Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Make-A-Wish and Macy's... National Believe Day!


It's been a whirlwind few days and we are still very much in the midst of the fun, but I wanted to take a few minutes to write about our day last Friday... Macy's National Believe Day!

In case you happened to miss it, Chase's Make-A-Wish wish was to MEET MARIO. Or Mario come to life. Or have a Mario experience. However you look at it, this boy wished for MORE MARIO in his life.

The fun started on Friday with a phone call from Mario himself. Literally, THE guy -- the one and only guy -- from Nintendo who is responsible for voicing Mario. Really, THE guy. It was amazing!

Of course, we were all so excited about the call that we didn't answer it in time... but he left us a voicemail. Hilarious! We had been expecting that call for WEEKS (hubs and I, not Chase) and yet we couldn't even answer it in time. It kind of worked out in our favor because now we have the sweetest voicemail from Mario! And he called back a few minutes later, which was AWESOME.

Chase doesn't get many phone calls, so he wasn't exactly sure what to do. He answered Mario's questions by shaking his head yes or no, but didn't interact very much or ask any questions himself. But it was still adorable.

A few pics of Chase on the phone with Mario...

Somebody else was pretty excited to hear Mario was coming all of the way from the Mushroom Kingdom for a special visit with Chase!

Love this beautiful girl. She was so excited and so happy for her brother!

Next thing we knew, a limo arrived to take us to Macy's to meet Mario! Chase was excited about the long car. :)

Here he is posing for a picture before getting in the limo.

We have some pretty excited people in the limo -- ready to meet Mario! Everyone was there... Mario, Luigi and even Princess Peach!

In the limo on our way to Macy's!

We pulled up to Macy's and met with our amazing wish coordinator, Jodi, who was ready to walk in our star to meet his hero!

There were lots of balloons and people waiting inside to greet Chase on the other end of the red carpet!

Here's our boy Mario as he entered Macy's on the red carpet. I was SHOCKED at how well Chase handled the attention. He does NOT like surprises and I could easily tell he was overwhelmed, but I also watched as he processed everything and ultimately made the decision to go forward, one step at a time. I was so so so proud of him! I know it took a lot for him to react the way he did instead of hiding behind us the entire time, and I just can't say enough how proud of him I am!!!

And there he is... THE one and only Mario!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After meeting Mario, Chase was excited to be given the opportunity to write a letter to Santa (along with big sis, LO). It seems he'd like a Mario Movie! I was so impressed that he took the time to write out his letter and sign his name. Such a sweet boy!!!

Time to mail the letters to Santa!

After the letter-writing and mailing, it was time for Chase to ride on his very own Mario Kart! Yes, Macy's gave him a Mario Kart and let him drive all throughout the store! He even chased Mario around a few laps!

As if the visit wasn't amazing enough, it seems Macy's wasn't quite finished making this boy's dream a reality. They gave him a H-U-G-E Macy's gift card, his very own RED Nintendo 2DS and three DS games he really wanted.

Our littlest one, baby Luigi, certainly wasn't left out of the fun. Here he is posing on big brother's Mario Kart!

Here are just a few of the outstanding Macy's friends who made this day possible. We are so grateful to Macy's, Nintendo and Make-A-Wish for making our little heart warrior's wish a reality!

And here's a short clip from Macy's that summarizes Chase's day quite nicely!

As if all of this weren't awesome enough, next, Make-A-Wish would be sending us off to New York City to visit the Nintendo World Store! Stay tuned for more!!!

Friday, December 12, 2014


Today -- Friday, December 12th -- is the BIG DAY for Chase's Make-A-Wish as part of Macy's National Believe Day! We hope our friends and family will be able to join us for this spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime event! And I promise I'll share pics, videos and details here as soon as I possibly can!

We are scheduled to arrive at Macy's by 1PM, so we'd love to have everyone who is able to be there at 12:45 PM to greet Chase upon our arrival. Make-A-Wish and Macy's have a LOT of fun and excitement planned for our brave boy... and I've even updated the blog with a bit of a sneak peek... Haha!

See you all soon! ❤️


Thursday, December 4, 2014

A HUGE Announcement... #MAW4Chase!

NOTE: Chase doesn't know ANYTHING about ANY of this except that something AWESOME will be happening next Friday. So please help us out by not mentioning anything to him or his siblings. :)

We are completely thrilled, humbled, grateful, excited and honored to announce that our amazing heart warrior, who you may recall was approved to receive a wish from Make-A-Wish® back in June, will be receiving his very own wish...



Can you even believe it?! We are literally (okay, you know me too well---"figuratively") speechless at the incredible events that are about to unfold in our sweet boy's life in just over a week. And I am going to reveal ONE of the MANY astonishing components of his celebration to you today!

Surely you've heard of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of America, right? If not, here's a little introduction to this amazing organization:
Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes. We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

And you've probably visited a Macy's department store at one time or another in your lifetime. But have you heard of their partnership with Make-A-Wish® called the Macy's Believe Campaign?
Beginning on November 7th, children across the country are invited to drop off their letters — stamped and addressed to Santa at the North Pole — in the Santa Mail letterbox at any Macy’s store, or create and send letter online at For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to 1 million dollars, to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

A big part of Macy's Believe Campaign is National Believe Day, which will be celebrated on Friday, December 12th:
Friday, December 12th is National Believe Day! On this special day, Macy’s will help grant wishes across the country for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Join in on the magic that makes these wishes possible by visiting your local Macy’s store and dropping off a letter to Santa.

