It has taken 3 days, but we are nearly unpacked, cleaned up and rested from our 2 week adventure to the gorgeous state of Kentucky. It was a great trip! The kids ordered a good snowfall before we left, and they sure did receive lots and lots of snow at different times. They had numerous snowball fights, went sledding a couple of times, found out what it felt like when your hands get so cold that they go numb, bought rainboots because converse were not exactly the shoes equipped to handle snow, and stayed up way past their bedtime each and every night.Nate weathered the trip fairly well, minus that little blip right after we arrived. He did well the rest of the time and really perked up toward the end of the second week when we were at Jay's parents. The kids all loved playing with their cousins and spending special time with their grandparents, aunts and uncles.It was really a special time for all of us. Even though we stayed a good long while with each side of the family, it was still so hard to leave them. We enjoyed getting back home, but we really miss everyone. As the kids get older, these trips mean more to them and us.For the next few days, I'll post little pics from our trip. I took over 400 pictures and have edited over 100. I didn't want to miss a thing.My niece, Hailey, is doing very well! It was so good to see her, as it has been an entire year since we saw her last. If you remember, she had heart surgery about a year and a half ago. She is doing really, really well now. She is making progress on eating and not relying solely on her g-tube. She's walking everywhere and is talking up a storm with the sweetest little voice ever. She is a smart little booger, and I miss her precious smile terribly! I have had the wonderful privilege of being in contact with Hailey's geneticist at Kentucky Children's to give her info on Nathan's genetic problems in hope that it may shed light on finding a diagnosis for Hailey. While Nathan has more metabolic problems, Hailey has more genetic defects, but she does have a couple of metabolic flags. They are so very different...yet they are the same on some things. It's all very hard to figure out. Her geneticist is delightful, and it has been wonderful conversing with her. My littlest sister and I...for the record, I had the glasses LONG before she did. Great minds do indeed think alike! I wuvvvv her.
Pawpaw sang "Baby Bumblebee" to the girls countless times during this trip. I'm not too sad that I don't hear this a bajillion times a day anymore.
Next up...Kentucky Parto Doso