What a summer! Or maybe I should say "What summer?" It doesn't feel like we have had a summer yet. The last week of school the girls had a piano recital. The next week they had multiple dance rehearsals followed by that dance recital. Right after that, we learned that my dad (who happened to be truck driving over by Vegas) had had a stroke. My mother left right away to be down in Vegas with him. I am always grateful for all she does and missed her help and company terribly. While she was gone, kids had to go to a sitter and we did two weeks of swim lessons. Kadie turned seven. Mom was able to bring my dad home for a couple of weeks, but life wasn't slowing down. On his birthday, (July 8th) my dad went back into the hospital since he was not doing well and having trouble keeping food down. An ambulance came to get him and it was somewhat amusing since they got lost and we could hear the siren (that wasn't supposed to be on) zig-zagging down wrong streets. The next day we learned that he had not had a stroke, but had a tumor pressing on his brain. Amazing that the big Vegas hospital missed this, but our small-town hospital found it. He was life-flighted to Casper that day. The girls got to say bye and we watched the helicopter take off. Taylor had a birthday that weekend and turned nine. This past Monday my dad had brain surgery to have the tumor removed. I got special permission from my OB to travel and we drove to Casper to see him before surgery and support my mother. The surgery went well and he is now in rehab. He needs radiation to catch anything they missed and has the potential to be home in a few weeks. I worked my last twenty hours of work for the upcoming weeks, had a post-op OB appointment, and am having our baby TOMORROW! (Hence the massive blog catch-up posts today...)
We made this paper chain a couple weeks ago to track how many days until baby brother is born. It now has only one sad loop hanging on a nail on the wall by itself. It has been one crazy summer and we are adding the cherry on top tomorrow morning! I am so super excited to meet this little guy. Oh how our life will change with the addition of a baby brother. (I wish I could say I was excited about the c-section but I am super anxious and will probably not sleep tonight. Oh well, we have to be there by five in the morning anyway...) Too bad baby's don't actually arrive by stork!!! So there you have it, our crazy summer roller coaster so far. Stay tuned for pictures of "baby brother!"
(Out-take of the same picture...Love Kimmy's face!)