I am sitting in the Dallas Love airport waiting to board a plane to Little Rock. I am so excited not to be driving this weekend. So excited, in fact, that I think I will start trying to convince Reid just how dangerous it is for his wife to drive by herself after work on a Friday. Very dangerous I tell you!
I am a bit nervous about my weekend home. My mom has shown a few signs of disease progression this week. Just when we get used to one thing, I feel like something unravels a bit more. If you think about it I would be grateful if you could pray for our weekend together, for my mom to feel peace, and that my family would have wisdom. I will update more after I see her and can use something other than my iPhone for posting.
And, let's talk for a minute about my Mimi. She turned 92 last week and is still as feisty as ever! Below is a picture of Mom, me and Mimi at Thanksgiving.
What did you do with Spring? It is 86 degrees in Dallas today. The kids are having a blast playing at the park in their new summer clothes! I, however, am wearing jeans. Not the best decision for playing at the park. Um, and can you get sunburned in February? Oops!
Reid came home this past weekend. It was so fun to finally see him and get to spend a relaxing weekend together. Friday night we ordered take-out from Terilli's, one of our date spots, so we could catch up on our DVR recordings. Saturday we slept in and then went to Northpark to get a few things for Reid to take back to Hawaii. While we were there, Reid surprised me by letting me pick out a new pair of sunglasses. I have been giving him a really hard time (jokingly, of course) about having nice sunglasses, and he wanted me to have a pair for Hawaii! So, I chose a classic pair of Ray Ban aviators.
Saturday night we went to church and out to eat with some couples in our Home Group. It was great for both of us to be back in church together and to have community with great friends. Reid left Sunday morning to go back to Hawaii. When I dropped him off at the airport I still couldn't kiss him from being sick last week (my doctor says that until the drainage and coughing stop I am still contagious...lovely, I know) and I know we looked so weird hugging and giving a kiss on the cheek - it sure did feel weird.
I am heading to LR this weekend and will get to spend more time with my mom this trip since I'm not sick - YAY! I'll post pictures of the trip home and give an update while I'm there. The picture below is from Thanksgiving day. It was such a special day for everyone to spend with my mom - our last family gathering with her. I have been missing her more lately than ever, and I can't believe that this March will mark six years since her diagnosis. Time has gone by too quickly.
I stayed with Luke and Emme overnight on Thursday while their parents were away. Reid got home from Hawaii on Friday and wanted to stop by and see us. When Reid walked in the door Emme got a huge smile on her face, held out her arms and started saying "Eido" - Reido was pretty excited by his greeting! When he picked her up she put her head on his shoulder and wouldn't let him put her down. It was so sweet! From the looks on their faces I think it's clear they are both pretty smitten!
Well, I started feeling a little under the weather Saturday evening and it continued to progress until I woke up Monday morning. I slowly lost my voice because of a terrible sore throat, started coughing and feeling fatigued, and have had a low grade fever off and on. I visited the doctor Monday afternoon and didn't learn much. Basically, four people before me had the same symptoms and the Doctor diagnosed all of us with a viral infection. I should have pressed for more tests, but I didn't feel good and I just took his word for it. Blah. I was told to let it run its course, unless I woke up Wednesday (day 5) still feeling badly and then I could take the Z Pack he prescribed. Well, I woke up this morning, after only sleeping four hours last night, and decided by 10 am to start the antibiotics. With my luck, before it's all said and done, I'll have to make another trip back to the doctor - I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I thought I would share a few of my favorite things I have been accumulating over the past few days. This is a very serious list - for those of you who may need clarification.
Cheers! These meds are the only reason I have gotten any sleep.
Soup every night for dinner. Erica and Saylor were so nice to bring me chicken noodle tonight!
Lenny Lilja (my boss) first told me about this Immune Booster smoothie. I'm currently
Lovely antibiotics that need to work faster. Maybe they aren't my favorite yet.
I LOVE my neti pot. Just YouTube "neti pot demo" to see how it works. I wanted to post a video of myself, but Reid would disown me.
