Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
add flour to bacon grease,
add milk and stir as it thickens,
and voila, there you have it.
His "pollipop" (Sully's version) fell on the floor (and he got a new one!)
Sullivan is next
Eli's turn. Nonie, you're doing great!
Fisher tried so hard to ruin my pictures by closing his eyes. I took 14, but did manage to catch him with his smart-alec eyes open! Gotcha!
Here are some more goodies from our evening:
Thanks for playing y'all. Thanks so much Norah, for accommodating our family!! We love you!!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Because our anniversary was on a Saturday this year, I anticipated a wedding there tonight. Uh, oh. What would we do? Interrupt, of course!! As we pulled up, there were a few people lingering for some after the ceremony photos. We anxiously waited for them to leave and were trying to devise an alternate plan, just in case. There were 2 people still sitting in the seats and Russ asked them to take our picture and told them our ridiculous story (that I love).
Thanks for our life together Babe. I love you. Here's to the next five!
"Because I believe that we can be extraordinary together, rather than ordinary apart." --Meredith Grey (Grey's Anatomy)
Friday, July 25, 2008
Riley is so excited..he didn't want to take his nap because he wanted to see "Fish."
I'm making Shrimp Tacos for dinner and Tina's picking up Steak and Shake for the kiddos! I just made dessert for all of us--some chocolate parfaits--they're in the fridge chilling. They look pretty and the pudding's delish--I had a lick (or seven). I can't wait!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I think the end result is worth the "weedy" look.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Can I have it all?
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
It was so wonderful to finally see Justin, to give him a hug, to say "thank you for all you've done." I just knew I was going to cry when I saw him...and I didn't. Russ even gave me a "lecture" about it in the hospital, before we got to his room. I did lose it yesterday, when we had to say goodbye to him. He had just received his morphene intraveinously and desperately needed some sleep. I went up to him, kissed his cheek, and said, "We're going to go home and we'll see you soon." He said, "Wait a minute. You're not going to be here when I wake up?" It was so hard to tell him "no." It broke my heart and I rushed out so he wouldn't see me tearing up. I pulled it together, but once those tears start, they're just waiting in the wings to start flowing again. I probably cried 5 more times before we arrived at home.
Justin's doing okay. His attitude is miraculous. His pain gets to him, it's constant, even on heavy pain medication. They're still working on that.
I'm anxious to see him again.
It all started when we heard that Justin could possibly be in Bethesda 4 more weeks. We decided we had to go. Russ called the Marines Tuesday evening and asked if it was a possibility for us to fly up there (when Russ was there earlier in the month, the told him that if he wanted to come back, they would take care of it) Friday or Saturday and return Monday or Tuesday. Russ calls back an hour later to say that we'd prefer to leave on Saturday and the Marine liason says, "I already have your iternary!" Well ****!!
We're leaving Friday evening and returning Tuesday evening. Well double ****!
I was a basket case because we've only spent one night away from Riley (both of us gone) and the thought of 5 nights away just did me in. Dropping (babysitting) that on my mother did me in again. We'd thought a 3 day weekend would do the trick. 5 days was more than I could stomach on such short notice. Let the drama begin. Mom adjusted to it quicker than I did (thank goodness)!!
Wednesday we get a text from Kim that the doctor came in and mentioned that they would be releasing Justin on Saturday. HUH? We'd be arriving in D.C. at 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Just when we thought there couldn't be anymore drama, there was. Were we going or not?
For 2 whole days I accomplished nothing. Did I do laundry or not? Do I pack or not? Do I make "sub plans" for Mom or not? It was paralyzing to me. That's how I work--it's not a blessing!!
Friday at noon.....our plane left at 7:20 that evening, we got the call that Justin was indeed leaving and going to San Antonio. Up until that point, we didn't know if we'd be on a plane, needing a babysitter or not. My mom was so wonderful and rolled with the punches as they came...she was on stand-by!!
Friday we were back in the air again...Maryland was out, but when did we need to go to San Antonio? Friday? Saturday? We heard Justin would be leaving Maryland at 10:00 a.m. Okay, we'll go Saturday and possibly see him that evening. Then we found out he'd be making 4 stops along the way and may not be there until late. If that was the case, he'd surely be exhausted and not up for visitors.
John (his dad) sent Russ a text at 5:15 to inform us that they'd landed. We booked a room in San Antonio, alerted my mom (our at-your-service-babysitter) and packed an overnight bag. We headed to San Antonio about 6:00, went straight to Brooks Army Medical Center, and were told Justin hadn't arrived yet. HUH? Turned out he just wasn't int he system yet, he was still being looked over in emergency and having some x-rays. We went to the emergency room and there were 2 familiar faces. Uh-oh....Orange Grove knows. We were trying to keep that a secret so we could get a visit before the entire town showed up! We should've known.
More family (and more O.G.) arrived. We finally got to see Justin and he looked great. He was so happy to see us--we were so happy to see HIM! We visited for a while, then the moved him into a room. A two-person room, but he's the only one in it! Lucky for us, the staff was lenient on us and the rules because we wouldn't be bothering another person, just Justin!!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Today Riley and I had a lunch date with Melissa and Kallie at Which Wich. I haven't seen either of them in person since Kallie was born and I was so anxious to see them both. We had fun writing on our bags with red Sharpies to order our sandwiches. They even had red crayons for the kids orders--impressive!
As we pulled up in the driveway at home, we spied this furry little squirrel in the yard. We sat in the car and watched it for quite some time, running from here to there, then up a tiny tree. Riley wanted to get out and "catch it." The visions that stirred up in my head (and a true story of Russ being attacked by a squirrel when he was younger--IN his shirt).....yikes!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Madison's grandmother, Grandmommy, was given a new name last night--Miss Granny! Russ and I kept saying "Grandmommy" and Riley called her "Miss Granny" all evening. It was hilarious!
We had a few firsts last night: