Some things that have happened over the last couple of weeks...
- Two weeks ago, my baby sitter who has kept Camden since she was six weeks old, quit to start nursing school. It wouldn't be such a HUGE problem, except that she gave me five days notice to find a new daycare (FIVE DAYS!) So after having a 3-day emotional break-down, my WONDERFUL in-laws stepped in to help. They told me that they would take care of Camden for the last four weeks of school with the help of some of the Aunts and Uncles. The only downside is that we have to be away from Camden for two of the four weeks (we did survive our first week away from her, and FINALLY picked her and "Pops" up and the airport last night...that's another story). They took her to Denver City for a week, Pops is now here for a week and will take her back to DC for a week. Finally, Nonna will spend the last week of school here. Thank GOD for Grandparents!!!
- My sweet brother Cory moved to Hawaii...yep you read that right...HAWAII!! It was hard telling him bye, but you have to let them live their lives! I already miss him terribly and look forward to our future web cam chats!
- My mom had major sugery. She had three feet of her colon removed (I honestly had no idea that your colon was that long). Man...what a week. Camden, Aunt Carolyn and I drove to Abilene to spend Mother's Day with my mom and help her get ready for surgery...NOT FUN! After about 60-something pills (I'm not exaggerating...they were to clean out her stomach), no food for two days (that was just before the surgery...Friday was her first day to eat-since two Saturdays ago), and some throwing up, we drove her to the hospital Monday morning for surgery. My uncle Dave was also there from Arkansas. It meant a lot to have everyone there! My dad and I couldn't have done it without them! It was hard watching them roll my mom away into the OR. She was in surgery for about 3 hours and then in recovery for about 2. It was a LONG day - with an even longer night ahead. My Aunt Carolyn and I spent the night at the hospital. Mom's blood pressure was very low and her pain medicine had relaxed her so much that she stopped breathing numerous times. I was scared out of my mind!!! I prayed with all my heart, mind and soul that God would get her through that night! At about 4:30 am Tuesday morning, after putting her on oxygen to regulate her breathing, I texted a bunch of my family and close friends asking for prayers (sorry to whoever I woke up). I started getting immediate responses and my closest friends and family hit their knees in prayer. Around 8, they finally got her blood pressure leveled out and her breathing regulated. God is Good! Thank you for all the prayers. My mom was released from the hospital Saturday afternoon and is now recovering at home. It's a long process...please keep her in your prayers!
- Jay and I had a week alone (hard and rewarding all at the same time). We had a lot of alone time! We went to eat out (not fast food!) and watched several movies...I highly recommend Ironman and Baby Mama. On Sunday, we went to church and spent the afternoon shopping. I got some multi-vitamins to help keep me healthy during my marathon training (did I mention that I am running a marathon in November??) and some clothes. We then drove to the airport (we were a little anxious and ended up taking an hour nap in the parking lot). We went in and waited, and waited, and waited. I had done really good all week long, but that last 30 minutes was a ROUGH!! I cried off and on waiting on my baby girl, but everything was PERFECT when I saw my sweet baby coming up the ramp in the airport!
WHEW!!! WHAT A COUPLE OF WEEKS!!!
She wouldn't look at the camera, but did give me a big, sweet smile!
Camden made friends with the Royals pitchers (see them in the bullpen). She kept waving and saying, "hi boys!" They were very nice to her and continued to wave over, and over, and over. One of them finally threw her a ball.
Playing with Daddy and her new baseball!
I LOVE the next two pictures. It is a close up of her perfect little hands feeding the bird.
~Only 12 more days of school!!! I can't wait for summer and the fun and family time that comes with it. We have lots of trips planned that I am so excited for. Hope everyone has a good week and enjoys the sunshine!!