Monday, June 29, 2009

IHH Picnic

Saturday was the big Intermountain Healing Heart Family Picnic. We had so much fun. It was great to see all our heart buddies and have a reason to go to the hospital for a party instead of pokes and xrays.

I remember attending this picnic last year while I was still pregnant and scared to death of what the future would bring. We met so many amazing families and it gave me such hope to see kids running around everywhere and I couldn't tell which were the heart kids and which ones were healthy. I was glad that I could give a little something back to the group by organizing the party this year.

Jack got to play with his buddy Daxton who got a new heart last September. Last fall these two were so tiny and sick, and look at them now!

I bought Jack a cool "Chicks Dig Scars" t-shirt.

We had a heart shapped dessert contest, and people were SO creative. I loved seeing what everyone came up with. I wish I could claim that I was cool enough to have made this awesome cake, but uh, see that big, boring tupperware toward the back of the picture full of big boring heart shaped rice krispie treats? Ya, those were mine.

We had a fun little craft project.

Jack helped Grandpa who came to the party and made everyone snow cones.

Thanks to all who came. It was so good to see you.

Another highlight of the party was that we got to meet Brooke, a 23 year old HLHS survivor. She is married, graduated from college, and is one of the first people to have all three surgeries. She still has all her own anatomy, doesn't have a pacemaker, and they just got the go ahead to try to have a baby. Amazing! I told her that if she gets pregnant she had better start a blog and document it so we can all check in on her daily. It's pretty cool.


allison said...

Wow, I want to hear more about Brooke. She does need to start a blog! I am amazed!

Kyle and Alli said...

Aimee, it looks like you did a FANTASTIC job with this! We were sad to have missed out, but Grant was not up to a long drive on Saturday. I thought about you guys all meeting up and I am so glad to see the pictures. Thanks for sharing and for your hard work for everyone! We will miss the heart camp this year too since Grant's Glenn will be then! Bummer. Hopefully next year.

The Taylors said...

YOU DID GREAT!!!! The picnic was a blast. Ha you can't even see me in the group picture. Makes me laugh. Oh I am so GLAD you posted about Brooke. I was too embarased to bring up the having a baby thing and well you know the thing we do to have babies (blush, blush) I just wonder so much because Kylie is a girl and I want to bad for her to feel the joy she has given to me. Being a mommy of course. I think the picnic was a blast and little Jack is so cute. Oh and chubby. I love it. He was so adorable and grabbed my finger before Hardy left with him. He is so strong! Sorry we couldn't chat more. That just means we have to have our lunch date! You guys really did a awesome job. Thank you!

The Taylors said...

I forgot to say the rice crispy treats were so YUMMY!!!

The Simmons Family said...

I'm so bummed I live 12 hours away!! Maybe we can make it up next year. Owen would LOVE to hang with his heart buds. Jack is such a chunk! Seriously, I think he is the healthiest HLHS kiddo I have ever seen!! His color, his size, no feeding issues (really), and he's meeting all his milestones. I'm so proud of you buddy!

Love all the pics, especially the group shot.


Ryan and Hilary said...

So FUN!! We had so much fun at the picnic. That is a dang cute pictures of our handsome boys. Thank you for all the hard work you did. You are a natural party planner. We forgot to plan a day at the park. Lets do it!

Melissa said...

Aimee - great job organizing the event for IHH. It was so much fun! My kids didn't want to leave! And thank you for the pizza! You are amazing!

carolyn q said...

Thanks for all your hard work. I know it takes great people like you to pull something like this off. You did a fantastic job and I know everyone had a wonderful time.


Mindi said...

Yeah Aimee! You did a great job. It was sort of surreal to meet everyone. Thank you for the opportunity!