Utah Valley Marathon

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On June 14th my sister Ann ran the Provo Marathon. She brought Katherine and Sarah and Norine for a girl’s weekend at our house.

The kids had fun playing together and Uncle Adam took them to the newly renovated Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum which they loved.

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Saturday morning dawned bright and early and Ann was off. She did awesome and we all went to cheer her on at the finish line. We were all so proud of her.

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After Ann’s marathon, the children all participated in a 1K. They had a great time (except Janie who fell pretty bad and scraped up her knees…)

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It was a fun weekend and everyone loved participating in the marathon. Megan in particular was so interested in the marathon and was so excited for her Aunt. Congrats again Ann!

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Hiking the Y

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The first Saturday after school ended we decided to hike up to “Y Mountain.” It is not the easiest hike. The trail is pretty steep in places. When we went last time, both girls were rockstars. This time the children were a little less enthusiastic. Megan did great, but got tired sometimes. I think she walked the entire way herself. Jane wanted to be carried the ENTIRE time. Little stinker. And Alec made things hard by wanting to walk. Ha! But we made it and everyone was happy to get to the “Y” and that we did it!

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Alec wanting to walk.

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The girls at the beginning

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This photo was two seconds before Adam had to carry both babies

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Finally to the top! Yay!

Can't beat the view.  Beautiful Utah Valley.

Can’t beat the view. Beautiful Utah Valley.

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Cutest little hikers!

Class Play and Last Day of School

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On May 27th, Megan’s second grade class put on a cute little musical production of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Megan played the part of one of three narrators. She did a great job! It was so fun for our little family to go to her school to watch her perform. Some neighbor friends also joined us.

It is always interesting to witness how unique Megan is compared to her same aged peers. I sure love that girl and how hard she tries each and every day.

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Megan pre-play with the other two narrators

Some action shots.  Megan was so animated!

Some action shots. Megan was so animated!

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Jane was so proud of her big sister!

Megan’s school traditionally holds a dance program on the last day of school. The last day of school this year was May 30th. Megan’s grade performed the traditional ancestral war cry, the Haka, and also a Hula dance. It is always a fun program to watch. Afterwards, we returned to the classroom to say goodbye to Megan’s teachers.

Megan had a great year. Her teachers were wonderful and it was really hard to say goodbye. So far we have loved every single teacher she has ever had. We hope that trend continues. We know Heavenly Father is so mindful of our sweet girl.

Megan and Jane, first day of 2nd grade.

Megan and Jane, first day of 2nd grade.

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Megan and Jane, last day of 2nd Grade

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Megan waiting for the program to begin

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Megan with Miss Gu, her Chinese Instructor. She was awesome.

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Megan and Mrs. Snow, her English teacher. They don’t come better than Mrs. Snow.

075 We celebrated the end of the school year and the start of summer with some slip n’ slide action. YAY FOR SUMMER!

Hard to believe in just three short months Megan will be starting 3rd grade!  In the meantime, we are going to enjoy our summer hardcore!

 

Meckel’s Diverticulectomy

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This is long. And mostly for my record keeping.

 

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Alec pre-surgery. In the waiting room. Loving on another patient.

We discovered Alec had Meckel’s Diverticulum in December of 2013. They wanted to wait 4-6 months before performing the major surgery to repair it. Meckel’s is a bulge coming off of the intestine. People usually don’t know they have it unless it causes problems or if they have an appendectomy. When the doctors go in to remove the appendix, they always check for Meckel’s. They discovered Alec’s Meckel’s during his orchiopexy. I wrote about it here.

 

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Pre-surgery.  No clue what's coming.

Pre-surgery. No clue what’s coming.

I told Alec’s surgeon that I felt like the Meckel’s was causing some digestion issues since Alec seemed to have problems digesting solid food. From six months old, right up until his surgery (he was 13 months) I felt like I should mostly nurse him until after the surgery because breast milk is so much easier to digest and so much gentler on the tummy. His surgeon said the Meckel’s most likely wasn’t causing any digestive issues. I love doctors. I have always had good experiences with doctors and I respect and trust them. And I wasn’t upset at him for saying this, but in my heart I still felt like I was right. After Alec’s surgery, the surgeon came in and told me that they discovered that the bulge had changed position and was now blocking the inside of Alec’s intestine instead of pointing away from the intestine. He also told me that I was correct to assume the Meckel’s had been causing digestive issues. Had he been on a more solid food diet, he would have been very miserable. Score one for mom’s intuition!

 

Right before they took him away from me.

Right before they took him away from me.

