The Hailey Herald

The Hailey Herald

Monday, May 28, 2012

Does It Get Better Than This?

I am forever grateful for all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces to protect our freedoms.  Today especially as I enjoyed the day just hanging out with my family, I am reminded of the sacrifices they make for that freedom.

Today was predicted to be another hot day in the Midwest.  I had contemplated staying inside and finding a few activities while enjoying the air conditioning.  The boys talked me into putting up one of the kiddie pools in the backyard.  Who would have thought such a small body of water could make children so happy!  They played outside for almost 6 hours!  Midway through, Hailey needed a bottle and nap.  Mom took advantage of Hailey's nap and spread out in the shade to start reading "Bloom".  I almost made it halfway through...I'll have more about that later in the week.  I enjoyed my two hours with my book listening to the giggles and splashes coming from a few yards away.

I know I've said it many times before, but these are times I thought my family wouldn't have anymore.  I thought Hailey having Down syndrome would change this.  I'm not sure doesn't seem rational thinking about it now.  Even a year ago...3 months after Hailey's diagnosis and birth, I still thought these times wouldn't exist.  Sitting with my tiny little girl who wouldn't couldn't eat, I was afraid out life would revolve around Down syndrome and her heart defect.  I'm not sure what I thought we would do...if I thought we were going to live in a constant state of mourning or what.   I'm so incredibly glad I was wrong...I hope others see this too!

As I sit here, Hailey has brought me her empty bottle and is attacking the laptop.  It is my sign that she is ready to go to sleep.  I'm off to snuggle with my peanut.  I'll leave you with some pics of the fun the children had with their little pool today!

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the day!

I think they would have had fun with it even without water!

I'm not sure what she is laughing at!

The kids trying to entice Hailey to come to them.

Hailey is not buying into it.

Hey guys, can I get in?

Hailey having a chat

Then she attacks!


  1. Looks like you had a fun day. And it looks like Haikey had fun too.

  2. I love the photos and am anxious to hear your thoughts on "Bloom."

  3. These are some great pictures. Your family is precious.

  4. Colin would love a pool like that! Looks like it was a fun weekend.