Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day (part 2)

This is my WONDERFUL mother-in-law. She is another one of the most special women in my life. I can barely remember a time when she wasn't part of my life and I am soo thankful for that. She is a second mom to me and I know she is ALWAYS there when I need her. (Notice I said WHEN not IF!!) When we get a last minute appointment in KC, I never have to worry about where Cohen will go. When Brian is gone and I am in need of some adult interaction, I know Grandma will come to the rescue! She always has fun things planned to do with the kids. Claire LOVES crafting with Grandma Connie! I admire her more than she will ever know. There have been so many times lately when I am "flying solo" and I find myself constantly asking her "HOW DID YOU DO IT?!?!" I can't thank her enough for instilling in my husband the values that have made him the man he is today. I don't think she gives herself enough I will!!!
I hope you know how special you are to our family. (Including my parents!) We love you so much and appreciate every little thing you do. Thank you for always being there and loving our children so very much! Have a wonderful Mother's day!!!!

Happy Mother's Day!

For those of you who don't know, this is my Momma. NOOOO not my sister, my mother! She is one of the most special people in my life. She has taught me so many things. Some big, some small but all equally important. Here are a few.
1. Kill 'em with kindness.
2. If you don't stand up for yourself, no one else will.
3. Never overload the silverware holders in the dishwasher.
4. You can talk and you can sing, but you can't make nonsense.
5. Don't put a knife in the toaster.
6. Don't put metal in the microwave.
7. Wear what looks good on YOU.
8. Just ask, all they can do is tell you "no."
9. If you aren't sure what something is, use your toes to touch it first.
10. If it doesn't smell bad and you can chew's probably okay to eat.

There are a MILLION more but, you get my point. I have learned some pretty valuable things from my dear mother. Most of the things I have learned just by watching her. I aspire to be the kind of mother to my children that she is to me. I have often told her that I wish there was some way to repay her for all of the wonderful things she has done for me. She told me that all I have to do is take care of her grandbabies and we are even. DEAL! I am so thankful for my mom and the relationship we have.

I hope you have a wonderful day! I hope that you know you are loved EVERY day of the year and not just Mother's Day and your birthday! You have prepared me to be a mother and a wife and I know I COULD do it without you....BUT I sure am glad I don't have to! I treasure each day we spend with you!!


Never too much

I was beginning to wonder what my limit was. On Sunday night Cohen woke up with a fever of 104.1 and having a VERY hard time breathing. I took him to the ER at about 11:00. I walked in and groaned because the place was PACKED! However, I was a little startled when the nurse took one look at Cohen and said, "He needs to go back now." Within 15 minutes we were talking to a doctor and he was being given a breathing treatment. 20 minutes later Cohen let out quite a scream and started crying and barking. The doc came in (rather quickly!) and said that the breathing treatment had not worked and we needed an x-ray. They took us down immediately and 10 minutes later the doc came in with the results. Croup. Yuck. His airway was only as wide as a coffee stirrer. Not a straw, a STIR STICK!!! He said that it would take about 8 hours for the steroid to kick in so they wanted to admit him because of the risk of his airway closing off! YIKES! We spent the night and were sent home at around 4 on Monday afternoon. He was VERY grumpy for the next day or so because of the medicine. It was NOT fun for anyone. Brian was out of town Wednesday night and Thursday night so I was flying solo. Wednesday night...Claire starts coughing so hard she throws up all over herself and her bed. She coughed and hacked all night so I kept her home from preschool on Thursday. We were both bummed because it was muffins with mom day. HOWEVER, God knew I was at my limit and He knew we should stay home. Why? Because at 10:00 am the preschool was in lockdown because someone was shot in the carwash next door. AAAAHHHHHHH! How foolish of me to even consider the fact that God would ever give me something I couldn't handle. HE knew that I wouldn't have been able to handle that situation on THAT day so HE took care of it! Thank you LORD for being so faithful!! So anyway, here are some new pics and a video of Cohen in the hospital. Grammy, pause the song that is playing so you can hear the conversation between Mom and Cohen! (just a tip!)