Friday, July 18, 2008


We had an amazing time in California, but definitely did not want to come home! Going a day early gave us even more time to spend with friends and family. We started off our adventure with one night in Santa Rosa, picked up Jeremy who we hadn't seen for 6 weeks, and were off to Clear Lake for some R and R, visit with Aunt Pam and friends and Jeremy's 5th birthday. Unfortunately, it was so hot we just about melted and felt like we were back in Texas! It was even 109 one day!

After a few days in Clear Lake we came back to Santa Rosa and then headed up to Sonora to see Gigi, Grandpa, Aunt Debbie, Uncle Pat, and cousins Ryan, Matt and Mark. While we were there we went up to Pine Crest, one of Bryan's old camping stomping grounds. For some reason we have ALWAYS had some fluke thing happen to us while we are on vacation. This time we had a bat incident. Not a baseball bat, but a black bat with wings and all! To make a long story short a bat flew or fell, we aren't sure, into our spot at Pine Crest near the beach. After Bryan and Mark tried flicking it away with a sand shovel, the darn thing took a flying leap onto Jeremy who was in the water! Complete panic hit us all. Fortunately, Jeremy had a life jacket on and Bryan and Mark moved a lightening speed to get it off. There were no bites and in the end the bat tested negative for rabies so no shots. Yahoo!

After our bat adventure we went to Concord after stopping for lunch with Uncle Dave in Tracy. In Concord we were able to see Grandpa Charlie, Aunt Brooke, Aunt Jennie and cousins Zak and Maddie. We were even able to zip over to Sacramento for a quick dinner with Grandma Courtney. To finish out the trip we ended up back in Santa Rosa where we hung out with Aunt Tiffany, Aunt Kathy, Uncle Kevin and cousins Riley, Laney and Baby Kyle. We arrived back in hot, humid Texas late Wednesday night and are back to the daily grind!

Next week we have an eye appointment for Logan, two appointments for Courtney, one of which we hope she will get her hearing aids (Sunshine Cottage and ECI), a CT scan for Courtney (sedated) and I have a dentist appointment! Nothing like a little dose of reality when you return home from vacation!

Here are a few of our favorite pictures from our trip. Enjoy!


Lisa said...

Now if that doesn't make having kids look like a blast I don't know what would. Glad you had such a great trip with your family!

Melissa said...

Sounds like you had a blast while you were on vacation. And camping looked so fun. Hopefully you had a better out come than what we had when we went camping over the 4th. I LOVE the picture of you and Jeremy hugging. I bet it was sooo nice to hug and see your boy again. I still cant believe how much your kids look a like :) I love it! CALL ME... its been forever!

tammy said...

It is definitely an emotional roller coaster, but gets a little better each day! The tears of sadness become tears of happiness as they reach different hearing milestones. I can't wait for the day that Aiden looks at me and tells me he loves me! The blogging world has helped me tremendously ... these moms & dads out here are absolutely wonderful! I call it my therapy! : ) Feel free to email me at if you'd like to chat sometime!

(I posted the above on my blog, but thought I better put it here too in case you don't see the other!) I wanted to ask too, sounds like you were in education? I'd love to chat about what you did with the consulting part. I'm staying home now (after teaching) but need some sort of income. My hubby's a Lt. at the police dept. so we need something else coming in while I stay home with Aiden.

Celeste said...

Hi there! I found your link off of "Our Journey" blog and snuck in for a peek! Your little Courtney is simply adorable! I have a three year old who is profoundly deaf and received his first CI last December. Good luck with the days does get easier!

Bill and Shelly said...

Hi, I found your blog off of Aiden's mom, Tammy.
We have a 5( almost 6 year old)girl, named Allison who was implanted in Jan 2005 at the age of 2, she received her 2nd in April of this year. She will be heading to K in Aug in a totally oral classroom. Allison has made amazing gains.
It always helps to talk to families that are in the same boat. While we are a little farther down the CI road, I am here if you need someone to talk too that has "been there, done that".
We also have a blog, feel free to stop by:

kkohler said...

Thank you all so much for your words of encouragement, it really does help! I have read most of your blogs and they have all given me so much hope and optimism about Courtney and our journey. Thank you again!