When we scheduled the surgery, they told us Alec had to be admitted at the hospital for three days. They also said he wouldn’t be able to eat anything (even breast milk!) for 24 hours after the surgery. That was the part I was dreading most. Alec nursed ALL THE TIME. It would be hard for both of us.

The first time I saw Alec post-surgery.

The first time I saw Alec post-surgery.

We left Provo at about 4:30am to make it up to Primary Children’s in Salt Lake by 5:30. His surgery was schedule for 7. They got us in and ready and then we waited. They came and took him right at 7. They said it would be about 3 hours. I was sent to a waiting room. I read and pumped and waited. They first needed to do the orchiopexy again. At about 9:00 the first surgeon came out and said everything went perfectly with that. Then at 10:00 the second surgeon came and said his part went perfectly as well. He said Alec was still coming out of anesthesia and they would take me back as soon as he woke. I was with him by 10:30.

Coming too a little after surgery.  I wanted to hold him so badly.

Coming to a little after surgery. I wanted to hold him so badly.

After he was fully recovered from anesthesia, they took us to the recovery room where we would spend the next three days. Alec was totally out of it, and when he was awake he was miserable. They kept him on Morphine and Tylenol. He was also on IV nutrition.

Resting post-op.

Resting post-op.

His oxygen would de-stat every time he got upset so they had to keep an 02 blow nearby.

His oxygen would de-stat every time he got upset so they had to keep an 02 blow nearby.

Adam took great care of the girls and did exactly whatever was needed to help me the best he could. I sure love that man! Adam’s mom also came up the day after Alec had surgery and helped where she could.

Adam brought up Jane and Megan and my sister brought down Norine for a visit.

Adam brought up Jane and Megan, and my sister brought down Norine for a visit.

The day of the surgery Alec mostly slept. Adam and the girls came to visit but not for long since Alec was still pretty out of it. That night he slept off and on but when he did wake, he wanted to nurse which was hard for both of us. I rocked him all night long. The next morning he woke up so much happier! He slept off and on and we were preemptive with pain meds. Adam brought the girls again and my sister brought her Norine for a visit. Alec was super stir crazy. It is hard to keep a 13 month old in a crib attached to an IV! So…he ripped out his IV. OUCH! They let him be IV free for a few hours so we wandered the halls. Up and down and back and forth. I was SO TIRED and we probably walked several miles. Alec was so happy to be free for a while.

Alec when he woke up the day after surgery.  So much happier!

Alec when he woke up the day after surgery. So much happier!

Practically running back and forth.  He had a ball he was chasing up and down the halls.

Practically running back and forth. He had a ball he was chasing up and down the halls.

Then they had to hook his IV back up. How do you expect a boy to renounce his suddenly new-found freedom? So then we spent more hours in the hall, up and down and back and forth but this time I had to push around his IV and make sure he didn’t trip over it or get too far ahead of it. Alec loved it. I didn’t. Oh well. It’s over.

He wanted out reeeeeeeeeeeally bad.

He wanted out reeeeeeeeeeeally bad.

Earning his keep

Earning his keep

I tried to pump every couple of hours since I couldn’t nurse him and I could tell right away that the pumping wasn’t doing a great job emptying me (I even have the best, top of the line, pump.) By the end of day one I was in a lot of pain with a clogged duct. I felt mastitis coming on. Alec didn’t sleep much and I was all alone taking care of him and I was in pain and exhausted and it was pretty awful. I kept reminding myself that I was way more miserable than Alec and that it would be over soon, but it was hard. Our room had no shower and I hadn’t really thought out my food situation well enough so I was hungry all the time. There was a shower I could use but it wasn’t close to Alec and I couldn’t bear leaving him while he was sleeping in case he woke and I wasn’t there. They had a couch bed thing for me to lay on, but with my back issues, I was very uncomfortable. Adam and the girls would come visit and relieve me a little and feed me, but Alec didn’t want anyone but me. I cried a lot while we were there. I was just so exhausted and super miserable.

They finally let him drink some of my milk from a cup. He LOVED that! I had to measure it all out and only give him 1 oz. He wanted more. He wanted to nurse. I was pumping about 2 oz in 5 minutes, so when they let me up his intake to 2 oz, I secretly nursed him instead. I only let him go 4 minutes, but it was exactly what we both needed. After a couple of times, my clogged duct pain was GONE. And he was so much happier. Adam wasn’t super happy when I told him I nursed him before they gave permission. But I felt like it was OK. I was super careful. And shortly after they let him nurse freely. And I admitted that I had already been nursing him. And they weren’t mad! Score!

First taste of milk in 24 hours.  Happy boy!

First taste of milk in 24 hours. Happy boy!

The first time I nursed him.  Secretly.  Shhhhhh.

The first time I nursed him. Secretly. Shhhhhh.