Last, but not least, a small glass of scotch. I tried to make a hot toddy as a sore throat remedy, but almost gagged. And, anything too hot is making my throat hurt more. So, I decided to leave out the honey, tea and lemon. Whatever makes a girl feel better, right?
Toby, my parents miniture weenie dog, turned seven on Valentines. My dad had quite a nice surprise when he learned that Toby was, in fact, only seven. Dad had been doing the math wrong... We hope Toby is around MANY more years to say the least!
Anyway, I dressed Toby up for the occasion and he was quite cooperative. His birthday sweater was blue, but had a heart design for Valentine's Day!
Dad brought Mom roses and ice cream tonight. I am sitting across from the table typing this as I watch him feed my mom. Tears are streaming down my face as I imagine how different this Valentine's is for both my parents - for our whole family. I guess every holiday will make me a little more emotional and carry new meaning now. For this one it is seeing the unconditional love my dad continues to pour over my mom even when she doesn't respond. What better gift can a parent give their child than that?
Because he doesn't check our blog regularly I took the liberty of posting this picture. We'll see how long it takes him to notice. Doesn't he look nice? HA! This picture was taken after I arrived in Philly for his graduation in May 2006. I nearly died when he shaved his beard and left this. I really don't remember how long it was before he shaved it off, but I probably refused to kiss him until he did!
The Liljas and I celebrated our one year anniversary this week! Can you believe I have been working for them for a whole year? I sure couldn't. It has been so fun to see Luke and Emerson change over this past year. Especially, to have watched Emme learn how to communicate and learn how to walk. Luke, physically, hasn't changed too much. But, he is comprehending so much more, carrying on conversations, and is so inquisitive about all sorts of things - lately it has been the Statue of Liberty and sting rays. Unfortunately for Luke there is only so much I know about these two things. I think we might upgrade from the children's library to the general library this week so we can get books on these two subjects!
Here are some pics of how much they have changed over the year:
Worn out after a day of playing. They both
fell asleep on the ride home.
At the Zoo with the HUGE gorilla! Em
didn't like being so close to him.
J Lo, I mean Emme at the pool last summer.
Picnic lunch last February.
Luke was skating on books.
Poor Emerson. This was after her
night in the ER. I couldn't take my
sunglasses away from her.
Luke swinging with his basketball.
Baby Emme isn't a baby anymore. She was
so little here.
Chef Luke in the "kitchen".
Emerson and her pigtails!
Trying to get them to "smile" for a pic.
Yea right, Mare!
It was a lot easier to get a pic back then...
Well, Reid and I had a busy weekend relaxing, running errands, and spending our last few moments together before he leaves for his new case in...HAWAII! That's right, looks like Reid will be working on Oahu for the next seven weeks. We are really excited for his case opportunity, all those Starwood points and flyer miles we will be earning again, and that we get a mini vacation in Maui the beginning of March. It has been great having him home, but I have always said it is easier to be a consultants wife when the consultant isn't local. The reason? Any wife (or husband for that matter) will agree that you still NEVER see your spouse on a local case. Welcome to the life of a wife of a consultant. Maybe someday I will spend more time blogging about it. Right now, I am so thankful that Reid has a wonderful job that he enjoys that is in a industry that has not been too hard hit by our country's economic recession.
My mom has had a rough ten days. She has been more upset lately - saying she wants to go home, is scared, and has asked several times if she is crazy. It seems this is the first time she has realized she isn't at home. The hardest part, as I have said before, is that there isn't a true measure of how much she really knows. Does she remember we were there five minutes after we leave? Does she know I am her daughter? Does she remember crying twenty minutes ago when she said she was scared and wanted to go home? She can't tell us. No one can tell us. Doctors and nurses can speculate that she doesn't remember. That someone with her progressed state of dementia would never remember something like that, but we'll never really know.
To leave you with a cute story, my dad has started taking my mom three scoops of pralines and cream ice cream from Baskin Robbin's every night. Needless to say, she has gained some weight! My dad says he tells her when he leaves her in the afternoons that he will see her later and he asks if he can bring her ice cream. She always says yes and eats every bit.
I am going to LR this coming weekend and will update you more after my visit.
Here are some pics my aunt sent me from her Saturday with my mom: