We decided there is no other way to do the beach than to rent the umbrella and chairs. They are worth it, no matter the cost.
Alex also had shoulder surgery one week before school started back. And slept all day that day, and stuttered and staggered on the pain meds all evening. It was kinda funny. Here she is sssssleeping. Her cousin, Brennan, came by and watched Soul Surfer with her that night.
Her best friend came by the next day and brought her a pillow pet.
School started. This is the first first day of school I haven't had to drive anyone. In ten years...
She gets to wear this beautiful accessory every day for six weeks.
Then there's Maggie. Aka Stupid Dog. She stepped on something in our yard and practically cut the pad off her foot. Anthony took her to the vet, which cost 274.00. That was on a Thursday. By Sunday morning she had chewed the cone off her head, taken off the bandaging, and removed all of her stitches. She then went back to the Emergency Pet Hospital, where we spent 216.00 in order to get her sewn back up. We got sedatives for her this time in the form of a little doggy Valium, which we thought would help but these stitches also lasted about three days. Anthony took her back, again, and for 60.00 they glued her foot together and told us to keep her in the crate until it was healed, which she had been in the crate the whole time anyway. Not to mention every time we took her outside to use the bathroom, we had to wrap the foot in a plastic bag to keep it from getting wet or germy...
One night I got the privilege of seeing this beautiful family. This is the family I spent three weeks with in Japan right after I graduated from high school. One of the best trips ever with one of the greatest families ever. It had been 22 years since I had seen them. I feared I would never see them again but I did! And they were exactly the same. I was sad to learn that her grandfather had died, in his 90s, about the same time my grandmother died. Now I have to start worrying that I will never see them again. Again.
Anthony has fought some Civil War battles in Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and Kentucky including the 150th anniversary of Manassas.
We have had some fun softball practices for everyone else, extremely sad practices for Alex. She is so sad that she can't play right now but we are down to 4-1/2 more months now. And therapy at 7 a.m. three mornings a week is gonna get her there.
She actually got to pitch these water balloons.