That second night Alec slept zippo. We were SO TIRED. I thought he would sleep and sleep. We were so ready to go home!

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Just watching TV. I was pumping and he would get SO MAD if I closed the crib on him. I was so worried he would try to climb out. But he didn’t.

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No rest for the weary. Especially when the nurses come in to check on you every time you get even close to falling asleep.

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A clown came by and visited. He let Alec keep his nose. (He had about a million more.)

The next morning they told me that they thought it would be one more day. But when the surgeon came around and discovered Alec had spent hours walking the halls and nursing with no problems, he said we could probably go home…as soon as Alec had a soiled diaper. I was super depressed about that because Alec didn’t have soiled diapers at home that often. I told him this, so he let us go home! He said he had never released a Meckel’s patient 2 days post-op before.

We got home and Alec continued to recover like a champ! I only gave him Tylenol for the first 24 hours and only just-in-case he was in pain. Which he wasn’t. He recovered super great and has been doing great ever since. We are so glad to have that behind us! Alec got three little incisions, plus a little bigger one on his belly-button. I feel sad that my precious perfect baby has to have these scars, but they will only get smaller as he gets older and they are a small price to pay in the long run.

His tummy incisions.  The yellow is not infection.  Just flakey skin.

His tummy incisions. The yellow is not infection. Just flakey skin.

My Alec, like all my children during medical procedures, was a super trooper. I love that boy and hope there are no more stiches for many many many years to come! AKA, NEVER.

A Sad Accident

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It was a Friday evening. We were eating dinner. We had everything ready and on the table by 4:55 because we were supposed to be at Adam’s Aunt’s house at 5:30. We were trying to get the kids to eat dinner, but they were all over the place. Jane in particular would take a bite and then run around. At 5:00 exactly, she ran into our bedroom which is just off the eating area. Adam was in there as well, chasing down Alec. He watched as Jane tripped and fell in the doorway, and landed: mouth first, on a small trunk we had against the wall. I heard him say, “oh honey! That looked bad!” Jane started screaming and I rushed to her. Her mouth was bleeding and I saw immediately that some teeth had been knocked out. I scooped her up and ran her to the sink where I demanded she spit out her teeth. She shook her head “no” but finally spat out two teeth along with some half chewed dinner.

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The trunk on which Jane hit her teeth. You can see the teeth marks on the lower right side of the top of the trunk.

We immediately called our dentist’s office, but since it was just barely after 5, they were closed. The message indicated an emergency number so we called right away but got no answer. The dad who coached Megan’s soccer team with me is also a dentist and he had given me his card just a few days early. I called him, but while doing so, our dentist returned our call. He was up in Lehi but said he could meet us at his Provo office in 20 minutes. This will bear repeating several times over the next few posts about Jane’s teeth, but our dentist is THE BEST.

We all rushed to the dentist, Megan in tears because she had really been looking forward to going to see her Aunt, and also she was scared and worried for Jane. She tried to be so sweet and told Jane she would be beautiful with or without teeth. I sat in the back with Jane on my lap, and she quickly fell asleep. She slept right up until it was time for an X-Ray, and then she was remarkably calm throughout. I asked if she could keep the X-Ray vest on during the entire visit, because I knew how the weight soothes Megan when she is overwhelmed, and it seemed to work wonders.

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The X-ray showed that two teeth had come clean out, 1 more was extremely loose, and the 4th was jammed up into her gums. Our dentist recommended pulling the other two affected teeth and then getting a semi-permanent retainer of 4 teeth once the gums healed. So that’s what we decided to do.

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Once the appointment was over, Jane and Megan were both eager to go to their Aunt’s house, and even though I didn’t feel up to it, we did. Jane was in a great mood and high spirits. My heart was broken and I kept hoping the whole thing wasn’t real. This all happened 2 days before Mother’s Day and 3 days before Alec was scheduled for major surgery. Never a dull moment.

 

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Jane the morning after. Her gums were grooooooss. The dentist said they would be ugly for about a week.

 

So many people reached out and shared condolences with little Jane. It really was such a sad thing, but my spirits were lifted so much by all the care and concern of others. Jane is one loved little girl. I was so sad she had to go through this, but it was again a reminder of how social media has allowed for a community of people who love us. Thank you so much for all the love sent our way. During this experience and so many others.

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Jane woke up the morning after the accident to a few dollars from the Tooth Fairy and a new Beanie Boo

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My awesome cousin Sara and my sweet friend Kim sent Jane care packages including Beanie Boos for all the children. Big hit around here!

