Friday, November 23, 2012

Hannah performs with the orchestra

Hannah performed with the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra this past week.  She has enjoyed marching band and concert band with her school but has taken the next step and auditioned and got into the Youth Orchestra.  She is enjoying the higher level of difficulty and is always looking for that next challenge.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Patrick gets 225

Patrick pressing 225 today.  Way to Go!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hannah Makes it!

Hannah was accepted to the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra.  She is excited and it should be fun.  She has had a couple of practices and is really enjoying the music.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Major Family Event Continuation

JoAnna returned home and was doing well.  We had been getting routines down to help her and get us all on a schedule.  It was great having her home again, Diva enjoyed the mommy time sitting on the couch with her in the evening, Hannah spent every moment possible with JoAnna to make up for lost time. 

While in Denver, they discovered a Dumoid tumor that was non-cancerous.  It couldn’t be removed in Denver while she was in treatment so after she had gotten home we scheduled to have it done.  It was to be a typical laparoscopic day surgery.  We went in Monday morning and were out be late Monday afternoon.  Wednesday morning JoAnna woke up in excruciating pain and nauseous.  We called the Dr. and they had us come in to be seen.  They were a little concerned so they ordered a CT scan to check everything out.  After the results came back they were very concerned and rushed her into surgery.  They discovered that during the laparoscopic surgery they had nicked her bowel and so she had a major infection.  She spent five days in the ICU and is now in a normal hospital room.  As of today she has been in the hospital for a week.  It will be a 4 to 6 month recovery requiring another major surgery to reverse the work they did to allow the damaged areas to heal.  So while she was recovering from the eating disorder, we had the setback of this.  It has been over a week since she has been able to eat real food and though she is getting nutrition through the IV, her body has gone back into the disorder mode.

Major Family Event

Christmas was a turning point for our family; JoAnna had gotten very ill due to an eating disorder she has suffered since childhood.  Over Christmas she had gotten very sick and so when we returned home, she had to enter treatment.  We found a place in Denver, Colorado that was headed by a doctor she had seen many years prior in Savannah before he moved to Colorado.  When we arrived, JoAnna was admitted directly into the hospital for three days to be stabilized prior to being able to enter treatment.  It was a long hard road for the next 16 weeks but she has gotten better, she looks wonderful and is much healthier.  While the treatment isn't a silver bullet, it puts her on a path to recovery.  Full recovery can take up to three years to retrain the mind and body.  The worst part of the entire ordeal is when JoAnna returns to Savannah, there is no eating disorder support in the area.  There are no doctors, facilities or dietitians that specialize in eating disorders.  This makes it especially hard when insurance doesn’t cover any preventive care.  They will cover most of the hundreds of thousands of dollars it can cost for treatment but not the care to prevent going to treatment.

For spring break, the kids (including Diva) and I drove to Denver to visit JoAnna. Even with gas prices, it came out cheaper with hotels, rental car and plane tickets to just drive.  We had a blast stopping at all the Lamborghini Dealerships along the way for Patrick and going to the top of the St. Louis Arch for Hannah.  We got to drive cross country from the Atlantic Ocean to the Rocky Mountains.  We had a great time and are looking forward to doing it again only continuing on to California and Oregon.


Christmas was great this year.  We made the trek to Williamsport, Pennsylvania to meet up with Eric's mom and siblings and families.  All the families plus the other guests made for a very full house.  There was a lot of running around and fun for Christmas.  We cut a tree down had Christmas dinner and enjoyed each other’s company.  It has been many years since we had all been together for Christmas.  The Victorian houses all decorated were beautiful and the biting cold added to the winter atmosphere

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The School Year

When school started, Hannah (7th grade) joined the marching band and marched on the field for all the varsity football games.  This was a thrill for her and for us since we didn't really go to any of the games and now we were attending all of them and tailgating.  This was a huge year for the football team, they made it to the championships last year and this year we were on track to do the same.  The football team ended the season undefeated taking the Georgia State Championship.  This allowed Hannah and the band to march on the field and perform the half time show at the Georgia Dome where the Atlanta Falcons play.  At the end of the school year, Hannah received her varsity letter as a 7th grader and is one of very few in the middle school that gets to wear a letterman sweater.

The other thing the HS football team accomplished was that it played so well and was so decisive that the Georgia High School Association broke the playoffs up between the public schools and the private schools.  The year we won, two private schools made it to the playoffs.  This of course upset the public schools never mind that certain public schools will dominate the playoffs for years at a time while private schools tend not to.  Oh well whatever makes them feel better about themselves.  Our school will honor the decision and still play competitive ball.


We traveled to a few concerts, and saw Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold, Hollywood Undead, Three Days Grace and many others.  Patrick got in his first crowd surf and of course got dropped the first time hurting his back a bit and then made it to the stage the second time.

Reboot the Blog!

Our Blog has sat dormant for over a year. We have got to be the most boring people in the world. No not really, we just got busy and I just haven’t taken the time to keep it updated. A lot has happened; we have been many places and done lots of fun things. I will try and refresh our status get everyone up to date and then reboot the blog so it stays current.

Annual Burning of the School Work

Once the report cards arrive, it is time to plan the annual burning of the notes.  Backpacks are cleaned out and all school work that doesn't need to be saved is burned.