Below is a picture of our awesome friends and next door neighbors the Southards. If you follow their blog at all, which is listed on the right side of this blog, you probably have already seen this. Anyway, it was a great evening with food all over the place and lots of smiles. It was a great way to socialize, being outdoors and having Ava and Reese tucked in the back!
These pictures are from yesterday afternoon. Our friends who live right by us, the Southards and the Ahrings, hung out on blankets in the grass with us. Ava and Reese had to stay on their own blanket and play with their own toys but they were okay with that. (Reese really was happy despite the face in this picture!)
Here are some other pictures of our crazy little girls. Yes, Reese is very intrigued with Ava's mouth these days. And the Cuffy (my dad's nickname) t-shirts are extra special to us. In February the Galesburg High School (my hometown) track team changed the name of the first indoor track meet to the "Cuffy Invitational." This was a meet that my dad always announced at with his loud booming voice. The dedication of this meet in my dad's name means the world and now the whole family has shirts to remember this wonderful honor.
Just a quick on the girls' progress...Reese is really close to walking. She stands on her own and takes a step or two before the panic sets in and she drops to all fours. Ava is off the ventilator during waking hours and during her nap. She is doing great and will be going back to the doctor the last week in April. She will have her normal vent clinic appointment and then a couple days later (April 27th), she will have a bronchoscopy. They told us to plan for this to be an overnight stay. She will be under anesthetic for the procedure to look at her airway and then they monitor her for quite a while afterwards. This is definitely on our prayer list for a safe procedure and that her airway will be in a healthy and strong condition. This will tell us if there is any reconstructive surgery needed in the future. On a lighter note, she is getting faster at crawling and going up the stairs, as well as standing on her own for a couple seconds when we let go of her. Such big girls and more to be thankful for!