Friday, 19 January 2018

Rough start to the year 😞

Where to begin?
For Christmas, my Mother spent it in the hospital with flu that turned into pneumonia. She was discharged (and probably shouldn't have been) and readmitted with flu and bronchitis two days later.
Dad was with her when she ended up having a seizure due to having low sodium, and her heart stopped. (At least that's what they think) After CPR, she ended up in ICU on a vent. So when I went to go visit her for the day, I was expecting to see her in a regular room and instead found her in ICU.

Thanks to my wonderful friend who works at Southwest, she flew in my older brother from Louisiana. DH picked him up in Baltimore after midnight and we met halfway so he could be with Mom too.

Honestly, it all jumbles together, but at one point she was off the vent and told me to take a picture of Dad sleeping! She doesn't remember it though.

It truly was a scary time, we thought she wasn't go to make it when she was reintubated because she was having such trouble breathing.
To make a long story short, after lots of prayers being said ALL OVER the world, she's doing much better!

So along with all the upset, we had some good moments with the family, especially when we knew she was on the mend.

Although this was taken during the initial stay in ICU, here's my brother "taking care of business!"

I was face-timing Nathan one night while at their house - I don't normally look like that! Tenny was missing her Momma, and I was a cheap substitute. 

The GMen came up with Nathan the day Mom was transferred to another floor. Here we are with my nephews waiting in the lobby while she was being moved.

With Dad just before everyone left to go home.

While I was there, I started this for my Mom because it reminds me of her chapel at home.

I continued during my break at home, with company. I think they missed me.
And when I went back again, I was still working on it. Mom kept asking me if I was done yet - I knew she was feeling better!

And finally, here she is settled in rehab. Dad was able to bring Tenny for a visit, I think it did both of them good! She may be there as long as a month, but with her determination, it could be less. Go Mom!
I'm planning on visiting next week.

Here's the "sort of" finished chapel... but I'm not really liking the finish it's supposed to have.
I don't like that so much brown is shown in the background, I thought about adding a dark shimmering blue to make it look like it was night. Thoughts or other ideas?

And so with all the hospital visits and being away from home, then coming back and running around doing things here, I'm way behind on reading blogs. Just when I was almost caught up!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Woosh, it's over!

Well that went by fast!
Nathan went back to school today and he was not a happy camper. He was actually a very cold camper!

Here's some of our December.
This is the poinsettia "tree" in our mall. Although the one I remember growing up with was much taller and thinner. 

The family picture after Christmas Mass.

Christmas eve watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - always a winner! Too bad we didn't have any eggnog to join them.

Oooh, Father Christmas dropped by!

Ming enjoying her catnip teabag.

Max on a little catnip high!

My girlfriend came over with her new pup to have dinner with us on Christmas Day.

I ordered this dragon shelf from Randal Spangler in October while at a craft show. It came in November and I had to wait until Christmas to open it, but it was worth it, I love it!
I still have to hang it in my craft room, but Max needed to inspect it first.

I didn't ask for any stitchy stuff, since I have enough to keep my busy for quite a while, but my girlfriend gave me this knowing I love dragons. I LOVE IT! The colours are so beautiful.

After Christmas, we headed to DC to see the National Christmas tree. We ended up visiting a couple of the museums and seeing the tree at a distance.

A cold day for a family selfie!

We went to a family party on the 30th, and look what I found on their tree. I made this over 20 years ago! I was slacking though, I never made her younger sister one, oops.

I finished this on New Year's Eve for our friends who joined us that evening. I used two patterns I had. It's kind of cramped, but I guess it worked.

Wishing you a wonderful New Year, may it bring you everything you hope for!

Monday, 25 December 2017

Happy Christmas from Spike and friends

On day twenty five... 

♪ ♫ "Oh, come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant!
Oh, come ye, oh come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels
Oh, come let us adore Him,
Oh, come let us adore Him,
Oh, come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord." ♫ 

Almost time to go

It's almost the end of Spike's adventures.

On day twenty one, Nathan finally found them and yelled, "Spike's got a girlfriend!"

He shared more candy with them this year.

And he couldn't forget the rest of the misfits.

One day twenty two, Spike, Scotch, and their Lego buddies tried sledding.

 I think they need a little more room.

On day twenty three, Spike and the Ninjago gang got together to give Nathan a Ninjago figure and Lego erasers.

On day twenty four, Spike read, "The Night Before Christmas" to Scotch and their friends.

But we missed it, so we had to read it together later as a family.

As of now, he's still waiting for Father Christmas.
I wonder if he'll go back with him or stick around another day?

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Another five fun filled days

The merriment continues...

On day sixteen, the Hogwarts gang came for a visit. Even the dreaded Dementors! They also left a "cootie catcher" to figure out which House he belongs in.

On day seventeen, Rudolph and friends dropped by and made Bumble out of Legos.

On day eighteen, Nathan found Christmas music playing and Spike's Lego friends were dancing with the M&M guys.

On day nineteen, Spike and Scotch were handing out Santa hat kisses to everyone.

On day twenty, Santa came by for a big Santa hat kiss of his own!

What will they get into next?

Friday, 22 December 2017

TH THursday, another Friday edition

THinking, THinking, THinking...

THinking THoughts, and being THankful on THursdays.

The coming of Jesus at Bethlehem brought joy to the world and to every human heart. May His coming this Christmas bring to each one of us that peace and joy that He desires to give. ~ Mother Teresa

Jesus was a king and he wore a crown even though he was a baby. It was a really small crown ~ Jay, five.

*I forgot to add that these were made by 4th graders at Nathan's school* Although I wouldn't mind displaying them at our home!
There were lots more, but I didn't get them all. 

Monday, 18 December 2017

More fun with Spike and Scotch

The fun continues...

On day eleven, Spike found the Elf Kisses and shared them with friends. Scotch got into the Gummi Bears and shared them too. Good thing he didn't find the spiked ones!

On day twelve, they found the Dove Peppermint Bark to share. I obviously need to hide the sweets better!

On day thirteen, it was movie popcorn night. Scotch chose "The Search for Santa Paws", cute!

On day fourteen, Spike made a candy dispenser filled with mini M&M's. Nathan's been enjoying that too!

On day fifteen, it looks they wanted to put this together for Nathan but were probably in a food coma from all the junk they've been eating!

Still more time for adventures and trouble?