and she is very excited!!! 


Cloey can always be counted on for fun.


Becky is a good sport. They were reading Spanish and Ally was looking over Becky's shoulder and just couldn't resist messing up Becky's hair.


Ally received a fun care package from Graat Aunt Martha and Uncle Phil this week. Thank you


Ally has been loving reading lately.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Vacation week cont'd

Since Grandma Barbie was in the hospital we decided to drive over to see her. It was pretty last minute decision and we didn't tell my parents we were going. But we did it.

After we made sheep cupcakes for my Sunday school class

I was supposed to lead a lesson on The Lost Sheep parable, which tied into our previous lesson on The Prodigal Son. In both parables there is a celebration at the end, so I prepped the cupcakes with help from Becky and the class decorated them.

We missed church to drive home but I heard they were a big hit. 


Ally and Becky and Cloey did not go in to the hospital to see Grandma Barbie. They got Cloey a car seat, and had a picnic lunch at the park.


Ally and I made signs to hang in mom's hospital room. And I took a picture of Grandma to show Ally that she was really alright.



Hilariously Barb calls her bruises her "hospital tan".


Cloey stretch out of her car seat to watch the IPad with Ally on the way back to our house. We only stayed one night but we were all glad we went.

The rest of the week was filled up with gymnastics and doctors appointments and play dates.

The dermatologist sent us to see a different allergist to see if we can find the source of the rash. No luck with him. He was very nice. But he said it wasn't an allergy but that if his daughter had a rash like Ally's he would take her to the dermatologist we are working with. He did diagnose Ally with seasonal allergies and said she should take an OTC allergy pill for relief. 

Becky took Ally to a physical therapist for her ankle. The PT said Ally's ankle seems fine, stop wearing the boot and try to return to normal activities. She said if the pain persists past 10 more days we should go back to the orthopedist for an MRI. It has been more than 10 days and Ally still complains of pain and won't run at gymnastics or at school for recess or gym. We plan to call her pediatrician on Monday for advice.  It doesn't hurt too bad because Ally is competing tomorrow in 3 events and gymnastics, the beam, floor and bars. No vault because she isn't running. Ballet practice went well today too. We are happy Ally is walking normally and not in constant pain.

One of Ally's play dates was at the museum of fine arts with Rosa.


These two have a lot of fun together.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Vacation Week

It was school vacation week April 18-25. The week started out with a bang, Beth arrived on the red eye Saturday morning after a trip to NYC and San Fransico. Soon after she got to our house, my dad called to tell me mom was in the hospital! Oh no. We had a busy day planned, ballet, then a harbor cruise with Rosa and her family and finally the circus.


Showing Aunt Beth pictures from our Hawaii trip. 


Waiting for cruise to leave.


It was a beautiful sunny day.


But it got really chilly with the wind on the water.




We saw 2 seals and the Nantucket boat!

Ally wore her boot and was in good spirits.


The sisters shared corn dogs for dinner.



Just like 2 years ago I carried Ally on my shoulders up the steps at Government Center.



Ally was very excited to have cotton candy and popcorn.



The contortionists were my favorite. Two women in a 2'x2' glass box.


Lots of fun like last time!

My mom was admitted to the hospital and I talked to my dad a few times during the day.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Quick Update


Yes the boot is still on. One more week. I'm writing this from gymnastics class. Ally's coaches suggested she come this week and work on conditioning and getting the feel back.
She did so much bar work at home this weekend that she woke up this morning saying her arms were sore!

Ally says her ankle feels much better but still hurts a "teeny bit". 

In other health news no progress :(
The antibiotics did not help her rash at all. We had our follow up at the GI today and for the most part things look good. Low vitamin D, which we are not surprised since Ally has been off dairy for a month. And he thinks low vitamin E. He did not test for the E but her red blodd cells are an unusual shape, which indicates low vitamin E. He doesn't want to draw blood just for that so he prescribed vitamins for both of these to get her levels back up. He said that drinking milk should be fine to keep her vitamin D regular once we get it back up in normal range. We don't have all the results back from the gluten and a Bacteria test. He will email those.

He said Ally was healthy and told us Ally is seeing "the best dermatologist for kids" and that that doctor would figure out the rash. 

It was good to know things are good and that he feels really strongly that our dermatologist is good.