Friday, October 30, 2009

A Not-So-Spooky Tale

'Twas the day before Halloween when all through the Reming abode
Not a machine was alarming, not even the heater set on invasive mode.

The g-tube extensions were hung to dry by the sink.
due to our little girl who will still not take a drink.

No one was nestled all snug in their beds,
for life with a toddler brings an early wake up call instead.

When out on the lawn there arose a clatter
As Faith sprang from her chair her tube feed went splatter

Away to the sliding glass door we flew like a bird
We opened the blinds and saw something truly absurd.

When what to our wondering eyes should appear,
but two feet of snow, alas, Faith’s final frontier.

With a little toddler at our feet, so lively and quick
We knew that her first time in the snow would be a kick.
More rapid than doctors running to a code,
We knew that our girl was ready to hit the road.

“On Elway! On Buffalo, let’s go,
it’s only October and I've never seen so much snow!

As we stepped outside we thought she'd want to flee
but to our surprise, her face lit up with glee.
We had not a sleigh in sight, but the laundry basket would do,
We pushed on the boons, and her oxygen tank too.

She spoke not a word, but we knew what her smile meant,
We knew if she said "no", she’d surely relent.
With her fists in the air she signed, “C’mon, let’s Go!”
So her daddy pulled her through the mounds of snow.

Her mommy stood there documenting everything in sight
For Faith’s first experience in the snow was a pure delight.

Oh what a day, oh what heaven!
How far she’s come from room 827
For this is what boots and jackets are for,
Not collecting dust as a child lives on a hospital floor.

While the pumpkins may have gone rotten on the front porch due to ice,
This year's Halloween has turned out really quite nice.
For in life we have learned to take each day with stride,
even if there is snow, hop in and enjoy the ride.

So whether this year brings you ghouls, goblins or a vampire bite....

Happy Halloween to all and to all a good night.

Monday, October 26, 2009

October just wouldn't be complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch, nor would our blog be without the traumatic pictures to show for it.


Still traumatized from last year's "mom-forcing-me-to-sit-on-a-pumpkin" debacle, Faith was not going to make that mistake another year.

Oh thank you for saving me daddy, you are always the voice of reason in this relationship.

The highlight of it all, of course was the petting zoo. Faith lights up whenever she sees a furry friend. She is completely trusting, and laughed when the animals gave her some nibbles.

da-na. da-na, da-na-na-na, da-na-na-na. Faith's proximity to animals should come complete with an alarm playing music from Jaws- a warning that the animal torturer is near.

" know they make g-tubes so you don't have to deal with that sort of thing Mr. Cow"

I could probably come up with some cheesy "seeing eye-to-eye" pun for this one, but I'll spare you the cheese.

Yes, we let our 2 year old daughter stick her hand in a horse's mouth (no, there was nothing to feed them, just fingers) And they say we have a hard time "letting go."

And yes, as we made plans for the patch that morning I had a fluttering of hope that I could finally get the "perfect" hay bail picture we failed to capture last year.... Yes, perhaps without lugging a ventilator around (I still cannot believe we did that) this would be the year we'd capture our little pumpkin sitting poised perfectly on top a hay bail.....

Turns out, the ventilator had nothin' to do with it.
Sera, sera.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

October takes the cake (or should I say, pumpkin pie) for being is busiest month of this year. In the past few weeks we've battled H1N1, job loss (and then job-gain), car woes, and multiple weddings. The latter of course, being the highlight of it all.

This past weekend my brother Josh married his beautiful bride, Noel.
This was Faith's first wedding and will surely be her last (well, OK not for a long time.) Simply put, toddlers and weddings do not mix. With the help of Brian's sister Kristen, and my cousin Margie, who helped out tremendously by corralling Faith (carrying an oxygen tank and chasing a toddler in heels is no easy feat), we had a lot of fun.

Per usual with these type of events I got home realizing I did not take enough pictures (especially of the actual wedding) but here are some snip-its from the evening:

The happy couple.

Dancing queen. All Faith wanted to do was dance- even into the late hours of the evening when her droopy eyelids were giving way, whenever we stopped dancing she'd point to the floor demanding more.

Run Faith, run!

MMm'mmm...who needs wedding cake when you can have frigid glass?

And speaking of weddings, five years ago today, Faith's daddy and I pledged to love each other through "sickness and in health" on a blistery October day. Never in a million years would I have imagined facing such adversity with my husband. Never in a billion years could I have chosen a more perfect partner to walk down this path with. Today I was strolling down memory lane and came across a song we had played at our wedding. At the time, we thought we'd already been through a lot, little did we know how prophetic these words would be.

Luv ya hun!