Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up

I got a call at 4:30 Thursday afternoon that Kathryn had a minor fever. When I picked her up she also had a nasty cough, so I figured that Friday would be a "home day" (she dubbed the term "home day," which normally means the weekend and loves them to pieces).

We made a pit stop on our way home for some more cough medicine and we may or may not have purchased some gummy bears for Kathryn to have on her frozen yogurt at home (anything to heal her sore throat). Her day was made because it was sprinkling and she was finally able to whip out her umbrella.
It was picture day at school so she was still in smiling-mode despite looking sick and sleepy.
I stayed home with the Bug and we had a slow-paced Friday morning.
By late afternoon, she wasn't running a fever anymore so we broke out of the house for some fresh air.
About an hour after our walk, the wind was screaming, dark clouds were rolling in and it began hailing. We had to go outside and check it out. It was crazy loud on our tin roof porch!
Speaking of the tin roof...part of it flew off and another part was barely hanging on.
On Saturday we went to the vet school for their annual open house. E. J. used to go with his mom when she was in vet school and we've been looking forward to taking her now that she's old enough to really enjoy it.
Of course she accessorized with her favorite doggy purse
We toured the small animal clinic (almost 3 hours in line and then an hour tour). We couldn't believe how packed it was! We'll need to go back next year to see more, including the large animal clinic. However, I couldn't believe Kathryn's patience despite the Disney World-like lines!
We were able to see all sorts of really neat things! We even got to see (through a glass) 4th year vet students performing surgery (a dog being spayed). When they opened it up for questions our group was pretty silent...expect for Kathryn. She wanted to know why they used a "blanket" over the doggy while they were doing surgery. She probably would have kept asking if we didn't have to move to the next place.

 

In the cardiology ward there was a demonstration of CPR on a practice dog. At the end, the vet students asked if anyone wanted to give it a try. Some adults went to try it out and then Kathryn told us that she was going to try. Without hesitation (or our help) she made the way through the group and totally started going for it!

 We ended our weekend with a pretty easy day today and took advantage of the mild weather.
 Happy Monday!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring break

Spring break was last week and I was lucky to have last Thursday and Friday off of work. It was a busy four-day weekend and although I wish there was more time to just enjoy being home, we did have some nice time off together.

On Thursday, K had a follow-up appointment to check out the tubes in her ears. All looks well! And the doctor was extra fun and gave K this glove creature.
The weather was beautiful on Friday and it was perfect for wearing-out-activities outside.
Messing around with Cinderella
She dressed herself in a fall-themed outfit. Stripes and polka dots? Heck yes! 
And who needs shoes on the correct feet anyway?
Saturday was a blur of errands. We had to drop off E. J.'s truck to get some work done, E. J. had to go to the doctor because his knee has been killing him from a running injury, I got my hair trimmed and then we dropped my car off because it was making weird sounds after getting $650 worth of repairs the previous weekend (luckily it was fixed and now I'm hoping my car can last until the end of the year). Basically, all of our activities consisted of money, money and more money, which is tough when we're not trying to spend any money except on necessities (and yes, it was totally necessary to get my hair trimmed - for cheap. It was not looking pretty!).

On Sunday, in the spirit of St. Patty's Day, I made some green pancakes for Kathryn. She's on a pancake kick lately and has one almost every morning.
I was curious about her reaction :)


Since K and E. J. had already been to the doctor, it wouldn't be complete without me going as well. On Saturday afternoon my arm started feeling really strange in one small area. It didn't feel muscular, more like pressure and sharp pains that was isolated to an area in the shape of a rectangle. It would phase in and out and sometimes would be pretty painful. Since we had to pick up my car Sunday morning, I decided that it would probably be best if I went to see a doctor.

The doctor thought that I have the beginning stages of the shingles. If it is the shingles, then it was caught pretty early and the medicine she prescribed should help with the severity. Fingers crossed! So far, the medicine is making a difference.

Sunday night, while Kathryn was supposed to be sleeping, she emerged from her room with Mommy and Daddy portraits. I was told by the artist that I'm supposed to imagine that I have a mouth and reminded that both Mommy and Daddy have food in their bellies :).


We woke up this morning back in the routine. Kathryn loves to play restaurant in the morning. Once she comes into our room, I bring her breakfast to her on a tray in our bed. Today she feasted on another green pancake.
Thanks to Nana and Pop Pop, Kathryn was looking festive for St. Patrick's Day as we started out our week.
 Our 6:45 a.m. faces
Monday night gymnastics 
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Checking in

Much like my last post, I can't believe how much time I've let pass since the last time I've blogged. Yikes! Work? As always, incomprehensibly busy. Life? Ditto. I think we're all in the same boat, but I've done a fabulous job at letting so many other things slip and I'm trying to get back on track, starting with this little space on the Internet. So here's a little glimpse of what's been happening around here.
Valentine's Day
First time fishing! 
Unfortunately, the only thing she caught was the hook in her elbow. She took it like a champ though - just a few tears and thankfully a quick reaction on E. J.'s part as he got the hook
out of her arm really quickly.
 Growing up
 A few school delays thanks to icy conditions and even a little bit of snow. 
Getting to work at 10 a.m. is something I'd like to see more regularly.
 K requested I take pictures of her to send to Nana ;)