Monday, August 26, 2013

Catching Up

It has been a little crazy (in a good way!) around the McCalley house since our last post a few weeks ago.  I started a new job, Frances started new school, Frances got sick, Frances stayed sick, Mommy and Daddy went to Chicago, and in between we have been finding time for some other fun!  So if you haven't heard by now, I left The Bell Center after 6.5 years.  It was a good leaving, as I was offered an inpatient position at Children's of AL which would give me a challenging and exciting new learning opportunity as well as give me more time at home during the week with Frances.  So I am now a little over 3 weeks into the new job, and am absolutely loving it!  It's strange not being at The Bell Center and it will forever hold a special place in my heart....and Frances still goes to school there so they aren't really rid of me yet :)

When Will and I went to Chicago, Frances got to spend with weekend with Aunt Amy, and I'm pretty sure she had more fun than we did.  After an unexpected trip to the pediatrician for an allergic reaction, they took a road trip up to North AL to visit Amy's mother.  Frances was just a little spoiled over the weekend!

So in all our craziness- here are some pics of what we have been up to!

Fun weekend with Aunt Amy!
Being silly!
Lounging around in pjs when we aren't feeling well
Daddy checking out the boats on Lake Michigan
Lots of fun at the Cubs game in Chicago
Playing with Daddy after work
Super happy after a good report from the cardiologist! 
Lunchtime shopping at Sam's
Bell Center Tailgate Challenge!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Frances Heart Day 2013

Frances Heart Day is an anniversary that we have decided to celebrate and it conveniently falls 6 months after her birthday. You see, she was born with a heart defect that would need surgical intervention. The idea was for her to get as big and strong as possible before the procedure. Her rate of growth began to plateau so we went ahead and had it performed at age 6 months.

Today marks two years since that procedure and we cannot stop celebrating how well she has done since then. Frances and Daddy decided to kick the day off at the Farmer's Market at Pepper Place. This was Frances first time to that event and it looks like we will be going to many more in the future. Among the dozens of people who commented on her New Balance shoes, we ran into a few friends and made some new ones.

Hi, Emily!

A new friend offered to take a picture of Emily, Frances and Daddy.

This girl LOVES music!

It started to get warm at Pepper Place so we took our morning workout to Brookwood Mall...

... and ran into some more friends.

Pictured here is a very cute, content Frances polishing off her Chik-Fil-A lunch.  The scene that follows after finishing her meal is not pleasant and is not worth photographing... until later.

Of all days, while Frances and Daddy spent the afternoon napping and relaxing at home, Momma ran into the nurse that took care of Frances while she was recovering from her heart surgery two years ago. Thank you again, Wayne!

After an afternoon of relaxing, our appetites were back up again for an evening with Aunt Amy, Meme and Grump at one of Frances' favorite restaurants, Mugshots.

Loving the cheerios appetizers.

My burger was GREAT!

Blowing out the candle on the cupcake.

Mommy teaching Frances to eat the icing and give the cake to Daddy.

This is the face I warned you about: The face that says 'the meal is over'. I think she gets it from me.

Walking off the meal. 

I can't believe the surgery was two years ago and it really couldn't have gone any better. I also know how fortunate my family is and I thank God for that every day.