My mother-in-law, Cindi, arrived here on the 6th to be here for the much anticipated arrival of our little girl. Unfortunately, here we are on the 21st twiddling our thumbs...
So in our efforts to remain busy (and somewhat distracted if that's even possible), we've filled our days with activities. Here's a quick rundown: we've had guests for dinner twice, gone to my doctor twice, gone to the vet for Daisy twice (more on that later), visited Emerald Isle, Swansboro, Top Sail, and Wilmington, made black pepper pasta from scratch, cleaned the house from top to bottom, gone to Babies R Us, finished a puzzle, played games and taken more walks than I could ever recall. I don't have pictures of most of it, but here are a few.
Cindi's first attempt at homemade pasta - looks great, huh?!!!
Umbrella stroller (from MIL) & the bouncer/swing seat.
A Charles Wysocki puzzle I finally finished putting together.
In addition to the above, MIL has spent most of the last 2 weeks taking excellent care of me. She's made way too many delicious meals to recount, but here are a couple of my favorite things she's cooked. To the left we have bacon, cheddar, chive biscuits. And below, is an open-faced sandwich with hummus, avocado/edamame/red pepper and a hard boiled egg! We at that with tomato basil soup and it was one of the best meals I've ever had!
And finally, here are a few pictures of the pucky dogs and a frog that Daisy May tried to eat. You'll notice that Daisy's left eye looks a little bit strange...that's because last Thursday morning, she woke up with her eye almost swollen shut. We took her to a local vet where they found out that she had something (probably a small piece of wood) attached to her cornea. After attempting to dislodge it by flushing the eye, they ended up having to numb and scrape the item off of her eye. She has been getting eye drops and a pain medicine (ointment that dilates the pupil...hence the strange looking photos) for the last week. We took her for a follow-up on Monday and she'll be good as new with a bit of scar tissue on the cornea.
Ms. Daisy May - She looks possessed, doesn't she?!
Typically, after Jason gets home and eats dinner, he is on bath duty. It gives me 10 minutes to clean the kitchen, set up his coffee and make his lunch for the following day. One day last week though, everything was already done, so I snuck in to watch the fun. We recently got some Mr. Bubbles for Reagan and she LOVED them. She's such a cheeseball!
Although I have spent my fair share of time calling Valentine's Day a "Hallmark" holiday, I think I've overcome my cynicism. Valentine's Day is an opportunity to celebrate the love we have for family and friends. It should not solely focus on the love between men and women in relationships, but rather, remind us of our love for those special people in our lives. Any while a special day should not be required to celebrate this love, it is nice that one exists. You know, for all those people who have busy lives, who combine work, parenting, marriage, and hobbies leaving less than ample time to send a card or make a phone call. Valentine's Day means that for one day of the year, we put all those things on the back burner and focus on the people who are important to us.
While waking up to flowers and chocolates is nice, finding a sincere note from the heart is even better. Taking the time to actually say, "You are important to me and I love you. And …
I struggled with the decision to share this part of our journey back to Virginia. The photos don't show our beloved PeePaw as we knew him. At this point, he had been in the hospital for countless weeks. But I want the girls to have this recorded memory because no one loved them quite like their great grandfather did. I'm so grateful that we had 3+ years for them to visit and get to know him. Seeing him in the hospital was difficult for them...for all of us. But he still had that sparkle in his eye and a smile to share. He played "volleyball" with Reagan thanks to a blown up glove Papa made. Savannah sat on his bed and told him stories. They talked about all the ice cream cups shared at Greensprings and got to kiss and hug him one last time.
What a wonderful man!