New Year’s Update

So it’s been a while ;)

Here’s the Reader’s Digest version:

December:

Olivia started taking dance lessons at the YMCA. Unfortunately they only got two classes in before her teacher was injured. She starts up again March 7. :)

Maddie started basketball practice for her school team.

Olivia’s swimming improved dramatically in December and at one point she was down to a 1/4 bubble. Both Arnie and I were quite emotional watching her swim around. Our little fish :)

Christmas was a huge hit. The big hits were Pixos for Maddie and a Fancy Nancy doll for Olivia. If you don’t know who Fancy Nancy is, google it this instant. It’s a great group of stories about a little girl who likes to be fancy (which is very much our Olivia!)

January:

We took the girls to see Disney on Ice (Magical Journeys). Had great seats and the girls loved it. :) Olivia is so different from Maddie. She questioned why Tink wasn’t really flying but had a cable on her. I said that Tink’s magic didn’t work so well in the building we were in. And then she said it wasn’t the real Ariel. I told her it was because Ariel was in Disney at a meeting with her father. The child is SO literal!

Olivia started a jazz class at the Y in January. She wasn’t too sure about it but ended up having a ball with it. The instructor ended up getting injured so Olivia only had three classes. She’ll start back up March 7.

We registered Olivia for kindergarten! It’s hard to believe she’s come so far and will be in school in the fall. Time is flying…

Maddie’s basketball team went UNDEFEATED this year! 6-0. She scored one basket in 6 games but still is playing scrappy and loves playing. There’s nothing that makes me happier than watching her skip up the court.

Olivia started a cold in late January. Arnie brought her to the Dr to check her out and while there we requested they check her weight. She’s gained 5 lbs since surgery. Grow baby grow!!!

February:
We started off the month with Lily’s Fontan. She did GREAT and was home within 7 days. She was on the fast track! We’re so happy they’re on the “other side” with us. I drove up to Boston and spent an overnight there to support them AND for my own piece of mind. I honestly think I was more nervous about it all than Laura, Lily’s mom.

Arnie and Maddie went to the Sweetheart Dance on Friday, February 6. She got all dolled up with help from Auntie and looked like a teenager. Just beautiful… (Pictures to follow)

Friday night overnight Olivia woke up with a stomach bug. It was HORRIBLE. She got very dehydrated and I was panicking inside that she was going to end up at the hospital for a bag of fluids. We saw Dr. Friedman who did a strep test to rule that out. Thankfully the throwing up stopped within 12 hours of starting but it was scary.

Valentine’s Day (Day of Hearts): The girls and I went to Costco and then delivered bouquets of flowers to Maddie’s teacher and the aide for her class. Olivia and I baked a cake and then in the evening Olivia had a play date with her friend Landon.

February 15: we went to New York City with the girls. We took a train on Sunday afternoon and stayed at the Millennium Broadway hotel which was a 2 minute walk to Toys R Us in Times Square. We got upgraded to a suite on the 51st floor which had a great view of the ball they drop on New Year’s Eve and a slight view of Times Square.

We were going to try and get tickets to see a show but it didn’t work out with the timing of our train arrival, etc. Next time! Instead we walked the City, hitting Toys R Us, American Girl Place and the World Of Disney. The girls did a great job walking everywhere and it was amazing to be able to go somewhere without needing a stroller!

Maddie traveled the state of CT with YMCA Fun Days during Winter Break. She visited the Jump Zone in Canton, the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk and the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport. She had a ball.

So that’s the update for now. I have new pictures I’ll put up in the next day or so.

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