Saturday, January 31, 2009
The best part is, she acts just like she looks in this picture. Just a sweet little delicious bit of golden loveliness...
Well, the snow is all but melted away and we are left with little piles here and there. My girls will make a snow person out of whatever they can. Here is the snow baby they made on Friday.
My mom is much better and went to her doctor on Friday. Everything in her neck looks good and the blood flow is back to full force. She will be having another sonogram in 5 weeks to check the other side. It was not as bad, and after taking her medication, it has repaired itself a bit. They are still thinking she will have another carotid and endectorotomy, during the first week of April, but he is thinking it will be much less severe. Thank God this went well. I cannot make it without my mother.
My dad will be leaving tomorrow. He has been here to be the "Manny" for the week. It gets more and more difficult to watch him leave. My girls are so attached to him. Since bringing home Anna almost 5 years ago, he has managed to be here about once every 6 weeks. Lately he has been here a lot more. It's tough on him too. He is so ready to retire and come up here for good. But he has that wonderful beach house he has to sell before he can retire. We all know how the real estate market is so I am not hopeful. He also has a house on the river in Fort Myers. So we need two major real estate transactions to occur soon...
As for all of my Russian plots, plans, a schemes, nothing has changed. I don't think I will make to Russia this summer, but will have a whole year to prepare for a trip in the summer of 10..I guess we will be in Florida again for the whole summer. If any of you want to come, I will be there all of July, and into the August. Honestly, it is not huge, but has 3 bedrooms. So pack your swim suits and come on down!!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I went to the hospital early on Thursday and she was in her new room sleeping. She was even more swollen on her face. She was sitting up but as soon as I walked in she woke up. I brought her a bottle of Starbucks Frappacino and immediately poured it over ice for her. She had been offered coffee with her breakfast, but she said it was horrible, so I didn't feel like I was giving her anything too awful.
AugustRose was with me, but she was very afraid. Still too many wires and beeps, an tubes. I got in the room by letting her push the bed buttons and watch her "Poppy" go up and down...
Anyway, she was wayyy more clear headed, but her deep cough still required breathing treatments, and the coughing caused her blood pressure to stay high. Her headache was gone, since she had eaten breakfast.
Her neck was sore but she was almost her old self.
We stayed around for a while and then the doctor came in and said that if she could keep her lunch down, she could go home later that day. She ate and felt fine. She had another breathing treatment and got very tired. AugustRose and I went downstairs for some snacks. I had to leave to get Anni, so my sister planned to come over after work.
I left and went home to make a place for mom to rest and sleep, and just before 7, my sister brought my mom over. She had some soup and then went to bed. She had a good night's sleep and then my girls woke her up just in time for a little Blues Clues. She has been sleeping on and off all day. She has a little bit of pain in her neck, but has really done well! She is going to go home tomorrow (she lives across the street) but I may spend the night with her. OH, my dad is here to be with the girls next week. My mom cannot drive for a week. So it's just a big old family reunion!!
Thank you so much for your well wishes! We are all on the mend.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
It was hard to explain any further. She doesn't see it completely. The friend that she mentioned is African American. Her grandad is not. So I asked her, "So ____ and Dadu are the same?" She said Yes. My dad is very dark with black hair, so I guess she thinks they are the same...Amazing. Kids at 5 don't really see differences. Wish we were all that lucky.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I got a new computer a while back and transferred a million unorganized photos from my old computer to my new one...I tend to save the same pictures in separte spots so my poor old Gateway just couldn't handle it. As I moved files, I found a bunch of old clips. Most are the ones Anna took in the bathroom, the car, or of her toys. I came upon these two short little clips of AugustRose playing on the computer. She was 18 month old, and already such a fast learner. I am not sure I have said it lately, but Auggie is a hot mess. She is so complex. Where Anna is a snuggle bug from the start, Auggie needs her space. Where Anna is slow to try new things and tentative about new activities, Aug will jump right in. Such different girls. Such a blessing.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
My dear friend taught me this after I came home from Russia. It's a little technique called "Jelly Bean Toes." IT is traditionally done around Easter, but we do it all of the time. You pick several fun pastel colors and paint all of the toes different colors. We use 5 colors and paint each foot the same way... All about preferences.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Tonight Run's son writes a prayer request and it's a list of all of the things he wants. A horse, and Xbox, a mini fridge. His family is tries to explain to him what a prayer request is, and what a wish list is...In the midst of this Dad (Run) tells his son,
"You're playing God like Jimmy, and all you say is Gimme."
