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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Love Makes a Family

As I sit here going through my photos to attempt and catch up on posts (which I never seem to do), one thing stands out above the rest.  Life is messy, sometimes logistic are tricky, and nothing is perfect. Behind the smiles are sometimes struggles unseen. We don't let anything slow us down, though, and we make sure to live life to it's fullest. We try to make each day filled with joy and adventure, even when it's messy. We are so blessed to be going through this journey together. No matter what happens, we always have each other, and it's life's greatest gift! 

Challenger Baseball

We just wrapped up another season of Challenger Baseball and had a blast as usual. The girls really love playing, and Conner is a great helper. The organization is wonderful and we all have so much fun going out together.  The kiddos are so full of joy and each one brings so much to the team.  We can't wait until next season!

Dancing in the Streets... A Dream Come True

Anyone who has ever spent time with my girls has surely realized one thing; they love to dance. Wherever they go, no matter what they are doing, if there's music, they start dancing. Madi's dream has been to dance on stage since she was just a tiny girl. She took dance lessons at the local community center, which she loved, but they never had performances on stage. I called so many studios, but couldn't find somewhere that would include her and also had real performances. Fast forward a few years, an adoption, a move to Tucson, and the hunt continued. A few good friends told us about Dancing in the Streets, so I contacted them. They were excited to work with the girls and included them in their performance of Sleeping Beauty.

Leading up to the performance the girls went to weekly practices. Joey and Soleste, the owners of the studio, worked hard to understand how the girl's bodies move and what they are capable of. They made sure to stretch them to try new things and move their bodies how they are able. 

They performance was AMAZING and the girls were just glowing. They wore stage makeup, tiaras, beautiful costumes, and were radiant! They had so much fun and are still telling everyone about it. We had friends, family, and even therapists show up to watch the girls and they truly felt like stars. It was such an awesome experience and it meant the world to the girls. We feel so blessed to be part of their studio and all that they do.  

Dancing in the Streets does so much for the community; even giving scholarships to kiddos who can't afford dance.  If you are looking for an organization to get behind, this is another great place that needs your help!  You can read more about them HERE.   

Our Chicago Trip

Last month we took a family trip to Chicago to visit with David's grandma and do a little sightseeing. It was such a fun time for us all.  

We spent the first three days visiting David's grandma in a little suburb about an hour outside of the city. We went to the park and a war museum, and really enjoyed our time with her.

After that we stayed downtown and showed the kiddos as much as we could for our remaining days.  The second day downtown Madi had a seizure so we ended up touring the children's hospital, but she was very well taken care of and we were back to the fun quickly.  We saw the Science of Field and Industry museum, the aquarium, the Blue Man Group, Millennium Park, went shopping at the American Girl store, and I even got to see one of my favorite friends that moved a few years back. 

We are so thankful that we got to go, and for our time there together.