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Look what my kids did to me!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Okay, so I took my daughters and two nephews to the library's summer reading program today. It was the kick-off day. They have a special act each Monday throughout the program. Today was a magician. My kids were at the very front. They, I do have to say, were being obnoxious telling him to do certain acts... because they had seen him before and knew his tricks. So it came time to "chop someone's head off" and he volunteered me. Now, I hate having anything touch my head (I don't really know why) AND I HATE BEING TRAPPED IN ANYTHING (small rooms, elevators, even finger splints make my skin crawl.) I played along, but I didn't like it. A lot of the kids at church were there and kept asking me at church tonight (it's VBS time) if it hurt, or they'd say "I saw you at the library, ha ha ha." Ugh!

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JANNER.VIC 6/17/2009 12:12AM

    AWWW!!! you were such a good sport! The way you are sitting in that chair it looks like it hurt LOL!

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CATREBEL 6/16/2009 2:16PM

    I always remind my kids that I will remember and get them back the next time! Always fun, though!

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SOPHIEGM 6/16/2009 7:20AM

    you gotta love kids..LOL
what an adventure for them, they will always have this awesome memory

emoticon glad you were such a good trooper
Hmmm wonders, did it hurt? emoticon

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Update on Gran...

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Thank you all so much for your prayers and concerns for my grandmother. It really helps knowing that I have so much support.

She is doing about the same as she was doing before the TIA. It is almost like it never happened. She still has moments where her dementia gets the best of her. She likes to tell people that I just moved her in with me without asking her. But we talked about it for about 2 years before we absolutely had no choice. (She had fallen in her yard. Thankfully, her neighbor had planted soybeans and not corn that year; and he saw her lying on the ground across the field that separates their houses.)

The Home Health nurses started coming day before yesterday. They are going to set us up with a Life Line. The nurse that was here today said she'd bring it with her when she comes out next week. I will feel so much more comfortable leaving her here by herself with her wearing that button.

Finally someone besides me got a high blood pressure on gran. I've been getting in the 150's on top. Everyone else gets in the 120's. I was beginning to think it was just me. Maybe it is being in this house that makes her bp go up. Who knows? Seems funny to me that it is only here that her bp is high. Hum?

Anyway, thank you all again for asking about her. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.


Gran had a mini-stroke

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Well, I came home from church Sunday night to find my grandmother not speaking correctly. She was mixing her words and sounds. She'd say a "t" instead of an "l" or an "m" instead of an "s." My first thought was stroke! She didn't have any other typical signs... drooping face, numbness, dizziness, etc. But, I knew it had to be something.

So after chest x-rays, blood tests, and a head CT the doctor confirmed a TIA (or mini-stroke). An ultrasound of her neck arteries found blockages in both. We see a surgeon for a consultation on the 16th. We spent one night in the hospital.

She's 85, and I know that she will pass from this life. I just want every day that she has left of it to be the most comfortable that I can provide.

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JANNER.VIC 6/4/2009 9:48PM

    Sending well wishes and comfort yalls way!! May the surgeon be blessed with the knowledge and skill to help her everyway possible. emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon I am glad the stroke wasn't more involved. I hope the visit to the surgeon goes well and her blockages cleared without any more TIAs.

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CELTICMOTOCAT 6/3/2009 12:30PM

    Hope the 16th goes alright. You are an angel to her, making sure her last period of her life is as comfortable as possible.
You and family are in my thoughts...
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SOPHIEGM 6/3/2009 7:08AM

    I am so sorry. You ,granny and family are still in my prayers.


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RHALES199 6/2/2009 11:35PM

    sorry to hear about her having a TIA.... glad she's doing okay, for now :)
Take care!

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Proud of my nephew... Presidential Award Winner!

Friday, May 22, 2009

My twin sister's older boy was awarded today with one of only 7 Presidential Academic Awards presented at school today. The award has three criteria that have to be met that deal with maintaining an GPA above 93 for both the 4th and 5th grade years, maintaining above a 93 for all 9 week periods of the 5th grade, and scoring the highest ranking on the TCAP standardized test in the Math and Reading sections. It is very difficult to do all three, and we had 7 students to do that. My nephew was one of them.

At the same ceremony, he also received an Honor Roll certificate, 3rd place for his class in AR (accelerated reading) points, and perfect attendance.

My older daughter received 1st (yeah) in AR points for her class and also perfect attendance. I'm hoping she'll keep up the good work and be able to hang a Presidential Award on her wall at the end of her 5th grade year, too. She's in 3rd. Now, I have something to keep putting before her as a goal to keep on working hard to maintain an A average.

I just had to brag... again.

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    Congrats to them! I know you are proud.

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DANDYLION42 5/23/2009 9:24AM

    How proud you are of your nephew and your daughters!! That is great and they are doing amazing work for their ages. What an inspiration for your younger daughter to follow........and we know that it takes great parents to help kids reach their potential.....Congrats to You!! It sounds like your twin works with her son also! Celebrate!!

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RHALES199 5/22/2009 10:43PM

    How awesome! Congrats to both of them! Go ahead and brag all you want!

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CELTICMOTOCAT 5/22/2009 3:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon to your nephew, and your older daughter.
My dear lady, you have every right to brag!

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Daughter in Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Many of you may have seen where I've bragged on my older daughter's audition for B&B, jr. last Saturday. She wowed everyone... even the theater directors. Several people were there with their kids waiting for their turn or staying to hear the competition. One of those was one of the 3rd grade teachers at her school. She asked my daughter to come to her classroom and sing her song. It escalated to her singing for 6 different classes. When she got to the Boys & Girls Club the next day, one of the volunteers had heard her song and asked her to sing it for the 8 & 9's group. Wow, I cannot be more proud.

Today I got the call from the director of the theater's workshop. Although my daughter auditioned for the part of Mrs. Potts (which she really, really wanted), they did not think she was "big enough" for the part. The actress had to be bigger than Chip (Mrs. Potts' son). Both Chips are as big as my daughter. So, they cast her in the part of Babette the lead feather duster. The director guaranteed me that this is one of the main parts in the show and that she has more songs and dances than are portrayed in the movie. She said that my daughter would "...love the costume. She will be all decked out in a huge feather skirt." I know that my daughter will play the part to the fullest and sing the songs to the best of her ability. I cannot wait to see her in that costume. I think she will be too cute.

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RHALES199 5/22/2009 9:52AM

    congrats! How super exciting! I'm sure she will do an EXCELLENT job!
Have a great weekend!

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DANDYLION42 5/22/2009 12:40AM

    Congrats to You and your daughter!! I know that you are very supportive of your girls and the inner beauty of you is shining through them. Keep up the great job of being their Mom!! I can't wait to hear more about the play and the part. We know you will share some pix with us and we will be praying she does well and has a lot of fun!! Sorry Gran had a bad spell.....hang in there.

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    Such a proud moment for a parent. Especially a Mom. Proud of her too.. I know you tell both of your girls how special they are. I hope, also, that they know how special their Mom is. I really want to meet you sometime.

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