Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The pictures say enough but we spent the day for her "party" at the AG doll store and bistro. We shopped for clothes for her new doll, ate lunch, and Kate even got her hair done at the salon.
Hayden and her big cousin Maryn.
Blowing out her candles, she got a big piece of cake with chocolate ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles.
Taking a pic with the doll of the month.
Hayden and Kate
Kate getting her hair done at the salon... really, this is the craziest thing.
My beautiful girl
These are in a weird order but anyway, she got an American Girl doll for her birthday. That was her big gift and then for her party we took her to the store and bistro in Dallas for a girls day.
This is the newest member of our family "Kate". She named her herself after her own middle name, so cute.
Her birthday cake!!!
The morning of her birthday. Daddy went and got her doughnuts and she got a mini pillow pet.
The Birthday Fairy came to visit during the night and was there when she woke up ;)
My sweet little Hayden started soccer last weekend. She actually did pretty well. She is playing for a club soccer in the "tots" league. They just learn the fundamentals and basics of soccer.
Working on some drills with the coach and Daddy.
Now for the big game :)
My little athlete, well, we will see. I actually wanted to start her in cheerleading this fall but I figured since she already does dance that this would be something fun for Daddy to get into with her, at least until little Bubba starts playing sports. We'll see how it goes and then try cheerleading next fall.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
There has been so much going on over the last two weeks and lots to come over the next month or so. I am plum wore out already! For those that know, my daddy has suffered from COPD and emphysema for the last 7 yrs or so and for the last 2 years it has gotten worse. He has been hospitalized several times for it and one time even intubated and in ICU. He was pretty much oxygen dependent anytime he was up and doing anything. Needless to say, it has been horrible for him and my mom. Well about 6 months ago they started working him up for a lung transplant, yes...lung transplant, scary stuff. He has been listed for a little over 3 months and they have had a couple of "false" alarms. Well, last Saturday August 27th they got the call. They had 2 good lungs and he was a match. I was at work of course, I rarely work but of all the days I was at work when my mom called. Anyway, I left immediately and headed home to get the family and we headed to my parents house. By the time it was all said and done, they started his surgery at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday the 28th. It was a 7 hr surgery and we were all settled into the waiting room for the long night of waiting. They called us every 2 hrs and then at 7 a.m. they called and said they were closing him up and that everything had gone perfectly. The doc came and talked to us and said he had done really well and was going to ICU for recovery. My daddy did wonderful and everyone had been so impressed with his recovery and outcome. He was only on the vent for 2 days and out of ICU in 3. He is going to be discharged today which means he was there just a total of 9ish days. My dad says he feels good and can't believe how easy it is to breath now. There is a long rode ahead with lots of recovering and a life time of medications but we are all on board and supporting each other as a family. HE is amazing and I am so grateful this finally happened. We were all very anxious about it but now that it has come and gone we are so incredibly thankful and just looking forward to his rehab and recovery. Our family is so thankful for the prayers and well wishes and so thankful to have our old daddy back. We feel very blessed and now feel like we have a bright long future with my dad.