Saturday, March 22, 2014

Children's Museum

We didn't get to leave town for spring break due to needing to be here for training and dialysis.  To say I was not bummed, would be a lie.  I was really hoping we could visit the grandparents but not yet.  We made the best of our week though.  A very thoughtful friend invited the girls and I to go to the Children's Museum on Thursday.  They had a pass so it was VERY affordable and we got out of town for a bit.  It was such a fun trip and so nice to be with friends.  We really are blessed with such a strong network of friends here.  
 Here are our little paleontologists getting ready for a dinosaur dig.  
 The above pics are my FAVORITE thing at the museum. I love that see through ceiling that is filled with blown glass sculptures.  It is so beautiful.  
 The girls had fun working together to put this sculpture back together just like the archaeologists do.  
 My little warriors….they don't look that menacing.
 And of course….we had to ride on the merry-go-round.  Such fun! 

Peanut kept saying, "This is the best day ever!"  I think it was a hit.  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Circus Left It's "MARK" on Us!

Last week I stumbled on an ad for a circus coming to town on Saturday.  What a way to kick off spring break since we are stuck in town due to dialysis training and regular dialysis.  Saturday afternoon the girls and I headed to the local armory  to see the circus.  There definitely had to be cotton candy on the agenda.  The girls would have an uprising if there wasn't.
 Since we were early, had "good" seats, and some money burning a hole in my pocket, they got to ride the elephant which was a huge (no pun intended) hit.  

 Remember the "good" seats I mentioned before?  We sat right by the entrance that the performers used and where the animals came in.  The first act was the big cats.  They were wheeled in huge cages that lined up like a train to the entrance of the caged circus ring.  They sat there for probably 15 minutes before the circus started.  You can see below how close they were to us…maybe 4 feet away, or 5.   Those are the tops of the girls' heads so you can see how close we were….that is important information. 
We were sitting there minding our own business when all of a sudden there was something wet on us.  Then I heard Peanut shriek and people around us start groaning.  Within seconds I had put together that that big male lion decided to mark his territory and well, we were just in the way.  Peanut was sitting on the end closest to him and she took the hit for us.  She had it running down her arm, in her hair, and on the side of her face.  It was DISGUSTING!  Thankfully she had a jacket that she used to clean up with and a mom behind let us borrow a wet wipe.  Peanut was a TROOPER.  After the initial shock wore off, we were laughing hysterically.  I was pretty proud of her, because if I had taken the hit, the circus would have been OVER!  Ha!  

I scored this awesome picture later when I asked them to show me what their faces looked like after the lion did his thing.  Priceless!
 There's the guilty party looking smugly at us.  "How are you enjoying my circus now?  What is that scent you are wearing?"  Ha!

As the elephants entered the building, I told Peanut she better watch out after what the lion did to her.  

Other than the lion trauma, we had a great time watching the entertainers and animals.  The circus is always a hit no matter what age you are.  I am pretty sure we won't forget this one though!  If you see Peanut be sure to comment on the mane, whiskers, and tail she is growing now.  Wink, wink!

Medical Update

I thought I should catch you up on what has been happening with Daddy.  I know some of you aren't on Facebook to get our updates.  On February 14 after eating out as a family for Valentine's Day, Daddy started not feeling well.  By 11 p.m. he was in severe pain that was bad enough to send us to the ER.  We were there until 5 a.m.  The doctor diagnosed it as a gallbladder attack and an ultrasound the next day verified that he has several gallstones.  We were scheduled to have the gallbladder removed on February 21 but the surgeon got stuck in Oklahoma City due to severe weather.   We were referred to another surgeon who was able to take the gallbladder out the following Friday, February 28.  He was in the hospital one night and back at dialysis the morning following surgery.  He recovered really well and was so glad to have that painful thing removed.  

