Later, some friends came to visit and we sat on the deck and ate had popsicles and played with light sabers. There was a lot more hammock time too! They all had a great time running around.
In the late afternoon, we took a rare trip out of the house to our local beach!! There were only a few families as far as we could see, the weather was gorgeous, and the kids had a great time playing in the sand, collecting shells, and getting their feet wet. (Getting truly wet is a big no-no for Abby for several reasons, so we just told everyone not to go in any farther than mid-calf.)
After a while, sweet Abs was so tired that she laid on the beach blanket! She actually went upstairs and crawled into bed early! I'm pretty sure this was the biggest day she has had in a long time, but she loved every second of it. The sweet giggles of those little girls is music to my ears, and their special "Best Friends Forever" cheer they made up made my heart melt. I hope they really will stay this close forever!
Matt and I declared today "normal," which we definitely haven't had in a while. It's true that most normal people don't do respiratory treatments every 4 hours or hook their kid up to a ventilator, but we are slowly realizing that life can resemble some sort of its previous normalcy. The difficulty of the last year has made us even more aware of just how precious days like today are.