Tyson Hugh Hooper

Tyson Hugh Hooper
Our son, Tyson Hugh Hooper, was born with coarctation of the aorta, hypoplastic arch, and a transitional avsd. His first open heart surgery reconstructed his aorta and was on day 9 of life. His second open heart repair was not anticipated to be needed until two or three years of age. Ty had other plans. We spent the vast majority of his first 3 months of life at Vanderbilt as he went into heart failure and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. As a result, the medical team concluded that he needed the repair much sooner than usually recommended, and at just shy of 3 months old Ty underwent his second life saving open heart surgery. God has already worked so many miracles in Ty's life and the life of our family and we know he is using our story. Because of this, we are grateful for Ty's special heart and feel beyond blessed that God chose us to travel this road. We ask for prayers as Ty continues to heal. We are praying for a full recovery and life without restrictions for Ty. We are praying for God to use our family and Ty for His glory.

Thank you to each and every person who supports us through prayer, giving, or just by loving on our family! We are humbled and blessed by all of the ways the Lord is providing for us and know that he is using Ty and his story to do great things!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Done with Disney... for a while...

Day Four: Park Hopping

I am finally wrapping up our Disney trip! lol 
I'll be quick with this one!  :-)

Day 4 was like a marathon!  FULL of Characters and a whirlwind of parks!  We revisited 3 of the 4 parks to see our favorite things, seek characters, fill up our autograph book, and squeeze in as much fun as possible!
Our first stop was Hollywood Studios for a fast pass for the Toy Story ride that is so hard to get!  We scored, not only a fast pass, but 2 autographs for our book!

Then it was off to the Magic Kingdom...
Where we finally found PRINCESSES!

and Cinderella
were all beautiful and delightful!
I loved the Magic Kingdom all decorated for fall!  It was a very overcast day and showered a couple of times, but always when we were inside on  a ride or a line.  We'd come back out and everything would be wet, but we would be dry, happy, and ready for the next adventure!  The temperature was wonderful - it was really a nice day!
This day was largely devoted to character seeking because Lily REALLY wanted to fill up her entire autograph book!  It was a challenge and we gladly accepted and I think we all had fun scouting out the best character spots and taking turns standing in line!
We found Tinker Bell and Terrance and Peter Pan!
And we waited quite some time to see Ariel and Prince Eric!
Ariel was super sweet and fixed Lily's hair for the picture and gave lots of hugs!

Lily REALLY wanted to do Dumbo again, and this time Daddy rode!  :-)

He also braved the Tea Cups - a big step!  We all got in a tea cup together!  Lily wanted a purple cup, lol.  We had already done pink and yellow and she wanted to make sure we rode in a purple one before we left!
By day 4 we were all more adventurous...
...and Lily was more inclined to spin faster and faster!

We road the monorail, had a great lunch, park hopped and had a great time!
Lily found Alice to fill the last page of her autograph book on the way out of the park!
(Photo by Chris Hooper)

And as the sun began to set on a beautiful day in the Magic Kingdom, we were contemplating getting wrist bands to come back for Mickey's Not So Scar Halloween Party...
...and then....
the bottom dropped out!

We were SO glad we didn't get wrist bands because it POURED down rain as we were on our way out!  We laughed and splashed our way out and to our shuttle.  We were all quite wet, but it certainly made a memory.
We went back to the resort, changed into dry clothes, then headed to dinner, shopping, and dessert of course!

It was the PERFECT Disney vacation!
We already have a list of "to do's" and "remember to's" for our NEXT trip!  :-)


Valerie said...

All your blogs make ME want to go on a Disney vacation! I'm so thankful ya'll got to do this. It will be a memory Lily will treasure forever.