Monday, August 28, 2006

New Pictures

I like to eat beef jerky with my new teeth!

Mommy, Emma, Grandma, and Great Grandma

I like to play with paper.

Look at me doing physical therapy.

Emma has Teeth

Emma officially has her top 2 front teeth and we see a few others breaking through. She looks adorable with her toothy smile. A couple weeks back, she spent 4 days in the hospital, but it turned out to be a false alarm. She was throwing up a lot again and we didn't want to chance it. All tests came back negative for infection so she came home. 4 days is a new record for her shortest stay. Two weekends ago, we took Emma to the Mission Hospital parking structure to greet 900 motorcycles as they came through on their annual CHOC Ride. The bikers ride from location to location picking up poker cards trying to make the best hand. They end up at the blimp hangers on the old Tustin Marine Base. It is a great fundraiser for the CHOC. Emma was so excited seeing all the motorcycles. We had to put ear plugs in her ears though because it was so loud! This past weekend, Emma got to spend time with Alissa's extended family. In all, there were 16 of us together for dinner at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Her Great Grandpa and Grandma Smith were in town for a few days, so we all got together. Emma had a great time and stayed up way past her bedtime.

New Job

Alissa started her new job at CHOC last week. She went through orientation on Monday and has been training with Marta at Big CHOC for the past 5 days. After she finishes her training this week, she will begin her official work on the 5th. She cannot wait to start working with the families.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Newest CHOC Employee

On Friday, Alissa was officially offered a position as the Parent Services Coordinator at CHOC Hospital in Mission Viejo. This is an exciting opportunity for her to use her experiences over the past year with Emma to help other parents going through similar situations. She will act as a liaison between the parents and doctors/nurses. It is a 20 hour a week job with flexible hours. We cannot imagine a more perfect job for Alissa. CHOC has become so much of our lives with Emma in the hospital for 10 months and now we can give back. She will be starting on or before September 11.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Great Weekend

This past weekend Emma had a lot of firsts. On Friday we took her to Babies R' Us for her first portrait studio photos. We arrived just before 5:00, but there was a long wait. By the time they were ready to take her pictures, she was tired and we only ended up getting 6 pictures taken. They turned out nice though. Daddy had to work on Saturday, so Mommy and Grandma took Emma to Healthbridge for a visit. On Sunday Emma finally made it to our church Sakred for the first time. It was so nice to be back and the sermon was quite appropriate. The theme was Welcome Home and was on the parable of the prodigal son. After church we went to Nana and Papas house for a thank you lunch for everyone who helped out with Karen and David's wedding last month. Then on Monday, Emma got to visit Mommy's school and meet a lot of the prayer warriors there. We are still waiting for her teeth to break through. They are so close and Emma can't wait for the pain to go away.