Jane is such a sweet girl and had a pretty positive attitude through the entire thing. The first week or so was difficult because she couldn’t eat much, but she healed quickly We sure love this little girl of ours. Only 8 more weeks and she will get her retainer with her new teeth. Until then she is still super adorable.

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Art show 2

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Welcome to my art show in grade 2!

 

 

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Its finally spring.

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Almost time for summer!

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Fall does not seem far away…

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This is daisy’s flag from my soccer team!

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Which do you like!

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I recognize this from 1st grade.

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Are you happy or sad, mad or scared?

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This is symmetry. Can you see double?

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Welcome to months!

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And months,

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And months,

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And months,

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And months,

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And months,

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And month of art!

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Bad guys and shields. Witch is more powerful?

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Our school mascot.

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Lolipops.

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6th grade comics.

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My pinch pot is the one with spots. hope rosy does not see this. (spot itis)

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My Chinese opra mask. is it good or evil?

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Yeah, I sketched a snake. Ew! Gross! Am I right?

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Ice cream!

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Waky People!

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Sheriff!

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By the way, sheriff has a x-ray eye!

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Rainbows!

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Fish!

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Fall does not seem far away, but Winter does not seem long ago.

See ya later!

Megan’s Spring Soccer Season

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We signed Megan up for Spring Soccer not really sure how she would take to it. After the first few games, we were kind of feeling like soccer wasn’t for her. Then one game she made a couple really good plays, and that was all the confidence she needed. After that, she was a star! She realized “hey! I can do this!” And now we have the feeling that soccer is the perfect fit for her!

Megan has been asking me for weeks to blog about all her soccer games. I hope I can do her justice! Her first game was on baby brother’s first birthday. It was COLD. And wet. But such a fun experience. When we arrived, the representative for Provo Parks and Recs was desperate for one of the parents to volunteer to coach the team. As parent after parent said no, I agreed to do it. I have never played soccer and I knew zero rules, and I would be at many games with all three children by myself, but still…I was happy to do it. I think in the end it was a tender mercy for Megan to have her mom be her coach for her first soccer experience. I would not hesitate to do it again.

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Megan coming to get in on the action

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It was COLD

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Megan was a pretty good little goalie. She blocked several attempts, and then finally got scored upon. She was so sad. Her teammates ran to her quick style and cheered her right up!

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All smiles after the support of her teammates. She had never met any of these girls before!

Game one was our biggest loss.  I can’t remember the score…but it was a lot to nothing.

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Game two was less of a loss. Another parent volunteered to help me coach (halleluiah!) Megan grew more confident!

Megan taking control.

Megan taking control.

Megan tossing the ball in while the other team was distracted...

Megan tossing the ball in while the other team was distracted…

Game 3 4/2:

Game three was also cold and wet. We thought for sure it would be cancelled. NOPE!

Coach mom did not wear wet grass shoes.  My TOMS were SOAKED by the end and I was COLD. Oh well!

Coach mom did not wear wet grass shoes. My TOMS were SOAKED by the end and I was COLD. Oh well!

Megan getting involved!

Megan getting involved!

My sensory girl was often found chewing on her drawstring.  Many times while running full speed!

My sensory girl was often found chewing on her drawstring. Many times while running full speed!

Game 4 4/16:

BTW, the pictures in this post are all taken with my iPhone so they are not the best. And it was hard to take pictures and coach!

It might be hard to tell, but here Megan was over listening in on the other team's halftime huddle.

It might be hard to tell, but here Megan was over listening in on the other team’s halftime huddle.

Megan rushing to catch up!

Megan rushing to catch up!

Alec showing off HIS soccer skills. Only 12 months old!

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This was the game where Megan really started to shine and realized she could get in there and get things done! The other team seemed to realize it too!

Warming up before the game.  Drawstring at the ready.

Warming up before the game. Drawstring at the ready.

Chatting with a teammate.

Chatting with a teammate.

Taking control!

Taking control!

And getting shut down! Ha!

And getting shut down! Ha!

Another good toss in

Another good toss in

Siblings playing after the game

Siblings playing after the game

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Cold and snowy! Megan did awesome even though mom didn’t bring her a jacket. :(

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Game 7 4/26:

It was raining so hard this game! We quickly learned that they aren’t quick to cancel games! The girls were cold and wet but still tried so hard!

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Game 8 4/30:

Last game!

Cute little goalie!

Cute little goalie!

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Can't touch this!

Can’t touch this!

That's it!  Game over!  Season over!

That’s it! Game over! Season over!

The entire team with the coaches.  Such a sweet group of girls.  What a great season!

The entire team with the coaches. Such a sweet group of girls. What a great season!

I am so proud of Megan and her hard work and endurance. She tried so hard and gave it her all. Great job Megan!