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Welcome to our family!
Jon and Tracy

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Bin the Builder
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wells Thanksgiving

Bin, Hank, and Oliver with Ruby following

Aunt Penny brought Christmas crafts for all the
kids. They loved it and it was nice to have just

a bit of silence, even if did not last long!:)

Aunt Ginny and baby Elliott

Bin and Roxie playing in the fishing worms

Aunt Penny and Roxie

Roxie, Oaxie, Oliver, Hank, Bin, Elliott, Joe

I finally downloaded our Thanksgiving pictures. We spent Thanksgiving in Mineral Wells with Jon's family this year. We had a great time visiting with all of the cousins. They are all getting so big. We were finally able to meet our newest little cousin, Elliott. I held him most of the day. He is wonderful. I can't wait until Christmas so I can do that some more!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Spina Bifida Family Camp 2010

The Wells Gang

Bin and his buddy Atticus taking a stroll

Waiting to Fish. This is the first year the
weather has been perfect. It is usually cold/windy/
rainy! Not this time. Perfect for fishing!

Oaxie watching her bobber. Very
serious fishing going on. Her Daddy
was very proud!

Bin making his fish face.

So impossible to get a cute picture of the two
of them!!

Cooking class. This is astronaut food. Fun and
easy for kids to make. So yummy. We will be
making this at home too!

Spaghetti hot dogs. Fun to make.

Bin and Miss Grace! They have spent time w/
each other at the Walk-N-Roll.
Bin and Oaxie enjoyed spending
time w/her and big brother Jonathan.
Another year of Spina Bifida Family Camp has come and gone now. What a great weekend we had. When thinking about all the years past, I have to say this is the first year that all the kids actually enjoyed getting to know each other. They all played so well with one other and for the most part were totally fine playing on their own! Bin and Oaxie were asking some of the others to come to our house to play after camp was over. We are definitely going to try and make that happen!
Since the start of Pre K this year Bin and Oaxie(Oaxie mostly) have started to ask a lot of questions about Spina Bifida and some of the things that Bin has to do that are different than the other kids. Camp this year had them asking even more and on several occasions we over heard Bin making the comment to Oaxie, "and she/he has Spina Bifida just like me!" Bin saying that made going to camp even that more special to us. For Bin to play with other kids just like him is so very important for him. This school year has been the beginning of some emotional subjects, more for me than Bin right now, and I so appreciate some of the other moms listening to me and to know that we are all feeling the same things at this point is so reassuring!
Once we got home and unpacked, we were so tired. I don't remember being so literally exhausted during and after camp in all the years before. We decided not to cook and went out to eat pizza for early dinner at 3:30. We got home took showers and Bin and Oaxie were in bed by 6:30! Once they were in bed we could hear them talking in their room. Oaxie has a hard time pronouncing Bifida and so Bin was trying to sound it out for her,"bif-a-da". She finally got it right and he said, "YOU DID IT". Oh how I love my babies!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The New Oaxie

Oaxie posing for tonsil pictures...kinda scary!

They were the size of marbles!

So sick after:( She even came home from the
hospital w/ black eyes. Not sure how that

Day 5- she ate a bite of Chicken Express and
could not keep it down, she got sick right
after this picture:( I look at this picture and
she is so pitiful. She weighed 34lbs before
surgery and by the end of 2 weeks she was down to
29 lbs! Scared me to death!!!

Day 6- she ate this entire cookie and nothing
else but it made Mommy very happy!!!

My friend Michelle's son had his adenoids and tonsils removed yesterday and it reminded me of what all we went through when Oaxie had hers taken out in September. Man was that a hard recovery. I never realized it would be so hard on all of us but her especially. She did not eat for almost 7 days. It totally stressed me out. I did not think she could survive on a few sips of juice a day, but she did. I had her pose for pics of her tonsils the day before they came out so I thought I would share her gorgeous but now gone tonsils and adenoids! The doctor said she would be a changed child afterwards. I was not for sure exactly what that meant, but looking back now, he was totally right. Oaxie has been sick so much in the past 3 years. She had developed sleep apnea and snored as loud as her Granddaddy(and that is BAD)! Sorry Dad:) Anyways, she must have been totally sleep deprived as well because now she is this funny little girl who has literally come out of her shell ever since her surgery. She talks to every one, she smiles and is a silly willy. She has not missed one day of school this year so far...knock on wood. I can't remember the last time she had a major melt down or for that matter even cried! It has been a major transformation and I am sad we did not have it done sooner. Dr Palmer said they were some of the worst tonsils/adenoids he has seen. Our poor baby.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Boo at the Gardens

Daddy & Bin enjoying coloring at the festival

Getting spooky tattoos

Oh Daddy...

Grandpa Mike showing off all his candy!

Mommy, Bat Girl and Spiderman

The Wells Fam

We went to Clark Gardens for Halloween this year. Other than the heat it was a lot of fun. Spiderman and Bat Girl enjoyed themselves but Daddy, the Swamp Thang, as people called him, had just as good of a time! His costume frightened most of the kids...me too! That is actually his self-made hunting suit he wears out in the woods, while hiding from all the critters!:) It weighs soooo much and he was very hot! Grandpa Mike and TaTa were there passing out candy, so of course we had to make several stops by their table.