Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Memorial Day 2010 was a working holiday. I worked midnight to about 5 am. I've gotten the strawberries weeded and even though they were transplanted just this spring there are small strawberries on them. I finished cleaning the kitchen and on to the dining room tonight. Dan tilled in between the plants in the garden.

We had a week reprieve from wiping Lilyana's nose and now it's at it again. Not sure what's going on with her. She also has a cough. But she's not lethargic, doesn't have a fever, doesn't have diarrhea and is eating and drinking as usual. So I don't really think there's anything to be done but wait it out.

I really need to get the pictures that we took on Saturday off the camera. I have one more day off of work and then I work two days and am off three after that. Next week is back to normal for working and wondering when the next round of layoffs will come. They seem to happen about once a month. There aren't too many people left to lay off.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

12 hours on a Saturday

In 12 hours on this Saturday we:

1. Drove into three states (only a few more miles and it would have been 4)
2. Drove past a sign for George 12 (hi dad)
3. Drove past the highest elevation point in Iowa at 1670 feet (it still seemed flat to me)
4. (I) had my first experience at being a road kill leaver (not a deer but some smaller animal -- hope it wasn't someone's dog, that would be horrible)
5. Met our grandson for the first time!!!

We had a great day even though we got a late start because Lilyana and I slept till 10 and got woken up by Dan. We only stopped once on each direction of the trip. Calsey looks great (within 5 pounds of her prepregnancy weight -- who does that???). She is a great mom, very attentive, protective and caring. We've seen real growth in her these last nine months and we are looking forward to seeing it continue as she nurtures Ayden.

We met her biological mom and her boyfriend and young son. They showed us some great hospitality and kindness. We are very grateful that Calsey has a great support system there especially as Tuan (Ayden's dad) gets ready to go through training this summer and deployment in November. The only thing better would be for her to live in MN.

We arrived home at 2 am because I wanted to spend as much time with Calsey and Ayden as I could knowing that leaving at 10 pm would be me driving as that is my time of the day. We'll see if we make it to church in 8 hours. Calsey was successful in giving me directions to the highway, something that didn't always happen in the past. YAY, Calsey!

Calsey, we love you, we miss you and we are so glad we were able to see you. You are doing a great job and you have great instincts. Listen to all the advice and use what you can and leave what you can't. I hope that you'll get a chance to visit soon as Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa need to see Ayden and there are oodles and oodles of other people who want to see you and him too.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Summer Reading

In case there's anyone out there near a Half Priced Books or Borders I just wanted to let you know about their summer reading programs.

Half Price Books is jumping on the summer reading program bandwagon with their Feed Your Brain program that runs from June 1-July 31.

Kids age 14 and under can earn a $3 Half Price Books shopping card for each week they read at least 15 minutes a day for 5 days. Just get a reading log at Half Price Books for each child or download and print your own.

At Borders kids ages 12 and under can get a free book this summer through the Borders Summer Reading Double-Dog Dare Program. Just have your child read 10 books of his/her choice and list the titles on the reading program form.

Barnes & Noble is hosting their summer reading program again this year. Kids grades 1-6 who read 8 books over the summer will be able to choose a free book from a select list of titles provided by Barnes & Noble.

I am fanatical about reading and wish there was a summer reading program for me. I will still read and read to Lilyana and participate in these programs for her even though it means a trip to the cities.

Monday, May 24, 2010

My new title

On Tuesday, May 18 at 6:13 I began a new chapter in my life giving me a new title: Grandma. Calsey gave birth to Ayden Jackson Minh Tran weighing 7.2 lbs and 19 inches long. He has a head of dark hair like his Vietnamese dad. Mom and baby are home and doing well. He has already gained 9 oz since coming home on Thursday. We plan to go down this weekend to see them. Anyone may call me Grandma as they wish and I will take that as a compliment and blessing.

Other items of note: Thursday, Friday and Saturday I struggled with migraines off and on. Finally on Sunday morning at 3 am I decided to go to the ER. It was that or have Dan drill a hole in my temple. So I drove myself to the ER and they gave me Toradol which didn't completely get rid of all the pain. I was also told that I could get a dose of Demerel but would need a ride home. I called Dan at least 50 times hoping that one of the rings would make it into his subconciousness. But that didn't happen. I then called a friend from work/church who lives in the same town and she graciously said she would come and get me. She said she had woken up at 3 am and not been able to get back to sleep and had just been wandering around her house wondering why she was awake. It was so that she would be awake at 4:30 to answer the phone and come and get me. What a great friend! I ended taking off the last half of day of work today because I was so tired I could barely stay awake. That many migraines in that few days plus drugs takes some time to recover.

There's not much else of note going on. We plodding on and plugging away.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Illusion or Delusion

Even though it's quite windy outside we spent quite a bit of time there. I decided to dust off my bike and the bike trailer to give Lilyana a ride. After hooking it up and airing up the tires, we were off down the road. As I was cranking through all the gears and really not doing a lot of work I was very impressed with how much better shape I was in this year than last. It was really easy going down the road. That self-admiration lasted about 60 seconds when two realizations came to me: 1. The wind was at my back and about 15 seconds later realization number two: it's going to be a rough ride back. So I rode to the end of the road (about 3/4 mile from home) turned around and began the ride home. When I realized I would probably be spinning in place and not going anywhere I gave up and walked the bike and toddler home.

Ahh, yes, thus begins my summer.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Two Years

When I woke up on this day two years ago I had no idea I would be meeting my baby daughter for the first time that day. I went in for my weekly ultrasound and doctor appointment at what I thought was 35 week and found myself checked into the hospital and hearing the doctor tell me "we're cutting at 5:00." At 5:10 pm he pulled a white, skinny, screaming baby from my abdomen. I got to touch her before she was whisked off to the heat lamp to be checked out by the pediatrician. After she was taken upstairs while I waited in recovery we discovered that she was about 7 weeks early, weighing in at 3 lb 12 oz. But as has been a consistent pattern with her, she needed less special treatment in the nursery than some of the other babies even though she was half their size. She spent five days in the hospital for observation and we took her home weighing 3 lb 14 oz. Since that day she has never been to the doctor because she was sick, having only a few colds along the way. She has been the light of our lives, brightener of our day and lover of life. She is the reason we get out of bed. God has blessed us with a miracle and we are grateful every day. Happy Birthday Lilyana. We love you.