We have had a not so great last 24 hours. Yesterday afternoon Michelle called me here at work and Rick's Uncle was being taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Didn't know at the time what was going on. In the last 24 hours we have found out that he was shot from behind. He was found in the driveway with keys still in hand. He was on the phone with a friend when he pulled in the drive and told the friend on the phone he had to go cause his "buddy" was there. SOME BUDDY!!! This said buddy has since been arrested, confessed to stealing the 4wheeler and shooting Dave. I cant' believe anymore what this world is coming to. I have never known anyone that has been murdered and even though this is not "my family" I am having a hard time letting it go. I can't imagine dying like this. I didn't know Dave all that well, but he was always extremely nice to me. He treated his nephews and great nieces & nephews as if they were his own. I know he will be missed by his family and I hope that justice is done for the person responsible. I don't know what justice is but he will have to answer for his doings when it is his time.
This morning Dad called and said that Aunt Flo had passed. I will miss her. She was always so funny and just had a different outlook on the world than anyone i knew. Everyone always said I was alot like her. But I dont' feel like in the last several years I am anything like she was. I would like for that to change if I can figure out how to do it and get back to the "fun" person I once was.
Cindy moved Aunt Flo back here back in the fall and she was in a nursing home over in Brown County. A week or more ago, Cindy was told she had pancreatic cancer, and that it had moved elsewhere in her body. I went to visit Aunt Flo last friday with Mom & Cindy and took Josie to meet her. She was still the same old Aunt Flo. Honary as ever!!! By the time we left, Josie was putting her monkey finger puppets on Aunt Flo's hand. I'm really glad she got to meet Josie and I'm glad I got to see her one last time. I will miss you Aunt Flo and believe it or not I will miss my one and only nickname growing up that she gave me. "Dipshit" I dont' know why she called me that but she always did!!!
Last Thursday, March 18th, Daddy &I took Josie to the children's museum. She made it all the way to 465 without falling asleep. Looked back as we went under 465 and she was out. So we let her sleep until we found the parking garage so that maybe she would be able to go a little longer in the afternoon. We woke her at the garage and she didn't want to walk or be carried, she wanted to ride in her stroller. She doesn't get to ride in it often cause we really don't go anywhere so anytime it is out, she wants in it. So we let her ride.
The first thing we went to was the Barbie exhibit. She was still a little asleep so at first she wasn't really interested in it. But by the time we got to the back of it she was starting to warm up. Mommy does not like Barbie's and this little exhibit was done very well. I would actually like to have a room in my home done like it. They had it done in a really bright pink, black & chrome. Made me think of throwing her a Barbie party. But back to Mommy doesn't like them and I don't want the inlaws to make our home a Barbie shrine.
Next stop was Egypt. She was starting to warm up in this area. She liked the little house and the dishes. Go figure! This child loves the pretend things. We had to keep her from putting the play food in her mouth. She also liked the statues. There was one of a sheep/goat thing and she called it a dog and was petting it. The crocodile she was petting it too. Then she sat down on this face and was pointing out his eyes, nose and so on. As we were leaving there was a man there writing names in Arabic. So I went back in and got her name wrote in Arabic.
Next stop was Bob the Builder. She loved this area. I would say this was one of her top two favorites, with the other being the area for the 5 and under. Anyway, all she wanted to do was "drive" the equipment. The only problem with this area was the bigger kids runing her over.
A group of artists blew all this glass for this structure in the middle of the museum. It was really pretty & vibrant, the photos don't do it justice.
After this we went to lunch to beat the crowd. I had brought Josie's lunch cause I wasn't sure what all they had. But they had pizza and french fries so she was set. Lunch was very good there.
Then after lunch we went up to the carousel. Josie did not like it at all. I put her on a stationary horse when it was our turn and she immediately started crying. So we moved to the benches. She was fine until it started moving and then she climbed up in my lap, grabbed onto my neck for dear life. Once it started going she let go of my neck, sort of! She still hung on but it wasn't as tight.
Josie laughing at Mommy trying to do the hula hoop! I've lost my groove!!! :-)
The next and last stop was the area for the kids 5 and under. We spent the rest of the afternoon here. She had an absolute blast. Every boy and girl she saw she was calling them "Bubby" and "Kayla". Then she buddied up with a little boy that always seemed to be at the same station we were at. He was there with his Mom and she started calling him "Bubby". She just really liked the freedom of running around and doing what she wanted to do. You had to watch some of the bigger kids but it wasn't bad at all.
She loved the sand box. We are going to have to break down and buy her one.
This child absolutely loves water. She loved playing in this. She refused to put the provided aprons on. Then she started throwing toys and splashing, so Mommy had to pull her off of it. I didn't want to be "One of those Mom's", you know the ones with the child out of control and doesn't do anything about it! :-) But she didn't seem to mind. We just moved on to the next project.
She kept saying this was Uncle's and wasn't happy when I took her off so another kid could have a turn. But the little boy was waiting so patiently.
