Sunday, June 24, 2012

June is Here... and Gone?

June came and is now just about over! 

On June 2nd, we had the boys' NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) Reunion at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.  One of the first stops was to make their quilt square.  The NICU makes a quilt that hangs and I cannot tell you how many hours were spent looking at each square when we were there looking for other babies born so early and are now happy and healthy! 

Here is their square that many families will look at in the coming year, hopefully finding strength, hope, and support for their little ones in the NICU.


While I was making their square, The Boys found the station with balls and jump ropes.  This was right up their ally.  There are many other things for kiddos to do and I am thinking each year the boys will participate in more.  The huge bounce houses will be a hit next year!

It's amazing walking around and looking at all the shirts and stories about some babies there.  One teenager was wearing a shirt that said, "I'm a Miracle.  Born weighing 14 ounces."  I do have to say it is a day that also brings back many emotions and memories as well.  We are able to connect with the doctors, other families, and the nurses that we spent many hours with too! 

The weather was so beautiful, we played outside with hula hoops and HUGE balls!

We ended our morning with a picnic lunch.  We missed taking a picture with the boys and their isolete this year, but here is Daddy and his Boys this year...

Compared to last year!

The entire day the boys were infatuated with the balloons.  Some kiddos had them and I wanted to find out where they were getting them from... The boys found them!  Once we found out we could take some, our day was complete. 

Next year I would like to put a team together for the baby Steps 3K and raise some money for this awesome event.  There is a booth that gives healthy snacks and educates parents, another that fits kids for bike helmets, and a story time booth where all kids get to pick out a book and take them home.  It is a great time, a day to reflect on our journey and truly think about how blessed we are to have two healthy boys.  We will continue to participate as long as the boys enjoy it and want to!

Wednesday, June 6th was my last day with kiddos at school.  The boys stayed at Bonnie's through Friday to give me a couple extra days of work.  The boys absolutely love to go to Bonnie's and we will miss her this summer.  We may try to sneak in some visits or days throughout this summer to keep the boys familiar with everything and continue to see some of their friends and maybe give mom a break! 

Sitting on the front porch.  Any nice day, I could find the boys outside and playing hard!

Aiden couldn't leave without doing one last Sweep Sweep.  :)
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We cannot believe it is just about July... Where did June go?  Time flies when you are busy and having fun!

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