If you've been following along so far, you may have already come to this exciting conclusion: Chase will be granted his wish at our local Macy's on Friday, December 12th as part of National Believe Day!!!!! Can you believe it?!?! What an incredible privilege for our family but most especially -- our Rock Star, Chase!!!

***** To our local family and friends! *****
PLEASE join us at Macy's (at our local mall) on Friday, December 12th at 12:45 PM to witness Chase's arrival and his amazing wish unfold -- just look for the red carpet! I know it will be extra special for him to see familiar faces and it will be so meaningful to us to have the love and support of those of you who are able to join us for this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience for Chase!

I know so many of you have followed our journey with Chase from his prenatal diagnosis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, through his 1st heart surgery, 2nd heart surgery, 3rd heart surgery and every procedure in between. But you've also been there to celebrate with us over the past 5 years, most recently with his amazing milestone 5th birthday party -- and all of the holidays and celebrations in between! We are truly so very grateful for the love, support, prayers and kindness of each and every one of you who have impacted our lives in such meaningful ways. And we know, if given the chance, you would want to do something special to honor Chase and your loving support of our family.

I want to tell you that YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! It's super simple, a lot of fun for kids of all ages, and super easy to do. And it would mean the world to us as we prepare for an exciting, eventful few days courtesy of the amazing folks at Macy's and Make-A-Wish. Here's all it takes:
Write your letter to Santa and drop it off at your local Macy’s store, or create and send your letter online at today. Ask your family and friends to write letters, too. Spread the word and help support Make-A-Wish this holiday season.

Easy enough, right? Make-A-Wish will receive $1 from Macy's for EVERY letter sent to Santa! Would you please consider supporting Chase's wish coming true by helping to give back to the incredible organizations making it possible? I believe in you!

Once you've either dropped off your letter or submitted your letter online, please post a shout-out (or, even better, a photo of you/your child with their letter) using the hashtags #MAW4Chase and #MacysBelieve and tag @makeawish@makeawishsc and @macys to show your support for Chase as well as Make-A-Wish and Macy's Believe Campaign! Twitter, Facebook or Instagram... any/all social media options would be great to help raise money for Make-A-Wish to grant the wishes of other incredible children like Chase!!! ((Sorry, Mom, if all that "hashtag talk" was super confusing for you!))

A certain special someone is going to be THRILLED by some special magic that is about to enter into his world in 8 short days! Stay tuned...

Chase -- Halloween 2014

DISCLAIMER: Hubs and I have worked with the amazing representatives from our local Make-A-Wish chapter and are VERY knowledgable and informed of the entire wish awesomeness that is about to go down. However, we have decided to guard the details VERY closely so we can ensure all of this will be a GINORMOUS surprise to our sweet little guy on Friday, December 12th. We look forward to seeing him receive his wish and to sharing this exciting surprise with each of you who are able to join us for the big reveal! Thank you for your understanding!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

18 Months!

I can hardly believe my littlest E is now a full-fledged 18-month-old! He's walking (and occasionally running) all over the place these days and his vocabulary is increasing by the minute! He LOVES all things "ball!" (basically anything remotely round or spherical, whether flat or 3-dimensional, is considered a "ball" in his world) and has a pretty hefty appetite, as his sister and brother did when they were his age. His smile is the BEST and his giggle is killer! He is SO MUCH FUN and I just adore him to pieces! I can barely recall when LO and Chase were still little like him, but I'm pretty sure this age is just all-around the best and so totally fun!

He had the privilege of visiting the doctor's office today for his 18-month well visit, which included TWO shots (the poor babe!). He did super great and overall the doctor was pleased with his growth and progress. He's sitting at a whopping 9th percentile for weight, 14th percentile for length and 41st percentile for head circumference. So basically he's a tiny, short toddler with a big ol' noggin! LOL!

He's still working on getting some new teeth in, most of which are now molars. That's fun. But for the most part, he's been a real champ! Last week he had a bout of high fever and needed some extra cuddles. Lucky for him, not only was Mommy nearby, but his Mona was there to snuggle him, too!

E is such a clown and LOVES to make everyone laugh! He finds that if he does something once and someone laughs at him, then it's totally worth doing again. And again. And again! He especially loves to act crazy and imitate his big sis and big bro, almost always garnering a chuckle from one or more of his audience.

Here are a few more videos of this silly boy of ours!


Phew. I feel such a sense of relief to have finally written a post about little E! I think it's been since his birthday 6 months ago that I wrote a post devoted to him! Seems I did a great job of blogging LO's early years, and of course I obviously posted a LOT about all that was going on with Chase when he was a baby, but I guess this whole "third child" thing combined with homeschooling combined with all of the other things that vie for my time have left me with little time to blog! I'm really trying to do better about that because this blog basically serves as my memory because, as the three kids may indicate, I can't remember much about anything anymore! LOL!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

We had a blast tonight taking the kids trick-or-treating around the neighborhood! The kids looked great in their costumes and really seemed to love transforming into Mario and Fluffy the cat, although E didn't seem terribly excited to be Luigi, but whatevs! I took a ton of pictures (waaaaaaay more than necessary, of course), but I couldn't help it! They're so adorable!!!


Cute little kitty!

My darling Mario!

This glare! Ohmygoodness. I could just die!

LO helping her little cousin ladybug to the door for candy. So sweet!

This adorable Luigi stole my heart!

Here's a flashback to last year:

And 2012, too!

Love these kiddos so much!!!