She was ready for a drink, so it was really easy to get her out of here. Then we went to the store and bought a play ice cream cone and a Barbie coloring book. We went to all of the exhibits except the Dinasour, by the time we were down there she was ready to go. Everytime you ask if she had a good time she would shake her head yes. I was so glad she enjoyed herself. And Daddy & Mommy did too. We have been waiting a long time for stuff like this. And the older she gets we know the more there is to come.
Josie's new phase now is "What you doing?". She will drive you nuts asking this. But you can't help but answer her because it is just too cute. And I know it's only a phase and then she will move onto the next one. Which I think is going to be the "Why?", cause she is occasionally doing it now. I got onto her the other night for constantly spilling her Puffs out of her bowl and told her to sit down. While I was cleaning them up, she came over, leaned down, hand on my shoulder, and said "Why?". AW!!! That kid!!!!
Mommy has had a not too fun last couple of weeks. A week ago Saturday, I woke up at 1:00 in the morning with a pain in my side and dry heaving. By the end of the night, I felt like I had been run over by a truck, everything in my body hurt. I couldn't take it anymore so Dad & Mom came and got me and took me to the ER. They ran some blood and urine and found out I had a kidney infection that had spread to my blood stream. Pain pills and antibiotics and off you go.
By Wednesday, I still wasn't feeling good and actually throwing up by that point, so I went to IMA. More blood work and an ultrasound. Finally after waiting about two days, I get my results back. I had a 7mm kidney stone that was blocking a tube leading into my kidney. Wonderful!!!
Last friday, they make me an appointment with a uroligist. Bunch more tests and a CAT scan. (Man those are weird!) The stone had "popped" back into my kidney and was going to have to be removed because it was too big to pass.
So Tuesday of this week, I go in for that. Had to go all day, no drinking or eating. That sucked!!! I made Mikey take me to McDonald's on the way home and I chugged a large Diet Coke nothing flat. I've been drinking water trying to flush stuff out and I hate water!!!!!!!!!!
Stayed home all day yesterday. Angalene was the one to watch Josie, so I went and hid in my scrapbook room all day. She didn't even know I was there. It was hard sitting in the room and listening to her. But it was Grandma's day and I knew I needed the rest. Wasn't suppose to be here at work today, but other than some cramping, I'm not hurting very badly. I guess that is one good thing about bad PMS syptoms, you learn to deal with pain! :-)
Enough about me, on to Josie!!!
She loves helping Mommy with whatever it is she is doing. On this day I was trying to get cupcakes made and a cookie for dinner with some friends. She saw the bubbles, so we pulled up a chair and this is how I got my stuff done. Works for me!!!
She is fast on the draw! She loves to grab Mommy's glasses off of her face. I'm just waiting on the day she breaks them. She gets in trouble for it but still does it. She put them on this day and this scrapbooking Mommy had to take a picture.
She is very much attached to her Tigger and her Teddy. She sleeps with them at every nap and every night. Other then Teddy stays home. He is white after all! I think it's funny cause Aunt Susie bought this teddy for her when she came to meet her at the hospital and she is attached to it. And I still have the dog that Aunt Susie bought for me the first time I had to go to the hospital after I was born and I slept with it up until I got married. Now I guess Mikey is my "dog"! Hee Hee!!! But I still have it and it is the one stuffed animal Josie is not allowed to play with.
Josie has always been into her shoes and changing them, but now she is trying to do it all herself. I started out this day to take pictures of all the shoe changes but this is the Saturday I was sick. But I did get two photos.
Josie & I went to watch Kayla play basketball. I forgot how tiny they look out there after watching Riley for 3 years. They are so cute out there running around. Kayla was the smallest girl on the team.
This past Saturday it was nice out so Daddy took Josie outside to play. When Mommy got done with the dishes I went out and joined them. We played on the porch and swang. Then Daddy & Josie went for a walk in the woods. She brought back a stick to show me. She was proud of that stick but she was making me nervous with it so I told her that Levi liked sticks and she should give it to him. So she did and of course Levi chomped it up. She was funny! She kept giving him the little pieces that were left. She also "fixed" him some food in her kitchen and she sat down on the deck with him and kept playing with his feet. Needless to say we had to strip down when we went in the house.
I got Josie's hair up in a ponytail. Took me a while and it's not the best but it's almost long enough to do it. I was hoping this girl would get Daddy's thick hair but I think she is getting mine. But her hair definately has a red tint to it that I always wanted in a little girl.
Sunday, after Daddy came in the house from helping "Unc" Chris, I went to the grocery store. I bought Josie some candy to put on her Easter dish that Mama Carole had bought her. The child did NOT see me put the candy on the dish. Daddy was cutting up pork loins that I had bought on sale. I went to the bathroom to put some cleaning stuff away. He came to the door and cleared his throat to get my attention. This is what I walked out to see.
She had climbed up in the dining room chair and on to the table and was sitting there telling us "Candy". So once again she should have got in trouble first but instead I had to grab the camera first. then she got in trouble.
This child is most definately going to keep us on our toes!!!