Saturday, September 27, 2008

Squirrel's Trip

The Princesses

Poppa pulling the princesses to the ball.
Snow White and Cinderella driving themselves to the ball.
Olivia, Squirrel, and Priss

Fun at the Carnival

The parade is coming!

"I'm ready to get out of this car seat!"
"Me too!"

Squirrel arrived home from her trip safely this evening. She went with my sister and her kids to Alabama to visit family. My sister is the bravest (or craziest!) person I know. She took three kids, Squirrel (who will be 2 in October), Priss (her daugher who will be 2 in December), and Bubba Love (her son who is a little over 2 months), from here to Bama and back. Wow!! She is my hero.

While they were gone they visited with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. They also got to take part in the Mule Day festivities. On Friday night they went to the carnival and rode some cool rides and this morning they watched the parade before they started home. Mule Day is the festival that my hometown is known for. Yes, it doesn't sound very glamorous, but it is big time stuff! Mule Day is an event that I looked forward to all year long as a child. I'm glad Squirrel got to experience it and maybe Possum will get to next time.

Squirrel and Priss had some good bonding time. I do believe that they will miss each other, but I'm thankful that we live close enough now that they can see each other more. Thanks Aunt Cricket for taking Squirrel on a trip. It was a huge help to us with Possum being down from the surgery, plus Squirrel just had a really good time.

*While I am typing this Squirrel is sitting beside of me playing with her toes saying the "This Little Piggy" rhyme. This is her version (which I'm sure her Daddy taught her), "This little piggy had DEER meat. This little piggy had none."

Friday, September 26, 2008

Possum's Surgery

Possum came through his surgery and we are now at home. The Lord took care of him and answered prayers. When we went for pre-op on Wednesday, the nurse let us know that he would be given gas to be put to sleep and then receive the iv and other unpleasant things after he was asleep. This was great, but that meant that Possum would be awake when he was taken away from us and that is not so great. Possum normally has problems with separation from Daddy and Mommy. I have prayed about this issue since Wednesday. This morning we woke Possum up to go to the hospital and he was in the best mood. He watched The Fox and the Hound II that Nai Nai sent him and laughed all the way. While we were waiting at the hospital he played and laughed and when the nurse came to take him to the operating room he was beyond wonderful. We prayed with him, hugged and kissed him, and I handed him right over to the nurse. He went right to her and down the hallway Possum I, Possum II, and the nurse went. Not a single tear shed. The Lord answered this Mommy's prayers.

The surgery went smoothly. The doctor said that his tonsils were worse than he thought. Obviously, Possum is a very tough little boy. He has probably been having a lot of problems with his throat, but he never complained. Possum had his tonsils, adenoids, and remaining tube removed. He was sick a little after the surgery, but in my opinion is doing great right now. He has been an extra sweet boy and Daddy and Mommy are very proud of him.

Keep Possum in your prayers that the recovery will continue to go smoothly.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Orchard

Cricket and the kids met me, Possum, and Squirrel for a day at the orchard. The kids had a ball. It was a very hot day, but that didn't stop the kids. They climbed hay bails, ran through the pumpkin patch, looked at the goats, and just got plain old dirty. I really wish I had a picture of me and Cricket pushing and pulling four kids to the pumpkin patch. I'm sure it would have made for a funny picture. The things you do for your kids! As you can tell, I took plenty of pictures (about 150), but not a one of them with all four kids looking at the camera smiling. I guess you can't expect much when your models are all three and younger.
After a few hot hours at the orchard, Cricket, Maddie, Kenzie, and Squirrel all left for a trip to Alabama to visit family. Possum is having surgery on Friday and so Cricket thought it would be a help to take Squirrel with her. I wasn't so sure about the trip, but Squirrel was very excited when we told her about it. Personally, I thought Cricket had lost her mind volunteering to take three kids on a road trip, but I appreciate her for doing it. Squirrel informed her Dad and I that she was "a big girl" and she wanted to go on a trip with "Cwicket". I hope that she has a wonderful time.