Friday, May 26, 2017

Family Spotlight: The Morales

We knew that 2017 was going to be a big surgery year for Sydney and our family, so we decided that we would have an amazing family vacation in 2016.  We were able to go on a 7-day cruise to the Caribbean during the summer.  We visited Grand Turk Island, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and St. Thomas.  
We hung out at the amazing beaches on Grand Turk Island and St. Thomas. 

We are Puerto Rican and had an opportunity to visit family while our ship docked on the lovely island of Puerto Rico. 

When we docked in the Dominican Republic, Sydney and the family, got to swim with the dolphins. As you can see Sydney loved it.     

In July, Joel and I found out that we were pregnant. We told the kids in September. Our  new baby girl, Jolie Christine Morales, arrived on February 14, 2017. Sydney is a great big sister to Jolie. 

We are a large family Kayla age 15, Janice 12, Nathen 10, and Sydney is 9 years old.   Their updates are below.

This summer Sydney attended Camp Smile at Shriners Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL.  It was a 1-week intensive, speech therapy camp.  Channel 9 WGN highlighted the camp and a special application that they used with the campers.  Sydney stole the show! See video here.

This year is a big one for Sydney with 3 tentative surgeries scheduled.  She will be having her alevolar bone graft on July 13th at Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago. She may also will undergo facial reconstruction and get a magnet inserted for her BAHA sometime this year, too. Finally, Sydney was beyond excited to become a big sister in February. 

Nathen writes, "I had a birthday this year. I made double digits. I'm excited about my dad and I being the only men to my new baby sister."

Janice is our family clown. She is beyond funny.  In September, she went to her first comedy show, she saw internet sensation Maranda Sings perform.  Janice also had the rare opportunity to Facetime with Major League Baseball player, Javier Baez (#9 for Chicago Cubs). She was hysterical when he said "Hello."

Kayla is a sophomore in high school. She completed her freshman year as an honor roll student. She is working hard to continue with her excellent grades.  After 3 long years Kayla's braces came off in January!  Finally, she is very proud to be a big sister again to the newest addition to the family.

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