That led to two weeks of healing before we could begin peritoneal dialysis training again.  He had another P.D. catheter placed on February 7 with hopes of starting training in two weeks.  The gallbladder issue delayed all of that.  We did begin training this past Monday, March 17.  It is going really well this time around.  When he used this type of catheter last fall he had so much pain and sensitivity.  This just seems a much better situation.  He should be able to start dialysis at home on April 1st and get the chest catheter removed a few days later.  We are so excited about the idea of him not having to go the dialysis center for 11 hours each week although it is much closer to 15 hours or more including travel time and just waiting at the center to be hooked up and unhooked.  

He has been battling extreme exhaustion the past few days.  This evening was the first time in 5 days that he had enough energy to go out and do something.  We're hoping it was just from all of the things that have happened and not the new normal.  

No news on our donor.  The person is still anonymous which is totally fine.  We are praying things are moving along swiftly and well!

Thank you for all of your prayers, cards, emails, and encouragement.  It is all so appreciated!
We have finally been able to enjoy some spring like weather.  Two Tuesdays ago it was GORGEOUS out.  Pumpkin and I spent the entire day outside, then took Daddy and Peanut to a park for a picnic.  It snowed the next day.  Ha!  Crazy midwest weather!
Pumpkin celebrated Dr. Seuss at preschool all last week.  She wore silly socks on Monday, dressed wacky on Wednesday which you see below, and wore a hat on Friday.  She loved it!
Wacky Wednesday

Peanut has been working and working on riding her bike without training wheels.  She had just sort of figured out in the fall then winter hit with a vengeance.  She asks to get it out each day now and she has figured it out.  We are so proud of her!  
She has also been moved into accelerate reading at school, stopped sucking her thumb on her own, and is getting some "smolders" (molars).  She is certainly growing up!

The Wild Rumpus Circus

With all that has been going on with Daddy medically we have missed out on some fun things going on in our town, specifically our library.  When I saw that the circus was coming to the library, we signed up immediately!  I have expressed my love for our library on here many times but seriously, it's just the best.  They have the best events and it is just a really fun place to hang out.  Two Saturdays ago, we rode the bus downtown because Daddy was at dialysis and went to the Wild Rumpus Circus.  It was made up of a husband and wife team who were quite entertaining.  
 Peanut jumped on stage to "help" twice.  The first time was with the stilt walker.  She is the one with purple pants on.  
 The second time was to wear a mask.  Two of her good buddies are on either side of her.  Buddies make all things even more fun.  

 Pumpkin had fun just watching from her seat.  
 They had to express emotion just using the mask and body movement.  This was "love"…so sweet!
 We had a sweet time with friends and each other!

The Big Hair Cut

Two weeks ago we decided to have the girls get hair cuts.  We planned to just have Pumpkin get a decent trim but she begged to get her hair cut short like Peanut's.  It was a really tough decision but we let her.  That first big hair cut just makes them look so much older.  We had to get some pics of her with her long locks before we headed to the hair cut place.

 She was grinning from ear to ear and so excited while we waited.  She had NO doubts that she wanted to go short.  We were thrilled to discover she did have enough to donate to Locks of Love just like Peanut did with her first big hair cut.

 She loved it and so did we!  It is so cute and totally fits her personality!
 We had to celebrate afterwards so treats at Starbucks were in order.  
 Peanut got her hair cut too.  She loves the A-line cut so we did that again.  They are all ready for spring now.

Odds and Ends

We're still here!  I have a lot of catching up to do, don't I?
 Above is Peanut's 100 days of School project.  We searched Pinterest together for ideas and she fell in love with this.  She did an excellent job!

Below shows how we celebrated Superbowl Sunday.  The girls got to make their own personal pizzas. They made face pizzas and they were so yummy!

 Enjoying one of our last snow days with a huge pile of snow from all of the shoveling I had to do.  

 I am a believer in homemade valentines.  These are what we came up with this year.  I had to make some too to pass out to the kiddos in my preschool class.  So fun!

 Peanut wanted to make something special for her teacher.  She embroidered this double heart that we turned into a card for her incredible teacher.  The teacher couldn't believe she had made that.  She is very artistic!
 Pumpkin and I visited Peanut's class for her Valentine's Day party.  

These are some odds and ends.  I will be trying to catch up on some more posts soon!