Monday, April 25, 2011

a little time away...

From the moment we left the hospital after Joshua's surgery, Jon & I have been dreaming of getting away, just for a couple days. We finally found the time! We spent last several days in Aptos & it was amazing!
We spent time playing at the beach, we spent an afternoon at this park, where we picnicked...
We hiked through a beautiful forest...
We explored all of the typical sights of the area...
We watched the sunset...

And we spent an evening at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. We rode the Merry-Go-Round & a couple of roller coasters. Yeah I know, what kind of moron would put their child who's just recovered from major open-heart surgery on a roller coaster?? Uh, that would be me.  I don't recommend it. In my (weak) defense, it didn't hit me until midway through the ride when I looked at Joshua & saw the sheer terror in his eyes...this kid's heart wasn't made for roller coasters (but his soul was). Thankfully Joshua lived!  In fact he hasn't stopped talking about it since. He keeps reminding me that he's "the bravest boy ever" and he can't wait to go again.
I'm pretty sure I just lost my chance at being named 'mother of the year' yet again, but there's always next year.
Everything feels so normal again now that Joshua has recovered. It's an even better normal than I anticipated. The kid can go, go, go all day long! It can be exhausting, but I love it! It's something I'll never take for granted...it really is a miracle!

7 comments:

The Simmons Family said...

Oh how our boys would get along!! Owen loves him some coasters...and dr stock gave the okay..as long as he doesn't stress out. Ha. So oxygen tank and all...we ride!!

Love that you got a few days of family and fun! Can't waittil Owen goes, and goes, and goes....

kirk and carrie said...

I'm glad you guys had fun and Josh got to ride the roller coasters. It was probably the highlight of his trip!

Cute pictures.

Jenny Lincoln said...

Yeah! I'm so glad you guys got away! Looks like you had a great time :)

allison said...

Andrea, that makes me feel better knowing Owen got the okay! Our Dr. is pretty easy going, I'll just tell myself he'd give us the okay too.:)

Carolina Carters said...

Your little get-away looked like so much fun! I'm glad you all were able to enjoy it. And for the record...the roller coaster thing sounds just like something I would do. I'll never be a contender for mother of the year either! Ha!

Tara said...

Looks like a beautiful place to visit! Glad you guys got a little time away =)

Hetrick family said...

Love ALL the pictures!! Perfect way to celebrate joshie's improved ticker!!!