I love that. Just a simple reminder to our young folks watching the show. And yes I know I am way to old to watch it. But I adore this family.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I actually didn't read the Bible once this week. Forgot to recycle Many Diet Coke cans, and now I am looking back on the food I have eaten. Eeeww. Tomorrow is another day.
I haven't heard back from the principal at AAS in St. Petersburg. I sent him my honest reasons for wanting to go. I was also pretty clear that unless my mother could go, I couldn't go. My mother drives me absolutely crazy, but she is the grandmother I never had, my children adore her, and I cannot leave my littlest daughter in the care of a stranger if I was so far away.
As it turns out, my mother has a very serious health condition right now and needs to have several corotid artery surgeries. She has pretty severe blockages on both sides as well as blockages in lesser arteries in the back. We have incredible vascular surgeons here, and she will be starting the process very soon. Each surgery will require her to be hospitalized for a day or so, and the surgeries will be spread out. We are looking at April or May to see the end of the process. When my mom shared the results of the extensive tests she had been having, I was very quiet. I am not afraid. I just want to get it done.
My own situation is a bit better, and I have not had any episodes since the Sunday after Christmas. I am always ready for them.
My girls are doing great. AugustRose refuses to potty train. She is the tallest 2 1/2 year old and its like changing a 5 year old's diaper. But whatever. I think that she has a little trauma from the baby home so I won't push her.
Anna has another loose tooth. It is the lower middle tooth in the front. She is thrilled that the Tooth Fairy will come again soon.
I got an email from the director of COH. She was upset that I had said some negative things about the agency on FRUA. I took my negative comments down. In my heart, I don't want to hurt Linda P.
No matter what she is like, she helped to give me my girls and I don't want to kick a dog when its down. So for now, I will just ask that you pray for them.
Maybe things will turn around for them.
So on this Saturday, I will listen.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
I have a lot of work to do since most of my children haven't spoken English for a week, and have forgotten most of what they knew. I forgot how much I missed a couple of them. One little gal who reminds me of my daughter also lost a tooth. Another little boy who has a twin, is really making some progress. He is a super cutie too.
I also forgot about all of the children who I taught last year who say HEELLllllloooo Ms. Green whenever they see me. If they are close enough I get a hug. They think they are hot stuff now that they are in 1st grade. Stinkers.
They were rock stars. I stayed home on FMLA and they were perfect for my sub. God does that. He gives ya a great class when you will be. He knows how hard it is to find a good long term sub!
I have been trying to be quiet and take everything that Annie is reminding me off. I do need to remember how scared I was when I got food poisoning and thought I was on my death bed, and how I knew 911 was a moment away. (Called my mommie instead) (Yes I am 40)
I need to remember that when Anna had a fever for 3 days that I could cruise by urgent care, to find out she did not have the flu, rather it was strep. Antibiotics were right down the street at the 24 hour CVS. Total time. Less than 3 hours.
When AugustRose broke out into a rash from head to toe when we first got home from Russia. Head to the ER, no insurance card yet, no problem. Come on it lets get her well. Billed later, and then resubmitted it to insurance. The $1000.00 ER visit, later paid by insurance. Amount of effort to deal with it. One phone call to Blue Cross, and one phone call to the hospital...
Maybe I could find a program that would allow me to volunteer for free room and board.
Maybe I could stay with Anna and work in an orphanage in Khabarovsk...Missi, let's consider that!
Okay. I will think some more and then think some more!