July 4th Weekend

Monday, July 07, 2014
I had a nice long 4 day weekend for the holiday. It was nice to have Thursday off with nothing planned - we had a relaxing first have to the day then got busy working on the kids' rooms. It was like spring cleaning all over again! It was nice to clear out so much of the clutter, though.

Friday we celebrated with neighbors & friends & family. We grilled & popped fireworks and the kids played in the water...it was so much fun!
Had a great time celebrating our Independence Day with all these wonderful littles!! They should all sleep quite well tonight, too!
July 4th
July 4th
The next morning we headed up to East Texas early to spend the rest of the weekend with my Grannie. I haven't posted about it b/c I wasn't sure how things were going to go, but my Grannie (who will be 100 in August) hasn't been doing too well. She's lived alone for 29 years since my grandfather passed away.

Grannie has been very active and lived alone & really has not had any serious health problems until now...but she has been in the bed going on four weeks now and under constant care. The blessing is that she is able to be at home and my mother has been by her side 24/7. My SIL is there daily as well to take care of her and the rest of the family is helping as much as possible. I've been up every weekend except one and am going back again next weekend. In the beginning she needed someone to sit up all night with her, but she is sleeping more now so I just sleep in the room with her and am there if needed and am able to doze off and on through the night - when I'm not there that is what my mother does. I really wish I was ale to be there more to help out, but with the kids and work I am doing all that I can now.

Emma and Aaron love their Grannie and Emma says she understands what is going on - that Grannie is very sick and getting ready to go live with Jesus and that she won't physically be here on Earth with us anymore. She said it would be okay, though b/c when we go to heaven we will be able to be with her again. I nearly cried when she told me that. Even though she seems to understand she is a little apprehensive about it all - she will come in and hug and kiss Grannie hello or goodbye or some stand by her bedside, but you can tell she is trying to take it all in. Aaron on the other hand, just jumps up on the stool next to Grannie and tells her stories or says "Grannie I want to hold your hand..." and he will reach out and take her hand or lean in so she can put her hand on his cheek. It's beautiful.
Aaron telling Grannie stories!!!
The kids sang Happy Birthday to her, too - even though she won't be 100 until next month. In conversation with my SIL she said something about she might not make 100 so my SIL ordered her a beautiful bouquet of flowers and balloons & said, well let's just celebrate now! It was very sweet! So, I guess every day will be her birthday now until the actual day, which is August 15th!!
I brought water balloons and sparklers for them to play with outside and there are lots of adventures in the country - they can't stay quiet all the time so it's good for them to be outside as much as possible, which they love anyway!
Makin' s in the dark!
There is also a super friendly cow in the pasture that I assume was bottle fed. Everytime I go up I see it and feed it and I was anxious for the kids to finally get to...Aaron is the biggest animal lover I've ever met!! Saturday she was out there & the kids got to feed & pet her!
Leaving Sunday was hard. Harder than every other time I've left. I can see how hard it is for my mother and wish I could be there more for her to lean on. You can prepare yourself for these things, but in the end you're never really ready. These two women mean the world to me. I have been blessed to be daughter & granddaughter to them. So much of who I am I owe to these two women.
It was hard to leave them this afternoon. These two women are the world to me & I've been blessed to be daughter & granddaughter to them. I'll see you next weekend!!!

I love you Grannie!