Whew! What a busy weekend we just had.
I’m still tired.
On Thursday, I took Ashby to Boston to visit a Vascular Anomalies Clinic early Friday morning. And then on Sunday, I took Kensington and Smith to L.A. to help me cook on Hallmark’s Home & Family show. It was a whirlwind of a weekend and I have the pictures to prove it…
Thursday afternoon, the two of us flew to Boston together. I love this sweet girl so much. She was so excited to travel alone with me. She had it all planned out: room service, a movie and playing. We had been trying to get into this vascular anomalies clinic since July, so needless to say, we were pumped to be on our way.
Has her ticket and is ready to board the plane!
We arrived Thursday evening just in time to see the sun go down over beautiful Boston.
All she wanted to do was order room service and play…which worked out well because it was cold out and we had to get to bed early. We had to wake up the next morning at 4:30 AM which in Dallas time was 3:30 AM. #yuck We played with her mermaids and watched Trolls on the hotel TV. #score
Rise and shine! Here we are at Boston Children’s Hospital at 5:30 AM. Our first appointment was at 6:15 and we had to get there early to check in. We were to see five specialists in all that day.
And here we are on our way out. Whew. We left the hospital around 11:00 and headed straight back to the airport. I’ll be honest, it was a very emotional morning. There were highs and there were some really low lows. The best news of all is that every single doctor there said we were doing the right things here in Dallas and that they do not think we should seek treatment elsewhere. They unanimously agreed that she is getting the best medical attention right where we are which is a MAJOR blessing because my prayer had been that Boston didn’t tell us to go a completely different direction with her treatments and such (because geez that would have really complicated things!). Some of the things they talked about were downright bleak and depressing. They’re things this mommy heart does not want to hear and/or think about…but they’re truths that we just need to pray through. God is so good and I know that He is in control. Right now, the biggest blessing is that Ashby is unaware. There will come a day when she’s fully aware and right now, I’m savoring every moment she is not.
At the airport, I found my happy place…an outlet, a coffee and a book. Because that stuff can just make you happy :).
She played in the airport kids’ area for about 30 minutes before we took off. And there was a sign that asked kids to remove their shoes…or else, I would have left them on…because you know, #yuck.
One more of my girl and me.
And then on Sunday after church…I headed off with these two…
We were L.A. bound to cook on Home & Family!
I don’t get a lot of one on one time with just the bigs. Most days, it’s me and the littles all day, so this was nice!
Kensington decided to work on her posture while we waited for our flight…
…I’m up for any sort of entertainment at the airport ;).
We arrived in sunny Burbank that evening and the weather was so nice that we walked to our hotel. Side note, we flew into the Burbank Airport which I have decided is a million times better than flying into LAX!
It was bedtime back home when we arrived, so we said goodnight to these two cuties…
…they were having a fun time with Daddy!
And then, we watched a movie in our hotel room. National Treasure for the win!
And then mercy me…Andrew sent me pictures from our yard. We had a “hail” of a storm! Geez! So. Much. Hail.
Ugh. Hail is no good.
The next morning, we had a lazy time and then it was time for us to get ready for the show. We headed out at 10:00 ready to go…
We arrived at Universal and headed to the Hallmark Home & Family house. It’s an actual house that is too, too, too cute!!
We had been talking about this trip since November, so it was so nice to finally be there in person!
Crazy fun with my big two!
Knock, knock! Someone let us in!
Ahhh! It’s almost show time!
But first, we rehearsed. My kids were so excited and a little nervous too. Smith (who talks constantly!) was really quiet while we were rehearsing. Kensington, on the other hand, was ready for an agent ;). (I love her sweet face here!) Just like the last time I was on, I thought Debbie Matenopoulos was the sweetest thing EVER!
And Mr. Phil Keoghan over there (host of The Amazing Race) was filling in for Mark Steines, and he was unbelievably friendly and funny too!
We started the show outside with all of the day’s guests. It was so windy!! The pots you see behind us kept blowing over. Ha! We made do and laughed about it A LOT!
Then, it was time to move inside for our cooking segment. Here are a bunch of pics from that fun time…
After we did our segment, the crew went back outside to play a game…
And that was SO MUCH FUN!
The hosts and guests for the day!
Seriously, SO MUCH FUN! If you missed our cooking segment, you can see it HERE.
And we wrapped up our day with a reality TV segment too.
After that was all over, we headed straight back to the airport to catch a flight home.
Whew! It was a FULL weekend…but a precious one too. It’s not that often that I get so much specific one on one time with my kiddos. It was a weekend we’ll always remember!