Tuesday, November 18, 2008

little boys, piano keys and cookies

As you all know, one of my favorite past times is shooting photos of my little grandbabies. We had Bo spend the night with us when Anson and Eden had their tonsils taken out. The two little boys can be quite fun (when they are getting along). I thought the shots of them eating cookies together and playing the piano together were so much fun, I wanted to share them with everyone.

This family (all the extended family included) sure know how to make pretty babies. I think we have the best looking grandkids on the planet!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Separation

It has been an interesting couple of days since my lovely bride had her radioiodine treatment. The house is quiet with just Kim and I in residence. I feel so separated from her since we can't really eat together, be together for any length of time or really do anything together. I feel badly that she is basically confined to our house and for the most part has only the company of the telephone and television. She isolates herself in our bedroom and I confine myself to the familyroom downstairs. Knowing I can't do as much for her as I would like is difficult. What I can do, get a cup of water or smash a few ice-cubes into chips seems so insignificant when I can't imagine what she is experiencing. I did do one thing for her that I know she will like. I purchased a few pieces of See's chocolates (which she can't eat until tomorrow or Monday) and found a book by Lee Childs (one of her favorite authors) that will help pass the next few hours for her. Hopefully tomorrow sometime, I can hold by beautiful wife in my arms again and dance in the kitchen to music from Mama Mia.....

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Today is the DAY!!

Well, today is the day I get to participate in NUCLEAR MEDICINE!!! I go to St Al's for a scan and a large dose of radioactive iodine! This iodine will seek and destroy any remaining thyroid cells or cancer cells in my body, so of course, I am very grateful for this procedure. It is supposed to take about two hours at the hospital, then the fun begins! I must be quarantined from everyone for about four days, then go back into the hospital for one last geiger counter reading on Sunday to make sure I am no longer radioactive. I feel bad to send Tuck, Michele and Beck away, and I must also banish my sweet husband to the basement for the most part. I cannot prepare his meals or do his laundry. I cannot wash my dishes with his. I have to have my own bathroom, and sleep alone. It will indeed be a dreary existence without him. But, one I am glad to have, as it signals that things are almost over, hopefully! My thanks to all for your faith and prayers in my behalf. I have surely felt the hand lf the Lord in this whole experience, for which I am eternally grateful.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

sleepover at grandpa and grandma's

How many times can you undress a child to go to the bathroom? Answer...at least 3. Tonight, after I changed the diaper and dressed Bo in his zip up footie PJs, 3 times he runs up to me and says, "Pa Pa, poo poo" and tugs at his bottom. Being the conscientious grandparent that I am, I run Bo into the bathroom, strip off the zip-up-to-the-neck footie pajamas, lose the diaper and plop him on the child toilet seat and wait. What am I waiting for...cute little smiles and giggles apparently. Nothing else made an appearance. I am sure that sometime during the night, the Pa Pa, poo poo will be more than an empty threat. Despite all the false alarms, Bo and Beck brawls and crocodile tears at bed time, I do love these grandchildren sleep overs. The joyful outweighs not joyful by buckets and buckets and buckets.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Grandma and Grandpa's Halloween Kids

Mickey wouldn't smile....but he sure is cute!

Princess Minnie loved
the camera. She is ready for the
Big Screen!

Shy Guy Superman finally let me take his photo

Grandma is a good sport getting in the leaves with the munchkins!

An adorable, loveable Botkin teddy Bear!