After attending Jordan World Circus, thanks to the Starlight Children's Foundation, @ the Puyallup Fairgrounds...Summer LOVED the ponies, elephants, and especially the high flying acrobatic Ariel princesses (her favorite...she kept saying "printhess, ahh, ahh, ahh (like Ariel's singing) 3-12-2011

Monday, November 2, 2009

The happiest place on earth...really :)

Nothing but fun lately! That is soon going to change....tomorrow we have a pre-op appt. for Summer's upcoming eye surgery and MRI on the day after, then an evaluation with OT/PT/feeding therapy the following week.

Last week, however, it was nothing but smiles :) I was invited to a reunion with my Fetal Surgeon in LA. I was excited to go and wanted to have company with friend Celia from Utah decided she needed a break from her 5 kids, so she flew there to meet me! :) Unfortunately, a few days before the reunion, they called and cancelled it due to the H1N1 flu scare. I had already bought my ticket, discount Disney tickets, and Medieval Times tickets....needless to say, Summer and I were on our way to sunny California anyway!

We spent 2 days at Disneyland/Ca Adventure and loved every minute of it! Summer loved it too :) I had no idea how many rides she would get to go on with me, so we were pleasantly surprised...we even got a "Fast Pass" to the front of the lines since Summer's stroller acts as a wheelchair (to carry her equipment). It was so much fun riding the rides without standing in line for very long...we got to see more that way :) The rides Summer couldn't ride on, Celia and I did a kid swap...waited in line, then traded off who rode the ride. Summer was so cute...she was just taking it all in...

Athough the reunion was cancelled with Dr. Chmait and Terri (his nurse), I arranged to still go visit them. It was great to see this incredible medical team again...and for Summer to meet them! They loved her :) We took lots of pictures (of course), and shared some laughs...they are re-scheduling the reunion after flu season next spring, hopefully we can make it back :)

Dr. RAmen Chmait, Summer, me, Terri Maitino, RN

Summer took to Dr. Chmait right away :)

Summer did a little reading in the waiting room...

Give him 5! He's why you are here! :)

Summer approves of Dr. Chmait...

Good friends :)

We're on our way to Disneyland!

Waiting for the tram to the park
Summer helped hold the stroller on her lap in the tram

Summer loved the submarine ride...newly converted to a "Finding Nemo" theme...she was so cute
Stopping for gas at Goofy's garage

Summer loved the "It's a small world" ride....we think it may have brain washed her...maybe us too!

Where's Summer in this sea of strollers???

Blasting Zurg in the Buzz Lightyear ride

Despite the loudest set of speakers ever at Medieval Times, Summer slept through the whole thing!

Me, Summer, and Celia...Disneland was decorated for Halloween :)

Where to next?

Cool confetti after the parade came through

Summer LOVED the carousel at CA Adventure....

She was NOT happy when we took her off!

On the way to the airport...she has forgiven us now for taking her off the fun rides :)

Watching CA fade away....

Sleepy baby=happy baby :)

Just for fun....she checked out the seat next to me on the way home...

Summer did great on the plane! I even hooked her TPN up in the airplane bathroom on the way to CA! Summer thought it was great fun :)

As you can see, we did NOT forget anything! I was a regular pack mule...soliciting sympathy from many, haha :) Thank goodness for wheels!


  1. It's so great you had a mini vacation with Summer. I'm so jealous you got to go to Disney but I'm sure it was a much deserved change of pace. Glad to hear all's well and we look forward to hearing how the surgery went.

  2. I know you posted this a while ago, but I to went to Dr. Chmait, he and Terri and his whole staff was really wonderful and I feel blessed to have been referred to them and have my little miracle here with us she was born on 4/25/11 and her name is Aubrey Jade =) by the way your daughter is absolutely beautiful.